Leadership Honor Societies

Wilks provides oversight and advising for two student honor societies at Miami University: Sigma Alpha Pi and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Sigma Alpha Pi LogoSigma Alpha Pi: The National Society of Leadership and Success

Sigma Alpha Pi is one of the largest national college leadership honor societies (not a fraternity or sorority) in the United States with almost 492 active chapters and 529,442 members. First and second year Miami students are invited to join each year based on academic record and achievement.

Select students are invited to join Sigma Alpha Pi at the start of each academic semester. To learn more about Sigma Alpha Pi, we compiled a comprehensive list of FAQs.

Member benefits include:

  • The opportunity to apply for over $200,000 annually in awards and scholarships;
  • Leadership certification (a valuable asset on your resume);
  • Participation in exclusive events on campus (offering opportunities to develop leadership skills and gain experience setting and achieving goals);
  • Access to an exclusive online job bank;
  • The chance to network with other top students at Miami;
  • Discounts that can save you money on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, and car insurance.

After you receive an invitation and pay the one-time membership fee ($85), you'll receive communication from the Sigma Alpha Pi Executive Board about next steps and opportunities. We hold Orientation sessions for all new members each semester as this is a required component of membership. In addition, there are speaker broadcasts, opportunities to work in small groups regarding goal setting and achievement (called success networking teams), a leadership training day, and more.

Review the Sigma Alpha Pi Hub site. If you have specific questions about Sigma Alpha Pi, please contact the President of Sigma Alpha Pi, Mary Carnal (carnalme@miamioh.edu) or the group's advisers, Courtney Wallace (wallacc5@miamioh.edu) and Peter Wilkinson (wilksleadership@miamioh.edu).


Omicron Delta Kappa: The National Leadership Honor Society

Omicron Delta Kappa wreath logoOmicron Delta Kappa (ODK), was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. ODK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship.

Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.

The Society recognizes achievement in the following five areas:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Athletics
  3. Campus or Community Service, Social or Religious Activities and Campus Government
  4. Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  5. Creative and Performing Arts

The Miami Alpha Sigma Circle of ODK was originally chartered from 1934 until 1998. In February of 2014, a group of campus student leaders successfully re-chartered the Circle at Miami. View the Omicron Delta Kappa Hub site or contact odk@MiamiOH.edu for more information.