Monday, November 13, 2017 -- Leadership, service and scholarship are all qualities many organizations hold close as values, but one University of Northern Iowa organization has exceeded expectations. The UNI Psi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education has been honored with the Community Service Chapter Program Award for community service. The Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education is an organization that strives to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Their vision is: “Quality learning for all.”
The UNI Psi Chapter of KDP typically has between 150 and 175 members in a semester. They are a unique chapter for their large number of active service programs. Many other chapters implement the "Literacy Alive!" program that KDP developed. "Literacy Alive!" creates programs and events in their communities that brings empowering literacy skills to their participants.
Becky Hawbaker, chapter adviser, believes that the UNI Psi Chapter of KDP goes above and beyond with its community service efforts. “We have ten active programs that were all developed by our members to meet a unique need in our community.”
This chapter is an official “Partner in Education” with Orange Elementary School in the Waterloo Community School District. They have several programs to assist the school, such as adopting five needy families at the holidays and twelve families at Thanksgiving, providing 1:1 tutors for elementary and early childhood classrooms. Their most important program is their after-school Girls and Boys Basketball programs. This program assists the school with extracurricular athletic opportunities for families who cannot afford private lessons or tournament clubs.
The Community Service Chapter Program Award is highly competitive, with more than 650 active chapters completing multiple programs in all categories, and the UNI Psi Chapter of KDP was named one of the best. In addition to their program being featured on the headquarters’ website, the chapter received a certificate and was recognized with a plaque at Convocation 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA in October.
“It is always nice when hard work is recognized. Our members put many hours into the success of the programs and they are already some of the busiest people on campus, juggling jobs, other organizations, field experiences, and earning high grades in their classes,” said Hawbaker. “I hope the award will help provide momentum to keep building up our membership and motivate others to create new programs or to improve existing ones.”
For more information on Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, visit www.kdp.org.
by Gabby Jackson, student, Office of University Relations