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Student Organizations

A student club participates in a trick or treating activity for a local women's shelter.Child and Family Sciences Organization

 The CFS student organization focuses on children and families and the education and development of professionals who will be working with children and families. The content provided in meetings is focused on both students in the Family and Consumer Science Education concentration and Child Development and Family Relations concentration.

Officers 2020-2021

  • President: Maggie Davis
  • Vice President - Delaney Gilbert
  • Treasurer: Alessandra Young
  • Secretary: Ivy Shouse
  • Marketing/Social Media: Kinsey Cobble

Faculty Advisors
Dr. Lee Ann Shipley
Dr. Rufaro Chitiyo

Meetings 2020-2021

Our meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of every month at dead hour in Room 114 in Oakley Hall. The main focus of our meetings is to learn about programs that support individuals and families in the Upper Cumberland and throughout Middle Tennessee. We also learn about possible internship opportunities for those students in the CDFR concentration.


We support these agencies and programs by volunteering or giving. For example, we have held a diaper drive for Cookeville Pregnancy Center, and made gift bags of developmentally appropriate art supplies for the Monterey Head Start Program.

Field Trips

Each year we take field trips to see child and family advocacy in action. In the past, we have visited Haley Farm which is part of the Children’s Defense Fund in Clinton, TN. We also visited Mercy Multiplied Ministries outside of Nashville, Thistle Farms in Nashville, and a Montessori child care program in Knoxville, TN.

Child Life Association

The Child Life Association’s mission is to provide child life networking opportunities for child life students and professionals; to educate others about the child life profession; to seek professional development and educational opportunities from Certified Child Life Specialists; and to focus on service activities that positively impact children and families in healthcare and other stressful life experiences.
Officers 2020-2021

  • President – Abigail Staley
  • Vice President – TaTera Roe
  • Secretary – Hannah Lewis
  • Treasurer – Emma Waltenbaugh
  • Social Media – Maggie Clem
  • Public Relations - Molly Newman and Jaymee Gouge

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Cara Sisk

Meeting Dates for 2020-2021
The  Child Life Association will meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 am - 12 pm. Per University recommendations, all meetings will be held virtually for Fall 2020.


Child Life Students
Child Life students who performed medical play in Child Life Assessment class

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Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Club

The purpose of the FND Club is to promote an interest in and appreciation of the various food, nutrition, and dietetic professions; to provide an opportunity for a closer relationship between students and faculty in the School of Human Ecology; and to foster establishment of contacts with persons already engaged in related professional careers. Each year, club members are involved in outreach and service projects both on and off campus, including projects with the Student Tennessee Association of Nutrition and Dietetics organization.

Officers 2020-2021

  • President: Neshia Spears
  • Vice President: Destiny Lee
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Olivia Moore
  • Social Medial Chair: Caraline Partin
  • Community Service Chair: Bethany Roe-Petty
  • Fundraiser Chair: Alyssa Colson

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Samantha Hutson 

Meetings 2020-2021

The meeting times for the FND club are each 4th Tuesday of the month from 11 am - 12 pm in Oakley Hall, Room 114. Per University recommendations, all meetings will be held virtually for Fall 2020.

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Housing and Design Association

The Housing & Design Association is a bridge linking members with professionals through activities such as field trips, seminars, and meetings. The members of this association work alongside Putnam County Habitat for Humanity.  Membership is open.

2020-2021 Officers

  • President : Coleman Ladd
  • Vice President : Linnea Churchill & Madison Harris
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Natajha Johnson & Hannah Bernhardt
  • Social Media: Laura Bynum

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Melinda Anderson


The Housing & Design Association meets the 2nd Thursday at 11 am. Per University recommendations, all meetings will be held virtually for Fall 2020.

Kappa Omicron Nu

Kappa Omicron Nu is the leading honor society for students in the human sciences. It was established on February 21, 1990 by the consolidation of Kappa Omicron Phi and Omicron Nu. Kappa Omicron Nu chapters are located in colleges and universities that offer a strong human sciences program.

Chapter members are undergraduate and graduate students who major in one of the specializations and meet the high standards of scholarship. The professional category of membership includes alumni of college chapters and faculty and others not previously initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu or its predecessor societies. Candidates must have earned one or more degrees in the human sciences or are working in the field and have the minimum class rank as a student.

Our Mission

The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu is empowered leaders who use an integrative approach to enhance quality of living through excellence in scholarship, leadership, and research. Kappa Omicron Nu values recognition, reward, advancement, and strong affiliation networks. These ends enhance the ability of the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st century.

An informative video is available for more information (Adobe Flash Player is required). The video and content above are used by permission of Lisa Wootton Booth, COO, Kappa Omicron Nu.

2020-2021 Officers 

  • President: Olivia Moore
  • Vice Presidents: Hailey Craig
  • Secretary: Joise McGhee

Faculty Advisors:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Ramsey
  • Dr. Cara Sisk

Merchandising Association

 The Merchandising Association’s goal is to cultivate students’ experiences of Merchandising and Design through traveling, networking, and events production. Our association also provides leadership opportunities to members by participating in service projects and promotion activities related to the fashion and design field. We hope to encourage diversity, leadership and creativity for members to grow as innovative students and professionals.

Officers 2020-2021

  • No elected officers for 2020-2021 – Club members elected to work together as a team

    Contact Person: Chloe Land

Meetings 2020-2021

The Merchandising Association meets every second Tuesday of the month from 11 am - 12 pm in Oakley Hall, Room 122. Per University recommendations, all meetings will be held virtually for Fall 2020.



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