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WSC Student Elected President of National Honorary Organization


Wayne State College communication arts student Tim McKenna was elected president of Lambda Pi Eta at the meeting of the National Communication Association held Nov. 14-18 in Chicago. The primary purpose of Lambda Pi Eta is to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies throughout its 400 chapters in the U.S., Canada and China.


McKenna was elected on a platform that includes plans to nationally promote Freedom of Speech Week, enhance the National LPE website, and expand activities to further unify LPE chapters. As the national president of Lambda Pi Eta, he will conduct the annual business meeting, appoint committee members, work with the faculty advisory board of LPE in granting the society's awards, and establish the agenda for the annual student meeting. Lambda Pi Eta was established as the official honor society of the National Communication Association in 1985.


A senior from Parker, Colo., McKenna is studying speech communication with an emphasis in organizational leadership and public relations, and a minor in advertising at WSC. In addition to serving as president of the WSC chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, McKenna serves several other organizations including the National Residence Hall Honorary, Blue Key Honorary Society, Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honor Society), and as Nebraska-Iowa Area 1 Lieutenant Governor with Circle K.


McKenna tutors speech students and serves as a teaching assistant for the Intercultural Communication Global Classroom experience. McKenna participated in the WSC travel abroad experience to Costa Rica and studied at the Costa Rican Spanish Institute during the summer of 2006. His plans upon graduation from WSC include graduate school.


Since its inception at Wayne State College in October 2000, the WSC chapter of Lambda Pi Eta has sponsored numerous service projects on the campus and in the region. Students have collected winter clothing for disadvantaged children in the Wayne County area, walked 10K in a chapter-sponsored fund-raiser that netted more than $1,800 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and supported the national Ronald McDonald House campaign.


WSC students have also presented original research papers at regional and national conferences of the National Communication Association, and in 2004 the WSC chapter was awarded "Chapter of the Year." Also in 2004 the chapter's faculty advisor, Dr. Deborah Whitt, was the recipient of the Thomas L. Veenendall "Advisor of the Year" award.


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