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April 18, 2017
The Beta chapter of Pi Omega Pi at Northwest Missouri State University is the best in the country for the second time in three years, according to results of the 2016 national chapter competition announced at the Pi Omega Pi Biennial Convention April 13-15 in Chicago.
The competition results are based on chapter activity reports submitted throughout the 2016 calendar year. The Beta chapter’s community service projects last year included “Hour of Code,” an initiative to help students at Maryville’s three elementary students learn computer programing and coding basics, and “Pack the Pantry,” a food drive to support Northwest’s Pay it Forward Food Pantry. 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 were Drew Bruner, Trey Frey, Marina Hayner, Abbey Kriz and Kassidy Stark. Pi Omega Pi students also presented two sessions at the convention, titled “You Wrote What? Code.org” and “Plickers – Changing the Game.” Their presentations and applied research were funded by two undergraduate research grants from Northwest. Other chapter members include Madison Foxx, Jennifer Nixon and Chance Reuscher.
“Although we are ‘small but mighty,’ our chapter takes pride in our projects of service to our campus and community,” Kriz, a senior from Marion, Iowa, who is majoring in elementary education with a concentration in computer applications, said. “The activities we undertake help prepare us to be career ready as future business and information technology teachers.”
Dr. Nancy Zeliff, a professor in Northwest’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems, is the chapter’s sponsor. Zeliff and Cari Cline, instructor in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, also presented a research session on “Increasing Student Engagement with Augmented Reality” at the National Business Education Association in conjunction with the Pi Omega Pi Biennial Convention.
Pi Omega Pi is a national business education honor society, and Northwest’s Beta Chapter, in its 96th 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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