A teacher, a Falcon, and a Kadelpian for life.

A few weeks ago, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Dr. Dawn Shinew, contacted me and asked if Kappa Delta Pi members would be interested in meeting Muriel Hutchinson Strebe and honoring her at a Classroom Dedication ceremony.

After some inquiring, I learned that Mrs. Strebe was a successful elementary school teacher and had made Bowling Green State University the beneficiary in her estate plan as well as established the Muriel Hutchinson Strebe Scholarship for students entering the College of Education. So, naturally, I agreed, looking for any opportunity to demonstrate Kappa Delta Pi’s support of fellow educators.

After rallying the KDP members that were available during the day on a Friday, we made our way to a personal meet and greet with Mrs. Strebe, taking our seats at a round conference table on the fourth floor of the Education Building, waiting for this generous woman who was being honored throughout the College of Education.

Then she walks in.

Muriel Strebe.

Dressed in orange with a large golden medal hanging around her neck.

Helping her in is Dean Shinew, along with the college assistants who have been with her the whole day. She smiles at us and laughs, explaining that golden medal meant that she was a “Golden Falcon,” an award she won for being an involved alumnus.

She is remarkable, so excited to talk to fellow education students—students to whom she has given so much.

14457321_1659164627728061_5365316323270890690_nAfter she sits down, I introduce myself and tell her that I am President of our campus chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.

She said, “Yes, I was a part of this chapter when I went to school here.” I look at her, astonished, and then I look at the dean. I couldn’t believe it. This incredibly gracious woman was a part of OUR chapter. The Delta Phi Chapter! I was so excited. No one in this room knew that she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi before that moment.

I motioned for the next KDP members to introduce themselves, while I scanned my mind for ways to recognize this woman as a KDP member.

“The Binder!” I thought.

The Chapter binder that every KDP initiate has signed for decades. Her name was probably in it! What better way to welcome her home than by showing her the binder she signed more than 65 years ago.

I excused myself from the conference room and ran across campus to get it. It was in our KDP office, only 5 minutes away.

I unlocked the cabinet and went to the very back of the binder. Loose-leaf papers were ripped and aged, with some barely hanging on in the binder. I saw that the pages went back only to 1958, and so the years 1958 down to 1947 were either never documented or were missing. I knew our chapter was more than 75 years old, so Muriel Hutchinson Strebe would more than likely have been initiated her freshman year.

It saddened me that I couldn’t present to her the initiation page she signed so long ago. It was time to be creative and find a way to honor this remarkable woman through Kappa Delta Pi.

Then I see them, the blank certificates in the cabinet. Maybe I could re-initiate Mrs. Strebe and honor her a second time. I knew she was worthy of it, for who better exemplified the words of the Kappa Delta Pi creed?

Mrs. Strebe has lived the ideals of Fidelity to Humanity, Science, Service, and Toil. She has inspired and strengthened others and is the essence of Knowledge, Duty, and Power.

I grabbed the binder, a blank certificate, and a creed. I quickly walked back to the conference room, knowing exactly what I was going to do.

I entered the room while the members were wrapping up their introductions. I looked at Mrs. Strebe and told her that our records had been misplaced, and I couldn’t find her signature—but, if she would be okay with it, I would like to re-initiate her so she can be added to our binder.

She laughed and said that she would be honored!

I placed the binder on the table and read a small portion of our ceremony ritual.

14441184_1659164567728067_1479710292263504065_nI then handed her a pen, and she signed our Society Charter for a second time.

We all clapped after she signed, and I held her hand, thanking her for agreeing to sign our book and be a part of the Kappa Delta Pi Class of 2016.

While she was in another meeting, I went to our Technology Resource Center and printed a fresh Kappa Delta Pi certificate with her name and the date on it. When I saw her after the classroom dedication, I gave her the folder with the certificate and the creed.

I thanked her for everything she has done for education students and asked if we could take a picture with her.

This picture includes Kappa Delta Pi members old and new, as well as Freddie and Frieda Falcon, with Muriel Hutchinson Strebe in the center.

This picture includes Kappa Delta Pi members old and new, as well as Freddie and Frieda Falcon, with Muriel Hutchinson Strebe in the center.

A teacher, a Falcon, and a Kadelpian for life.

Kristen Tabesh is a 4th year student at Bowling Green State University and the President of the Delta Phi Chapter of KDP. She is a Middle Childhood Education major with concentrations in Language Arts/Reading and Social Studies. Kristen has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember, and she absolutely cannot wait to have a classroom of her own.

Read more of this story on the Bowling Green State University page.

You’re Award-Worthy, So Apply!

Recognizing excellence always has been a part of Kappa Delta Pi’s mission, and we consider it a privilege to recognize the important work that our volunteers and chapters do to impact their communities. The Awards for Education Excellence honor those individuals and chapters for their significant contributions to the Society and the education world.

You’re changing the world, so tell us how by applying for one of our many awards below!

