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Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society

CalU Captures Chapter Award of Excellence for 2008-09 and 2011-2012

Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) is a national honor society that represents specializations in the Human Sciences. Kappa Omicron Nu is committed to recognizing and encouraging individuals seeking a lifelong commitment to an exceptional standard of ethics and scholarship.  Kappa Omicron Nu consists of more than 142,000 members worldwide, has 96 active chapters, and 3 alumni chapters/clubs.  Kappa Omicron Nu has been a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) since 1951 became founded in 1990 when two honor societies 1) Omicron Nu (1951) and 2) Nu Omicron Phi (1972) merged to become one national honor society known as KON. For an overview of Kappa Omicron Nu, please refer to the following website: http://www.achsnatl.org/society.asp?Society=kon.

The mission of the organization is to recognize and encourage excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership development in the human sciences.  The men and women who qualify for membership in Kappa Omicron Nu have distinguished themselves with notable achievement.  To be eligible for membership an individual must have made a distinctive contribution to the profession, earned one or more degrees in the health sciences, and maintained a minimum undergraduate and graduate 3.5 GPA.  Membership into Kappa Omicron Nu recognizes the outstanding effort and dedication of such individuals.

The Nu Omicron chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu was established in the Spring of 2004 at California University of Pennsylvania.  The inaugural induction ceremony was held on April 20, 2005 to recognize the charter members of the organization and welcome new members into the chapter, including four undergraduates, eight graduate students, 12 faculty members, and 18 members from 2004.  We were honored to have President Angelo Armenti, Jr. and Dean Geraldine Jones speak on the importance of honor societies in the university.  Special guest Dr. Dorothy Mistifer, Executive Director of Kappa Omicron Nu, presided over the induction of new members and recognized the charter members.

Inductions occur annually in the spring semester.  For a review of all inductees since 2004, one may go to the Files in the column to the left and find theKON Members Induction 13. Any student in the human sciences that meet the KON criterion and attend Cal U may contact the President or Adviser of Nu Omicron and complete an application (see applications in the Forms category).  All applications will be reviewed in early January.   Eligible inductees will be notified by the President and will be invited to attend the spring induction ceremony. 

Awards for our Members and Chapter

  1. Chapter Award of Excellence for 2008-09

  2. Chapter Award of Excellence for 2011-2012

  3. Featured Chapter for KON website Spring 2013

  4. Nicole (Nikki) Gaton was selected as the Member Spotlight on the KON website Spring 2013 

  5. Kaitlyn Sippel presentation award for the 2012 KON Conclave in East Lansing, MI

KON Publications in the URJHS (Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences)

Kristen  Michelle Stash (Advisor: Dr. Joni Roh)  Volume 7, 2008:  The Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation Adherence in Collegiate Athletes

Heather L. Orndorff (Advisors: Dr. Joni Roh & Dr. Rebecca Hess)  Volume 8, 2009:  Athletic Participation Limitations of the Down’s Syndrome Population

Aimee N. Thompson (Advisors: Dr. C. Biddington & Dr. Roh) Volume 12, 2013: Athletes and Pulmonary Embolism

Kaitlyn Sippel ** (Advisor: Dr. Roh) Volume 12, 2013: Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric and Adolescent Overuse Injuries

** Also presented at the 2012 KON Conclave in East Lansing (received $350 honorarium and travel expenses and received presentation award)

Kirstie Pistner (Adivisor: Dr. Hess) Volume 12, 2013: Treatment of Exercise Induced Rabdomyolysis


Guest Editor and Project Coordinator: Rebecca Hess, PhD (Volume 9) Selected Topics in Athletic Training

  1. Courtney Footskulak (Advisor: Dr. Hess)  Volume 9, 2010?The Importance of Female Athlete Triad Screenings in Athletic Training

  2. Greg Harrison (Advisor: Dr. Hess)  Volume 9, 2010: Efficacy and Validity of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

