By Kennedi Jackson
Family will always support you, even when no one else does.
That was the key message for top communications scholars Friday during the induction ceremony into Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA) at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
Your family "has the biggest part in getting you here," said Dr. Michael DiBari, a photography and visual arts professor who also teaches Senior Capstone.
DeBari was the keynote speaker at the induction into the nation's premier honor society.
The society invites only the top ten percent of junior and seniors. Some family members attended to support students.
"If I could impart anything, it's to remember your family and do good work," said DiBari who was inducted into KTA as a graduate student.
Dibari spoke of his own personal experience with winning a high school wrestling competition, and the significance of having your family recognize your achievements.
After the speech, students were presented with their certificates, pins, membership cards and honor cords, then said the KTA pledge in unison.
Afterward, students swarmed for pictures with their friends while cake was cut in the back of the room. Students said they were pleased to have an extra distinction on their resumes.
The atmosphere in the room was as expected of students receiving such an honorable distinction. Smiles could be seen all around the room. There was a small turnout of family and friends, but the ones who did come definitely made it known that they were there. They whooped when names were called to show how proud they were.
Kappa Tau Alpha is the college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communications. Members are selected based on these qualifications. It is the seventh national honor society, founded at the University of Missouri in 1910. Their symbol is the key, a symbol for knowledge and communication. The organization continues on with new members here at our home by the sea, leading journalistic excellence for years to come.