On the evening of April 13, 2008, in conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) initiation ceremony, the national organization presented John Thelin, University Research Professor in the UK College of Education, with the Eldridge W. Roark Meritorious Service Award. The Roark award is presented to individuals who have shown varied and meritorious service to ODK. Thelin has been a member of the society since 2000 when he was initiated as a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Since then he has been an active supporter of the UK Circle (chapter) and he served as the keynote speaker of the 2007 ODK summer board meeting held in Lexington.
Thelin is currently a professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. He is the author of several books and articles concerning higher education, including “Games Colleges Play” and “A History of American Higher Education,” which has become the premier academic text on the history of our higher education system. He is considered to be among ODK’s most distinguished and cherished members.
ODK, the national leadership honor society for college students, recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. ODK was founded Dec. 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University, by 15 student and faculty leaders. ODK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities; membership in ODK is a mark of highest distinction and honor. The society is now present on the campuses of over 300 colleges around the country.