FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2012
Dr. Michael Garoutte
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Twenty-seven students were initiated into the Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, chapter at Missouri Southern State University.
The initiation ceremony was held Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Connor Ballroom the Billingsly Student Center.
ODK is the national leadership honor society and membership is based on outstanding leadership, scholarship and character.
The Society recognizes achievement in the following five areas:
• Campus/ Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
• Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
• Creative and Performing Arts
Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders.
It was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.
The following students were initiated. All cities of residence are located in Missouri unless otherwise indicated.
Abigail Armstrong is a senior elementary education major from Washington.
She has been named to the Deans' Honor Roll, and she has served as the PR representative for Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and Vice President for the National Education Association. She has served as a youth leader in several local churches, as an after school tutor with Life House, and as a summer camp counselor. She played violin and keyboard in Ozark Christian College's Traveling Band, and in 2011 she also participated in a mission trip to Jamaica.
Miranda Blanchard is a senior History Secondary Education major from Lamar with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
She is a member of the Honors Program, Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Chi, and Epsilon Mu Sigma. In Fall 2010, she studied abroad with the Missouri London Program. She serves on the Leadership Team for the Baptist Student Union and is very active in the youth program at her church. She is a current recipient of the Evans Scholarship and the Harry Gockel Social Science Scholarship, and has volunteered with Special Olympics, History Day, and We Care of the Four States.
Bethany Burney is a junior Mathematics major from Schell City.
She has been named to the Deans' List, and is a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon, Alpha Chi, and Math Club. She is a Tutor and University Experience Course Assistant and has served as Vice President and Treasurer of Phi Eta Sigma. She is an active volunteer, working with the Humane Society and the Girl Scouts, among other organizations. She is also the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and a Theatre Performance Award.
Crystal Crider is a junior Nursing major from Mount Vernon.
She is a member of the Honors Program, Epsilon Mu Sigma, and Alpha Chi. She is active with Phi Eta Sigma, serving on several committees and volunteering with the Humane Society and the Watered Gardens Zumbathon. She is a recipient of the Evans Scholarship and the Mount Vernon High School Sutkus Academic Scholarship. She also presented a research paper on "Service Learning and the Arts" before several university faculty and professionals in May 2012.
Jason Davis is a junior Health Promotion and Wellness major from Maryville.
He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and the Student Wellness Awareness Group. He is active in MSSU football, and was named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. He serves as the Vice President of the Kinesiology Club. He has volunteered with the Humane Society, Special Olympics, and at a Retirement Home, and has participated in tornado clean-up efforts and a food drive.
Christopher Dolan is a junior Physical Education major from Fort Smith, Ark.
He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, and was recognized as a University Experience Outstanding Leader in Fall 2010. He has been named to the Dean's Honor Roll and was included on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. He plays on the MSSU football team, serves as President of Physical Education for Kinesiology Club, and was a Southern Welcome Leader. He has also volunteered with the Humane Society, Special Olympics, and tornado clean-up.
Abigail Francis is a senior Graphic Design major from Webb City.
She was named to the Deans' Honor Roll; she is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and a recipient of the Honors Scholarship. She studied abroad for a summer in Sweden. She has served as secretary and vice president for Koinonia and has received their Female Leadership and Character Award. She is active in her church, is a University Experience Course Assistant and a Teaching Assistant at Webb City High School, and has volunteered with Spiva Center for the Arts, North Florida Christian Service Camp, and a homeless shelter.
Amanda Fronzaglia is a senior Elementary Education major from Webb City.
She was named to the Deans' Honor Roll and is the treasurer for MSTA. She is an active color guard clinician with many local high schools, and has participated in professional marching bands, including a DCI World Finalist. She directs the color guard for the MSSU Lion Pride Marching Band and Miami High School, interned with Truman Elementary and East Middle Schools, and assisted a faculty member with improving science kits in the public schools. She volunteers with many organizations, including the Royal Thunder Drum Line and Special Olympics.
Andrew Frost is a senior Marketing major from Joplin.
He has been named to the Dean's List, is in the Honors Program, Phi Eta Sigma, and Alpha Chi, and has received several awards from Phi Beta Lambda. In 2012, he was a tourism management intern in Newfoundland, Canada. He has served as secretary of the Investment Club, treasurer for C-DECA/PBL, vice president of the Philosophy Club and Delta Mu, and as a teacher's assistant. He has volunteered with Boys and Girls Club and Life Choices of Joplin, and served as a student representative to ASPIRE of Southwest Missouri and the School of Business Board.
Austin Gibbs is a General Studies major from Wright City.
His university honors and activities include Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Dean's List, and the 2010 Emerging Leader Award. He is also a part of the kinesiology club, Southern Ambassadors, and is a University Experience Peer mentor.
Taylor Haas is a political science major from Carthage.
His university honors include the Leggett and Platt Scholarship, the Floyd Bartley Scholarship, and the Honors Scholarship. He participated in an internship at the Missouri State Capitol. He has been the Vice-President of the Student Senate and also participates in the Bykota Ministries in his hometown.
Elizabeth Hammons is a secondary education/history major from Smithville.
Her university honors include Evans Fellowship and Bright Flight award. She has participated in women's soccer and intramural softball. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Spanish Club, and Phi Alpha Theta. She has also participated in volunteer work for the Wildcat Glades Conservation Center.
Jennifer Hosp is an international business and Spanish major from Carl Junction.
Her university honors include Dean's list, Alpha Chi, and Phi Eta Sigma. She has participated in a study abroad trip in Quito, Ecuador. She is also the Treasurer of Epsilon Mu Sigma and a member of Phi Beta Lambda and C-DECA. She also participates in church activities at the United Methodist Church and has volunteered at the Lafayette House.
