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2014-15 Report Print E-mail

Kappa Alpha Theta has completed the annual chapter report for 2014-15. Chapter Report B outlines chapters activities completed during the academic year.

This chapter report outlines chapter activity for the year 2014-15

Name of Human Sciences Unit:

School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Dr. Linda Simpson

Chapter Vice President:

Martha McAvoy

Name of Adviser:

Drs. Kathleen O'Rourke and Katherine Shaw

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 46, including 56 initiate members.

Kappa Alpha Theta held 8 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

September 2014: Discussed upcoming Initiation. Applied for $500 internal Dean’s Grant (which was funded in October 2014). Updated our Constitution and Bylaws for submission to the University.

October 2014: Initiation Ceremony followed by a business meeting and social reception for new initiatives, members, family and friends. Planning for spring Kappa Omicron Nu Appreciates You events; Planning and discussion for purchase and sales of Kappa Omicron Nu Clothing (Quarter-Zip, T-shirts). Fall Pot-luck party for all new members and current members. Held “KONu Appreciates You" Day for University's Student Life Office.

November 2014: Planning for Adopt-a-Family event for KONu members to purchase necessity and "wish list" items for Teen Reach, a local area program for children and adolescents who are at-risk due to family poverty, domestic abuse, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and other challenging factors. “KONu Appreciates You" Day held for Charleston, IL Fire Department. Collaborated with Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and local area high school Family and Consumer Sciences Club (Mattoon High School) and held a canned food drive for PADS, a local area shelter for individuals who are homeless and in transition.

December 2014: Shopped for "Wish List" items for Teen Reach youth and delivered items to Teen Reach.

February 2015: Valentine-themed party to provide a socialization opportunity for members, especially recent initiates. “KONu Appreciates You" day held for University's Honors Council. Discussion of plans for KON participation in University's Autism Awareness Day.

March 2015: Continued discussion and planning for Autism Awareness Day. “KONu Appreciates You" day held for Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital's Emergency Room personnel (local area hospital). Discussed upcoming conferences (e.g., AAFCS, IL-AFCS). Discussed undergraduate research opportunities and journals geared toward student publications.

April 2015: Along with multiple student organization, volunteered at the Autism Awareness Event held on campus. Facilitated "family fun" activities (bags toss for children) for attendees. Held a meeting to nominate and elect 2015-2016 officers. Hosted a guest speaker from the University's Health Education Resource Center on Suicide Prevention (Kognito Online training Program).

2. Campus or community projects, activities, or events:

-"Kappa Omicron Nu Appreciates You" days are events where those in the community and on campus are recognized by our KONu chapter in the form of personal visit by KON members, presentation of baked goods, and presentation of a personalized framed letter of appreciation. This year, our chapter recognized the Student Life Office at EIU, the Honors Council at EIU, and the Charleston, IL Fire Department.

-Our chapter collaborated with a local high school’s Family & Consumer Sciences Club to provide donation items to make Thanksgiving baskets for area families in need residing in the county's homeless shelter.

-Our chapter "adopted" children/adolescents from the Charleston, IL Teen Reach Program for youth at risk during the holiday season. In December, chapter members shopped for items on the Teen Reach youth "Wish List" and personally delivered gifts.

-In April, members of our chapter volunteered at our University's Autism Awareness Day to help raise awareness through a family-friendly campus/community outreach event. The event was held on the outer perimeter of the University's double header softball game and a variety of participants - students and faculty, families, community members - were present. Along with other student organizations, KON volunteers set up a booth and played bags with the children and families in attendance at this event.

3. Tentative plans for next year

-"Kappa Omicron Nu Appreciates You" events to honor and recognize individuals and groups on campus and in the community who provide support and services for students;

-Adopting a family to purchase necessities and "wish list" items for one to two families residing in our community's domestic violence shelter and;

-Applying for the $500 internal Dean’s Grant to allow members to select a large-scale campus or community outreach service project.

We also plan to attend campus events that promote leadership, professionalism, and campus and community improvement.

As we look ahead to the 2015-2016 academic year, we are committed to expanding our leadership activities, pursuing collaborative programming with other campus honor societies and/or other student organizations, and encouraging our members to seek research presentation and publication opportunities.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 5
Participation in institutional training for student groups: 4
Procedures for election of officers: 4
Officer training plan: 4
Structure for selection and initiation of members: 5
Structure for member input into setting goals for chapter activities: 4
Process for planning annual activities to respond to goals: 4
Participation in national conference: 3

Learning Benchmarks
Co-curricular activities that enhance academic goals: 5
Activities respond to shared goals: 5
Participation in National Required Program initiative: 5
Effective leadership: 4
Social Responsibility: 5
Sense of Civic Responsibility: 5

Faculty Support Benchmarks
Value for student organizations: 5
Professional/technical support to student organizations : 5
Faculty Participation in chapter activities : 5

Evaluation Benchmarks
Yearly evaluation of chapter activities: 5
Yearly evaluation of programming: 5

Intrapersonal Benchmarks
Realistic self-appraisal, self-understanding, and self-respect: 4
Commitment to ethics and integrity : 4

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: 5
Collaboration: 4

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 10:47