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Annual Report 2014-15

Kappa Delta Omicron 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:

Name of Administrator:

Dr. Deborah Tippett

Chapter Vice President:

Name of Adviser:

Dr. Deborah Tippett

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

Kappa Delta Omicron held meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

Officer Training:
• Officer Training: September 10 & 13, 2014
o KON officers attended a required training session to help us prepare for our club positions. The training session provided us with information on facility use, budgeting, Student Leadership and Service staff and resources, steps for planning events, and team building.
• Officer Meetings: September 15, October 13 & 29 and Spring Semester
o Officer meetings were held to prepare before the club meetings. In the officer meetings we planned club opportunities for the year, and discussed what will take place during the club meetings.
• Officer Election: At the information meeting for new members on February 6, 2015, new members were invited to fill out an officer application for the 2015-16 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. An election was held and these officers were elected:
o President: Amber Winslow
o Vice President: Alexis Holmes
o Secretary: Rachel Anne Phelps
o Treasurer: Carolina Fisher
o Publicity: Rebecca O’Brien
o Members at Large: Alexander Baker, Suzi Bass, Meghan Brooks, and Katie Burnet

Club Meetings
• Club Meetings: November 10, 2014 and March 20, 2015
o Our first meeting informed members about KON and the club opportunities that are in plan for the year. We brainstormed ideas to be more engaged on campus. The spring meeting focused on making plans for the Community Service Project, a Dance-a-thon.
• Centennial: September 12, 2014 and April 18, 2015
o With the Human and Environmental Sciences Department reaching its 100th year at Meredith College, celebrations were held on September 12 and April 18. At both events KON members participated in the celebration of the event and the president and president-elect brought greetings from the association.

New Members
• Informational Meeting: February 6, 2015
o An informational meeting was held to allow the new members to learn about KON. They were provided with information on the lifetime benefits of KON, the requirements of a KON Member, and the Purpose of KON. The new members were able to learn about KON and have any questions answered that they might have.
• Induction Practice: March 16, 2015
o The induction practice allowed new members to understand the induction ceremony process and what they will need to do the night of the induction ceremony as a new member.
• KON Induction Ceremony: March 19, 2015
o The Induction Ceremony was held and 43 KON members were recognized for their hard work and potential leadership in the human sciences majors.

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

Community Service
• KON hosted a Dance-a-thon on April 11, 2015 from 12 noon to 12 midnight. The event brought in members from KON, the community, and the campus. KON members collaborated with other organizations on campus to attract more participation. Various dance instructors donated their time to lead dances and activities were planned throughout the day and evening. Participants paid entry fees and various vendors provided refreshments and donations for the event. Proceeds totaling $820 were donated to the Raleigh Chapter of the ALS Association.

Professional and Career Preparation
• Undergraduate Research
o Many KON students participated in undergraduate research within their respective majors. Members were encouraged to submit their research to the KON Undergraduate Research Journal and to ScholarCon. The following KON members presented their research on Celebrating Student Achievement Day on April 14, 2015:

Senior Fashion Showcase
Presenter: Alanna Ryder

Three Sisters Garden
Catering Lunch: Rebecca O’Brien

Historic Preservation within Residential Structures in the 21st Century
Presenter: Kendall Cheston, Rachel Anne Phelps, Nicole Michael

The Effects of Nutrients on Post-Exercise Recovery and Next Day Performance
Presenter: Kaitlynn Seymour

Octavia Piano Ensemble
Presenter: Jessica Williford

Teaching English Language Learners with Disabilities
Presenter: Rebecca Shafer

The Relationship between Weight Imbalances, Countermovement Jumps and Agility Performance
Presenters: Haley Carson, Mckenzi Edwards

Examining Academically Gifted Programs: Push-In or Pull Out?
Presenters: Sarah Horton

Composting Food Waste from Belk Dining Hall: A Pilot Study
Presenters: Kathleen Jablonski, Sarah Massey, Lacey Hambridge, Suzanna Bass

Social-Emotional Development in the Pre-K and Elementary Classroom
Presenter: Erin Nichols

3. Tentative plans for next year

The outgoing president touched base with the president-elect on several occasions to communicate ways in which events from the school year could be improved upon for the next year. The dance-a-thon had been a great fundraiser, so officers and members wanted to continue to hold the dance-a-thon annually to benefit a local cause. Lower-than-expected attendance was believed to be due partially to the actual date of event, so discussion was had about picking a date for the coming school year that does not conflict with other community and campus events taking place. It was also suggested that publicity and marketing start sooner before the event next year so as to increase exposure.

A goal for next year is to increase active member involvement in chapter activities and service opportunities. The outgoing president suggested that ensuring that the incoming officer team is invested in the planned activities for the year will help increase the overall energy and excitement among all members and potentially translate to greater involvement in chapter events and service projects.

Another goal for the coming year is to make members more aware of the research opportunities and publication possibilities that exist within KON. Typically many KON students in our chapter have engaged in research projects, but submission of research to the Undergraduate Research Community has been inconsistent in the past. We hope that by increasing members’ exposure to Kappa Omicron Nu’s research opportunities, it will encourage members to use the resources available to KON affiliates and ultimately lead to more submissions of research papers for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal of Human Sciences and greater interest in submitting research for presentation at ScholarCon.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks
Registration with appropriate institutional office: NA
Participation in institutional training for student groups: NA
Procedures for election of officers: NA
Officer training plan: NA
Structure for selection and initiation of members: NA
Structure for member input into setting goals for chapter activities: NA
Process for planning annual activities to respond to goals: NA
Participation in national conference: NA

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

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

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

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

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: NA
Collaboration: NA