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Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)
The International Sociological Honor Society
Alpha Phi of New York Chapter at West Point
 

AKD at West Point is a 21st century phenomenon. Established in 2001, the Sociology Program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership inducts the newest members into the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociological Honor Society every Spring in Thayer Hall.

According to official handbook, AKD is a democratic and international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of three Greek words: Antropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” The purpose of AKD according to its constitution is “...to promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement of the human condition.” The goal and purpose of AKD is reflected in its name, Alpha Kappa Delta, which was created by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus at the University of Southern California in 1920.

Alpha Phi of New York strives to promote the study of social issues and serve humankind, while at the same time providing an extracurricular outlet for cadets interested in the study of sociology.

Alpha Phi of New York initiates both faculty and cadets. Following the annual initiation of cadet and faculty members, invited guest speakers present research, make speeches, or give talks in their respective areas of interest. Past speakers have included renowned sociologists in their fields of specialization. These lectures are generally open to the USMA community as well.

Dr. Ender has high praises for the yearly ceremony. “Alpha Kappa Delta gives the Sociology Program at West Point an opportunity to showcase the talent of our faculty and students, while also allowing us to bring in guest speakers to lecture on topics relevant to cadets and sociology at West Point. Everyone has a wonderful time, we celebrate academic achievement, we learn something new, and we generate interest in sociology among cadets, staff and faculty outside of the department.”

Beginning the society back in 1920 at the University of Southern California while the chair of the department of sociology, Dr. Bogardus proposed to the graduate students that they form a society where the students could become acquainted with each other's research projects and where they could meet informally with the faculty and staff for suggestions and criticisms. Today, with thousands of members in over 440 chapters throughout the world, AKD is truly an international sociological honor society.

 
ARMY Sociology AKD Officers (Past and Present)
Dr. Morten G. Ender, Sonoma State University
Dr. Robert M. Carter, William and Mary College
Dr. Ryan Kelty, University of Maryland
Dr. Judith Rosenstein, Cornell University
COL/Dr. Irving Smith III, University of Maryland
LTC/Dr. Remi Hajjar, Northwestern University
CPT/Dr. Jess Dawson, Duke University
 
Chapter Inductees, Guest Speakers, & Presentation Titles
 
2015-2016 Induction Ceremony
April 16, 2016 – 1245-1340
Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Conference Room
TH277
 
2015-2016 Inductees:
 
CPT Jessica Dawson, Duke University
CDT Samantha Bradley (USMA ’17)
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Professor Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania
What Have We Learned from the Sociology of Combat?
 
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Chapter Inductees, Guest Speakers, & Presentation Titles
 
2014-2015 Induction Ceremony
April 10, 2015 – 1245-1340
Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Conference Room
TH277
 
2014-2015 Inductees:
 
Ian G. McWilliams (USMA ’15)
 
Guest Speaker:
 
David R. Segal and Mady Wechsler Segal
Department of Sociology, University of Maryland
Sociologists and Soldier 2020
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2013-2014 Induction Ceremony
April 17, 2014 – 1245-1340
Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Conference Room
TH277
 
2013-2014 Inductees:
 
Dr. Luke Gerdes
Major Laura Weimer (USMA ‘03)
Cadet Karlos Febus-Traphagen ( USMA 14)
Cadet Jocelyn Lewis (USMA ‘14)
Cadet Josette Antilla (USMA ’15)
Cadet Emily Kozma (USMA ‘15)
Cadet Chelsey Miranda (USMA ’15)
Cadet Stephanie Salmon (USMA ‘15)
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology and Chair,
Department of Sociology, Duke University
Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
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Chapter Inductees, Guest Speakers, & Presentation Titles
 
2012-2013 Induction Ceremony
May 1, 2013 – 1245-1340
Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Conference Room
TH277
 
2012-2013 Inductees:
 
MAJ Sharon M. Edens, M.A.
Victoria Eve Emerson (USMA ’13)
Jozlyn Alexis McCaw (USMA ’14)
Katherine J. Wacker (USMA ‘14)
 
Guest Speaker:
 
COL/Dr. Irving Smith III, Associate Professor of Sociology, USMA
Accidental Sociologists:
The Department of Defense’s Use of Sociology in the Conduct of War
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Chapter Inductees, Guest Speakers, & Presentation Titles
 
2011-2012 Induction Ceremony
April 19, 2012 – 1245-1340
Eisenhower Leader Development Program Classroom
TH352
 
2011-2012 Inductees:
 
Rachel Jean Stuhlmiller (USMA ’12)
Triada Cross (USMA ’13)
Carolyn Fiore (USMA ‘13)
 
Guest Speaker:
Dr. Stacie Furia, Research Sociologist, Palm Center, UCLA School of Law 
Bomb Shells on Film Reels:
Cinematic Portrayals of Gender in the Military 1932-Today
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Chapter Inductees, Guest Speakers, & Presentation Titles
 
2010-2011 Induction Ceremony
April 11, 2011 – 1245-1340
BS&L Conference Room
 
2010-2011 Inductees:
 
Dr. Bruce E. Keith (Professor of Sociology)
CDT Joshua C. Covey (USMA ’11)
CDT Sara C. Lehman (USMA ’12)
CDT Michael R. Nilsen (USMA ‘11)
CDT Brianna Perez (USMA  ’12)
CDT Matthew G. Jedras (USMA ‘13)
CDT Janae E. Bell (USMA ‘13)
 
Guest Speaker:
Mr. Al Petrie, Lake View Civics Association (President Emeritus)
Volunteers Rebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina 
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Mr. Al Petrie (Center) with new AKD inductees 
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2009-2010 Induction Ceremony
March 4, 2010 – 1245-1340
BS&L Conference Room
 
