Joplin, MO (SNS) – Forty students, two faculty members and University President Dr. Alan Marble were inducted into the Golden Crest Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa during a ceremony held Nov. 15 at Missouri Southern State University.

Membership into the national leadership honor society is based on exemplary leadership, scholarship and character. The society recognizes achievement in five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus and community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and mass media; and the creative and performing arts.

Michelle R. Burke, ODK national vice president, gave congratulatory remarks. She presented the 2015 Morlan-Bishop Outstanding Faculty Officer Award to Dr. Elaine Freeman, retired professor of teacher education. Burke also presented the 2015 Student Leader of the Year Award in the area of Creative and Performing Arts to past ODK Student President Bethany Mullins, senior music performance and instrumental music education major.

ODK was founded Dec. 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. There are currently more than 200 active circles at colleges and universities across the United States.

Those initiated during the ceremony were:

Dr. Alan D. Marble, honoris causa, Neosho
Dr. David L. Sharlow, faculty, Joplin
Dr. Karen M. Kostan, faculty, Carthage
Ashley Abeyta, LaCygne, Kan.
Diana Karen Aguinaga, Carthage
Theresa D. Botzow, Monett
Forrest Bunter, Neosho
Paige Burris, Joplin
Breana R. Clark, Joplin
Kandace D. Eck, Sarcoxie
Joshua Foster, Bella Vista, Ark.
Blair Freed, Joplin
Taylor Diahann Gaines, Miami, Okla.
Emily Kay Harris, Farmington
Brooke Henry Gariss, Neosho
Kurt Housh, Carthage
Jayce Hylton, Carl Junction
Hannah Ishmael, Sand Springs, Okla.
Kyle Jacobs, Joplin
Rachel Leighann Weaver Johnson, Joplin
Tyler Matthew Jones, Webb City
Jennifer Journeycake, Afton, Okla.
Allison Kean, Joplin
Bria Rose Lamica, Joplin
Cole M. Lawver, Joplin
Holly Loncarich, Joplin
Alex Mauser, Joplin
MiLeah McGuire, Joplin
Samuel Lee Miller, Richland
Lucas Eli Moran, Joplin
John Hai Duong Nguyen, Joplin
Ashlea Danielle Norman, Joplin
Kristina Pritchard, Liberal
Lindsey Elyse Quattlebaum, Bella Vista, Ark.
Holly Ratliff, Valley Center, Kan.
Nicholas Ryan Reddy, Independence, Kan.
Matthew Robertson, Carthage
Drake Smelser, Hillsboro
Erika Shaun Smith, Joplin
Alexandra Noelle Starks, Sugar Land, Texas
Dana Stiles, Joplin
Garret T. Ward, Joplin
Rachel Kristin Whitehead, Seneca

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