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Chapter Report for 2016-17

Kappa Delta Omicron has completed the annual chapter report for 2016-17. Chapter Report B outlines chapters activities completed during the academic year.

This chapter report outlines chapter activity for the year 2016-17

Name of Human Sciences Unit:

Human Environmental Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Dr. Deborah Tippett

Chapter Vice President:

Asia Taylor

Name of Adviser:

Dr. Deborah Tippett & Dr. Martha Burpitt

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 78, including 42 initiate members.

Kappa Delta Omicron held meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

KON Meetings
● Officer Training: September 7 & 10, 2016
○ KON officers attended a required training session to help prepare for honor society positions. The training session provided the officers with information on facility use, budgeting, Student Leadership and Service staff and resources available from them, delegating responsibilities, using Meredith College’s organization’s Constitution to guide decisions, proper event planning procedures, and the importance of team building.
● Officer Meetings:
○ Initial meeting: September 26, 2016
■ During the first officer meeting of the year, goals and actions plans were discussed as a chapter for the 2016-17 school year. The meeting time was used to 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. The officers decided to form a Facebook page for the Meredith College chapter. The date for the first members meeting was set for October 19, 2016.
○ Spring Semester meeting: February 28, 2017
■ Officers met to plan the induction ceremony for new members. Roles and responsibilities for the induction ceremony and practice were divided amongst the officers. An upcoming service project with the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities was also planned. Officers decided to collaborate with the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society for the service project.
● HES Club Fair: Friday September 16, 2016
○ KON president attended the HES Club Fair to represent the organization. Attendees 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.
● Member Meeting: Wednesday October 19, 2016
○ KON officers and members gathered for their first meeting. Attendees were reminded of the mission of KON and how membership can provide opportunities for leadership, service, and scholarships to pursue research. Members were introduced to the KON website and the Meredith College individual chapter site. Members were able to discuss the upcoming service project, Food Day. Ideas for upcoming service projects and outreach opportunities were exchanged. A second meeting was proposed for January 2017.

New Members
● Informational Meeting: February 3, 2017
○ The informational meeting allowed students who met GPA and major requirements in HES to learn about KON, including the lifetime benefits, the requirements of KON members, and the organization’s purpose. These students 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 20, 2017
○ 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 23, 2017
○ The Induction Ceremony allowed the new KON members to be recognized for their hard work in their respective 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 and Collaboration with Other Clubs:
● Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities: April 8, 2017
○ The Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities serves a diverse population of individuals and families experiencing a developmental delay or disability. The organization provides early intervention services, respite care, preschool programs, summer camps, respite care, and home like residences for those in need. KON members from the Child Development, Interior Design, and Food and Nutrition Departments participated. Volunteers worked one on one with long term adult residents with creating individual works of art to display. The KON organization collaborated with members of the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society on this service project.
● Stop Hunger Now:  October 2016
○ KON members partnered with graduate students in the MS Nutrition program to collect donations and pack meals for those in need in developing countries.  KON members participated and $17,000 meals were packed.  

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. Multiple undergraduate students completed research projects during the school year and presented them at the Meredith College Celebrating Student Achievement Day event.
● Celebrating Student Achievement Day: April 10, 2017
○ 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 10, 2017:

Gemma Brodney (PSY/CHD) – Resilience in Families of Children with
Developmental Delays
Courtney Parker (FCS) – Family Meals and Adolescent Well-Being
Hannah Bobbitt (CD) – Children’s Self-Regulatory Skills
Alex Brinkley (CD) – Exploring the Relationship Between Core Strength & Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome
Avonee’ Simmons – African Folklore Inspirations: Creative Project Using Natural Dyes
Bethany Helm (FCS) – A cultural Quandary: The Art of Producing Accurate Translations

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. Officers for next year were selected with all majors being represented.

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. Several individuals expressed interest in applying for research grants and publication opportunities. A goal for the current school year was to increase the number of opportunities for members to interact outside of scheduled club meetings. Collaboration with other on-campus honor societies and clubs was an effective way to facilitate these service opportunities. A goal for next school year is to host an on campus speaker relevant to Human Performance and Human Environmental Sciences.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 4
Participation in institutional training for student groups: 4
Procedures for election of officers: 3
Officer training plan: 4
Structure for selection and initiation of members: 4
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: 4

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

Faculty Support Benchmarks
Value for student organizations: 4
Professional/technical support to student organizations : 4
Faculty Participation in chapter activities : 4

Evaluation Benchmarks
Yearly evaluation of chapter activities: 4
Yearly evaluation of programming: 4

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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