Professional and Alumni

Kappa Omicron Nu Chapter Handbook




  • Review President's Handbook File Chapter Officers & Addresses Form (updates to May list)
  • Plan programs including initiation date(s) Check supplies and order needed supplies from National


  • 10/1 - Scholar Program Recipient List due


  • 11/1 - Form A, Chapter Annual Report due


  • 12/11/1922 - Founding of Kappa Omicron Phi - Centennial Celebration in 2022


  • 1/15 - Doctoral Fellowship Application due


  • 2/1 - Scholar Program Eligibility Form due
  • 2/15 - Research/Project Grant Application due


  • 3/15 - Adviser Award Application due


  • 4/15 - Master's Fellowship Application due
  • Distribute Award of Excellence
  • 4/23/1912 - Founding of Omicron Nu
  • Election of Officers
  • Officer Training and Advance Program Planning


  • 5/1 - CCHS Undergrad Research Paper due
  • Chapter & Officers Addresses Form due

June 1

  • Financial Report due
  • Form B Chapter Annual Report due

  • Application for Student Board Member Elected Office due

These tasks will vary according to chapter and university schedules.

Chapters will make a decision whether there will be 1 or 2 initiations per year.

National distributes Scholar Program money September 1 and Chapter Dues on October 1. Money is distributed IF the Financial Report and Officers and Addresses Form are on file at the National Office.

Duties of Kappa Omicron Nu Chapter Officers

The following officers form the executive committee, the nucleus of chapter leadership; they should be elected in March or April and start service following officer training and installation. Each office shall include the traditional duties outlined in the chapter bylaws. Suggestions for duties are listed below.


  • Bring all official correspondence to the attention of members either by means of business meeting, newsletter, or bulletin board
  • Appoint standing committees and special committees
  • Plan meeting agendas with Vice President and Adviser
  • Coordinate work of officers and committee chairs

Vice President

  • Chair program committee and coordinate program activities


  • Compile Officers and Addresses Form (Form 1)
  • Record proceedings of chapter meetings
  • Chair membership committee and coordinate recruitment and initiation activities
  • Compile Chapter Annual Report (Form 10)


  • Issue receipts for all income
  • Pay all bills in a timely manner
  • Keep accurate records of receipts and expenditures
  • Report financial status at regular business meetings
  • Have financial record audited at end of term
  • Compile Chapter Financial Report (Form 8)


  • Chair publicity committee and coordinate activities that recognize members and promote Kappa Omicron Nu
  • Submit articles for Chapter News on the Web site.

Kappa Omicron Nu Leadership Development


  1. Each chapter, in order to maintain and strengthen its effectiveness and to promote leadership development, conducts leadership training sessions based on the needs and interests of officers and members.
  2. The adviser and outgoing officers plan and implement a training session prior to the term of office of newly elected leaders.
  3. Each collegiate chapter is encouraged to use the available college/university and unit resources for leadership development. A cooperative effort with other student organizations is recommended.


Needs Assessment, Goal Setting, and Cooperative Planning: Each chapter should involve the adviser, officers, selected members, faculty, and administrators in a process to identify short-term and long-term leadership needs, set goals, and cooperatively plan to operationalize the goals.

Leadership Mentoring: Each chapter is encouraged to identify professionals (faculty and alumni) who will serve as role models and mentors and to initiate a structure to facilitate mentoring.

Suggested Components for Officer Training:

  • Review of Chapter Annual Report prepared by outgoing officers
  • Review of recommendations of outgoing officers
  • Review of the Chapter Handbook, including, but not limited to, (a) national resources and awards, (b) Kappa Omicron Nu Mission, (c) article "Honor Societies Promote Excellence Among Students and Faculty" (Mitstifer, 1986), and (d) Risk Management Policy
  • Review of Officer Duties in Chapter Bylaws
  • One-on-one interaction of outgoing and incoming officers for each leadership role
  • Preliminary decision-making (who, when, and how) regarding
  • Specific duties and responsibilities of each officer
  • Communication process
  • Meeting schedule for adviser and president
  • Meeting schedule for executive committee
  • Chapter meeting calendar
  • Involvement strategies and committees
  • Collaborative relationships
  • Chapter image and visibility
  • Needs assessment, goal setting, cooperative planning processes
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Responsibility for chapter review of Risk Management Policy



Reprinted by permission of the American Home Economics Association. Fall, 1986, Journal of Home Economics, 39-41.

Honor societies provide a framework to develop both excellence and standards of excellence. Few other institutions in society have the direct purpose of recognizing and encouraging intellectual excellence, even though every educational institution seeks this goal.

Outstanding scholarship is one of society's ultimate capital assets. Our culture, however, tends to place more value on doing than on creative thinking or theoretical notions. In studying the development of talent, Benjamin Bloom and his students concluded that social systems that "emphasize only minimal standards of competence are likely to produce only minimal levels of competence and talent" (1, p. 18). Recognizing potential outstanding ability should be a goal for any society; therefore we must encourage more than the minimum.

Much of the current national debate about the goal of education presents excellence as an antonym for mediocrity. Minimally acceptable standards reduce excellence to, among other things, higher test scores and literacy requirements. Because excellence has become a code word for political gain and is meaningless from overuse, this writer will focus on high scholarship and quality of mind as the significant and valuable goals of honor societies. Thus this paper answers the question, "What are the roles of honor societies in promoting high scholarship and quality of mind among students and faculty?"

High Scholarship

Scholarship means confrontation with the unknown, examination of an infinity of ideas, words, sounds, and images. It means searching for the reasons and nature of things. Careful scholarship contributes to the development of thoughtful and sensitive human beings. Thus the achievement of knowledge, understanding, and an intellectual perspective activates one's sensitivities to the world and contributes to the development of outstanding human capacities.

Persons who seek high scholarship confront the unknown without arrogance, without fear, and with genuine reverence. They are challenged by the unknown. Scholars continually reach for a standard above themselves, superior to themselves. They outdo themselves to transcend what they already are, consciously and expressly dealing with the situations in which they find themselves. High scholarship involves tenacity of purpose; it is not achieved unwittingly. In such a role one needs freedom balanced with self-discipline, imagination tested by hard and difficult work. The route to high scholarship is an intimate, solitary task. It cannot be otherwise.

Quality of Mind

The mind is that part of the self that holds the meanings and forms the "background against which new encounters and experiences are projected" (2, p. 287). Quality of mind has to do with capacity to find meanings. To educate, then, is to empower the individual to "add continually to the richness and multiplicity of such meanings" (2, p. 287).

Roles of Honor Societies

With these definitions as a backdrop, we might wonder how an organization could contribute to such personal quests. These goals are not collective ones; all honor society members (whether faculty or student) have the goal of high scholarship and the development of quality of mind. The honor society can form the framework for encouraging its members as helpfully as possible, always rewarding the best each can do. It meets the basic need of an individual for recognition.

An honor society in one's discipline serves this purpose best, combining a mutual concern for the subject with fellowship and respect. It offers a support system for responding to peer pressure for mediocrity, for defending the right to achieve. And it provides additional incentive for maintaining high scholarship. An honor society is needed to encourage true merit, honor, and achievement when the inclination of so many is to diminish and thwart ability (3).

An honor society obligates the member to a deeper commitment to high scholarship and quality of mind through its dual focus on recognition and encouragement of scholarship. The honor society "does not exist simply to recognize the intelligent and raise them to a useless pinnacle of esteem, but rather to recognize them and assist them in preparing for their roles as individuals of special responsibility" (4).

Honor societies have been designated as elite groups. Elitism often carries a negative connotation, but the concept of elite is abused in our commitment to democracy when we mistakenly seek conformity; instead of searching for the exceptional, we extol the average and praise the complacent. In the honor society movement we do not advocate a power structure based on intellectual ability and scholarly achievement. Instead, the intellectually elite have a responsibility for the quality of life we shall enjoy or, if they fail, for the quality of life we shall not enjoy. Honor society members are members of an elite, but a crucial elite, with the ability to make great contributions and thereby accept the challenge of determining the quality of life.

