Omega Nu Welcomes New Members, Guest Speaker Karen Dushnick

Communication Honor Society Welcomes New Members and D-Squared Founders

LPH LogoThe Department of Digital Communication at GCU welcomed new Lambda Pi Eta members into the Omega Nu Chapter of the National Communication Association Honor Society. Samantha Mancino, the newly elected president, was pleased to be inducted. Mrs. Karen Dushnick, founder of D-Squared a local safe ride program, presented the keynote address.

“Sometimes, we are asked to travel a road we never anticipated traveling. But in the worst of times, my faith has been my greatest gift. Religion has given me my foundation and my spirituality has given me my wings” shared Dushnick. The keynote address challenged students to continue to strive for academic excellence and to make time for reflection.

The Dushnick’s (center) with (left) Dr. Gina Marcello, MC Robinon and Ashley Flach (right)

Dushnick’s non-profit D-Squared provides free transportation home for 18-to-27 year-olds who live between Belmar and Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The safe rides program was created in memory of Stephen and Michael Dushnick, Karen’s two sons whose lives were taken by a fatal vehicular accident in April 2013.

Mrs. Dushnick graciously gifted the graduating seniors and the newly inducted with a copy of The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. She concluded, “Approach every step of life with excitement and always nourish your spirituality.”

The ceremony took place in the elegant McAuley Chapel on May 2, 2015.

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Dr. Gina Marcello is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Graphic Design & Multimedia at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ.