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Chapter Annual Report 2012-13

Omicron Beta 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:

Nutritional Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Chapter Vice President:

Tara Mauro

Name of Adviser:

Peggy Policastro

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 39, including 26 initiate members.

Omicron Beta Alpha held 2 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

I. September: Executive board meeting
a. Worked on 2012 induction ceremony
b. Discussed ideas for the year in regards to volunteer work, mentoring,
tutoring, fundraising and research

II. November 9, 2012: General Meeting
a. New Members
i. Certificates
ii. Registration Cards
b. Service:
i. Kids Café sign up (selected committee chair)
ii. Elijah’s Promise sign up (selected committee chair)
c. Fundraising:
i. Snack box sign up
ii. Rutgers Day sign up
iii. Fall fundraiser (selected committee chairs)
iv. T-shirt sign up
d. Scholarship:
i. Tutoring sign up (selected committee chair)
e. Research:
i. Fall research sign up (selected committee chairs)
ii. IRB certification

III. November 20, 2012: Research team meeting
a. Directions/overview on how to distribute and collect survey data
b. Split into teams and gave out surveys/supplies for data collection

IV. January 29, 2013: Officer meeting
a. Set up all dates and ideas for volunteering events, fundraising and

V. February 4, 2013: General Meeting
a. Reports on all events and services
b. Service:
i. Kids Café sign up (updates)
ii. Elijah’s Promise sign up (updates)
c. Fundraising:
i. Snack box sign up
ii. Rutgers Day sign up
iii. Zumba class fundraiser sign up
iv. Houlihan’s fundraiser sign up
v. T-shirt sign up
d. Scholarship:
i. Mentoring sign up (selected committee chairs)
ii. Tutoring sign up (updates)
e. Research:
i. Tattoos and Dietary Habits Research Progress Report

VI. April 23, 2013: Officer Meeting
i. Rutgers Day: set up and materials
ii. KON Breakfast
iii. Scholarship Money Distribution Planning

VII. May 8, 2013 KON Breakfast- Final Meeting
a. Recap on this year’s accomplishments
b. Officer elections
c. Awards ceremony

Undergraduate Research: Outcomes & Evaluation
The research was planned and organized through our chapter this year in conjunction with Dr. John Worobey and the Nutritional Sciences Department. Our members became IRB certified and collected data at various outlets on campus in the month of February 2013. The data collected pertained to the relationship between tattoos and dietary habits among the college-aged population. Once the data was analyzed, the results were formulated into an abstract and research poster, and presented at the 2013 New Jersey Dietetic Association Annual Meeting.

Outcome: We will continue to focus on the research portion of our chapter initiatives next year.
We have written posters and have become IRB Certified, which will help our efforts next year.

Required Program: Outcomes & Evaluation
With 39 members, it is difficult if not impossible to schedule a program in which all can attend. Instead, we offered several events/activities that members could choose to participate. We held our meetings early in the morning so that members could attend prior to classes. All members, even those who could not attend the meeting, were sent detailed minutes and a chance to electronically sign up for the various events/activities. However, those members that participated in several events were recognized and awarded through our participation based points system.

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

I. Induction Ceremony
a. In order to comply with National standards, students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, completed a minimum of 45 semester hours, ranked in the top 25% were invited to join the O' Beta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu. Qualified students were given individual invitations and membership brochures detailing the honor of joining. Students were then given a reply date to accept and pay the membership fee. Students that accepted were invited (as well as their guests) to an Induction Ceremony held at a local dining establishment. The KON mission to empowered leaders through scholarship, research and leadership development was strongly emphasized.

