Take2 – Sept. 23-29

Shout-Out to Phi Upsilon Omicron

Our shout-out this week goes to UW-Stout’s Tau chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the honor society for family and consumer science. They will receive a Certificate of Merit during the organization’s bi-annual conclave Sept. 22-24 in Oklahoma City, Okla.


All 43 members of the chapter took part in the service project. Five of them will be attending the national event. The five students, their hometowns and majors are:

  • Brianne Hanne, of Mahtomedi, Minn., food science and technology
  • Jennifer Hinrichs, of Osseo, Wis., human development and family studies
  • Kaylee Jacobs, of Glenwood, Minn., dietetics
  • Tessa Ladsten, of La Crescent, Minn., dietetics
  • Heidi Lochen, of Kimball, Minn., 2016 dietetics graduate and graduate student in food and nutritional sciences
Adviser Carolyn Barnhart, left, and CEHHHS Dean Bob Salt with students from the Tau chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron who will attend the national conference to accept an award. From left, Jennifer Hinrichs, Heidi Lochen, Kaylee Jacobs, Tessa Ladsten and Brianne Hanne.

The award is for the Tau chapter’s project Building Leader Traditions for a Lifelong Legacy, designed to develop leadership skills among the chapter’s members. The chapter’s main project was making and filling Birthday Bags.

Students collaborated with the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society for women educators, and the preschool at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. The Birthday Bags contained items to help needy children in Dunn County hold a themed birthday party, including books, toys, a cake or brownie mix with pan to bake it in, frosting, birthday plates, silverware, birthday napkins and candles.

The 100 decorated and filled bags were donated to Stepping Stones of Dunn County food pantry during fall 2015 and spring 2016.


“This project is so important to me as these items are not common at many food shelters but are something that almost every family could need,” said Lochen. “By donating these bags, putting in a little of our own money and time, we really can make a huge impact on some kids.”

The students’ Tau chapter adviser is Carolyn Barnhart, professor emeritus and the 2015-16 president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“I am Stout Proud of the award-winning leadership and service the Phi Upsilon Omicron honor students have shared with the local community and the Midwest,” said Barnhart, who will accompany the students on the trip.

From left, Kaylee Jacobs, Brianne Hanne and Lauren Ruhr.

During the 2015-16 academic year, the chapter also organized other community service activities. Students made cards for hospitalized, abused or neglected children, Cardz for Kidz; donated ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal to a Dunn County family; and donated time and money to the Kids Against Hunger packing day. On May 1, they delivered May Day boxes to residents in cancer treatment centers in Minneapolis.

Great work, Blue Devils!

Story and photos courtesy of UW-Stout News Bureau


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