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Annual Report 2014-15

Kappa Beta Xi has completed the annual chapter report for 2014-15. Chapter Report B outlines chapters activities completed during the academic year.

This chapter report outlines chapter activity for the year 2014-15

Name of Human Sciences Unit:

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Dr. Kitty R. Coffey, Chair

Chapter Vice President:

Hannah Jones

Name of Adviser:

Dr. Amber N. Roth

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 19, including 4 initiate members.

Kappa Beta Xi held 7 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

Fall 2014

Sept. 15, 2014
Officers Training and Program Planning Themes. We reviewed the 2013-2014 Annual Report, Part B, determined meeting dates, discussed officer responsibilities, and planned activities for the year. A brief history of KON was reviewed, led by Dr. Kitty Coffey, to introduce new faculty member Dr. Amber Roth to the organization and its policies and procedures.

Oct. 24, 2014
Fall Business Meeting and Program: “Why is AAFCS Accreditation Important to Students and Faculty?” by Dr. Heather Whaley, AAFCS Self-Study Coordinator. Plans and dates for meetings and activities were finalized with KON student member input. Program included Dr. Whaley’s short presentation on the Department’s efforts toward reaffirmation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) accreditation, including writing the self-study report and plans for the site visit the following spring.

Nov. 24, 2014
Required Program: Leadership Workshop Pt. 1. Dr. Roth led the first of three workshops on the theme “Leadership as Reflective Human Action.” The mini-lecture was enhanced with several activities that facilitated group interaction and discussion. Impressions of the first workshop from KON members who attended were positive.

Dec. 1, 2014
KON and C-N Association of Family and Consumer Sciences joint Christmas Cookie Swap. Students and faculty attended. Prizes were given for most nutritious, best-tasting, and best looking cookies. A great time of fellowship and networking.

Spring 2015

Jan. 28, 2015
Spring Business Meeting and Required Program: Leadership Workshop Pt. 2. Chapter initiatives and meeting dates were discussed and finalized. Program included the second of three workshops on the theme “Leadership as Reflective Human Action,” again led by Dr. Roth. Students enjoyed discussing and interacting with one another based on a number of prompts provided by the program.

Feb. 2015
Our regularly scheduled monthly KON meeting was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.

Mar. 30, 2015
Chapter Initiation: Four new students and one faculty member were initiated. FCS faculty, parents, grandparents, and friends of the initiates enjoyed the ceremony and reception that followed. Dr. Diana Carroll, Family and Consumer Sciences Professor Emeritus and former advisor for Kappa Beta Xi, also attended. A picture of KON initiates and members, including students, current faculty, and retired faculty was featured in multiple local newspapers and on the Carson-Newman website. The short article recognized Kappa Beta Xi’s achievement as the recipient of the most KON Chapter Excellence Awards of any other national chapter since the award’s inception.

Apr. 1, 2015
Required Annual Program: Leadership Workshop Pt. 3. The final workshop on the theme “Leadership as Reflective Human Action” was facilitated by Dr. Roth. Once again, the mini-lecture and activities generated interesting conversation and discussion. Three students and two faculty successfully attended all three workshop sessions and received a Certificate of Completion from the KON National Office for their participation.

Apr. 22, 2015
Focusing on Undergraduate Student Research: Four students and one faculty member shared their research on a variety of FCS-related topics.

*Mary Catherine Bowery, “Importance of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Support in Hospitalized Children and their Families”
*Jennifer Holloway, “Incarcerated Fathers: Theoretical Perspective”
*Hannah Jones, “Family Theories and Marital Satisfaction During the Transition to Parenthood”
*Leah Stalcup, “Apprentice: A Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Line Development Project”
*Dr. Amber Roth, “Businesswomen’s Choice of Professional Dress”

Each student was presented a $25.00 honorarium from our KON Scholars Fund.

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

Sept. 8, 2014
Departmental Required Majors Meeting and Welcome Back Ice-Cream Social at the Blye-Poteat Collaboration Center. President Chelsea Buchanan shared about KON membership requirements and activities.

Sept. 25, 2014
FCS Fall Advisory Board Meeting: Dr. Diana Carroll, Family and Consumer Sciences Professor Emeritus and former advisor for Kappa Beta Xi, was honored as part of the Fall Advisory Board Meeting. University President Dr. O’Brien and members of Carson-Newman’s executive board, among others, were in attendance. During the small ceremony, Dr. Carroll was recognized for her 34 years of leadership to KON. A picture of Dr. Carroll, Chapter President Chelsea Buchannan, and Department Chair Dr. Kitty Coffey was featured in multiple local newspapers and on the Carson-Newman website. The short article recognized Dr. Carroll’s service as well as the achievements of our chapter.

