The Applied Approach
Winter 2006, Vol. 2 No. 1 A newsletter for the School of Applied Sciences

Student News

8 students in family and consumer sciences make the grade for honor society membership

Eight students in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences—along with department chair Teresa Carithers—recently were inducted into the discipline’s national honor society.

Ashley Peterson, president of the Gamma Eta chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, said the national society is dedicated to scholarship, leadership and research.

“Membership in this honor society, like most worthwhile things in life, does not come easily,” said Peterson, a senior nutrition and dietetics major from Long Beach. “Inductees must have a 3.0 GPA as well as notable recognition, scholarship and leadership.”

Carithers, who greeted the new initiates, explained the purpose of the society.

“Kappa Omicron Nu reflects exceptional academic achievement and perhaps outstanding campus leadership and service,” Carithers said. “Most important, the society bestows honor, recognition and lifetime distinction on its members, and that’s truly an honor.”

Don’t let the Greek name fool you, said chapter Vice President Lauren Bullard, because Kappa Omicron Nu is not a social club or political organization.

“We are people with similar interests and high achievements,” said Bullard, a senior merchandising major from Long Beach. “We promote ethics and professionalism in our disciplines. We empower members to develop strong scholarship and leadership skills.”

Gamma Eta members are also very active in the university, Lafayette County and Oxford community. On Halloween, the members hosted a bake sale for Angel Ranch. They’ve also hosted a food drive for the Oxford Food Pantry.

Members must meet credit-hour and grade-point average requirements.

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Family and consumer sciences inducts new members into Kappa Omicron Nu, the discipline’s
national honor society
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Marshall County native named outstanding Applied Sciences student

Robert T. Warren, a criminal justice major, has received the first C.B. Hopper Award for Outstanding Applied Sciences Student of the Year.

A native of Holly Springs, Warren is the son of Jimmy and Susan Warren. A junior at Ole Miss, Warren is listed on spring 2005 Chancellor’s Honor Roll, which requires at least a 3.75 GPA.

“Robert is an extraordinary guy,” said Chester Quarles, professor of criminal justice. “He stays focused on education and has maintained a great GPA throughout his educational career. He’s one of the best students I’ve had, and I wish every student had his focus and drive.”

Named in honor of Columbus B. Hopper, professor emeritus of sociology and a former professor of criminology at UM, the newly established award is given to scholars who have shown evidence of academic excellence as well as leadership ability and service to the Applied Sciences profession.

“It has been so fitting for Robert to receive the first Dr. C.B. Hopper Award,” said David McElreath, chair of the Department of Applied Sciences. “Robert is an outstanding student who has worked as a full-time deputy sheriff in Marshall County while excelling with a full academic load each semester. We in the department have always been highly impressed with Robert Warren.”

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Robert T. Warren (left) and C.B. Hopper