Kimberly Hurley is an elementary education major from Joplin.
Her university honors include Dean's Honor Roll, Kappa Delta Pi, and Alpha Chi. She taught English in China for a summer. She is the current secretary of the National Education Association and the current President of Kappa Delta Pi. She also teaches Sunday school at her church. She has helped with Special Olympics and volunteered with serving and preparing meals at Watered Gardens.
Aji Sophie Jeng is a Biology/Pre-med major from The Gambia, West Africa.
Her university honors include Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi, and Dean's List. She has interned at a molecular diagnostic research laboratory in The Gambia. She also participates in the Biology, Chemistry, and International student clubs. She has done volunteer work at Lafayette House and the Joplin Museum Complex.
Amelia Markley is a music education major from Joplin.
Her university honors include Presidential Scholarship, Dean's Honor Roll, Phi Eta Sigma, and Alpha Chi. She studied abroad in China for a summer. She also participates in the National Association for Music Educators and is a member of the praise team at her church. She has participated in choir and orchestra performances with Southern Exposure, Concert Chorale, and Symphony Orchestra.
Joshua Mason is a biochemistry major from Carthage.
His university honors include Dean's Honor Roll, Alpha Chi Honor Society, and Golden Key International Society. He has participated in multiple undergraduate research programs, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Lille, France; and has presented his research at Argonne, Illinois and Grenoble, France. He has also volunteered as a camp clinician for youth wrestling in Neosho.
Marcie Mason is an elementary education major from Carthage.
Her university honors include Dean's List and the Excellence Scholarship. She participated in a comparative education experience to England, France, and Spain. She has also been a part of the International Reading Association and the Vice President and President of the Missouri State Teacher Association.
Lydia McGriff is an elementary education major from Seneca.
Her university honors include the Evans Trust Honors Scholarship, Dean's Honor Roll, and Phi Eta Sigma. She has participated in a study abroad trip to London. She has served as Vice-President for Epsilon Mu Sigma and been a member of Alpha Chi. She was also the Secretary of College Republicans.
Bethany Mullins is a Music Performance and Instrumental Music Education double major from Diamond.
Her university Honors include: Dean's Honor Roll for two years, the Presidential Scholarship, and the Debra Snodgrass Endowed Piano Scholarship. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi, National Association for Music Education, and is a group leader for Koinonia Campus Ministry. She is part of the Lion Pride Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. Her volunteer experience includes: pianist for the Prairie Flower Bible Church, Children's Ministry worker for 5 years, Missions Trip to North Florida Christian Service Camp, and participated in the Heartland Opera Theater's Joplin Tornado Benefit Concert.
Michael Ori is a Sociology and Psychology double major from Joplin.
His university Honors include: 5 semesters on the Dean's Honor Roll, the Donald Howard Scholarship, and the Project Stay Scholarship. He is the President of Alpha Chi and Sociology Club, a member of Psi Chi, Alpha Kappa, and the Model Arab League. He has volunteered with Impact Life Church, Watered Gardens Homeless Shelter, the Salvation Army, and helped with St. Baldrick's Day during the Spring of 2012.
Addy Phillips is a Music Education major from Clever.
Her University Honors include: Dean's Honor Roll from 2010-2011, recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and Resident Assistance Award, and is the Head Resident Assistant. She is a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, and the Residence Hall Association. She is a University Experience Peer Mentor and has volunteered at the Phi Eta Sigma Day of Service and Soul's Harbor. She played the clarinet and bass clarinet for MSSU's run of the musical Chicago and will be studying abroad in Italy for the Clarinet Conference during the summer of 2013.
Ruth Stamper is an English major from Carl Junction.
Her University Honors include: Dean's Honor Roll for four semesters, Outstanding Non-traditional English Major, a published story in the MSSU magazine 'Bordertown', and the 2012 Homecoming Queen. She is the President of the Recreational Employee Council and Webmaster for Sigma Tau Delta. She has volunteered for the United Way Zumbathon, Dancing in Spite of the Storm Zumbathon, and was a 5k runner for the Joplin Memorial Run.
Carol Stauffer is a Health Promotion and Wellness major from Joplin.
Her University Honors include: Dean's Honor Roll from fall 2011 to spring 2012, Vice President of Catholic Campus Ministry, and University Experience Peer Mentor during the fall of 2012. She is a personal trainer at the Beimdiek Recreation Center and also teaches Pilates and Yoga. She helped form and organize Team Matthew 25, the Joplin Women's Investment Club, and has participated in volunteer tornado efforts which will continue through March 2013.
Peter Thompson is a Mathematics and an English: Literary Studies double major from Joplin.
His university Honors include: Member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and Member of the Poetic Nature Poetry Club. He has volunteered with the College Age Ministry at College Heights Christian Church, Lifehouse Kids Club, and Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action GED classroom.
Diana Walden is an English: Literary Studies major from Billings.
Her University Honors include: Member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and President of Epsilon Mu Sigma. She received the MSSU Honors Program Evans Scholarship and has participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters as well as studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland during the Spring of 2011.
James M. Zerkel III is an English: Literary Studies major from Joplin.
His university Honors include: Member of the Honors Program, Member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and Member of the Southern Players. He volunteered at the Christian Life Center from 2009-2011 and the Spiva Center for the Arts from 2010-2011. He has acted in several on campus productions and participated in a Study Abroad Trip to London, England during the fall of 2011.