Nu Omicron is KON's Featured Chapter for March, 2013
KON Induction Ceremony: February 24, 2013
Photo: Front Row L to R: Angelica Nunez, Alyssa Hoffee, Megan Muth, Ashley Yakin, Chelsea Eckels, Lori Rippole, Kaleigh Adkins, Nikki Gaton: Chapter Secretary, Kirstie Pistner: Chapter President
Back Row L to R: Dr. Carol Biddington co-advisor, Mary Popovich professional member and guest speaker, Kaitlyn Sippel former President, Zach Hill, Chris Cole, Cathy Bashioum, Kelsey Pietkiewicz, David Keeler, Seth Campbell, Drew Slocum: Chapter President-elect, Aimee Thompson: Chapter Treasurer, Joni Roh: co-advisor
Missing from photo: Inductees Virginia Tinkey and Jeff Harman
Professional Inductees: Jason Edsall and Samuel Cervantes
The Nu Omicron chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu was established in the spring of 2004 at California University of Pennsylvania. The inaugural induction ceremony was held on April 20, 2005 to recognize the charter members of the organization and welcome new members into the chapter, including four undergraduates, eight graduate students, 12 faculty members, and 18 members from 2004. We were honored to have President Angelo Armenti, Jr. and Dean Geraldine Jones speak on the importance of honor societies in the university. Special guest Dr. Dorothy Mistifer, Executive Director of Kappa Omicron Nu, presided over the induction of new members and recognized the charter members.
In the years since the first induction ceremony the Nu Omicron chapter has grown in strength and recognition. Nu Omicron has participated in Rock Your Tastebuds, Jump for Jill, sent members as volunteers for Special Olympics of Pennsylvania on a yearly basis, collaborated with the West Newton Lion's club to assist in fundraising for 2 consecutive years, and assisted with Jamaica distance education for 3 consecutive years.
Our chapter has focused a great deal of our efforts on childhood obesity. Using 1 of the 4 Rock Your Taste buds education programs, we provided 125 5th grade students in science and health classes with this nutritional information. The lesson that was presented was the green pepper lesson. There were students in the classrooms that had not ever seen the red, yellow or orange peppers, so it was interesting to watch them take their first bite. Students learned to evaluate the food, by using their senses. They were asked to smell, feel, and taste the food. Peppers eaten plain, then dipped in hummus, and finally dipped in ranch dressing. Once they did this, they were further instructed to describe the food. Many surveys were completed such as on a scale of 1-10 would they try it again, would they recommend it to a friend, and to what degree they liked it. The presentation informed the students that it might take as many as 10 tries to like a food. Therefore, they need to learn to not take one bite and decide to not like it. The 5th grade Science and Math teachers collected the data of their likes and created charts to do a comparison between classes. Many students had not tried hummus prior to this, and word from the teachers indicated that in many students' lunches the following days, students brought peppers and hummus to eat. The lesson was a hit. The teachers are anxious to try other lessons later in the spring semester.
Also due to our efforts, more than 1200 elementary school students, grades K-5 were exposed to the Jump with Jill music nutrition program. Administration from the county board office, local newspapers, and media were in attendance. The program was such a hit, that the administrators in the county office are considering bringing the program back to the area and provide the program for all elementary schools. Thanks to Dr. Joni Roh for introducing this program to the Assistant Superintendent, PTO President at Cheat Lake Elementary School, and principals at Cheat Lake Elementary Schools and Skyview Elementary School.
In addition to childhood obesity, we did what we could to help others, whether that is the local communities or others not so local. Our collaboration with the West Newton Lion's club helped to fundraise for disadvantaged children and families by volunteering at the annual Bowl and Roll for 2 consecutive years. This event served the community with soups and breads and the proceeds were given to the families in need. Also, our co-advisor Dr. Carol Biddington has been working with the Nursing Program at Cal U, which has a connection with a mission group in Jamaica. Every year, we as members put on a distance education program to give the caretakers of disabled children basic information and exercises that can be done to help better the quality of life for those children in a 3rd world country.
In addition to the community service completed within our chapter, two of our senior members, Kirstie Pistner, current chapter President, and Aimee Thompson, current chapter Treasurer are submitting senior research papers to KON for undergraduate research publication. Kirstie Pistner's paper is titled A Review of Literature Regarding Exercise-Induced Rhabdomyolysis; Aimee Thompson's paper is titled A Review of Literature Regarding Pulmonary Emboli in the Athletic Population. Kaitlyn Sippel presented her paper titled Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric and Adolescent Overuse Injuries at the 2012 Conclave in East Lansing, MI. From 2008-2011 eleven students have had their papers accepted in the URJHS. Drs. Carol Biddington, Joni Roh, and Rebecca Hess have been responsible for mentoring these students with their writing.