photos by Daniel Pelligrine
The first group of Communication Studies majors were inducted into the new Lambda Pi Eta, Alpha Beta Upsilon chapter May 2 at a ceremony at McCormick and Schmick’s restaurant in Center City Philadelphia. LPI is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities.
“The chapter will allow CMST students a chance to work on creating viable research and creative works, much of which can be showcased on a national scale,” says Scott Gratson, director of the Communication Studies Program.
At the event, the inductees participated in a formal ceremony that referenced the teachings of Aristotle. Candles were lit representing his writings on discourse and his work in the sciences.
“The candles were lit as the inductees agreed to uphold the principles of the society, which act in harmony with some of the principles of civil and civic engagement,” Gratson says. “We were nicely in the immediate shadow of City Hall, which serves the same principles.”
As part of its work, the chapter members next year will act as mentors to the incoming class.
“It will be great to see all of the possible ways that the students will make the Alpha Beta Upsilon chapter a very memorable and educational experience,” Gratson says.