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Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. We became a part of the NCA in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995. We represent what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos meaning logic, Pathos relating to emotion, and Ethos defined as character credibility and ethics. We have nearly 420 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide. The Rho Nu chapter was founded by Katie Breiwa and Dr. Ellen Bonaguro in 2004. The first members were inducted on October 20, 2004. The class included 22 students and one honorary faculty member, Dr. Sally Hastings.
Rho Nu Chapter Officers - 2019-2020 (WKU Chapter):
President - Kathryn Kirkpatrick
Vice President - Kimber Morris
Scholarship Officers - Jamie Jordan & Gabrielle Short
Treasurer/Public Relations - Rachel Tidwell

Advisor - Dr. Helen Sterk


  • LPH Induction Ceremony
  • Communication Department Internship Fair
  • Faculty Research Panel
  • Travel to the National Communication Association convention
  • Life After Graduation Seminar
  • Etiquette Dinner


  • Honors Commencement Stole
  • Participation in Departmental events
  • Interaction with Visiting Communication Scholars
  • Service opportunities
  • Networking
  • Recognition Research opportunities


  • To recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies
  • To stimulate interest in the field of communication
  • To promote and encourage professional development among communication majors
  • To provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication
  • To establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students
  • To explore options for graduate education in communication studies

10 Reasons to Join LPH

  1. LPH members enjoy the privilege of working with other outstanding students in the Communication Dept.
  2. LPH encourages the collaboration of faculty and students.
  3. Chapters advisers and student members frequently receive national recognition and prestigious awards for their scholarship.
  4. Students enjoy access to graduate school information.
  5. Chapter advisers and members are encouraged to participate and exhibit leadership in annual conferences and conventions.
  6. Chapter events and activities frequently gain local recognition from their college or university.
  7. Students are creative, resourceful and enthusiastic about planning educational and social activities frequently attracting local and university attention.
  8. Joining LPH is a great way to promote and foster pride for your communication department.
  9. LPH makes important contributions to the department.
  10. The process for becoming a member is quick and easy!


  • Undergraduate Research Award - And Undergraduate Research Award can be given at any time during the academic year to any student who completes an outstanding research project that contributes to a richer dialogue in the discipline. Each award recipient receives a plaque, letter of recommendation from the NCA, and his or her name and the title of the research project published on the NCA website.
  • Lambda Pi Eta Chapter of the Year - How chapters demonstrate and facilitate the Lambda Pi Eta goals is what makes each chapter unique. The six goals are all important as is raising enough funds to take action. The chapters that best exemplifies each of these goals is awarded the Chapter of the Year Award. The chapter honored with this distinction in turn serves as an example to the other chapters throughout the United States.
  • Stephen A. Smith Award - Many undergraduates are presenting at national conferences both at the professional and undergraduate levels. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes this new found excellence in undergraduate research by sponsoring a Lambda Pi Eta program at the annual National Communication Association convention. All papers selected for the convention go through a rigorous selection process. Out of the papers selected for presentation at the NCA Annual Convention, two awards will be given to the undergraduate student (or students, if co-authored) presenting the top-ranked papers. The winner must be a member in good standing of LPH.

For more information about Lambda Pi Eta, contact Dr. Helen Sterk
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 Last Modified 9/26/19