By Diana Carroll, Carson-Newman University
Spend time training yourself.
Become familiar with the following resources:
- KON Website – It takes some time, but it will help you facilitate chapter planning and to keep up with available resources, due dates, and new initiatives.
- President’s Handbook, Adviser’s Handbook, and Chapter Handbook – The President’s Handbook contains selected parts of the Chapter Handbook; the Adviser’s Handbook contains information about the adviser role and includes content of the President’s Handbook, and the Chapter Handbook is a compilation but with additional information and resources. “Tips for Successful Chapters” (Chapter Handbook) is a vast resource of ideas.
- Adviser Role – Read this every year to “re-tool” and “re-energize.”
Commit to Officer Training. Prepare an agenda with the President to review the Website and handbooks, paying special attention to officer duties, chapter calendar, and program resources including Required Program.
Set meeting times with President. Monthly meetings help to manage activities and officer responsibilities assures effective communication.
Work with Program Committee. Help the committee to get ideas from members and to involve members in planning and implementing events, including publicity and e-mail reminders. Suggest students, alumni, and faculty resources for presenting programs.
Inform faculty about activities and meeting dates. Make sure faculty members and administrators are invited to events.
Establish record keeping practices. Because retrieval of information is so important, help students by having a file of good examples of minutes, financial reports, initiation plans, etc. Make your own calendar with reminders, such as “Contact registrar office for list of students that meet scholastic requirements.” Obtain permanent chapter storage in the unit.
Tell Your Chapter Story. Help chapter officers maintain a bulletin board, develop press releases, etc.
Ask for Help. Call another adviser or the National Office. Attend Conclave to meet advisers and develop a network.