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UK Omicron Delta Kappa inducted 30 new members during recent ceremony

Recent Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) inductees.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Nu Circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) inducted 30 new members at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. OΔK recognizes superior leadership and exemplary character and encourages collaboration among members across the five phases celebrated by the society: scholarship, athletics, service, communications and arts.

The UK circle was established May 2, 1925, and celebrates leaders across campus by co-hosting the Alumni Association Great Teacher Award and other honors like the Maurice A. Clay Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. In June 2022, UK hosted the organization’s National Leadership Conference.

Abigail Elbert, Nu Circle student president says, “We have a stellar group of inductees this year, and I believe we will see some really great things coming from OΔK as a result of their leadership abilities and their drive to achieve.”

Other student officers are: Hallie Rice, vice president/president-elect; Amelia Crotinger, activities chair; Kayli Bolton, membership chair; and Rich Hamlin, communications chair. Francisco Andrade, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Medicine, is the faculty advisor, and C. Lynn Hiler, the program coordinator in the Chellgren Center, is the staff advisor and Nu Circle coordinator.

The 2022-2023 inductees are:

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

  • Ginny Lyle

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Sara Green
  • Ashley Bell Hamlet
  • Cameron Thomas Sauers
  • Nora Sypkens

Gatton College of Business and Economics

  • Sarah Elizabeth Parker
  • John Clayton Webb

College of Communication and Information

  • Kwame Amoa-Bosompem
  • Makel K. Taylor

College of Engineering

  • Asa Clarence O'Neal
  • Naphason Phothong
  • Nathan Andrew Sanders

College of Fine Arts

  • Karli Danielle Fee
  • Emmylou Tidwell

College of Health Sciences

  • Emma Pastirik
  • Neyati Patel
  • Rachel Woods

College of Nursing

  • Isabella Grace Williams 

College of Public Health

  • Caitlin Leialoha Deffendall
  • E. Hamilton
  • Samantha Grace Jones

College of Social Work

  • Beverly E Benoit
  • Mindi Fetterman
  • Stephanie Hernandez
  • Matthew Ryan Lunsford
  • Tyme Ramsey Glynn Nunn
  • Skylar Jo Richmiller
  • Richard Thomas Skeens
  • Chris La Berge Tylka-Olesen
  • Emily Winter

Join OΔK on its social media accounts (@ODKatUKY on Facebook and @ukyodk on Instagram) for celebratory shout outs to our newest members.

Omicron Delta Kappa is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Office of the Provost. For more information on membership, contact chellgrencenter@uky.edu.

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