Professional and Alumni

Chapter Newsletter

Volume 11, Number 1

September, 2001

Kappa Omicron Nu National Office, PO Box 798, Okemos, MI 48805-0798
Telephone: (727) 940-2658 ext. 2003 ¦¦ e-mail:





Message from the
 Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors


This message reports on the outcomes of the 2001 Conclave Assembly of Delegates Meeting.

The chapter delegates passed the Board/Chapter Relationship and Chapter Limitations policies. The Fall Packet to Chapters included copies of these policies, and they are now in effect. Your Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors uses the Carver Model of Policy GovernanceSM as a means to create an organizational and management environment that supports mission-driven programming. One of the major reasons for developing governance policies for chapters was that previous Conclave delegates wanted (a) more structure in the relationship between National and chapters and (b) clarity of chapter responsibilities-Chapter Limitations. 

The mega end or mission, empowered leaders, is accompanied by ends relating to scholarship, research, and leadership, which answer the questions "For what good? For what people? And at what cost?" at the national and chapter levels.  You, our chapter members and advisers, are significant partners in our efforts to accomplish these ends.

The other component of the governance model is means. Means have been defined as "how we get things done." In order to get things done we have a governance structure that explains responsibility for achieving ends. Governance is the process of achieving goals and avoiding undesirable situations. Each chapter is a governance mechanism at the local level for choosing means to achieve Kappa Omicron Nu ends. Thus, it is important to have clarity of the Board/Chapter Relationship.

You will note in examining the Board/Chapter Relationship policy document that the chapters are chartered by the board to carry out the ends of the organization. Within this category we have, with input from members, created four areas that deal with board/chapter relationships. These areas are Delegation to Chapters, Unity of Control, Accountability of Chapters, and Monitoring Chapter Performance, which are explained in the policy document. Regarding Delegation to the Chapters, the Board of Directors recognizes its responsibility as being generally confined to communicating the constitutional standards and ends of the organization, while leaving the implementation and any reasonable interpretation of the standards and ends to the chapters. Note that the authority for the relationship with the chapters is delegated through the Executive Director (ED) who is accountable to the board.

Within the Chapter Limitations policies, the Chapter Board may not conduct the business of the organization in a manner that is illegal, unethical, imprudent, or in violation of Kappa Omicron Nu or institutional policy. This means that the regulations and policies for student organizations at your universities must be followed as well as the KON constitution and the chapter bylaws. Five categories relate to Chapter Limitations: inclusion, risk management, chapter integrity, chapter management, and chapter support. Regarding Inclusion, non-discriminatory policies are required for chapter membership, recognition, and local criteria for KON products.

The Board/Chapter Relationship and Chapter Limitations policies will guide chapters in reviewing bylaws for the Bylaws Review in the next three years. Please know that the Executive Director and the Board of Directors are available for help and will respond to your needs. Our best wishes for a good year.

                                                        Janis B. Van Buren, Chair




Kappa Omicron Nu Awards

Chapter Award of Excellence


Kappa Alpha Theta Chapter, Eastern Illinois University

Omicron Omega Chapter, Ohio State University

Kappa Gamma Nu Chapter, University of Louisiana at Monroe


Omicron Tau Chapter, Penn State University

Kappa Alpha Theta Chapter, Eastern Illinois University

Kappa Beta Xi Chapter, Carson-Newman College

 Chapter Program Awards


Omicron Tau Chapter, Penn State University

Leadership Development Series and Cultural Diversity Panel


Omicron Tau Chapter, Penn State University

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates and Writing to Win

 Adviser Award of Excellence

 Lois Pearson, Omicron Alpha Eta Chapter, Drexel University

Beth Goudge, Kappa Alpha Chapter, Northwest Missouri State University

Gloria Van Zante, Kappa Iota Chapter, Texas A&M University-Kingsville





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 2001 is the theme of "integrating academic and co-curricular goals."

Integrating KON and Academic Goals - This initiative was based on a recent survey of Deans and Department Chairs documenting interest in developing a partnership of Kappa Omicron Nu with the academic program. Two award-winning programs that implement this KON direction are posted on the KON Web site: Chapters are invited to submit examples of partnerships.

Announcement: The Kappa Omicron Nu Board, in the interest of accountability for our mission, is committed to a Required Program initiative. Further announcements during this academic year will introduce chapters to this initiative to be launched in 2002-03.

