Registration for the 2019 SED Convention is now live! Convention this year will take place at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Alabama from Friday, April 12th to Sunday, April 14th. Please visit sedc2019.com to register. There you will find the link to the registration form, payment portal, and the link to the site where you can book your hotel room at our discounted rate. Remember to book early!
As we host convention at an actual convention center for the second time this year, it is vital to the convention’s success that attendees stay at the official convention hotel (Sheraton Birmingham Hotel). For those of you that have attended National Convention, you’ll know that staying in the same hotel as the convention site makes for a much more pleasant experience. You won’t even have to go outside to get to programming!
As we get closer to the actual date of the event, more information will come out about specific programming, but rest assured that this will be a fantastic event with plenty of national leadership in attendance to present on a multitude of topics. Remember, visit sedc2019.com to register for this great event! Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
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2019-2020 Southeast District Council Candidates
Gillian Jinkins - Candidate for SED President
My name is Gillian Jinkins, and I am a junior Political Science and German major at Mississippi State University. I have been a member of the Famous Maroon Band for 3 years and am able to thank this organization for some of the greatest memories of my life and my greatest friends. As we all know, marching band is a unique experience, where despite the highest or lows of the team we are playing for we never leave their side. Not unlike this, can I describe the friends and memories I have made in marching band the hard losses and the awesome feeling of winning your first college football game! When I came to Mississippi State I was scared to have lost my high school band family, but it didn’t take me long to realize that in reality my family had only grown.
I joined Kappa Kappa Psi and served my freshman year as Historian of our chapter and not long after being elected as president where I am currently serving my second term. Joining Kappa Kappa Psi was one of the greatest decisions of my life. Not only have I gained amazing brothers, but I have gained invaluable skills and become a better servant leader with every passing day. I have been honored by my membership in such a great organization where I am constantly surrounded by young people striving to improve their bands and communities.
Outside of band I am the founder of Sojourn, a foreign language multimedia journal. We primarily deal with prose, poetry, short stories, songs, and experiences abroad. I am also a member of the Theta Beta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the academic honorary society. I am currently working on research dealing with voter education and outreach across the U.S.A and am planning to present at a research symposium in Connecticut at the end of this summer.
My website is: https://gillianforsedpres.wordpress.com/
Brianna McKinzie - Candidate for SED President
Brianna Nicole McKinzie is a Fall 2016 Brother of the Alpha Eta Chapter at the University of Florida. Brianna is currently a third year Women’s Studies major, with minors in Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Education. She has a passion for equality and serving people and plans to become a high school Mathematics teacher in a low-income area where she can encourage and give students opportunities they may not have had otherwise. Brianna is a clarinet player in the Gator Band and this past year served as Clarinet Section Leader. Outside of Gator Band, Brianna has played in the University’s Symphonic and Concert Bands on bass clarinet and percussion. Brianna served as the Southeast District Vice President of Membership for 2017-2018 and Southeast District President for 2018-2019. Outside of band, Brianna has served the organization FAB (Florida Alternative Breaks) by becoming a site leader and attending the LGBTQ Affairs trip. She hopes to grow connections across the Southeast District and encourage chapters to learn about how other chapters operate and function.
James Washburn III - Candidate for SED President
James Washburn III is a Spring 2016 initiate to The Mighty Iota Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc. He is Business Supply Chain Management student at The Illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. His love for his chapter and the organization pushes him to do nothing less than strive for the highest. After undergrad, he plans get his master’s in healthcare management, and aspirations is to change and improve the manner in which healthcare is administered to all classes of people, as well as open a Performing Arts Center to in an effort to preserve the arts in lower economic areas. He has marched in the Blue & Gold Marching Machine for four years, where he was drum major for the 2018-2019 season, while serving as the Iota Zeta chapter president for two consecutive years. James has also served as the president of the Council of Presidents, which is the governing body for all student ran organizations on campus, the 2018-2019 semester while at North Carolina A&T.
Luke Tucker - Candidate for SED Vice President of Membership
Starting in the fall of 2009, the decision to join Tupelo Public District’s band program was made. It was here that Luke Tucker was introduced to a world of making music. When Luke reached high school, he started participating in marching band. He noticed there are many necessary parts in an award-winning band program. Luke having received many friends and life skills from his time in the marching band wanted to pay back into the program. This want was the driving force behind him performing tasks for the band to better the program for everyone else. His work during high school carried over to his college career in the Famous Maroon Band. In college for a Biomedical Engineering degree Luke discovered an organization called Kappa Kappa Psi. This organization is where people in similar situations to Luke could gather and do more than anyone person. After performing a year as a regular member in this organization, he determined it was time to serve on the executive council for the chapter. During the elections of 2017, Luke Tucker was elected to the position of Recording Secretary for the Epsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. He performed his duties to the best of his ability during that year, and the following election the Epsilon chapter deemed it appropriate to elect him to Vice President. While sitting as the active Vice President, Luke acted as the guiding spirit for the membership class of 2018, planned and lead the first brother bonding weekend in the last four years of the chapter, and planned and taught a CMEP class about the ten points of the ritual. During February of 2019 he decided that it was time to strive for the highest again by running for Vice President of Membership for the Southeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi. His intention for running is to create continuing membership education guide for all chapters.
Jessica Needham - Candidate for SED Vice President of Programs
Jessica Needham is a Spring 2017 initiate of the Eta Sigma chapter at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is a senior double major studying Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies, with focuses in the Arts and Behavioral Social Sciences. Additionally, she is pursuing a minor in Leadership Studies. Jessica first picked up flute in fifth grade, and once she enrolled at UCF, she knew college band was not only an option; it was a must! Throughout her college career, Jessica’s involvement in bands has fostered her school spirit and pride. She has been an enthusiastic member of the UCF Marching Knights for five seasons and plans to return for a sixth season. She has also served as the piccolo section leader for the past four years. Additionally, she participates in UCF’s concert ensembles each semester. This school year, she is serving on Eta Sigma’s Executive Board as the Treasurer. Outside of the music world, Jessica enjoys all things outdoors and conducts marine biology research at UCF. In her free time, she spends time with her cats and loves to cheer on the Knights!
Atia Aroonsakulwongse - Candidate for SED Secretary/Treasurer
Atia Aroonsakulwongse is a Fall 2016 brother from the Theta Theta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, AL. She is currently in her third year studying Public Health with a concentration Global Health Studies in the Pre-Physician Assistants track. Atia has a passion of serving people in low-income areas in the health care field. She aspires to be a physicians’ assistant in low income areas to bring healthcare for those who cannot afford it. Atia is a piccolo player in the Marching Blazers at UAB and she has been a part of the UAB Wind Symphony and Symphony playing flute and piccolo since starting at UAB in the Fall of 2016. In Kappa Kappa Psi, Atia served being the recording secretary and now is the current president (at this time) of Theta Theta. Outside of band, Atia is a part of the Public Health Student Organization participating in a team to create public health interventions within the campus of UAB. Atia hopes to grow connections within the Southeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi and help chapters to get to know one another.