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Annual Report for 2013-14

Kappa Alpha Theta 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:

School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Dr. Karla Kennedy-Hagan

Chapter Vice President:

Dana Tell

Name of Adviser:

Drs. Kathleen O'Rourke and Katherine Shaw

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 77, including 46 initiate members.

Kappa Alpha Theta held 8 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

September 2013: Planning for spring Kappa Omicron Nu Appreciates You events; collected donation items for university anti-bullying initiative; business announcements (e.g., upcoming initiation); applied for $500 Dean’s grant; “KONu Appreciates You Day” – Health Education Resource Center

October 2013: Initiation ceremony followed by a business meeting and social reception for new initiates, members, family, and friends; collected items for Mattoon High School’s Family and Consumer Sciences club Thanksgiving baskets; discussion and planning for purchase and sales of KONu merchandise (t-shirts, jackets); “KONu Appreciates You Day” – TeenReach after-school program for community at-risk youth

November 2013: Planning for Adopt-a-Family event for KONu members to purchase necessity and "wish list" items for a family residing in our community's domestic violence shelter; guest speaker from Community Blood Services of Illinois; discussed putting team together for St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn; held social event for members and their friends and families - bowling; “KONu Appreciates You Day” – Hour House, a community-based residential substance abuse/addiction treatment program

December 2013: Collaborated with Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for a holiday celebration; wrapped wish-list items for our adopted family from HOPE Domestic Violence Shelter; discussion of upcoming Monical’s Pizza community day fundraiser

January 2014: Graduate school recruitment guest speaker, Dr. Jackie Frank, from Master of Arts in Gerontology program; discussed plans and coordinated volunteers for the blood and bone marrow register drive; discussed ScholarCon in July; discussed date options for Ronald McDonald House trip

February 2014: “KONu Appreciates You Day” – Eastern Illinois University Building Service Workers; discussion of blood drive results; discussed upcoming trip to the Ronald McDonald House; coordinated social event; planned fundraiser ideas for ScholarCon

March 2014: Reflected on experience at Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, IL; began jewelry fundraiser for ScholarCon; discussed university’s new campus improvement initiative and how to become involved; elected 2014-15 officers; discussed date for social event; “KONu Appreciates You Day – Charleston, IL Food Pantry”

April 2014: Provided exact donation drive item numbers and dollar amount from Ronald McDonald House trip; held potluck lunch; collected money and order forms from jewelry fundraiser; introduced incoming officers; “KONu Appreciates You Day” – Eastern Illinois University School of Continuing Education

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

-"Kappa Omicron Nu Appreciates You" days are events where those in the community and on campus are recognized by our KONu chapter in the form of baked goods, a personalized framed letter of appreciation, and a personal visit from members to deliver items. This year, our chapter recognized EIU Health Education Resource Services, Illinois Coalition for Community Services’ TeenReach, Central East Alcohol and Drug Council’s Hour House, EIU Building Service Workers, Charleston Area Churches’ Food Pantry, and EIU School of Continuing Education.

-Our chapter collaborated with a local high school’s Family & Consumer Sciences club to provide donation items to make Thanksgiving baskets for community families in need. Food items to make a Thanksgiving dinner were provided in the baskets.

-Eastern Illinois University holds an annual anti-bullying initiative conference each Fall and our chapter donated items to put together goodie bags for conference attendees. Items included pens, pads, snacks, and flash drives.

-Our chapter adopted one family from the a local HOPE Domestic Violence Shelter during the holiday season. In December, chapter members shopped for items from the family’s wish list. At our holiday party, we wrapped and delivered the gifts.

-Chapter members participated in a fall social function at Eastern Illinois University’s bowling alley. Several members participated along with advisors, Drs. Kathleen O’Rourke and Katherine Shaw.

-Our chapter held a fundraiser to raise funds money for members to attend the Scholarcon. The fundraiser was held at a local pizza restaurant. Individuals were required to present a flyer and our chapter would receive 20% of each bill. Members dined together at the restaurant, as well.

-In February, our chapter held a blood and bone marrow registry drive through Community Blood Services of Illinois. The results were low due to a snow storm; however, 10 units of blood were collected and two individuals signed up for the bone marrow register.

-In March, chapter members had the opportunity to travel to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, IL after applying for and being rewarded with the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences’ Dean’s Grant. We grocery shopped for food items and donations for the pantry, as well as prepared a hot, home-cooked meal for the residents. We donated $354.00 worth of pantry items, as well as a meal valued at $50.00.

-Chapter members participated in a spring social function at a local restaurant in Charleston, Illinois. Members, faculty advisors, and family members dined together, as well. This social function doubled as a fundraiser for members to attend the Scholarcon. The restaurant donated 10% of money raised that evening to the chapter.

3. Tentative plans for next year

Next year, we plan to continue to build upon our existing successful chapter activities of:

-“Kappa Omicron Nu Appreciates You” events to honor and recognize individuals and groups on campus and in the community who provide support and services for students;

-adopting a family to purchase necessities and "wish list" items for one to two families residing in our community's domestic violence shelter;

-applying for the $500 Dean’s grant to take a trip to the Ronald McDonald House and;

-explore partnership opportunities with other on-campus honor societies and recognized student organizations for events, projects, and fundraising/donation drives.

We also plan to attend campus events that promote leadership, professionalism, and campus and community improvement.

As we look ahead to the 2014-2015 academic year, we are committed to once again expanding our leadership activities, collaborative programming with other campus honor societies and student organizations, and visibility at the departmental and university levels and in the community.

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: 5
Officer training plan: 5
Structure for selection and initiation of members: 5
Structure for member input into setting goals for chapter activities: 5
Process for planning annual activities to respond to goals: 5
Participation in national conference: 5

Learning Benchmarks
Co-curricular activities that enhance academic goals: 5
Activities respond to shared goals: 5
Participation in National Required Program initiative: 4
Effective leadership: 5
Social Responsibility: 5
Sense of Civic Responsibility: 5

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: 5
Yearly evaluation of programming: 5

Intrapersonal Benchmarks
Realistic self-appraisal, self-understanding, and self-respect: 5
Commitment to ethics and integrity : 5

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: 5
Collaboration: 5