Focus on Undergraduate Research - Michigan State University, Kansas State University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Kappa Omicron Nu have collaborated to create an Undergraduate Research Community (URC) to (a) create a national undergraduate research conference for the human sciences (family & consumer sciences or human ecology, etc.), (b) sponsor a peer-reviewed electronic publication for undergraduate research, (c) establish an electronically connected multi-campus community of undergraduate researchers, and (d) foster integrative, cross-specialization undergraduate research and service learning research projects in addition to traditional research in the specializations. 

The first research conference was conducted in conjunction with the 2001 Kappa Omicron Nu Conclave. The next conference is being planned for August 2002. Further information will be distributed soon, but the Call for Papers has been distributed to chapters and is available at Kappa Omicron Nu takes pride in the fact that this initiative builds takes undergraduate research to a new level nationally.

Two Online Courses - Self-Managed Mentoring,, and Reflective Human Action, These courses have been utilized by individuals to achieve personal goals or to obtain credit for independent study and by professors as segments or content of a course. A chapter might use a portion for a program or a series of programs.

Mini-Programs - From suggestions by advisers, Kappa Omicron Nu offers mini-programs for chapter programming; each is structured for a one-hour session. They can be found on the Web site ( Each user is asked to e-mail to share outcomes.

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. 

Leadership 102 is an orientation for chapter presidents. Hard copy was distributed to the chapters; another copy can be obtained from the National Office.

Leadership 103 provides activities to accompany the video, Leadership and the New Science, and explore the core principles of Reflective Human Action.

Leadership 104 explores how Reflective Human Action can be used for campus organizations and exploring personal leadership issues and challenges.

In Search of Excellence is a chapter development activity. This mini-program helps the chapter plan its activities.

Chapter Planning Session is an interactive process for planning in the Spring for the next chapter year.

Officer Orientation Program is a Web-based orientation for new officers.

Other Program 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 current leadership perspectives, KON members will have an advantage professionally and personally.

State-of-the-Art Process - 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 participant-initiated 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 PASSIONS.

National Expectations for Programming 

  1. 100% participation in a programming focus on scholarship, research, and/or leadership - at least one programming event in addition to initiation that focuses substantively on scholarship, research, or leadership development. 

  2. Member participation in needs assessment, goal setting, action planning, and collaborative implementation. 

  3. Annual review of chapter activities to determine changes to improve chapter effectiveness.




In 2000 Kappa Omicron Nu announced that program awards would focus on (a) integration of KON and academic goals and (b) undergraduate research initiatives. Award criteria can be found on the KON Web site: Other recognition awards include the Chapter Award of Excellence and the Adviser Award of Excellence. All program and recognition awards will be presented at Conclave.

Note to chapters: Award of Excellence and Scholar Program Certificates are available upon request.



Site News

Chapter Handbook On-line -
The Chapter Handbook is posted on the KON Web site. You can download it off the Web site (click on the Membership link or the Site Map on the Home Page), or compare the Handbook in hand with the Internet version. 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 on the Membership link or Site Map 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.

Model Candidate Invitation Letter - This letter can be personalized to fit chapter requirements.

Model Chapter Newsletter - This newsletter developed by Omicron Omega Chapter at Ohio State will supply ideas for creating your own newsletter for alumni members who have paid chapter dues. National Kappa Omicron Nu provides the service of printing and mailing your newsletter to active (dues-paying) alumni members.



Chapter News Request

The KON Chapter Newsletter features 

  •          National news, 
  •          Chapter program highlights, and
  •          Other significant messages for the national network of chapters. 

February 15 and June 1 are deadlines for chapter editors to submit articles regarding the following topics: 

  •          Project and program successes, 
  •          Member accomplishments, awards, and
  •          Successful chapter management practices.





  • October 1, 2001 - Chapter Officers and Addresses Form

  • November 1, 2001 - Form A Chapter Annual Report

  • February 15, 2002 - Chapter news 

  • April 15, 2002 - Coordinating Council of Honor Societies Call for Undergraduate
    Student Research Papers -
    The recipient of this award receives a check for $750.

  • May 1, 2002 - Call for Undergraduate Student Research Posters

  • June 1, 2002 - Undergraduate Research Community for the Human Sciences Call for Undergraduate Papers

  • June 1, 2002 - Financial Report

  • June 1, 2002 - Form B Chapter Annual Report


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