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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.

 

2018 INDUCTEES

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

 

2017 INDUCTEES

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

 

2016 INDUCTEES

Malia Bachesta • Theresa Bruderer • Kitty Cheung • Katherine Cokorinos • Megan Duero • Emily Feltault • Adrian Forrest • William Galante • Meghan Gannon • Andrea Guerrero Villanueva • Christine Hernandez • Jessica Iocca • Michael Katoni • Wisse Kodde • Cristina LaPenna • Maureen McInerney • Liss Mendez • Tyler Petersen • Meredith Peterson • Timothea Pham • Noah Pilchen • Kevin Priolo • Amanda Schwartz • Sara Shaker • Shelby Sih • Rebecca Sirull • Maria Soto Casado • Olivia St. Martin • Rebecca Stoolman • Sarah Urbonas • Rachel Van Heteren • Sarah Von Oldenburg • Christina Warriner • Hope Wierzbicki

 

2015 INDUCTEES

Allison Anastas • Courtney Byer • Isabelle Celentano • Haylee Conradi • Gabriella Dasilva • Rose DeMaio • Sarah Desimas • Gabrielle Desonne • Kelsie Dodier • Connor Doherty • Stephanie Eisemann • Austin Gaquin • Casey Geddes • Alexandra Gicas • Lauren Hayden • Olivia Hebrand • Bianca Illion • Heather Jensen • Nicole Lonergan • Jane McGinnis • Elissa Narowski • Acacia Olschwang • MaÏca Pichler • Jessica Retrum • Tessa Rose • Hannah Rothman • Alex Snyder • Lilly Stairs • Kelley Sullivan • Emily Trautwein • Natalie Warther • Samantha Wasserman

 

2014 INDUCTEES

Kerry Aronchick • Sonia Banaszczyk • Carlyle Bruemmer • Abigail Butkus • Allyson Catalano* • Colleen Chung • Emily Delaney • Megan Feeley • Hilary Gabso • Madeline Heising • Amy Henion • Elizabeth Hill • Brooke Hoger • Dylan Kaufman • Daniel Lazzara • Matthew Mariano • Rebecca Michelson • Kayla Mottola • Christine Natoli • Ryanne Olsen • Tyler Petersen • Gina Quagliata • Cassandra Scully • Laura Sims • Eugenia Soiles • Nicole St. Germain • Haley Steele • Thomas Story • Elizabeth Sullivan • Emily Tebbets • Kathryn Waxman • Daniel Wesson • Bristol Whitcher
 

 

2013 INDUCTEES

Katie Adams • Julie Anzulewicz • Mai Bui • Allyson Catalano • Kate Contreras • Anet Czyzewski • Angelica D’Alli • Angela D’Ercole • Nicholas Fei • Caitlin Ferguson • Kelly Finnegan • Elisabeth Fiumara • Nicole Gallerano • Elena Guy • Elizabeth Kober • Lauren MacLean • Kelsey Meagher • Thomas Miller • Ivy Pribish • Devin Rebello • Lynelle Schmidt • Abby Schoenbeck • Robert Taylor • Katherine Teebagy • Brita Van Fossen • Jenna VanEtten • Rachel Waldmann • Jennifer Washburn

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.

 

2018 SCHOLARS

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

 

2017 SCHOLARS

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

 

2016 SCHOLARS

Scott Adelberg • Eliana Ballin • Ludovica Cestarelli • Alexandra Driscoll • Cassidy Gray • Marta Gryb • Megan Ingram • William Lefkovich • Natalie Mauch • Kimberly Mecca • Lila Milgrom • Joanna Odorisio • Bakari Olivetti • Emma Paquette • Nabila Rizek Acebal • Antonia Schenk • Qianmeng Shao • Olivia Tedesco • Sean Yarolin

 

 

2015 SCHOLARS

Ashleane Alabre • Rebecca Bashaar • Krista Caproni • Hannah Cumler • George Flynn • Adrian Forrest • Leah Gold • Olivia Guidotti • Katherine Harker • Megan Ingram • Julie Jochem • Jameson Johnson • Brittany Joline • Dami Kim • Kaitlyn Labich • Olivia Poulin • Dominique Ryan • Zachery Speed • Sarah von Oldenburg • Corlyn Voorhees

 

2014 SCHOLARS

Kitty Cheung • Katherine Cokorinos • Blake Divitto • Emily Feltault • Meredith Flynn • Andrea Guerrero Villanueva • Michaela Holland • Michael Katoni • Paloma Magana • Casey Matsumoto • Liss Mendez • Sara Perry • Meredith Peterson • Timothea Pham • Kevin Priolo • Sara Rodas • Sara Shaker • Margaret Soper • Maria Soto Casado • Olivia St. Martin • Rebecca Stoolman • Paris Theodosakis • Christopher Todd • Madeline Vesey • Kathryn Walter • Christina Warriner

 

2013 SCHOLARS

Alexandria Bosenberg • Gillian Brody • Stephanie Eisemann • Jordan Federman • Meghan Gannon • Casey Geddes • Lauren Hayden • Eric Jaugey • Heather Jensen • Melissa Kiddie • Kathleen Liu • Larissa Maruoka Saliba • Jane McGinnis • Macey Miller • Stephanie Peterson • Maïca Pichler • Amanda Schwartz •
Hope Wierzbicki

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!

 

PAST RECIPIENTS

 

2015

Maria Sofia Soto Casado

 

2014

Shelby Sih

 

2013

Lauren MacLean

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.

PAST RECIPIENTS

2018

Clair Tan
 

2017

Lia Griffin, Zoe Gregoric, Nathan Botelho
 

2016

Olivia Hebrand, Chelsea Storino & Elizabeth Johnson-Wilson
 

2014

Elena Guy
 

2013

Elena Guy
 

2012

First Place: Joel Marsh
Second Place: Turner Poth
Third Place: Alex Sandberg-Bernard
 

2011

First Place: Doug Quill
Second Place: Sabrina Chammas
Third Place: James Philbin
 

2008

First Place: Mike Quill, Doug Quill, Lily Rosenblum & Nathan Doherty
Second Place: Megan Redman
 

2007

First Place: Bryan DeBlasio
Second Place: Tim Avery
 

2006

First Place: Bryan DeBlasio
Second Place: Zachary Pentoney
 

2005

First Place: Rachel Willard
Second Place: Andronica Pandaru

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.

 

PAST RECIPIENTS

2017
Grace Fernandez

2016
Katherine Cokorinos

2015
Kathryn Waxman
2014
Madeline Heising
2013
Nicholas Fe

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.
 

PAST RECIPIENTS 

2017
Michael Passarelli

 

2016
Willamina Hadley 

2015
Sarah Urbonas
 

2014
Nicholas Marini
 2013
Brandon Challener

 
2012
Robert Taylor

 
2011
Joel Marsh

 
2010
Amy Osborne

 
2009
Elizabeth Tashash

 
2008
David Brodsky-Porges

 
2007
Arminé Nalbandian

 
2006
Leanora Giametta

 
2005
Renee Wright

 
2004
Kelly Martin

 
2003
Brian Bacher

 
2001
Elise Zieminski

 
2000
Elizabeth Von Euw

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.

 

PAST RECIPIENTS

2018
Renee Powell

2017
Katherine Cokorinos

 

2016
Samantha Wasserman

 

2015
Sonia Banaszczyk

 

2014
Elizabeth Sullivan

 

2013
Katie Adams

 

2012
Samantha Roach

 

2011
Emma Bloomfield

 

2010
Elizabeth Tashash

 

2009
Allison Stryker

 

2008
Alexandra Anweiler

 

2007
Lia Vallesio

 

2006
Christina Lepre

 

2005
Diana Dopfel