By Samantha Carr, Staff Writer
SGA recently approved a new student organization, Kappa Delta Pi, which is an international honors society for future educators.
The UTC chapter was installed in May 1969 by W. A Stumpf, and was later inactive for a few years. When Dr. Jennifer Lubke became the faculty coordinator, the chapter became reactive in 2016.
“As chapter adviser for the last three years, I have found it gratifying to see Kappa Delta Pi evolve beyond a mere honorific into a more substantive service organization.”
Lunbke said that the organization’s mission is to support future educators with opportunities in networking, professional development and service with issues faced directly in future classrooms.
These professional developments and service projects are open to the entire university, not just club members. Some topics they have covered in these projects include poverty in the classroom, creating a classroom culture for appreciation and respect for diversity, specific instruction or inclusion and how to increase civic engagement to name a few.
KDP has also hosted panels as well for members and all UTC students on topics such as EdTPA, student teaching, professional interview tips and techniques and how to apply to schools.
They also partner with schools in the area to build relationships and community as well as other organizations on campus for monthly service projects. Building these relationships have included Scrappy’s pantry donations and educational materials on how to cook healthy food on a budget and with a microwave.
Megan Miklusicak is treasurer of KDP and has valued her time spent being a part of Kappa Delta Pi.
“I am so thankful for the leadership opportunities [Kappa Delta Pi has] given me!”
Becoming a member is by invitation only but an education major who meets criteria and pays membership fees is eligible to join, not just undergrad students.