Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ODK at UMD

This past weekend I was in College Park, MD for an unofficial reunion with my closest college girl friends Laurie, Rachel, Christina, and Kelly. We attended the Virgina Tech vs. Terps game (that didn't go so well for the Terps) and had a lot of bonding time. One thing that I wanted to do was to stop by the Omicron Delta Kappa fountain on McKeldin Mall. ODK is an honor society at UMD founded in 1927. One of the benefits of membership is that you get your name engraved on a big fountain. Every two years, they pull up one of the blank stones and engrave it with the name of the members who joined over the last few years. Since I hadn't been back in a while, I hadn't yet seen my name on the fountain.

On the way home from the game, Kelly, Christina, and I made a detour to find my name - and there it was right under Christina's husband! It was lots of fun to see my name.

My grandfather was actually in ODK at Georgia Tech in the 1930s (he studied electrical engineering). Upon my grandmother's death, I got a really special charm bracelet with all the charms my grandfather collected in college - two of which were ODK and Tau Beta Pi (an engineering honor society). I was also in these two societies and have added my identical charms to the bracelet. I have both sets of charms on the same bracelet... it is pretty cool because our graduation dates are separated by 67 years .

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