by Diondra Clements
The Connecticut Room was filled with 12 new members and their families to celebrate those who were being inducted to Lambda Pi Eta, Tau Mu chapter of the National Communication Associations’ Honor Society.
Fourteen members of Central Connecticut’s Communication Department were admitted into the Lambda Pi Eta, Tau Mu chapter last Thursday, though two of them were not in attendance. Honorees received their cords when they first came in to be greeted and checked.
Newly appointed Provost Dr. David Dauwalder and a few other department faculty members also came to take part in the celebration.
“I’m so proud of them. Hopefully, after they graduate, they find a job they really want and use their communication and theory skills,” Julie Kim, public relations and communications professor, said.
The honor society celebrated those who have shown success academically within their communication field. Dr. Chris Pudlinski, chair of the communications department, explained that high-ranking juniors and seniors who qualified are the ones being inducted.
“I really see this as just a celebration of some of our better students and the achievements they’ve [accomplished] at Central the last four years,” Pudlinski said.
In order to be honored and inducted, the student must have a 3.25 GPA and at least 12 credits in their communications class, as well as a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 60 credits overall.
“It’s an honor. I feel like a lot of my hard work has paid off up to this point. I’m very happy,” Rachel Babon, one of the honorees, said.
The ceremony was led by Chantel Moore, a student from Professor Joan Walden’s Signature Events class. Moore helped organize the ceremony and introduced Dr. Pudlinski to say a few words on Lambda Pi Eta and discuss how Central is one of their over 344 chapters.
The night also included special guest speaker and former communications chair Dr. Glynis Fitzgerald, who motivated students by telling them not to be discouraged by those who ask, “What are they going to do with a communication degree?” She also encouraged students to take classes outside of their field to learn a few more things to help them in life.
Finally, the students came up to receive their certificates. Since the chapter lacked a president and vice president, Moore read the names of the students as they came up and shook Dr. Pudlinski’s hand and posed for pictures. Once all the honorees received their certificate, they all got together to have their picture taken.
The ceremony closed off with a few more words from Dr. Pudlinski congratulating the inductees and giving them words of encouragement for their future goals, while also advocating for the students to inquire more information on becoming president and vice-president.
“I hope to get more connections with people,” Denise Goiz, an honoree, said. “I think when you’re a part of a group like this, you get closer and when you talk to people in the business and the workforce, you realize they’re also a part of Lambda Pi Eta.”