To help you with completing the application(s), we are providing you with many resources—including the rubrics by which all submissions will be reviewed and scored. We encourage you to use the rubrics to make your application as strong as possible.

Annual Awards

The annual awards (below) are for the 2015–2016 academic year, and the deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Winners will be notified by June 1, 2016 and will be announced on the KDP blog and social media. Recipients will receive a certificate and will also be recognized in-person at Convocation 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA from October 26–28, 2017.


image1Chapter Program Award

Chapters can submit up to five programs for consideration—one in each of the following areas: Professional Development, Membership, Fundraising, Community Service, and Communication.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Program Award. When you’re ready, submit your application!


image2Phoenix Award for Chapter Improvement

Each year, we work with a number of chapters that find they have room for improvement. We are astounded by the efforts put in by chapter leaders to strengthen chapter-member engagement, establish programs meeting member needs, and identifying leadership opportunities for chapter members. Our intent with this award is to recognize those efforts and thank you for your service!

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Phoenix Award. When you’re ready, submit your application!


image3Distinguished Chapter Officer Award

Having a strong, engaged chapter directly correlates with having strong chapter leadership. Among their various other responsibilities, chapter officers plan events, organize service projects, recruit new members, and maintain the sustainability of the chapter. The Distinguished Chapter Officer Award honors current or immediate-past officers who set positive examples for their chapters by representing the ideals of Kappa Delta Pi.

All of our 600+ chapters are eligible to submit one officer for consideration. Whose name will your chapter submit?!

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. When you’re ready, submit her/his name and nomination!


image4Regional Chapter Counselor Award

Here at Headquarters, we always say (and strongly believe) that the sustainability of our chapters depends on the commitment and leadership of the dedicated Chapter Counselors and the mentoring they provide to the students and members.

How has your Chapter Counselor impacted you individually and the chapter collectively? Submit his/her name for consideration of this prestigious award!

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Regional Chapter Counselor Award as well as the officer rating form. When you’re ready, submit her/his name for consideration!


Submissions for the above awards are reviewed by a panel of judges, and award-winning applications will be announced on Friday, June 1, 2016.


Biennial Awards

The biennial awards (below) are for the 2015–2017 biennium, and the deadline for submissions is June 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be announced on the KDP blog and social media. Recipients will receive a certificate and will also be recognized in-person at Convocation 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA from October 26–28, 2017.


image5Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award

Established in 1995, the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Awards program recognizes KDP chapters that exhibit outstanding programming, membership, and leadership in support of the Society’s mission and strategic goals. Since its inception, chapters across the country have aspired to offer creative, purposeful programming and a full slate of chapter activities with a hope of earning this coveted award.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the ACE Award. We encourage you to print a copy of the submission form and fill it in as you go before applying online. Applications open February 2017.


image6Rising Star Award for New Chapters

KDP welcomes several new chapters each year. The Rising Star Award for New Chapters recognizes these new groups that demonstrate outstanding management and programming in their first biennium following installation.

Chapters installed between June 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014 that have not already won this award are encouraged to apply.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Rising Star Award. Applications open February 2017.


image7O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award

This award honors Chapter Counselors with at least five years of KDP service and activity for their service, scholarship, professional development, outstanding leadership of the chapter, and mentorship of the chapter’s student leaders.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award. Applications open February 2017.


image8Lucinda Rose Counselor Award

The Lucinda Rose Counselor Award, funded by Drs. Vincent and Linda McGrath, honors an exemplary Counselor and chapter leader within Kappa Delta Pi.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Lucinda Rose Award. This is not an open nomination award.


image9Founders Awards

As a tribute to KDP’s founding members and their vision for the Society and its role in the field of education, these Founders Awards honor current educators at the local, national, or global level living these visions today.

For more information, visit the Awards and Honors page.


The Chapter Services staff looks forward to seeing all of your hard work reflected in the award applications! It is a pleasure to read about the chapter successes and about the individuals who have made a positive impact on the chapter.

For more information about the Awards for Education Excellence and to view the recipients of past awards, please check out the Recognition pages of our website.

 

Four Ways #KDPconvo15 Helped Us Become Better Educators

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Coming into the Convocation, we had no idea what to expect. In the end, though, we were very pleased to have spent 3 days listening to inspirational speakers, going to motivational workshops, and networking with KDP members from across the globe. Below are our highlights.

