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Chapter Report 2016-17

Kappa Beta Xi 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:

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Dr. Kitty R. Coffey, Chair

Chapter Vice President:

Hope Adkins

Name of Adviser:

Dr. Amber N. Roth

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 17, including 8 initiate members.

Kappa Beta Xi held 4 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

FALL 2016

September 12, 2016
Welcome Back Meet and Greet and Business Meeting. The business meeting began with a review of the 2015-2016 Annual Report, Part B as well as a discussion of officer responsibilities and possible service projects for the year (e.g., BOONet, Operation In-As-Much, Operation Christmas Child). The group also chose the 2016-2017 annual program theme, “Taking It To the Streets! Seven Wonders of the Socially Responsible World.” In addition, Dr. Roth shared with members that the chapter received its 26th Chapter of Excellence Award for 2015-2016, as well as the spotlight of our chapter on the KON National website as the Featured Chapter.

October 10, 2016
Fall Business Meeting and Program: “Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Dressing for Success in Interviews, Internships, and Beyond” by Dr. Amber Roth. Plans and dates for meetings and activities were finalized with KON student member input. Members were encouraged to bring individually wrapped candy for donation to BOONet, a campus-wide Halloween service project. Program included Dr. Roth’s short presentation on appropriate business dress for new graduates just entering the professional world. The presentation also covered what to wear for an interview as well as the differences in various corporate cultures and industry-specific standards for appropriate business dress.

November 30, 2016
KON Cookie Decorating Party and Networking Event. KON members and FCS students and faculty attended, and enjoyed glasses of milk with their custom decorated sugar cookies. An invitation was extended to everyone in Blye-Poteat Hall, even those who were not FCS majors, so a few friends and roommates of KON members attended as well. A great time of fellowship and networking for all.


February 13, 2017
Spring Business Meeting and Required Program: Seven Wonders of the Socially Responsible World. Chapter initiatives and meeting dates for the Spring semester were discussed and finalized. Program included the second workshop on the theme “Social Responsibility,” again led by Dr. Roth. After a quick review, members shared their ideas regarding program implementation. Of the seven facets of social responsibility, members selected “Education” and “Health” as the areas of focus. It was decided that the chapter would create and implement a program aimed at young children on the topic of healthy eating. The program would coincide with National Nutrition Month (March) and KON would partner with the Child Development Lab (CDL) at Carson-Newman University. The CDL is a living, learning laboratory that serves the University and the wider community by providing education for twenty children ages 4-5.

March 21, 2017
Chapter Initiation: Eight new students were initiated. Guests of the initiates and FCS faculty and staff enjoyed the ceremony and reception that followed. A group photo of KON initiates, members, and FCS faculty and staff was featured in local area newspapers and on the FCS website.

April 4, 2017
Service Project and Required Program: Due to scheduling conflicts, the required program was rescheduled for April. While the chapter was unable to implement the program to coincide with National Nutrition Month, the topic still remains timely and relevant. In collaboration with the staff at the CDL on Carson-Newman campus, six KON members and Dr. Roth led the program as developed by chapter members. The program focused on healthy food choices and involved a group story, art project (drawing fruits and veggies on paper plates), and nutritious snack (ants-on-a-log). 16 preschoolers participated in the service projects, and they enjoyed interacting with KON members and sharing their favorite healthy foods with them.

April 21, 2017
Spring Business Meeting and Focusing on Undergraduate Student Research. Our business meeting began with a reflection by students on the Required Program. Comments from students regarding the service project and its outcomes were positive. In addition, four students shared their research on a variety of FCS-related topics.

• Maggie Melhorn, “Baking Versatility in Three Gluten-Free Flour Blends”
• Ashley Kay & Sarah Sharp, “The Substitution of Heavy Whipping Cream with Avocado in a Chocolate Mousse Formula”
• Aaron Waldrupe, “The Duncan Hall Victorian Bistro”

The students were each presented a $25.00 honorarium from our KON Scholars Fund.

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

FALL 2016

August 12, 2016
Departmental Required Majors Meeting and Welcome Back Ice-Cream Social at the Blye-Poteat Collaboration Center. President Emily Wood shared about KON membership requirements and activities.

October 11, 2016
KON members and FCS faculty, staff, and students attended the FCS Chili Supper and Costume Party at Duncan Hall, sponsored by the Carson-Newman Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (C-NAFCS).

