Senior Olivia Thomas walks into the journalism and mass communication lobby for her job as a monitor. After clocking in, she begins working on schoolwork.
Thomas, a high-performing student who is the lead anchor for WBJU-Media — BJU’s student-run media organization — also is a member of the new student-led organization Lambda Pi Eta. BJU launched the chapter of the national honor society for communication and journalism and mass communication majors during an induction ceremony on Oct. 12.
“I’m always excited to know people and be a part of a community that (loves) communication, journalism, and all the things that come with both fields of study,” Thomas said.
During a program review in fall 2020, journalism and mass communication department head Kathryn Gamet recommended that communication and journalism and mass communication programs look into an honor society. After researching, division chair Dr. Mary Mendoza decided to pursue a chapter. “I decided it’s a good thing to implement; this will be good for our students,” said Mendoza, faculty advisor for LPH.
Communication and JMC faculty picked the officers this semester. In the future, members of LPH will elect them. Communication senior Jessica Scott is president. “She’s been so instrumental in making things happen,” Mendoza said. Journalism and mass communications senior Kaitlyn McNally is secretary. Communications junior Alvin Ball is treasurer.
“Lambda Pi is a great organization for students who excel in communication and JMC classes and are passionate about what they’re studying,” Scott said. “Lambda Pi is for people who want to go above and beyond what they’re learning in the classroom.”
According to Scott, LPH is a great way to get involved with the communication and JMC students outside of class. An organization such as LPH facilitates community within a program. It also provides opportunities to network with alumni and to present research at conventions.
“Join if you’re passionate about communication (and) want to explore opportunities across the country that are available for communication,” McNally said.
Requirements to Join
In order to join LPH, undergraduate students must meet several requirements:
- Have logged 60 credit hours.
- 12 credits in communication courses.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 3.25 for communication courses.
- Students must be in good standing.
Graduate students are also welcome to join. The same requirements are applicable for graduate students, with the exception that their minimum cumulative GPA must be 3.4. Lambda Pi Eta currently has 10 undergraduate and two graduate members.
“You can have good grades and sit in your room and not be a part of anything,” Mendoza said. “Or you can have good grades and take what God has given you and be willing to use your power in communication for God.”
Lambda Pi Eta has an Instagram.