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Mass comm honor society inducts students, announces Top Scholar

May 5, 2019

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By Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz, Ph.D., Associate Professor and KTA Faculty Adviser

VCU Robertson School students inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha for spring semester 2019 (l to r): Tina Harding, Erin McEwen, Kevin Nguyen, Jacqueline Van Dao, Megan Watt, Sophia Levandoski and Chenelle Laroche; (far r) Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz, KTA faculty adviser. (Not shown: Maryum Elnasseh and Emma North.)
VCU Robertson School students inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha for spring semester 2019 (l to r): Tina Harding, Erin McEwen, Kevin Nguyen, Jacqueline Van Dao, Megan Watt, Sophia Levandoski and Chenelle Laroche; (far r) Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz, KTA faculty adviser. (Not shown: Maryum Elnasseh and Emma North.)

Nine students in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture have been inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism and mass communications honor society, for spring semester 2019.

New undergraduate student members are Maryum Elnasseh, Tina Harding, Sophia Levandoski, Erin McEwen, Kevin Nguyen, Emma North and Megan Watt. New graduate student members are Chenelle Laroche and Jacqueline Van Dao.

Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz, the School’s KTA faculty adviser, led the ceremony on May 2 in the Temple Building’s room 1137.

KTA dates to 1910, is the seventh-oldest honor society in the United States and is based at the University of Missouri, the country’s first journalism school. Membership is by invitation only. Students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.70 and a mass comm GPA of 3.50.

Since it was established in 1978, the School’s chapter has inducted 864 students. It is named for George T. Crutchfield, the founding director of the then-School of Mass Communications.

McEwen wins KTA Top Scholar

Erin McEwen, a Robertson School broadcast journalism student, shows off her Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar award at the School's commencement ceremony May 10, 2019 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Photo by Natasha Long.
Erin McEwen, a Robertson School broadcast journalism student, shows off her Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar award at the School's commencement ceremony May 10, 2019 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Photo by Natasha Long.

Erin McEwen, a Robertson School undergraduate student, has been named the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar for Spring 2019.

“I'm over the moon about it. It really makes all of the late nights and early mornings worth it,” McEwen said.

The Top Scholar award goes to the graduating KTA member with the highest grade point average. McEwen has a perfect 4.0 overall and mass comm GPA, and has been on the Dean’s List five times. She is majoring in broadcast journalism and double-minoring in history and political science.

She was born in Midlothian and attended high school at Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology in Petersburg, where she majored in theatre arts. Before going to VCU she attended Richard Bland College, the University of Mary Washington and a one-semester film program in Vancouver.

McEwen named as some of her favorite broadcast journalism professors Angie Miles, an adjunct instructor, and associate professor Dr. Bill Oglesby. McEwen is a teaching assistant for his class MASC 408 Communication Ethics and Law and a student in his class MASC 461 The Documentary.

“I'm grateful that he felt he could entrust me with that responsibility. Additionally, making a documentary for his class has been one of the hardest things I've done at VCU but was definitely worth it!” McEwen said.