ODK 2010 Senior of the Year Award Goes to Two Pitt Honors College Students

Issue Date: 
May 2, 2010
Max GreenwaldMax Greenwald

University of Pittsburgh seniors Max Greenwald, majoring in politics and philosophy with a minor in history in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Marc Schutzbank, majoring in politics and philosophy in Arts and Sciences and finance in the College of Business Administration, have been named the 2010 Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Seniors of the Year, announced at Pitt’s annual Honors Convocation in February. The winners are both Honors College students.

ODK, founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., is an honorary society that recognizes students who maintain a high standard of leadership in collegiate activities. The award is given to students who possess and exhibit outstanding leadership qualities in service to the University.

Marc SchutzbankMarc Schutzbank

Greenwald, a Great Neck, N.Y., native, shows his commitment to the University on a daily basis: He is president of Pitt’s Blue and Gold Society—a group of students who work to strengthen the University through student-alumni relationships—and has served as a member since 2007. Greenwald also is a member of Pitt’s Student Government Board, serving as its business manager; Oakland Zoo, serving as vice president of the student spirit group; the Varsity Marching Band and Drumline; and Tau Beta Sigma, a national honorary band sorority.

A University Honors College full-tuition scholarship recipient, Greenwald is member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is a public policy intern with the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh and has been a marketing intern at the New York University Langone Medical Center’s Office of Communication and Public Affairs in New York City, an office intern in U.S. Senator Robert Casey Jr.’s Pittsburgh office, and an intern for the law firm of Noah A. Kinigstein in New York City.

Greenwald plans to work at a New York City law firm prior to beginning law school.

Schutzbank, from San Antonio, Texas, has supported a number of national and international efforts during his time at Pitt. He is cofounder and president of STAND (Students Taking Action Now in Darfur), an antigenocide coalition; founder and copresident of Plant to Plate, an urban farm designed to be a model for local agriculture and sustainability; a leader of the Sudan Divestment Task Force; and former vice president of Mission Acceptance, a tutoring organization. A member of numerous clubs, Schutzbank has worked closely with the Hillel Jewish University Center and the Human Environmental Alliance.

Schutzbank, who has a full-tuition scholarship at Pitt, has received two Brackenridge Scholarships through Pitt’s Honors College. In 2007, he used the Brackenridge for “Genocide: Finding a Way to Protect the Innocent,” a study of genocide-prevention policies, their failures, and potential solutions; and, in 2009, he created a Web site exhibiting a South African photo voice project and radio documentary. He spent the summer of 2008 in South Africa, researching and collecting data for the project. In the fall of 2009, Schutzbank was a research assistant with Global Witness, an advocacy firm reporting on resource-linked conflict, in London.

A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, Schutzbank will attend the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, to study green-roof urban agriculture.