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Thursday, May 19, 2022

World Fellowship Comes to a Close for the 2020-2022 Biennium

As the 2020-2022 biennium comes to an end, the members of the World Fellowship Committee consider it an honor to have served on this committee.                                                   

The team was comprised of Wendy Stephens SE (Chair), BjΓΈrg Nakling EU, Donna Greene Martinez SW, Eileen Little NE, Sheila MacKay NW, Becky Sadowski 2020-2022 International President, and Phyllis Hickey, Strategic Outreach Director.  

World Fellowship scholarships are given to women from many countries. They study in the United States or Canada. The countries represented in 2022 were: Nigeria, Peru, Indonesia, Brazil, Paraguay, Vietnam, Swaziland, India, Argentina, Colombia, Chili, Cuba, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Burma, and Mexico.

This spring, the committee graded 62 applications. 10 candidates were selected from the IIE (Institute of International Education to study in the United States and 5 were selected to study in Canada. The committee also awarded 12 extensions for the 2022-2023 academic year. The contribution of each member on the committee has been huge, although we did not get to meet “face to face”, it was a pleasure working with each other. The outgoing 2020-2022 Committee would like to welcome the incoming 2022-2024 World Fellowship Committee.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

DKG Art Gallery Artist Spotlight

Dana Murphy, Oregon State Organization

1. Tell us about yourself as an educator and artist.

I grew up immersed in a family business of retail florists who “made things”, so arranging flowers, planning window displays, and decorating for elaborate gala events were all introduced to me at an early age. Through Girl Scout Camps and decorating for high school proms, I continued to build on my creative skills and interests. I earned a BA in Art, with an emphasis in Textile Design, from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. And a MA in Education from Portland State University in Oregon.      

2. What plays an important part in your artistic process?

I experiment with many versatile materials, and they often have some “thoughts” of their own. By designing each piece individually and taking time to step back and evaluate my options, I usually end up with something that I think is worthy. Often, it is my mishaps or mistakes that leads to new learning and possibilities.

3. What is your preferred medium and why?

The majority of my work includes textiles. I weave, spin, felt, sew, dye, paint and embellish with a wide variety of materials. Often, it is the under-utilized materials that spark my interest. Along with decaying sticks, leaves and dried pods from nature, I seek to use natural fibers with a few glittery accents. Unwanted materials such as stripped ivy vines or the trimmings of grape vines make great organic, roughly-styled baskets.

4. Tell us about your selected piece of artwork.

Nature Walk” was made as a sample for a project that I was introducing to children. It started with some twigs that were latched together to make a small loom frame. It was then warped (the foundational threads) to hold the weft (think “over and under” filler threads). It includes found objects from a walk in my back yard where I collected moss, twigs and dried seed pods. Then I used wool and cotton yarns, adding twisted wires, beads, and metallic threads for accents.

When I work with children (and adults), I strive to teach them something new, something they haven’t tried before. I encourage them to experiment and understand that there is no right or wrong way to create their piece. The choices are theirs.

5. What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?

When I was graduating from high school in California, I thought I wanted to be a textile pattern designer. Several advisors suggested that I needed to pursue those opportunities in New York. I listened to their advice but realized that wasn’t a realistic option for me. Consequently, I decided to stay in the Pacific NW to pursue a liberal arts education. I have never regretted that decision!

6. What does the value of Art in Education mean to you?

I believe the Arts in Education helps to inspire and motivate many students to enjoy learning. The arts also teach children that there are several paths to take when approaching problems and that all problems can have more than one solution, in turn supporting their creative and critical thinking skills that are so highly valued. Creating art is a natural human behavior! It is an instinctual form of healing, communicating, and making connections with the human race.

7. Is there one more thing you’d like us to know?

This was the first time that I have submitted art work to the DKG Gallery. It was an intentional learning experiment for me. I would encourage everyone to participate. This has been fun. I thank the Arts and Humanities Jury for their support and attention to this program.

Pictured here is second weaving accepted to the Fine Arts Gallery, Starlight 2.


Dana Murphy

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The Arts & Humanities Jury looks forward to you returning often to view exciting new content and to share in the joy of creativity.   

We invite you to view the Art Gallery, click here. 

Keep the conversation going, please use the comment section below to suggest new topics, ask questions, or give us your input.

 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Bang # 36 Finance Committee Guidelines

As you look toward a new biennium for your chapter officers, be sure to access the Finance Committee Guidelines on the DKG website. There is a wealth of information available as you appoint a new finance committee and support your chapter treasurer. Visit the website www.dkg.org and sign in with your member number and password. On the black banner at the top of the page, you will find the word “Resources”. Clicking on this will give you several tabs including “Finance Tools” and choosing this will take you to Finance Committee Guidelines.

The document you access in this way will give you answers to several commonly asked questions. The election and/or selection of Finance Committee members is addressed along with the responsibilities of committee members at the chapter and state organization levels. A sample budget worksheet will be at your fingertips as well as guidelines for conducting a Financial Review at both levels. A suggested retention schedule for finance documents rounds out the invaluable information you will find under these tabs.

