Monmouth College’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society, recently inducted eight new members: David Beuttle of Heyworth, Gavin Bogan of Pittsfield, Lydia Butler of Littleton, Colo., Ace Henricks of Mt. Sterling, Mackenzie Mahler of Bourbonnais, Elizabeth Meyer of East Lansing, Mich., Victoria Philbin of Downers Grove and Alistair Ramsey of Portland, Ore.
Dedicated to recognizing outstanding undergraduates who study communication in its many and varied forms, Lambda Pi Eta offers opportunities for participation in professional organizations and is a vehicle for the presentation or publication of student scholarly work. Monmouth College is distinguished in being among the society’s 10 inaugural chapters.
Requirements of membership include: completion of at least 16 course credits in college, of which at least 3.5 course credits are in communication study; a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25; ranking in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class; and being enrolled as a student in good standing.
Approximately 90 students are majoring in communication studies at Monmouth, with another 50 majoring in public relations. Nearly all majors in both of those fields of study complete internships in an area related to their planned career.
“What makes our programs unusually successful is the careful manner in which we develop student knowledge of communication theory and research hand in hand with developing communication skills that pay off in the workplace or in graduate school,” said communication studies professor Lee McGaan. “Our communication majors are unique in that every major graduates from college with an on-line portfolio designed to show their best work to the wider world.”
Monmouth’s communication facilities and programs include a professional-grade TV news studio, radio station, newspaper and literary magazine. The department offers a major that focuses on human communication in the widest variety of settings, whether face to face or through media, for professional success or personal enrichment.
“The majors may work in business and organizational leadership, public relations, in journalism or radio and television, in corporate training, or in education, to name only a few career opportunities,” said McGaan. “All of these involve the need to understand and develop useful communication strategies.”