ODK - The Leader - Spring 2012

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Spring 2012

“To Recognize Leaders Among Leaders”



By Priyanka Gokhale and Amina Goheer, Calvert Cotillion Co-Chairs

By Robbie Rosenthal, Scholarship Chair, and Scott Shuffield, Corresponding Secretary

ODK President Melissa Nathanson (center) poses with Calvert Cotillion co-chairs Priyanka Gokhale (left) and Amina Goheer.

Gary Williams is honored at the Duke game (Photo courtesy of SB Nation,Washington D.C.)

n the 1920s, fourth-year students at the University of Maryland got decked out in their formalwear for Calvert Cotillion – their last hurrah as college students. Just as their counterparts did nearly 100 years ago, this year’s senior class donned their February finest for a night of music, dancing, and fun. The annual tradition – which has been in existence for over a decade in its most recent incarnation – brought over 450 students to the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Planning for this year’s event began last semester and

he University of Maryland has a few iconic symbols like the ODK Fountain, the multiple statues of Testudo, or even Kermit and Jim Henson sitting in front of The Stamp. Likewise, since 1989, the fist pump of Gary Williams has been as iconic as them all. With an incredible coaching career at Maryland, Gary led the Terps to a national championship in 2002 and had 28 players drafted into the NBA under his leadership. With strong guidance and the passion to improve anyone that he worked with, many of Gary’s assistant coaches have been able to develop their own

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Message from the President By Melissa Nathanson, Sigma Circle President Hello to both our current ODK members and university alumni! y name is Melissa Nathanson and I am honored to be beginning my second semester as your president for this year. Our members were very busy over winter break interning at various companies and traveling the world. Many ODKers spent their winter breaks study-


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ing abroad through our Education Abroad department, or traveling around Israel on Birthright. We were excited to welcome everyone back to campus and begin what will be many of our last semesters here at Maryland! The spring semester is full of so many exciting events, including basketball games, selections for ODK Leader of the Year, Top Ten Freshmen and Sophomore Leader of the Year, Calvert Cotillion as well as Maryland Day, and of course selections for the new ODK initiates. Thanks to the hard work of our Vice President Christina Buckless, we received a very large number of applications for the Top Ten Freshmen and Sophomore Leader of the Year awards. It is so impressive to see how much these young stu-

dents have already accomplished on campus. We are excited to see these students emerge as our next generation of leaders on campus and honor them at the University Awards Ceremony in May. One of the many highlights of the spring semester is Calvert Cotillion, which many ODKers and seniors attended in February. This formal dance celebrating the senior class has been a Maryland tradition since 1920, and this year, we were able to enjoy a great DJ, great food and drinks, and even a photo booth! We hope to see you all back on campus for Maryland Day which will be on Saturday, April 28 this year. We’ll be ready to mingle, reminisce and have “fun at the fountain” with you then! We look forward to seeing you soon! Go Terps!







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Calvert Cotillion from page 1 involved representatives from Omicron Delta Kappa, Senior Council, and Carapace, as well as members of Maryland’s Alumni Association. The group’s efforts proved successful as students left the evening happy and ready to face the final months before graduation. Omicron Delta Kappa senior Jillian Chavis said, “Calvert Cotillion was so much fun! I got to see friends from across campus, some of whom I haven’t spoken to in awhile. It was a great way to reconnect and to blow off some steam during our last semester.” The evening began at 8:00 p.m.,

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with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the Rever Alumni Hall of Fame and moved into the Orem Alumni Hall where a live DJ got the festivities started. Between mingling, dancing, and snacking, seniors got an opportunity to snap some pictures in a photo booth embellished with the Calvert Cotillion logo. The photo strips served as snazzy party favors for all the guests in attendance. Calvert Cotillion provided Terps with a fun, safe environment to celebrate their final year at Maryland. Underclassmen surely have something to look forward to!

