The mission of empowered
leaders requires effort at both the national
and chapter levels to conduct educational programming
toward that end. A new direction for Kappa Omicron
Nu introduced at Conclave 2001 is the theme of
"integrating academic and co-curricular goals."
Integrating KON and Academic Goals - This
initiative was based on a recent survey of Deans
and Department Chairs documenting interest in
developing a partnership of Kappa Omicron Nu with
the academic program. Two award-winning programs
that implement this KON direction are posted on
the KON Web site: www.kon.org/program_initiatives.html.
Chapters are invited to submit examples of partnerships.
Announcement: The Kappa Omicron Nu Board, in the interest
of accountability for our mission, is committed
to a Required Program initiative.
Further announcements during this academic year
will introduce chapters to this initiative to
be launched in 2002-03.
Focus on Undergraduate Research - Michigan
State University, Kansas State University, University
of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Kappa Omicron Nu
have collaborated to create an Undergraduate Research
Community (URC) to (a) create a national undergraduate
research conference for the human sciences (family
& consumer sciences or human ecology, etc.),
(b) sponsor a peer-reviewed electronic publication
for undergraduate research, (c) establish an electronically
connected multi-campus community of undergraduate
researchers, and (d) foster integrative, cross-specialization
undergraduate research and service learning research
projects in addition to traditional research in
The first research conference was conducted in conjunction
with the 2001 Kappa Omicron Nu Conclave. The next
conference is being planned for August 2002. Further
information will be distributed soon, but the
Call for Papers has been distributed to chapters
and is available at www.kon.org/CFP_urc.html.
Kappa Omicron Nu takes pride in the fact that
this initiative builds takes undergraduate research
to a new level nationally.
Two Online Courses - Self-Managed Mentoring,
and Reflective Human Action, www.kon.org/rha_online2.htm.
These courses have been utilized by individuals
to achieve personal goals or to obtain credit
for independent study and by professors as segments
or content of a course. A chapter might use a
portion for a program or a series of programs.
Mini-Programs - From
suggestions by advisers, Kappa Omicron Nu offers
mini-programs for chapter programming; each is
structured for a one-hour session. They can be
found on the Web site (www.kon.org/lead_devel.html).
Each user is asked to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to share outcomes.
Leadership 101 features leadership guru Max DePree's notion
of organizations as places for realized
potential. The program includes the facilitator
script, an activity, and a transparency mini-lecture.
Leadership 102 is an orientation for chapter presidents. Hard
copy was distributed to the chapters; another
copy can be obtained from the National Office.
Leadership 103 provides activities to accompany the video,
Leadership and the New Science, and explore
the core principles of Reflective Human Action.
Leadership 104 explores how Reflective Human Action can be
used for campus organizations and exploring personal
leadership issues and challenges.
In Search of Excellence
is a chapter development activity. This mini-program
helps the chapter plan its activities.
Chapter Planning Session
is an interactive process for planning in the
Spring for the next chapter year.
Officer Orientation Program
is a Web-based orientation for new officers.
Other Program Resources - The
Reflective Human Action, Leadership for a Culturally
Diverse Society, and Mentoring: The Human Touch,
offer many activities that could be used for chapter
programs. Because these are current leadership
perspectives, KON members will have an advantage
professionally and personally.
State-of-the-Art Process - Directions
are available on the Web for the popular group
process: Open Space Technology. See "Open Space
Process," "Open Space Conveners Kit," and "Open
Open Space is a participant-initiated group process,
and Kappa Omicron Nu is alone among organizational
leaders in offering a program package for the
process. There's not a lot of risk-just use it
and help your members experience REAL PARTICIPATION
and satisfaction of following their PASSIONS.
National Expectations for Programming
participation in a programming focus on scholarship,
research, and/or leadership - at least one
programming event in addition to initiation
that focuses substantively on scholarship,
research, or leadership development.
participation in needs assessment, goal setting,
action planning, and collaborative implementation.
review of chapter activities to determine
changes to improve chapter effectiveness.