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Lambda Pi Eta honors society provides opportunities for communication students

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The society offers many opportunities for students and faculty to create and host philanthropic, academic, and social programs. 

Lambda Pi Eta is a nationally recognized honors society for Communication students and scholars at four-year colleges and universities. The society is offered at California Lutheran University and gives many opportunities for students and faculty to create and host philanthropic, academic, and social programs. 

According to the LPH at California Lutheran University websiteLPH represents what Aristotle described in Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics.”

Roxanne Banuelos, professor and faculty advisor for LPH said one of her favorite things about LPH is that she gets to interact with incredible students. She said she can help encourage them to keep pursuing their ideas and interests, as well as share the joy of them pursuing their passions.

“I think we go through life without getting recognition and these students have already done a lot so to be able to just honor them and recognize them, be a part of them and kind of their process and just see where they’re going is probably one of my favorite things,” Banuelos said. 

The chapter’s website states the six goals of LPH are 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, and explore options for graduate education in Communication Studies.”

To be eligible for LPH, Banuelos said you must have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for each course taken, and completed the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in communication coursework. She said you must also have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all communication courses and specific, and also be currently enrolled as a student in good standing.

There is also a one-time $50 payment for a lifetime membership. Banuelos said this includes a personalized LPH certificate, graduation honors chord, lapel pin, and recognition at the induction ceremony which will be held on April 25 from 5-6 p.m. at the Lundring Events Center.

“I think it kind of rewards students kind of for their academic excellence and their hard work during school especially for those who are super passionate about communications and want to get into that field or corporate life,” senior and Vice President of LPH Paige Sanders said. 

Senior and president of LPH Tayla Valencia said that all Communication majors are important. Since Cal Lutheran is a smaller school, she said it is nice that students in Communication have a place where they can be recognized through the chapter. She said this gives them a community that they can connect with and grow with throughout their college experience. 

“Just the concept of it, to me, having a spot where being a communications student can feel like an accomplishment,” Valencia said.

Banuelos said LPH provides opportunities for members interested in continuing their research and attending graduate school. She said LPH has connections to the National Communication Association so students can attend conferences and job fairs nationwide.

“Just being able to be a part of a society that honors students for their academic excellence in their field of communication, is just a very special honor to have,” Sanders said. 

Banuelos said applications for LPH will reopen from Feb. 26 to March 4 to allow more students to be recognized before graduation and get a chance to be a part of something. To apply, you must complete the application form before the deadline.

There will also be a tabling event for LPH on Feb. 29 located on the spine from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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