Rhodes College Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa Selects New Members


Publication Date: 4/22/2008

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is a national honorary fraternity founded in 1914.  Its purpose is to recognize the leaders in college activities, to bring together representative men and women from the student body, the faculty and the community, and to promote the best interests of the college and the student body. In 1927, Omicron Delta Kappa established a chapter at Rhodes College, making it the oldest honor society on campus.

The Rhodes chapter of ODK, known as the Phi Circle, has selected 32 students on the basis of their outstanding record of leadership and service to their community.

Those selected from the Class of 2008 are:

Luke Archer, History Major of Manchester, TN
Activities: Honor Roll, Captain of Rhodes Ultimate Frisbee Team, Chess Club at Cypress Middle School

Diana Comes, English Major of Myakka City, FL
Activities: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2008 Candidate for Degree with Honors, Rhodes College Women’s Center, Rhodes College V-Day, The Southwestern Review, McCoy Theatre’s  “On the Verge,” Women’s Chorus

Matthew Horton, Religious Studies Major of Richmond, VA
Activities: Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies Fellow, Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies Honor Society, Mortar Board, Senior College Honor Society, President Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, “More Than Art,” Tex Mex Spring Break Mission Trip, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Rhodes Jazz Ensemble, Woolsocks

John Hurd, Religious Studies Major of Kennesaw, GA
Activities: Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Honor Society, Army ROTC, Varsity Letterman Football, Resident Assistant, Volunteer at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and Rhodes Football Food Drives

Lauren Kennedy, Art History Major of Flower Mound, TX
Activities: Presidential Scholar, Dean’s List, CODA Fellow, Chi Omega, Art Club, Student Advocates for the Arts

Sara LaPlante, Greek and Roman Studies Major of Carrollton, TX
Activities: Bellingrath Fellow, Mortar Board, Jack Russell Award for Excellence in First Year Mathematics, Classics Honor Society, Cross Country, Track, Residence Life Resident Assistant, Planned Parenthood Intern, Rhodes Gay Straight Alliance, Rhodes College Safe Zone, Snowden Aftercare, Refugee Empowerment

Madoline Markham, History Major of Birmingham, AL
Activities: Phi Alpha Theta, Eta Sigma Phi, Mortar Board, University Fellow, Dean’s List, Honor Roll, Rhodes College Diplomats, Tutor at Cypress Middle School, CHEERS (Coalition Helping Educate and Empower Rhodes Students), Lynx Yearbook Editor, Publications Board

Jim Short, Theatre Major of St. Charles, MO
Activities:  Rhodes Fine Arts Fellow, Mark Lee Stephens Theatre Scholarship, Intramural Soccer, Flag Football and Kickball, Springdale Elementary Tutor, Snowden Adopt-A-Friend, Instructor of After School Acting Program at Lausanne Elementary, Fine Arts Audition, Training at Commedia Dell’Arte Conservatory in Arezzo, Italy, McCoy Theatre’s  “Ubu Roi,” “The Tempest,” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Robert Shreve, Political Science Major of Mobile, AL
Activities: Dean’s List, Presidential Fellow, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity President, Rhodes Student Government Senator, Adopt-A-Friend Mentor, Tuesday Fellowship, Relief Trip to Hurricane Katrina Affected Areas

Those selected from the Class of 2009 are:

Taylor Barnes, History Major of St. Louis, MO
Activities:  Honor Roll, Women’s Studies Symposium 2007, Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies Fellow, Assistant Editor for Rhodes Historical Review, Alpha Omicron Pi, V-Day Leadership Team, Summer Service Fellow

Emily Broocks, English Major of Ruston, LA
Activities:  Honor Roll, Dean’s List, NCAA Academic-All- American, SCAC Academic Honor Roll, First SCAC Women’s Relay Team to Ever Compete at NCAA Division III National Championship, School Record Holder in 4 x 400 Relay, Kappa Delta Sorority, RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), Tuesday Fellowship, Fellowship Memphis, Dance For A Cure

Jill Carr, Economics and Math Double Major of Houston, TX
Activities: Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society, Bellingrath Fellow, Rhodes Student Government Vice President and President Elect, Tuesday Fellowship, Kappa Delta Sorority, Adopt-A- Friend Coordinator

