On October 29, Lambda Pi Eta, a national honor society for outstanding communication scholars, welcomed two new students to its cohort. Haley Adams ’20 and Michael Eversole ’20 are the new Fall 2018 inductees.
Eversole will serve as Vice President and Adams will serve as Secretary, joining Abigail Stevenson ’19, who is the current President of the chapter. The three will serve as the core members for the academic year under the mentorship of Xinlu Yu, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of communication. Vanessa Gette-Heeman, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of communication and member of the society, will take over the role of advisor in the upcoming year.
The name Lambda Pi Eta is represented by the Greek letters L (lambda), P (pi), and H (eta) symbolizing what Aristotle described in his book, “Rhetoric” as the three modes of persuasion: Logos meaning logic, Pathos relating to emotion, and Ethos defined as character credibility and ethics.
“LPH was founded by the students of the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas and was then formally endorsed by the faculty member and founder, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, in 1985,” said Heeman at the induction ceremony. She continued, “Today, there are over 600 active chapters of LPH nationwide.” Hiram College is home to the Zeta Lambda chapter.
To be a member of the honorary community, one must complete 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework (12 of which must be in communication courses), have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (with a 3.25 in communication), be in the upper 35% of their graduating class, and be currently enrolled as a full-time student of Hiram College.
The new scholars have a great journey ahead of them, full of creativity, persuasion, logic, and, most of all, the power of communication.