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LeaderShape 2014


by Alyssa Willis, Omicron Beta Theta

It’s hard to describe an experience that changes your life. For that reason, LeaderShape is difficult to describe. At the institute, I was allowed to not only be myself, but also grow into a more self aware and open-minded person. In one week I was able to meet future leaders of our country. Everyone at LeaderShape was all of similar ages and had ideas that could absolutely change our world for the better.

At first, it is always scary to be open to complete strangers. However, the environment that was created within our family cluster allowed me to talk openly and honestly with a small group of peers that always were engaged with what I had to say. They helped me develop my ideas and future goals by asking thoughtful questions. Being a leader, you must be accepting of isolation or criticism. At LeaderShape, I felt neither. The other students were accepting of everyone’s thoughts while also providing helpful feedback.

Throughout the week we were asked to complete different tasks that forced us to look deep into ourselves and be critical thinkers. I felt like I was challenged in a way that pushed me out of my comfort zone but I was always intrigued to stay engaged to the discussions and activities. I am extremely grateful that I was given the opportunity to attend LeaderShape because of Kappa Omicron Nu. Not only did I feel that I grew as a future leader, but I made friends and contacts that will last me a lifetime, and that is priceless.

Kappa Omicron Nu Awards for 2015-2016

  • Master’s Fellowship

Eileen C. Maddex Fellowship—$2,000 awarded annually from an endowment in the         Omicron Nu Fellowship Fund in honor of her contributions as Omicron Nu Executive Director.

National Alumni Fellowship–$2,000 awarded biennially by the National Alumni Chapter.

  • Doctoral Fellowships

Hettie Margaret Anthony Fellowship—$2,000 awarded for doctoral study from the Kappa Omicron Phi Fellowship Fund in honor of her as founder of Kappa Omicron Phi at Northwest Missouri State.

Omicron Nu Research Fellowship—$2,000 awarded annually for doctoral research from the Omicron Nu Fellowship Fund.

Betty Jeanne Root Fellowship—$2,000 awarded biennially for doctoral research.

Marjorie M. Brown Fellowship—four classifications of critical science research awards are available; one award among these alternatives will be granted annually – $10,000.

  • Research/Project Grants Cross-specialization and integrative research is the research priority for the honor society. Multi-year proposals will be considered.

National Alumni Chapter Grant—$1000 awarded annually as a project of the National Alumni Chapter.

New Initiatives Grant—$3,000—awarded annually from the Kappa Omicron Nu New Initiatives Fund.

Kappa Omicron Nu/Ruth E. Hawthorne Research Grant–$3,000—awarded to tenure track assistant professors seeking support for a research/creative activities agenda.

  • Chapter and Undergraduate Member Awards

LeaderShape Institute Award
Service-Learning Grant Program – 2 @ $500
School Bullying Undergraduate Research Grant Program – 2 @ $500
Scholar ProgramVariable Grants to chapters
Program Awards – Total – $2,000
     Kids & Careers
     Undergraduate Research Chapter Project
     Social Responsibility – Taking It To the Streets
     Social Responsibility – Bullying Initiative
     Undergraduate ResearchThree annual $300 awards with matching awards for
mentors. Class papers, independent research papers, and creative projects are eligible
for the reward.

