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Published on April 18th, 2017 | by Wil Fisackerly


ODK hosts Biannual Lecture Series, Prepares for the Future

Dr. Malcom Manners was the featured faculty member last Wednesday, delivering the spring lecture for the Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series.

The ODK Faculty Lecture Series asks professors the philosophical question, “If I only had one lecture to give, what would I say?”. Dr. Manners’ lecture was entitled “You Could Change the World,” which covered Dr. Manners’ experiences traveling the world and how even the smallest works can create positive change.

“I think if you’re just looking at the meaning of your life, probably the best thing that you can do is make the world a better place,” Dr. Manners said. “That was my kind of thinking behind it.”

Each semester ODK members nominate faculty members for the lecture series. ODK president Jenna Iacovino said that the members, also known as a circle, vote on one speaker.

In past semesters, voting on one professor was challenging. Iacovino said that this semester was far easier.

“Dr. Manners was a hands-down winner,” Iacovino said. “He has struck a lot of students with his personality and willingness to be around and available.”

When Manners was notified of the nomination, he did not know too much about the lecture series. He said that once he realized the implications, he considered it a big honor.

Manners’ lecture detailed his experiences working with agriculture in numerous countries, including Peru, Pakistan and Guatemala. On these trips, Manners worked with USAID’S Farmer-to-Farmer program and met with local farmers and horticulturalists to help increase production and develop safer and more efficient agriculture habits.

Manners has been celebrated for his work on many occasions. In 2013, he was named “Great Rosarian of the World”. He also has helped with the upkeep of Florida Southern’s rose gardens.

The lecture was the last event of Omicron Delta Kappa for the 2016-2017 school year. This year ODK held numerous events, including a leadership symposium that connected local high school seniors with Lakeland business leaders and a nationally-recognized drive-in.

Iacovino said that she considers this year to have been successful for Florida Southern’s ODK circle. She said that ending with the lecture series helps wrap up the school year.

“I can’t wait for this to be our last thing, just because I feel like we’re going out with a bang,” Iacovino said. “I’m looking forward to this being the last thing our members are hearing, especially because most of them are graduating this semester.”

In fact, ODK is losing over 50 percent of its circle this upcoming school year because of seniors graduating. Students who wish to join ODK should see this as good news, as according to the national society bylaws, membership of each circle cannot exceed three percent of the full-time enrolled undergraduate students.

Omicron Delta Kappa will be accepting applications for membership in the fall. Prospective students will be notified by email if they are eligible to apply.


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This story was produced for COM 4300 News Media Projects. Any comments regarding this story can be directed to the course instructor, Beth Bradford (

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