DeRosa named vice president of Kappa Delta Pi Executive Council
Fitchburg State University Professor Laurie J. DeRosa has been elected vice president of the Kappa Delta Pi Executive Council. Kappa Delta Pi is the international honor society in education, supporting the profesional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of 43,000 worldwide.
DeRosa has been an active educator at Fitchburg State for 23 years and is currently a professor in the education department. Her interests include researching the integration of the arts into the curriculum and development of interdisciplinary curriculums. She accepted the nomination to serve on the Executive Council for the 2012–2014 term, along with other elected officers of that KDP legislative body, to help guide the strategic vision and initiatives for the international association and oversee its financial resources.
DeRosa has been a KDP Member since 1978. In 2000, she took on the role of Chapter Counselor for the Xi Psi Chapter at Fitchburg State University and was awarded the O.L. Davis Counselor of Distinction Award in 2009. DeRosa has been a member of KDP International Committees including the Membership Committee and the Centennial Committee. Most recently, DeRosa organized a “Counting Down the Decades Dance" at the 100th Celebration Convocation in Indianapolis, Indiana last November. Under DeRosa’s leadership, the Fitchburg KDP Chapter has earned four consecutive ACE Awards (Achieving Chapter Excellence) and has been recognized for Literacy Alive! activities and involvement with Special Olympics, Massachusetts.
Serving on the executive council with DeRosa are Mary C. Clement (Berry College), who assumes the position of International President, and Nathan Bond (Texas State University), Past-President. Elected members of the 2012–2014 KDP Executive Council are Susan Trostle Brand (University of Rhode Island), President-Elect; Elizabeth A. Wilkins (Northern Illinois University), Vice-President; Zachary J. Schroeder (Purdue University), Student Representative; Keon T. Ruiter (Ware, MA Public School System), Professional Representative; and Tara L. Drexler (Twin Falls School District), Member-at-Large. Also invited to serve is Sonia Nieto (University of Massachusetts), Laureate Representative.