Published 06/13/16

ODK chapter receives national recognition

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is a national leadership honor society that recognizes college juniors and seniors for excellence in academics, athletics, community service, mass media, or the performing arts.

Bryant’s ODK “circle” is receiving national exposure because of the distinctive collaboration its members have with the University’s Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA), a three-day experiential learning program that tackles real-world challenges.

IDEA can be a bit intimidating. Having successfully navigated the program, Bryant ODK members, who serve as student mentors during IDEA, offer encouragement and advice. The collaboration between Bryant’s chapter members and first-year students is prominently featured in the society’s national magazine, The Circle.

“At most institutions, ODK is more honorary than engaged,” notes Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students John Saddlemire, Ed.D. “The unique partnership our ODK members have developed with the IDEA program definitely provides these accomplished students with skills that make them stand out from the competition.”

Applied Mathematics and Statistics major Courtney Mansfield ’16, an ODK member, served as a student mentor during IDEA 2016, specifically as part of the IDEA leadership team. The leadership team was tasked with helping to plan and implement late-night programming for first-year students, and coordinating student mentor training.

“As a member of the leadership team, all faculty and staff members viewed me as an equal, so I could voice my opinions openly," said Mansfield, now an event coordinator in the marketing department of Gallery Automotive Group in Norwood, MA. "I think that’s why this program has grown so much and has done so well over the past few years.”