Another role of the honor society within academia involves shaping values and instilling respect for scholarships and theory. Respect for scholarship instead of superficial striving for degrees without learning implies valuing study for its own sake, rather than for the sole aim of a vocation.

The motto of Phi Kappa Phi, "May the love of learning rule mankind," describes this respect for scholarship. Jefferson described the value of scholarship in 1817 when he recommended virtue and learning as the sources of happiness: "The happiness of . . . people must flow from . . . the resources of their own minds" (5). Learning, then, is not a task, but a way of living. Respect for scholarship means, additionally, that systematic and abstract theories are valued, for they are the essence of professional action. Theory is what most people want least, but it is what they need most. Theory must guide professional decisions, be they practical, theoretical, or speculative in nature.

All organizations within educational institutions have a responsibility to complement and extend the educational program or quality of student life. Thus as legitimate components of the institution, they need to provide a learning opportunity, social or academic. The implications of this position not only affect the program of work of the organization, but the whole institution. In the case of educationally related organizations, academic affairs and each program unit must plan to incorporate organizational goals for the institution's overall academic program. The honor society, by its very nature, has a special role to perform. It needs to cooperate in setting the standards for excellence in scholarship on the campus. Every component, from buildings and grounds to the president, has a role in the pursuit of excellence, but the honor society must focus on high scholarship and quality of mind. The institution, then, should create the framework for honor societies to participate in setting and administering the meaning of high scholarship in the university, to decide the oughts, to give input into the quality of academic life. As participator rather than spectator, the honor society can protect the integrity of excellence in scholarship.

An honor society is an organization and as such offers members an opportunity to deal with the persistent practical problems of accomplishing the work of a group and maintaining relationships good enough to get the work done. Making decisions and following through responsibly requires leadership. The honor society can be the laboratory for leadership development and for experimenting with and improving group work, because learning about leadership doesn't develop it. Professional practice is performed in a group setting, and the honor society provides such a setting for leadership development through the involvement of faculty. Thus the honor society, as well as other organizations within the unit, provide a practicum for professional life, for practicing the important skills of accomplishing work and maintaining supportive relationships.

Through shared scholarly efforts in the honor society, the norm of competition in scholarship can be modified to include cooperative learning. This developmental task is largely ignored in academia, but it pays rich dividends in scholarly achievements. Effective (successful or productive) institutions have learned the secret to collaboration and have harnessed its power for the good of both the group and the individual and for the product or outcome of the institution.

Conditions That Improve Quality

The final report of the Study Group on the Conditions of Excellence in American Higher Education (1985), popularly called the Mortimer Report, identifies three conditions of excellence that would improve the quality of undergraduate education: student involvement, high expectations, and assessment and feedback (6). Two of these three are directly related to the role that honor societies should hold within the academic institution.

Student Involvement

Research suggests that the more time and effort students invest in the learning process and the more intensely they engage in their own education, the greater their growth and achievement, satisfaction with their educational experiences, and persistence in college, and the more likely they are to continue learning. Highly involved students devote considerable energy to studying, work at on-campus rather than off-campus jobs, participate actively in student organizations, and interact frequently with faculty members and student peers. Uninvolved students neglect studies, spend little time on campus, abstain from extracurricular activities, have little contact with faculty and other students, and participate little in institutional life. The message is clear: Efforts to increase the involvement of students in the learning environment pay off in student learning and personal development. An organization within the educational program, then, should offer opportunities for student involvement in learning. Frequent interaction with faculty is more strongly related to satisfaction with college, including the courses and the intellectual and social environment, than any other type of involvement. Thus active participation by faculty in the total environment of the university is essential in promoting the goals of the institution.

High Expectations

Student performance clearly rises to the expectations of students and significant others. When too much is expected, learning and persistence suffer; when too little is expected, we will seldom be disappointed.

The Mortimer Report recommends increased student involvement by providing adequate fiscal support, space, and recognition to existing co-curricular programs and activities. The focus on strengthening existing activities that have academic functions or overtones relates specifically to honor societies, if they are more than perfunctory recognition organizations.

Behaviors that Develop Honor Societies

This analysis of the roles of honor societies has identified the behaviors that are required to strengthen their role on campus. To reap the benefits of an honor society, the faculty should:

  • Demonstrate commitment to its purpose.
  • Support it as a learning community.
  • Model high scholarship and leadership.
  • Value the organizational advising role.
  • Participate as full members, fellow scholars.
  • Encourage student participation.
  • Provide leadership coaching.
  • Facilitate goal setting and program planning to fulfill appropriate roles.
  • Evaluate achievement of organizational goals.
  • Evaluate its effectiveness as an organization.
  • Teach the use of motivational theory to guide organizational decisions and solutions to problems.
  • Value cooperative learning.
  • Value interaction with students outside the classroom and academic advising.
  • Establish appropriate expectations.
  • Include organizational goals in academic planning.
  • Establish its status within the program and institution.
  • Convince the university reward system to recognize organizational advisement.
  • Value the role of organizations in the university environment.


While there is potential for student organizations, including honor societies, to enhance the learning environment, few campuses live up to this potential. The reasons need not be explained; they are implied in the "shoulds" inventory above. Pluralism is a strength, so each program needs to develop its own unique organizational system. But the price of autonomy is that each institution must concern itself with the common good. The home economics common good requires strong and productive honor societies and other home economics organizations. The uncommon commitment required to support this notion is summarized in a Peters and Austin quote (7).

There is no magic: only people who . . . nurture [organizations], dramatize goals and direction, build skills and teams, spread irresistible enthusiasm.... They encourage, excite, teach, listen, facilitate. Their actions are consistent. Only brute consistency breeds believability.... They take their priorities seriously because they live them clearly and visibly; they walk the talk (p. 324).

Like other institutions, honor societies are the enacted priorities of people, no more, no less.


1. Bloom, B. Developing Talent in Young People. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985.

2. Greene, M. ''Excellence, Meanings, and Multiplicity." Teachers College Record 86 (Winter 1984) 283-297.

3. Fulton, ILL. "The Necessity of Honor Societies in Academic Life." The Distaff 59 (Spring 19831 7.

4. Taliaferro, S. Kappa Omicron Phi. Williamsburg, PA: Kappa Omicron Phi, 1966.

5. Cox, G.V. In Reply to Your Last Letter. The Phoenix 63 (Spring 1978) 7.

6. Study Group on the Conditions of Excellence in American Higher Education. Involvement in learning: Realizing the Potential of American Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Education, 1985.

7. Peters, T, and Austin, N. A Passion for Excellence. New York: Random House, 1985

Kappa Omicron Nu Recruitment

The following chapter activities are recommended to promote Kappa Omicron Nu membership, recruit members, and increase membership acceptances. In addition, the recruitment process should be evaluated and revised to correct deficiencies.

1. Informational sessions and/or brochures for incoming freshmen and transfer students

2. Information booths at student activities fair

3. Informational sessions or receptions for prospective members

4. Invitations to parents, spouses, and children of candidates to attend initiation

5. Announcement of potential candidates to department heads and faculty with encouragement to recognize candidates

6. Involvement of administrators, faculty, and alumni in Initiation and chapter activities

7. Bulletin board display of chapter and society activities

8. Publicity regarding new initiates and chapter activities in college/university newspaper, hometown newspapers, and unit newsletter

9. Participation in college or university honors convocation

10. Sponsorship of awards event for unit

11. Co-sponsorship of educational programs or recognition events

12. Honor cords for graduation caps and gowns

Each activity should be planned to honor excellence and the high standards of scholarship, research, and leadership that Kappa Omicron Nu represents.

