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Report for 2014-15

Nu Alpha 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:

Child and Family Studies

Name of Administrator:

Elizabeth Robbins

Chapter Vice President:

Lauren Cameron

Name of Adviser:

Dr. Katrina Rivers-Thompson

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 26, including 6 initiate members.

Nu Alpha held 6 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

All meetings are held at the Harrison McClain Home Management House.
*provided snacks/refreshments during general meetings
September 1, 2014: Officer Meeting
This was the first meeting of the school year. All five officers gathered at the Home Management House to discuss expectations and responsibilities of the officers, how to encourage more KON members to be active, desired activities for the year, developing a new Facebook page and college b-linked page, and other topics. This meeting allowed the officers to know what their role was individually and within the whole chapter.
September 10, 2014: General Meeting
This was the first general meeting for all KON members for the school year. At this meeting the first Dinner and a Career event date and menu was established. We also discussed as a group what campus and community activities we might like to conduct. Finally, we discussed getting tshirts for the organization and about using the new college b-linked website.
October 21, 2014: General Meeting
We set the date and menu for the next Dinner and a Career event. We also discussed the menu for the November D&C and for the KON/CFS Department Christmas Party. We also discussed a possible fundraiser or activity to raise money for a local organization. On November 8th, Berea College is having Homecoming weekend and KON members have been asked to help host the open house for the department; these details were discussed with members.
November 11, 2014: General Meeting
At this meeting we discussed the speaker and menu for our November D&C. We also discussed an event called “Pack the Track” that the Health and Human Performance club is organizing for cancer awareness. Finally, we discussed events for next semester.
January 15, 2015: General Meeting
We discussed the first D&C for the Spring Semester. Our speaker was set for Katie Bills, a Berea College alumna and current Occupational Therapy graduate student. We decided on a menu of chicken and vegetarian pot pies.
January 27, 2015: General Meeting
KON members planned the speaker, date, and menu for the February D&C. We also spoke about other events going on around campus that we might get involved in, including Valentine’s Day Child Care and a 5K for a local organization.

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

Throughout the 2014-15 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 four 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.
This year, in order to make meals more efficient in the preparation process, the President and Vice President began a checklist system that allowed all members to know in advance what food still needed to be prepared or others tasks completed. This was a helpful effort since most members of KON are not familiar with the Food Lab and the materials within it.
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.
Finally, events were held at the end of the Fall and Spring semester in order to foster community between the Nu Alpha chapter members and with all students of the Child and Family Studies department. Providing a stronger community between KON members and CFS students encourages participation of members for Dinner and A Career events and encourages CFS students to attend the dinners and learn more about a wide range of professions within their field.
September 30, 2014: Lisa Gay, Family Resource and Youth Service Center Director at Shannon Johnson and Silver Creek Elementary
The connection to Speaker Lisa Gay was made through current KON member, Chelsea Cantrell Bentley. Chelsea had worked with Lisa over this past summer at the Family Resource Center. Ms. Gay is a Berea College graduate who worked at Boone Tavern, SFA (now CELTS), and as an RA while at Berea. She graduated with a degree in Sociology, although she originally began her studies in chemistry. She has worked with Head Start, Big Brother big Sisters, and now at the Family Resource and Youth Service Enter. She describes her current job as being “like a social worker in the schools” and works with several programs, including Groovy Girls, Book Buddies, Summer Pack Program, and works at the Back to School Bash. At the end of her talk, Ms. Gay have very good advice about treating others how you want to be treated, being present with your own family, and that people will never forget how you made them feel.
October 28, 2014: Dr. Edd Easton-Hogg, PsyD; practicing Psychologist at Hogg Therapy Associates of Berea, KY
Dr. Edd Easton-Hogg is a 2001 Berea College graduation from the Child and Family Studies department, with a concentration in Family Studies. He went on to Asbury theological seminary to receive his counseling degree. To receive his Ph.D., Mr. Hogg went to Spalding University and studied clinical psychology. While there, he completed a lot of training in the community mental health area. Over the years, Dr. Hogg has worked with the National Guard (while at Berea College), as a case worker for community living assistance, in a jail conducting mental health screenings and assessments, and he now has his own practice in Berea, KY in Old Town. At his current job he travels a lot and sees clients who are applying for disability. He believes in taking a holistic approach to mental health.
December 3, 2014: Christmas Social
The Nu Alpha chapter held a Christmas Social again this year to celebrate work well done for the Fall 2014 semester. This event was held at the Home Management House. All KON and Child and Family Studies Majors were invited to this event. We decorated cards to give to the CFS professors, decorated sugar and gingerbread cookies, and ate other food. This event allowed our chapter to bond and create a bigger sense of community among members.

January 19, 2015: Katie Bills, graduate student of Occupational Therapy at NYU
Berea College Child and Family Studies alumna Katie Bills was the speaker for our January D&C. Ms. Bills is from West Virginia and graduated from Berea in 2013. She is currently going to school and New York University for Occupational Therapy. She explained with OT is and is not and then began to describe her courses, work load, and life in New York City. She talked about what she did in undergraduate in order to prepare for graduate school, including classes, shadow time, and interning. Ms. Bills provided a very practical and encouraging outlook for students wanting to go into Occupational Therapy or other graduate school professional programs.
February Dinner and a Career
We were not able to have our February D&C because we could not secure our speaker.
March 17, 2015: Beth Taylor, Registered Dietitian at Baptist Health in Richmond
Beth Taylor was a connection made by KON Vice President Lauren Cameron. Lauren has shadowed Mrs. Taylor, a Registered Dietitian, and Baptist Health in Richmond, KY. Ms. Taylor is a Berea College Child and Family Studies graduate with a Family Studies concentration and emphasis in Dietetics. She went onto Eastern Kentucky University to receive her Masters in Community Nutrition to become a Registered Dietitian. Over the years she has held several different jobs, from social work to dietetics, but has always known that she wants to serve “her people”, which is the people of Appalachia. She gave advice about how to get a job, learning from experiences, and enjoying the journey by taking time to reflect.
April 21, 2015: Brinner, End of the Year KON Social
A “Brinner” (breakfast for dinner) was hosted by KON members for the KON members in order to celebrate the end of the school year. This event was held at the Harrison McClain Home where KON members worked together to create and enjoy the meal. The 2015-2016 officer nominations and elections was also held during this event.

Other programming and volunteering efforts:
“Pack the Track”
Made a poster for the “Pack the Track” event hosted by the Health and Human Performance Club, KON’s poster provided education about childhood cancers. There was also a candlelight vigil at this event to remember those suffering or lost from cancer.
Homecoming Weekend
Kappa Omicron Nu prepared refreshments for the open house of the Child and Family Studies department during Homecoming weekend. Students of the Child and Family Studies department met and networked with CFS alumni and their friends.

3. Tentative plans for next year

Nu Alpha hopes to collaborate once again in the 17th 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, five 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.
Finally, we also hope that Nu Alpha will find more ways to give back to their college and city-wide communities. There are several opportunities, from providing childcare to volunteering at family friendly events, that KON members could be a part of with little effort in organization. It is our hope that the new officers for the 2015-2016 school year will find ways to partner with other organizations in the community to provide assistance.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 4
Participation in institutional training for student groups: 1
Procedures for election of officers: 4
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: 1

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: 4
Sense of Civic Responsibility: 4

Faculty Support Benchmarks
Value for student organizations: 3
Professional/technical support to student organizations : 4
Faculty Participation in chapter activities : 5

Evaluation Benchmarks
Yearly evaluation of chapter activities: 4
Yearly evaluation of programming: 5

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

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: 5
Collaboration: 5