Photo by Glory Attaochu
Dr. James Robinson inducts a student into Alpha Kappa Delta. Alpha Kappa Delta is
a new honor society for the sociology department.
Alpha Kappa Delta joins UNCP campus
By Robert Deckert
Faculty and students were inducted on Oct. 16 at the UC, marking the beginning of a new honor society, Alpha Kappa Delta, at UNCP.
The following faculty members and students were inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society: Dr. Ottis Murray, Jr., Sam Pearson, Rachel Blanton, Amy Cox, Lynn Cummings, Jacqueline Godwin, James Greene, Sedrich Lewis, Tina Lowery, Leeann Porritt, Racheal Prado, Mary Shears, Kristina Steele and Jennifer Vchulek.
Founded in 1920 at the University of South Carolina, Alpha Kappa Delta is an international society that concentrates on the study of humankind for the purpose of service, according to Assistant Professor Dr. James Robinson who performed the inductions.
Some of the benefits are recognition among other people who practice sociology, Robinson said.
It helps with the applications process of sociology as well as with employment, he added.
Additional benefits include peer networking and a subscription to the society’s journal, Sociological Inquiry.
Students interested in joining Alpha Kappa Delta must be a junior, have taken at least four courses in sociology and hold at least a 3.0 GPA in sociology, along with approval by the two chapter representatives, Dr. Robinson and Dr. Ottis Murray.
Inductions for Alpha Kappa Delta are held in the fall and spring before graduation.
Members will also be allowed to wear the blue-green cord at their graduation ceremonies.
“I think it has a lot of advantages,” said junior Amy Cox.
“It helps me set an example for my daughter who is also a student here,” Cox continued.
There are Alpha Kappa chapters in all 50 states and in six countries outside the U.S., including Canada, Singapore and Finland.
Inducted member James Greene, a senior, said that those in the sociology community must be curious about exploring the humankind.
The reason for people to be involved is because they have the sociological imagination and knack for creative thinking when studying human beings, according to Greene.
“Studying human beings and understanding ourselves was what drew me to this field,” he added.