The Communication Network & Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Studies Honor Society

Over fifteen years of creating strong connections and strong communicators

Welcome to The Communication Network (TCN), the undergraduate student engagement group of the IUPUI Department of Communication Studies.  Since its founding fifteen years ago, the organization has undergone various transformations, but its core principles and areas of emphasis remain the following:

  • Establish and foster strong connections between current scholars and alumni, often taking the form of alumni panels and mentoring
  • Open avenues for internship and job shadowing for current undergraduates
  • Expand student learning opportunities in media production areas, from social media message design to podcasting to video editing and production.
  • Support current scholars and take the lead on campus and beyond in areas of volunteerism and civic engagement projects.

TCN is an organization open to all majors and scholars of diverse and varied interests. TCN also serves as the “umbrella” group for the Kappa Rho Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Studies Honor Society. While TCN is open to all majors and years in school, Lambda Pi Eta membership is reserved for our department and field’s top-performing undergraduates who meet the following eligibility criteria:

Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Studies Honor Society 

Lambda Pi Eta requirements

  • Attaining at least 60 credit hours by initiation time with a 3.0 overall GPA
  • Attaining at least 12 credit hours in the major by initiation time with a 3.25 major GPA
  • Attending monthly meetings as you are able
  • Attending volunteer events as you are able

In short, the Kappa Rho Chapter (KP) of Lambda Pi Eta of Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis pledges to provide educational and professional enhancement services to the Communication Studies students, the School of Liberal Arts, the IUPUI campus, the Indianapolis community and the Communication discipline. The Kappa Rho Chapter (KP) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was founded by Communication Studies professor Dr. Stuart Schrader in 2000. In the summer of 2000 Jennifer Friel, a Communication Studies student, did extensive research under Dr. Schrader’s guidance. Her report provided a basis for the organizational by-laws.


  • Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement
  • Stimulate interest in the field of Communication
  • Promote and encourage professional development among Communication majors
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the field
  • Establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students
  • Explore options for further graduate studies


  • Foster public identity for IUPUI Communication Studies students and faculty
  • Educate the IUPUI community about the Communication Studies department and the discipline
  • Build professional ties with the Indianapolis community

Want to know more about The Communication Network (TCN) or Lambda Pi Eta or to get involved? Feel free to contact faulty advisor Trevor Potts at

You can also visit the Club’s Social Media page: