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Member/Chapter Spotlight

Has your chapter completed a community service project that you would like announced? Did your AKD member receive a special recognition or win an award? Let us know and we will post your achievements here for all to see!
American Sociological Association Honor Program Students
ASA provides an Honors Program for undergraduate sociology students held at the annual meeting. Each winner of AKD's Undergraduate Student Paper Competition is guaranteed a spot to attend this program.

Congratulations to the following AKD members who attended the 2013 ASA Honor Program:
Madeline Frost, Colorado College
Megan Robinson, Southwestern Unviersity

AKD members who attended the 2012 ASA Honor Program:

Jeremy Carp, Macalester College
Diego Melo, Macalester College
Jared Perkins, Abilene Christian University

Please email AKD if you or your student has been accepted into the program. For more information about the ASA Honors Program, visit:
Lee University

Congratulations to AKD member, Dr. Tetyana Shippee, who was was honored as the first recipient of Lee’s Department of Behavioral and Social Science distinguished alumni award. The award was presented during the 2013 homecoming festivities to Shippee in absentia by Dr. Karen Mundy, professor of sociology at Lee. The vibrant faith and academic excellence of Tetyana testifies to a new generation of Christian scholars in sociology,” said Mundy.

In addition to working as an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, Shippee is a widely published author.  Her works have appeared in such publications as Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, The Gerontologist, and American Journal of Public Health, among others.

Shippee came to Lee from Ukraine. She was awarded one of a limited number of scholarships offered by the U.S. State Department and arrived at Lee as a transfer student.

While at Lee she was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honors society, and served as a teacher’s assistant in intro level sociology classes.

In 2004, Shippee received a Fulbright Fellowship to return to Ukraine to study jurist civil law.  As a graduate student, she received the Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Aging and Life Course Section of the American Sociological Association. She also received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Academic Honor Society in Gerontology.

Shippee earned her doctorate from Purdue University in 2008 and her bachelor’s from Lee in 2003. Shippee lives in Minnesota with her husband Nate and their daughter Milena.

(Press Release, "
Shippee Named Behavioral and Social Sciences Distinguished Alum" by Britain Miethe)

University of Texas at San Antonio
In 2012, the Alpha Xi of Texas chapter was able to raise around $1,200 in their first Community Service Project. AKD chapter officers delivered a range of clothing items to refugee children who have been resettled with their families to San Antonio. The students provided clothing to the two schools in Northside ISD which have been receiving refugee families from around the world for a number of years.

As a wonderful side note, AKD (and Sociology) received a lot of media coverage via the event. Channel 29 (in San Antonio) covered the event, and there was an article on the front page of the Metro section in this weekend’s SA Express. There was also coverage on

Check out Alpha Xi of Texas' website for some wonderful photos of the event: