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Lambda Pi Eta Inducts Fall 2017 Members

February 2, 2018

On November 16, 2017, the UCF chapter of Lambda Pi Eta inducted 21 new members and welcome five new officers. Lambda Pi Eta is the official honor society of the National Communication Association. Nicholson School of Communication initiated the first charter class of the Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Eta Chapter in 2005. To date, more than 350 members have been initiated to the UCF chapter.

The 21 new members are Jennifer Baltzly (senior, communication & conflict), Brian Brant (junior, digital journalism), Vanessa Briceno-Montilla (senior, advertising/public relations), Cera Casey (senior, communication & conflict), Makayla Chancey (senior, advertising/public relations), Christopher Collins (senior, human communication), Austin Consigny (advertising/public relations), Ashley Diaz (senior, advertising/public relations), Asha Gissendanner (junior, advertising/public relations), Amy Loveless (junior, advertising/public relations), Jessica Moore (junior, advertising/public relations), Nader Nashed (senior, human communication), Cristine Quinones (senior, communication and conflict), Jean Racine (senior, journalism), Anne Reiber (senior, radio-television), Keyonnia Small (senior, advertising/public relations), Mikhalya Stover (senior, human communication), Suwann Frison (senior, communication & conflict), Ariel Thweatt (junior, advertising/public relations), Kristen Wong (senior, journalism) and Hannah Workman (junior, advertising/public relations).

In addition, some of these new members now have the opportunity to serve on Lambda Pi Eta’s executive board. Erin West (senior, journalism) serves as president, Jennifer Predvil (senior, radio-television) serves as vice president, Alexia Hinds (senior, advertising/public relations) is social media manager and Lakelyn Taylor (graduate student, communication) oversees events. Small and Gissendanner are getting right to work after initiation; Small now assists hinds on social media activity and Gissendanner serves as the chapter secretary.

The purposes of Lambda Pi Eta are to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, stimulate interest in the field of communication, promote and encourage professional development among communication majors, and provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication. All in all, the honor society is a valuable resource for its members.

“Lambda Pi Eta is an excellent vehicle for students to network with NSC students outside their major,” said Shari Hodgson, who serves as faculty advisor for Lambda Pi Eta and is a member of the human communication faculty. “In addition, the society encourages members to participate in scholarly research projects and attend professional conferences.”

To be eligible for consideration for membership as an undergraduate applicant must have completed 60 college credit hours and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants must also have completed 12 credit hours in communication studies and be currently enrolled as a student in good standing as determined by university requirements.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 for all communication studies courses with prefixes that include ADV, COM, JOU, MMC, PUR, RTV, and SPC. For more information about Lambda Pi Eta, please contact faculty advisor Shari Hodgson at