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Chapter Report 2015-16

Kappa Delta Omicron has completed the annual chapter report for 2015-16. Chapter Report B outlines chapters activities completed during the academic year.

This chapter report outlines chapter activity for the year 2015-16

Name of Human Sciences Unit:

Name of Administrator:

Dr. Deborah Tippett

Chapter Vice President:

Alexis Holmes

Name of Adviser:

Dr. Deborah Tippett

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

Kappa Delta Omicron held meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

KON Meetings
_ Officer Training: September 9 & 12, 2015
_ KON officers attended a required training session to help us prepare for our club positions. The training session provided us with information on facility use, budgeting, Student Leadership and Service staff and resources available, delegating responsibilities, using our organization's Constitution to guide decisions, proper event planning procedures, and the importance of team building.
_ Officer Meetings:
_ Initial meeting: August 26, 2015
_ During the first officer meeting of the year, we discussed our goals and actions plans as a chapter for this school year. We also used the time grow closer as an officer team and to gauge interest and excitement among officers for tentative events. This information was helpful in determining which events and service projects will be the best to pursue and who among our officers would be the best-suited to lead and plan each event.
_ Mid-Year Meeting: January 27, 2016
_ Officers discussed the upcoming informational meeting for new initiates, the induction ceremony, and the guest speaker coming to campus. President and faculty advisor began to assign roles for presentations at the new member meeting and the induction ceremony. Tentative dates for the dance-a-thon were also considered. It was determined that the next step for planning the event should be to consult the campus event planner. Given the limited availability of campus facilities and low numbers in initial volunteers to help with the event, the officer team decided to forego the dance-a-thon in order to devote more energy towards other club events.
_ Club Meetings: September 28, 2015
Our first meeting informed members about Kappa Omicron Nu, the benefits available to members, and events and service opportunities planned for the year. This was also a time when we opened discussion among members to brainstorm other ideas for the year. We also gathered feedback from the attendees about the planned activities they were most excited about. A theme that emerged during our meeting was a shared desire to collaborate with other organizations on campus.
_ HES Club Kick-off: August 28, 2015
_ KON officers attended the kick-off celebration to represent the organization. Audience members included students already studying coursework in human environmental sciences and other who are considering this field. The president brought greetings on behalf of KON and encouraged those in attendance to strive for excellence in hopes of being invited to join Kappa Omicron Nu later in their academic career.

New Members
_ Informational Meeting: February 1, 2015
_ The informational meeting allowed the new members to learn about KON, including the lifetime benefits, the requirements of KON members, and the organization's purpose. The new members were able to learn about KON and had an opportunity to ask questions that they had. Additionally, dues were collected at this time for students who chose to join and those interested in holding leadership roles for the coming school year were given an application to complete.
_ Induction Ceremony Practice: March 14, 2015
_ The induction practice allowed the new members to understand the induction process and what they needed to do the night of the ceremony as a new member.
_ Kappa Omicron Nu Induction Ceremony: March 17, 2015
_ The Induction Ceremony allowed the new KON members to be recognized for their hard work in their respective KON majors. Invitations to family members and friends of the inductees were also sent out as requested so that inductees could share this honor with the important people in their lives.

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

Community Service
● Day 1 Campaign: (Ongoing support)
○ Day 1 Campaign is a movement that works to stop bullying before it starts. Our chapter collaborated with a student Social Work group on campus to take a stance against bullying by raising awareness of this issue around campus and in the wider Raleigh area.

Collaboration with Other Clubs:
• Our organization collaborated with other efforts on campus by publicizing about their service projects and educational events and encouraged members to participate if this area interested them. We shared publicity materials for the Stop Hunger Now Food Day, volunteering opportunities with the Special Olympics, and an announcement for the International Education Week speaker.

Professional and Career Preparation
● Undergraduate Research: (Ongoing through the year)
○ KON students were encouraged to participate in research within their respective area of study. We increased members’ awareness of the research opportunities and publication possibilities that exist within KON. The president reached out specifically to several students who had completed undergraduate research and were not aware of the opportunity for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal of Human Sciences. During the all-member meetings, officers also showed members how to access the undergraduate research page on the KON national website.
● Celebrating Student Achievement Day: April 12, 2016
○ Many KON students presented their research findings on Celebrating Student Achievement Day, a campus-wide day of acknowledging significant student-led research and projects that have taken place throughout the year.

The following KON members presented their research on Celebrating Student Achievement Day on April 12, 2016:

Using Wild Edible Foods and Foraging to Enhance Nutrition
Presenter: Suzanna Bass

Infant Attachment and Maternal Substance Abuse
Presenter: Kasey Jones

Effects of Caffeine Supplementation on High Intensity Interval Training versus Low Intensity Continuous Endurance Training
Presenter: Courtney Saunders

Differences in Motivational Strategies in K-2 and K-5 Classrooms
Presenter: Tess Coleman

Functional Characterization of the Drought Responsive Gene abg1 by Expression in Yeast
Presenter: Rachel Powell

Quality of Life Indicators of an Aging Population
Presenter: Amber Winslow

Human Resource Audit
Presenter: Alexis Holmes

The Plummer T. Hall House, Raleigh, NC – A Renovation and Study of “Aging in Place”
Presenter: Seely Stephenson

Adaptive Piano Lessons for Children with Autism Using the Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis and Discrete Trial Teaching
Presenter: Jessica Williford

Surveying the Food Climate of Meredith College: A Qualitative Study
Presenter: Isla Jones

A Creative Project Using Natural Dyes
Presenter: Avonee Simmons


● Fundraisers: Selling of the Spirit Jersey in November 2015
○ The Spirit Jersey sale was received with excitement among the current students on campus as well as alumnae. Profits from that fundraiser were used to prepare for the educational speaker we invited to campus.
● Guest Speaker - Penelope Easton: March 23, 2016
○ Students showed an interest in having Penelope Easton, a published author and former dietitian, to come speak to the Meredith Community on her memoir Learning to Like Muktuk published by Oregon State University Press. Ms. Easton delivered a conversational lecture on her work as a nutrition educator in Alaska during the 1940s. As a speaker, she shared many stories relating to nutrition, education, public health, and preserving cultures.

3. Tentative plans for next year

New members of the chapter were sent an officer application form and encouraged to run for office for the upcoming year. Current members were sent the same applications and encouraged to run for office. An effort was made to receive applications from all majors within the KON organization in order to provide a diverse and well-rounded officer team to represent the organization for next year.

After assessing the current state of our chapter membership, the officer team finds it extremely important to re-emphasize the “fun” aspects of being a member of an honor society. We know that people are most likely to develop useful leadership and research skills when they are built during meaningful experiences like service projects and other relational activities. A goal for the following school year is to increase the number of opportunities for members to interact outside of scheduled club meetings. Collaborating with other on-campus honor societies and clubs may be a way to facilitate these service opportunities. For instance, there was interest in collaborating with several clubs on campus to participate in the Habitat for Humanity Brush with Kindness and Jean Drive projects. This project did not come together this school year but could very well be planned for next year.

For next year, we would also like to streamline the induction ceremony practice. This year, the practice fell on the Monday morning following spring break, which may have made it difficult for some to attend. Considering the initiation process is easy to follow, we think it may even be possible to forego a separate practice altogether and just explain to new inductees how the ceremony will take place through email days ahead of time or just before the ceremony begins during the lineup prior to the ceremony. This will ensure that students time is used effectively and efficiently and may even free up time which could be used for more interactive meetings.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

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

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

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

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

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

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: NA
Collaboration: NA

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