National Kappa Omicron Nu supports chapters with

1. Recruitment supplies (see order form):

• Invitation letter and envelope

• "Kappa Omicron Nu" brochure

• "A Matter of Honor" brochure

2. Family announcements (see Family Announcement Request Form)

National Kappa Omicron Nu will assist chapters by communicating with parents of prospective members to announce the election of their sons or daughters to Kappa Omicron Nu. The announcement gives a brief description of the national recognition, and a customized invitation to the initiation will be enclosed. There is no cost to the chapter, but facts about the initiation and university labels (to the Family of________________) must be supplied.

Kappa Omicron Nu Model Invitation Letter (Word)

Kappa Omicron Nu Financial Accounting


  • Maintain records of financial transactions
  • Chair finance committee to prepare budget
  • Submit budget for chapter approval
  • Monitor budgetary income and expenditures and report financial status
  • Pay bills and submit fees and reports to National


1. Chapter and National Dues: National Kappa Omicron Nu collects chapter dues from active members and annually returns dues and a membership list to the chapter on September 30. Active chapter membership status requires payment of national and chapter dues.

New members are not required to pay national dues for two full academic year following the year of initiation. Most chapters, however, require payment of chapter dues.

Each chapter sets the chapter dues.

2. Initiation: Prior to initiation, each chapter shall collect the following fees:

National Initiation Fee - $65.00 (2020-2021)

Chapter Dues specified by your chapter

At the time of initiation, new members shall complete the duplicate membership card.

Within two (2) weeks of initiation, each chapter shall file the following forms with the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office:

  • Membership forms, invitations, registrations, and payments-
  • Alternate form [including name, maiden name if applicable, permanent address, gender, graduation month/year, status (undergrad student, grad student, professional), degree candidacy, major].
  • Chapter Remittance Form (Form 7)

3. Insignia: Kappa Omicron Nu insignia may be ordered through National Kappa Omicron Nu (see Order Form).

4. Chapter Financial Report: This annual report (Form 8) must be filed on or before June 1. This report is necessary to maintain good standing (national funds are not released to chapters if this report has not been filed).

5. Chapter Tax-Exempt Status: See Policies: IRS Classification and Tax Return Information.

6. Orientation of Incoming Treasurer: Review chapter financial accounting system as well as national procedures and report forms.

7. Storage of Campus Chapter Financial Records: Arrange with adviser for safe storage.

Kappa Omicron Nu Publicity

Kappa Omicron Nu Chapter Newsletter: This national publication features national news, chapter program highlights, and other significant messages for the national network of chapters. Chapter editors are expected to submit articles (February 15 and June 1 deadlines) regarding the following topics:

  • Program successes, particularly related to the national program initiatives of writing, ethics, and mentoring
  • Enrichment award projects
  • Member (faculty and student) accomplishments, newsworthy research, awards
  • Successful chapter management practices

Copy should be typed, double spaced, on one side only. Type name, address, and daytime telephone number on top of all pages. Submit to:

Kappa Omicron Nu, PO Box 798, Okemos, MI 48805-0798

OR E-mail:

Local Publicity: Articles for the campus newspaper, hometown newspapers, or unit newsletter can feature similar topics. In addition, news releases should recognize new initiates, officers, and award recipients. The resources and services of the College/University Public Relations Office and the unit information coordinator are sometimes available to student organizations.



Contact: Your name

Telephone Number: Your number


University City, VA.......... (name) Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu in the (unit) of (college/university name) initiated (no.) new members on (date). Eligibility criteria for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals include exemplary study and practice related to any of the specialty areas of the field: majors in academic programs including (but not limited to) athletic training, design, education, exercise science, family and consumer sciences, financial planning, food science and human nutrition, gerontology, health sciences, hotel/restaurant management, human development, interior design and human environment, kinesiology, leadership, merchandising management, policy analysis and management, social work, textiles and apparel, and wellness.

New initiates of (name) Chapter are:

(list new members and their majors and hometowns)

Kappa Omicron Nu consists of about 150,000 members worldwide. The mission of the organization is to recognize and encourage excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership in the human sciences.

Among the activities and programs of the honor society is a scholar program that awards local scholarships and a fellowship and grants program that makes national awards. (List significant local chapter activities)

Kappa Omicron Nu Advisers

The Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors recognizes that advisers give of their time without reward and that the quality of the honor society is largely dependent upon the volunteer services of committed advisers. Though student organizations know the source of their strength, the value of advisers is a hidden truth in the academic community. The Association of College Honor Societies adopted the following resolution on February 24, 1990 to guide its efforts in increasing the significance of the adviser role.


college students in honor societies experience personal and professional growth and strive for academic excellence,


the long-term recognition and promotion of academic excellence is vital to the welfare of our country and the world,


the success of collegiate honor societies is largely dependent on and is a responsibility of the chapter adviser,

Therefore, be it resolved:

that the delegates to the 65th Annual Meeting of the Association of College Honor Societies recommend that college and university administrations support methods of rewarding advisers in order to maintain and encourage the quality of advisers necessary to achieve excellence in honor society membership.

Kappa Omicron Nu promotes the value of advisers through the Adviser Award of Excellence and the Adviser's Fellowship. Administrators of units are encouraged to recognize and reward advisers for their inestimable contributions to excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership.


1. The adviser represents the college/university in upholding the high standards of the Kappa Omicron Nu charter and the tenets of the National Constitution and Chapter Bylaws.

2. The adviser monitors chapter procedures to assure fairness, dignity, and equality.

3. The adviser serves as the guardian of the official chapter records.

4. One or two assistant advisers should be appointed so that stability and continuity is maintained when the chief adviser position changes.

5. The adviser teaches leadership through modeling effective leadership.

6. The adviser assesses status of officer leadership skills in order to set realistic goals for advancing student leadership.

7. The campus chapter is a student organization. The adviser is part of the team but not the captain.


1. Chapter Management: The following principles and procedures may provide a framework for successful management.

  • Team concept of management
  • Shared leadership
  • Quality, not quantity
  • Balance of enthusiasm and realism
  • Officer training to establish duties and responsibilities
  • Executive Committee review of Chapter Handbook
  • Annual calendar of events and programs
  • Regular executive committee meetings
  • Regular meetings of president and adviser
  • Phone tree for officers
  • Annual evaluation and needs assessment

2. Motivation and Participation: Humans are goal-striving and purpose-oriented creatures, and they will participate in organizations that meet their needs and that provide a comfortable atmosphere. Because motivation is an internal force that commits one to goals, the key to participation is managing the organization in such a way that members have an opportunity to meet their personal needs in a climate that is acceptable to a variety of individuals.

"Motivating a person" is a myth. The organization must manage the structure, the climate, and the activities of the organization to give members the freedom and opportunity to get involved and to anticipate meaningful outcomes that will lead to further involvement.

The following practices help build relationships and create opportunities for commitment:

  • Schedule a chapter event very soon after Initiation and publicize at Initiation
  • Review involvement opportunities and encourage participation at Initiation
  • Build relationships through ice breakers and name tags
  • Appoint new initiates to committees at first meeting after Initiation
  • Schedule incoming and outgoing officer planning session
  • Schedule personal success stories at each meeting (e.g., internship appointment, acceptance of a paper for publication or presentation, fellowship announcement)
  • Issue personal notes of congratulations
  • Schedule brown-bag seminars

3. Eligibility Lists: Determining who is eligible and securing correct addresses are probably the most difficult tasks of advisers. Because college and university procedures vary, there is no tried and true method. Most registrars and administrators of units will be able to assist the adviser in developing a fair and efficient procedure. Advisers who have exhausted local resources should contact the Executive Director for ideas and suggestions.

Each chapter should have a system for managing unintentional exclusions from the list of potential members.

