Leadership & Service Awards
The program serves as an opportunity for members of the campus community to nominate students, faculty and staff for a variety of honors. The annual Leadership & Service Awards program brings together approximately 400 campus community members each April.
Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.
The Ashland University circle of ΟΔΚ was founded on March 18, 2012 with members representing a variety of areas of campus, as well as notable administrators such as Ashland University President Fred Finks and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Sue Heimann. On April 28, 2013, 107 students were initiated in to the Ashland University circle of ΟΔΚ.
The Society recognizes achievement in the following five areas: Scholarship; Athletics; Campus or Community Service; Social or Religious Activities and Campus Government; Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media; and Creative and Performing Arts.
Student Leadership Challenge
Student leadership development is a critical aspect of a student's experience at Ashland University. The Student Leadership Office provides programs to strengthen and develop leadership skills; the Student Leadership Challenge Series is an ongoing program that students are welcome to attend to learn more about themselves as leaders. The series is developed using a framework of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership from The Student Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner (2008). This framework consists of the following principles: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart.
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Each year, a select group of students are honored as recipients of the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award, which is considered one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow upon a student. This exclusive honor was awarded to 103 Ashland University seniors for the 2012-2013 academic year.