Professional and Alumni

KON Student Board Member Board of Directors

As full voting members of the Board of Directors, the Student Board Members share responsibility for the following functions:

Represent the ownership and the diversity of the membership.

Develop governing policies that concern ends, executive limitations, board process, and board/executive director relations.

Emphasize strategic leadership, a future orientation, and proactivity rather than reactivity.

Assure effective management.

Application for Office of Elected Student Board Member

File application by June 1, 2016 with
Kappa Omicron Nu
1749 Hamilton Road, Suite 106
Okemos, MI 48864

 On a separate sheet, include:




Date of KON Initiation:


Status, Fall 2014 (jr., sr., etc.):

Expected date of graduation:

Major or area of professional interest:

Other organizations (participation and/or office):

Plans for and/or interest in graduate work:

Narrative: Explain (a) your choice of profession, (b) your perception of the function of Kappa Omicron Nu, and (c) your interest in this position.

Attach a small photograph of yourself that can be used in a display at Conclave to announce the candidates for office.



Note: Each candidate will have the opportunity at Conclave to share this information in a 3-5 minute presentation. 


Comments of 
Past Student Board Members

I am serving as a Kappa Omicron Nu student board member on the Board of Directors for two years, from 2012-2014. These two years were very stimulating and enriching for me. I participated in board meetings where I was able to gain insight into Kappa Omicron Nu's mission, philosophy, values, and goals. The Board challenged me to brainstorm and to generate new ideas for the organization and for its members. I always felt that my opinions and input were valued and given equal voice as the other board members. More importantly, I was able to see the effects of our brainstorming sessions and the benefits of Kappa Omicron Nu's outreach efforts on its chapters and its members. Moreover, I developed friendships with the other two student board members and with the other board members. The board members were very supportive and mentored my leadership and professional skills. Being a board member also afforded me the chance to travel and to experience different foods and attractions.

My experience as a student board member was challenging, inspiring, and gave me valuable insight into the inner workings of an organization. I am very grateful for the  opportunities, friendships, and memories that being a board member gave me.

Grace Chee, MSW; Michigan State University, 2012-2014  

Being a KON Board member is an experience I'm glad I didn't miss! As an extension assistant for youth programs, I have used my experiences from the student representative role. I learned how to facilitate, organize, and utilize my skills to their fullest potential. I gained experience that transformed me into a better human being. Personally, I miss the friendships we built as board members. I miss, also, the exposure to new ideas and information at the leading edge. KON as an organization is truly ahead of our time. Professionally, I strive for the best and encourage all youth to achieve more and take risks! So take the risk and gain skills and experiences through the KON Board.

Angie Higgins Rushman

My two years on the KON Board were challenging, enlightening, and rewarding. It allowed me to see what goes on behind the scenes-how plans are developed and implemented. The position gave me a chance to grow professionally and further my skills as a leader. Anyone who is involved nationally views KON from a broader perspective. As a Board member, I was able to travel to different parts of the country and experience things I never had before. I came to understand that the position was a privilege. KON is very unique because most honor societies do not have a student voice on the Board. So, that makes us special and at the cutting edge. I encourage all students to be enthused about being a candidate for the Board of Directors.

Kevin Taylor

Serving as a KON Student Representative was a very enriching experience for me. My two years on the board were filled with learning a new way of board governance, creating a mission statement, networking, and learning to appreciate the global view of our organization. It was an opportunity to participate in my honor society in a way that few students experience. I was able to see the how and why of Kappa Omicron Nu from a national perspective and feel that I was really making a difference in local chapters across the country. I cannot count the number of wonderful friends I have made, nor begin to assess the value of meeting key people and the mentoring that has come from being a student representative. There was the fun part, too. I was able to travel to different parts of the country, see new things, and play a little. As a student representative, I was treated as an important part of the board; my opinions were listened to; and my input was valued. It was an opportunity that I feel very fortunate to have had.

Susan Poch



  • Attend Annual Board Meeting each January.
  • Attend Conclave at the end of term.
  • Provide leadership at Conclave.
  • Study the KON governance model and policies including policy governance responsibilities of Board members.
  • Accept roles (according to interests) in implementation of annual plan of action.
  • Review bimonthly reports from the Executive Director.
  • Participate in evaluation of achievements of annual plan of action.

Kappa Omicron Nu 
Support of Board Members

  • Expenses for Board Meetings and Conclave shall be reimbursed according to an approved schedule.
  • Other expenses incurred shall be reimbursed according to approved policies and budget.

Advantages of Office

  • Leadership development opportunities.
  • Involvement with and mentoring by leaders in the field of family and consumer sciences.
  • Opportunity to promote Kappa Omicron Nu and the holistic nature of the profession.
  • Organizational development knowledge applicable to professional life.
  • Professional enhancement.
  • Broadened horizons.
  • Networking with chapters and students nationwide, academic leaders, and professionals.
  • Jump-start on career opportunities.
  • Flexible time commitment as determined by individual interests.
  • Support by National Office staff to carry out responsibilities.


In other words, the student board member position has great advantages and benefits.