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Former UA Presidents to Receive ODK Living Legends Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Iota Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa at The University of Alabama will present the Living Legends Award to Drs. Joab Thomas and Roger Sayers, former UA presidents, on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the University Club.

The Living Legends award is the highest honor bestowed by ODK.

The honor, developed in the mid-1990s by the Iota Circle, recognizes individuals who have represented UA in diverse ways while embodying the values, ideals and characters that ODK espouses.  Thomas and Sayers were selected because of their contributions to the goals and ideals of higher education. Thomas was UA’s 23rd president, serving from 1981-1988, while Sayers was the 24th, serving from 1988-1996.

The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, exemplary character and leadership.

Founded at UA in 1924, membership in ODK is a mark of the highest distinction and honor. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society.

The purpose of ODK is to recognize students who have attained high standards in collegiate activities, to inspire others to strive for similar achievements, and to bring together students in all areas of college life: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social and religious activities; campus government; journalism, speech and mass media; and creative and performing arts.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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  • SOURCE: Kathleen Gillan, UA Greek Affairs, 205/348-2693