This is the first year that the awards are being given on an annual basis; historically, awards have been granted biennially and announced at the Society's Convocation.
"For the first time in the history of our awards program, KDP offered annual awards to recognize outgoing chapter leaders and members for their service to the Society," said Chris Beaman, Assistant Director of Membership & Chapter Services at Kappa Delta Pi. "Reading through the submissions was a huge privilege for the staff, as we were able to read accounts of the incredible impact our chapters and chapter leaders are having on their communities, peers, students, and the education profession."
The awards program consists of Chapter Programming awards, given for excellence in community service, professional development, fundraising, membership, and communication; the Phoenix Award for chapter improvement; the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award, which honors current or immediate past chapter officers who display the ideals of KDP; and the Regional Chapter Counselor Award, which recognizes counselors in each region who provide exceptional guidance and mentorship to chapter members.
"I am in awe of the experiences that these honored chapters are providing for their members," Beaman said. "They are filled with selfless, honorable pre- and in-service educators. Congratulations to all of our award recipients."
Chapter Program Awards
Gannon University, Growing Readers, Counselor Dr. Robin Quick
Manhattan College, Safe Halloween, Counselor Dr. Raymond Meagher
SUNY-New Paltz, A Voice to Remember, Counselor E. Kim Strauss
Temple University, Duckrey Elementary Library Project, Counselors Jason Bozzone and Janine Warnas
Keene State College, Inspiring Conversations in Education (ICE) Conference, Counselor Dr. Darrell Hucks
Marian University, Fond du Lac, Celebrating the Strengths of Individuals with Disabilities Beyond the Boundaries of Autism: Life Lessons Learned, Counselors Drs. Aida Michlowski and Donna Innes
Mercyhurst University, Teaching and Learning Expo, Counselor Dr. Kathleen Bukowski
Mount Saint Mary College, Wonderful World of Websites: An Introduction to Technology for the Common Core, Counselor Dr. Ludmilla Smirnova
Rowan University, Programming Calendar, Counselors Drs. Corrine Meredith and Martha Viator
Seton Hall University, Interventions with Autistic Spectrum Disorder Students, Counselor Omayra Arocho
St. John's University, Queens, Temple Grandin, Counselor Charisse Willis
Stevenson University, We All Learn, Counselors Dr. Clotile Galbraith and Jill Suffel
The College of New Jersey, Conference for Aspiring Teachers 2014, Counselor Dr. Anthony Conte
St. John's University, Queens, AVON, Counselor Charisse Willis
St. John's University, Queens, Membership Recruitment, Counselor Charisse Willis
Temple University, Membership Recruitment, Counselors Jason Bozzone and Janine Warnas
University of Mississippi, Membership Recruitment, Counselors Drs. Fannye Love and Virginia Moore
The Phoenix Award for Chapter Improvement
No recipients for the 2014 awards cycle.
Distinguished Chapter Officer Award
Jordan Ahmay, Marian University, President
Cameron Dickson, St. John's University, Queens, Co-Vice President
Elise Faucheux, Tulane University Alumni Chapter, Foundation Representative
Nicholas Kliminski, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, President
Lauren McVey, Rowan University, Vice President of Membership & Alumni and Graduate Liaison
Nicole Simon, Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, President
Christina Tenore, Seton Hall University, President
Aston Thompson, University of North Texas, Treasurer
Regional Chapter Counselor Award
Community Colleges: Lisa Self, Tarrant County College–Northeast
Midwest: Dr. Julie Hentges, University of Central Missouri
Northeast: Charisse Willis, St. John's University, Queens
Southeast: Dr. Arleen Mariotti, University of South Florida
West: Dr. Christine Purkiss, Angelo State University
About Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of nearly 40,000 worldwide.