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Board Members 2018-2019

The votes have been tallied, and we are proud to share that the KON Board of Directors for 2018-2019 will be:

Bridgett Clinton Scott, Chair
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

Janelle Walter, Chair-Elect
Baylor University

Amber Roth, 1st Vice Chair
Carson-Newman University

Crystal Duncan Lane, 2nd Vice Chair
Western Michigan University

Denise Fisher, Secretary
Harding University

Student Board Members:
Victoria (Tori) Williams, St. Catherine’s University
Brynn Carlson, Kansas State University
Ashney Williams, Iowa State University

Congratulations to all, and our thanks for agreeing to serve the members of Kappa Omicron Nu! Thanks also to the members of the nominating committee; Deborah Tippett and Kathleen O’Rourke (co-chairs), Joni Roh, Resa Ware, and Gwen Lucas. We appreciate all you do!

If you are an active member of KON and would like to be considered for a board or committee position, please submit the interest inventory, located at

See more about serving on a committee here:

Call for Undergraduate Student Research Papers for presentation at ScholarCon

Undergraduate students are eligible to submit research manuscripts, papers, and reports for presentation at the 2016 Research Session at ScholarCon, sponsored by Kappa Omicron Nu. (Orlando, FL, June 9-12, 2016)

Research not only bridges the gap between knowledge and experience but has the benefit of laying the groundwork for career exploration and development. The opportunity for undergraduates to participate in a national conference is an added value to the overall educational experience and to the process of self-discovery.


Call for nominations: Kappa Omicron Nu Election, 2015-2016

Nominations are now being accepted for the following Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors and committee positions. Candidates will be voted upon by the full membership in November/December, and new Board members will be seated at the 2016 Board meeting being held January 15-17, 2016.

  • Chair, 2017-2018 (to serve as Chair-Elect during 2016)
  • Vice Chair, 2016-2017
  • Nominating Committee, 2016-2017
  • Editorial Committee, 2016-2018

Qualified candidates will have maintained active membership status in Kappa Omicron Nu for at least the preceding 12 months.

Service to Kappa Omicron Nu offers:

  • Leadership opportunities.
  • Involvement with leaders in the field of family and consumer sciences.
  • Opportunity to promote Kappa Omicron Nu and the holistic nature of the profession.
  • Opportunity to enhance scholarship, research, and leadership in the profession.
  • Networking with chapters and members nationwide.
  • Flexible time commitment as determined by individual interests.
  • Support by National Office staff to carry out responsibilities.

Nominations should include name, contact information, and the position being nominated for, and should be submitted to no later than October 30, 2015.

Kappa Omicron Nu Forum: New Article

History and Potential of Home Economics in the People’s Republic of China: Implications for Philosophy of Practice
By Peng Chen PhD, Higher Vocational Education College, China Women’s University

Abstract: Home Economics in the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) has experienced different stages of development from its introduction in the 1840s, to its cancellation in the 1950s, to its recent reconstruction in 1978 and onward. Home Economics’ history in the P.R.C. is closely related to the nation’s modernization process, and with the evolution of women’s social status (Chen, 2012). This paper begins by describing the ongoing modernization process in China. This is a concern for Home Economics because political and economic reforms deeply shape daily life. Two theoretical frameworks inform this analysis, Chinese critical theory of daily life, and social gender theory. Following an historical overview of the evolution of Home Economics in China, pre-empted with a discussion of women’s education in China, the paper turns to a conversation about the impact this historical context might have on the extant philosophy of Home Economics in China.


Habitat for Humanity International elects Gladys Gary Vaughn to serve as secretary of its board of directors

Gladys-Gary-Vaughn.jpg Habitat for Humanity News Release ATLANTA (Nov. 16, 2009)

Gladys Gary Vaughn, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been elected to serve as secretary of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors. Vaughn was chosen to be an officer of the 25-member board that oversees the organization’s mission of building, rehabilitating and repairing simple, decent housing in partnership with people in need throughout the world.

“My election to this position on Habitat’s board is an opportunity to help families in need of decent housing,” said Vaughn. “I am deeply honored to serve in this capacity and thankful that Habitat has afforded me an opportunity to become a partner in providing access to affordable housing to people in need worldwide.”

Vaughn holds a doctorate in home economics education and administration from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and is the immediate past national president of The Links Incorporated, two of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Vaughn is a past chair of the Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors.

Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service. Board terms are two years and each member may serve up to four terms.

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Rutgers nutrition students share their knowledge during visit to food pantry


New Brunswick – Residents coming to Elijah's Promise for a hot and and healthy meal this week also got a free and fun lesson on how to stay healthy and the importance of nutrition.

Undergraduates students from the Rutgers University chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, the honor society for nutritional science majors, visited the soup kitchen on Thursday, March 26, to talk with Elijah's Promise clients and offer tips on healthy eating.

Melanie Kim, one of about a dozen nutritional science students at the event, said service is an important part of the honor society's goals.

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Global Principles for Social Responsibility

The Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors adopted the Global Principles for Socially Responsible Associations & Nonprofits at its meeting, January 17, 2009. These principles are an outcome of the Global Summit on Social Responsibility sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association LeadershipThe principles include the following themes;

  • Responsible advocacy
  • Environmental and economics sustainability
  • Public protection
  • Diversity
  • Philanthropy/community service
  • Leadership.

Members, chapters, and other human sciences professional associations are invited to commit to these principles. See

Social Responsibility

African American Women: Contributions to the Human Sciences

Available Fall 2008 Editors: Julia R. Miller, Dorothy I. Mitstifer, & Gladys G. Vaughn Sponsors: Kappa Omicron Nu & Coalition for Black Development in Family and Consumer Sciences This book documents the significant contributions of African American women who have contributed to the specializations within the profession and to administration of programs in higher education and extension, among others. Many of these women have been pacesetters in serving not only academic programs, especially in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, but also African American families and communities. For further information, contact: Kappa Omicron Nu 4990 Northwind Drive, Suite 140 East Lansing, MI 48823-5031 517.351.8335

Announcing Fellowships and Grants for 2008-2009

Master's Fellowships

Eileen C. Maddex Fellowship – Ellen K. Knowles (Omicron Beta Epsilon) – University of Southern California – Historic Preservation

Doctoral Fellowships

Hettie Margaret Anthony Fellowship – Shannon Beth Wanless (Omicron Lambda) – Oregon State University – Human Development & Family Sciences

Omicron Nu Research Fellowship – Virginia M. Quick (Omicron Beta Alpha) – Rutgers University – Community Nutrition


Research/Project Grant New Initiatives Grant – Carol Darling, Ming Cui, Shridhar Sathe, Marsha Rehm – Florida State University – Adolescent Health and Well-being: The Role of Overindulgent Parenting

Special Undergraduate Scholarship LeaderShape Institute – Amanda Allegra (Omicron Beta Epsilon) – CSU-Northridge

Special Professional Award New Orleans Learning Inquiry with Margaret Wheatley – Barbara McFall (Omicron Beta Zeta) – West Virginia University