On Oct. 25, 10 Augustana students became members of the school’s Communications Honor Society, Lamda Pi Eta.
Junior Jessica Spalding, who is a computer science, computer information sciences, and communications/business major, said the idea of service is what she most looks forward to this year.
“I think that this will be a great opportunity to bring the [communications] department together and will be a great representation of the students’ heart for service,” Spalding said.
Honor society advisor Heather Bart said students take part in events ranging from service projects to conducting research with faculty to mentoring underclassmen.
“We recognize the academic achievements of the inductees and challenge them to serve as leaders and role models for their fellow communication studies students and our department,” Bart said.
To be eligible, students must have completed at least 60 hours of undergraduate study, 12 of which must be communication related course work. Additionally, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 within the major course work.
Senior Lydia Nelson, a communications/business major, said her induction into the society could open up future job opportunities.
“Not only is it a great honor, but it just goes to show that hard work does pay off and recognition for that hard work might just draw attention to the right people and get me where I need to go,” Nelson said.
Although she said she remains unsure what life after graduation holds, Nelson believes her studies in communication will help her in whatever she chooses.
“Good communication and human skills are so important in today’s working environment,” Nelson said.
Junior Jake Shama, who is studying English, journalism and communications/business, agreed.
“In five years, I don’t know where I’ll be, what I’ll be doing, or who I’ll be with, but no matter what, I am certain that my time here at Augustana will leave me prepared,” Shama said.
He also said he hopes to use his skills in communications to form strong relationships in this new social circle.
“I’m really excited to get to know all of these people better and hopefully contribute to the department in some way,” Shama said.
Bart notes that the benefits of society membership don’t end at graduation.
“Membership is for life, as such, they may be engaged with the larger community as often as they wish after graduation,” Bart said.