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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 27, 2004

ODK Honor Society Receives National Honors For Leadership

The University of Iowa's Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Circle leadership honor society was recently recognized as one of best in the nation by its national organization.

The UI circle was recognized with a Superior Circle Award, one of only seven circles in the country to receive the honor. It also received a Circle of Distinction award, which went to only 19 circles. There are 285 ODK circles in the United States.

In addition, UI ODK member Diane Thi Tran was one of 17 members nationally to receive an Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation Scholarship to assist with her graduate studies. The Carroll native is currently a student in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Among the UI ODK circle's service projects are the Dad of the Year Award, presented annually to a father of a UI student, and the James N. Murray Award, presented each year to a top non-tenured faculty member. Other service projects include volunteering at Wesley House, Ronald McDonald House, Oaknoll and other retirement residences, and participating in Iowa City Community Road Races for Education and Hospice Walk.

The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ODK is a mark of the highest distinction and honor. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society.

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