  1. D7K_6105Inspirational speakers: Over the course of Convo 2015, we were inspired from listening to several acclaimed educators, including the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, the 2015 recipient of the National Teacher of the Year, and a teacher from the heartening documentary TEACH. Each of these speakers encouraged us to never stop bettering ourselves for our students. These moving presentations marked some of the highlights of Convo 2015, during which we learned the importance of stepping out of our comfort zone, even if it means rapping to our students. We even had the chance to speak with Shanna Peeples, the National Teacher of the Year, who taught us to never overlook our students, who all have a story to tell.
  1. DSC_8511Motivational workshops: A big part of Convo was attending smaller breakout sessions and workshops tailored to our own professional interests or chapter needs. There was something for everyone, whether you are a preservice teacher, new to the classroom, or have been in the field for 30+ years. One of our personal favorites was the Literacy Alive! panel. We heard from other chapters who found great success in their Literacy Alive! events. It motivated us to take these ideas back to our chapter, where we can make them “Temple Made.”
  1. Networking:DSC_8107 We started networking with other chapters even before we expected to when we went to lunch and spotted the famous black KDP lanyards sitting right next to us (shout out to you, Saint Joe’s, Tau Omega Chapter!). Even though we are situated only 20 minutes from each other in Philadelphia, it took flying almost 1,000 miles away to join forces for both lunch and collaboration. And we exchanged program ideas with another chapter across the state, while our counselors bonded over their mutual love of the Pittsburgh Steelers (shout out to you, Mercyhurst University, Alpha Beta Pi Chapter!).
  1. Merchandise:DSC_0248 Of course, we had to stop in the Convo store! For sale, they had t-shirts to help us rep the KDP letters, as well as water bottles with inspiring quotes, which people were nearly fighting over to grab. The best part of the onsite store? No shipping charges!

We are already looking forward to Convo 2017 in our home state of Pennsylvania, in Pittsburgh. Hopefully, you too can become inspired and motivated . . . and maybe catch a Steelers game with our chapter counselor!

Joan FanwickIMG_8907 and Danni Moser are juniors at Temple University. Joan is in the 4+1 program to get her master’s degree in Special Education in addition to her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She serves as the Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter Events Coordinator. Danni is in the Early Childhood Education program at Temple. She serves as President of the Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter.

Stevenson University Members are Real Hallo-winners!

A tiger, a witch, and a robot walk into a library . . .

No, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s what happens when members of the Stevenson University Kappa Delta Pi chapter host their annual Boo Bash at the Finksburg Branch of the Carroll County Public Library in Maryland. Each year, these creative and caring students develop and present a Halloween program for Finksburg area residents. And the kids love it. Participants are invited to come to the event in image-2costume. (Hence the tiger, the witch, and the robot from the beginning of this post.) Members of Kappa Delta Pi pick favorite Halloween titles to read out loud for a fun and funny story time. And there is always a host of easy and interesting activities for the young ones. Ranging from paper plate jack o’ lanterns to lollipop ghosts, the children love the opportunity to make festive crafts.

These students provide a great service by coordinating this program at the library. First, the event proves to be a good draw to get folks into the branch. Who doesn’t love a festive autumn story time? And once there,image-1 patrons can begin to see (if they didn’t already know) how the modern library is so much more than just books. It’s story times and crafts and gathering together to enjoy the season. It’s family and friends cherishing time spent together. It’s conscientious college students volunteering their time to help bring laughter and a love of reading to the neighborhood. It’s a focal point for the community to gather and to enjoy.

And so the library is truly grateful for the work of Kappa Delta Pi. We are thankful for their partnership and for the joy they spread to the community. Halloween may be the season for scares, but it’s smiles that are handed out when members of Kappa Delta Pi come to the Finksburg Branch.

The Psi Omicron Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi is being honored at KDP’s 50th Biennial Convocation for multiple Chapter Program Awards from 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. They are also one of 25 chapters receiving the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award.

Bryan Hissong is the Manager of the Finksburg Branch Library in Carroll County, Maryland.

Convo Advice from John Lennon

Kadelpian John Lennon is back with his next Convo video blog. John gives you 3 pieces of advice for chapter leaders attending Convo. Email John at lenno1jp@gmail.com.

Register for Convo before August 31 to get the early bird rate: http://www.kdp.org/convocation/registration/index.php.

Video Blog: John Lennon Shares Why Attending Convo Is So Important

Are you attending the 50th Biennial KDP Convocation in Orlando, Florida? In the first of a series of video blogs, KDP member John Lennon will talk about what he realized when he attended Convo in 2013, and why he thinks attending KDP Convo is so important for your chapter and your career in education.

John P. Lennon was the Associate Counselor for the Epsilon Eta Chapter at Central Michigan University this past Spring. As an undergraduate he was a chapter officer and attended the 2013 KDP Convocation in Dallas, Texas. You can reach John at lenno1jp@gmail.com.

KDP Celebrates You During National Volunteer Week

Rachel Gurley is chapter operations coordinator at Kappa Delta Pi.

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Getting a personal thank-you card is always a gesture everyone appreciates. As a Kappa Delta Pi volunteer, you are the core of what we do. Whether you are a counselor, officer, committee member, or dedicated member of KDP, we appreciate the selfless sacrifice of your time. Without committed volunteers, Kappa Delta Pi would not be thriving today among educators dedicated to teaching. We not only recognize excellence in education, we recognize your volunteer role as invaluable. Thank you for all that you do!