Students inducted into Lambda Pi Eta

Oracle Arts and Entertainment Editor Alli Dempsey, Managing Editor Kyra Russo and Sports Editor Emily O’Neil were among the 2022 inductees. Pictured are Alli Dempsey and Kyra Russo.

On Sunday, May 1, qualified students studying Communications, Digital Media, and Journalism were inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) National Communication Honor Society 2022 under the Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter.

The students and their two guests were invited to the Coykendall Science Building where they were presented with a range of food and drink. After a short brunch, they were ushered into the auditorium where they heard from several speakers, including counselors and teachers.

Students in attendance received a lanyard and pin to wear at graduation and a certificate of acceptance into society. Their name, photo, hometown and major were also featured on a slideshow as their name was called and their photo was taken in front of an official LPH banner by a student photographer.

“I thought the ceremony was really thoughtful. It was nice to be honored for all the hard work I put into my major, and it was great to see my friends in the department being celebrated for their accomplishments as well,” said third-year journalism student Alli Dempsey “We work so hard in the communications department, so it was nice to have our work recognized specifically.”

While dozens of students were able to attend with friends and family, some students were unable to make it to the ceremony. One of the students who did not attend the in-person celebration was Emily O’Neil, a third-year communications student majoring in strategic communications.

“I am grateful that New Paltz provides this lifetime opportunity for juniors and seniors who have worked hard throughout our time at New Paltz,” she said. “I wish I could have attended the ceremony, but I will be happy to wear the lanyards when I walk on the graduation stage.”

Lambda Pi Eta is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. LPH is an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has active chapters in more than 500 four-year colleges and universities.

According to the official LPH website, the society’s six goals are: to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding academic achievement in communication studies; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and encourage professional development among communications majors; provide the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; establish and maintain closer relationships between professors and students; explore graduate options in communication.

“Aristotle described in Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), logical signifier; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics,” according to SUNY New Paltz’s LPH page. “Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, encourages, and rewards outstanding academic achievement while stimulating interest in the discipline of communication.”

Juniors and seniors in digital media and journalism and communications departments with a major GPA above 3.5 and an overall GPA above 3.25 are welcome to apply. Once accepted and inducted into the LPH, students are members for life.

Being a member of LPH means that students have the right to vote at all chapter meetings, to be elected to chapter offices, to represent the local chapter at state, regional and national conventions, to attend scholarly presentations and sponsoring academic department colloquia, participate in LPH social media efforts on Linked-In, Facebook, and Twitter, compete for various LPH National Awards, submit to LPH Research Paper Sessions at the NCA Annual Convention ( undergraduate students only) and many other benefits.

“I think being able to say I’m a member of Lambda Pi Eta will give me and other members advantages down the road,” Dempsey said. “It also gave me a new support system to turn to regarding my major.”

“Being a new member of Lambda Pi Eta made me see the communication department in a different way. I was able to speak with some of the professors in my field that I had only spoken to online before. Just from the small ceremony, I was able to establish new relationships that I am now passionate about.

Students looking for more information about LPH should visit the New Paltz LPH Chapter website or contact Amy Witkus at her email address, [email protected] and speak with their advisors to see if LPH is right for them. Scholarships are available on request for those seeking assistance with application fees.

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