Note: Dr. Frances E. Andrews, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is acknowledged for some of the above ideas presented in the 1990 AHEA Coordinating Council of Home Economics Honor Societies session, "Advising Student Organizations."

Kappa Omicron Nu
Reasonable Measures of Chapter Success

Induction of New Members: The chapter issues invitations according to affirmative action guidelines and schedules initiation activities to give adequate time for responses. The chapter informs prospective members of the benefits and obligations of membership. The Initiation Ceremony is solemn in nature, rich in meaning, and a challenge to all who participate. It reveals the meaning and vitality of Kappa Omicron Nu. Each person who has earned the privilege of membership is entitled to the perfection of detail which reflects thoughtful preparation by the officers. The ceremony should impart dignity, inspiration, and a lasting impression. The successful chapter improves the membership acceptance rate. (Though the membership acceptance rate is a function of many factors, the chapter has some control over the chapter's perceived image and vigor.)

Programming: The program of work implements high quality educational programs or activities that achieve the mission of Kappa Omicron Nu. Quality rather than quantity is the hallmark of a successful chapter.

Chapter Management: The chapter schedules an officer training session to ensure that Kappa Omicron Nu officers increase their competence in their roles. The chapter conducts the business of the chapter in an efficient and effective manner and uses an action planning process to involve the membership in setting goals and carrying out the program of work. The chapter bylaws comply with the National Constitution. The chapter evaluates the chapter work at the end of the year, makes recommendations for strengthening the chapter, completes the chapter records, and arranges for safe storage.

Participation: The chapter uses the principles of motivation to enlist the participation of members in the work of the chapter. Expectations for involvement should consider the variety of interests, needs, and time constraints of members.

Climate: The organizational climate is comfortable and satisfying. The atmosphere is one of acceptance, respect, trust, and warmth. The setting facilitates the development of important relationships and meaningful outcomes from the chapter program

Positive Image: The chapter image as a prestigious organization is derived from its good works. In other words, the chapter is known for high quality, important activities that recognize and encourage excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership. The chapter is recognized for its role in the educational program of the unit.

Handbook for New Members



Chapter Newsletter


empowered leaders

Kappa Omicron Nu Mission

The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu is

empowered leaders

who use an integrative approach to enhance quality of living through
excellence in scholarship, leadership, and research.

Kappa Omicron Nu values recognition, reward, advancement and strong affiliation networks .

These ends enhance the ability of the organization and chapters to
prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st Century.

To accomplish this mission, Kappa Omicron Nu shall

Promote scholarship and encourage intellectual development, promote research and foster the spirit of inquiry, confer distinction for high achievement, promote leadership development, stimulate student and faculty dialogue, enrich the intellectual environment of higher education institutions, encourage high standards of practice and ethical behavior, and promote attitudes of professional responsibility for the public good.

Membership: Majors and specializations in the human sciences include but are not limited to athletic training, design, education, exercise science, family and consumer sciences, financial planning, food science and human nutrition, gerontology, health sciences, hotel/restaurant management, human development, interior design and human environment, kinesiology, leadership, merchandising management, policy analysis and management, social work, textiles and apparel, and wellness.

Kappa Omicron Nu Guidelines for Program Development


Inasmuch as the mission of Kappa Omicron Nu is empowered leaders, it is incumbent upon each chapter to develop a balance of activities to accomplish the mission.

Quality, not quantity, should govern chapter program decisions.

Chapters are encouraged to use national themes and initiatives to guide program planning and contribute to the educational mission of the academic unit - Academic & Co-Curricular Activities for chapters -

Half of the criteria for judging the Chapter Annual Report (Form 10) for the Chapter Award of Excellence relate to chapter programming.


  1. Selection of Required Program: The Required Program was established to make a national impact, aid in chapter accountability for achieving the Kappa Omicron Nu Mission, and demonstrate the value of honor societies to the educational mission of each higher education unit.
  2. Selection of Program Theme: The biennial theme and other national initiatives are resources for identifying the annual chapter program theme. The nature of the theme will determine whether the program objectives focus on a topic in depth or explore related topics.
  3. Selection of Chapter Program Objectives: Each chapter should determine the local concerns and needs within the scope of the selected theme. A membership needs assessment process would help the program committee to respond to member concerns and needs and promote participation in the chapter activities.
  4. Implementation of Chapter Program Objectives: Chapters are encouraged to involve members in programs through reports, symposia, panel discussions, workshops, etc. and to plan open meetings for other students within the academic unit or university.
  5. Motivation and Participation: Humans are goal-striving and purpose-oriented creatures, and they will participate in organizations that meet their needs-and that provide a comfortable atmosphere. Because motivation is an internal force that commits one to goals, the key to participation is managing the organization in such a way that members have an opportunity to meet their personal needs in a climate that is acceptable to a variety of individuals.

"Motivating a person" is a myth. The organization must manage the structure, the climate, and the activities of the organization to give members the freedom and opportunity to get involved and to anticipate meaningful outcomes that will lead to further involvement.

The following practices help build relationships and create opportunities for commitment:

Schedule a chapter event very soon after Initiation and publicize at Initiation Review involvement opportunities and encourage participation at Initiation Build relationships through ice breakers and name tags Schedule personal success stories at each meeting (e.g., internship appointment, acceptance of a paper for publication or presentation, fellowship announcement).

Tips for Successful Chapters
Excellence is our Business!


Excellence is our Business is the guiding philosophy for development of chapter activities. Quality rather than quantity fulfills that perspective.

Planning for chapter activities should consider the mission of Kappa Omicron Nu, the needs and motivations of members, and the special priorities of National Kappa Omicron Nu.

Required Program Initiatives
Scholarly Priorities:

Leadership: Reflective Human Action
Leadership for a Culturally Diverse Society
Mentoring: The Human Touch
Ethical Dimensions of the Scholar
Commitment to Writing
Research Priorities:
Cross-Specialization and Integrative Research
Cultural Diversity and Minority Issues

In order that members "own" the chapter activities, the process of program development should include the following elements:

Needs assessment and goal setting
Action planning
Shared responsibilities for implementing
Evaluation to determine changes that might improve the chapter activities

Following are suggestions for programming, chapter management, and fund raising.

Characteristics of Excellence

Delegates at the 1993 Conclave generated the following characteristics of excellence.

Chapter activities and operations are excellent when they are

  • Unique--have an element of excitement and surprise
  • Better than good--above and beyond the expected
  • Challenging
  • Well planned
  • Well executed
  • Motivate members to attain a goal
  • Supportive of members

Chapter activities and operations are excellent when they demonstrate

  • Enthusiasm
  • Dedication and commitment
  • Supreme quality
  • Positive attitudes
  • Emotional intensity
  • Achievement of goals

The Conclave delegates acknowledged that excellent chapters have goals beyond the minimum requirements and do not settle for the status quo.

They also noted that chapter officers in demonstrating excellence have a high level of commitment and probably make personal sacrifices to achieve the quality of chapter they desire.

The positive and enthusiastic attitudes of officers influence chapter members and develop an excellent chapter climate.

Model Chapter

Advisers at the 1993 Conclave generated the following description of a model chapter.

  • A Model Chapter
    Recognizes and promotes scholarship
    Recognizes and promotes leadership
    Focuses on national priorities and initiatives
  • A Model Chapter achieves its goals through
    Setting realistic goals
    Developing thorough plans and following through
    Providing something unique--not available through other groups
    Providing a balance of recognition and educational activities
  • A Model Chapter benefits members by providing
    Opportunities to "focus their passion"
    A network of peers/colleagues with similar interests
    Professional development
    Possibilities for active leadership and benefits for involvement
    Enjoyment and fulfillment
  • A Model Chapter requires the following resources:
    Supportive administration and faculty
    Well-trained advisers
    Complete set of handbooks and national materials
    Interested and active members
    Enthusiastic volunteer student leaders
    Commitment at all levels
Program Ideas 

These program ideas were generated by delegates at the 1995 Conclave.

