A Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society Publication

Volume 1, Issue 2 - Fall, 2003


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Announcing New Online
Collegiate Member Newsletter

Joining the other official publications of Kappa Omicron Nu, the Collegiate Member Newsletter fills an important membership niche: the active members of college chapters. Kappa Omicron Nu Dialogue serves all members as a newsletter, Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM is the peer-reviewed journal, Kappa Omicron Nu Spotlight communicates an overview of the annual activities to special groups and meetings, and the Kappa Omicron Nu Chapter Newsletter keeps chapters informed of current news, new initiatives, programming ideas, and deadlines. This set of publications demonstrates that communication is an important responsibility of the KON leadership for linking with the ownership.

Although the publications serve all membership categories, this new online publication will directly speak to the interests and concerns of undergraduate and graduate students. The Collegiate Member Newsletter is the outcome of Board discussion and implemented by Tambra Stevenson and Dorothy Mitstifer with the help of Lisa Wootton Booth's design expertise. A link to this publication can be found on the scrolling index on the Kappa Omicron Nu Home Page.

Announcing New Student Board Members

Erika C. Barnhart - Senior, East Carolina University

I am so pleased to have the opportunity to serve as a Student Board Member for KON. I am studying Human Development and Family Services in the College of Human Ecology and also serve as president of the Nu Iota Chapter. I am anxious to graduate next May to continue my studies on a professional level and know this experience will prove beneficial.

I would like to remind everyone from Conclave of the amazing experience we had. I hope that you all will stay motivated and start this new school year as empowered leaders of your local chapters. Take with you what we learned, and when times are challenging perhaps you can look back on the group sharing activities we participated in at the end of Conclave. I hope this will help you to remember what KON's mission is and why it is so important.

Renee Santos - Senior, Baylor University

I will be graduating in December with a degree in Fashion Design with a minor in Business Administration. My plans are to seek employment after graduation.

I feel very honored to be elected as a Student Board Member. I look forward to working in collaborative efforts to accomplish the mission of Kappa Omicron Nu and to meeting delegates at the 2005 Conclave and Undergraduate Research Conference.

Catherine (Cathy) Schon - Junior, Carson-Newman College

I am studying Interior Design and am a member of the Women's Soccer team. My hope is to go to graduate school once I graduate and get a Masters in Architecture.

The Conclave was an awarding experience for me. I learned so much about KON. I was just initiated last spring so Conclave was very informative for me. The purpose of KON is so much more understandable now that I've attended Conclave, and I would recommend it to anyone who has the chance. I met so many amazing people and learned a lot as well.

Kids & FCS Announcing
Kids and Family & Consumer Sciences: Career Awareness for Schoolchildren Ages 9-12

This program has been developed by Kappa Omicron Nu to give college students and professionals the resources necessary to share hands-on Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) experiences with schoolchildren ages 9-12. This program intends to make a contribution to understanding of family and consumer sciences careers by showing children that:

  • FCS makes important contributions to everyday life.

  • Children can use FCS knowledge to improve their lives.

  • Careers in FCS can be fun and satisfying.

How does the program work?

The Kids & Family & Consumer Sciences program provides college students and professionals with a wide variety of hands-on FCS activities and demonstrations that are safe and age-appropriate. Existing activities will be collected in a central resource. Each activity will conclude with a short description of the applicable career, including how specialized knowledge is used in professional practice.

Announcing Chapter Web Site Template

Two chapters have already served as pilots for this new service. Contact the National Office to download our free chapter website template so that you can establish your own web presence via your university's server. The components of the template include a Home Page, links to National Kappa Omicron Nu and external FCS/student resources, an About Our Chapter page (short history to be developed by local chapter), Chapter Officers and Addresses, and your chapter's local events Calendar. The site is designed to require little or no design work and a minimum of local maintenance. However, you must be willing to commit to its upkeep prior to download. See the announcement in the scrolling newsreader at the bottom of the KON homepage.

Delegate Forum at Conclave

The Delegate Forum gave members (owners) the direct opportunity to communicate values and discuss benefits, issues, and service of Kappa Omicron Nu. The Board has a responsibility to educate itself regarding the values held by the members it represents and shall act always under the influence of those values. Thus, the following data will guide the Board during the next biennium.


  • Active membership through conducting required programs and developing relationships
  • Knowledge about specializations within FCS/Human Sciences
  • Academic achievement

Priority Needs

  • Program resources and chapter guidance
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Continuing education at all levels


  • Knowledge of and collaboration among majors
  • Lifelong learning
  • Public speaking tips and experience

The Board of Directors will be exploring how to use this feedback to enhance Kappa Omicron Nu programs and services. Specific implementation ideas are appreciated, so empower yourself to contribute.

Learning from the Road Runner

The spirit of the Road Runner is about progress, not tradition. Coyotes say "It won't work" but Road Runners say "Why not? Let's invent some new rules."

From Beep! Beep! Competing in the Age of the Road Runner by Chip R. Bell & Oren Harari (2000).

Kappa Omicron Nu Collegiate Member Newsletter, Volume 1, No. 2 — Executive Director and Editor: Dorothy I. Mitstifer. © Copyright 2003 by Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, PO Box 798, Okemos, MI 48805-0798. Telephone: 517.351.8335 — — e-mail: info@kon.org.