Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), is the national honor society in the communication discipline. Our chapter is committed to service in the department, the university, the larger community, and the communication discipline, as described by the National Communication Association.

LPH has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas, and became a part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995.

LPH 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.

Lambda Pi Eta at PSU

Spring 2019: The PSU chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, Pi Omega, meets on Wednesdays at 4 pm in Hyde 235.

If you are interested in learning more about Lambda Pi Eta, please contact the chapter president, Julia Thibaudeau or the faculty advisor Mary Beth Ray (


LPH is open to any student in the Communication and Media Studies Program who has earned 60 or more credits, 12 of which are within the major, and has an overall GPA of at least 3.00, with a GPA within the major of at least 3.25.

Goals of Lambda Pi Eta

  1. Recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies
  2. Stimulate interest in the field of communication
  3. Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors
  4. Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication
  5. Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students
  6. Explore options for graduate education in communication studies

National Recognition
LPH is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) whose mission is to build a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance.

The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), founded in 1925, is the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies. ACHS sets standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility for the various categories of membership: general, specialized, leadership, freshman, and two-year honor societies. To assure member participation in governance, honor societies must be structured on a membership basis so that the interests of individual members are advanced.