  3. Deirdre McFate (Advisor: Dr. Hess) Volume 9, 2010: The Role of Stretching in a Warm-Up

  4. Erica D. Carlyn Stuart (Advisor: Dr. Hess) Volume 9, 2010: The Roles of Kinesio Tape®

  5. Lesley Willis (Advisor: Dr. Hess) Volume 9, 2010: Accuracy and Reliability of Core Temperature – Measurement Tools in Identifying Heat-Related Illnesses in Athletes 

 

Guest Editor and Project Coordinator: Rebecca Hess, PhD Current and Potential Practices in Athletic Training

  1. Katie Ramsdell (Advisor: Dr. Hess) Volume 10, 2011: A Review of the McKenzie Method of Spinal Rehabilitation & Education

  2. Sean Rentler (Advisor: Dr. Hess) Volume 10, 2011: Effectiveness on Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Athletic Injuries

  3. Chris Parker (Advisor: Dr. Hess) Volume 10, 2011: Sport-related Concussions: Methods of Diagnosis, Current Assessment and Management Trends in AT, and the Role the ImPACT Testing.

  4. Meredith Decker (Advisor: Dr. Hess) Volume 10, 2011: Effects of Hydration on Athletic Performance.

Newly elected officers for the 2013-2014 academic year are:

  • Drew Slocum - President

    Angelica Nunenz - President Elect

  • Virgnina Tinkey  – Vice President

  • Megan Muth – Secretary/Historian

  • Chelsea Eckels – Treasurer

  • Dr. Joni Roh - Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Carol M. Biddington - Faculty Co-Advisor

What is Human Sciences

  • As an academic framework the Human Sciences provide multidisciplinary education, research, and service focused on individuals, families, communities, and their health and environments for the purpose of improving and enhancing the quality of living.
  • The Human Sciences signify a commitment to improving social justice and developing more desirable relations in communities, organizations, and the wider society for the benefit of all. 

  • Representing the Human Sciences and a philosophy of improving the quality of living, membership in Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society is available to 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

Frequently Asked Questions about Kappa Omicron Nu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the benefits of membership in Kappa Omicron Nu? 
  • What is an honor society?
    • Honor Societies exist for one primary purpose: to encourage and honor superior scholarship and leadership achievement. more... 
  • What is Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society?
  • Kappa Omicron Nu is a member of the Association of College of Honor Societies (ACHS). The mission of ACHS is to build a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance.

  • What is Human Sciences?
  •  
    • As an academic framework the Human Sciences provide multidisciplinary education, research, and service focused on individuals, families, communities, and their health and environments for the purpose of improving and enhancing the quality of living.
    • The Human Sciences signify a commitment to improving social justice and developing more desirable relations in communities, organizations, and the wider society for the benefit of all. 
    • Representing the Human Sciences and a philosophy of improving the quality of living, membership in Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society is available to 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.  
  • What is the mission of KON?
    • The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu is empowered leaders who use an integrative approach to enhance quality of living. The mission will enable the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st century. more... 
       
  • What are the membership requirements?
    • Details of membership eligibility can be found here.
       
  • How do I join?
    • Potential members are invited to membership by existing chapters. See the existing chapter list here. Guidelines for the establishment of a new chapter may be found here.
       
  • How can I renew my membership?
  • How can I contact KON?  

Elsewhere on the website:

KON mini-sites:

The Organization and Purpose of Kappa Omicron Nu

Kappa Omicron Nu was established on February 21, 1990 by the consolidation of Kappa Omicron Phi and Omicron Nu. Following a successful three-year collaboration as an Administrative Merger, Kappa Omicron Nu was structured to realize the synergistic benefits of two strong organizations. Headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan, Kappa Omicron Nu is located close to the Michigan State University campus, the founding institution of Omicron Nu.

Purpose

The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society is empowered leaders through scholarship, research, and leadership. This mission will enhance the ability of the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st century.

Governance

Kappa Omicron Nu has adopted the Policy GovernanceÒ model by which the Board of Directors achieves what it should while avoiding unacceptable circumstances and actions. Four categories of policies include ends, executive limitations, board process, and board-staff linkage. The effects of Policy GovernanceÒ are clarity of values, focus on results rather than administrative process, empowerment of executive authority, and enhanced board-owner relationship. The Board includes Chair, Chair Elect, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, Secretary, and three Student Board Members. The Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Board. The Board officers are elected by a mail ballot to all active members, and the Biennial Conclave Assembly of Delegates elects the Student Board Members and sets authority for organizational affairs.

