Student and Faculty Resources
Student Organizations in FCS
  • Early Childhood Student Organization: ECSO
  • Kansas Association of Family & Consumer Sciences: KAFCS Student Pre-Professional Chapter
  • Phi Upsilon Omicron: Phi U Eta Chapter

The goal of the early childhood student organization is to provide professional development, leadership, and social opportunities for individuals interested in early childhood related fields. The great variety of activities and events in which our members are involved makes this an outstanding way to spend time while attending PSU.

Monthly meetings are held in the Preschool Lab - 110 FCS.  For more information about meeting dates & times contact Come and meet others and learn what is happening in the field of early childhood and child development.  

Dues: $15.00 per semester or $20.00 for an academic year.

Each year we like to take a group of ECSO members to the annual NAEYC Conference and Expo. Previous trips have been to Nashville, TN (2019), Washington, DC (2018), Atlanta, GA (2017), Los Angeles, CA (2016), Orlando, FL (2015), Dallas, TX (2014).

Officers for 2019-2020
President:  Meredith Taylor
Vice President:  Kylie Knox
Secretary:  Sabrina Reyes
Treasurer:  currently not filled 

Advisors are Amber Tankersley, Shawnee Hendershot, and Kari Cronister.

KAFCS is the pre-professional student organization affiliated with the Kansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. This association is open to all students in the department regardless of major area of study. The association functions in an atmosphere of social concern and professional responsibility. Members have an opportunity to get acquainted with one another during regular monthly business meetings, while working on service projects, attending professional conferences, and attending social activities.

Membership: Open to all Family and Consumer Sciences majors and minors.

Officers for Spring 2020
President:  Taylor Palmer
VP:  Natalie De La Rosa
Secretary:  Breann Qualls
Treasurer:  Hanna Hurt

Adviser: Sheila Cook

Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences. Its purposes are to:

  • Recognize and promote academic excellence.
  • Enhance qualities of leadership by providing opportunities for service.
  • Encourage lifelong learning and commitment to advance family and consumer sciences and related areas.

Phi Upsilon Omicron was founded in 1910 at the University of Minnesota, there are currently 59 different Phi U chapters in the United States and one international chapter.

View Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society's Organization and Administration

View scholarships offered by Phi Upsilon Honor Society's national organization

Phi U at PSU

The Eta Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron was established in 1920 at what is now PSU.

To be eligible for membership in the honor society, students must be in the top 35% of their class, be of good character and show leadership potential. Eta Chapter holds both fall and spring initiations.

The Eta Chapter holds monthly meetings, fund-raisers, and professional projects. In 2002, we started the "Angel Tree." Each year it has been a huge success. In 2004, we helped 125 children "Angels" in the Pittsburg area. In 2005, this number increased to over 175 children. The 2004 project received university and district awards. We have continued this project through the years to help the community during upcoming holiday seasons.

Since 2009 Phi U has taken on a recycling project at the end of Spring semester to help people recycle possessions as they prepare to leave the campus for the summer.  In the past there has been dumpsters full of furniture, clothing, and other objects that are still in good to excellent condition.  These have been collected and sent to the Wesley House or Salvation Army.

Officers for Spring 2018
President: Cassidy Bingham
Vice-President: Alexius Amos
Treasurer: Dereka Swaim
Initiation Co-Chairs:  Erika Lundstrom
Public relations:  Abby Julian
Chapter Committees: Initiation Committee, Public Relations, Fundraiser, Hospitality, Social Events, and Program.

Chapter Advisor: Goldie Prelogar

Financial Advisor: Duane Whitbeck

Chapter Contact information:

Alumni Chapter Officers: contact Duane Whitbeck

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