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Message from the Faculty Secretary By Brooke Lecky Supple, Ph.D., Sigma Circle Faculty Secretary Greetings from College Park! t has been a wonderful, mild winter and early spring in College Park. We have had virtually no snow, lots of 60 degree days, and students walking around in shorts and flip flops in February and March! Looking around campus you would have thought it was April already. Our fantastic ODK Officers have kept us busy and moving forward to recognize and celebrate student leadership on campus. Led by President Melissa Nathanson, we have improved the selection process and enhanced the sense of community among current ODK members. We had our first online selection process last fall, and had a few bumps along the way. This spring, we used a paper ballot again and are constantly looking for ways to streamline the process for the future. We are considering moving the process back online next fall, but using different voting mechanisms. We will keep you posted as we continue to try to improve the process. Speaking of selections, we had another banner applicant pool this spring. We had 238 un-


dergraduate and graduate applicants. From that pool, the General Body selected 38 undergrads, one grad student, three faculty and staff, and three alumni members for induction into Sigma Circle. It was a marathon event, but we moved from the Armory to the Stamp which made it a more comfortable four hour meeting! Tapping has occurred and we are planning for Initiation on Sunday, April 15 at 4:00 pm in the Chapel. You will see elsewhere in the newsletter that we celebrated another spirited Calvert Cotillion, cosponsored by ODK, Senior Council and the Alumni Association on February 25th. We sold a record number of almost 500 tickets to this formal event at the Riggs Center. Seniors had a great time dancing and mingling with friends, posing for the photo booth, and snacking on delicious hors d’oeuvres. Special thanks to ODK Officers Priyanka Gokhale and Amina Goheer for coordinating the event with the Senior Council and the Alumni Association. In other ODK news, the Sigma Circle celebrates its 85th Anniversary this year. Founded in College Park on February 2, 1927, the Sigma Circle will be celebrating this important occasion with an event later this year. Stay tuned for more details. As in years past, we have just selected our ODK Top Ten Freshmen


and Sophomore Leader of the Year. These individuals will be announced at the University Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 6th. We had a record number of applications this spring and were able to select truly the “leaders among leaders” for these awards. Thanks to ODK Vice President Christina Buckless for running a smooth, efficient selection process. As the spring semester moves along, I hope you will mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm for Maryland Day 2012. Thanks to Sigma Circle alum Susan Goldberg and her husband, Bob, we will be floating turtles in the fountain instead of ducks. Come out and see us for Fun at the Fountain! As always, please keep us informed of any changes to your contact information and provide us with updates about your lives. Visit www.odk.umd.edu to update us electronically. If you are willing and able, please support our activities and events by making a gift to the Sigma Circle. Please see the enclosed envelope for more information. Enjoy the remainder of the spring and we hope to see you at Maryland Day!

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Gary Williams Court from page 1 careers and become some of the top coaches in college basketball, building on the lessons learned from the coach who returned to his alma mater. Gary retired after the 2010-2011 season, and this season the University of Maryland decided to honor the coach by naming the court after him. An extremely symbolic gesture, the University felt that it was the proper thing to do,

especially for such a successful coach. With 668 wins, Gary ranks in the top 40 of most winning coaches in men’s college basketball history. Before the game versus Duke began on January 25, Gary came onto the court for a ceremony and to reveal his signature on the court. For one last time, Coach Williams was able to walk in front of the thousands of fans chanting “Gary, Gary, Gary” as he gave

his final fist pump. Moments later they unveiled his signature on the court as the student section raised up red and white cards saying “Thanks Gary”. Gary has been instrumental to the Terps success over the past two decades and the legend will continue as every game played will not only be played in Comcast Arena, but on Gary Williams Court.

THE SIGMA CIRCLE CELEBRATES ITS 85TH ANNIVERSARY The Sigma Circle of ODK was founded at the University of Maryland on February 2, 1927 by six men who immediately began tapping undergraduate members of ODK. Eighty-five years later it still remains a prestigious leadership honor society that accepts only the finest leaders among leaders with exceptionally good character. The Sigma Circle will be celebrating this joyous event later this year. In order to commemorate this milestone, let’s see how well you know the Sigma Circle with a short quiz. Good luck!

