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Volume 9, Number 2

March, 2000

Kappa Omicron Nu National Office, 1749 Hamilton Road, Suite 106, Okemos, MI 48864
Telephone: (800) 351-8335 ¦¦ e-mail: [email protected] www.kon.org


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C O N T E N T S


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Message from the Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors

As you complete the chapter year and elect new officers, consider using the New KON Officer Orientation Program to prepare for chapter management and activities next year. As an alternative, your chapter may want to use the orientation program next fall. Also note the new KON Chapter Planning Session designed to follow the orientation program. The In Search of Excellence activity engages members in planning for chapter improvement.

Kappa Omicron Nu accountability is at stake. On the one hand our mission implies KON is developing leaders and on the other hand chapter annual reports indicate that recognition, tied to eligibility for membership, is the chief activity of some of our chapters. Student organizations have a responsibility to deliver benefits to members and augment the academic program. Effective chapters are demonstrating their accountability for the mission.

Kappa Omicron Nu has developed program resources for the benefit of members, and the national office is prepared to help chapters utilize them in preparing students for the workplace, responsible citizenship, and graduate education.

Peer honor societies in the Association of College Honor Societies have recognized Kappa Omicron Nu programming initiatives; let’s make sure that activities on campus demonstrate that program quality. All chapters are challenged to select at least one of the programming initiatives described below. Will you join in setting a goal of 100% participation?

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Chapter Programming

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 1999 is the concept of our honor society as a learning community. The paper, “Making a Learning Community,” presents the theoretical foundation.

In a nutshell, a learning community is a group linked by common interests—a group that is described by ongoing action and perpetual curiosity (engagement and growing). As a learning paradigm, it gives primacy to the learner and learning outcomes. In KON, the notion of a learning community places high value on learning beyond the classroom and on building on student interests, on critical thinking, and on problem solving.

Integrating KON and Academic Goals - A recent survey of Deans and Department Chairs documented interest in developing a partnership of Kappa Omicron Nu with the academic program. Plans are being made to develop a Web site resource to share implementation ideas. Stay tuned for a posting announcement. Chapters are invited to submit examples of partnerships.

New Focus on Undergraduate ResearchIn collaboration with Michigan State University, Kansas State University, and University of Maryland—Eastern Shore, Kappa Omicron Nu will participate in a pilot project to create an Undergraduate Research Conference conducted alternately with the KON Conclave. The project will sponsor cross-institutional undergraduate research teams that focus on integrative, cross-specialization research projects. An on-line peer-reviewed and edited publication will also be developed. Invitations to participate in the project will be issued to other institutions after the first year. This project will build upon the KON undergraduate research paper award program and take undergraduate research to a new level nationally.

Mini-Program - From suggestions by advisers, Kappa Omicron Nu will offer mini-programs for chapter programming; each will be structured for a one-hour session. The first one, titled “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. Each user is asked to e-mail [email protected] to share outcomes. Watch for announcements of other mini-programs.

Resources - The resources, Leadership: 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 state-of-the-art leadership perspectives, KON members will have an advantage professionally and personally.

State-of-the-Art Resource - Directions are available on the Web for the popular group process: Open Space Technology. See “Open Space Process,” “Open Space Conveners Kit,” and “Open Space Transparencies.”

Open Space is a state-of-the-art 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 PASSION.

New online course - Self-Managed Mentoring. This course was adapted from the educational module, Mentoring: The Human Touch, by Susan S. Stratton, owner of Leading Edge Mentoring, and Lisa H. Wootton and Dorothy I. Mitstifer of Kappa Omicron Nu. Self-Managed Mentoring offers four choices of depth: knowledge only, knowledge and selected experiences, self-managed life change, and life change facilitated by telementoring or e-mail mentoring. It can also be used for academic credit as a special problem, as a course or component of a course, and for continuing education or professional development units. Offered as a 'freebie' to members and the public for self-managed personal development, other uses require the usual permission for copyrighted material. A fee may be charged if facilitation by telephone or e-mail is desired.

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New Award Program

Program awards for 2000-2001 will focus on (a) integration of KON and academic goals and (b) undergraduate research initiatives. This award program replaces the awards for mentoring, diversity, and leadership programming. Award criteria can be found on the KON Web site.

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KON Web Site News

Chapter Handbook On-line - The Chapter Handbook is posted on the KON Web site. Although it was newly revised three years ago, your chapter will be able to determine whether you have the latest forms and content. Now you can download it off the Web site (click on the Membership link or Search, then Site Outline), or compare the Handbook in hand with the Internet version. Because access to the Internet is not universal, we will continue to supply hard copy revisions and sell the notebook at $10.00 each.

Handbook for New Members On-line - This publication will still be available for purchase from Kappa Omicron Nu, but there is an alternative now: click here to access the Handbook for New Members.

Tips for Successful Chapters - This publication is found in the Program Section of the Chapter Handbook. You will find helpful tips for programming, managing your chapter, and fund raising.

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Deadlines

April 1, 2000 - Coordinating Council of Honor Societies Call for Undergraduate Student Research Papers – See Chapter Handbook or KON Web site for details. The recipient of this award receives a check for $750.

June 1, 2000 – Financial Report

June 1, 2000 – Chapter Annual Report

June 1, 2000 – Chapter Officers and Addresses Form

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