October 26, 2016
Service Project: KON member Hope Adkins delivered Kappa Beta Xi’s collection of individually wrapped candy for BOONet to the Office of Student Activities. This event is open to the greater community and provides a safe space for young children to trick-or-treat in costume. One of the Carson-Newman residence halls is transformed with Halloween décor and many carnival-style booths with games and prizes are staffed by student organizations and community volunteers. In total, KON members collected ten large bags of candy in support of this campus-wide Halloween service project.

November 2, 2016
Professional Development Opportunity, hosted by C-NAFCS. Mr. Russ Dorsten, the Region North American Chief Operations Officer of BSH Home Appliances, shared insights about career goals and professionalism with FCS students and faculty. This was an excellent opportunity for FCS students (and KON members) to network with a highly respected professional and long-time supporter of the Department. Mr. Dorsten also provided opportunities for students to participate in mock interviews, which included a resume review and one-on-one practice answering typical interview questions.

November 5, 2016
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 volunteered on Saturday to meet community needs. Three KON members and FCS faculty Dr. Heather Whaley and Dr. Rae Dutro participated at various locations throughout the community, including local historic estate, Glenmore Mansion.

December 2016
Service Project: Participated in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Small personal and entertainment items were collected from KON members, and shoeboxes were prepared for children ages 10-14 from these donations, two for a young boy and two for a young girl. The number of completed shoeboxes increased from last year to four, doubling the total donations by Kappa Beta Xi to this worthy cause.


April 6, 2017
C-N Honors Convocation and Chapel: KON member Jennifer Holloway was recognized as the Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences graduate and Kaitlyn Steele, new member, was recognized as the recipient of the KON Outstanding Sophomore Award presented by our chapter.

April 11, 2017, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
FCS Spring Advisory Board Meeting: Three KON members made two research presentations: Ashley Kay and Sarah Sharp, “The Substitution of Heavy Whipping Cream with Avocado in a Chocolate Mousse Formula,” and Aaron Waldrupe, “The Duncan Hall Victorian Bistro.” These KON members were three of four FCS students selected to present research projects at our FCS Advisory Board Meeting, and they did an excellent job!

April 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
FCS Department Honors Banquet: 2017 graduating seniors were recognized and presented a gift by the department. Two KON members graduated: Kaitlyn Cupples and Emily Wood. Nine KON members received scholarships for 2017-2018.

April 20, 2017
Carson-Newman’s 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 C-N students can participate as a presenter or viewer of Power Point presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, and exhibits. Nineteen FCS undergraduate students made twenty-two scholarly presentations. Eight KON members made thirteen presentations!

Late April–Early May
Student Awards: Jennifer Holloway, Child and Family Studies: Early Childhood Education major, was recognized at Carson-Newman winter graduation as the Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences graduate. FCSE major Kaitlyn Steele was recognized at Honors Convocation and the FCS Honors Banquet as the KON Outstanding Sophomore. Chapter president and graduating senior Emily Wood, Family and Consumer Sciences Education major, was awarded the KON Medallion for her excellence in leadership and service to KON, the Department, and the University.

3. Tentative plans for next year

Fall Semester 2017
Aug. 2017: Officers Training and Programming Planning Themes
Sept. 2017: Business Meeting and Welcome Back Activities
Oct. 2017: Business Meeting and Program: APA Workshop by Dr. Heather Whaley
Nov. 2017: Required Annual Program: Social Responsibility
Dec. 2017: KON Cookie Decorating Party and Networking Event

Spring Semester 2018
Jan. 2018: Chapter Business Meeting
Feb. 2018: Required Annual Program Theme
Mar. 2018: Required Annual Program Theme
Apr. 2018: Celebrating Research: Student research, creative projects, service learning presentations, and installation of officers

Special Projects and Events
Fall Semester 2017
- Participate in C-N Annual Operation In-As-Much Community Work Day
- Participate in collecting candy donations for BOONet
- Participate in preparing Christmas shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Ministries (Operation Christmas Child)

Spring Semester 2018
- Mar. 2018: Initiation of new KON members
- Apr. 2018: FCS Honors Banquet
- Apr. 2018: C-N Research, Creativity, and Performance Day

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 5
Participation in institutional training for student groups: NA
Procedures for election of officers: 5
Officer training plan: 4
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: 3

Learning Benchmarks
Co-curricular activities that enhance academic goals: 4
Activities respond to shared goals: 4
Participation in National Required Program initiative: 5
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: 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