3. Sigma Circle’s famous members include all of the following EXCEPT: a. President Franklin D. Roosevelt b. Vice President Alben W. Barkley c. The Earl of Halifax d. Congressman Steny Hoyer e. University President Wallace D. Loh f. Actor Charlie Sheen g. Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover h. Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond

How well do you know the Sigma Circle?

4. When was the ODK Fountain on the UMD mall dedicated? a. April 1997 b. May 2008 c. June 1908 d. July 1886

1. Formerly, people knew they were being considered for ODK if they were invited to the ________________ in December. a. Pledge Debut b. Yule Ball c. Calvert Cotillion d. Stamp Student Union

5. The Sigma Circle has initiated four Governors, two Senators, US Congressmen, Presidents of the University, three Chairmen of the Board of Regents, a Mayor of Baltimore, countless military Generals and many Faculty, Deans, and Administrators. a. True b. False

2. Members of ODK can include: a. Undergraduate students b. Graduate students c. Honorary members d. All of the above

(Answers on page 9)


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ODKERS STUDY ABROAD! By Lisa Davies, Ritualist ODK Officers share their fondest travel memories and adventures from around the world!

The market was about 1/4 mile long and the vendors were selling fresh produce, olives, spices, jewelry, chocolate, and fresh baked goods. At the fruit stands, you could pick a few fruits and they would make you a fresh fruit smoothie!

Name: Christina Buckless I studied abroad for: 3 weeks In: Italy My favorite part: Over the course of three weeks, I became an expert on Ancient Roman ruins and Italian cuisine. Highlights of the trip included visiting Pompeii, hiking Mt. Vesuvius, taking the classic touristy picture at the leaning tower, exploring the ruins in Rome, and eating an entire 12-inch pizza in Naples!

Priyanka Gokhale makes a new friend in Australia

Name: Priyanka Gokhale I studied abroad for: a semester In: Sydney, Australia My favorite part:The opportunity to immerse myself in Australian culture and truly get to know a city and its people. By the end of the semester, I could navigate around Sydney like a local - I still miss my favorite cafes and running paths!

Representing Maryland, Scott Shuffield (far right) celebrates Spain with friends

Name: Scott Shuffield I studied abroad for: seven months In: Vietnam, Thailand (1 month) and Spain (6 months) My favorite part: Getting to go from the U.S. to Asia through Africa to Europe and seeing the different cultures. The very best part was being in Spain when they won the World Cup. Lisa Davies enjoying the sights in Paris.

Name: Lisa Davies I studied abroad for: 3 weeks In: England My favorite part: I loved traveling to Europe for my first time and seeing the history in London, Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge, and Bath! Cambridge was especially beautiful with a boat ride “punting” down the River Cam and seeing King’s College Chapel. At the end of our trip I also got to jump over to elegant Paris for two days!

Melissa Nathanson (right) and friend take in the sights while abroad in Israel

Name: Melissa Nathanson I studied abroad for: 2 1/2 weeks In: Tel Aviv, Israel My favorite part: I loved the outdoor market in Tel Aviv, called ShukHaCarmel, where you could really see the unique culture of the city.

Christina Buckless makes a leap to straighten out the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy


