Nu Pi Chapter, Cal State Fullerton
The Nu Pi chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, now in its second year at California State University, Fullerton, has made its mark on campus. As of the 2005-2006 academic school year, our chapter is now open to students of the following Human Science majors: Child & Adolescent Studies, Human Services, and Kinesiology. During the fall semester of 2005, we were able to enlist approximately forty new members, and our chapter continues to grow.
The fall semester of 2005 was full of events hosted by our chapter, including an Induction ceremony in early November, in which we inducted about forty new members and recognized the academic achievements of our fellow inductees. We were graced with the presence of many of our University faculty, administration staff, students, and their family and friends who came and showed their support. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Zinder, addressed "honor" and what it meant to be honorable, in what became one of the memorable moments of the night. The evening was complemented by great food and music and wonderful people, all which contributed to the overwhelming success of the ceremony.
During the fall semester, we were also able to organize a workshop on writing successfully in APA format. This workshop was conducted by another outstanding faculty member from within the Department of Kinesiology, Dr. Wiersma. We had a great turnout for this event and were also able to recruit a few more members as well. Kappa Omicron Nu's Nu Pi Chapter is committed to enhancing leadership skills through our trend-setting organization.
Striving for creative concepts and innovative ideas in serving their community, the Nu Pi Chapter achieved tremendous success while impacting the lives of children in the hospitals of Orange County. Project Kare Bears, the teddy bear drive that would reach beyond the walls of Cal State Fullerton, is one example of our commitment to making a difference. In the fall of 2005, the Nu Pi Chapter launched It's first annual Project Kare Bears. The immediate goal of this holiday project was to attempt to deflect the children's attention from their difficult circumstances through their cuddly companions. The executive board members were able to gather more than 200 stuffed animals and deliver them to St. Jude Hospital and Orange County Children's Hospital. The commitment and participation from all who donated, including the faculty, made the project the tremendous success that it was. "Touching the lives of those whose future may be unknown, is proof that a few caring people truly can make a big difference," says Tim Snyder, the KON board member who organized the event.
Kappa Omicron Nu's Nu Pi Chapter will continue to strive and become an organization that is more significant and active within the community campus each semester. Aside from the many projects and workshops our chapter sponsors, our Honor Society participates in several campus-wide events. Such events include Discoverfest and Honors Week. These two events offer the opportunity for our Honor Society to promote our organization and recruit members, as we are able to host tables providing students with information regarding our Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. During Honors Week, we were able to gather canned foods from our members as well as from other students wanting to contribute to the canned food drive. The canned foods were then collected and donated to the Orange County Food Bank.
Kappa Omicron Nu's Nu Pi Chapter is also associated with and recognized by the Honors Council and the College Interclub Council, on campus. This Honors Council serves as an umbrella organization for all the Honor Societies on campus, in which representatives of each of the Honor Societies organize events such as the Honors Fair to better serve the students and local community. The College Interclub Council is a branch of the University's student government ASI, Associated Students Inc., which governs all organizations within the College, distributing funds for scholarships, fellowships and special events that are academic-based. It is important to note that the many successes could not have been possible without the dedication, persistence and commitment put forth by the executive board, namely: Carmen Renteria (President), Kristin Werner (Vice President), Bonnie Lutz (Secretary), Stephanie Luk (Treasurer), Mark Gonzalez (Editor, Publicity Manager, Honors Council Representative), Ariana Mota (Events Coordinator), and Tim Snyder (Inter-Club Council Representative).
As for the Spring of 2006, Kappa Omicron Nu's Nu Pi Chapter plans on hosting another series of workshops including a Stress Management workshop, Personal Statement workshop, and a workshop to be put on by a Motivational Speaker. Our Honor Society also plans on hosting the end-of-the-year awards ceremony for the Department of Kinesiology. We look forward to another successful semester.
Nu Pi Chapter, Cal State Fullerton - Can Castle Competition! (pdf)
Delta Rho Chapter
Tabitha Bontrager Olivet Nazarene University
As a new president I wanted to make a difference with my school's chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu. I met with my adviser and we talked about activities for the year. She gave me a packet she had received and I read through the materials. It was in the contents of that envelope where I learned each chapter is expected to perform a required program. This news was new to both my adviser and me, so I did a little research. Reviewing the society's Web site I found the different program prototypes. It looked like it would be a great motivating assignment for our little group, and I was ready for the challenge.