II. Community Projects/Activities/Events:
a. Volunteer
i. Kids Café – A program monitored by the New Jersey Food Bank, who provides food and nutrition education to low-income children of elementary schools. The New Jersey Food Bank has several sites and in order for the children to receive dinner at the site they are required to receive 9 nutrition lessons between September and June. This past year (2012-2013), KON was responsible for providing the nutritional education lessons at the New Brunswick site at a Salvation Army. Lessons included topics on fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy/calcium, meat/protein, healthy snacks and the incorporation of physical activity. Each lesson was organized to provide a short review of the previous lesson, a short lesson with activities and prizes to all children.

ii. Elijah’s Promise – KON provided a health fair at Elijah’s Promise which is a soup kitchen site in New Brunswick. The fair included nutrition focused games that stimulated the participant to think and learn nutrition facts. Prizes were given out and included items such as hygiene products, baby diapers, and water/coffee cups.

b. Fundraising
i. Rutgers Day
1. Event at Rutgers that provides an opportunity for student groups to display a table to raise money and offer activities to the general public.
2. KON sold homemade dog biscuits and water bottles.

ii. Houlihan’s, Restaurant and Bar:
1. Event on April 03, 2013
2. 10% of the bill from any customer with a KON flyer was given to KON

iii. Zumba Dancing Class
1. Event on December 05, 2012
2. Small fee paid by anyone who attended the Zumba class hosted by KON was added to the KON funds

III. Campus Projects/Activities/Events:
a. Mentoring
i. KON members were partnered with different nutrition major students who were either freshmen or sophomores. The members provided advice in regards to classes, extracurricular activities and were responsible for answering any questions/concerns or to refer the student to a professor.
b. Tutoring:
i. KON members tutored nutritional science majors in all nutrition courses and science courses including systems physiology, organic chemistry, general chemistry, biology and biochemistry.
c. Research
i. The research was planned and organized through our chapter this year in conjunction with Dr. John Worobey and the Nutritional Sciences Department.
ii. Our members became IRB certified and collected data at various outlets on campus
iii. Topic: “College Students; The Relationship Between Tattoos and Dietary Habits”
iv. Once the data was analyzed, the results were formulated into an abstract and poster and presented at the 2013 New Jersey Dietetic Association Annual Meeting
d. Fundraising
i. Snack Box
1. Nutritious snacks were sold in the nutrition department for $1. Snack included nuts, whole grain cereal bars, fruit cups and oatmeal.
Strengths included:

Individual attention to each student
Strong interest in member feedback
Accessibility to E-board
Service events (Members who participated were awarded with certificates and scholarship money)

3. Tentative plans for next year

The E-board officers for the 2013-2014 term will be elected and trained. KON intends to exceed the number of events we participated in the previous year and continue the existing projects.

I. Induction Ceremony
a. Qualified students will be identified and the induction ceremony will be held around the same time of year as last
II. Volunteer
a. Elijah’s Promise Soup kitchen health fair
b. Teach at the Kids Café site in New Brunswick
III. Mentoring
a. Revise the program to be more effective, such as advertise it all lower level nutrition courses and have professors send out e-mails to their students in regards to the service
IV. Tutoring
a. Provide the service to all students instead of just to nutrition major students
V. Research Project with faculty
a. Perhaps expand on past research of previous KON members; continue to present at annual conferences/ meetings
b. Potential new topics- eating patterns and BMI in relation to exercise, cooking skills and access to take out meals.
VI. Fundraising
a. Snack Box
b. Rutgers Day
VII. Team Building Projects
VIII. Alumni Committee
a. We hope to organize a list of past member to keep them informed regarding our activities

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks

Participation in institutional training for student groups: 1
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 5
Procedures for election of officers: 5
Officer training plan: 4
Structure for selection and initiation of members: 4
Structure for member input into setting goals for chapter activities: 4
Process for planning annual activities to respond to goals: 5
Participation in national conference: 3

Learning Benchmarks
Co-curricular activities that enhance academic goals: 4
Activities respond to shared goals: 5
Participation in National Required Program initiative: 3
Effective leadership: 4
Social Responsibility: 5
Sense of Civic Responsibility: 5

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