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Gordon, Crespo awarded KTA Top Scholar honors for Fall 2018

Dec 9, 2018

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By Tim Bajkiewicz, Ph.D., associate professor and Kappa Tau Alpha faculty adviser

Patrick Gordon, recipient of the Kappa Tau Alpha graduate Top Scholar award for Fall 2018.
Patrick Gordon, recipient of the Kappa Tau Alpha graduate Top Scholar award for Fall 2018.

Two students in the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture have been awarded the Top Scholar award for Fall 2018 from Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society for journalism and mass communications.

Alexander Crespo, recipient of the Kappa Tau Alpha undergraduate Top Scholar award for Fall 2018.
Alexander Crespo, recipient of the Kappa Tau Alpha undergraduate Top Scholar award for Fall 2018.

Patrick Gordon is graduating this fall with a master of science in strategic public relations, while Alexander Crespo is graduating with a bachelor of science in broadcast journalism.

"It's quite an honor, although I feel like several of my classmates would have also been very deserving," Gordon said.

"It was a real surprise to me. I knew I was doing pretty well in all my classes but I never expected that I was doing so well I’d receive a special honor for it. It really made my day when I learned about it," Crespo said.

The Top Scholar award goes to a chapter’s KTA students with the highest grade point average. Gordon is graduating with a 3.9 GPA. Crespo is graduating Magna Cum Laude with a 3.8 GPA, having appeared on the Dean’s List three times.

Gordon is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Marine Corps before graduating with a bachelor of science in journalism from Suffolk University in Boston in spring 2013. He works as a public affairs specialist for the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond.

In October he married another Robertson School student, Deanna Gordon (Davison). She is also graduating this fall, with a bachelors of science in print-online journalism and a minor in sociology. They met on Twitter in 2013 while rooting for the Boston Red Sox, who would go on to win the World Series.

Crespo grew up in Fairfax Station, Virginia and graduated with a general studies associate degree from Northern Virginia Community College in 2016. He just completed an internship with Q Virginia magazine.

Kappa Tau Alpha dates to 1910, making it the seventh-oldest academic honor society in the United States, according to its website. The George T. Crutchfield chapter at VCU was established in 1978 and is now one of the chapters at 95 college and universities around the country. Invitation to the society is by invitation only.