Don’t remain in the dark concerning the finances of your chapter or state organization. Visit the website and find the information you need to get a great start to a new biennium. The hope is that 2022-2024 will bring more normal activities to our organization.

Monday, May 9, 2022

State Organizations and ISF Speakers Build Meaningful Connections

 
        Have you thought about what the word “international” means in DKG Society International? Society members reside in one of the 17 different countries in DKG. Do you wonder about the women from one of the 16 countries other than your own? Are you curious how their experiences might be the same as or different from yours? One way to connect with one of the amazing educators from other countries is to host an international speaker at a state organization convention, conference, or meeting. Along with broadening their knowledge of a relevant subject, your state organization members will learn about her country, its education system, and some of the cultural activities specific to the peoples who live there.

If your state organization leaders have not thought about hosting a speaker and have not reviewed the list sent to state organization presidents in October, you may want to discuss the concept with them to get their input and start putting plans in place. Although most speakers are requested for a conference or convention, an ISF speaker can be requested for an event beyond these sessions. ISF speakers can provide members with new learning opportunities throughout the year.

Here are a few tips to ensure a successful ISF experience for state organizations:

  1.       Read and carefully fill out all relevant forms on the DKG website and submit them prior to the deadline date (May 1 or November 1).
  2.       Contact your speaker as soon as she has been assigned and welcome her to your state organization.
  3.       Inform the speaker where she will be staying and presenting and provide all contact information to her.
  4.      Ensure that you have members assigned for pick up from and delivery to the airport.
  5.       Offer translation services, if available, for presentation slides in advance if her native language is different.
  6.       Check if your speaker has any specific allergies to foods or other items.
  7.       Inform her of the weather in your area, so she will arrive prepared.
  8.       Inquire into her interests/hobbies and plan a list of local tourism sites if she is staying in your area for a few days.
  9.       Have fun!

Hosting an ISF speaker is a wonderful opportunity for learning and meeting a new DKG friend and colleague. It is a DKG experience that should not be missed by any state organization.

 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Educational Excellence: Professional and Personal Growth


Going back to special instances as a member of DKG for many years, I recall how I was encouraged by a coworker to attend a DKG meeting. It was a time when I was very timid and only related to a small circle of teachers and friends. To my astonishment, I learned about this organization and how it supported teachers from many places in the world. I also learned how DKG assisted educators of all levels and disciplines to grow professionally and personally.

Today, many years later, I ask my fellow members these questions: Why did you decide to improve yourself as a professional? Was it that you had mentors who encouraged you? Was it a personal goal to excel in your career or to reeducate yourself in another field? On the other hand, was it your aim to reach the highest level of professional degrees or maybe was it a family goal to reach the educational level that would make a difference to you and your family? These are some of the valid reasons why someone would work to attain these educational goals. DKG did that for me. My answer to all the questions is yes. I reached the highest level when I graduated from my doctoral studies. As a member I was encouraged and supported by my DKG members and at the same time accomplished the vision of DKG which is to support its members in their educational endeavors.

The organization’s Educational Excellence Committee (EEC) can help members to set priorities through multiple options that can be found on the DKG website. I will focus on three of the major areas that support the professional and personal growth of DKG members. The website provides valuable information on Committees, Resources, and Programs and Projects.

Educational Excellence Committee - The committee shall support programs of action that promote the personal well-being, intellectual growth, and global awareness of women educators; encourage a focus on the arts at international conventions, regional conferences and state organization conventions; and develop strategies that will enable chapters to encourage members to become leaders.

I would encourage you, if you are interested in advanced studies, to check in the Resources section on the second tab, where you can find information on scholarships.

Scholarship Tools - The Scholarship Tips Sheet provides tips on how to work on one of the seven purposes of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International which is “To endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing graduate study and to grant fellowships to non-member women educators.” This tip sheet offers suggestions as to how chapters can aid members who may be interested in applying for scholarships.

Under the About Us>Committees>Scholarship section of the DKG website, up to thirty (30) DKG scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of $6,000 (U.S.) for work toward a master’s degree and $10,000 (U.S.) for work at the doctorate level.

Finally, I would advise you to explore how DKG is supporting its members through Programs and Projects such as the support for early career educators

SEE (Support for Early Career Educators) - The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International established Supporting Early-career Educators (SEE) as its second international project during the 2012 International Convention in New York City. SEE encourages members/chapters to be creative in support of early-career educators with a variety of strategies, such as 1) giving support for phone calls and visits, 2) helping with lesson plans and bulletin board ideas, 3) offering advice on classroom management and parent-teacher relations, and 4) providing support in appropriate and practical ways.

DKG has multiple ways to lead its members to gain access to professional development, scholarships, personal growth, and a variety of demonstrations of the talents and accomplishments that might have been hidden on many occasions or maybe were not explored. Take the time to go through these suggested areas of what DKG has to offer. I can assure you that DKG helped me in many ways to search and apply for committees and grow professionally and as a leader. You will succeed and DKG is here to support you!

We encourage you to research the DKG website for a wealth of resources which will help you grow personally and professionally. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an EEC member for assistance!


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