Lambda Pi Eta

 Logos Pathos Ethos

Lambda Pi Eta


Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. An accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Lambda Pi Eta has nearly 420 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide. The chapter at Utica College was founded in 2004.  The UC chapter is named Pi Omicron.


The Greek letters chosen for Lambda Pi Eta (LPH)represent the first letters of the words Logos-logic, Pathos-passion, and Ethos-ethics.  These three characteristics are fundamental to persuasion, according to one of the founding fathers of rhetoric, Aristotle.  The crest for Lambda Pi Eta includes the guiding phrase ‘Logic Emotion Character and Ethics’.  

Our group is recognized by the college and the student senate.  We hold monthly meetings to plan and prepare for events we sponsor.  These events include the Banned Books Read-in, Open House for prospective students, the Majors Fair, and study sessions to help students prepare for their Comm Arts finals.  We are currently seeking opportunities to expand our community service at and beyond the UC campus.

On a wider scale, we work to stimulate interest in the field of communication, promote and encourage professional development among communication majors and explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

See anyone of the members, past and present, or talk to any of our Comm Arts professors: Dr. Carol Downing, Dr. David Habbel, and Dr. Jeffery Miller.  Dr. Downing is our advisor, and can be reached at, 792-3155, or visit her at FC 213.  You can also find information at the National Communication Association website,, under Student Organizations. Anyone with a declared Comm Arts major or minor and meeting these criteria: GPA of 3.25 in Comm Arts classes and 3.0 Cumulative GPA, a Junior with 60 credits completed of which 12 credits must be Comm Arts classes.  

There is a one-time fee of $30.00 to cover the cost of membership and a one-time fee of $8.00 for the honor cords to wear at graduation.

Acceptance into a national honor society distinguishes you as exceptional in comparison to the student body population.  As a member, you are eligible to attend the national conferences and network with fellow students and professional in the Communication field.



Carol A. Downing

, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication

Phone: (315) 792-3155
Office: 214 Faculty Center

Dr. Carol Downing teaches and researches in the area of rhetorical theory and instructs the oral performance branch of communication arts: public speaking, oral interpretation, voice and diction, and argumentation.

David M. Habbel

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication

Phone: (315) 792-3152
Office: 215 Faculty Center

Dr. David Habbel specializes in interpersonal, political, and organizational communication. He has presented papers at national and international conferences.

Jeffrey (Jeff) A. Miller

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication

Phone: (315) 792-3086
Office: 309 Romano Hall

Professor Jeff Miller specializes in the media and democracy, visual communication, and semiology. He also teaches interpersonal communication and public speaking, and serves as director of FILM@UC. ...More About Jeffrey A. Miller

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Sue Keehle
President, Lambda Pi Eta, Pi Omicron Chapter
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502