Department Awards


Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide.

LPH represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics. The Society recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.

The Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter at Northeastern University was chartered in March 2013. Senior majors are selected for membership based on their grade point average and faculty recommendations. Members are formally inducted into the Society at the Annual Communication Studies Honors Banquet.


Kwabena Agyare • Rebecca Bashaar • Chloe Bayhack • Angela Bersani • Robert Cattell • Carly Davis • Sokona Diallo • Meredith Dietz • Kayla DiPilato • Jessica Gomes • Emily Gordon • Florence Grant • Zoe Gregoric • Marta Gryb • Willamina Hadley • Sawyer Hammond • Megan Ingram • Madison Irons • Robert Kerstens • Katherine Laubscher • Samantha Lavelle • William Lefkovich • Nicole Leung • Kimberly Mecca • Kimberly Mehrtens • Jennifer Michael • Catherine Mooney • Laura Moya • David Murphy • Joanna Odorisio • Julia Palmer • Brooke Payson • Claire Pettit • Olivia Poulin • Renee Powell • Seth Queeney • Samantha Rose • Antonia Schenk • Ellen Sciales • Brooke Stanley • Jennifer Whitley



Stacy Alabre • Hannah Cumler • Stephanie Eisemann • Jennifer Fasulo • Melissa • Fitzgerald • Michaela Forde • Katherine Gilmore • Olivia Giorlandino • Cassidy Gray • Olivia Guidotti • Katherine Harker • Erin Hock • Michaela Holland • Julie Jochem • Jameson Johnson • Erin Jones Nadia Kelley • Kaitlyn Labich • Jenna Lue • Casey Matsumoto • Cassandra Moreno • Meghan Murphy • Hope Oje • Emma Paquette • Matthew Pollack • Zoie Pruner • Brianna Sedor • Christina Sirabella • Ava Skinner • Zachery Speed • Kathryn Walter • Larissa Weinstein

The Communication Studies Department honors the top students in the junior class by recognizing them as Sophomore Scholars. Selection for this accolade requires a grade point average in the top quarter of the class, and the formal recommendation of a faculty member. Students do not apply for this award, but rather are selected by the faculty. The Sophomore Scholars are announced at The Annual Communication Studies Honors Banquet.


Isabella Biel • Ines Camino Majluf • Samantha Cohen • Justin Crowe • Marian Gallo • Bridget Gautrau • Molly Gillligan • Benjamin Harris • Alex Johnson • Annabelle Kearney • Yiting Ma • Casey Martin • Ariana Matos • London Pace • Christina Philippides • Jacob Proctor • Jaime Ryan • Dalia Sadaka • Janaia Skibitcky • Victoria Specht • Ashley Stacy • Adriana Yozzi



Stacy Andryshak • Paulina Argana • Nathan Caldwell • Thomas Catenacci • Andrew Cherry • Erika Christiansen • Hannah Crotty • Emily Harris • Nina Jacobs • Julia Karam • Alexa LaVersa • Maria Beatriz Ribeiro • Samuel Lubell • Tess MacCurdy • Sarah Ogando • Samantha Pike • Samantha Rose • Zoe Unverferth • Jessica Weiss • Olivia Whitaker

Through a generous donation to Northeastern University, the Tashash Family Fund has been created to provide Communication Studies students the opportunity to become Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (S-LTAs) for courses in the Department of Communication Studies in order to further develop skills in their field and as civic leaders.

The inspiration for this gift came from their daughter Liz Tashash’s (NU Class of 2011) experience through two courses with Assistant Professor Greg Goodale. Liz’s interest in becoming an S-LTA was sparked by her experience in Political Communication. She wrote in her application:

I worked harder in this class than any other course I have taken at Northeastern University and produced a body of work that I am the most proud of by far. By the end of the semester, instead of looking forward to finishing, I was searching for a way to continue with this work. When Greg offered me the opportunity to work as his TA, I could not say no…. I not only learned about political communication in Greg’s class; I learned about what goes into teaching a college-level course, as well as what I am capable of achieving when faced with a challenge. My desire to continue with a course that has impacted my life so greatly is my reason for wanting to be Greg’s TA.

Liz served as the first S-LTA for Professor Goodale’s Advocacy Workshop course in the spring 2010 and helped to not only mentor her peers through their service-learning projects with The Home for Little Wanderers, but also helped to shape the course for students in semesters to come. Liz’s experience led Mr. and Mrs. Tashash to wish for their gift to support other Communication Studies students in having the opportunity to engage in an experience as impactful as their daughter’s.

The Tashash Family fund will aid in cultivating student leaders through service-learning courses for many semesters to come. We are grateful to the Tashash family for their dedication to student success, academic excellence, and community engagement through Service- Learning and Communication Studies at Northeastern!



Maria Sofia Soto Casado


Shelby Sih

In collaboration with our production faculty, the Department of Communication Studies sponsors an award for the best achievement in video production. This award acknowledges exceptional skill and creativity used by our students in production. The winner of the Production Achievement Award will receive a check for $300 and a plaque to honor their achievement.



