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Chapter Report 2015-16

Omicron Beta Alpha has completed the annual chapter report for 2015-16. Chapter Report B outlines chapters activities completed during the academic year.

This chapter report outlines chapter activity for the year 2015-16

Name of Human Sciences Unit:

Nutritional Sciences

Name of Administrator:

Kevin McCarthy

Chapter Vice President:

Name of Adviser:

Nurgul Fitzgerald

Number of Kappa Omicron Nu student members at end of academic year: 33, including 27 initiate members.

Omicron Beta Alpha held 10 meetings this year.

1. Meetings for the year, identifying Required Program:

I. September 21, 2015, Officer Meeting: Preparation for the induction ceremony and general meeting.
II. October 12, 2015, Officer Meeting: Officer assignments/leadership roles; establishing an online (Sakai) portal for Officers’ use; preparation for the induction ceremony.
III. October 26, 2015, General Meeting:
a. New members’ roles in KON activities; new member certificates.
b. Service: Selected volunteering committee’s Chair and service location (Kids Café).
c. Fundraising: Selected committee Chairs; discussed ideas (Snack Box, Rutgers Day, T-shirt design and sale, February food fundraiser).
d. Scholarship: Selected committee Chair; circulated tutoring and mentoring sign-up schedules.
e. Research: Selected committee Chair; discussed research project (Hub City Fresh Healthy Corner Store); IRB certification process
IV. November 23, 2015, General Meeting: Discussed required program activities.
a. Service: Kids Café, New Brunswick Community Food Alliance
b. Fundraising: Snack Box, T-shirt design and sale, February food fundraiser
c. Scholarship: Tutoring and mentoring topics and schedules
d. Research: Literature review about healthy corner store studies; IRB certification process
V. December 12, 2015, Research Group Meeting: Discussed the literature and next research steps.
VI. January 19, 2016, Officer Meeting: Discussed the service, fundraising, scholarship and research activities.
VII. January 27, 2016, General Meeting:
a. Service: Kids Café and other possible sites for volunteering.
b. Fundraising: Snack Box, chocolate covered fruit sale on February 10th, Rutgers Day tabling/dog treat sale on April 30th.
c. Scholarship: Tutoring schedule; discussed mentoring first-year students.
d. Research: Literature review, data collection and analysis processes.
VIII. February 16, 2016, Officer Meeting: Followed up on service, fundraising, scholarship and research activities. A service opportunity with the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance was included in the plans.
IX. March 1, 2016, General Meeting:
a. Service: Kids Café, New Brunswick Community Food Alliance Community Forum tabling event
b. Fundraising: Snack Box, dog treat baking and sale for the Rutgers Day, yoga event
c. Scholarship: Tutoring and mentoring schedules
d. Research: Hub City Fresh Healthy Corner Store data collection/analysis/writing
X. April 13, 2016, Officer Meeting: Followed up on service, fundraising, scholarship and research activities; discussed preparation for the Rutgers Day activities and the final event of the semester (KON Breakfast).

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

The Chapter included 33 members. The meetings were conducted in the evenings to enable members to participate after their classes. Email communications were kept active throughout the year to inform and engage the members. Based on the participation levels in various KON activities, members received Chapter awards at the end of the spring semester.

I. Induction Ceremony: Students who met the eligibility criteria were invited to join the Omicron Beta Alpha Chapter of KON. Students who decided to join (and their guests) were invited to an induction ceremony, which included a dinner. During the ceremony, KON’s history and mission, and Chapter’s activities were emphasized. The honorary speaker for the event was Dr. Sarah Campbell.

II. Research: The Hub City Fresh Healthy Corner Store Initiative was selected as the focus of KON research. The research committee members worked with the faculty advisor and the principal investigator of the Hub City Fresh, Dr. Nurgul Fitzgerald from the Department of Nutritional Sciences. The members completed the Human Subject Certification course, reviewed the relevant literature, and discussed the potential focus and research questions to study. The final research project aimed to examine the associations between food placement and educational/promotional material distributions in the six corner stores participating in the Hub City Fresh. Analyses were conducted on the data collected from the stores in 2015 and examined if the educational material preference of the customers differed by the availability of an ingredient near the recipes or by customers’ language preference. An abstract of the resulting work was submitted to the New Jersey Dietetic Association’s Annual Conference, and a poster presentation was delivered by the research committee Chair at the conference on May 6, 2016.
III. Leadership:
a. Chapter leadership: The members volunteered to chair each pillar of the Chapter’s activities, and the Chapter Officers provided leadership (i.e., co-Chaired) for each of these pillars (volunteering/service, scholarship, fundraising, research). The Chapter Secretary became unavailable mid-year (due to graduating early), but a new member quickly signed onto this position. The Vice President position became vacant later in the year, and the other Chapter leaders stepped up to fulfill the leadership responsibilities.
b. Volunteering/service:
i. The members signed up and were ready to volunteer at the Kids Café afterschool program, but staffing issues at this location (i.e., program coordinator being on long-term leave) prevented this service from taking place.
ii. The KON members volunteered at the city-wide, Community Food Forum event of the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance, which is a community-based food policy council. The members provided nutrition education information and activities for the participants.
c. Fundraising:
i. Snack box: The members provided healthy snacks for the Snack Box throughout the year. The snacks were sold for $1.00 each.
ii. Fruit sale: Chapter members held a chocolate dipped fruit sale at a Rutgers student center shortly before the Valentine’s Day in February.
iii. Yoga class: A yoga session was organized to raise funds in March. The session instructor was also a Chapter member, and participating students paid a small fee to attend.
iv. Rutgers Day: The Chapter members registered KON to sell dog biscuits at this university-wide, all-day event. Multiple members volunteered to prepare and sell the biscuits. The biscuits were sold out.
d. KON Breakfast and Award Ceremony: The Chapter Officers organized a breakfast at the end of the spring semester to share and celebrate the progress that KON members have made. The Chapter Awards were presented, and next year’s Chapter Officers were elected at this event. The faculty and staff of the Department of the Nutritional Sciences also attended, and this gave the KON members an additional opportunity to establish stronger communications with the department faculty.
IV. Scholarship:
a. Five KON members delivered 19 tutoring sessions to other Rutgers undergraduate students in the subject areas such as chemistry, nutrition and health, and introduction to foods.
b. Based on the participation levels in the Chapter’s activities, a participation point system was used to reward the members with most contribution. The Chapter Officers decided to keep the award eligibility open to all members (juniors, seniors, and graduate students) to encourage participation by all. Five members received the Scholarship Awards for highest level of contributions to KON’s mission, and five additional members received the Recognition Awards for their substantial contributions.

3. Tentative plans for next year

Scheduling the induction of new members earlier in the fall semester to allow more time for the activities; being active in the sponsored projects (Hub City Fresh Healthy Corner Store and New Brunswick Community Farmers Market Nutrition Education Program) both for research and volunteering; stronger communication with the members to facilitate active participation and leadership development. The structure and activities that worked well in the previous years will be continued.

Student Organization Effectiveness Rubric

Chapter Effectiveness Benchmarks
Registration with appropriate institutional office: 5
Participation in institutional training for student groups: 4
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: 5
Participation in national conference: NA

Learning Benchmarks
Co-curricular activities that enhance academic goals: 5
Activities respond to shared goals: 5
Participation in National Required Program initiative: 4
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 : 5
Faculty Participation in chapter activities : 5

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: 4
Collaboration: 4