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YHC Students Inducted Into Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Students Inducted Into Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society
Inaugural Omega Tau Chapter Installed at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Nov. 3, 10 Young Harris College students were recently inducted as charter members of the Omega Tau chapter of the international communication studies honor society Lambda Pi Eta during a special ceremony held in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the Young Harris College campus.

Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA) and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the only certifying agency for college and university honor societies in the United States.

“Lambda Pi Eta is associated with the NCA, one of the preeminent scholarly organizations in communication studies that encompasses both of the College’s concentrations in media and human communication,” said Instructor of Communication Studies and Lambda Pi Eta Faculty Advisor Joseph Terry.

The honor society aims to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, promote and encourage professional development among communication majors and stimulate interest in the field of communication.

Election to membership in Lambda Pi Eta is open to undergraduates enrolled as communication studies majors or minors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 with 60 credit hours completed and 3.25 for communication studies courses with 12 credit hours completed.

The new student officers are President Ali Neese, of Marietta, Ga., Co-Vice President Miriam Torres, of Roswell, Ga., Co-Vice President Kelley Lyness, of Watkinsville, Ga., Secretary Alexandra Franzini, of Snellville, Ga., and Treasurer Eric Hoppe, of Alpharetta, Ga. New members include Amy Dalton, of Augusta, Ga., Kathleen Layton, of White, Ga., Megan Powell, of Cleveland, Ga., Karen Resendiz Rodriguez, of Springfield, Mo., and Christelle Vereb of Hayesville, N.C.

Prior to the induction ceremony, the Division of Humanities hosted the first lecture of a new Lambda Pi Eta Lecture Series in Communication Studies. Jay Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of advertising at the University of Georgia, presented a lecture titled “Torn Halves That Actually Do Add Up: Communication Study in the 21st Century.”

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

Charter members of the Omega Tau chapter of the international honor society Lambda Pi Eta include (from left to right) President Ali Neese, of Marietta, Ga., Co-Vice President Kelley Lyness, of Watkinsville, Ga., Christelle Vereb of Hayesville, N.C., Megan Powell, of Cleveland, Ga., Co-Vice President Miriam Torres, of Roswell, Ga., Karen Resendiz Rodriguez, of Springfield, Mo., Secretary Alexandra Franzini, of Snellville, Ga., Treasurer Eric Hoppe, of Alpharetta, Ga., and Kathleen Layton, of White, Ga.

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