Student receives international Kappa Delta Pi Distinguished Officer Award

July 10, 2013

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Kevyn Webb

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ – Kevyn Webb, a senior elementary education, art education and graphic design major at UW-Platteville from Platteville, Wis., recently received Kappa Delta Pi’s Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. 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 Distinguished Officer Award is the highest honor that the organization presents to its officers. Webb currently serves as the president of the organization’s Iota Rho Chapter at UW-Platteville.

“It was very thoughtful of our supportive advisors, John Nkemnji and Rea Kirk, to nominate me for KDP’s Distinguished Chapter Officer Award and I appreciate all the effort that went into completing the process,” Webb stated. “We have always had a great group of team players on our executive committee and I appreciate their hard work and willingness to learn and grow. I am excited to receive the award and I will continue to strive to make a difference in the field of education.”

To earn this award, Webb successfully met all of the criteria for excellence in leadership, involvement in the chapter’s activities, building positive relationships with fellow officers and exhibiting enthusiasm for the society’s mission and values.

“The vision of Kappa Delta Pi is to help committed educators be leaders in improving education for global citizenship,” Webb said. “Being a member of this organization has helped me develop leadership skills by providing opportunities to attend leadership workshops and conferences, giving members access to online leadership resources and supporting and guiding teachers and future teachers alike in their efforts to increase their knowledge and improve their teaching techniques.”

“Being a member has also given me a chance to strengthen certain skills that are essential in today’s global economy, such as showing compassion and understanding toward diversity issues and using thoughtful communication,” she added.

As a Kappa Delta Pi officer, Webb is responsible for planning and coordinating events, recruiting new members, maintaining the health of the chapter and organizing service projects.

“Community service is an important part of Kappa Delta Pi’s mission because reaching out to the community not only helps members learn and grow but also helps meet a need in the community,” Webb explained. “Some of the community service projects that we do during the year include Relay for Life, fund raisers for families in need, KDP’s signature Literacy Alive! Program and volunteer work for Platteville school activities.”

Webb will receive this award at KDP’s Biennial Convocation Oct. 24 in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to being a member of KDP, Webb is a member of the Student Wisconsin Education Association, I Pledge to Respect, English Club, Pioneer Advertising Federation and Phi Kappa Phi.

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.

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

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