2014-15 Fellowship & Grant Awards Recipients

Omicron Nu Eileen C. Maddex Master’s Fellowhip
Kelsie Nicole Doty – (Omicron Theta), Kansas State University – “Colorfastness of Natural Dyes Derived from Black Walnut, Osage Orange, Eastern Red Cedar, Mahogany, and California Redwood Mill Waste on 30/2 Wool Yarns.”
Ruth E. Hawthorne Research Grant
Crystal Duncan Lane – (Kappa Alpha Theta), Eastern Illinois University – “In the Shadow of the Ribbon: Experiences of Women with Stage IV Breast Cancer.”
National Alumni Grant and the Kappa Omicron Nu New Initiatives Grant
Virginia Vincenti – (Omicron Tau), University of Wyoming – “Understanding Elder Financial Exploitation in the Family: Identifying Relational Complexities.” Collaborators on the project include Axton E. Betz-Hamilton (Eastern Illinois University), Karen P. Goebel (University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Donovan P. Rudisuhle (Laramie, WY).
Undergraduate Research Award
Zachary Grunewald (Omicron Pi) and Mentor (Dr. Arturo Figueroa) of Florida State University – “The Effects of Oral L-Citrulline and Caffeine Supplementation on Arterial Function in Healthy Males.”
Undergraduate Research Award
Rebecca Walker (Kappa Delta Rho) and Mentor (Dr. Catherine Anstrom) of Olivet Nazarene University – “Nutritional Profiling Systems: Can They Be Implemented in Subsidiary Food Pantries for Reducing Nutrient Deficiencies among the Elderly?”
LeaderShape Institute Award
Alyssa Rose Willis – (Omicron Beta Theta) of Montclair State University
Chapter Scholar Program Grants – $15,000

CCHS Award Presenter

Kelsie Doty, Omicron Theta member of Kappa Omicron Nu at Kansas State University, presented her research at the Coordinating Council of Honor Societies Luncheon at the American Association of Family and Consumers Sciences in Houston, June 28, 2013. Kelsie’s research compared mordanted and nonmordanted cotton and wool fabrics (dyed with black walnut leaves, hulls, and bark) for colorfastness. She will continue study at K-State for her master’s and doctoral degrees.
CCHS offers an annual award for undergraduate research. Look for the announcement for the next award for presentation in St. Louis.

Kappa Omicron Nu Grant Awards

Crystal Duncan Lane of Eastern Illinois University was recently awarded the Kappa Omicron Nu Ruth E. Hawthorne Research Grant in the amount of $3,000 and the National Alumni Chapter Grant in the amount of $1,000 for a research project entitled “Tracing the Pink Ribbon: Investigating Family Resilience in Women with a History of Breast Cancer.” The objective of the research is to gain a better understanding of how resilience mediates the impact of adversity on family health.
Congratulations, Crystal.

Nu Nu Chapter in the SUUNEWS

Stephanie George, a senior nutrition major from Alpine, is president of Kappa Omicron Nu, an honor society for junior and senior family life and human development majors. She said SUU’s chapter focuses on professional development, service and improving leadership skills to prepare for graduate school.
“I’ve learned so much from the leadership positions,” she said. “I’m not afraid to go to grad school, and I feel confident with going on to the next stage in my life.”
George said being involved with the club has helped her make connections with people on and off SUU’s campus. She said the club invites professionals from different occupational fields to give advice, and the club also provides service to elementary schools and other organizations in the community.
Excerpt from “National Chapters Provide Students with Recognition,” SUUNEWS, Southern Utah University – March 27, 2013

KON Fellowship Recipient

Jennifer Doty of the University of Minnesota-St. Paul has been awarded a $4000 fellowship grant for her doctoral work in Family Science. Jennifer is studying the moderating effect of close relationships on family social capital and child outcomes. She completed her undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and her master’s work at Northern Illinois University.
Congratulations, Jennifer.

New KON Student Board Members

The Kappa Omicron Nu Conclave Assembly of Delegates elected the following student members for the next two years.

  • Grace Chee (Omicron Alpha Chapter) – doctoral student at Michigan State University – Human Development and Family Studies

  • Brittany Cowdery (Nu Delta Chapter) – undergraduate student at Harding University – FCS Education

  • Megan Jackson (Kappa Alpha Theta Chapter) – graduate student at Eastern Illinois University – Gerontology

Video Premiered at Centennial

The video, Omicron Nu: A Celebration of 100 Years, was shown to Conclave delegates at the Thursday, August 9, 2012 dinner to fulfill the theme of Honor the Past. The video was written by Lisa Wooten Booth and Dorothy I. Mitstifer and produced by Brian Booth of The video is available by clicking on the Centennial link on the KON Homepage, Also available on that link are photo galleries of the Conclave events.