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Chapter Report 2013-14

Nu Alpha 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:

Name of Administrator:

Jennifer Lenoir

Chapter Vice President:

Savanna Flesch

Name of Adviser:

Dr. Katrina Rivers Thompson

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 30, including 16 initiate members.

Nu Alpha held 8 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

All meetings are held at the Harrison McClain Home Management House.
September 5, 2013: This was the first general meeting of the school year. During this meeting, we conducted introductions, ice-breakers, and preliminary program planning. We especially began planning Dinner and a Career events for the semester. Part of the meeting was also devoted to determining the best possible meeting times for KON members. At Berea College, there are several night classes, and students are also required to work, so we had to determine the most convenient time for members to meet.
September 23, 2013: Meeting was devoted to writing thank you notes to volunteers at the Child and Family Studies meeting for individuals interested in declaring CFS as their major. Dinner and a Career updates were discussed, including changing the date to ensure proper advertisement. This meeting also discussed the collaboration of KON with the Child and Family Studies Club on Berea’s campus.
October 14, 2013: Final preparations for a volunteer event and for Dinner and a Career, which was held the following week.
November 11, 2013: Began planning on December’s Dinner and a Career Event. Also began planning a Christmas party and event for CFS majors and KON members.
December 2, 2013: Last official KON meeting of the semester. Planned December’s events, including a Christmas party that was for all CFS majors and potential majors. At this party, participants made Christmas cards and ornaments to donate to a nursing home.
January 30, 2014: First meeting of the Spring Semester after Christmas Break. Time was spent picking a new meeting time because of new class and work schedules. A new Historian was also elected, as the previous officer graduated in December. Initiation and Dinner and a Career events were also preliminarily planned, and schedules were to be emailed out later.
February 23, 2014: Initiation was planned—a speaker was chosen and the menu was picked. The next two Dinner & a Career events were also preliminarily planned.
April 14, 2014: Another Dinner and a Career event was planned, and new officers were elected for next school year.

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

Throughout the 2013-14 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 five 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.
Berea College Nu Alpha chapter has also sought to provide volunteer opportunities for its members throughout the school year, both on an individual and chapter-wide basis. In an attempt to further the mission of Kappa Omicron Nu, these opportunities have provided members the ability to become leaders both in their community and their academic realm.
October 21, 2013: Partners for Education
Ms. Dreama Gentry, who works for Berea College in their Partners for Education department, was actually a Berea College graduate. She was a Political Science major, and she discussed how going to law school actually helped her work with families, helping her have a larger impact on families as a whole. She began working for Berea College as a grant writer, eventually moving into the Partners for Education department. She explored several different opportunities for students, both as labor positions and after graduation. This included Americorps positions as well.
September 30, 2013:
This Dinner & a Career offered multiple speakers, as it was designed to give new majors and individuals who were interested in the field of Child and Family Studies the opportunity to learn about opportunities and presence of support on Berea College’s campus. A representative from the Internship office, the Career Development office, all CFS professors, employees from the Child Development Lab, and officers from the CFS club spoke briefly about their role in networking and providing support to KON members and CFS majors. Beyond Berea, each of these individuals spoke about their paths throughout their careers, while also providing advice to those who were seeking similar career paths.
March 27, 2014: Wellness Director
Jill Gurtatowski, the Wellness Director for Berea College spoke at this Dinner and a Career. She gave insight into her career path, while also providing advice and support. Part of her lecture spoke about the difficulties that children in poverty face concerning wellness, and how this lack of nutrition, exercise, and mental wellness can affect them in school. She also discussed the importance of physical fitness in the classroom, and the need for teachers to incorporate these practices in their classrooms. Time was also spent analyzing the necessity of networking to be successful.
April 22, 2014: Benchmark Family Services
Beth Webb, the Treatment Support Specialist Supervisor and Placement Coordinator and the Interim Director of Benchmark Family Services spoke about the role of foster care in Kentucky, and how professionals in the Child and Family Studies field can work in foster care. Benchmark is a private organization, so Ms. Webb spoke about the role of the private organization with the state. This event partnered with a class, entitled Family Law; therefore, time was spent discussing the legal aspect of foster care and social services.
Other programming and volunteering efforts:
Typically, Nu Alpha members volunteer with the Annual Chili Cook-Off, but because of a lapse in new management, this was not possible this year. However, members intend to volunteer again in the Fall of 2014. Throughout the year, different volunteer events were organized, including participating in a campus-wide event called “BC +5”, where students were given the opportunity to visualize what their life might look like five years after graduation, thus attempting to help them prepare for their future.
Nu Alpha members also volunteered at the Child Development Lab, provided childcare for events for non-traditional students, and hosted KON alumni during Homecoming. Individuals in Nu Alpha are also active in their volunteer activities outside of KON, as this is a large part of Berea’s initiatives.

3. Tentative plans for next year

Nu Alpha hopes to collaborate once again in the 16th Annual Chili Cook Off. During this event, KON will help make the atmosphere family-friendly by managing bouncers, games, and face-painting for the children.
For next year, Nu Alpha will continue to implement successful programming with a positive attitude and hard work. Our “Dinner and a Career” programs, four 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. Members of Nu Alpha have attempted to create this as a regular event that happens on Berea’s campus, and while it was difficult to schedule this past year because of conflicting events, it is the hope of the new officers that this will remain a viable event at Berea.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 3
Participation in institutional training for student groups: 4
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: 4
Process for planning annual activities to respond to goals: 3
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: 4
Social Responsibility: 4
Sense of Civic Responsibility: 4

Faculty Support Benchmarks
Value for student organizations: 5
Professional/technical support to student organizations : 4
Faculty Participation in chapter activities : 4

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

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

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: 4
Collaboration: 4