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TASTE OF COLLEGE PARK By Jennifer Cohen, Newsletter Editor Students had quite the surprise in store upon returning to College Park for the spring seODKers Favorite New Restaurant in College Park mester. What had been empty storefronts under the View II transformed into three new restaurants, including Bobby’s Burger Palace - 39% 19% Sweetgreen, Pizza Authentico, and Shanghai Tokyo. Students Austin Grill - 3% were eager to try them out and 39% 6% Sweetgreen - 32% since the semester began they have become some of the most Pizza Authentico - 6% popular lunch and dinner loca32% tions. These three join Bobby’s Shanghai Tokyo - 19% Burger Palace and Austin Grill Express, which opened last fall 3% in the Varsity. In a poll of current Sigma Circle ODK members, 39% preferred Bobby’s Bobby Flay's extensive travels and “Shanghai Tokyo has some of the Burger Palace as their favorite new throughout America. There are also a best sushi at the most competitive College Park restaurant. In close secvariety of milkshakes & malteds, as price in town.” Students were excited ond was Sweetgreen with 32% of the well as beer battered onion rings, about Sushi and Chinese food togethvote. Keep reading to find out what sweet potato fries, and french fries. er in the same place, the sweet potato ODK members think about each One popular option is “crunchifying” rolls, the lunch specials, and their vegrestaurant! your burger, which means topping any etarian options. Sweetgreen– features all-natural salads and frozen yogurt in a fast-casual dining experience. They source organic ingredients from local farmers and promote sustainability and ecofriendly choices. Comments from ODKers: “Sweetgreen allows college students to get a delicious and healthy meal in the same place. It also has healthy dessert located in the same facility, which is something most college students are looking out for! It's always fresh and the atmosphere is really fun and you can always get something new and different there by creating your own salad or wrap.” Students were excited about the fresh ingredients, having a healthy option in College Park, and their green business practices. Bobby’s Burger Palace– is a trendy, casual dining experience with 10 signature burgers inspired by Chef

burger with crisp potato chips at no additional cost. Comments from ODKers include: “Great food, good atmosphere,” and “For an $8 burger, you hope for something that is flavorful and filling, and BBP delivers on both counts. Their variety of burgers guarantees multiple visits, and while there is not a vegetarian option, they do offer the burger toppings over both a turkey burger or a chicken breast.” Students were excited about the celebrity chef and its uniqueness from a typical fast food chain.

Austin Grill Express– is a fast, casual, and convenient dining experience that offers authentic Tex-Mex food. Their menu includes burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads, and wings at a competitive price. Comments from ODKers: “Austin Grill Express has happy hours everyday from 5-7pm and 9-11pm, and they have $1 tacos! They are extremely delicious and filling. They are also generous with their toppings and have a really cool drink machine.”

Shanghai Tokyo–features gourmet Asian food, including classic Japanese, Chinese, and Thai specialties. Menu items include everything from Sushi Rolls and Chow Mein to Pad Thai, Fried Rice, and more. The atmosphere is friendly and casual. Comments from ODKers include: “Best Chinese food in College Park”

Pizza Authentico- has been serving the Washington DC Metropolitan area for 10 years. They make their own fresh dough balls and sauces in an atmosphere that feels just like home. The menu includes Neapolitan pizza, stromboli, grilled paninis, salads, breakfast, and gelato. Comments from ODKers: “The atmosphere in Pizza Authentico is really nice.”


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ODK Alumni Updates Thanks to all of you who keep us informed of your activities. If we haven't heard from you recently, drop us a note. You may use the form on the back of the newsletter or send us your updates on the web at www.odk.umd.edu. Please forgive us if the information below is a little dated. It is very difficult to have up-to-date news when we only publish our newsletter twice a year. But here is what we have and we hope you enjoy reading about your friends! Fred and Linda Vogelgesang ’77, continue to enjoy their empty nest, but with Linda working full time with St. Johns Church, and Fred enjoying retirement by raising “succulents” and walking 4-5 miles a day, their lives stay very, very busy. Timmy Ruppersberger ’77, is the President of the Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors. She is using her finely tuned persuasion skills as a public finance lawyer to get more Terps involved. [So, if you would like to get involved, why not contact Timmy - now!!!] Luis Luna ’78, and his wife, Bonnie, are back in Washington, DC, where Luis has accepted a job as Vice President of Federal Affairs for the American Gas Association, made up of natural gas utilities. He works daily with Congress and federal agencies and says that he “loves it.” [Congratulations Luis, and welcome back.]

