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April 23, 2015
The Beta Chapter of Pi Omega Pi at Northwest Missouri State University is the best in the country, according to results of the 2014 national chapter competition announced at the Pi Omega Pi Biennial Convention March 31 through April 4 in Chicago.
Additionally, the chapter received the Participation Award for having the most chapter members present at the convention, which took place in conjunction with the National Business Education Association Convention.
The competition results are based on chapter activity reports submitted throughout the 2014 calendar year. The Beta Chapter’s community service projects last year included partnering with People First, an organization for disabled adults in association with MERIL. The chapter helped with a bingo night and provided programming for the People First chapter meetings. Beta Chapter members also assist with the District I Future Business Leaders of America Conference on the Northwest campus each February and prepare an annual alumni newsletter.
Northwest members attending the conference consisted of Kirsten Applegate, Jacob Brawner, Kelsey Butler, Sierra Jones and Amy Wagner. Applegate and Brawner presented a workshop, titled “Classroom in the Cloud”; Butler, Jones and Wagner presented a workshop, called “Kahoot It.” Their presentations and applied research were funded by two undergraduate research grants from Northwest.
Dr. Nancy Zeliff, professor in Northwest’s Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems, is the chapter’s sponsor. Zeliff and Kimberly Schultz, an associate professor of business at Kirkwood Community College and a 1993 Northwest alumna, co-presented a workshop, titled “Sail Away with Rubrics.”
Additionally, Schultz was named Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher by the National Business Education Association at the annual convention.
Pi Omega Pi is a national business education honor society, and Northwest’s Beta Chapter, in its 91st year, is the oldest active chapter in the nation. It is designed to create a fellowship among teachers of business subjects, create and encourage interest and promote scholarship in business education, encourage civic responsibility, foster high ethical standards in business and professional life among teachers of business, and teach the ideal of service as the basis of all worthy enterprise. For more information, visit the national website at http://www.piomegapi.org.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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