Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) has over 550 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville. It became a part of the National Communication Association in 1988 and the association’s official honor society in July 1995.
LPH is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), whose mission is to build a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance.
LPH represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.
The Six Goals of Lambda Pi Eta
- Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies;
- Stimulate interest in the field of communication;
- Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
- Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication;
- Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and
- Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.
What are the national requirements for student membership?
Student membership requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA with 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours completed and a 3.25 GPA for Communication Studies courses with 12 semester or 18 quarter credit hours completed. Every student member must submit the national initiation fee ($30) to his/her chapter prior to induction. This one-time fee covers lifetime membership in Lambda Pi Eta.
What type of activities can my LPH chapter accomplish?
Activities will include a mix of social, academic, and community service. Our department puts heavy emphasis on partnering with a variety of community organizations and agencies to facilitate service-based learning outcomes.
How do LPH members participate in the annual NCA convention?
LPH chapter members are encouraged to attend and participate in NCA’s annual convention. There is a Lambda Pi Eta business meeting, as well as many LPH paper sessions. An awards ceremony is held during the business meeting where top papers, chapters, and advisors awards are announced. National student officers are elected every year at the annual convention.