2009-2010 Inductees:
 
CDT Avi R. Bakshani (USMA ’11)
CDT George Alden Chewning II (USMA ’11)
Dr. Kathryn A. Coronges 
CDT Alexandra P. Rosenberg (USMA ‘10)
 
Guest Speaker:
Pamela Stone, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Why Women Quit Their Careers and Head Home
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2008-2009 Induction Ceremony
March 28, 2009 - 1245-1340
Eisenhower Cafe
 
Inductees: 
MAJ Jason Toole, Purdue University
  CDT Benjamin Franklin  (USMA ’09)
CDT Kimberly Mallard (USMA ’10)
CDT Christopher Murphy (USMA ’10)
CDT Brad Swanson (USMA ’10)
 
Guest Lecture:
Dr. David R. Segal, University of Maryland
Soldiers’ Evaluations of the Leaders and Soldier–Sociologists as Leaders
 
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Dr. David R. Segal (center front) with the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
Sociology faculty and cadets in 2009
 
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2007-2008 Induction Ceremony
April 1, 2008 
 Thayer Hall 277
 
Inductees:
CDT Jenna Burneskis (USMA ’08)
CDT Andrea Gongaware (USMA ’09)
CDT Jenna Lafferty (USMA ’09)
CDT Ashley Rowland (USMA ’09)
CDT Leslie Willey (USMA ’09)
 
Guest Lecture:
 Dr. Donna Gaines, Independent Sociologist
Youth Suicide and Implications for the U.S. Military
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2006-2007 Induction Ceremony
April 12, 2007 - 1245-1340
Thayer Hall 277
 
Inductees:   
CDT Amie Foster (USMA ’08)
CDT Allison Gould (USMA ’08)
CDT Roger Kim (USMA ’07)
MAJ Keirya Langkamp, University of Notre Dame
  CDT Jackie Oeser (USMA ’08)
MAJ Darcy Schnack, Boston College (USMA ‘96)
CDT Eric Wong (USMA ’08)
 
Guest Lecture: MAJ Remi Hajjar
Building Strong and Culturally Savvy Leaders: The TRADOC Culture Center
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2005-2006 Induction Ceremony
April 7, 2006 - 1245-1340
Thayer Hall 277
 
Inductees: 
CDT Michael Chen (USMA ’06)
CDT Alexander Clamon (USMA ’06)
CDT Chelsea Cunningham (USMA ’06)
  CDT Sarah Dreyfus (USMA ’06)
CDT Daniel Harrison (USMA ’06)
CDT Daniel Hwang (USMA ’06)
  Dr. Ryan Kelty, University of Maryland
CDT Melanie Kwan (USMA ’06)
CDT Heather Rau (USMA ’06)
CPT(P) William White, University of Buffalo
 
Guest Lecture:
Dr. James Burk, Texas A&M University
Democratic Peace and Accountability
 
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Dr. James Burk with Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Alpha Kappa Delta,
Sociological Honor Society inductees, 2006
 
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2004-2005 Induction Ceremony
April 1, 2005
Thayer Hall 277
 
Inductees:
 
Tina Chong (USMA ’06)
LTC Brian DuRant, Texas A&M University
Nicole Fogel (USMA ’06)
Matthew Haught (USMA ’06)
Ms. Katie Hauserman, University of Wyoming
Kirsten Rowe (USMA ’06) 
 
Guest Lecture:
Jeffery Alexander, Princeton University
The Origins of Civil Power: Politics and Persuasion
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2003-2004 Induction Ceremony
April 2, 2004
 
Inductees:
 
CDT Erica Lynn Urban (USMA ’04)
CDT Patrick Joseph Bell (USMA ’04)
CDT Rachel Kathryn Beck (USMA ’04)
CDT Daniel Maximilian Ferguson (USMA ’04)
COL Thomas A. Kolditz, University of Missouri
CDT Abby Hamilton Shields (USMA ’04)
CDT Emily J.T. Perez (USMA ’04)
CDT Marquese D. Lewis
CDT Grace Mayo Glaze (USMA ’04)
MAJ Todd D. Woodruff, University of Maryland 
 
Guest Lecture:
Brenda L. Moore, State University of New York at Buffalo
Japanese-American Women in Military Intelligence in WWII
 
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Dr. Brenda Moore with some 2004 inductees from left to right: MAJ Woodruff,
CDTs Ferguson, Urban, Glaze, Beck, Bell, and Shields in front
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2002-2003 Induction Ceremony
March 2003
 
Inductees:
CDT Augusto Giacoman (USMA ’03)
MAJ Remi Hajjar, Northwestern University
Guest Lecture:
Dr. John M. Steiner, Sonoma State University
The Sociology of the Holocaust
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2001-2002 Induction Ceremony
April 2002
 
Inductees:
CDT Julie A. Dixon (USMA ’02)
CDT Cassandra V. Facciponti (USMA ’02)
CDT Ariel A. Jones (USMA ’02)
CDT Michael C. Izzo (USMA ’02)
CDT Stacy L. Gervalis (USMA ’02)
 
Guest Lecture:
Ms. Diane Diamond, SUNY Stony Brook
The Integration of Women at USMA and VMI
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2000-2001 Induction Ceremony
May 16, 2001
 
Inductees:
CDT Sara Ewing (USMA ’02)
MAJ Cynthia Hargrow, Texas A&M University
MAJ John S. Hurley, Northwestern University
CDT Stephen Ruggiero (USMA ’01)
 
Guest Lecture:
 Dr. Bruce Keith, United States Military Academy at West Point
The State of Sociology
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 For information about Sociology at West Point or AKD contact: Dr. Morten G. Ender, AKD Chapter Representative