Blackburn Celebrates New Inductees into National Honors Societies

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Blackburn College students stand on stage holding electric candles during the induction ceremony for the Alpha Chi National Honors Society. Professor Karen Dillon stands behind the podium and microphone announcing each new member.
By Office of Marketing & Public Relations
On November 21, 2022

During a ceremony held on November 9, Blackburn College inducted its newest members in the College’s honors society chapters. This year, 14 Blackburn students were recognized for their exceptional achievements in three distinct academic areas: Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Society; Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s Honor Society; and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology. Students were also inducted into Alpha Chi, which recognizes academic excellence of all disciplines and requires students to be in the top ten percent of the junior and senior classes.

The event was hosted by Dr. Collin Vorbeck, Professor of Theatre, and featured a keynote speech from Dr. Alberto Cintron-Colon, Professor of Biology, who shared words of wisdom regarding success both in and outside of the classroom. Throughout the evening, each society featured a faculty sponsor who would introduce the academic honor and present the new inductees.

The students recognized and inducted into Alpha Chi this year are Evan Hopper, Simon, Hunter, Sabrina Kelsey, Aaron Lederbrand, Cody Newcomb, Kaitlyn Nix, Claire Stein, Samuel Sumrow, and Nicole Valverde. These students were inducted by Dr. Karen Dillon, Professor of English.

Two students were recognized and inducted into Alpha Psi Omega and Lambda Pi Eta this year. Andrew Morris and Jayden Sansone were inducted by Dr. Collin Vorbeck, Professor of Theatre and Dr. Mark Bennedetti, Professor of Communications, respectively.

The students recognized and inducted into Psi Chi this year include Vanessa Cunningham and Morgan Parsons. These students were inducted by Dr. Tricia Prunty, Professor of Psychology.