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2014-15 Annual Report

Omicron Beta 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:

Nutritional Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Natalie Mundt

Chapter Vice President:

Kelly Meier

Name of Adviser:

Peggy Policastro

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 35, including 24 initiate members.

Omicron Beta Alpha held 7 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

I. September: Executive Board Meeting
a. Worked on 2015 induction ceremony
b. Discussed ideas for the year in regards to volunteer work, mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, and research

II. October 14, 2014: General Meeting
a. New Members
i. Certificates
ii. Membership Cards
b. Service (Selected Committee Chair)
i. Kids Café
ii. Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen
c. Fundraising (Selected Committee Chairs)
i. Snack Box Sign Up
ii. Rutgers’ Day Sign Up
iii. Discussed Fundraising Ideas
iv. T-Shirt Sale
d. Scholarship (Selected Committee Chairs)
i. Tutoring Sign Up
ii. Mentoring Sign Up
e. Research (Selected Committee Chairs)
i. Fall Research Sign Up
ii. IRB Certification

III. February 2, 2015: Officer Meeting
a. Discussed volunteering, fundraising, scholarship, and research activities for the spring semester

IV. February 5, 2015: General Meeting
a. Reports on all events and activities
b. Service
i. Kids Café Update
ii. Elijah’s Promise Update
iii. Wellness Zones Sign Up
c. Fundraising
i. Volunteering at the Career Fair
ii. Wellness Raffle
iii. Yoga Class Date Chosen
iv. Rutgers’ Day
v. Snack Box
d. Scholarship
i. Tutoring Update
ii. Mentoring Update
e. Research
i. Research Update

V. April 15, 2015: Officer Meeting
a. Rutgers’ Day: Set Up and Materials
b. KON Awards Breakfast

VI. April 29, 2015: Officer Meeting
a. Scholarship Distribution Planning

VII. May 5, 2015: KON Awards Breakfast and Final Business Meeting
a. Recap on the year’s accomplishments
b. Officer Elections
c. Awards Ceremony

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

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 with a research project observing whether or not the presentation of round numbered calories influences food decisions. The purpose of the study was to see if people are more likely to make changes in calorie consumption based on whether the calories in foods are presented in round or even numbers as opposed to uneven or non-round numbers. Five survey questions asked the subject if they would find it worth-while to indulge in the calories associated with an indulgent food with the caloric values and a picture of the food next to each question. In a second draft, the caloric values were rounded up to a “round value”. There were six survey questions pertaining to “forgoing food” which asked subjects if they would be willing to select a different item to save on the amount of calories consumed. Two pictures accompanied each question: one picture of the full calorie option and the other of the smaller portion size and less calorically dense option. In a second draft, the caloric values were rounded down to a “round value”. KON members helped to find pictures of foods to be used in the survey as well as the standard serving sizes and calories associated with each of the foods listed in the survey. The survey was uploaded to Qualtrics to be administered.

Required Program: Outcomes & Evaluation
Having 35 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.

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 credit 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 who 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. Kids Café – Two to three KON members went to the Salvation Army in New Brunswick, NJ every Friday during the spring semester to teach a 45 minute nutrition lesson to children at an after school program. The program was coordinated by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and the lessons were on topics such as whole grains, food groups, fruits and vegetables, physical activity, dairy, sodium, and food safety.

ii. Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen- A group of KON members helped prepare and serve meals on two Saturdays during the fall semester at a soup kitchen in New Brunswick, NJ.

iii. Wellness Zones- Rutgers Recreation held four Wellness Zones throughout the spring semester in which KON members assisted. Tables at the wellness zones provided attendees with their body composition, blood pressure, BMI, metabolic rate, etc. KON members ran the “Estimating Metabolic Rate” booth at these events.

b. Fundraising
i. Rutgers Day
1. Event at Rutgers that provides an opportunity for student groups to display a table to raise money while offering activities for the general public to participate in.
2. KON sold homemade dog biscuits, handed out dog biscuit recipes, and provided free water for dogs passing by.

ii. Snack Box
1. Nutritious snacks were sold in the Nutrition Department 2 for $1 throughout the year. Snacks included pretzels, nuts, whole-grain granola bars, fruit, oatmeal, etc.

iii. Yoga Class
1. Event on March 11, 2015
2. Small fee paid by everyone who attended the yoga class hosted by KON was added to the KON funds

iv. Wellness Raffe
1. Rutgers Recreation donated gift certificates for a free massage, a free Spring 2015 flex pass, and a free personal training session in which we raffled off for $1 a ticket. All members sold 5 tickets each.

v. Bake Sale
1. KON members donated baked goods to be sold at a bake sale held in the student center. Numerous members also volunteered their time to sit at the table and sell the baked items.

vi. Career Fair
1. Rutgers Career Services held a career fair and were in need of volunteers from student organizations on campus. Career services deposited $8.25 into the KON account for every hour that a KON member volunteered.

III. Campus Projects/Activities/Events
a. Mentoring
i. KON members mentored newly declared or prospective nutrition majors one-on-one. The members provided advice in regards to classes, relevant extracurricular activities, and were responsible for answering any questions/concerns the students had.

b. Tutoring
i. KON members tutored other nutritional science majors for free in all nutrition courses and certain math and science courses including pre-calculus, organic chemistry, and general chemistry.

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 with a research project administered through Qualtrics.
iii. Topic: Are people more likely to make changes in calorie consumption if the calories of foods are presented in round or even numbers instead of non-round or uneven numbers?

d. Big Chill
i. KON members attended the Big Chill 5k, a charity race at Rutgers University in which participants bring a toy for a child in need instead of paying an entrance fee.

Strengths included:
-Being involved on campus and in the surrounding communities
-Various fundraising activities (all of the money earned in the fundraisers was given back to active members in the form of a scholarship at the end of the year)
-Multiple volunteering events
-Members had a choice of what they wanted to participate in
-Strong interest in member participation and feedback
-Accessibility to faculty adviser and officers

3. Tentative plans for next year

The E-board officers for the 2015-2016 term have been elected and will be trained. KON intends to exceed the number of events we participated in during the previous year while continuing 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.

a.Continue teaching nutrition lessons at Kids Café
b.Volunteer at Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen more often
c.Continue to work with Rutgers Recreation and help at their programs that are focused on nutrition and health
d. Provide free nutrition counseling on campus and in the surrounding community

a.Begin mentoring students earlier in the school year in order for more newly declared or prospective nutrition majors to be helped while forming trusting relationships with KON members.

a.Designate a tutor for each course before advertising our services to ensure all students who want a tutor will receive one and will not be turned away

V.Research Project with faculty
a. Begin a new project with a different faculty member
b. Present research at annual conferences/ meetings

a.Snack Box
b.Rutgers Day
c.Local Restaurant
d.Fitness Class
e.Healthy Bake Sale

VII. Team Building Day

VIII. Alumni Relations
a. We hope to keep past KON members informed on our current activities and to host a gathering for past members to come back and share their experiences, knowledge, and advice

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

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

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

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

Interpersonal Benchmarks
Meaningful Relationships: 5
Collaboration: 5