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Tate Honor Society inducts 24 students and three honorary faculty members

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The University of Georgia's Dean William Tate Honor Society welcomed 24 new student members and awarded honorary memberships to three faculty during its annual initiation ceremony

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Dean William Tate Honor Society welcomed 24 new student members and awarded honorary memberships to three faculty during its annual initiation ceremony, held last month on the Honor Circle, located on the West Lawn adjacent to the Tate Student Center.

Students, their majors and hometowns are:

Elizabeth Bogue, biology and psychology, Atlanta
Nate Buda, biology and psychology, Alpharetta
Cali M. Callaway, cognitive science and Latin, Johns Creek
Amanda Cameron, genetics and mathematics, Suwanee
Jake Carnes, public relations, Marietta
Allison Fialkowski, biology, Atlanta
Houston A. Gaines, political science and economics, Athens
Landry Goodgame, English, Snellville
Avery Hudson, finance and management information systems, Columbus
Jesse Hu, biochemistry and molecular biology, Peachtree City
Aneek E. James, electrical engineering, Stone Mountain
Sara C. Johnson, psychology, Tifton
Bruce Li, economics and computer science, Milton
Krystal Lo, economics and music, Marietta
Cory Lopes, management information systems and finance, Easton, Pa.
Katherine Mann, international affairs and French, Atlanta
Vijeth Mudalegundi, economics, Cumming
Caralyna Nee, nutrition science, Suwanee
Robert L. Oldham, political science, Cumming
Lavanya Ramakrishnan, biochemistry, molecular biology, psychology and music, Suwanee
Dustin Sammons, political science, Sandersville
Elijah Scott, international affairs and economics, Martinez
Austin Summers, accounting, Atlanta
Juhi Varshney, biochemistry, Rome

Additionally, three faculty members received honorary initiations for their contributions to student learning and development: Vikki Clawson, a professor in the Institute for Leadership Advancement at the Terry College of Business; Sylvia Hutchinson, a professor emerita in the Center for Teaching and Learning; and Maria Navarro, associate professor of agricultural leadership, education and communication in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

“The Dean William Tate Honor Society 2014 initiates have majors ranging from sciences to Latin and economics and their leadership and service extends throughout many areas of campus and into the Athens community,” said Mary Martha Clark, co-president of the society. “This class is one of the highest-achieving classes academically that Tate Society has seen.”

Co-president Alex Moosariparambil said the society has high expectation for the new members.

“We are very proud of the new initiates and know that they will achieve great things and serve their communities humbly for the remainder of their time at the University of Georgia and beyond,” he said.

The society was formed in 1990 as a memorial to William Tate, UGA’s dean of men from 1946 until his retirement in 1971. The society seeks to spread Tate’s legacy by annually recognizing 12 men and 12 women of the first-year class who best exemplify the qualities he possessed.

Selection is based on academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. Tate Society members are involved in every facet of campus life, and accepted applicants are expected to continue their contributions throughout their tenure at the university.

The Dean William Tate Honor Society is a registered student organization within UGA’s Division of Student Affairs.

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