Douglas Degges, Art Major of Shreveport, LA
Activities: Kappa Sigma Scholar, Summer Service Fellow, Dean’s List, University Fellow, Intramural Basketball, Football, and Soccer, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Peer Ministry Council, Habitat for Humanity, Greenline Clean Up, RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), Art Club, Architectural Intern at Pat Velley Mugruder Architects, Urban Art Commission Summer Intern

JoAnna Halk, History Major of Sunnyvale, CA
Activities: Mortar Board, Phi Alpha Theta, Souper Contact Coordinator, Hope House Volunteer, Adopt-A-Friend, Rhodes Hollywood Springdale Volunteer/Intern, RSAP Bonner Center

Heather Houser, Economics and International Studies Double Major of Canyon, TX
Activities: Dean’s List, Honor Roll, Mortar Board, Buckman Fellowship for Study Abroad, Sigma Iota Rho, Snowden Adopt-A-Friend, “Great Strides” at Cypress Middle School, Community Garden Midtown, Assistant Editor of Sigma Iota Rho’s Modus Vivendi.

Shannon King, Theatre and Psychology Double Major of Cordova, TN
Activities: Member of Psi Chi Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta Honor Society, Rhodes College Women’s Center Campus Liaison and First Responder Crisis Hotline, Fine Arts Fellow, Mark Lee Stephens Scholar, Play Finding Committee

Tyler Koestner, Chemistry Major of Franklin, TN
Activities: Honor Scholarship, Hope Scholarship, General Assembly Merit Scholarship, Mortar Board, Jack Russell Award for Outstanding Work in Mathematics, First Year Chemistry Award, Kinney Site Coordinator, Chemistry Tutor, Belize Summer Service Trip, Habitat for Humanity

Justin LeBlanc, Physics Major of Harrison, AR
Activities: Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, University Fellow, Goldwater Fellowship Nominee, Jack A. Belz-Leonid Saharovici Award for Excellence in Studying and Researching the Holocaust, “Faces of Rhodes,” RSAP for Physics Department, Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory Assistant, Astronomy Laboratory Assistant, Member of Society of Physics Students, URCAS, Physics Department Seminar, Division of Nuclear Physics Conference for Undergraduates, Webmaster on Rhodes Radio Executive Board.

Ben Lyon, Economics and International Studies Double Major of Fort Smith, AR
Activities: 2006-07 ODK Sophomore Man of the Year, Mortar Board, Rhodes Student Government Senator, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Teaching Assistant at American Way Middle School, Head Resident Assistant

Thorne Maginnis, Political Science Major of Covington, LA
Activities: Dean’s List, Honor Roll, University Fellow, Search Advisory Council, Intramural Basketball, Soccer, Football, and Wiffleball, Rhodes College Honor Council Vice President and President elect, Rhodes Ambassadors

Cord McLean, Anthropology and Sociology Major of Chapel Hill, TN
Activities: Honor Roll, Best First Year French Student, Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, Mortar Board, Gates Millennium Scholar, I AM Phase III Program Director, PeaceJam Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator, Black Student Association President, Peer Assistant, Community Mentoring Outreach Services, Inc., Publications Coordinator

Lars Nelson, History and Religious Studies Double Major of Shreveport, LA
Activities:  Kappa Sigma Scholarship, Leadership Award, Dean’s List, Phi Alpha Theta, Mortar Board, Order of Omega Honor Society, Ultimate Frisbee, Intramurals Basketball, Football, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Tuesday Fellowship Campus Ministry Leadership Team, Honor Council Class Representative, Adopt-A-Friend Mentor Program, Rhodes Ambassadors

Jenny Phillips, History Major of Birmingham, AL
Activities:  Honor Roll, University Fellow, IES Leadership and Community Involvement Scholarship, Outstanding Second Year Spanish Student Award, Milton P. Brown, Jr. Award, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society, Mortar Board, Mortar Board Sophomore Woman of the Year, Intramural Basketball, Soccer, Kappa Delta, Tex-Mex Border Ministry, Rhodes College Diplomats, Rhodes Indian Cultural Exchange, Springdale Elementary Tutor, Snowden Middle School Classroom Assistant, Tuesday Fellowship

