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Alpha Kappa Delta
International Sociology Honor Society C.S.U.L.A. IOTA Chapter of California
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"Alpha Kappa Delta has its specific beginning in the fall of 1920 in the department of sociology, University of Southern California, when the departmental chairman, Dr. Emory S. Bogardus, proposed to the graduate students the formation of a society in which the students might become acquainted with each other's research projects and where they might meet informally with the whole staff of the department for suggestions and criticisms. Consequently, on November 21, 1920, a group of 14 persons composed of the faculty and graduate students of the department of sociology organized the first chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta for the purpose of interchange of ideas concerning sociological projects.

Membership in the group was limited to undergraduate and graduate students having high scholarship and to those doing research work. In fact, in the local group Phi Beta Kappa standards were approximated for membership.

In 1921, Dr.Bogardus, acting on the belief that the best students in sociology in other universities might be interested in a similar organization, sent letters to faculty members in  a selected group of institutions. The University of Wisconsin was the first to respond. Northwestern University and the University of Kansas followed.

The name, Alpha Kappa Delta, was devised by Dr.Bogardus and adopted by the chapter members of the University of Southern California chapter. It represented the first letters of three Greek words; namely anthropon(mankind), katamanthanein(to investigate thoroughly or to conduct research), and diakonesein(for the purpose of service). The name, therefore, implies social research for the purpose of service. An appropriate symbol of the society, the Alpha Kappa Delta key, was designed by Dr.Melvin J.Vincent, one of the charter members of the Alpha chapter of California.

During the seven decades of its history, over 47,000 scholars have been initiated into the Society. There are presently 357 chapters in 48 states, the District of Columbia, the Philippines, and Taiwan."

Source: Handbook of the United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta, 1989-1990.

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Alpha Kappa Delta
C.S.U.L.A. IOTA Chapter of California
Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta at  the California State University, Los Angeles was founded in 1960.

The chapter was revitalized in the Spring of 1997 with the hopes of continuing the tradition of AKD. In conjunction with the Sociology Club, we will have some activities that are both informative to the students while maintaining an enjoyable environment. Tentatively, we have planned to provide information about graduate schools through workshops and faculty mixers.

Another idea we hope to implement concerns recruitment. Many incoming freshman do not know about the sociological discipline. We intend to inform students by having orientation meetings and social events.

We will have distinguished members of the sociological community to campus to speak to students about careers in sociology.

We at  the Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta are excited about the prospects of our organization; Research, Service and Mankind.