by Diondra Clements
Twenty three members of the Central Connecticut State University Communication Department were inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta, Tau Mu chapter of the National Communication Association’s Honor Society this past Thursday.
This honor society celebrated academic success in the fields of communication and journalism.
The Connecticut Room was filled with the 20 students and their families — three students were not in attendance — to support all who were inducted.
The ceremony was led by department chair Dr. Chris Pudlinski and the co-presidents of the chapter, Kelsey Murphy and Emily Wilson. The event was organized by communication professor Joan Walden and her students who are currently enrolled in the department’s “Signature Events” course.
Those inducted were junior and senior communication students. In order to be honored and inducted, one must have a 3.25 GPA and at least 12 credits in their communications classes and a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 60 credits overall.
“I’m really excited, especially since only a select group are included,” said Nicole Vitale, one of the honorees. Another honoree, Kerry Clark, explained the feeling as “unexpected.” Clark’s mother stated that she was proud to see all of her daughter’s hard work starting to pay off.
The night started with Pudlinski speaking about Lambda Pi Eta and its over 300 chapters. A slideshow of remembrance that was put together by the students of the “Public Relations Strategies and Techniques” class then followed.
The night also included special guest speaker, former Vance Chair, writer and educator, Susan Campbell. Campbell encouraged and congratulated the honorees on their academic achievements and future endeavors, leaving them with the words, “focus is the new IQ in communications, the sky’s the limit, make them proud.”
Murphy and Wilson then came up to also congratulate the honorees and reflect on their time as co-presidents. They lit three candles to represent Lambda Pi Eta. All three candles were blown out, signifying the start of the new chapter.
After a few more words, the honorees were then called up to receive their cords along with their certificate.
“It’s exciting and an honor as president to see new students being inducted,” said Murphy. “I hope they enjoy each other’s company, develop relationships within communication companies and further refine career goals.”
Wilson continued, “It’s exciting to see so many people getting so much out of this communication department. It’s a great opportunity to network and meet other people.”
At the ceremony, Pudlinski made note that all three co-presidents were graduating this May, which meant new inductees were welcomed to take the position.