Omega Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi Receives ACE Award

May 10, 2010

The Omega Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education at Mount Union College recently received the ACE Award (Achieving Chapter Excellence) at the 46th Biennial Convocation held November 1-3 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Established in 1995, the ACE awards program recognizes Kappa Delta Pi chapters that exhibit outstanding programming in support of the Society's mission and strategic goals. Mount Union's chapter is one of only 22 out of 567 chapters nationally to receive this distinction. Initiated in 1999, Dr. Paula Caldwell, associate professor of education has served as counselor for the chapter since 2002.

Outreach and service are a strong part of Mount Union's Omega Iota's mission. One of the chapter's main service projects was geared toward enhancing education in South Africa. The chapter donated school supplies essential for adequately teaching children and nurturing a strong desire to learn. During the holiday season, members worked with Alliance Middle School students on a Blanket Project making fleece blankets for children at Akron Children's Hospital.

Mount Union students Brittany Barber, Aubrey Bowser, Kelly Croysdale, Jennifer DeSantis, Kevin Hogue, Kate Legg, Stephanie Sage, Kate Schoneman, Kate Sciortino, Adam Thomas, Jenna Waid and Lindsey Whittelsey and faculty members Caldwell, Dr. Tom Gannon, Dr. James Infante and Shawn Watters attended the convocation. Gannon, Bowser and Schoneman presented a workshop on 'taking the guesswork out of being hired;' Gannon, along with Waid and DeSantis, also presented 'transforming your classroom to fully engage students' and Watters, Sciortino and Croysdale presented 'connecting with families of children with disabilities.'

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