The fall semester of 2016 proved exciting for the WKU Rho Nu chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the National Communication Association’s official honor society. Officers for the 2016-2017 academic year were elected: Taylor Hillard (President), Rachel Cato (Vice-President), Emily Anne Pride (Scholarship Officer), Hayley Armstrong (Secretary), and Courtney Tucker (Treasurer).
The officers work within the organization towards six goals, which includes promoting and encouraging professional development among communication majors and stimulating interest in the field of communication. Also, the cabinet of LPH officers enjoyed the privilege of working with other outstanding students in the Department of Communication.
Toward the beginning of the fall semester, LPH officers provided opportunities for students to make “get well” cards for Mr. Bruce Crawley, the department advisor, as he recovered from surgery. Members provided art supplies for students to design a card for Mr. Crawley, and afterwards, mailed the “get well” wishes to his home address.
In November, the chapter Vice-President, Rachel Cato, and the chapter Scholarship Officer, Emily Anne Pride, were able to attend the National Communication Association (NCA) annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Department of Communication was generous enough to sponsor two of our officers to accompany Dr. Jieyoung Kong (LPH Advisor) and Dr. Jennifer Mize Smith (Associate Professor).
LPH welcomed nine new members that joined the organization during the semester. Also, officers (Rachel Cato and Emily Anne Pride) discussed their experience at NCA and possible community service activities for the chapter. Active members not only work together towards success and learning, but are also required to perform community service. LPH’s goal is to have a community service event that includes all members, which would further extend the impact they have on Western Kentucky University’s surrounding area.
In early spring, recruitment letters for new members will be delivered. Students who are eligible for membership will be invited to become members of LPH and to attend an induction ceremony to be conducted in late March, where new members from the previous semester will also be inducted.
To be eligible to join this organization, one must complete 60 credit hours (at least 12 credit hours in Communication), have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 (GPA of 3.25 in Communication courses), and rank within the highest 35% of one’s class. The Rho Nu chapter of LPH currently has twenty-one members, and the chapter is excited to welcome many more!
~ Taylor Hillard, LPH President
& Rachel Cato, LPH Vice President