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Chapter Report for 2013-14

Omicron Beta 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:

Nutritional Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Chapter Vice President:

Megan Hewitt

Name of Adviser:

Peggy Policastro

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 28, including 16 initiate members.

Omicron Beta Alpha held 6 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

I. September: Executive board meeting
a. Worked on 2013 induction ceremony
b. Discussed ideas for the year in regards to volunteer work, mentoring, tutoring, fundraising and research

II. October 29, 2013: General Meeting
a. New Members
i. Certificates
ii. Membership Cards
b. Service (Selected Committee Chairs)
i. Fresh Grocer Sign Up
ii. Nutrition Advice Sessions Sign Up
c. Fundraising (Selected Committee Chair)
i. Snack Box Sign Up
ii. Rutgers Day Sign Up
iii. Discussed Fundraising Ideas
iv. T-Shirt Sign Up
d. Scholarship (Selected Committee Chair)
i. Tutoring Sign Up
ii. Mentoring Sign Up
e. Research (Selected Committee Chairs)
i. Fall Research Sign Up
ii. IRB Certification

III. January 29, 2014: Officer Meeting
a. Chose dates for volunteering events, discussed fundraisers and research

IV. February 6, 2014: General Meeting
a. Reports on all events and services
b. Service
i. Fresh Grocer Nutrition Booth Update
ii. Nutritional Counseling Update
c. Fundraising
i. Snack Box Sign Up
ii. Rutgers Day Sign Up
iii. T-Shirt Sign Up
iv. Yoga Class Idea Discussed
v. Frozen Yogurt Idea Discussed
d. Scholarship
i. Tutoring Update
ii. Speed Mentoring Sign Up
e. Research
i. Research in Douglass Café Progress Report
V. April 10, 2014: General Meeting
a. Updates and Thoughts on All Events throughout the Year
b. Service
i. Thoughts on Nutritional Counseling Sessions and Fresh Grocer
Nutrition Booths from Participating Members
c. Fundraising
i. Rutgers Day Dog Treats Sign Up
ii. Last Rutgers Day Sign Up
iii. Yoga Fundraiser Date Chosen
iv. Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser Date Chosen
d. Scholarship
i. Tutoring and Mentoring Debrief
e. Research
i. Thoughts on Research from Participating Members

VI. April 30, 2014: Officer Meeting
a. Rutgers Day: Set Up and Materials
b. KON Breakfast
c. Scholarship Money Distribution Planning

VII. May 7, 2014: KON Breakfast- Final Meeting
a. Recap on the year’s accomplishments
b. Officer Elections
c. Awards Ceremony

Undergraduate Research: Outcomes & Evaluation
The research this year was planned and organized through KON’s research committee in conjunction with Peggy Policastro, MS, RD in the Nutritional Sciences Department. KON research committee members became IRB certified and assisted a research project taking place in one of the cash operations on campus. The research involved posting different signs to motivate students to order a half portion of French fries instead of a full portion and/or to substitute water for a fountain soda. For two weeks, the signs informing customers of these options contained nutritional messages as to why decreasing portion sizes and sugar intake from beverages are important. During the second two weeks, the signs contained messages informing students/customers that food cost savings from ordering a half portion or water would be donated to a local food bank. During this study, KON members had to go to the café daily to make sure the employees were correctly entering half portions and water beverages into the newly designed cash operations system. KON members also checked to make sure the correct signs were posted at the proper times.

Outcome: Data from this research is still being analyzed and we hope to continue our efforts into the research portion of our next year’s chapter. Once data is completed, KON members may create an abstract for this research to present at a dietetics conference.

Required Program: Outcomes & Evaluation
Having 28 members, it is difficult if not impossible to schedule a program in which all can attend. Because of this difficulty, we offered several events and activities in which members could choose to participate. We held our meetings early in the morning so that members could attend prior to the start of classes. All members, even those who could not attend the meetings, were emailed detailed minutes and were given a chance to electronically sign up for our various events and activities. The members who participated in numerous 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 empower leaders through scholarship, research and leadership development was strongly emphasized.

II. Community Projects/Activities/Events
a. Volunteer

i. Fresh Grocer- KON members went to a New Brunswick grocery store where they set up a nutritional information booth in the lobby for members of the community to stop on the way into the store. KON members distributed flyers highlighting myplate and the health benefits of regularly eating fruits, vegetables, calcium rich foods, whole grains, and lean protein. KON members also had interactive games which stimulated the shopper to think about and learn nutrition facts prior to shopping.

ii. Nutritional Counseling Sessions- KON provided free nutritional counseling outside of the café in a Rutgers student center to any student or customer interested. People were able to get any nutrition questions they had answered, while KON provided handouts with some nutrition tips to people passing by who did not have any specific questions.

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.

ii. 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt
1. Event on April 14, 2014
2. 10% of every purchase by a customer with a KON flyer was given to KON

iii. Yoga Class
1. Event on April 30, 2014
2. Small fee paid by everyone who attended the yoga class hosted by KON was added to the KON funds

III. Campus Projects/Activities/Events

a. Mentoring
i. KON held a “speed mentoring” event, open to all undergraduate nutrition majors. The members provided advice in regards to classes,relevant extracurricular activities, and were responsible for answering any questions/concerns or to refer the attending students to a professor.

b. Tutoring
i. KON members tutored nutritional science majors in all nutrition courses and certain science courses including chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology.

c. Research
i. The research was planned and organized through our chapter this year in conjunction with Peggy Policastro, MS, RD in the Nutritional Sciences Department.
ii. Our members became IRB certified and assisted in a research project taking place at a campus café.
iii. Topic: Motivating customers to make healthier choices for their own health vs. motivating customers to make healthier choices if they know a portion of their purchase will be used to help others at a local food bank.
iv. Upon the completion of data analysis, the results will be presented at a dietetics conference.

d. Fundraising
i. Snack Box
1. Nutritious snacks were sold in the nutrition department for $1. Snack included nuts, whole grain cereal bars, popcorn, and oatmeal.

Strengths included:

Campus and community outreach
Multiple events for members to choose to participate in
Strong interest in member participation and feedback
Accessibility to advisor and 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 2014-2015 term were elected and will be trained. KON intends to exceed the number of events we participated in during 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. Expand nutrition booths to other local grocery stores
b. “Cooking Matters at the Store” Tours

III. Mentoring
a. Hold multiple mentoring days during both semesters to be able to help more students

IV. Tutoring
a. Designate a tutor to each science and math class early on to ensure all bases are covered so no student in need of a tutor will be turned away

V. Research Project with faculty
a. Finalize analysis of this year’s research; begin a new project with a different faculty member; 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
c. Yoga/Other Fitness Classes
d. Frozen Yogurt/Bubble Tea/Local Restaurant

VII. Team Building Day, Day to Socialize with Faculty

VIII. Alumni Committee
a. We hope to keep past KON members informed regarding our current activities and to host an event for past members to come back and enjoy

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 4
Participation in institutional training for student groups: 2
Procedures for election of officers: 5
Officer training plan: 4
Structure for selection and initiation of members: 5
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: 1

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

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

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

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

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: 5
Collaboration: 4