John Fraser ‘79 and his family

Rick Inguanti ’79, like many other ODK alums, is now in the college application process for son #1, Michael.

[Don’t forget to send in that UM application, Michael!] Stuart Bowers ’81, has merged his company, Finix Business Solutions, with DST Systems, and formed DST Brokerage Solutions, where Stuart will serve as Chief Operating Officer. DST Brokerage Solutions is a technology service company committed to fundamentally impacting the way the brokerage market conducts business.

Department at Maryland and is also co-directing a doctoral dissertation. [And, major kudos to Nancy as she got rave reviews as the Commencement Speaker at the department’s graduation ceremonies last year.]

Clyde Taber ‘84 and family

The Steve Carlson ‘82 Family

Clyde Taber ’84, tells us that his Visual Story Network continues to grow, and now includes 150 organizations and 1000 “media innovators” in 50 countries.

Claude Pupkin ’84 was named CEO of Genie Energy, LTD, a New York Stock Exchange Listed company (ticker symbol GNE), working to develop technologies that produce clean transportation fuels. Genie Energy has two active projects, one in Colorado and the second one in Israel. Dr. Nancy Pearl Solomon ’84, saw her Center at Walter Reed Medical Center closed as a part of the Base Realignment and Closure procedure, and moved to the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Montgomery County, Maryland. But, she reports that things are working out quite well. She also continues teaching a graduate course in the Hearing and Speech


Evelyn, Jonathan, Brian and Marty Goldberg ‘84

Burman Berger ’85, is still enjoying tax accounting, and is now partnering on a new online venture, www.prepaycpa.com. [He says that they are looking for reps if you are interested.]

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Laurie Head Atkinson ’90, and her husband, Jay, are following their entrepreneurial spirit by founding the AIS Network, a cloud computing company. But, her number one commitment continues to be sons Jack (6) and Will (3).

Ron ‘85 and Caryn ‘84 Williams and children, Arleen and Evan

Michele Barone Hunn ’85, has had a great year but with a couple of lows. Highs: Wonderful trip to California, playing tennis, a Katy Perry concert, volunteer work with Maternity Care Coalition, and 3 wonderful children. Lows: Phillies lose in October and she didn’t get to see any Broadway shows in New York. [Michele, it tears us up to think of the Phillies losing - not!!!] Eric Young ’89, continues to love his work with the Georgetown University MBA Career Center, which has enabled him to resume his international travel.

Edward Dovel ’90 has celebrated more than 18 years of marriage and has three boys, ages 16, 14 (with both at Mt. Saint Joe High School) and 12 years old. They’re beginning the college search, with University of Maryland high on the list. Ed asks that we take up valuable newsletter real estate to give a shout out to Dru Bagwell, who he considers to be among the most incredible people he’s ever met. [We couldn’t agree more, Ed!]

LEADER Global Logistics & Mobility Services, a 120 year old storage company.

George Stathis ‘92 and his family

Kimya Jones ’92 graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1995 and went on to become a former prosecutor and current Assistant General Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice. Kimya and her husband, Tom, welcomed their son, Asa, in to the world on August 29, 2011. [Congrats, Kimya!]

“The Golden 3" (Sherita Hill ‘90)

Dr. Sherita Hill-Golden ’90, continues to combine clinical research, teaching and patient care as a member of the Endocrine Faculty at Johns Hopkins. Monica Boner ’92, is climbing up the corporate ladder, serving as Director of Marketing for The Secor Group,

The Ken Brown ‘93 Family

Dr. Ken Brown ’93, delivered the “Last Lecture” to University of Iowa graduating seniors last spring, a tremendous honor that one faculty member gets selected to do each year. [Congratulations Professor Brown on this significant achievement!!!]

Julie Young ‘89 and sons (not the cat)

Paul Carlson ’93, has transitioned his business from Merrill Lynch/Bank of America to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and is enjoying helping people achieve their financial goals.