We met as a group, discussed the topics, voted, and made a decision. Since doing this project I've come to learn that being a president of a small chapter is not as easy as it looks. What they say about leaders and followers is true. Some people are naturally leaders and some people just follow. I did not think that it would be so hard for people to give their input, but for some reason it was. Not many members seemed to have an opinion; they just wanted to go with the flow. So I set the flow and everyone went with it. We chose the "Professionalism and Career Networking" topic.
Our plan was to present the seminar as an open forum to the student body near the beginning of the second semester. As incentive we made it free and offered door prizes. We took the pre-made PowerPoint and added some creative quotes about professionalism. Three of us did the presenting while the other members helped by gathering information or doing other tasks. For a little interaction we had some members dress "unprofessionally" and then we asked the audience what was wrong and what was right. I think all of us were a little worried that no one would show up, but on the night of the seminar we had 20 people trickle in. Of course some them were FACS majors who would receive Professional Development Units from our department, but there were others as well.
Of the majors outside the FACS department in attendance were communications majors, engineering majors, business- related majors, a youth ministry major, psychology majors, and an elementary education major. Other demographics taken to assess the audience were gender and year of schooling. There were 17 females, 3 males, 5 freshman, 9 sophomores, 5 juniors, and 1 senior. As this was the first year for our chapter to perform such an undertaking we had attendees fill out a survey to receive this information. There were also questions about what they had learned and suggestions for the future. Many people answered that they learned it was important to contact someone in their desired profession. Others said they learned the importance of ethics on the job. Some people said they learned the importance of being a member of a professional association as a student. This was something we really stressed because it is an important factor in the FACS department at our institution.
So we made it a point to ask on the survey how many people were currently members of a professional organization. Of the 20 persons surveyed 6 of them were members of a professional association, and 3 of those were from the FACS department. Of the 14 who were not members, 5 indicated that they would become members of an organization within the next 6 months. The question of whether our seminar influenced their decision was not asked, but it would be nice to know that we helped encourage others to make such a decision regarding professionalism. We did, however, ask if the seminar was helpful and 17 people gave a "yes" with comments, one person said no, and two others just gave suggestions for making the seminar better.
I was very pleased with the results, and although some would say that 20 people in attendance is hardly something to get excited about, I felt that our chapter had done a great thing that day. We had learned to work together and accomplish something outside our little group and ourselves. I found that it was hard to motivate members to participate and volunteer their time when there was no obvious reward in return. I like to think that all members of Kappa Omicron Nu recognize the importance of giving back to their communities. Although that may not be entirely true, I felt this project helped our group to do just that. I am grateful that the national association has instituted such a requirement for chapters. Some chapters may be leaders when it comes to performing community events, but others of us are still just learning to follow. I think that for Kappa Delta Rho the project allowed us to spread our wings a bit and find out what we were really about.
Wanda Rummage University of North Carolina,
A revitalization of the service spirit of Kappa Omicron Nu has taken place in Greensboro, North Carolina on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Omicron Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu takes great pride in the initiation of what promises to be a long-standing spring service project.
Nineteen fifth-graders from a local elementary school were invited to experience the various departments within the School of Human Environmental Sciences and explore the UNCG campus for a day. Bonds between UNCG Kappa Omicron Nu members and the students were formed before their first visit via e-mail and visits to the students' classroom. Activities for the students encompassing the fundamental ideas within each department (Human Development and Family Studies, Textile Design and Merchandising, Food and Nutrition, and Housing Interior and Design) were created and implemented by Kappa Omicron Nu departmental representatives. The students went on tours of the library and residence halls and had lunch in the cafeteria with Kappa Omicron Nu members. The project was much more than a great success. Not only has it renewed the spirit of service into the OAK chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, it has also made an indelible impression on the lives of all involved. Kappa Omicron Nu members learned that it doesn't take much time or effort to add more hope and promise to the lives of children. The children learned that the university experience is unrestricted for those who choose to make it their own, and that support and guidance for their own educational careers is readily at hand.
We hope to continue this bond next year with a new fifth grade class.