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Release: April 9, 2001

ODK leadership ceremonies include induction for Christie Vilsack

IOWA CITY-- The University of Iowa chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) will induct 19 students, mostly UI juniors, and Iowa's First Lady, Christie Vilsack, as the newest members of ODK, the national leadership honorary society. The students and Mrs. Vilsack will be inducted by UI President Mary Sue Coleman and the officers of the organization in ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. Before the initiation, Mrs. Vilsack will address the group on the topic of leadership. A reception will follow at the Shambaugh Honors Center, 219 N. Clinton Street.

The students--among the brightest as determined by grade point average, leadership and on- and off-campus involvement--and Mrs. Vilsack, a UI alumna, are among a select group conferred recognition by the 87-year-old society for contributions in more than 12 academic and other areas.

Induction into ODK, which has more than 181,000 members nationwide, is considered a mark of highest distinction and honor. Membership eligibility is open to undergraduate junior and senior students, graduate students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and persons qualifying for membership under honorary status.

Students must rank in the upper 35 percent academically of their school or college and must show leadership in at least one of six areas: athletics; campus and community service; social and religious activities; campus government; journalism, forensics, and the mass media; and the creative and performing arts.

For more information about the induction ceremonies and ODK, contact Samuel L. Becker, communications studies professor emeritus and ODK faculty advisor, at (319) 353-2254 or David Dierks, ODK faculty secretary, at (319) 335-3305.