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Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta  (LPH)

Rho Nu chapter officers - 2012-2013 (WKU Chapter):

Mattie Russell - President
Chelsea Martin - Vice President
Natalie Gilliam - Secretary/Treasurer
Emily Foust - Public Relations Chair
Haley Henderson - Scholarship Chair
Jennifer Mize Smith - Adviser

Application for Membership

Application Form

Any Communication major who meets the criteria listed below can become a member.

Membership cost is a one time fee of $50.00, which pays for membership certificate, pin, and honor cords.


LPH Induction Ceremony
Communication Department Internship Fair
Faculty Research Panel
Travel to the National Communication Association convention
Life After Graduation Seminar
Etiquette Dinner


Honors Commencement Stole
Participation in Departmental events
Interaction with Visiting Communication Scholars
Service opportunities
Recognition Research opportunities

Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). We have nearly 420 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide.

Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. We became a part of the NCA in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995.

We represent what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos meaning logic, Pathis relating to emotion, and Ethos defined as character credibility and ethics.

The Rho Nu chapter was founded by Katie Breiwa and Dr. Ellen Bonaguro in 2004. The first members were inducted on October 20, 2004. The class included 22 students and one honorary faculty members, Dr. Sally Hastings.


To recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies

To stimulate interest in the field of communication

To promote and encourage professional development among communication majors

To provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication

To establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students

To explore options for graduate education in communication studies

10 Reasons to Join LPH

LPH members enjoy the privilege of working with other outstanding students in the Communication Dept.

LPH encourages the collaboration of faculty and students.

Chapters advisers and student members frequently receive national recognition and prestigious awards for their scholarship.

Students enjoy access to graduate school information.

Chapter advisers and members are encouraged to participate and exhibit leadership in annual conferences and conventions.

Chapter events and activities frequently gain local recognition from their college or university.

Students are creative, resourceful and enthusiastic about planning educational and social activities frequently attracting local and university attention.

Joining LPH is a great way to promote and foster pride for your communication department.

LPH makes important contributions to the department.

The process for becoming a member is quick and easy!


Undergraduate Research Award - And Undergraduate Research Award can be given at any time during the academic year to any student who completes an outstanding research project that contributes to a richer dialogue in the discipline. Each award recipient receives a plaque, letter of recommendation from the NCA, and his or her name and the title of the research project published on the NCA website.

Lambda Pi Eta Chapter of the Year - How chapters demonstrate and facilitate the Lambda Pi Eta goals is what makes each chapter unique. The six goals are all important as is raising enough funds to take action. The chapters that best exemplifies each of these goals is awarded the Chapter of the Year Award. The chapter honored with this distinction in turn serves as an example to the other chapters throughout the United States.

Stephen A. Smith Award - Many undergraduates are presenting at national conferences both at the professional and undergraduate levels. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes this new found excellence in undergraduate research by sponsoring a Lambda Pi Eta program at the annual National Communication Association convention. All papers selected for the convention go through a rigorous selection process. Out of the papers selected for presentation at the NCA Annual Convention, two awards will be given to the undergraduate student (or students, if co-authored) presenting the top-ranked papers. The winner must be a member in good standing of LPH.

Membership Criteria

Have completed at least 60 semester hours in college;

Have completed at least 12 semester hours of communication study;have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;

Have a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25;

Currently be enrolled as a student in good standing; and

Display commitment to the field of communication

Becoming a Member

Students are invited by the Department of Communication to join LPH if they meet the criteria. Students are asked to complete a membership form and send it electronically to the chapter president. After paying the one time fee, students are inducted and officially become LPH members.

For more information about Lambda Pi Eta, contact the Department of Communication, Ivan Wilson Center for the Fine Arts, Room 130.


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