Lambda Pi Eta | Student Organization
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society for four-year colleges and universities. The name Lambda Pi Eta comes from what Aristotle described as the three modes of persuasion. The first mode of persuasion is logos, or logic. In all aspects of scholarship and its application to one’s life, logic plays a major role in deliberation and problem solving. Pathos, or emotional appeal, the second symbol of our organization’s title, encompasses a driving force that makes an organization vital and effective. The last mode of persuasion is ethos, or character credibility and ethics. Aristotle sees character credibility as a primary means of affecting change in society and in one’s life. The official colors of Lambda Pi Eta are crimson to represent the Communication discipline and silver in recognition of speech and oratory skills.
Lambda Pi Eta was founded by students in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas and was formally endorsed by faculty membr and founders an affiliate organization and as the official national honor society for outstanding students in Communication in 1994. In 1996, Lambda Pi Eta was inducted into the Association of College Honor Societies. Currently, there are over 500 chapters of Lambda Pi Eta nationwide.
Baylor's chapter, Lambda Phi, was chartered through the National Communication Association on July 19, 2000 and made an official student organization on January 27, 2023. In Fall 2021, we hosted an Alumni Panel where our panelists gave insight into how their graduate or undergraduate degrees in Communication prepared them for the early years of their careers and in Spring 2022, we elected our chapter’s first ever student officers. In Fall 2022, we continued to expand LPH by finalizing the organization’s constitution, establishing LPH a recognized student organization at Baylor, hosted a Communication-specific career and graduate school workshop, and awarded our first scholarship. In Spring 2023, we are planning a department-wide service project, designing our second annual alumni panel, and setting up a fundraising opportunity. All of that to say, our organization is growing and we want you to be part of it!
The purpose of the honor society is to promote outstanding academic achievement in the Communication discipline. The society exists to:
- 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
- Explore options for graduate education in Communication Studies
As a member of LPH, you have the opportunity to:
- Vote at all chapter meetings of the Society
- Be elected to chapter offices
- Attend scholarly presentations and colloquia of the sponsoring academic department
- Represent the local chapter at state, regional, and national conventions
- Submit to the LPH research paper sessions at NCA’s Annual Convention
- Receive the LPH electronic newsletter
- Participate in LPH social media efforts
- Participate in periodic teleconferences on topics ranging from career development to chapter management
- Compete for various LPH national awards.