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Communication students recognized for promoting academic excellence

Photo Courtesy Dan Matoske

This past Oct. 11 communication students were recognized for their academic contribution to the university and given the opportunity to make an impact on a national level. These students were the first to be inducted into the Boise State chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, a nationally recognized organization which honors communication students with high academic achievements.

Lamba Pi Eta allows these students to serve their university and communities and encourage professional development in the process. Students are also provided with opportunities and resources to engage in research and professional interests outside of the classroom.

The Lambda Pi Eta’s advisors, Laurel Traynowicz, Ph.D., and Marty Most, sent out emails to teachers in the Communication Department last spring with the names of 200 students who met the requirements for the consideration of admission.

These students had to be undergraduates majoring in communication who had completed 60 semester credit-hours with a minimum of 12 credit-hours in communication studies, must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA and 3.5 GPA in communication studies courses and exhibit high standards of professional and personal character with discipline and commitment. Those students who met these requirements and were nominated by their teachers were invited to join.

“With much of that groundwork now laid, we hope to move on to fulfilling the organization’s primary aims of rewarding outstanding academic achievement and service,” Most said. “We value members who are willing to make good things happen, not just sit back and hope for the best. So those who proactively seek Lambda Pi Eta membership are the ones most likely to attain it.”

During the first meeting, future goals, plans and community service projects were discussed as well as the selection of officials. Senior Josh Watkins, who is a double major in communication and political science, was selected as president of the organization. Junior communication major, Robin Jensen, was chosen as vice president during the first meeting.

“I wanted to be a part of Lambda Pi Eta because I knew that it would be academically stimulating, I would be able to spend time with my peers, and I knew that our leadership would make sure that we got things done,” Jensen said.

Upon graduation, Jensen aspires to become a high school teacher for English, communication, speech and debate.

The organization will continue to meet monthly and is currently in the process of expanding, inviting new members, making a name for themselves in the Boise State community as well as looking for ways to contribute to the surrounding community. They recently served as registration volunteers for the National Hemophilia Foundation’s first Idaho Hemophilia Walk.

“There’s kind of a stigma sometimes against communication majors. Sometimes people maybe don’t think it’s the most academic,” Watkins said. “By putting ourselves in these settings it helps remove that stigma. The best thing that we can get out from this club is showing that communication majors can contribute academically to the university.”