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Contreras rises to the helm of Lambda Pi Eta
By Adam Austin
Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society, has named Kristina Contreras as its new faculty advisor.
Contreras received unanimous acclamation by the School of Communication faculty for her new role.
Originally from Southern California, Contreras has been with Radford for six and a half years; where she has received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Contreras became involved in Lambda three years ago, as an undergraduate, when she was elected vice president. Following her stint as vice president, she was elected president.
As president, among the projects Contreras took on included philanthropic work to benefit the Bone Marrow Foundation.
“I really wanted to take it to a new level,” Contreras said as she explained she wanted to be able to give Lambda the recognition it deserves, not only within the School of Communication.
There are a lot of positive plans that Contreras has for Lambda as its new faculty advisor. She spoke of wanting to get students and faculty together to run mock presentations for students who are doing research on campus.
“This would be a great way to give them experience and something to put on their resumes,” Contreras said.
She wants Lambda to maintain its promotion of its philanthropy while also pushing its focus in academia.
“I want members to be more involved and be proud of being in it,” she added.
Contreras has also played a huge part in making the Communication carnival during COMS Week what it is today. She thought it would be a great way to get Lambda’s name out there and promote the School of Communication.
“The first year was the most successful year, there were about 450 people who showed up,” Contreras said, concluding that it is still very successful. “I am certain there will be larger numbers in the upcoming COMS Week.”