In 1976, Rider University established a circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Composed of junior and senior students who meet the leadership qualifications for membership and the GPA (3.25 or above) requirement, the society’s goals are to recognize the accomplishments of academically sound student leaders and enhance leadership skills and abilities.

With over 300 circles nationwide, Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes achievement in the following five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus/Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Omicron Delta Kappa not only promotes the personal and professional development of its members, but also seeks to encourage leadership development for all students at Rider University through a variety of workshops and opportunities.

Membership Information

Every September, Omicron Delta Kappa invites current juniors and seniors who have a 3.25 GPA or above to apply for membership. Those applicants who demonstrate a breadth and/or depth of leadership within the 5 areas ODK are accepted become official members of ODK by submitting a membership fee and participating in an Induction Ceremony that occurs in November.

Benefits of Membership

ODK members not only have opportunities to continue to develop their leadership skills at Rider, but also have opportunities to earn awards and scholarships through ODK National.  Rider ODK members are encouraged to attend programs and workshops to earn free cords upon graduation.

Activities of the Rider Circle

The Rider Circle of ODK enjoys supporting the National organization by planning events and service projects to celebrate Founder’s Day (December) and the National Day of Service (April).  Additionally, ODK hosts numerous events throughout the year, including leadership discussions with our University’s President and Board of Trustee members.

Omicron Delta Kappa Rider Circle Leader of the Year

In April 2016, the Rider Circle began its tradition of awarding the Leader of the Year Award. The purpose of the award is to celebrate the culmination of leadership accomplishments of a senior Rider Circle member. 

At the 2017 Awards Convocation, the award was presented to Ms. Alyssa Belardo. As a Secondary Education and English major with a minor in Film and Media Studies, Alyssa pushed herself to develop both personally and professionally while at Rider.  Her accomplishments include acceptance into various honors societies, coaching two swim teams, leading and creating major volunteerism events through Greek Life, serving as a Resident Advisor for three years, winning first place for Ongoing News Coverage (2015 Student Keystone Press Awards), and earning membership in the National Thespian Honors Society for providing over 100 hours of service to her local theater program.  Alyssa’s contributions have both breadth and depth within the 5 pillars of ODK, and her selfless service to others has left a lasting and valuable impact.  Congratulations, Alyssa, and thank you!

For more information, visit the ODK booth at SGA Awareness Day (mid-September) and visit the ODK National website at www.odk.org.

Previous Winners
2016: Caroline Forde

ODK Contacts at Rider

Laura Seplaki
Associate Director, CDLS and Director, LDP
Sweigart Hall 250