Outstanding communication students gain acknowledgment

Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association (NCA) official honor society, will be hosting an induction ceremony Dec. 6 for Liberty University’s communication honors students who maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Students must have at least 60 hours in general education classes with a minimum 3.0 GPA as well as 12 hours of communications classes with a 3.25 GPA.

According to Randall Pruitt, the faculty advisor of Lambda Pi Eta, Liberty will induct 55 new members in the DeMoss grand lobby from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pruitt said the induction ceremony will be a fancy brunch, and inductees will receive certificates and pins.

“This is an organization that is recognized nationally and it is quite an honor (to be inducted),” Pruitt said. “It is exciting for me to be the advisor, and we have got a good slate of new officers, and we are off to a real good start.”

The new officers of Lambda Pi Eta this year are Shadrack Hicks as president, Sarah Heil as vice president, Leah Cribb as secretary treasurer and Maddie Vincent as public relations and ministry outreach person.

Pruitt said officers are responsible for helping with the banquet and presenting the awards. The guest speaker at the induction ceremony will be the Dean of the School of Communication & Creative Arts Norman Mintle.

The NCA is the blanket of the organization, and Liberty’s Lambda Pi Eta is one of more than 400 chapters.

Pruitt stated Lambda Pi Eta that has three goals. The first goal is to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement. Second is to spark interest in the field of communications. Finally, the society promotes and encourages professional development among communication majors.

Lambda Pi Eta typically participates in two charity events each year. The society is currently participating in the Campaign Teddy Bear Berg Aid for Gleaning for the World. The teddy bears and other stuffed animals are sent out to areas that have been hit by natural disasters or suffer from widespread diseases such as Ebola or AIDS.

Lambda Pi Eta’s goal this year is to get at least 100 bears. Donations can be dropped off at decorated gift boxes located in high-traffic areas on each of the four floors of DeMoss Hall.

In the spring, Lambda Pi Eta will be participating in Relay for Life, which is a fundraising event to help fight cancer. Lambda Pi Eta will be sponsoring a team and will help out at the event.

“This is the kind of thing you want on your resúme,” Pruitt said. “It is highly recognized in the field of communication.”

Leers is a news reporter.

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