AIDS Walk
(on the right) along with student volunteers at the Philly AIDS Walk on October 18, 2015. Photo by Alpha Beta Upsilon.

The Alpha Beta Upsilon chapter of Lambda Pi Eta at Temple University will be honored the Rookie Chapter of the Year Award at the National Communication Association Convention in November 2015.

Since its establishment in 2013 at Temple, Alpha Beta Upsilon has done extensive community outreach dealing mainly with, but not limited to social justice. Last spring, assisted in organizing the Eastern Communication Association Convention. They also held a semester-long clothing drive for the Morris Home, a Southwest Philadelphia homeless shelter for transgender people. And on October 18, they participated in Philly AIDS Walk, raising $835 for the AIDS Fund.

“I’m super ecstatic that we won. We were all unsure whether we would receive it or not but it’s great to be recognized for all that we do,” said Alpha Beta Upsilon President Nichelle Brunner.

Chapters considered for this award had to be less than three years old and embody the Lambda Pi Eta principles of scholastic achievement and professional development. Under the leadership of faculty advisor Dr. Scott Gratson, the 60 members of Lambda Pi Eta have displayed these principles, and enriched the Temple and Philadelphia communities with their activities. In its young life, the Alpha Beta Upsilon chapter has already established a sterling reputation for their social justice work and academic achievements within the Klein College of Media and Communication.

“The award is really a statement to the amazing dedication of the students,” Gratson said. “I am thrilled as the advisor to see our Communication Studies chapter recognized as a leading new chapter throughout the United States. Clearly, however, it is the students who have created a stellar chapter. The recognition really should go to them for their amazing efforts.”

“This well-deserved recognition is testament to the hard work of our student Lambda Pi Eta leaders and their advisor, Dr. Scott Gratson,” said Klein College of Media and Communication Dean David Boardman. “The energy and enthusiasm of the chapter is infectious, and I am proud that they invited me to become a member.”

This year’s National Communication Association Convention will be held at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 19 to November 22, 2015. The award will be given on Saturday, November 21 at 12:30 p.m. Gratson will receive the award on behalf of the chapter.

Alpha Beta Upsilon is an invitation-only honor society chapter. Members are Temple students who completed 60 credits, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a minimum 3.5 GPA in their major.