Julie Young ’89, has completed a Master’s in Special Education and is back teaching in Montgomery County Schools. Dawn Nichols ‘92 and her family


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Rachael, Jack and Ryan Spiegel ‘00 Paul Carlson ’93 and family

Angela Andreae Tuell ’02 with husband, Brian, and their newborn twins

their twins into the world. Daughter, Addison Louise and Aiden Tuell were born on September 24, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. [Welcome, Baby Tuells!] Victoria (Kalasinsky) Schulman ’07 currently resides in New York with her husband, Paul, and is pursuing her PhD in Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology. Kyle ‘01, Jessica and Esther Lynn Beardsley

Kyle Beardsley ’01, and his wife, Jessica, welcomed daughter Esther Lynn on August 27, 2011. [Congratulations to Kyle and grandma Kathy, as well!!] In addition, Kyle’s book “The Mediation Dilemma” was published and received great reviews. The Gomes - Casey, Bailey, Eliana and Remy Shaffer ‘00

Angela Andreae Tuell ’02 and her husband, Brian, recently welcomed

Megan Harvey ’09 was promoted to Consultant and accepted in to Deloitte Consulting’s Graduate School Assistance Program. Christina Colasanto ’11 made the move to Cambridge, MA to take a Residence Director position at Lesley University after graduating from the University of Maryland this past May with her Master’s in Higher Education Administration.

FACULTY/STAFF UPDATES Matt Supple, has taken his comprehensive exams and has been advanced to candidacy for his doctorate in College Student Personnel. [Congratulations, Matt!!]

IN MEMORIAM Matt and Brooke Supple and daughters

Richard M. Lee ‘40 passed away on November 24, 2011. Our thoughts are with his family.


Dale Vander Wall’s Family

Sigma Circle quiz answers: 1.-C, 2.-D, 3.-F, 4.-A, 5.-A

Ken Hall ‘94 and his family

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t the age of 20, Ola Ojewumi has accomplished more in her short life than most people do in a lifetime. Ola has been a leader since she was a young woman. At the


age of 12, Ola received a heart and kidney transplant. Though she still suffers from an immune disease and relies on a wheelchair, as a result of her life-saving experience, Ola vowed to make an impact with her new life. Ola founded the Sacred Hearts Children’s Transplant Foundation and Project A.S.C.E.N.D. and has never looked back. She raises awareness about organ donation, supports local public service projects, and conducts an annual teddy bear drive for children’s hospitals. She has provided funding for a summer camp for teen girls, reaching over 100 girls in the DC metro area. As a result, she has been recognized by MTVU, Marie Claire, and the United Nations, among others. Ola is a very hard working student leader. She cares very much about


doing the right things in the right way and works tirelessly to make things happen. She plans to pursue a career in public policy and public health and has worked as an intern for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. In recent years, Ola has sharpened her focus on mentorship for girls in low-income communities. Through her roles on the American Association for University Women National Student Advisory Board, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Domestic Policy Council, Ola has committed herself to girls’ empowerment and mentoring efforts. Ola’s impact on our community will be felt for years to come. She is truly a leader among leaders in our University community.

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CALVERT COTILLION 2012 ODKers and their friends had a great time at Calvert Cotillion 2012!

ODKers Kate Hartinger,Vice President Christina Buckless, Emily Wilson and President Melissa Nathanson

ODKers Anna Kowalczyk, Judy Lansky, and Hagar Hauser

ODKer Evan McQuirns and friend Jamison Smith

Friend Rachita Uppal with ODKers Priyanka Gokhale, Hagar Hauser, Judy Lansky and Melissa Nathanson

Officers Melissa Nathanson, Scott Shuffield, Christina Buckless and Robbie Rosenthal

ODKers Corie Stretton, Jen Cohen, Lisa Davies and friend Molly Pritts

ODK Officers Scott Shuffield, Melissa Nathanson, Jen Cohen, Christina Buckless, Lisa Davies and Robbie Rosenthal

ODKer’s Payal Patel and Melissa Nathanson




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