May 1, 2017
The UCF chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, a National Communication Association honor society for college students, inducted 11 new members in April. These members are: Wyatt Allmond, Edward Coyle, Natalie Duque, Patrick Edwards, Turner Elliot, Alexia Hinds, Teyona Miller, Jennifer Predvil, Nathaniel Rivas, Lauren Semenas and Ashley Williams.
The members of Lambda Pi Eta are undergraduate and graduate students who have declared an interest in the field of communication and have achieved a high level of academic excellence. Of the inductees, Allmond, Coyle, Duque and Edwards are human communication majors. Elliot, Hinds and Semenas study advertising and public relations. Miller and Predvil are radio-television majors on the broadcast generalist track, while Williams is on the production track. Rivas is the only journalism major of this class.
Shari Hodgson, who serves as Lambda Pi Eta’s faculty advisor, says that Lambda Pi Eta exposes members to many opportunities for networking.
“Lambda Pi Eta is an excellent vehicle for students to network with NSC students outside their major,” said Hodgson, who is also a member of the human communication faculty. “In addition, the society encourages members to participate in scholarly research projects and attend professional conferences.”
The Nicholson School of Communication initiated the charter class of the Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Eta chapter in 2005. Since then, more than 350 members have been initiated. There are currently 250 chapters worldwide.
Inductee Ashley Williams said she is excited to be a member.
“Lambda Pi Eta’s goals of encouraging professional development and providing opportunities for communication students to share ideas are in line with my own,” said Williams. “My hope is that membership in Lambda Pi Eta will help me grow professionally, network with other communication students and graduates, and simultaneously grow my skills professionally and academically.”
Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985. The National Communication Association (NCA) included Lambda Pi Eta as a member organization in 1988. The NCA established Lambda Pi Eta as the official national communication honor society for undergraduates in 1994. In February 1996, Lambda Pi Eta was inducted in the Association of College Honor Societies.
The goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and develop professional and research interests among communication majors; provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; encourage undergraduate research and enhance relationships; and mutual understanding between faculty and students.