Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official undergraduate National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association (NCA). As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has nearly 300 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide.
Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. Lambda Pi Eta became a part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995. Lambda Pi Eta’s Nu Sigma chapter at Central Michigan University was founded on December 10, 2001.
Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion, and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics.
- recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement;
- stimulate interest in the field of communication;
- promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
- provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the field;
- establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students;
- explore options for further graduate studies.
Though achievement is its own reward, earning your Lambda Pi Eta honor society pin and certificate demonstrates that you have accomplished something that makes you special and puts you at the top of your chosen field. Having an honor society listed on your résumé provides a tangible sign of your academic success.
To become a member of Lambda Pi Eta, a one-time only membership fee of $45.00 is required.
While applications are accepted at ANY time, in order to become a member during this academic year, your application & payment must be received no later than February 15. For more information, please contact faculty advisor Lesley Withers, 350 Moore Hall, at (989) 774-6673.
Expectations of Members
Lambda Pi Eta is an honor society, a reward for academic excellence; therefore, no service commitment is required. Members of Lambda Pi Eta will be added to an e-mail listserv and are expected to attend the spring induction ceremony, traditionally held as a part of the annual Communication banquet. Attending this event typically costs between $15 - $25 per person. Members are welcome to invite their friends and family members to attend. During the induction ceremony, members will be sworn in and presented with their membership certificate and Lambda Pi Eta pin. Members will receive e-mails and mailed invitations providing specific information for this year’s induction ceremony.
- have completed at least 60 semester hours at an accredited college or university;
- have completed at least 12 semester hours of communication study (COM, formerly IPC/SDA);
- have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
- have a GPA of at least 3.25 in communication courses;
- display commitment to the field of communcation
Once a student is inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, he or she is a member for life. If a member were to no longer meet the academic requirements for membership (such as falling below a cumulative 3.0 GPA), the student will not be removed from the society. Additionally, a student does not have to be "full-time" in order to be inducted into the society.
Special Requirements for the membership of Alumni, IPR Majors, Communication Minors, and Transfer and Graduate Students
Because our group was formed in 2001, we are also offering membership to alumni who may be interested in joining as honorary members. By inducting alumni as well, we hope to provide another link to the Central Michigan University community for them. Alumni are a vital part of the campus community, and they act as a valuable resource for students setting out on career, internship, and job searches.
IPR Majors/Communication Minors
Students pursuing a minor in communication or Integrative Public Relations may be inducted into Lambda Pi Eta if they fulfill all of the academic requirements above. Students still must have completed the membership requirements (at least 12 semester hours in communication courses, etc.).
Students who are members of Lambda Pi Eta and transfer to another school which has a Chapter will automatically be a member of that school’s chapter. In order to ensure academic achievement, local chapters have the option of increasing the national requirements listed above for transfer students who wish to be new members of Lambda Pi Eta.
Graduate students may continue as members of Lambda Pi Eta if they were previously inducted by a chapter as an undergraduate, or they may be inducted as new members if they would have met the membership qualifications as an undergraduate at an institution which did not have an active chapter of Lambda Pi Eta.