20 Communication Students Inducted into Lambda Pi Eta

Submitted by Dr. Michael Serazio on June 28, 2011

On May 16, 2011, Fairfield University’s Department of Communication inducted 20 members to Lambda Pi Eta, an international undergraduate honor society. The primary purpose of Lambda Pi Eta is to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in Communication. The Greek letters – Lambda, Pi, and Eta – symbolize what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the 3 modes of persuasion:

  • Logos meaning logic
  • Pathos relating to emotion
  • Ethos defined as credibility and ethics

Founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas, there are currently more than 400 active Lambda Pi Eta chapters worldwide. In hopes of recognizing, fostering, and rewarding academic achievement here at Fairfield University, Dr. M. Sallyanne Ryan, Assistant Professor of Communication, established our local chapter, Epsilon Sigma, in March 1997. At this year’s induction, students were awarded pins and certificates and took the Lambda Pi Eta membership pledge. Graduating seniors/inductees Kristen M. Prestano and Wanda P. Szarek offered their reflections on their experience at Fairfield. Said Szarek:

In the classroom we have been tested, examined and evaluated. We have fearlessly engaged with the talented faculty of Fairfield who challenged us to become critical thinkers, improved writers, and, consequently, enriched individuals. Our professors’ questions and evaluations have changed how we view not only our world, but ourselves as well. We stepped up to their challenge to be excellent students of scholarship. Through the core we have even made critical connections in all of our classrooms. Who would have known that Malinowski’s theory of participant observation studied in Cultural Anthropology would actually make sense in a Research Methods Communication Capstone? But we have made these connections, and after many long days spent studying in the corner of Athletic study hall, I now realize that our academic endeavors in courses exploring philosophical texts and gender and race inequalities compose the foundation of our education. We can take pride in this quality of our Jesuit education and have good faith that it will help us fearlessly strive and excel in our future endeavors.

The Lambda Pi Eta Class of 2011 included:

  • Alexander G. Ahern
  • Stephen M. Bottari
  • Katerina Caban
  • Sasha C. Campbell
  • Cristina N. Castello
  • Sara M. Florian
  • Alison L. Goldberg
  • Dana N. Jennings
  • Caitlyn Livingston
  • Elizabeth Mainiero
  • Laura M. Matthews
  • Margaret M. Miller
  • Nora M. Murphy
  • Cynthia Palmieri
  • Kristen N. Prestano
  • Cavan S. Sieczkowski
  • Wanda P. Szarek

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