The Carson-Newman Campus, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains*
Kappa Omicron Nu’s Kappa Beta Xi chapter at Carson-Newman University had a busy 2015-2016 school year and is looking forward to more outstanding accomplishments in 2016-2017!
Adviser Dr. Amber Roth and Chapter President Emily Wood have a great track record to build on. 2015-16 programs kicked off with a Welcome Back Meet and Greet and Business Meeting where KON members met two faculty new to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, introduced themselves, and described the group’s mission and purpose. After the meet and greet, the group held a business meeting to review required forms, determine meeting dates, discuss officer responsibilities, and plan activities for the year.
Their Fall Business Meeting program featured an “APA Workshop” presented by Dr. Heather Whaley on the proper use of APA for references and citations, and members were encouraged to bring bagged candy for donation to BOONet, a campus-wide Halloween service project. In November, Kappa Beta Xi fulfilled their required program with the theme of Seven Wonders of the Socially Responsible World. Dr. Roth led the first of two workshops on social responsibility and members discussed ways the group could increase awareness of social responsibility on campus and in the community or spearhead a program guided by one of the seven facets of social responsibility. In December, the chapter held a KON Cookie Decorating Party and Networking Event. KON members hosted FCS students and faculty, who enjoyed milk with their custom decorated sugar cookies, not to mention the fellowship and networking!
Other fall and winter activities included participation in “The Big Scoop,” a campus student club and organization fair; the fall ice-cream social, where chapter president Brooke Fillmore shared information on KON membership requirements and activities; C-N Operation In-As-Much Community Outreach Day; the FCS Chili Supper and Costume Party; and Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.
The spring meetings kicked-off with a Business Meeting and Required Program on Seven Wonders of the Socially Responsible World featuring the second workshop on the theme of “Social Responsibility,” again led by Dr. Roth. Members selected “Education” as the area of focus to support three local K-2 teachers with appreciation baskets filled with teaching necessities and other items to brighten their day. The appreciation baskets also included a letter from the chapter on KON letterhead, explaining the service project and thanking the teachers for all that they do.
In April, Kappa Beta Xi held their chapter initiation, welcoming nine new students and two new faculty members to Kappa Omicron Nu. The chapter also honored University President Dr. J. Randall O’Brien and First Lady Kay O’Brien as patron and patroness of Kappa Beta Xi in recognition of their unending support of our chapter and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Parents and friends of the initiates and FCS faculty and staff enjoyed the ceremony and reception that followed. Dr. Diana Carroll, former advisor of Kappa Beta Xi and retired FCS faculty member, participated in the program, sharing the history of KON and the Kappa Beta Xi chapter as both a charter member and outstanding chapter advisor. University Relations captured pictures of the ceremony and an official group photo of KON initiates, members, and patrons was featured in local area newspapers and on the Carson-Newman website.
In the spring, chapter members joined the department in hosting site visitors from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ASCEND) in efforts to reaffirm accreditation of the C-N Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics (FND) program. They also participated in a professional development opportunity; Carson-Newman’s annual Celebration of Excellence–Student Research, Creativity, and Performance Day; and C-N Honors Convocation and Chapel, where KON member Maddie Reynolds was recognized as the outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences graduate and Sarah Sharp, a new member, was recognized as the recipient of the chapter’s KON Outstanding Sophomore Award. Other activities that prominently featured the chapter’s members included the FCS Spring Advisory Board Meeting; the FCS Department Honors Banquet; and the Carson-Newman Student Awards Ceremonies.
Additional 2015-16 programing included a focus on undergraduate student research, where one student and one faculty member shared their research on a variety of FCS-related topics. Student Aaron Waldrupe presented “A Brief Guide to Historical Interiors: Furniture and Aesthetics through the Ages,” and Dr. Linda Robinson shared “Brain Architecture, Toxic Stress, and Resilience.” The student was presented with a $25.00 honorarium from the chapter’s KON Scholars Fund. The chapter also participated in a service project that involved volunteering at the Life Outreach Center in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Three KON members and Dr. Amber Roth assisted the Center’s staff for the afternoon.
Plans for the 2016-17 school year include “Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Dressing for Success in Interviews, Internships, and Beyond;” Required Annual Program: Self-Managed Mentoring; KON Cookie Decorating Party and Networking Event; and Celebrating Research – Student research, creative projects, and service learning presentations. The chapter will also participate in the C-N Annual Operation-In-As-Much Community Work Day; preparing Christmas shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Ministries (Operation Christmas Child); C-N Research, Creativity, and Performance Day; and the FCS Honors Banquet.
For more details on Kappa Beta Xi’s activities, check out their chapter page!
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