New communications honor society at Roanoke inducts first members

New members of Roanoke's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. Back row from left to right, Emily Brown, Alexander Holt Walker-Drennan, Kelsey Daniel and faculty advisor Debra Melican. Front row from left to right, Alyssa Bostrom, Kayla Fuller and Karen Hagele.

New members of Roanoke's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. Back row from left to right, Emily Brown, Alexander Holt Walker-Drennan, Kelsey Daniel and faculty advisor Debra Melican. Front row from left to right, Alyssa Bostrom, Kayla Fuller and Karen Hagele.

Salem, Va. -- Roanoke College has a new honor society to recognize students who excel in the communications field.

Last month, Roanoke inducted eight members into Lambda Pi Eta (LPH). The society's Roanoke chapter, which is Alpha Beta Gamma, recognizes and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies. The College added a new communications studies major last fall.

Student members of the new society must have completed at least 15 units of undergraduate credit and at least 3 units in communications courses. They also must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and at least a 3.25 GPA in communication courses.

The honor society explores graduate education opportunities in communications, and it encourages members' professional development. Lambda Pi Eta is an official honor society of the National Communication Association.

The society's 2012-2013 Roanoke officers are Kayla Fuller, president; Alexander Holt Walker-Drennan, vice president and treasurer; Emily Brown, secretary and public relations /marketing officer; and Karen Hagele, scholarship officer.

Dr. Debra Melican, a communications professor at Roanoke, is the society's faculty advisor.

The following students were inducted into Roanoke's Lambda Pi Eta chapter:

Alyssa Bostrom of Hope, R.I.
Emily Brown of East Chatham, N.Y.
Cara Cooper of Vinton, Va.
Kelsey Daniel of Kenbridge, Va.
Kayla Fuller of Meadowview, Va.
Karen Hagele of Salem, Va.
Katelin Waldron of Roanoke, Va.
Alexander Holt Walker-Drennan of Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

Released: May 9, 2012
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
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