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JMC inducts 23 new members into Kappa Tau Alpha

Posted Apr. 24, 2014

Two seniors tie for JMC’s top scholar honor

Twenty-two JMC students and Director Thor Wasbotten were inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA), the national honor society for journalism and mass communication, on Wednesday evening, and a senior electronic media major and senior journalism major tied for JMC’s top scholar award – the first time in more than a decade that this honor has been shared.Student Awards

Both events were part of JMC’s Student Success Week celebration.

KTA recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. KTA is the seventh oldest honor society in America, and Kent State’s chapter will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. Only the top 10 percent of students in the junior and senior classes are eligible for induction and become lifetime members.

JMC professor Jeff Fruit, a KTA member and Kent State’s KTA adviser, presided at the induction ceremony and told students that with the privilege of membership comes significant responsibilities. “The letters KTA represent the English words knowledge, truth and accuracy. That is the purpose of our society.”

After inducting the JMC students, Fruit, assisted by professor Gary Hanson, inducted Wasbotten into the honor society.

Inductees recognize the importance of this honor – and of the academic success that led to it. “It’s great to be surrounded by people who understand the value of learning. I like being engaged in the whole college experience. What you learn in the classroom is important, but what you learn about yourself is just as important,” said Jason Kostura, a graduating senior who will soon join ESPN’s Content Associates Program.

Junior PR major Endya Watson believes KTA offers connections and opportunities. “It’s good to be connected with other journalists. I look to see opportunities – ways to get involved.”

Senior electronic media production student Tyler Pina, who plans a career in film and TV, recognizes that induction into KTA is a “huge honor. I’ve worked really hard, but I wasn’t expecting it [KTA induction]. It’s great to be part of this amazing group of students.”

This year’s KTA inductees are:

Alicia Balog

Chase Bonhotel

Kirsten Bowers

Meghan Caprez

Megan Corder

Ian Flickinger

Jeremy Herbert

Carley Hull

Emily Kaelin

Kayllee Koller

Jason Kostura

Angel Mack

Mariam Makatsaria

Lillian Martis

Matthew Merchant

Ashley Newton

Tyler Pina

Lyndsey Schley

Kelsey Smith

Sara Vulpio

Endya Watson

Liberty Wesley

Top ScholarsKelli Fitzpatrick and Katherine Boetger, Student Awards

During the KTA ceremony, graduating seniors and KTA members Katherine Boetger and Kelli Fitzpatrick were honored as JMC’s top scholars for 2013. Both had grade point averages of 3.97.

“It’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work and for our endeavors,” said Boetger, who hopes to work in TV production and program development.

Fitzpatrick agrees. “Four years of hard work paid off. I made the most of my time here, and I’m glad I pushed myself in the hardest journalism classes, like Print Beat Reporting.” She will begin work as a Disney communications intern after graduating. Last year, Fitzpatrick completed an American Society of Magazine Editors internship at Reader’s Digest.


Caption:  Twenty-one JMC juniors and seniors were inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha during Student Success Week, as was JMC Director Thor Wasbotten  (Photo by David Foster)


Caption:  Kelli Fitzpatrick (left) and Katherine Boetger tied as JMC’s top scholars for 2014, the first time in more than a decade that two graduating seniors have shared the honor.  (Photo by David Foster)