I met with Marquette's SDN team and after a conversation I think the following resources would be useful to the group.
This is a MUST READ for getting started on your SDN app: http://sdnhub.org/tutorials/opendaylight
/ It will even walk you through the eclipse setup (Section 4).
And I think this is a pretty good starting point as well that describes the architecture and has a sample lab.: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/sites/events/files/slides/Tutorial-Ericsson-RedHat-Juniper.pdf