Rick Wilkinson was elected to the Executive Board (as secretary) of the Central Federation of the International Association of Hospitality and Tourism Educators. The federation consists of approximately 160 educators from 50 four year and two year programs across 14 states in the central part of the United States. His term officially starts in July 2014 as part of the international association’s annual conference in San Diego.
Lisa Brooks, PhD, RD was selected to serve as the Commencement Marshall for the spring 2014 graduation ceremony.
Lisa Brooks, Assistant Professor in Hospitality Management, and Jeff Oetting, Interim Director of the Business Solutions Center, organized a Restaurant Leadership Conference that was held on April 4, 2104. The conference focused on leadership principles from industry experts. Speakers included Mr. Mike Murphy, owner of Charlie Parker’s Diner in Springfield, IL; Chef Niall, owner of Firefly Grill in Effingham, IL; and, Mr. Jason Hodges, the GM of Olive Garden in Champaign, IL. Approximately 200 students attended the event.
Carole Corder was selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Preceptor Award. This award recognizes the vital contributions that she has made to the dietetics profession. This is quite an honor as only seven awardees are chosen from numerous nominations across the country. Congratulations to Carole!
Serving in the role as the Chair of the National Board of Directors for Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Dr. Kathleen O’Rourke installed a new chapter of the honor society at California State University-Sacramento on March 20, 2014. She presented the Nu Alpha Delta chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society with their new charter. Dr. O’Rourke took part in the initiation of the chapter’s 36 new members, presented the ceremony’s keynote address – “Values of Leadership”, and installed the chapter’s executive student officers.
Kappa Omicron Nu is the leading honor society for students in the human sciences. Kappa Omicron Nu chapters are located in over 90 colleges and universities that offer a strong human sciences program. The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu is empowered leaders who use an integrative approach to enhance quality of living through excellence in scholarship, leadership, and research. Kappa Omicron Nu values recognition, reward, advancement, and strong affiliation networks. These ends enhance the ability of the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st century. To learn more about Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, visit www.kon.org
Dr. O’Rourke has been a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society since 1993, when she was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Theta chapter as a student member at Eastern Illinois University. As a student, she held the offices of Chapter President and Vice President. Currently, Dr. O’Rourke is the Faculty Co-Adviser of KON’s Kappa Alpha Theta chapter in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences and has held this position since 2002. Dr. O’Rourke’s term as Chair of the National Board of Directors will conclude in December 2014.
Sonja Foster’s Family in Social Change class participated in the #RapeCultureIsWhen Twitter campaign. Students were required to provide at least one tweet addressing the issue and respond to at least two other tweets. Students submitted a reflection paper on the activity and the use of social media in raising awareness on issues such as this. This activity was conducted as a part of the discussion on violence in families.
Lisa Moyer and Christine Czapek presented their research at the National Council on Undergraduate Research on the University of Kentucky’s campus in Lexington. The title of the presentation was Keep calm and cope on: How families cope with childhood cancer. The research was selected through a competitive review process.