Sept. 27, 2014
Community Project: Kappa Beta Xi participated in our annual C-N Operation In-As-Much Community Outreach Day where C-N students, faculty and staff worked part of the day on Saturday to meet community needs. Five KON members participated at various locations throughout the community.

Oct. 28, 2014
KON members and FCS faculty attended the FCS Chili Supper and Costume Party at Duncan Hall sponsored by CNAFCS.

Mar. 23, 2015
The Department hosted two site visitors from AAFCS in our efforts toward reaffirmation of accreditation. The site visitors met with current and former students from all major areas as part of the itinerary. Eleven of the 22 current students (50%) who met with the visitors were members of KON.

Apr. 8, 2015
Carson-Newman’s fifth annual Celebration of Excellence–Student Research, Creativity, and Performance Day. Research, Creativity, and Performance Day is an initiative of our Provost’s office with all classes cancelled for the day so CN students can participate as a presenter or viewer of Power Point presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, and exhibits. Participation across campus was much less this year, likely as a result of the many cancelled classes in February due to snow and ice. However, seventeen FCS undergraduate students made eleven scholarly presentations. Nine KON members made seven presentations!

Apr. 9, 2015
C-N Honors Convocation and Chapel: KON member Savannah Weathers was recognized as the outstanding FCS graduate and Emily Wood, new member, was recognized as the recipient of the KON Outstanding Sophomore Award presented by our chapter.

Apr. 16, 2015, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
FCS Spring Advisory Board Meeting: Four KON members made three research presentations: Madeline Reynolds and Rebecca Henson, “The Effects of Replacing Flour with Black Beans in Brownies;” Jennifer Holloway, “Incarcerated Fathers: Theoretical Perspective;” and, Leah Stalcup, “Apprentice: A Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Line Development Project.” These KON members were four of seven FCS students selected to present research projects at our FCS Spring Advisory Board Meeting, and they did an excellent job!

Apr. 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
FCS Department Honors Banquet: 2015 graduating seniors were recognized and presented a gift by the department. Four KON members are graduating: Jordan Bronkema, who is searching for a post-graduate internship; Chelsea Buchanan, who has accepted a position at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, TN; Savannah Weathers, who is traveling to Italy this summer to work; and, Madison Wilburn, who has accepted a position at Walt Disney World in Entertainment. Eight KON members received scholarships for 2015-2016.

Late April – Early May
Student Awards: Savannah Weathers, FN major, was recognized at CN graduation as the outstanding FCS graduate. FCSE major Emily Wood was recognized at Honors Convocation and the FCS Honors Banquet as the KON Outstanding Sophomore. Chapter president and graduating senior Chelsea Buchanan, CS major, was awarded the KON Medallion for her excellence in leadership and service to KON, the Department, and the University. Chelsea also received the Edward Glover Senior-Alumni Award, which is presented to one male and one female graduating senior who embody Christ-like character, are actively involved in the University and community, and are loyal to Carson-Newman.

3. Tentative plans for next year

Fall Semester 2015

Sept. 2015: Officers Training and Programming Planning Themes
Sept. 2015: Business Meeting and Welcome Back Activities
Oct. 2015: Business Meeting and Program: Undergraduate Writing – What is Plagiarism?
Nov. 2015: Required Annual Program: Social Responsibility – The Seven Wonders of the Socially Responsible World
Dec. 2015: Joint KON and C-NAFCS Christmas Cookie Swap and Networking Event

Spring Semester 2016

Jan. 2016: Chapter Business Meeting
Feb. 2016: Required Annual Program Theme
Mar. 2016: Required Annual Program Theme
Apr. 2016: Celebrating Research: Student research, creative projects, service learning presentations, and installation of officers

Special Projects and Events

Fall Semester 2015

* Participate in CN Annual Operation-In-As-Much Community Work Day
* Participate in preparing Christmas shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse Ministries (Operation Christmas Child)

Spring Semester 2016

* April 4, 2016: Initiation of new KON members and induction of University President Dr. O’Brien and First Lady Kay O’Brien as patrons of Kappa Beta Xi
* Apr. 2016: C-N Research, Creativity, and Performance Day
* Apr. 2016: FCS Honors and Awards Banquet

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: 4
Officer training plan: 5
Structure for selection and initiation of members: 5
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: 5

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

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: 4

Intrapersonal Benchmarks
Realistic self-appraisal, self-understanding, and self-respect: 4
Commitment to ethics and integrity : 5

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: 5
Collaboration: 5