Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
Meetings for Spring 2014
- February 3rd (Member Recruitment) in EB 331
- February 17th (Dues Paid) in EB 331
- March 17th (Officer Recruitment) in EB 331
- April 7th (Elections) in EB 331
- May 5th (Program Commencement) in EB 162
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: Josh Kinchen
Josh Kinchen is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education and the LGBTQIA Resource Office. After serving in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist, he worked in restaurant management for several years. During this time, he earned an Associate's of Arts in Pre-Sociology from Cape Fear Community College. He then transferred to the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a Communication Studies major and Leadership Studies minor. As an undergraduate student, Josh was heavily involved in student leadership. Among the honors he received were: being named Member of the Year from the Student Government Association and delivering the Keynote Address at the Commencement Ceremony for the Department of Communication Studies.
Josh currently serves as the Graduate Representative on the LGBTQIA Resource Office Advisory Board, Volunteer Coordinator for GLSEN Cape Fear, Graduate Representative for the WCE Diversity Committee, and President of the UNCW Student Organization Q-MAGNoT (Queer Military-Affiliated, Graduate, and Non-Traditional students).
Josh is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. in Higher Education, where he has focused his practical experiences and coursework with marginalized student populations. After graduation, he hopes to work in a postsecondary setting with LGBTQ students.
Vice President: Brandon Bell
Brandon works in UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center as the Excellence Project Coordinator, a peer mentor program focused on the academic success and retention of African American Students. Completing his Master’s degree in Higher Education in June, Brandon plans to further his work in diversity and inclusion while exploring functional areas like leadership, and prevention.
Director of Correspondence & 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.
Chapter Advisor 2013-2014
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.