Clair Tan


Lia Griffin, Zoe Gregoric, Nathan Botelho


Olivia Hebrand, Chelsea Storino & Elizabeth Johnson-Wilson

The Michael Woodnick Award honors a senior Communication Studies Major (or combined major) who has exhibited outstanding scholarship and who shows a clear understanding of how authentic communication informs and influences their quality of life. The award is based on the strength of an applicant’s academic performance, extracurricular and/or work related activities, and a personal essay. A Committee comprised of two members of the Communication Studies faculty and a member of the Woodnick family will review applications and select the winner of the 2013 Award, which includes a cash prize and plaque to honor their achievement.

About Professor Woodnick

Professor Emeritus Michael Woodnick devoted forty-five years to helping his students come face to face with their authentic selves; walking them through the maze of life and helping them do the work of sifting out what really matters. He joined Northeastern University in 1964 as one of the founding members of the Speech Communication track in the Department of Drama, Music and Speech, teaching courses in Business & Professional Speaking, Voice and Articulation and Mass Media. Beginning in the 1970s, Professor Woodnick’s interests began to focus on Interpersonal Communication, which became his major work for the rest of his tenure at Northeastern, including the addition of courses in Communication & the Quality of Life and Authentic Communication. In 1980, Communication Studies became a department of its own and Professor Woodnick served as its first Chair; soon after, he was the recipient of one of the University’s first Excellence in Teaching Awards. In 2000, he was appointed the University’s first Director of Spiritual Life, a position he held for three years until his return to the Communication Studies department from which he retired in 2009.

Professor Woodnick has been described as a man who has an “intuitive sense of engagement” with each student, reflecting his innate capacity to “draw out the reticent ones, encourage the risk takers and support the ones who needed a little extra understanding.” Whether in his role as Professor, Department Chair, or Director of Spiritual Life, he always created a “warm, comfortable, and open environment” where students felt respected and deeply cared for. One of the hallmarks of his tenure at Northeastern was his constant effort to be authentic with himself, his students and all who came into his life.



Grace Fernandez

Katherine Cokorinos

The Curtis Lemar Haigh Scholarship honors the memory of an exceptional Communication Studies major who contributed to Northeastern despite a series of daunting physical challenges. Past recipients have been students who have exemplified Curtis’s commitment to Northeastern University, both in the classroom and outside, and who have responded in an exemplary way to the challenges of higher education.

About Curtis Lemar Haigh

There are Communication Studies majors who impress through their academic achievements. There are, however, also students who inspire us with their ability to overcome adversity. We are especially touched by those who, despite physical limitations, use everything else they have to become the best at what they do.

Curtis Lemar Haigh was a Communication Studies major who died in 1985. He is remembered as a courageous student who, despite daunting physical challenges, made tangible contributions to the Communication Studies Department and to Northeastern University.

Someone with less character might have been daunted by the obstacles that Curtis confronted on a daily basis. Rather than growing angry or discouraged, Curtis responded with perseverance and good cheer. This was most evident in his steadfast devotion to WRBB, the campus radio station.

Curtis was a friend, teacher, and role model to all who knew him. Although he passed away thirty years ago, Curtis’ spirit and memory lives on through the scholarship that bests his name.




Michael Passarelli 


Willamina Hadley

The Richard Katula Academic Achievement Award honors a senior Communication Studies Major (including combined majors) for exceptional academic achievement. Scholarship is measured by grade point average, but also by demonstrated excellence in written or oral scholarship in the area of human communication.

About Professor Richard Katula

Professor Richard Katula came to Northeastern University in 1990 to chair the Communication Studies Department. An accomplished researcher and Fulbright Scholar, Katula was also a master teacher and patient mentor beloved by a generation of students. In addition to his popular courses on Classical Rhetoric, Public Speaking, and Argumentation and Debate, Katula led a popular Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Greece during the summer months. Through these expeditions, Katula introduced hundreds of students to Greece’s culture and rich history.

Katula earned a B.A. from Western Michigan University (1966), an M.A. from Northern Illinois University (1968), and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (1974). His first academic appointment was at the University of Rhode Island (1973-1987), where he rose from Instructor to Professor and Chair of the Speech Communication Department. Katula left URI to serve as Chair of the Communication Department at DePaul University (1987-1990). He returned to New England in 1990 to Chair of the Communication Studies Department at Northeastern University (1990-2013). After serving in this role for nearly a decade, he returned to the faculty as a professor. Throughout his career, Katula was active in faculty governance and he served on the Faculty Senate at both URI (where he also served as Senate Chair) and at Northeastern along with dozens of other different committees.

Among his many accomplishments, Katula is the author or co-author of scholarly books, dozens of book chapters and articles, and a long list of scholarly presentations. Katula is also the recipient of more than $1 million in federal grants. Eloquence was a consistent theme in his scholarship and he wrote about a diverse collection of public figures, ranging from Quintilian to Edward Everett to Richard Nixon. Among his many awards and honors, Katula received the Everett Lee Hunt Award from the Eastern Communication Association, a Fulbright Scholarship to Greece (twice), the Governors Medal for Citizenship (Rhode Island), and many accolades for his academic advising and teaching.




Renee Powell

Katherine Cokorinos

Samantha Wasserman