Communication Studies Honors Society


Lambda Pi Eta Temple University Alpha Beta Upsilon

Lambda Pi Eta’s Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter at Temple University represents the Communication Studies program’s affiliation with the National Communication Associations honors society and recognizes exemplary students in the field of communication studies. Keeping with the mission of NCA, this chapter creates and fosters spaces for professional development within and outside of the university. At all turns, Alpha Beta Upsilon strives to create unique opportunities for communication studies students to take part in meaningful civic and community engagement. Although full membership can be obtained by invitation only, through the meeting of specific academic standards, all students are invited to participate in the general activities organized by the chapter.


Chapter Contact Information

Dr. Scott Gratson: Faculty Advisor
Office: Room 9C Annenberg Hall
Office Hours: Wed 3:05-5:05
Phone: 215-204-6434
Fax: 215-204-4811

Why Lambda Pi Eta?

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as 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 recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.

The Six Goals of Lambda Pi Eta:

  1. Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies;
  2. Stimulate interest in the field of communication;
  3. Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
  4. Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication;
  5. Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and
  6. Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.


How do I know if I qualify? Membership is by invitation only. Each spring, our faculty advisor provides the eligibility lists from Registration and Records. Within the next 15 days, a formal invitation letter and membership application are sent to each eligible student. Your invitation will include a time, date and location for the induction ceremony. In order to be considered for membership, you must meet all of the following requirements.

  • Complete 60 semester credit-hours
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 for all courses taken university wide.
  • Have achieved at least a 3.50 GPA in all communication studies courses.
  • Have completed the foundation and core requirements for Temple communication studies program.
  • Display commitment to the field of communication studies.
  • Exhibit commitment to civility, inclusion and professional excellence.
  • Currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by Temple University Student Handbook.
  • Students who are members of Lambda Pi Eta and transfer to another school which has a Lambda Pi Eta chapter will automatically be members of that school’s chapter.
  • The membership fee is $30 (fee may be waived)

Can I get involved if I have yet to complete my core? While full membership is only available by invitation, we urge underclassmen to quickly get involved. The Communication Studies and Media Arts Collective is an ideal opportunity for underclassmen and transfers that are interested in participating in LPH activities. This program not only provides valuable mentorship for students arriving at Temple, but also functions to promote fellowship amongst students– regardless of class status– who are committed to professional and academic distinction. 

Lauren Ruhnke: Aspiring Scholar Advisor and CMAC Contact

Lauren is a first year communication studies student, student coordinator of the School of Media and Communications Aspiring Scholars Program, and a member of the university honors program. Her academic concentration and interest focus on international affairs and global activism, as well as feminist theory and women’s advocacy. She is involved with WHIP, Temple’s student run radio station, the Student Environmental Association, and Temple’s Community Garden Club. Outside of class, she is an avid supporter or the Philadelphia indie music scene, an adventurous vegetarian foodie, and a yogi master in training.

What kinds of things do Lambda Pi Eta members do? LPH members have the opportunity to participate in service projects, academic enrichment experiences and social gatherings. Past events have included fundraising, academic lecture development, professional networking and much more!

I’m not really interested in going to graduate school. Should I join Lambda Pi Eta? Yes! Lambda Pi Eta’s plans activities and events that are applicable to all members, regardless of their future plans. This society is as diverse as its members. Whether you plan to enter the workplace or pursue an academic career, LPH has something for everyone.

Is there an executive board that I can join? Absolutely! Please contact our faculty or student advisors. Service based leadership is the path to success and one of many reasons to get involved with the society early. If you are interested in getting involved in student leadership, please contact our faculty or emerging scholars advisors as early as possible.

What if I am not Communication Studies? First of all why aren’t you? Yes, you are welcomed to get involved. However, full membership is reserved for CMST members only.

Is there a statement of inclusion and responsibility pact? We pledge to facilitate an environment of diversity and inclusion. Selection for membership shall be made without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, nationality, physical disabilities, physical qualities, or age. Lambda Pi Eta reserves the right to reject membership to any individual that breaks the student code of conduct or takes part in creating an environment of intolerance. For more information, please see the Temple University student handbook.

Are there any other benefits of membership?

Student members shall be eligible to:
1. Vote at all chapter meetings of the Society
2. Be elected to chapter offices
3. Attend scholarly presentations and colloquia of the sponsoring academic department
4. Represent the local chapter at state, regional, and national conventions
5. Submit to the LPH research paper sessions at NCA’s annual convention (undergraduates only)
6. Receive LPH electronic newsletter “Simply Speaking”
7. Submit a paper for possible publication in LPH’s annual journal
8. Utilize LPH’s online job service for honor students
9. Participate in LPH social media efforts via Linked-In, Facebook and Twitter
10. Participate in periodic teleconferences on topics ranging from career  development to chapter management.
11. Compete for various LPH national awards.
12. Wear LPH honors cords at graduation

Alpha Beta Upsilon History

This chapter was formed in 2013.


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Lambda Pi Eta Undergraduate Student Journal - The spring 2014 application period has passed. The deadline for the 2015 application deadline is January 15, 2015.
NCA 100th Annual Convention - Undergraduate deadline is yet to be decided. General convention deadline is March 26, 2014.
NCA Undergraduate Honors Conference - Not yet decided.
NCA Awards (Chapter of the Year, Rookie Chapter, Advisor of the Year, Rookie Advisor) - Deadline is September 15, 2014.
Stephen A. Smith Award (LPH research presentation at NCA convention) - Deadline is March 26, 2014.
Undergraduate Research Award - Rolling basis. Awarded to outstanding research project. Contact Brad Mello,


Temple Alpha βeta Upsilon Chapter Recent Events!

Lambda Pi Eta Supports AIDS Walk Philly:

Ten students from the School of Media and Communication embarked on a 12K walk Oct. 20 to raise money for HIV/AIDS.

At this year’s 27th annual AIDS Walk Philly, the team from Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association Honor Society,  joined together to achieve their goal of raising $500 in the fight against HIV/AIDS, which they surpassed by raising $600.

Team Captain Daharis Pesantez, a senior communication studies major, said, “I was exceptionally excited to see the true support we had from other students and our faculty members because without them, our success would not have been possible. As a collective team, we all contributed to extending our support outside of our Temple community and that is an essential part of our ethos as an honors society. I’m hoping future Lambda Pi Eta members continue to participate in the annual walk and make it a part of our culture to serve the community.”

According to NBC10, approximately 15,000 people ran and/or walked to raise an estimated $300,000, which will go toward research, education and support.


In Recognition of Outstanding Students and Future Leaders:

On November 15th 2013, Temple University LPH and the Communication Studies and Media Arts Collective hosted the Emerging Scholars and Student Voice Dinner Party. Joining in delectable treats home-cooked by senior leadership; emerging communication artists, poets, and scholars joined in a night of camaraderie. The ambiance  was enhanced by the glow of soft lights as the pleasant sounds of Gershwin, Thelonious Monk and Nujabes occupied the room. More importantly, the room was filled with over twenty unique CMST students that have emerged as important people to know. LPH could not be more pleased with the class of 2018 and is looking forward to the future that they build! Special thanks to Jack McCarthy Director of Facilities Operations and CMST Director Dr. Scott Gratson (who made a surprise appearance  via Skype!) for providing us with the support need to take on such an endeavor.