Alpha Eta inducts 11 into honor society

By Kristen Holland Shear
The UT Southwestern chapter of the Alpha Eta Society inducted 11 students from
UT Southwestern School of Health Professions during an initiation ceremony Sept. 5.

Initiates were Susan Agler, Dipti Bhatnagar, Tra-My Dinh, Kisha Long, Pauline O’Bryan, Lauren Parma and Elizabeth Loveless Wetz of physician assistant studies; and Stacie Hill, Timipre Ofongo, Christina Louise Johnson and Dr. Bangdong Wei of medical laboratory sciences.

Dr. J. Scott Wright, UT Dallas associate dean of undergraduate education and director of the Health Professions Advising Center, gave the keynote speech. Cristina Gonzalez, assistant professor of physician assistant studies and president of Alpha Eta, reviewed the history of the society. She and Barbara Fryer, assistant professor of medical laboratory sciences and Alpha Eta secretary/treasurer, presented the initiates.

The Alpha Eta Society was formed in 1975 by a group of health professions schools to promote scholarship, friendship and recognition of high attainment in the field. The chapter at UT Southwestern, started 20 years ago in November, has more than 250 members.

Baccalaureate candidates must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better for membership, and master’s degree candidates must have a 3.8 or better grade point average. UT Southwestern faculty members of Alpha Eta recommend and approve the nominees.

The initiates each received a certificate, an Alpha Eta lapel pin and a green honor cord to wear with their graduation regalia.