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Chapter Report 2012-13

Nu Alpha has completed the annual chapter report for 2012-13. Chapter Report B outlines chapters activities completed during the academic year.

This chapter report outlines chapter activity for the year 2012-13

Name of Human Sciences Unit:

Name of Administrator:

Stacey Roberts

Chapter Vice President:

Haleigh Craig

Name of Adviser:

Dr. Katrina Rivers Thompson

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 29, including 19 initiate members.

Nu Alpha held 7 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

Meetings (All held at the Harrison McClain Home Management House):

August 27, 2012- First general meeting of the school year: introductions, ice-breakers, and preliminary program planning

September 18, 2012-Preperation for Chili Cook-off, dinner and a career updates, and t-shirt ordering

October 23, 2012- Dinner and a career updates, children’s literacy program planning, Christmas party for potential members, faculty, and staff (Home Management House)

January 24, 2013-New officer recognition, dinner and career updates, preliminary semester planning

February 19, 2013-Dinner and a career updates, and 5K updates

March 21, 2013-Spril 2013 initiation planning, and dinner and a career updates

April 19, 2013-Formal election of new officers for the following school year and dinner and a career updates

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

Throughout the 2012-13 academic year, Berea College Nu Alpha chapter has worked diligently to further the mission of Kappa Omicron Nu by shedding positive light on the national initiatives of focus on leadership and social responsibility. In total, Nu Alpha planned, organized, and successfully implemented six professional lectures titled, Dinner and a Career, for Child and Family Studies majors and other students, faculty, and staff who are interested in the vast career and graduate school opportunities found within academic realm of the Human Sciences.

Not only do these programs allow the Berea College campus community and chapter members to understand the role Human Science professionals have in the lives of families and individuals around the country, KON members have the opportunity to practice and develop leadership skills necessary for succeeding in their future professional and academic careers beyond Berea College through strategic planning. In additional to finding speakers, at each program KON members must practice pertinent skills essential to Child and Family Studies, such as meal management and budgeting for a large group of people. At each program we usually service around 20 to 25 individuals.

Spring 2013 Dinner and a Career Programs

September 25, 2012: Asbury University School of Social Work
Bridget Szczapinski, the graduate enrollment coordinator for Asbury University, spoke with our group about the educational opportunities available to graduates who wish to pursue a Master’s of Social Work after successful completion of an undergraduate program.

October 30, 2012: University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
Ms. Mary Hixson, Extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences in Garrard County, KY, was scheduled to speak about her outstanding career of 28 years with the Extension service. Due to extenuating circumstances, Ms. Hixson was unable to attend. In her absence, we had one of our very own members share with the group her experiences doing Undergraduate Research throughout the previous summer.

November 15, 2012: Grow Appalachia
David Cooke, the current program coordinator for the non-profit organization called Grow Appalachia, visited our group to help educate the community about this program and its impact on families and communities by helping to improve food systems. Mr. Cooke also shared with us some valuable advice on working, volunteering, or interning with non-profit organizations as a Berea College student.

Spring 2013 Dinner and a Career Programs

Feburary 25, 2013: Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
The director of BRCC in Richmond, KY, Ms. Maria Amario, who is a doctorial candidate at the University Kentucky, spoke with the group about her work in clinical psychology and its applications to treat victims of domestic abuse, violence, and sexual assault who come to the BRCC seeking help. Aside from this, she encouraged people to volunteer their time to service to the BRCC.

March 25, 2013: Kentucky Department of Justice: Juvenile Corrections
Joe Crabtree, a 2005 Berea College Alumna, shared with us the career path he took after graduating. Currently he serves as a corrections officer for youth under the age 18 who have committed serious crimes in KY. In addition to this, he has implemented successful programs to curtail school truancy for minors.

April 22, 2013: Ms. Rita Smart, Kentucky State Representative
Ms. Rita Smart currently serves as KY State Representative for the 81st district. Aside from her work in Frankfort, she is the proprietor of Bennett House Bed and Breakfast where she was inspired to author a cookbook that was published in 2008. In the past she has worked for the University of the Cooperative Extension Service as a county Extension agent for 35 years.

Other programming efforts:
In the fall, Nu Alpha members volunteered to collaborate with People Services to assists with the child care center at the 14th Annual Chili Cook-off for Berea College faculty and staff. KON members helped to manage activates, such as: balloon creations, bubbles, face painting, sand art, coloring, and monitoring children playing with inflatable. This activity directly relates to the national initiative of social responsibility so that KON members should contribute positively to community well-being and life.

Another area of commitment for Nu Alpha is Children’s literacy at our local Child Development Lab. In October, November, and December, KON members worked hard to collect and craft children’s books to be donated to the CDL. In total, over 30 books were donated.

3. Tentative plans for next year

For next year, Nu Alpha will continue to implement successful programming with a positive attitude and hard work. Our “Dinner and a Career” programs, three years in the running, have become quite popular here at Berea College. We, of course, will continue to host these each month with each program having a special emphasis on one of the three concentrations offered through the Child Family Studies program, including (a) child development,(b) nutrition and food studies, and (c) family studies. Additionally, this past spring semester, Nu Alpha started to put in the works a campus and community wide 5K in the fall. All proceeds will be donated to a local charity of choice who focuses on helping families and children succeed.

As in the past, we will once again collaborate with People Services to volunteer with the 15th Annual Chili Cook-off. During this event, Kappa Omicron Nu will help make the atmosphere family friendly by volunteering to help manage the children’s play area.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks

Participation in institutional training for student groups: 3
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 4
Procedures for election of officers: 3
Officer training plan: 4
Structure for selection and initiation of members: 4
Structure for member input into setting goals for chapter activities: 5
Process for planning annual activities to respond to goals: 4
Participation in national conference: 0

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

Evaluation Benchmarks
Yearly evaluation of chapter activities: 3
Yearly evaluation of programming: 4