College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, was founded at Washington and Lee University in 1914. Sigma Circle at the University of Maryland College Park was founded in 1927. Its purpose is to recognize leadership of exceptional quality in five fields of endeavor: scholarship: athletics; campus or community service; social, religious activities and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; creative and performing arts. The "ΟΔΚ idea" is to bring together faculty and students on the basis of mutual interest and understanding, and to help mold the sentiment of the institution on important local and intercollegiate issues, exemplary character, responsible leadership and service in campus and community life, superior scholarship, genuine fellowship, and consecration to democratic ideals are the five indispensable qualifications for membership. ΟΔΚ emphasizes the development of the complete person who contributes positively to the college community and to a better society.
[West end, center plaque:]
Omicron Delta Kappa
This fountain, constructed in 1989 as apart of the renovation of McKeldin Mall is dedicated to the members of the Sigma Circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society at the University of Maryland. Recognizing their many contributions to the campus and the community since 1927. The fountain has five levels of cascading water which symbolize the five areas of leadership recognized by Omicron Delta Kappa
Journalism, speech and the mass media
Creative and performing arts
Camus or community service, social, religious activities and campus government.
The names of those who have been initiated into or who have provided significant leadership with the Sigma Circle of OKD as undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff or honorary members are engraved hereon, assembled by date of their induction or first involvement. Membership includes several governors, generals, professional athletes, members of Congress, and one U.S. President. The "ODK idea" is symbolized by a circular key at the east end of the fountain. Characterizing the diverse and inclusive nature of the organization and standing for success achieved in worthy undertakings. The generosity of alumni and friends who gave funds to enable this monument is gratefully acknowledged.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
on being initiated by Sigma Circle of ΟΔΚ
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Erected by Omicron Delta Kappa.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 38° 59.133′ N, 76° 56.507′ W. Marker is in College Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Chapel Lane west of Regents Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4302 Chapel Lane, College Park MD 20742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woods Hall Rain Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); "May Peace Prevail on Earth" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); University of Maryland Memorial Chapel (about 600 feet away); Blair Lee IIIVietnam War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Architectural History of the Maryland Agricultural College (about 700 feet away); Millard E. Tydings (about 700 feet away); The Terrapin Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Park.
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