Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year
Congratulations, Morgan Ottley, for being awarded 2021 Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year!
Morgan used every opportunity to create positive change in the Pitt community. She successfully advocated to incorporate African and Caribbean Dance into Pitt’s Dance Ensemble, advocated for increased funding for Black student organizations, and much more. Morgan is graduating with a major in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Dance. She currently serves as the President of the Black Action Society, the Mu Chapter Officer and Treasurer of Delta Sigma Theta, and an SGB Liaison and Chairperson of the Board of Presidents for the Black Senate. Morgan plans to pursue a post-baccalaureate research education program after graduation.
Congratulations to the 2021 Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year Award Finalists!
This year’s Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year Award finalists have proven that their involvement at the University of Pittsburgh has shaped them into the students and people that they are today. These students have made a lasting impact on the Pitt community as well as on the students, staff, and faculty they have come in contact with while serving the University and making a difference.
Major: Biology and French
Minor: Chemistry and Sociology
Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine
Alison made the most of her time at Pitt, by pursuing a double major in Biology and French, minors in Chemistry and Sociology, and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. She values stepping out of her comfort zone, which she did as a first-year student by traveling with Global Medical Brigades to Honduras, an organization in which she now serves as the President. Outside of coursework, Alison works as the founder and President of AMC Artistic Art Brand, the Service Chair of Phi Sigma Pi, and a student tutor of biology, chemistry, and French.
Minor: Africana Studies
Cameron used his time at Pitt to showcase his drive and dedication as a leader through his passions. Cameron serves as the President of Phi Beta Sigma, the President of the Pan-Caribbean Alliance, and the Vice President of Finance of Friendly Rivalries Often Generate Success, a mentoring organization for Black male students pursuing pre-med. Cameron is graduating this spring with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Africana Studies.
Beatrice (Bea) Fadrigon
Bea uses her opportunities in leadership to apply a lens of equitable social justice when it comes to the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and disability. She has done this through research as a Psychology major and in various roles working toward equality and inclusivity on campus. Bea also co-founded and currently serves as the President of AQUARIUS, an organization that recognizes the intersections of race and sexuality/gender identity, and serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair of the Student Government Board.
Blya uses her art as a voice of advocacy to empower those within the Black community, a goal prompted by her journey being born and raised in Cote D’Ivoire and moving to the United States at age eight. She is graduating with an Art major and a French minor this spring and serves on the Black Senate’s Mural, People’s Voice, and Pitt Police/SGB/BS committees. She is also the Head Designer of the Forbes and Fifth journal and has been featured in many art exhibitions and publications.
Major: Spanish and Chemistry
During her time at Pitt, Mary recognizes that being a leader and making big changes can happen in small moments helping others. Mary is graduating with a major in Biology and minors in Spanish and Chemistry and plans to attend Harvard Medical School. She was honored with the Stamps Leadership Scholar award as a first-year student and has since served as the Vice President of the American Chemical Society Executive Board and assisted in a variety of biology research projects both at Pitt and the University of Cambridge.
Major: Chemistry and Dance
Morgan used every opportunity to create positive change in the Pitt community. She successfully advocated to incorporate African and Caribbean Dance into Pitt’s Dance Ensemble, advocated for increased funding for Black student organizations, and much more. Morgan is graduating with a major in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Dance. She currently serves as the President of the Black Action Society, the Mu Chapter Officer and Treasurer of Delta Sigma Theta, and an SGB Liaison and Chairperson of the Board of Presidents for the Black Senate.
Major: Communication Rhetoric
Major: Applied Statistics
Taylor believes in selfless service, advocacy, and leadership “even when no one is watching.” After graduating from the Ellis School for Girls and becoming an alumna of the Fund for the Advancement of Minorities through Education (FAME) Program, Taylor was honored with the Stamps Leadership Scholarship as a first-year student. Taylor is graduating with a major in Communication Rhetoric and a minor in Applied Statistics before completing an Accelerated Master’s program in Epidemiology. She currently holds leadership positions on the EPI Student Liaison Committee and the Social Justice Action Committee in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health.
Nneoma is passionate about equitable access to education and healthcare, which she has spent her time at Pitt studying and pursuing. She will be graduating this year with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Chemistry before completing the Accelerated Master’s program in Epidemiology next spring. She is a leader in the Pitt community as the President of the RISE Student Mentoring Program, an ambassador in the African Studies Center, a member of the Black Senate’s Board of President, and much more.
Past ODK Senior of the Year Award Winners
2020: Jordan Fields
2019: Madeline Guido
2018: Javhon Dockerty
2017: Marcus Robinson
2016: Eleanora Kaloyeropoulou
2015: Dhanalakshmi Thiyagarajan
2015: Michael Nites
2014: Louie Al-Hashimi
2014: Zachary Patton
2013: Katherine Malekoff
2012: Molly Steiber
2012: Kelvin Luu
2011: David Gau
2010: Marc Schutzbank
2010: Max Greenwald
2009: James Ostendorf
2009: Robert Sumter Link
2008: Shady Henien
2007: Joseph Pasqualichio
2007: Andrea Youngo
2006: Greg Heller-LaBelle
2005: David Gorley
2005: Elizabeth Blasi