Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
Meetings for Fall 2014
- Tuesday, September 23 at 6 pm in Topsail Island Room
- Tuesday, October 28 at 6 pm in Watson
- Tuesday, November 18 at 6 pm in Watson
- Wednesday, December 10, TBA in conjunction with the end of semester Higher Education Department event.
The purpose of the organization shall be to promote and recognize excellence in academics, research, and service to the profession of student affairs and higher education through workshops, lectures, professional development, and advocacy.
Officers for 2013-2014
Chapter President: Kanalyn Jackson
Kanalyn works as a Graduate Assistant in Campus Activities. She primarily works with Multicultural Student Organizations, providing them with workshops and resources. Kanalyn is in her second year of the Masters of Higher Education program and plans to graduate in May.
Vice President: Tiffany Campbell
Treasurer: Laura Brogdon
Laura works full time at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship working with local entrepreneurs (including students and alumni) and investors, is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Higher Education, is active in local community theater, and finds her work at Holiday Inn Resort with UNCW students rewarding and fulfilling.
This March, Laura will be presenting her research at the American College Personnel Association on the importance of skill development and applied learning outside the classroom in work studies and internships using the model from the pilot program this past summer.
Before returning to NC, Laura spent five years in the Chicagoland area working in environmental education for K-12 and planning sustainable, earth-friendly weddings and events.
Director of Public Awareness: Jordan Stone
Jordan works as a graduate assistant in the Curriculum Materials Center assisting with student teaching interns. Jordan is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. in Higher Education and hopes to work in Student Conduct upon graduating while pursuing his Ph.D.
Jordan also serves as an advisor for the Wilmington Chapter of the Delta Chi Fraternity.
Director of Correspondence: Arinn Williamson
Arinn is a second year graduate student in the Master of Education – Higher Education program. She completed her undergraduate degree in English in 1994 and Elementary Teacher Certification in 1995. She is thrilled to be back at UNCW. Currently she is beginning her second year as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Center. She works with Mike Barugel with the student interns in the Certified Internship Program. She is also completing an internship in the Career Center and is excited to be learning more about becoming a Career Counselor. She is enjoying presenting workshops and helping students with their own career development. Prior to returning to school Arinn taught Pre-K for many years in Raleigh, NC and Nashville, TN. She also worked extensively with the YMCA. She is also the proud mom of her son, Chris Gurkin. He is a sophomore at New Hanover High School.
When she is not pursuing her academic endeavors she can be found spending time at the beach or dancing with the Wilmington Latin Dance Community. She has studied dance for the majority of her life and her current favorite styles are Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba.
Chapter Advisor 2014-2015
Dr. Andy Ryder
Dr. Andrew J. Ryder is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education. Andy earned both his doctorate and master of science degrees in higher education from the Iowa State University and his bachelor of arts degree in history and government from the College of William & Mary. His dissertation studying Iowa GED students’ pathways to community college completion earned the 2012 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). Andy’s research and scholarly interests include access to postsecondary education for students who have been both under-prepared and under-served by K-12 schools and institutional practices which support college students’ development of personal and social responsibility. He also studies the history and philosophy of student affairs practice. Andy has twelve years of professional experience in the field of student affairs, having worked as an honors program student advisor at Iowa State, residence hall director and assistant director in residence life at Northeastern University and assistant dean for residence life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Andy's current research projects include faculty and curricular influences on students’ openness to diversity and challenge and the perceptions of essential competencies for new student affairs professionals held by their direct supervisors. He has authored several chapters for the New Directions sourcebooks for higher education and institutional research published by Jossey-Bass and presented at national and international meetings, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Andy is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox and enjoys running and triathlon.