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Top Students Inducted Into Kappa Tau Alpha


JONESBORO — Eight Arkansas State University students were inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA) honor society in a ceremony in the Cache River Room of the Carl R. Reng Student Union, April 14.

KTA is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Membership is a mark of high distinction and honor.

The students were Tori Lynn Bell of Des Arc; Stephanie Dekok of Jonesboro; Michelle Gould of Newport; Anna Hermes of Dorlar, Germany; Kayla Macomber of Vilonia; Yulia Rufimskaya of Monino, Russia; Caleb Silvey of Magnolia; and Jorge Fabian Garcia Zavala of Jonesboro.

Gould was named the top undergraduate scholar and Hermes the top graduate scholar for the 2016 class.

Only students majoring in journalism and mass communication are eligible. Membership is by invitation only by one of the society’s 96 campus chapters and is based solely on scholarship and character. The seventh oldest national honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha was founded at the University of Missouri in 1910 at the world's first school of journalism.

Holly Kathleen Hall, J.D., APR, associate professor of strategic communication, serves as the A-State chapter adviser. Information about Kappa Tau Alpha can be found at http://www.kappataualpha.org/.


(From left) — Kayla Macomber, Tori Bell, Stephanie Dekok and Caleb Silvey. (Not pictured) Michelle Gould, Anna Hermes, Yulia Rufimskaya and Jorge Fabian Garcia Zavala.