Lambda Pi Eta Matters

My name is Anna Derkacz, and on December 7th, 2015 I was inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society. Lambda Pi Eta is the official academic honors society of the National Communication Association. This honors society represents what Aristotle described in his work 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 has over 400 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide dedicated to recognizing, fostering, and rewarding outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies. In order to be eligible to apply for this honor, students must fill the following requirements:

  • The student’s major or minor must fall under the communication department and must have completed at least 12 hours of communication credit by induction semester.
  • Students must have a 3.0 overall G.P.A and a 3.25 Communication G.P.A.
  • Students must have completed 60 or more credit hours total by the end of the induction semester.
  • Students should exhibit high standards of personal and professional character and willingness to support the purposes of the honor society.

As a journalism minor at Dominican University, I have grown to love the field of communication and believe that Lambda Pi Eta is a great pursuit for someone who is dedicated to this field. I would consider communication studies to be some of the most useful and practical skills to have, as our world is run on communication and personal connections. Communication studies is not solely based on theory and boring textbooks, but on everyday life and popular interests. It is a field that converges with personal communication, social media, theories, writing, reading, international affairs, as well as entertainment and popular culture. By being part of Lambda Pi Eta, I have the pleasure of being a part of a community (a society) of people who have made communication studies their life and are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in the field.

My interest in communication began my senior year of high school. Completely lost and unmotivated, I found myself searching frantically for a major that I could use practically, yet something that would spark my interest. Although I knew I would not choose a major in the communication field, I did not want to give up completely on my interest in the subjects. As I started my journey at Dominican, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I would be able to pursue my passion in criminology, yet satisfy my craving for journalism.

My path to studying an aspect of communication came in the form of a relentless need to write. Ever since I could remember, I would always find myself wanting to write everything I experience. In high school I was an assistant editor in the school newspaper, and to this day keep an updated personal journal. Currently as a journalism minor, I have learned not only how to master grammar and punctuation in news stories, but also about the world around me and how important it is to understand how the media plays a crucial role in the shaping of society. In addition, by studying journalism, I am able to connect the world together in pieces from concepts that I am studying in Sociology and Criminology. Although I am a journalism minor, I have also taken other courses in the communication department that have significantly improved my overall writing techniques and style. I hope that the same opportunity for personal development will occur by now being a part of a national communication honors society.

As the Communication Arts and Sciences Department assistant, I have established closer relationships between the faculty and other students in the field. Working side by side with some of my professors has truly given me the opportunity to see the field beyond the classroom and ways in which people have made communication their passion for life – as my professors have. Seeing how active and passionate they are about their respected fields has made me want to have the same connection with my career someday.

By being a part of Lambda Pi Eta, I also have the opportunity to further these relationships and demonstrate my own dedication to communication. As a new inductee of Lambda Pi Eta, I am proud and grateful for the opportunities and skills that communication studies have offered me and highly encourage any communication student who fits the criteria to take advantage of this phenomenal opportunity.

Below are some pictures from the Fall 2015 induction ceremony