The School of Communications chapter of Lambda Pi Eta hosted an April 12 induction ceremony welcoming 103 new members.
The Elon University School of Communications chapter of Lambda Pi Eta celebrated its 20th annual induction ceremony on April 12, recognizing the academic achievements of 103 new members.
Naeemah Clark, associate professor of communications, offered a welcome and presented Lambda Pi Eta scholarships to two outstanding students: Amy Rauch ’19, a double major in strategic communications and communication design, and Alexis Kirkland ’19, a cinema and television arts major.
The program was then turned over to Communications Dean Paul Parsons who presented an Outstanding Alumna Award to Colleen Herndon Penhall ’98. The Elon graduate serves as vice president of corporate social responsibility for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., overseeing corporate sustainability, community relations and Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
After the alumni award presentation, student chapter’s executive team led the new members of Lambda Pi Eta through the organization’s induction ritual.
At the conclusion of the induction ceremony, Parsons offered a final charge to the honored students, sharing words of wisdom he first heard from Communications Advisory Board member Craig Waller. The message was: “The workplace, like life, is divided between those who show up and those who actually make things happen.”
“In this age of astonishingly rapid communication change, and evolution of the workplace, the future will belong to those who make things happen, as opposed to just showing up,” Parsons said. “You are the ones who will make things happen.”
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 Associate Professor Frances Ward-Johnson the Adviser of the Year.
Associate Professor Amanda Sturgill served as the acting adviser of the chapter this academic year.
2018 Lambda Pi Eta Inductees
Rachel Anne Aquaqviva
Victoria Kirchner Baumgarten
Xena D. Burwell
Lindsay Marie Case
Kirsten A. Chase
Stacey Erin Cohn
Hannah Marie Durbin
Tyler J. Fewin
Marjorie Anne Foster
Margaret Jean Gunson
Elena Cristina Hernandez
Johanna Maria Hilpuesch
Meghan O’Connor Isaf
Hannah R. McCarthy