Kappa Delta Pi holds two-day retreat for new officers

July 24, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Kappa Delta Pi-Iota Rho Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will hold a retreat for its 2013-14 officers on Friday and Saturday, July 26-27, at Doudna Hall. Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education, established to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership and service.

The purpose of the retreat is to orient and train new officers, plan the program and fund raising calendar for the year, make preparations for upcoming activities and events, receive updates and new information from Kappa Delta Pi’s regional chapter coordinator, get to know each other’s strengths, work on leadership and communication skills, set up officer binders, update the bulletin board and organize files and supplies.

Officers for 2013-14 include UW-Platteville students Kevyn Webb from Platteville, president; Jessica Pearce from Hazel Green, Wis., vice president; Nelson Brownell from Pewaukee, Wis., membership chair; Michelle Mauerman from Albany, Wis., secretary; Abby Swanson from Winnebago, Ill., treasurer; Lynea Axelson from Oregon, Ill., historian; and Patrick Ralph from Harlingen, Texas, foundation representative. Each will serve from June 1, 2013-May 31, 2014.

“The retreat enables all new officers to receive the knowledge and training they need and get preparatory work completed so that the organization can start the academic year strong,” said Webb, a senior elementary education, art education and graphic design major at UW-Platteville. “It also gets everyone on the same page so that we can work together effectively and efficiently.” Webb recently received the international Kappa Delta Pi Distinguished Officer Award.

“The training session will teach the new officers what they need to know in order to effectively execute their positions’ responsibilities,” said Dr. John Nkemnji, professor and coordinator of educational media services in UW-Platteville’s School of Education and member of KDP for more than 30 years.

Kappa Delta Pi was founded in 1911, growing from a local chapter at the University of Illinois to the international organization it is today, with 600 chapters and more than 40,000 members. The organization’s founders chose its name from the Greek words that represent knowledge, duty and power.

UW-Platteville’s Iota Rho Chapter currently has 50 active members.

Contact: John Nkemnji, UW-Platteville School of Education, (608) 342-1244, nkemnji@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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