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Congratulations to our New Theta Alpha Kappa Members!

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of inducting new members into Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), the National Honors Society for Religious Studies and Theology. Professor Ron Hock served as the mentor for USC’s Chapter of TAK for many years, but our chapter had waned since his retirement. We were happy to reinstate our chapter this month.

Our new initiates include: 

Debbie Clavon

Jennifer Escobar

Leah Fiddler

Mary Ellen Jebbia (Jem)

Robin O’Neal

Sean Martin

Karissa Masciel

Austin Young

Jem and Jennifer also received the TAK Undergraduate Achievement Award, and Jem has been nominated by the department for a TAK Graduate Fellowship.

I hope you will join me in congratulating our accomplished majors! 

For those of you wishing to join TAK in the future, the requirements are as follows: (1) completion of at least 12 units of REL studies courses; (2) a GPA of at least 3.5 in REL courses; (3) an overall GPA of at least 3.0. We will hold another initiation ceremony in the spring of 2013.

TAK also publishes a journal featuring student writing twice per year. Past issues of the journal can be found in our new lounge in ACB.

—Lori M.