Ideas to take Back to Chapters

Help the chapter become aware of the core features of the reflective human action model through

Distribution of pamphlet.
Group workshop.

Interpret meaning of the features and principles of reflective human action.
Set goals/mission as a group.
Discuss what each individual can bring to the organization/society.
Reintroduce regional meetings.
Follow-up on reflective human action at other meetings.
Develop train-the-trainer workshops.
Look for funding to support training activities.
Invite alumni speakers.
Promote alumni mentoring.
Publish newsletter.
Increase motivation through group socials.
Develop PEN PALS across the country (to encourage networking).
Become more involved with other student organizations (co-sponsor activities, speakers).
Invite members (potential) sooner to allow time to budget for financial responsibilities.
Speak to freshman/sophomore students, faculty, classes about KON and what the organization has to offer.

Be visible, share information through

Bulletin Boards.
Internet - e-mail.
University orientation, newspaper, newsletter.

Establish a library for leadership--special collection.
Partner with other departments or organizations.

Encourage AUTHORSHIP by

Empowering members.
Increasing self-awareness.

Instill the organization's goals of high academic achievement in members.
Reflect on meaning (history) of KON.
Become involved with other honor societies on campus.
Involve graduate students.
Inform freshman and sophomore students.
Use CHAOS theory in a program.
Delegate responsibilities and recognize contributions.
Use "moment of reflection" to create unity of purpose.
Encourage member input.
Respect all ideas and viewpoints.
Approach CHAOS with persistence and logical group-thinking.
Involve alumni.
Conduct service projects.
Promote relationships with other KON chapters.
Publicize KON on campus.
Share information with chapter officers.
Encourage officers to learn features of reflective human action and share with chapter.
Bump & Pace.
Seek and share information.
Try to incorporate ideas into real-life experiences to get points across.
Model some of Terry Deal's ideas in our leadership roles.
Conduct focus groups.
Identify organization problems using action wheel.
Develop a plan of action.

Share information through workshops, seminars:

Consider that time is important.
Offer food.
Use speakers (facilitators) who can speak (lead activities) on different features.
Incorporate group activities.
Involve professional and life applications.

Offer freshman orientation programs to develop a sense of professionalism.
Conduct campus- or department-wide leadership seminars.
Open initiation ceremony on a weekend with leadership and/or professional focus.
Incorporate mentoring to develop leadership.
Get involved in community.
Promote alumni/student mentoring.
Put together notes to lead own workshops (i.e., with other officers).
Leaders teach and lead by EXAMPLE.
Promote and encourage involvement in your college/department.
Identify underlying chapter problems by using the action wheel.
Show confidence in your own beliefs as a leaders.
Support members and encourage their ideas.
Be open-minded towards others' opinions.
Accept chaos as having potential for creative change.
Communicate with members (via e-mail, etc.).
Take initiative as leaders to motivate members.

Conduct activities that interest members:

Research night - students/faculty and internship opportunities.
Service projects.

Plan "information night" for prospective members.

Initiate faculty members:

More faculty will be aware of KON.
Good way to get more speakers.
Faculty will be more supportive.

Host a presentation on RELATIONSHIPS.
Assess community needs to develop activities that can be used to enhance the community and promote KON leadership.
Promote active storytelling within the chapters--this will make the members more cohesive and will give the chapters a pool of information about members for drawing out their leadership.

Increase KON visibility to students just entering our majors:

Packet of information about KON.
Personal visits or telephone calls.

"Brain write" - share ideas and pass them along.
Encourage chapter interactions and activities.
Encourage alumni to return to their school to share experiences with student members.
Host leadership workshops at local level.
Teach leadership by example.
Promote personal growth through an offer's training event.

Focus on leadership through


Leadership for the common good.

The following program ideas were identified from an analysis of Chapter Reports.


Graduate Study Workshop
Student Research Forum
All-University Research Event
Faculty Research Forum
Panel Discussion on graduate school--rewards and pitfalls
Interdisciplinary Research Program
Associate Dean for Research discussion of the importance of research
"Spotlight on Research"
Honors Program Colloquium
Lecture Series

Present Program on:

Cultural Diversity
The Environment and Home Economics
Role and Rights of the Informed Consumer
History of the academic unit and KON chapter
Women and Assertiveness
Nontraditional Students
Time and Stress Management
Program Ideas continued


Career Fair
Program on Interviewing and Resume Writing
Career Planning Seminar
Graduate Study Opportunities Night


Mentoring Program
Panel Discussion on Mentoring with 3-4 guest speakers
"Adopt-a-Freshman" Program
Shadowing Activities with KON/Home Economics Alums

Conduct Workshop on:

"In Search of Excellence" for personal development
Parliamentary Procedure - Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised


Regional Meeting
Alumni Dinner
Nutrition Festival for the children of international graduate students
Eating Disorder program


Issues of cultural diversity
Empowerment and how it can be exercised in the chapter and in the personal style of members

Assume responsibility for Service Projects that develop excellence in leadership, particularly regarding scholarship and research related to the profession and its specializations and/or to the Kappa Omicron Nu mission:

Reading Literacy Program for elementary school
Adopt-a-School Program--mentoring program for high school students
Babes Program (K-6) - deals with decision making and feelings
Tutoring at the Elementary School
Tutoring university students
Peer Counseling
Self-esteem development of battered women
Collection of books for international university programs in developing countries or Eastern Europe for distribution by faculty on campus

Chapter Management Ideas

Annual Procedures for Effective Chapters:

  • Begin planning early in the year--before everyone gets busy
  • Identify priorities--you cannot do everything. Focus on activities that support the KON mission, national programming objectives, and member/unit needs
  • Set goals for your chapter--realistic ones that consider your resources (time, energy, skills, money)
  • Make action plans to accomplish your goals, including reasonable deadlines and delegation of responsibilities for follow-through
  • Delegate work--organize sub-committees--involve all members
  • Involve alumni members to share benefits of honor society membership--take advantage of support from alumni
  • Announce meeting dates early in the year or semester so that members can plan for chapter activities--distribute a Chapter Yearbook with meeting dates and related events
  • Use "classy" publicity--maintain a novel bulletin board to communicate with members--distribute meeting calendar to members--use telephone committee to solicit meeting attendance
  • Analyze implementation of programs to improve the quality of successive activities--when something works very well, install it as a tradition

Use your adviser as a resource--you do not have to do it alone. Advisers have many ideas and areas of expertise that you can draw upon.

Long-term Procedures to Maintain and Improve Chapter Excellence:

  • Conduct an "In Search of Excellence" workshop for chapter development
  • Identify the needs of your members through an interactive assessment process Identify the needs of your academic unit and institution that your chapter could fulfill
  • Survey membership to learn about the incentives for participation--use information to develop mission, goals, and implementation plans
  • Establish a vision for what you want your chapter to be like in five years
  • Set goals for each of the five years to accomplish the vision
  • Develop a Long-term Planning Document (give it a special name) to communicate to present and future members and officers
  • Update Long-term Planning Document at the end of each year following the annual evaluation
  • Develop faculty involvement and commitment to induce member involvement

Organize Chapter-Building Activities:

  • Welcome Back Party
  • Frozen Yogurt Night
  • Ice breakers to develop relationships and enthusiasm for a program topic
  • Motivational speaker to increase commitment and enthusiasm for the chapter
  • Bonding retreat
  • Activities that support members and build a "chapter family"

Organize Recognition Activities:

  • Senior Brunch
  • Freshman and/or Sophomore Recognition Night or Reception
  • Parent invitations to initiation
  • Scholarship/Awards Program
  • Teacher of the Year Award cosponsored with Alumni Office
  • Listing of new initiates in university newspaper
  • Recognition Posters publicizing excellent scholars
  • Certificate of excellence for outstanding members, dedicated officers
  • Prizes for A's on papers (writing excellence)
  • E-Award to recognize excellence no matter when and where it occurs to give positive reinforcement--surprise announcements
  • Honor Name Tags for KON members and prospective members during initiation week
  • Bulletin Board announcement of Dean's List and KON members
  • Press Release to hometown newspaper of new members
  • Celebration of significant chapter anniversaries

Conduct Recruitment and Initiation Activities:

  • Pinning Event
  • Tapping during classes
  • Personal delivery of invitations to prospective members
  • Orientation Session for prospective members
  • Six-Foot Banana Split Informational Meeting
  • Invitations to administrators and faculty
  • Survey reasons for non-acceptance of honor society invitation and act upon those that the chapter can control
  • Chapter Management Ideas continued

Sponsor Leadership Development Activities:

  • Leadership Workshop/Retreat for officers
  • Campus-wide Leadership Training Program

Publicize Kappa Omicron Nu by:

  • Wearing KON keys (insignia)
  • Wearing KON T-Shirts on designated day(s)
  • Participating in University Open House
  • Participating in University Club/Organization Day
  • Displaying information on bulletin board
  • Distributing information in freshman student packets
  • Sponsoring a Freshmen Coke Party as an informational meeting
  • Wearing Honor Cords at graduation


  • Joint meetings with nearby chapters
  • Relationships with other honor societies, especially the high profile "movers and shakers" on campus

Support Academic Unit by:

  • Assisting with accreditation visit
  • Assisting with program assessment for human sicences unit
  • Sponsoring co-curricular educational program in support of unit
  • Sponsoring awards for scholarship, research, and leadership
  • Sponsoring academic unit Honors Event
  • Sponsoring Alumni Recognition Event
  • Sponsoring Campus-wide Honors Convocation
  • Recognizing faculty excellence in teaching and/or scholarship
  • Participating in Advisory Councils

In Search of Excellence

A Chapter Development Activity

1. Recall an activity, event, experience, person, or object that you remember as excellent (It need not be related to KON, but it may be.). List it below.

2. Describe it. What were its characteristics? What made it excellent?

3. Share your memories with one other person. Agree on one major characteristic that identifies something as being excellent. List below.

4. Discuss your characteristic in a small group of chapter members. Come to consensus on the two (2) most important characteristics. State these characteristics in a word or short phrase.

a. ____________________________________________________

b. ____________________________________________________

5. In the small group, brainstorm ideas for implementing excellence in our chapter.

6. Using the ideas above, write A (for Chapter Activities) and/or M (for Chapter Management Practices) beside each.

7. Select two activities and two chapter management practices to share with the full group. Come to consensus on a few ideas to implement in your chapter.

Fund Raising Ideas


  • Specific fund-raising activities by chapters shall provide resources for the purposes of recognizing and encouraging scholarship, research, and leadership.
  • Fund-raising activities shall be carried out in a manner consistent with standards of excellence and professionalism.
  • Fund-raising activities shall have prior approval of the adviser and comply with college or university policies.


  • GRE Time Saver: An Efficient Guide to the General Test
  • Books
  • Nutritious Snacks for Exam Week
  • Plants during Orientation Week
  • Carnations or Mums for Parent's Day or Homecoming
  • Wrapping paper, notepaper, or cards
  • Balloons, flowers, or goodie bags for Valentines Day


  • A telethon for scholarship funds
  • A silent or celebrity auction

Contract Member Services for:

  • Tutoring
  • Academic Unit (catering)
  • University (cleaning university field house)

Refer to other possibilities in the Policies Section of the Chapter Handbook.


button Officers and Addresses (Through adviser portal)

button Scholar Program Recipients

button Order Form

button Promotional Items

button Family Announcements

button Chapter Remittance (Through adviser portal)

button Chapter Financial Report (Through adviser portal)

button Chapter Annual Report Part A & B (Through adviser portal)


button Scholar Program

button Conclave Call for Undergraduate Papers

button Fellowships and Grants

button Undergraduate Research Award

button Adviser Award of Excellence

button Award of Excellence

button Chapter Award of Excellence

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Kappa Omicron Nu Initiation Ritual for Collegiate Membership

Unit Administrator: The Unit Administrator may wish to welcome the prospective members and guests and describe the human sciences unit and majors. This is an opportunity to personalize the initiation and to gear it toward aspects of the field that the chapter represents. The Unit Administrator should introduce the Adviser.

Adviser: Kappa Omicron Nu, a national honor society established February 21,1990 by the consolidation of Kappa Omicron Phi and Omicron Nu, is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan. Omicron Nu was established in 1912, and Kappa Omicron Phi was established in 1922.

Kappa Omicron Nu gives voice to advocacy for scholarship, research, and leadership to a sizable scholarly community for critical dialogue, collaboration, and networking. Priority is given to innovative and enhanced services with commitment to enriching the intellectual environment through its local and national initiatives.

The Adviser should give a brief history of the local chapter, explain eligibility, describe the activities of the chapter, and introduce the President and Vice President and other officers who will conduct the ceremony.

President: (The President should invite all candidates to come forward to stand in two semi-circles on either side of the initiation table. Two members could serve as ushers to guide the ceremonial procedures. Adaptations may be required for large groups. Make sure that the audience can see the initiation activities.) Today we celebrate scholarship and offer recognition to the new initiates of Kappa Omicron Nu.

Vice President: You have an outstanding academic record, and we welcome you because of your scholastic achievements and potential for continued scholarly work. We congratulate you for pursuing excellence.

President: We invite you to become a member of Kappa Omicron Nu and to receive a permanent and notable recognition of your scholarly efforts.

Vice President: Kappa Omicron Nu is a scholastic honor society which brings together people who focus on life with quality for the individual, the family, and society.

President: Scholarship, research, and leadership are ideals we share as members. We believe that these are the tools which build firm foundations. We acknowledge that with honor comes responsibility to pursue scholarly and professional activities with the highest of ethical standards. WE CHALLENGE YOU TO ACCEPT THIS OBLIGATION. If you agree with these ideals, say, "I do."

Will all members please join the new initiates in repeating the pledge after me:

In accepting the responsibility *** and honor of membership in Kappa Omicron Nu *** I will continue to use my abilities *** to pursue the ideals of the organization, *** to give support and leadership to my profession, *** and to make my contributions with dignity and integrity.

Vice President: We depend on our members to help accomplish the organization's mission, empowered leaders, which means encouraging intellectual development, fostering the spirit of inquiry, and promoting leadership development. Thus, your involvement and leadership is critically important to a strong and dynamic Kappa Omicron Nu.

Program (if desired): President asks new members to be seated, introduces speaker, and thanks speaker at conclusion.

President: Your initiation into Kappa Omicron Nu signals the potential of your contribution to furthering the ideals of this organization and to improving society through your scholarship, research, and leadership. We challenge you to actualize your potential and to take your place among leaders of your field.

On behalf of the national organization and the ________________ chapter, congratulations to each of you; welcome to Kappa Omicron Nu.

Vice President: And now (pause) we conclude this ceremony and invite you to join with us in our quest for excellence. We invite you also to sign the membership book as your first official act as a new member of Kappa Omicron Nu. (CalI persons individually to receive insignia, certificate, ribbon, and/or flower and to sign the membership book. Do not rush this part as it is the only place in the ceremony where each person is seen individually. Try to place the membership book so that each initiate may be seen clearly by the audience.)

The president, unit administrator, adviser, and faculty representative of each department (or major) should be standing so that they can greet the new initiates after they have signed the membership book.

Kappa Omicron Nu Initiation Guidelines

Due to the human sciences and the various majors and names associated with it, an eclectic approach has been used for the initiation ritual. The opening remarks can personalize the ceremony for each unique academic program.

When should the initiation be held? Consider inviting families of initiates as well as members, faculty, and administration. For some chapters this may mean a weekend day to allow for travel time.

