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Honor society inducts high-performing transfer students

Honor society inducts high-performing transfer students - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Induction Ceremony to Tau Sigma National Honor Society on March 24, 2021. Inductees and existing members did paws up to show their unity and excitement. Photo courtesy of Tau Sigma Honor Society

The Tau Sigma National Honor Society inducted 39 students into the society in its first virtual ceremony March 24 on Zoom.

Tau Sigma has been on campus at Texas A&M University-San Antonio since 2019, and this is the first year that an induction ceremony took place online.

Typically, current members place the pins on inductees, but this year inductees had to do it themselves.

Tau Sigma is for transfer students who excelled during their first semester on campus with a GPA of a 3.5 or higher as a full-time student.

The ceremony started with speakers congratulating students and sharing words of wisdom.

Dr. Mari Fuentes-Martin, vice president for student success and engagement, explained that it is always good to have goals and keep the motivation to reach those goals.

“There are four G’s to success: goals, guts, ganas, and God,” Fuentes-Martin said.

Students were instructed to unmute and respond so that members knew they were present.

Many of the inductees had family cheering for them as their name was called.

“It was shocking,” communications junior Katelyn Kotchey said. “I didn’t even realize that I had hit the 3.5 GPA requirement.”

Kotchey said she liked that Tau Sigma focused on transfer students and said the members and coordinators were friendly and seemed more personally involved than other chapters she had experience with.

Juan Espinoza, transfer student engagement student coordinator, the host of the induction ceremony, said everyone inducted is a transfer student until they graduate.

“I am a resource to you all,” Espinoza said.

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Patricia Garcia
Patricia Garcia
Patricia Garcia is an English major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She transferred after receiving her Associates of Arts from Palo Alto College in spring 2020. In her spare time she enjoys leisure writing, reading and watching TV shows. In the future she hopes to be a special education teacher and a published poet.

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