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KON Member Spotlight

This feature on the KON Website highlights an outstanding campus member or alumni member who has contributed to the chapter or community in a significant way. Share your recent accomplishments and honors and/or newsworthy activities and success stories.

The Member Spotlight is by invitation or by nomination and is selected by staff.

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Member Spotlight - 2012

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December 2012 - Brittany Cowdery

Brittany CowderyBrittany Cowdery will graduate in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Family Consumer Science Education from Harding University in Arkansas. She is the Vice President of her chapter, Nu Delta. She was recently nominated at the 2012 Conclave as a National Student Board Member. After graduation, Brittany hopes to move back to West Virginia and teach Family Consumer Sciences at a local high school. She also aspires to eventually receive her doctorate and teach at the collegiate level. Through college Brittany has taught preschool and run her own catering business. She hopes to keep the catering business as long as her schedule with teaching permits.

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October 2012 - Grace Chee

Grace CheeGrace Chee, M.S.W. is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University (Omicron Alpha chapter). She earned her Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2004 and her Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2009. For her dissertation, she is interested in immigrant grandparents who reside in Singapore and the impact that racism and xenophobia have on the quality of the relationships that they forge with their grandchildren. She is also interested in bullying and its consequences, both in the United States and in an Asian context.

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September 2012 - Mary-Beth Kuester

Mary-Beth KuesterMary-Beth Kuester was president of Omicron Nu from 1979-81. Prior to that she was national editor for two terms. Initiated as a junior into Eta Chapter at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1959, she later returned to graduate school and again became active in Omicron Nu. During her terms of office Kuester visited many chapters at major universities throughout the country. Kuester was the only national officer who came from the field of business rather than academe. She was president of a public relations and marketing firm with clients including national corporations. She was a national chair of an Edison Electric Institute Committee and served as executive secretary of the Wisconsin Home Economics Association and the Electrical Women’s Roundtable She was also president of the Wisconsin Home Economics Alumni Association. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union and served on the Consumer Advisory Council to Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

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August 2012 - Mary Molt

Mary MoltMary Molt, Ph.D. serves as adviser to Omicron Theta chapter at Kansas State University.

Molt, assistant director of the university's housing and dining services and assistant professor of hospitality management and dietetics in the College of Human Ecology, received the Gold Plate award, the highest honor given by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. The award was presented May 7 at ceremonies in Chicago. It recognizes her contributions to food service operations.

Molt has worked in housing and...

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July 2012 - Jenna Sethi

Jenna SethiJenna Sethi, M.Ed., of the University of Minnesota was recently awarded the Kappa Omicron Nu Marjorie M. Brown Fellowship Award in the amount of $10,000 to continue Brown's philosophical work using critical social theory, demonstrating understanding of Brown's Philosophical Studies and other recent pieces of work and of their ongoing significance for the human sciences. The intention is to build upon Brown’s project and tradition of fine scholarship to continue critical analysis of concepts. Sethi will seek to understand how urban youth, often marginalized and oppressed by violence in their communities, address such violence through producing their own media. Interviews with filmmakers and mural and spoken word artists addressing issues of violence will be conducted in order to explore this phenomenon.  

Sethi is a doctoral student in...

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June 2012 - Joyce Lofstrom

Joyce LofstromJoyce Lofstrom MS, APR, is Director, Corporate Communications, for HIMSS, a cause-based, not-for-profit, organization focused on improving healthcare delivery with the best use of information technology.  Lofstrom earned her Bachelor’s Degree in home economics-journalism in 1974 and her Master’s Degree in home economics-communications in 1983, both from the University of Missouri. She first joined Kappa Omicron Nu during her graduate school studies in Columbia, Mo.

Lofstrom’s career as a journalist and public relations professional has focused on health, food and nutrition, with experience as a newspaper food editor and restaurant critic, and public relations manager for Farmland Foods, Inc. and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  In her current role...

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May 2012 - Carmel Parker White

Carmel Parker WhiteCarmel Parker White, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the department of Child Development and Human Family Relations in the College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University.  Dr. White earned a Ph.D. in Life Span Human Development from Kansas State University. She joined East Carolina University in 2006 and her research focus has been on mothers with chronic autoimmune illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Because many individuals with chronic illnesses also have high levels of fatigue, she has become interested in maternal sleep and fatigue. Awarded the KON Ruth E. Hawthorne Research Grant, Dr. White is collecting pilot data on the impact of disrupted sleep and its relationship to cortisol, proinflammatory cytokines, maternal fatigue, and parenting behavior. In this study...

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April 2012 - Catherine Coccia

Catherine CocciaCatherine Coccia, Ph.D., R.D. holds her Bachelor of Science and Master degrees in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and her Doctorate degree in Family Relations from Florida State University.  She has been a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Society since 2009 and is a former recipient of the National Kappa Omicron Nu Doctoral Research Fellowship 2010-2011. 

This past August she started a position...

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March 2012 - Loren D. Marks

Loren D. MarksLoren D. Marks, Ph.D., CFLE, holds the Kathryn Norwood and Claude Fussell Alumni Professorship in the College of Agriculture and is an Associate Professor in the Family, Child, and Consumer Science Division of Louisiana State University's School of Human Ecology. Marks completed Ph.D. in Family Studies at the University of Delaware and received his undergraduate and M.S. degrees in Family Science and Human Development from Brigham Young University, where he served as president of the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu.

Since beginning his career at LSU...

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February 2012 - Ron Mullis

Ron MullisRon Mullis, Ph.D. earned his B.S. from Sacramento State University, his M.S. from Utah State University, and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University where he was inducted into Kappa Omicron Nu. He has been a teacher/researcher at California State University-Chico, North Dakota State University, and, most recently Florida State Unversity. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Child Sciences at FSU.

Ron is best known for his research in...

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January 2012 - Yudan Chen Wang

Yudan Chen WangYudan Chen Wang, M.S., is a doctoral student of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently working on her dissertation entitled “Everyday Representations of Confucianism in Urban China: Parents’ and Adolescents’ Attitudes and Behaviors in Handling Authority Issues”, which is funded by the Omicron Nu Doctoral Research Fellowship. This past spring she collected interview data from 16 families and survey data from approximately 700 adolescent children and their parents in China. She plans to use these data to explore topics related to parenting, parent–adolescent relations, adolescent psychosocial wellbeing, and social class variability in family relations among families residing in urban China.

Yudan is a dedicated researcher and a passionate teacher....

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