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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.

Call for Undergraduate Student Research Papers for presentation at the 2016 AAFCS Annual Meeting

Call for Undergraduate Student Research Papers for presentation at the 2016 AAFCS Annual Meeting in Bellevue, Washington – June 22-25, 2016

Undergraduate student members of Kappa Omicron Nu and Phi Upsilon Omicron are eligible to submit research papers for presentation at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting in Bellevue, Washington. A committee of professionals reviews all submitted research papers, and one will be selected for presentation. Applicants should understand that an award carries the obligation of presenting the paper at the Coordinating Council of Honor Societies Function at the 2016 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting, June 22-25, 2016 in Bellevue, Washington.

Read more here

Summer Internship Opportunity

Kappa Omicron Nu and the Association of College Honor Societies have an exciting opportunity for a summer internship exploring all facets of running an organization and serving a diverse student membership.

Hours, start and end dates are all flexible and a small stipend will be paid. Strong preference will be given to Kappa Omicron Nu members or members of other ACHS certified societies.

Please apply online before May 30, 2015 for summer openings.

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.


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

Leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences

Leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences

—-DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please submit nominations by November 30, 2014—-
Leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences
Call for Nominations, Authors, and Reviewers

Joan McFadden and Ruth Ann Ball in collaboration with Kappa Omicron Nu and Dorothy Mitstifer are undertaking the publication of Leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences to document and recognize individuals who have contributed to advancing the quality and impact of the profession of family and consumer sciences/human sciences. Recognition will be given to educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, and others in the multiple practice settings and content areas who have contributed to the development of the field of study and practice.

Nominations, authors, and reviewers are solicited for biographical and autobiographical manuscripts that recognize contributions that have not been documented in a book. Send an e-mail to to nominate leaders and volunteer as author and/or reviewer. Nominations, authors, and reviewers will be accepted until October 30, 2014 or until such time as book page limit has been reached. Timelines for completion of the first draft will be set with authors.

Read more about Guidelines for Authors and Submission Procedures here.

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.