Membership

Undergraduate students shall have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in the top 25 percent of their class. Graduate students shall have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Professionals not previously initiated into the honor society and those with degrees outside the profession but making distinctive contributions are eligible, based upon minimum undergraduate or graduate student criteria.

Major Activities

Kappa Omicron Nu awards $150-500 in scholar program grants to each chapter once each biennium. Fellowships and grants in excess of $30,000 are awarded each year. Chapter programming focuses on a national program theme and scholarly priorities, including undergraduate writing, ethics, mentoring, cultural diversity, leadership, and undergraduate research. The Web site, www.kon.org, is designed to support the development of a learning community. The Leadership Academy sponsors innovative programs and leadership development, including online courses. In collaboration with the Undergraduate Research Community for the Human Sciences, Kappa Omicron Nu sponsors an undergraduate research conference. The Online Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences was introduced in Spring 2002.

Publications

The Society publishes Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM, a refereed, thematic scholarly journal, and Kappa Omicron Nu Dialogue, a substantive newsletter featuring issues, program themes, announcements, and awards. FORUM has featured a series of “Legacies for the Future,” which tells the stories of leaders who helped to develop the field of human sciences. Other themes have focused on the concepts of community, collaboration, empowerment, and leadership. Online volumes of FORUM have expanded outreach of Kappa Omicron Nu publications. An online newsletter, Kappa Omicron Nu Spotlight, serves as the annual report of Kappa Omicron Nu activities. The online Collegiate Member Newsletter features items of special interest to students.

History

Omicron Nu was founded in 1912 at Michigan Agricultural College, now Michigan State University. Faculty members were familiar with other honor societies, so Dean Maude Gilchrist and faculty decided to recognize home economics scholarship. The purposes of promoting scholarship, research, and leadership were the motivating factors behind its expansion to other campuses across the country.

Kappa Omicron Phi was formed ten years later in 1922 at Northwest Missouri State Teacher College, Maryville, now Northwest Missouri State University. Emphasis was placed not only on intellectual and scholastic excellence but also upon personal development—intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and aesthetic qualities.

Contributions

Kappa Omicron Nu gives voice to advocacy for scholarship; clarity to the quest for excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership; leadership to a sizable scholarly community in the human sciences; emphasis to examining the responsibility of scholars to professional practice and society; commitment to enriching the intellectual environment through its local and national initiatives; and priority to innovative and enhanced services. Kappa Omicron Nu has provided leadership for collaboration among various organizations within the human sciences in leadership development, in strategic thinking about the future of the field in higher education, and in undergraduate research.

Dorothy I. Mitstifer, Executive Director

For More Information:

Call the Kappa Omicron Nu National Office at 517.351.8335e-mail usor address message to:

Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
4990 Northwind Drive, Suite 140
East Lansing, MI 48823-5031
Facsimile: 517.351.8336


Handbook for New Members

Kappa Omicron Nu, Incorporated 
Revised 2013
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Table of Contents

History Benefits of Membership
Mission Risk Management Policy
Means for Accomplishing Mission Directory: Board of Directors
Meaning of Membership Fellowships and Grants
Collegiate Membership Chapter Roll
Professional Membership Constitution
Financial Obligations Back to Chapter Handbook

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Kappa Omicron Nu National Office
4990 Northwind Drive, Suite 140 • East Lansing, Michigan 48823-5031
Telephone: (517) 351-8335 • FAX: (517) 351-8336
E-mail: dmitstifer@kon.org • http:\\www.kon.org

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Information and Forms for Members

 

Kappa Omicron Nu Inducted Members 



Kappa Omicron Nu Induction Photos

View the Kappa Omicron Nu Induction Photos from years past (2005, 2006, 2007).

KON By-Laws

View the Kappa Omicron Nu By-Laws updated 2009.

Student Code of Ethics

View the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program Student Code of Ethics designed by the Athletic Training Members of KON and approved by the Program Director.

News

View our selection of Athletic Training related press releases.

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