Prasaadi Dangolla, Hannah Gaston and Amanda Hill, three graduate students within the College of Communication and the Arts were recently inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Honor Society of Catholic Universities. Dangolla, an international student in the M.A., Strategic Communication/M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations dual degree program, Gaston a student in the M.A. in Museum Professions, and Hill a student in the M.A. in Communication program were inducted for their academic accomplishment and service to others.
Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national honor society that was founded in 1939 for students attending Catholic Universities in the United States. Seton Hall's chapter, Alpha Mu was established in 1941 and was one of the pioneering chapters in the country. Membership requirements included a record of outstanding academic accomplishment, dedication to intellectual activity, and a demonstrated willingness to serve to others. Additionally, graduate students must have completed 50% of the credit requirements for their degrees and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Dangolla is grateful for this recognition. Dangolla has served the College community through the Communication and the Arts Graduate Student Association and through her work in many college events. "This honor society is a reflection of my continued hard work as a graduate student," she said. "Seton Hall has provided so many incredible opportunities to follow my dreams and this induction into Delta Epsilon Sigma has further helped me achieve my personal and professional goals." Dangolla is additionally serving others through her invovment in multiple projects researching non-violent conflict resolution and framing of religions in news media.
Gaston was excited to share this honor with a fellow co-worker and colleague. Her strong academic record is enhanced by her service to others. Through her work with the College, she has volunteered at Pirate Adventure, College Open Houses, and Graduate Student Orientation. Gaston reflects on some of her most memorable service experiences at Seton Hall. "During my time at Seton Hall, I have had many opportunities to give back to the College and to my classmates," she said. "In my first semester, I started a tradition of sharing a potluck meal, once a week before class with my fellow museum professions students. This tradition has continued and these potlucks are now a cherished time for many of my classmates where we can share a meal as well as laughter and encouragement."
As a member of the graduating class of 2019, Hill was appreciative for the opportunity and was thrilled to be honored alongside her fellow class mates. "As I am about to graduate and find my path in the working world, this inducion gave me the motivation I needed to pursue my career after graduate school," she said. "With this honor, I am reminded that I can achieve my career goals because at Seton Hall, I worked hard and pushed myself to reach my academic goals."
Dangolla, Gaston, Hill and their fellow inductees attended Mass in the Chapel of Immaculate Conception supported by family and friends. During the Mass, Father Brian Needles gave the message, where he congratulated the inductees on their impressive achievements and encouraged them to continue their service to others in unique and Christ led ways. The induction followed Mass where students received a certificate, a Delta Epsilon Sigma pin, and cords.
The M.A., Strategic Communication/M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations dual degree program is designed for students who seek to thrive in the complex world of global corporate relations.
The M.A. in Museum Professions is designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students in the program select one of four professional tracks, including Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development.
The M.A. in Communication is designed to develop critical communication skills associated with human interaction and research practices in ways that are grounded in theory and can be immediately applied in practice. The program currently offers two specific tracks of study; Digital communication & Communication Technologies and Communication in Organizations.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered.