Communication honors society makes comeback

Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s honor society at four-year colleges and universities, is making an attempt to return to Seton Hall’s campus.

Senior Lauren Linzenberg is leading the efforts in the chapter’s reactivation on campus.

In order to keep the chapter active on campus this time, Linzenberg said membership will require community involvement and service.

“It is not enough just to have qualifying grades for an honors society but the fun is getting to utilize what you have learned in the classroom with hands-on experience,” Linzenberg said.

According to an email from communication professor Kyle Heim, adviser of Lambda Pi Eta, membership requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0, along with a GPA of 3.25 in communication courses.

Members also must have 60 credits and at least 12 credits in communication-related courses.

“For the most part this criterion fits a junior or a senior class member,” Linzenberg said. “However, I have encouraged inquiring sophomores to attend the first meeting as well because essentially they hold the future success of the chapter in their hands.”

In the past, the chapter has been unsuccessful due to a lack of motivated student representatives, according to Linzenberg. Faculty advisers of the chapter need student assistance.

Linzenberg has worked with Heim to revamp he chapter.

“Professor Heim and I sat down on Monday the 23rd, where we rationalized the idea of successfully reactivating a nationally known chapter organization and broke it down into stages,” Linzenberg said.

Those stages included research, contacting eligible students via email, getting the list of those students approved and making an announcement about the chapter on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Linzenberg said she has been the primary contact for interested students.

According to Linzenberg, within three days of sending an email about the first meeting, 29 students confirmed their attendance.

“I can say with confidence that the way the chapter is attracting such bright and eager students, Lambda Pi Eta’s involvement in the Seton Hall community is going to come as second nature,” Linzenberg said.

According to Linzenberg, students are also expected to have a certain level of determination and enthusiasm.

“Being a part of Lambda Pi Eta is an honor, not a privilege,” she said.

Linzenberg said she believes an active Lambda Pi Eta chapter on campus will provide many opportunities for communication students.

“There are plenty of opportunities on campus for Lambda Pi Eta to lend its communication superstars’ expertise, and it all begins with a solid foundation,” Linzenberg said. “My goal is to set that foundation.”

The chapter’s first meeting is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. tonight in Fahy lobby.

“This is a great opportunity to meet fellow students who have shared values, interests, and goals while feeling a sense of community and unity,” Lizenberg said.

Erin Williams can be reached at erin.williams@student.shu.edu.

This article has been changed to reflect the correct spelling of Lauren Linzenberg’s name. The original spelling was incorrect. The Setonian regrets this error.

Author: Staff Writer

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