Kappa Tau Alpha
Since 1977, the USF Chapter of the college honor society Kappa Tau Alpha has recognized academic excellence and promoted scholarship in journalism and mass communication.
Kappa Tau Alpha, the seventh oldest national honor society, was founded at the University of Missouri in 1910 at the world's first school of journalism. The Society has 95 chapters and has inducted nearly 60,000 outstanding students since its founding. It is one of 64 members of the Association of College Honor Societies.
The emblem of Kappa Tau Alpha is the key, the oldest symbol of knowledge and communication. The Greek letters mean "The Truth Will Prevail." The letters also suggest three English words: knowledge, truth and accuracy. The Society's colors are light blue, significant of truth, and gold, emblematic of worth and high standards.
Benefits of membership include: national recognition for academic excellence, lifetime membership, Certificate of Membership, a key pin, and a sense of community with other fellow outstanding scholars in journalism/mass communications.
Selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor. The USF chapter invites into membership the top 10% of each fall and spring graduating class and the top 10% of graduate students who have completed the equivalent of at least two semesters of full-time coursework in the degree program. From these initiates, special recognition is given to the top undergraduate scholar (based on all college coursework) each semester and the top graduate scholar each year.
The following students have been inducted into KTA in recent years.
Andrea Kidder (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Theresa Lynn Woods (Top Graduate Scholar)
Jasmine Paulino Thomas
Michaela D. Williams
Brandi Hollis (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Elsie De Marziani
Jessica Lee (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Roelof Oldenbanning (Top Graduate Scholar)
Maryam Saleh (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Farah Britto (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Jessica Brightman (Top Graduate Scholar)
Luisa Solórzano (Top Graduate Scholar)
Laura Setter (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Tara Leek (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Lauren Klinger (Top Graduate Scholar)
Lindsay Howe (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Laura Newhook (Top Undergraduate Scholar)
Karen Strand (Top Graduate Scholar)
Rianna Lee Sing