Where should the initiation ceremony be held? Choose the very best facility you can find and afford. Avoid classroom settings. Look for a room which is large enough for the initiates, members, and guests.

What kind of set-up should be used for the initiation? Arrange your room in such a way that people can see and hear as much as possible. Place a table at the front of the room so that officers can stand behind it during the ceremony. A floral arrangement of fresh flowers and lighted candles—if Permitted by state fire regulations—add a special touch. A membership book and pen should be available for signatures during the ceremony.

Who should conduct the ceremony? The ritual is written for two officers. If chapters wish to have more officers involved they may do so by giving parts of the ritual to those individuals. However, the more people involved, the more confusing the ceremony may appear. Officers are urged to thoroughly rehearse the ceremony and determine what seems to be most comfortable and workable. If possible. the ritual should be memorized. If officers do not memorize their parts, they should have read them enough times to be very familiar with the wording. (In this case, the ritual should be printed on 3x5 cards with each section on a different card.)

What should candidates wear? The clothing should in all cases be professional and not casual, for members as well as candidates.

Should insignia, ribbons, and flowers be used? Such memorabilia are not required. They may be used if appropriate and tasteful. Kappa Omicron Nu is not a sorority or fraternity; rather it is a scholastic honor society. Its membership embraces individuals including persons with disability, without regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.

Are songs and prayers suggested? None are encouraged.

How can an initiation be a meaningful experience? Rehearse, practice the pronunciation of all candidates' names, know what each person is doing and saying in the ceremony, and treat the occasion as a special event. It is the responsibility of the chapter officers to conduct the ceremony with ease and dignity so that the meaning and significance of the occasion is experienced by each new member.

What ritual should be used for candidates for professional membership? The language of this ritual can be easily adapted. If candidates for collegiate and professional membership are initiated at the same time, the first statement of the Vice President should be adapted to recognize both categories of membership.

Ritual Committee:

Catharine Porter, Chair; Della Bannister; Jenny Bond; Gwen Cooke; Alice Koenecke; Carmen Laws; Peggy Meszaros; Frances Shipley. Revisions were suggested by Norma Bobbitt and Gwendolyn Paschall.


Kappa Omicron Nu Risk Management Policy

The Risk Management Policy of Kappa Omicron Nu includes the provisions which follow and shall apply to all honor society entities and all levels of honor society membership.

Alcohol and Drugs

1. The possession, use, and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages, during an official event, or in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, county, city, university, and other institutions.

2. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through the chapter treasury nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of or on behalf of the chapter.

3. No chapter members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor.

4. The possession, sale, and/or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances at any chapter sponsored or endorsed event, or at any event that an observer would associate with the honor society, is strictly prohibited.

5. No chapter may co-sponsor an event with a charitable organization, alcohol distributor, or tavern where alcohol is given away, sold, or otherwise provided to those present.

6. No chapter may co-sponsor or co-finance a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups, or organizations.


All chapters shall comply with local fire and health codes and standards for ceremonial and food functions.


No chapter may conduct activities that create embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule, nor any other activities which are not consistent with the regulations and policies of the educational institution.

Civil Rights

Membership in Kappa Omicron Nu is open, without restriction as to race, creed, sex, national origin, conditions of handicap, and sexual orientation.


An annual review of the Risk Management Policy of Kappa Omicron Nu is required of each chapter.

Kappa Omicron Nu Collegiate Membership


1. The Collegiate category of membership includes undergraduate and graduate students duly enrolled in the institution represented by the chapter.

2. Eligibility:

Undergraduate students shall:

  • have declared a major in human sciences or one of the specializations,
  • have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent,
  • rank in the top 25% of their class in the unit.

Graduate students shall:

  • be enrolled in a graduate program in human sciences or one of the specializations,
  • have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent, and
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Any chapter, at its discretion, may establish higher collegiate eligibility criteria.

Election of Members: Chapter policies for election of members must comply with the provisions in the National Kappa Omicron Nu Constitution and Chapter Bylaws. Membership in Kappa Omicron Nu is open to qualified candidates including persons with disability, without regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.


Recruitment: As part of the recruitment process, an informational session is recommended for those interested in membership.

Invitations: Potential members are invited to membership. Chapters are urged to use the official materials to maintain uniform content and quality for recruitment of members. Invitation letterheads with envelopes and two brochures, "Kappa Omicron Nu" and "A Matter of Honor" are available (please see Order Form). Online and printable invitations may be made at

The image of the chapter and the standards of the honor society are reflected through the quality of the locally prepared invitation letter.

Invitations should be issued about one month in advance to assure adequate time for a response. This will allow time to call non-respondents to encourage acceptance and to make arrangements for those who need to pay the fee at a later date.

Orientation: An informal orientation session is recommended for candidates.

The Handbook for New Members is available at

Attendance of candidates, though not mandatory, is encouraged. The Kappa Omicron Nu initiation ceremony shall have three elements:

  • Dignity and beauty in setting and apparel,
  • An impressive ritual, and
  • The pledge of loyalty to the ideals and objectives of Kappa Omicron Nu.

Other aspects of initiation may be planned by each chapter in accordance with its needs and desires.

National Reports: Within two (2) weeks of initiation, each chapter shall file the following forms with the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office:

  • Membership Cards (national portion of duplicate card) OR
  • Alternate form (to include name, maiden name if applicable, permanent address, gender, graduation month/year, status [undergraduate, graduate, professional], degree candidacy, and major)
  • Initiation Remittance Form (Through adviser portal)

Kappa Omicron Nu Professional Membership


The Professional category of membership includes faculty and other alumni not previously initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu or its predecessor societies.

Eligibility: Professionals shall

  • have made a distinctive contribution to the profession,
  • have earned a degree in human sciences or one of its specializations or have earned a degree qualifying them to work in the field, and
  • have a minimum class rank: undergraduate student (upper 25%) or graduate student (3.5 GPA).


Recruitment: Chapters are encouraged to establish a procedure for recruiting professional members. Any active member may nominate a prospective professional member. The Professional Membership Nomination Form shall be submitted to the campus or alumni chapter executive committee which shall determine if the minimum criteria have been met.

Professionals may petition for membership by submitting the Professional Membership Application Form to the National Office. The application will be assigned to the appropriate collegiate or alumni chapter (including the National Alumni Chapter or the International Alumni Chapter) which shall determine if the minimum criteria have been met.

Invitations: Potential members are invited to membership. Chapters are urged to use the official materials to maintain uniform content and quality for recruitment of members. Invitation letterheads with envelopes and two brochures, "Kappa Omicron Nu" and "A Matter of Honor" are available (please see Order Form).

Orientation: An informal orientation session is recommended for new professional members.

The Handbook for New Members is also available. Please see Order Form.

Initiation: Attendance of candidates, though not mandatory, is encouraged. The Kappa Omicron Nu initiation ceremony shall have three elements:

  • Dignity and beauty in setting and apparel,
  • An impressive ritual, and
  • The pledge of loyalty to the ideals and objectives of Kappa Omicron Nu.

Other aspects of initiation may be planned by each chapter in accordance with its needs and desires.

National Reports: Within two (2) weeks of initiation, each chapter shall file the following forms with the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office:

  • Membership Cards (national portion of duplicate card) OR
  • Alternate form (to include name, maiden name if applicable, permanent address, gender, graduation month/year, status [undergraduate, graduate, professional], degree candidacy, and major)
  • Initiation Remittance Form (Through adviser portal)

Honorary Membership: Professionals may also be nominated for Honorary Membership, using the Honorary Membership Nomination Form, and the Honorary Membership Evaluation Form

Kappa Omicron Nu Alumni Chapters


1. Purposes: Alumni chapters provide the means to

  • Support nearby collegiate chapters;
  • Recognize and encourage scholarship, research, and leadership;
  • Maintain contact with Kappa Omicron Nu and contribute to the organization;
  • Keep in touch with and contribute to new philosophical and research developments in human sciences and the various specializations; and
  • Participate in national governance by sending a delegate to Conclave.

