Omicron Delta Kappa honors some of UK’s note-worthy leaders


President Eli Capilouto stands with Racha Haffar, who teaches at UK and is a women’s rights activist and Tunisian journalist. Haffar was awarded the a Leadership Award from Omicron Delta Kappa on Monday.

Mikayla Carter

The Third Annual Leadership Awards hosted by Omicron Delta Kappa honored UK faculty, prominent community members and note-worthy university students for their outstanding leadership throughout Lexington.

ODK, a leadership honor society on campus, gathered 15 finalists drawn from faculty, students and community activists in the Lexmark room of the Main Building on campus Monday to receive awards and be congratulated by UK President Eli Capilouto.

The three winners were a third-year pharmacy student Erica Krantz, a member of the Kentucky Alliance of Pharmacy Students (KAPS) and a volunteer for 4-Paw for Ability, assistant professor in the College of Education Dr. Christine Mallozzi, who works with the Carnegie Center and includes service-learning projects in her class curriculum, and Fulbright scholar Racha Haffar, who teaches at UK, is a women’s rights activist and a Tunisian journalist.

“(The ceremony) demonstrates all the different types of leaderships over the whole entire campus,” Krantz said. “It is really cool to bring different leaders together.”

Communications senior and president of Omicron Delta Kappa Christina Walker opened the ceremony by inviting guests to stand and examine the various place markers lying around the tables.

“These specific characteristics and qualities embody leadership,” said Walker, referring to the qualities printed on the place markers.

Walker then introduced  Capilouto, who spoke about his own leadership experiences in college.

“When I was in college it was a rather turbulent time on campuses throughout the United States,” Capilouto said, referring to the various protests of the Vietnam War. “In all that turbulence I learned many lessons.”

One of the main lessons he learned from his own university president was to be constructive in disagreement.

“Who you disagree with on one day, you may have to agree with in a couple of weeks,” Capilouto said.

Guest speaker Terry Brockman described his own experiences in leadership through his military service in Iraq.

“What is leadership? Can anyone tell me?” Brockman said. “Leadership is solely and only service, and what you do for others,”

The Jerry Claiborne Distinguished Member Scholarship was also awarded to Omicron Delta Kappa member Ryan Wilson and ODK Vice President Sara Baker.

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