Advice from Seasoned Adviser

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.


2 thoughts on “Advice from Seasoned Adviser

  1. Dorothy Mitstifer

    We are indebted to Diana for her contributions to Kappa Beta Xi Chapter, and we wish her well in her new role as a retired professional. We miss you Diana! But we expect that you will have some contributions to make to Kappa Omicron Nu in your retirement.

    1. Joni Roh

      I would like to reiterate the importance of communication with your chapter members and the National office that Diana has posted. Something that our chapter recently did, was to institute a President-elect position. This has helped tremendously with the training efforts and also the transition from year to year. Not only do the officers have the opportunity to work with their E-board members, but they get to know the faculty better, as well as any policies and procedures. Training of new officers is less cumbersome and they have some time to think of how they would like to help make KON a great experience for all of its members.

      Each year, when I have a new president of the chapter, I ask them what type of leadership style they would like to use. I ask if they want some, moderate, or lots of guidance. I tell them if they want a lot to start with, then less as they become more comfortable with the decisions, then they can do that. Or if they want some to start with, then realize that it is too much, then that is fine, too. I monitor this closely, and tell them to please not feel offended if I jump in when I don’t feel as if things are moving along as they should. They seemed very pleased with this set up. It is not unusual to talk to my officers on a weekly basis so that we always know what is happening and what is being planned. It is a two way street and I allow them to call, text, or email at any time with any questions that they may have. I just want them to feel as comfortable as they can in the position. There is a great deal of responsibility and I want them to succeed and feel good about the experience.


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