Professional and Alumni

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 - 2013

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December 2013 - Kelsey Condon

Kelsey CondonKelsey Condon is an undergraduate student majoring in human development at Washington State University Vancouver.  She joined Kappa Omicron Nu in February 2013 and is now the secretary of the Nu Mu Chapter.  In her spare time, she volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club and at a local shelter for teen moms and their children.

Kelsey has been the engine behind the many planned events for the Nu Mu Chapter this academic year.  She helped to organize a graduate school information session, a planning session for students preparing for internships, and a peer mentoring program to support new students in the Human Development degree program.

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November 2013 - Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

Eugene C. RoehlkepartainEugene C. Roehlkepartain of the University of Minnesota was recently awarded the Kappa Omicron Nu Marjorie M. Brown Fellowship Award to support his doctoral research on strengths, challenges, and resilience in families and communities. Roehlkepartain is studying how interactions between families and communities build on relational strengths within diverse families contribute to young people's well-being, including how these strengths enhance resilience among youth whose families experience high levels of stress.

Roehlkepartain is completing his doctorate in the Family, Youth and Community interdisciplinary program within the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He is author, co-author, or editor of more than 200 publications, including 17 books.

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October 2013 - Kelsie Doty

Kelsey DotyKelsie Nicole Doty is a recent graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Apparel and Textiles with an emphasis in apparel design. Kelsie has been a member of Kappa Omicron Nu since 2010 and is the current winner of the Undergraduate Research Award granted by the Coordinating Council of Honor Societies.  Kelsie has presented her natural dye research and sustainable designs at national and international conferences and exhibitions.

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September 2013 - Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth MillerElizabeth Miller is dietetic intern and graduate student in Sports Nutrition at Florida State University. In May 2013, Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology with a concentration in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics from Tennessee Technological University. Graduating with honors and a perfect 4.0 GPA, Elizabeth was the recipient of the W.A. Howard Award, a finalist for the prestigious Derryberry Award, and was named the School of Human Ecology Outstanding Senior. She has been a member of Kappa Omicron Nu since 2011 and is also a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Elizabeth was the captain of the TTU Varsity Women's Cross Country and Track teams, was highly active in the Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics Club, and served as the Vice President of the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry.

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August 2013 - Helen Marcotte

Helen MarcotteHelen Marcotte received her Bachelor's and is currently finishing her Master's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. Along with her undergraduate degree, her concentration was in merchandising with a minor in business. Before the Fall/Spring 2013 year started, she attended the Kappa Omicron Nu Leadership Conclave in August and went on to be the vice president of EIU's Kappa Alpha Theta Chapter. Helen was also chosen as the graduate assistant to work in Eastern's textile/design laboratory during the school year.

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July 2013 - Jennifer Doty

Jen DotyJennifer Doty is a doctoral student in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Prior to moving to Minnesota, she taught classes in development across the life course and family policy at Northern Illinois University as an adjunct faculty member. Her passion in research is family based prevention programming and relationships between parents and adolescents. She has published one article in the Journal of Extension, a recent article in the Family Science Review, and has several articles in preparation at this time. After she graduates in 2015, she hopes to pursue a post doctorate position and ultimately a tenure track faculty position.

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June 2013 - Crystal Duncan Lane

LaneCrystal Duncan Lane is an Assistant Professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. She began in this position in August 2012. Her current research interests include the exploration of family resilience in terms of family health, and pedagogies surrounding addiction and substance abuse. Specifically, Dr. Duncan Lane is interested in studying the relationships of women experiencing breast cancer and understanding the lived experience and the construction of resilience within women in Stage IV breast cancer. It is for this work that Dr. Duncan Lane is honored to accept the Ruth E. Hawthorne Research Grant as well as the National Alumni Chapter Award from Kappa Omicron Nu for 2013-2014.

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May 2013 - Hailey McDonell

HaileyHailey McDonell stars as "Jill" in the Midwest touring cast of the Jump with Jill show. Born and raised just outside of Detroit, Hailey sought out Jill Jayne to audition for the role after seeing her speak at a conference. Although Jump with Jill was not casting at the time, creator Jill Jayne was so impressed with her balance of teaching and entertainment credentials, she opened the Michigan branch of Jump with Jill.

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April 2013 - Nicole Gaton

NicoleNicole Gaton, a student at California University of Pennsylvania, will graduate on May 18, 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She has been a member of Kappa Omicron Nu since March of 2012, is the current Vice President of her university Athletic Training Club and the current Secretary of the Nu Omicron Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu.

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March 2013 - Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head

LornaLorna Saboe-Wounded Head, PhD, CFCS, CPFFE, is an assistant professor in the department of Consumer Sciences in the College of Educational and Human Sciences at South Dakota State University. She earned her doctorate degree in 2010 from Iowa State University. Her research focus is financial capability for limited resource audiences. A current project which has been funded by the KON Ruth E. Hawthorne Research grant, is working with Native American college students to identify attitude and behaviors which influence financial capability. This project involves focus group interviews and peer teaching to provide personal finance courses for students on campus. An outcome of the project is to increase the financial capability of the students.

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January 2013 - Lanae Ball

Lanae BallLanae Ball, M.S., is a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 2004 and an M.S. in Nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC in 2011. She joined the Meredith College Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu in 2011. Lanae also works as a Public Health Consultant for the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program in the State of North Carolina and is passionate about connecting low-income groups with fresh, local produce.

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