Noah Pittman, Political Science Major of Collierville, TN
Activities:  2007 Yerger Hunt Clifton Scholarship for British Studies, 2006 Seidman Award for Best First Year Political Science Student, 2005 Cambridge Scholarship, Phi Alpha Theta, Eta Sigma Phi, Mortar Board, Intramural Basketball and Racquetball, Rhodes Student Government Election Commissioner, Mortar Board President-Elect, Snowden Elementary Aftercare, Rhodes College Diplomats, Rhodes Tex-Mex, Intern for Harold Ford, Jr. U. S. Senate Campaign, Resident Assistant, Male Resident Assistant of the Year 2007, Rhodes Historical Review, Mock Trial

Rebekah Russ, Biology Major of Franklin, TX
Activities: Dean’s List, Faces of Rhodes, Track and Field, Chi Alpha Sigma, St. Jude Memphis Grizzlies House Volunteer Coordinator, Up Til’ Dawn, MED Volunteer

Anthony Siracusa, History Major of Memphis, TN
Activities: Bonner Scholar, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies Fellow, Kepple Writing Prize, Patterson Award for Religious Studies, Rhodes Summer Service Fellow, First Congregational Church Intern, Revolutions Community Bike Shop Director, The Commercial Appeal Lifecycles Columnist, Band Member of PEZZ, The Welfare State, Burg the Living, and 2 Daughters and a Wife

Evan Somers, Chemistry and Economics Double Major of Indianapolis, IN
Activities: Rhodes College Dean’s Fellowship, Omicron Delta Epsilon Vice President, Beta Beta Beta Associate Member, Souper Contact Volunteer, Rhodes Rebuilds, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Volunteer, Rhodes College Orchestra

Dustin Sump, Economics Major of St. Louis, MO
Activities: Honor Roll, Dean’s List, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Presidential Scholarship, Mortar Board, Green Bay Marathon, Kappa Sigma Treasurer, Model UN Leadership Team, Souper Contact, Community Service Organization Moderator, Campus Community Development Program Intern

Lauren Tull, Political Science Major of Waco, TX
Activities:  Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, Rhodes College Honor Roll, Rhodes-Hollywood-Spingdale Partnership Tutoring Coordinator, Delta Delta Delta, Rhodes Student Government Representative, Rhodes Pan-Hellenic Council, Published Research Paper from Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies on the Crime Bill of 1994 and The Violence Against Women Act Using Presidential Papers From the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

Lucas Warth, Religious Studies Major of Ames, IA
Activities: Honor Roll, Theta Alpha Kappa, Chi Alpha Sigma, Joseph Reeves Hyde Award in Religious Studies, Cross Country, Track, 2007 All Region Team Cross Country, 2005-07 All Academic SCAC Cross Country, 2006 All Academic SCAC Track, 2006 All Conference 4 x 400, Mineral Wells United Methodist Church Youth Group Volunteer, RUF (Reformed University Fellowship)

Kristin Wheeler, Biology Major of Little Rock, AR
Activities: Margaret Hyde Council Fellowship for Study Abroad, Honor Roll, Rhodes Christian Fellowship, Language Center RSAP, Peer Assistant, Tex-Mex Border Ministry, Intern at Clinica Esperanza, Intern at Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, URCAS Student Volunteer Coordinator

Alex Woods, Chemistry Major of Texarkana, TX
Activities: Ralph C. Hon Scholarship, Member of British Studies Learning Community, Goldwater Scholarship Nominee, Phi Alpha Theta, Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow, Rhodes-UT Neurosurgery Research Fellow, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Rhodes Student Government Senator, Allocations Board Member, Tutor at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

ODK also recognizes leadership and excellence demonstrated by the Rhodes faculty.  Dr. Stephen Ceccoli, Associate Professor and Chair of the International Studies Department, was selected for this honor.

Officers for Omicron Delta Kappa are President Nici Thomas, Vice President Ryan Dagen, Secretary Katie Henderson, and Elections Tara Daniel.