Riley Whitney, Lake Mills resident and sophomore at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, recently joined top leaders and scholars upon induction into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the National Leadership Honor Society. ODK has approximately 300 chapters established at universities across the United States. At St. Lawrence, the chapter presently consists of approximately 60 members.
Applicants must demonstrate exemplary scholarship in addition to participation in 5 pillars of leadership and involvement: scholarship, athletics, service, communications, and arts. If admitted, new members officially join the society in a ceremony celebrating their involvement and accomplishments, hosted by St. Lawrence University President Bill Fox.
Whitney earned Dean’s List honors while working as a writing center tutor, an Orientation Leader for first-year students, and an ambassador in the St. Lawrence Office of Admissions; she also formerly sat on the executive board of campus government. Athletically, Whitney was named the 2018 Most Valuable Performer of the university’s NCAA Division 1 alpine ski team and earned NCAA/USCSA All-Academic honors.
As a Geology major and Outdoor Studies minor, Whitney will spend the summer conducting glacial research with her professor and the Geological Survey of Alaska before traveling abroad to the University of Otago, New Zealand for a semester, where she will utilize a grant awarded to her to continue exploring her interests in glacial geology and geomorphology while backpacking in Fjordland National Park.