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  Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society at Cal U

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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:

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 and be in the top 25%.  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 the KON 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. 

Current Officers for 2013-14 Academic Year

President:  Drew Slocum

President Elect:   Angelica Nunez

Vice President:   Virginia Tinkey

Treasurer:  Chelsea Eckels

Secretary/Historian:  Megan Muth

Dr. Joni Roh - Faculty Advisor

Dr. Carol M. Biddington - Faculty Co-Advisor

Dr. Rebeca A. Hess - Undergraduate Research Committee Chair (URC)

Awards for our Members and Chapter

  1. Chapter Award of Excellence for 2008-09 *
  2. Chapter Award of Excellence for 2011-2012 *
  3. Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh elected as the 2nd vice Chair for Kappa Omicron Nu January 2012-2014
  4. Featured Chapter for KON website March 2013
  5. Nicole (Nikki) Gaton was selected as the Member Spotlight on the KON website April 2013 
  6. Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh nominated for the KON Outstanding Advisor Award (TBD and awarded at National meeting summer 2014).
  7. Kaitlyn Sippel presentation award for the 2012 KON Conclave in East Lansing, MI
  8. Drew Slocum was selected as the Member Spotlight on the KON website January 2014
  9. Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh elected as the vice Chair for Kappa Omicron Nu starting January 2014
  10. Catherine Bashioum was selected by her peers for the Nu Omicron Chapter Leadership Award (2013-14)
  11. Virginia Tinkey was selected by her peers for the Nu Omicron Chapter Community Service Award (2013-14)
  12. Drew Slocum was selected by his peers for the Nu Omicron Chapter Research Award (2013-14)

* Chapter Excellence awards are determined by a committee who reviews each chapter’s annual report which consists of the member’s involvement in leadership activities, community service activities, required programs to promote national awareness (such as H1N1, Antibullying, and Childhood Obesity), research, financial report, outcomes measures and chapter planning for future to name a few.


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


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.

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



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