2. Membership Eligibility: Any duly initiated member may affiliate with an alumni chapter by paying national and chapter dues.

Membership Recruitment: Alumni chapters are encouraged to establish procedures for recruiting members and for initiating new professional members (see Policies: Professional Membership).

  • National Kappa Omicron Nu supports chapters with recruitment supplies (see order form): Invitation and envelope, "Kappa Omicron Nu" brochure, "A Matter of Honor" brochure.

Criteria for Alumni Chapters in Good Standing: In order to maintain good standing in the Society, Kappa Omicron Nu chapters shall

  • Comply with the National Constitution,
  • Elect a full slate of officers,
  • Maintain current chapter bylaws in the National Office,
  • File Chapter Financial Report (Form 8),
  • File Alumni Chapter Annual Report (Form 11),
  • Submit fees and accurate reports in a timely fashion,
  • and Designate a member as official representative to Conclave.

Procedures for Establishing an Alumni Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu

1. Contact the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office for a charter application.

2. Locate a minimum of fifteen (15) Kappa Omicron Nu members who are interested in establishing an alumni chapter. The Kappa Omicron Nu National Office can supply membership lists for selected ZIP Code areas.

3. Involve nearby collegiate chapters in planning for possible affiliation with the national network: of chapters.

4. Select a committee to identify the name of the chapter (preferably reflecting the city or geographic area) and complete the charter application form.

5. Submit the charter application to the address below for review by the Board of Directors.

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

6. If the application is approved, make arrangements for the chapter installation and charter presentation. A national officer or representative will attend to present the charter. The prospective chapter shall pay all local expenses for installation and for lodging and food expenses of the installing officer(s). If the travel costs exceed the $200.00 reimbursement by National Kappa Omicron Nu, the prospective chapter shall pay the balance.

7. After installation, elect officers, plan a yearly program, set dues, prepare a budget, and develop local bylaws. File this information with the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office.

Application for Establishing an Alumni Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu

presented by

Proposed Name of Chapter:

Area Served by Chapter:


We, the undersigned representatives of the above proposed alumni chapter, present this application to the Board of Directors and Chapters of Kappa Omicron Nu for consideration in granting a Kappa Omicron Nu chapter charter. (List the Chair of the Organizing Committee first.)


Name and Position

Street City, State, ZIP Code

Office Telephone Number

Home Telephone Number


Name and Position

Street City, State, ZIP Code

Office Telephone Number

Home Telephone Number


Name and Position

Street City, State, ZIP Code

Office Telephone Number

Home Telephone Number

File application with

Kappa Omicron Nu, PO Box 798, Okemos, MI 48805-0798
TELEPHONE: (727) 940-2658 ext. 2003

Do you plan to develop the alumni chapter activities in conjunction with a collegiate chapter?

If yes, indicate their response to the proposed chapter.

Needs of Kappa Omicron Nu alumni members or of the profession that support the development of a chapter:

Purpose of Proposed Alumni Chapter:

Proposed schedule of meetings for the first biennium:

Plans for recruitment and retention of members:

Number of potential members in the geographic location for the proposed alumni chapter (the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office can provide this information):

Prospective charter members (identify organizing committee):


Initiate Chapter


Kappa Omicron Nu
Criteria for Collegiate Chapters in Good Standing

In order to maintain good standing in the Society, Kappa Omicron Nu chapters shall

  • Comply with the National Constitution,
  • Elect a full slate of officers,
  • Conduct an annual initiation according to national guidelines,
  • Maintain current chapter bylaws in the National Office,
  • File Chapter Financial Report,
  • File Chapter Annual Report, and
  • Submit fees and accurate reports in a timely fashion.

Note: A Chapter in Good Standing will make every effort to designate a member as official representative to Conclave.

Kappa Omicron Nu Chapter Probation and Suspension


1. Chapters who do not meet the criteria for good standing for two (2) consecutive years shall be considered for a two-year probationary status.

2. A majority vote of the Board of Directors is required for actions related to the status of chapters.

3. At the end of the probationary period, the Board of Directors shall consider suspension of those chapters who have not met the criteria for good standing. Under special circumstances, the probationary period can be extended for one additional year.

4. Chapters on probation are not eligible for participation in national award programs.

5.After one year of suspension, a chapter can apply for reinstatement. After five (5) years on suspension, a chapter shall be removed from active Kappa Omicron Nu status. The Board Chair shall report this action to appropriate officials in the institution.

6. A chapter which has been put on probation three (3) times within ten (10) years shall be considered for suspension.


1. When a chapter is placed on probation, the Board Chair shall notify the chapter president, the chapter adviser(s), and the administrator of the unit in which the chapter is located. The chapter shall be told specifically why it has been placed on probation and the actions needed for reinstatement as a chapter in good standing. The Executive Director shall work with chapters on probation.

2. The probationary status shall be lifted at the end of the two-year period if, at that time, the chapter meets all the requirements for a chapter in good standing.

3. If no improvement is noted after the first year of probation, a letter of warning shall be sent from the Board Chair to the chapter president, the chapter adviser(s), the administrator of the unit in which the chapter is located, and the president/chancellor of the institution. The letter shall state the possibility of suspension and outline steps needed for the chapter to be reinstated in good standing.

4. When a chapter is suspended, the Board Chair shall report the action to the chapter president, chapter adviser(s), administrator of the unit in which the chapter is located, and the president/chancellor of the institution and outline the steps for reinstatement.

Kappa Omicron Nu Fund-Raising Policies

Inasmuch as fund raising is a recurrent concern in chapter management, the following policies and possibilities will help chapters use appropriate and effective methods to generate funds for chapter activities.


1. Specific fund-raising activities by chapters shall provide resources for the purposes of recognizing and encouraging scholarship, research, and leadership.

2. Fund-raising shall he carried out in a manner consistent with standards of excellence and professionalism.

3. Fund-raising activities shall have prior approval of the adviser and comply with college or university policies.

Possibilities for Fund Raising

1. Apply for funds from campus student activity fund.

2. Apply for funds from unit sources, including the alumni office and/or institutional development funds.

3. Encourage contributions by alumni, faculty, and friends for specific purposes.

4. Charge a fee for sponsored workshops or presentations on scholarship, research, and leadership.

5. Include a contribution in the price of a recognition event such as a luncheon or brunch for the purpose of honoring achievement in scholarship, research, and leadership.

6 Provide tutoring services for a fee. Charge a fee for other services related to professional expertise.

7. Assess present budgetary allocations to determine if present expenses can be adjusted so that more money is available for chapter activities.

8. Cooperate with other organizations within the academic unit to sponsor activities that serve mutual goals in order to allocate money for other purposes.

9. Increase chapter dues.

Kappa Omicron Nu
IRS Classification and Tax Return Information

Kappa Omicron Nu is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. National Kappa Omicron Nu has secured tax numbers for each chapter, and the code number should be used in connection with bank accounts or reports for IRS.

For further information, contact the

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

Income Tax Returns

If your chapter's gross receipts are less than $25,000, National will file a 990-N for your chapter. It is important that the annual financial report is filed with the National Office by August 1 each year.


1. Kappa Omicron Nu is a tax-exempt organization operated for the exempt purpose of recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership. In other words, money-making activities must further the purposes of the organization.

2. Money-making activities shall not form a substantial part of the chapter's activities.

3. Money-making activities shall not compete with a taxable organization and shall be carried on only on an intermittent basis. Gifts can be made and claimed as tax deductions by the donors.

4. Chapters shall refrain from allocating a substantial part of its activities to influencing legislation or in participating in a political campaign.

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