Fifty students inducted into communications honor society
The School of Communications chapter of Lambda Pi Eta hosted a May 4 induction ceremony, with Associate Professor Naeemah Clark serving as the event’s keynote speaker.
Fifty new members were inducted into the Elon University School of Communications chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) at a May 4 ceremony in Lakeside.
It was the 18th annual induction ceremony for the communications honor society. Photos of the ceremony are available on the school’s Flickr page.
Associate Professor Frances Ward-Johnson, LPE chapter adviser, introduced chapter president Ciara’ Dixon ’16 and her fellow officers Kristen DeMaria ’16, Becca Johnson ’17 and Caela Shay ’16. They led all new LPE students through the induction ritual. Of the 50 who were inducted, 37 were on hand for the ceremony.
Keynote speaker Naeemah Clark, associate professor in the School of Communications, used the opportunity to discuss the significance of one’s name, noting her own experiences growing up with an uncommon first name. Clark explained that while parents might bestow a name, the individual is accountable for ensuring it reaches its full potential.
“Building your name is your responsibility,” she said. “You have to take your name and give it meaning. This name is rooted in what you’ve done in the past and the present and will determine what you do in the future.”
The associate professor connected this theme to the importance of building and maintaining a reputation once a person reaches the professional world. Clark noted that this idea of reputation building extends to accurately representing others as well.
“Your success in the School of Communications and your presence at this ceremony means that you intend to have media somehow tied to your name,” Clark said. “As people working in the media, you have an additional responsibility ... you will create labels for others that will be read or heard in large forums.”
At the end of the ceremony, the new LPE officers were announced. Johnson was named the chapter's new president, and Audrey Engelman ’17, formerly the administrative coordinator, was elected as vice president. Taylor Hoerr ’17 will be the scholarship chair, Corrine Barrow ’17 was appointed social media coordinator, and Katrine Ryan ’17 will serve as event coordinator.
Senior strategic communications major Hattie Hoskins was named the recipient of the Outstanding Honor Society Graduating Senior Award. She is the agency director for Live Oak Communications, Elon’s student-run strategic communications agency. Earlier this year, Hoskins was named one of five national finalists for the 2016 PRWeek Student of the Year Award.
Among the attendees at this year’s ceremony were members of Assistant Professor Vanessa Bravo’s “Media Writing” class who live-tweeted the event.
The Elon chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, an organization affiliated with the National Communication Association, got its start in 1998. Any School of Communications student is eligible for membership when he or she has completed at least 60 hours of university credit, with at least 12 of those hours in the School of Communications. Members must possess no less than a 3.0 overall GPA, and a GPA of at least 3.25 in the School of Communications.
In 2013 the National Communication Association named Elon's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta the national Chapter of the Year and Ward-Johnson the Adviser of the Year.
2016 Lambda Pi Eta Inductees
Joseph Del Vecchio
Daniela Pereyra Del Aguila