Lambda Pi Eta, the Department of Communication’s Honor Society, invites new members each semester to join them in promoting interest in Communication and the sharing of communication ideas with students and faculty. Lambda Pi Eta strives to increase the involvement of students in the Department of Communication with one another and on WKU’s campus by creating programs and events which help students develop academically and professionally. This past Fall, Lambda Pi Eta was successful in the pursuit of their goals. At the start of the fall semester, Dr. Jieyoung Kong became Lambda Pi Eta’s new chapter advisor. She has been a great asset to Lambda Pi Eta’s officers and members.
In October, Lambda Pi Eta hosted a department wide Reverb event. All Communication majors and faculty had the opportunity to hear from Cheryl Kirby-Stokes in WKU’s Office of Scholar Development. Ms. Stokes delivered a wide array of information on nationally competitive scholarships, Study Abroad scholarships, and graduate fellowships that would be a great fit for scholars in the Communication discipline. The event was a huge success as many of the attendees discovered opportunities they never knew were possible. Cheryl Kirby-Stokes and the Office of Scholar Development offer assistance with these applications and specialize in helping students write scholarship-winning essays.
In November, the National Communication Association convention was held in Chicago, IL. All of the officers of Lambda Pi Eta were able to accompany the Communication faculty to the conference: Natalie Gilliam, President; Angelia Whitlock, Vice President; Michaela Ash, Public Relations Chair; Karen Powell, Scholarship Chair; and Maggie Shelton, Secretary/Treasurer. This opportunity allowed the officers to meet other members of Lambda Pi Eta across the nation and be a part of the decision making processes at the national Lambda Pi Eta business meeting. This conference offered the officers the privilege of hearing research presentations by leading scholars in the Communication discipline.
As the Fall semester came to a close, recruitment letters were prepared for 12 eligible students in the department. In order to be invited to the organization, these students must complete 60 hours of college credit; 12 hours must be in the communication discipline. These students must also have 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 within the Communication discipline. Eligible students will receive their invitation to Lambda Pi Eta’s Induction ceremony early in the Spring semester. Communication majors should be on the lookout for upcoming Lambda Pi Eta activities in the spring, such as the annual internship fair and a department wide Reverb event.