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Chapter Report for 2013-14

Kappa Delta Omicron has completed the annual chapter report for 2013-14. Chapter Report B outlines chapters activities completed during the academic year.

This chapter report outlines chapter activity for the year 2013-14

Name of Human Sciences Unit:

Human Environmental Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Deborah Tippett

Chapter Vice President:

Kathylynn Miller

Name of Adviser:

Deborah Tippett

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 79, including 49 initiate members.

Kappa Delta Omicron held 4 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

Meetings and Events – 2013-2014 School Year
• September 3-4, 2013 – Officer training for the year was sponsored by Meredith College’s Student Leadership and Service office.
• Friday September 6, 2013 – There was a Human Environmental Sciences Organization kickoff at the beginning of the year. Freshman and other potential majors came and met with officers in each of the organizations in Human Environmental Sciences. All of our officers were present for this event and it was great for networking. We explained the qualifications, benefits of membership, and encouraged students to aspire to membership in KON.
• Wednesday September 18, 2013 – First officer meeting of the year. Service projects, ScholarCon, and possible dates for our member meeting were discussed.
• Monday October 14, 2013 – First meeting of the year was open to all members. President Ashley Branch presided over the meeting. The goals of KON, both long term and short term in the chapter and entire organization, ScholarCon and Undergraduate research activities were discussed and encouraged, and upcoming events were announced.
• Friday January 24, 2014 – Preparations for upcoming inductions were made by current officers. Officers signed up to help for different roles to present information to future inductees. Announcements were made for ScholarCon and undergraduate research opportunities.
• Friday February 7, 2014 - KON information meeting was held for all accepted members who were to be inducted in March. President Ashley Branch, Member at large Kaitlynn Seymour, Publicity Chair Jordan Cone, and Secretary Ashley Bradshaw presented on what Kappa Omicron Nu is. Students were told about the mission of KON, ScholarCon, the benefits of membership, and the importance of research. Students were encouraged to submit research.
• Monday March 17, 2014 – KON Inductions Practice. Practice was held in Jones Chapel for students to be inducted that Thursday. Students were walked through on how the night would proceed and name pronunciation was confirmed.
• Thursday March 20, 2014 – KON Inductions. The induction ceremony was held with a reception following. Forty nine new members were inducted. All seniors were presented with honor cords. There were over 170 guests at the inductions, including faculty, staff, families, and friends.
• Tuesday April 8, 2014 – Meredith College’s Celebrating Student Achievement Day. Many KON members presented their research throughout the day and some members received awards. Members who presented included Leah Freidman, Katie Riggs, Jessica Williford, Sarah Ashton Blue, Eliza Evans, Yailyn Polanco, Sanaa Bhatti, Rachel Powell, Lindsey Wilcox, Jacquelyn Lytton, Mandy Dunyak, Tyara Nevels, Glenda Polanco, Morgan Taylor, Whitney Williams, Katherine Barton, Carly Zeugschmidt, Carly Ledford, Melissa DeLeon, and Pamela Kummerle. Alanna Ryder received the KON Scholarship for the rising senior with the highest GPA.
• March 31, KON member, Mary Amanda Dunyak’s manuscript was accepted for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, Volume 13.
• July – two officers, Kaitlynn Seymour and Alanna Ryder, will be attending the KON Summit and ScholCon in Orlando, FL.

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

Our biggest event included our inductions of new members. We had almost 50 inductees this year and had over 170 attendees at the inductions.

We encouraged all members to submit undergraduate research to the Meredith Celebrating Student Achievement Day on April 8, 2014. Many KON members presented their research throughout the day and some members received awards. Members who presented included Leah Freidman, Katie Riggs, Jessica Williford, Sarah Ashton Blue, Eliza Evans, Yailyn Polanco, Sanaa Bhatti, Rachel Powell, Lindsey Wilcox, Jacquelyn Lytton, Mandy Dunyak, Tyara Nevels, Glenda Polanco, Morgan Taylor, Whitney Williams, Katherine Barton, Carly Zeugschmidt, Carly Ledford, Melissa DeLeon, and Pamela Kummerle. Alanna Ryder received the KON Scholarship for the rising senior with the highest GPA. All research information was featured on the KON bulletin board and faculty were given a personalized flyer to attend theses sessions featuring KON members.

3. Tentative plans for next year

We are excited that two members will be receiving leadership training at ScholarCon and the KON Summit in July. We know that this will enhance our programs for next year. We would also like to support more philanthropic events area charities, such as food drives, collections and volunteering. We plan to encourage research submissions to the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences. We want to offer a program on submitting articles and writing abstracts which will prepare students for the Celebrating Student Achievement Day on our campus as well as national publications and presentations.
We also plan to use the materials from Jump with Jill to promote a healthy lifestyle among young children.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

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

Learning Benchmarks
Co-curricular activities that enhance academic goals: 4
Activities respond to shared goals: 3
Participation in National Required Program initiative: 4
Effective leadership: 4
Social Responsibility: 1
Sense of Civic Responsibility: 2

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: 4
Yearly evaluation of programming: 3

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

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: 4
Collaboration: 5

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