Spotlight on Ohlone:
Sigma Chi Eta wins Chapter of the Year

By Munazza Ebtikar, Staff writer.

Thursday, December 2, 2010—Reprinted from Monitor.

Speech instructors and students display award.Speech instructors Christine Caroll and Brenda Anthotlz with students Robert Lantin, Victoria Zolfareli and Ka-Po Tam at the 96th NCA. —Photo by Victoria Zolfareli.

Ohlone College’s communications honor society was named chapter of the year at this year’s National Communication Association (NCA) competition.

Victoria Zolfarelli, an Ohlone College, student was elected for student vice president of the board of Sigma Chi Eta.

The vice president’s job is to solicit and coordinate the selection of programs for the NCA annual convention; they are to take over the office of president in the event of the resignation of the president and to preside over the national business meeting in the absence of the president.

Ohone College competed against 32 other community colleges in this competition. How chapters demonstrate and facilitate the goals of Lamba Pi Eta is what makes each chapter unique. The chapter of the year is then presented to the school that best exemplifies each of the Lamba Pi Eta goals. The chapter honored with this distinction in turn serves as an example to other chapters throughout the nation.

“We won because of our students, they are great student leaders and I am very impressed and proud of my team” said Professor Brenda Antholtz, the speech club adviser. In this convention, Ohlone College’s Sigma Chi Eta was awarded Chapter of the Year for 2010. Sigma Chi Eta is the official community college communication honor society of the NCA for undergraduates in two years communication programs.

Nominations for the chapter are closely reviewed by an eight-person panel, which consists of the national officers of Lambda Pi Eta and the five members of the faculty advisory board.

The chapter of the year is then awarded to the chapter that best exemplifies the goals of Lambda Pi Eta.

Also, in addition to an award plaque, the Chapter of the Year receives a $200 cash prize from the NCA in recognition of the successful execution and devotion to the principles and mission of the honor society.

“An academic conference is for top scholars in their fields to share their research, their primary purpose is to add this knowledge to our field” Antholtz explains.

NCA is the largest national organization dedicated to communication.

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