Lambda Pi Eta - WSU Nu Pi Chapter

  • Lambda: Logic (problem-solving)
  • Pi: Pathos (emotional appeal)
  • Eta: Ethos (character credibility)

What is Lambda Pi Eta?

The original chapter of Lambda Pi Eta was initiated by the students of the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The organization was officially founded by faculty member Stephen A. Smith in 1985. The organization became a national academic honor society in 1987 affiliated with the National Communication Association. The NCA is the official Communication Studies organization. In 1995 Lambda Pi Eta became the official NCA Honor Society for undergraduate students and alumni.

Winona State's Nu Pi chapter was started by assistant professor Dr. Emilie Falc in 2002; the chapter is sponsored by the Communication Studies department and the Winona State University Student Senate.

According to the national organization, each chapter of Lambda Pi Eta's purpose is to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in Communication Studies, to stimulate interest in the field of communication, to encourage student/faculty relationships and to help students explore careers and graduate education in the field.

For more information on Lambdas and what we do, contact an officer!

Frequently Asked Questions

Every year, the club looks over all the majors and minors in Communication Studies at Winona State, and then sends them invitations to join the club if they fit the eligibility requirements.

Students are required to have completed 60 credit hours (usually junior status), 12 of which must be communication studies courses; students must have a 3.25 GPA in the communication studies courses they have taken. Students must be enrolled full-time and be in good standing with a program (like the one at WSU) with an active chapter.

Members of Lambda Pi Eta participate in activities with Communication Studies faculty and the Communication Club, as well as conduct their own activities. Since Lambda Pi Eta is an academic honorary society, it looks great on a resumé and can help you network with other alumni to enhance your connections for future education and/or careers in the communication field. Plus, you get to learn the secret Lambda handshake!!

Typically we meet two to three times per semester. Contact the Lambda Pi Eta Advisor, Jamie Matson, at for more information about meetings.

Member attendance at meetings and events is encouraged, but isn't required (except for officers!).