The goals of Lambda Pi Eta, the Department of Communication’s honor society, are to create interest in the field of communication, foster relationships between faculty and students, and share ideas about communication. One way LPH accomplishes these goals is by creating opportunities that allow for conversation about the Communication discipline to occur. This semester Lambda Pi Eta has accomplished these goals by sponsoring several events for recruiting new members, interacting with visiting scholars as well as communicating with faculty members within the communication department, and, finally, by attending the National Communication Association conference in Washington D.C.
The semester started off with a recruitment luncheon for prospective members to inquire about the organization. In order to be invited to the organization, the student must complete 60 hours of college credit; 12 hours must be in the communication discipline. The student must also have 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 within the Communication discipline. Needless to say an invitation to Lambda Pi Eta is quite an honor.
In October, Lambda Pi Eta members had the opportunity to meet with visiting scholar Dr. Paul Schrodt of Texas Christian University who presented his research in family communication. He also took time out of his schedule to discuss graduate school with LPH members and graduate students in the communication department. In November, Lambda Pi Eta hosted a department-wide ReVerb with communication faculty. Students were invited to hear presentations about faculty research interests and methodologies. The faculty members who presented were Dr. Sterk, Dr. Payne, Dr. Carey, Dr. Thompson, and graduate student Heidi Sisler. The ReVerb is unique because it allows faculty members to express their passion about their research interests with students. It also allows students to develop a greater appreciation for the scholarly research conducted with in the communication department.
One highlight of the semester was the National Communication Association convention held in Washington, D.C. Several officers of Lambda Pi Eta were able to accompany the Communication faculty to the conference: Mattie Russell, President; Chelsea Martin, Vice President; Natalie Gilliam, Secretary/Treasurer; and Haley Henderson, Scholarship Chair. This opportunity allowed the officers to meet other members of Lambda Pi Eta across the nation. The officers also had the opportunity to listen to research presentations by leading scholars in the Communication discipline.
As the semester closes, it is evident that the scholarly conversations about Communication are lively. Looking to the spring semester, the officers of Lambda Pi Eta are excited for the conversation about Communication to continue and the events that will make that happen.