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Kappa Tau Alpha Holds Ceremony to Welcome Newest Members

Row One: Ever Figueroa, Danielle Ortiz, Stephanie Adeline, Abigail Rosenthal Row Two: Dr. Mary Bock,  Jonathan Polasek, Luke Hendry, Martin Riedl, Professor Kevin Robbins

The School of Journalism's honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha, welcomed its new members during a ceremony April 23 in the Belo Center for New Media. Eight journalism seniors and two graduate students accepted the invitation to join the honor society, which is limited to students who are in the top ten percent of their class by GPA. Ph.D. Student Martin Riedl was further honored with the Lorraine Branham top graduate scholar award, named for the former School of Journalism director who passed away this spring. Emeritus Professor Gene Burd also attended the ceremony this spring. He has been a member of Kappa Tau Alpha since 1954. The School of Journalism's Kappa Tau Alpha chapter is named for its founder, Professor Olin Hinkle, who established it in 1961. After a hiatus of several years, the chapter was re-established under the leadership of Professor Kevin Robbins and Dr. Mary Angela Bock.

New Members

  • Rachel Elizabeth Cooper
  • Aiden Allen Park
  • Stephanie Adeline
  • Danielle Adair Ortiz
  • Luke McLean Hendry
  • Jonathan Theodore Polasek
  • Caroline Dauphine Blaylock
  • Abigail Elizabeth Rosenthal
  • Ever Figueroa, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Martin Riedl, Ph.D. Student

Mary Brock

Associate Professor


For more information, contact:

Kathleen Mabley at 512-232-1417