LAMBDA PI ETA (LPH) is the communication honor society sponsored by the National Communication Association. CNU received its charter for the Sigma Kappa Chapter of LPH in 2004 under the leadership of Dr. Michaela Meyer. Over the past 10 years, Sigma Kappa developed a national as well as campus reputation for promoting the academic study of communication.

lambda pi eta logoOur LPH members regularly host study sessions designed to help students enrolled in communication courses achieve success in their academic endeavors. Further, we sponsor a speaker series that brings communication scholars and professionals from all over the world to CNU's campus. Many of our members present their research at national and regional academic conferences, and many go on to pursue graduate study in a variety of fields. Additionally, our members receive cords to wear at commencement that highlight membership in this prestigious organization.

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2014-2015 Sigma Kappa Officers

President: Madelyn Farmer
Vice President: Kaitlyn Vickers
Secretary: Caitlin Osbourne
Treasurer: Ryan Kashin
Historian: Lindsey Kraus
Public Relations Chair: Kayley Humphrey

Sigma Kappa Chapter Faculty Advisor
Todd Lee Goen

LAMBDA PI ETA (LPH) is the official honor society for communication students. It began in 1985 under the direction of Dr. Stephen A. Smith at the University of Arkansas and became a part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988. In 1995, LPH became the official honor society of NCA and today has almost 500 chapters throughout the world.

Lambda Pi Eta represents the three modes of persuasion described by Aristotle: logos (lambda) or logic, pathos (pi) or emotion, and ethos (eta) or character credibility and ethics. These thLPH awardree ideas form the foundation of much of the field of communication, and are central to the work we do to promote the academic study of communication throughout the CNU campus community.

Dr. Michaela Meyer
received the charter for the Sigma Kappa Chapter of LPH in 2004, with the induction of the charter members occurring in the spring of 2005. Dr. Meyer served as faculty advisor of our organization for seven years, and received the 2009 LPH Advisor of the Year Award. Dr. Ron Von Burg, Dr. Kathleen Kuehn, and Dr. Kendra Knight served as faculty advisors of LPH between 2011 and 2013.

In 2007, NCA named Sigma Kappa Rookie Chapter of the Year, and Chapter of the Year awards followed in 2009 and 2010. For many years, we hosted a fundraiser entitled Concert for Tommy to raise money to support childhood cancer research in memory of Tommy Gosser (son of Dr. Linda Manning, Chair of the Department of Communication).

concert for tommy

The current Faculty Advisor, Todd Lee Goen, began working with LPH in 2012. The 2013-2014 membership of the Sigma Kappa Chapter of LPH consists of 27 students. Currently, our LPH members constitute about 7% of CNU's Communication majors, making it a highly selective honor society.

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Sigma Kappa Chapter also sponsors a speaker series that brings a number of communication scholars and professionals to campus to interact with students and faculty. The 2013-2014 speakers and presentations were:

  • Zeynep Dursun, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey
    Engaging Changes in Media Authority: The Role of Social Media during the GEZI Park Protests in Turkey
  • John Papalo, co-sponsored with the Department of Economics as part of the BB&T Colloquium Series on Capitalism
    The Beauty of Emergent Order
  • Chris Claremont, Graphic Artist and Novelist, co-sponsored with the Department of History
    Wolverine and the White Queen: An Evening with Chris Claremont
  • Justin Boren, PhD, Santa Clara University
    We Are All in this Together: The Communicative Constitution of Organizations, Social Support, and Health

In order to be eligible for induction into Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), students must meet the following requirements set forth by the Association of College Honor Societies:

  • have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of course credit
  • have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of communication courses
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • have a GPA for communication courses of 3.25 or higher
  • be enrolled as a student at CNU in good standing

At the beginning of each semester, the faculty advisor sends invitations to all students who are eligible for membership in LPH that contains information on the application process. A complete application requires:

1. an application form
2. a current, unofficial university transcript (print from CNU Live)
3. one sample of academic work that does not exceed 25 pages (preferably from a communication course)
4. a letter of support from a CNU faculty member (preferably a communication faculty member)

Specific details, requirements, and deadlines are included in the invitation. If you have questions or did not receive an invitation and think you are eligible for membership, please contact Todd Lee Goen, Faculty Advisor.