Student Organizations

Students in the School of Journalism and Communication often say that they feel as though they are a part of a family within the university. They spend many of their waking hours in journalism and communication classes, interfacing with faculty, staff, and classmates in the office "reading room," working in one of the labs, and being involved in one of the following organizations, sponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication:

Communication Club 

The Communication Club seeks to unite majors and minors in the School as well as other students with a keen interest in the field of communication. Activities include campfire vespers, departmental convocations, pancake suppers, and community service activities.

Annual dues are $5 and may be paid to the president or treasurer.

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President - Kristen Vonnoh
  • Vice President - Natalia Perez
  • Public Relations Officer - Kiaya Robertson
  • Secretary - Natalie Boonstra
  • Treasurer - Autumn Dunzweiler

Lambda Pi Eta (Kappa Psi chapter)

Lambda Pi Eta is the National Communication Association's honor society for Communication Studies majors and minors. The purpose of the communication honor society is to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies; to stimulate interest in the field of communication; to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; to provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; to establish and maintain closer relationships and mutual understanding between communication studies faculty and students; and to explore options for graduate education in communication studies. 


Membership requirements 

  • Complete sixty semester credit hours in undergraduate credit courses
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Complete twelve semester hours in Communication Studies courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.25
  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student in good standing with both the department and the university. 
  • Rank within the highest 35% of one's class in general scholarship.

Open recruitment has begun for membership in our department's honor society, Lambda Pi Eta.

In order to be eligible for membership, a student must:

  • Have completed at least 60 semester hours of college coursework
  • Have completed at least 12 semester hours of communication studies coursework
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a communication studies GPA of 3.25

PRSSA

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Public Relations Student Society of America is for students that are interested in public relations and communications. The purpose is to enhance your education, broaden your network, and launch your career. This is simple and attainable by every member through the participation in society community involvement; partnerships with other chapters; speaking invitations to local dynamic public relations professionals; attendance of national and regional conferences/meetings/events and much more.

Society Dues

  • Yearly dues of $60 paid to society adviser or treasurer

Benefits of members—take advantage of your investment 

  • Network with PRSSA professionals
  • Access the recently re-designed Internship Center
  • Apply for scholarships and awards
  • Attend national and regional events
  • Expand your résumé and portfolio
  • Stay informed with industry news and intelligence
  • Build leadership skills
  • Gain writing experience
  • Participate in competitions
  • Receive a discount on PRSA Associate Membership

 2017-2018 Executive Board

  • President - Christina Robinson
  • Vice President - Sadie Dixon
  • Public Relations Officer - Kaitlin Colón 
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Cheyenne Silvers

Adviser

Professor Lorraine Ball

Email: lball@southern.edu 

Committees—seats open to paying members

  • Education - Secretary, chair
  • Membership - Treasurer, chair
  • Fundraising - Vice-President, chair
  • Social - Public Relations, chair

Faculty Sponsor 

Dr. Rachel Williams-Smith

Email: rwilliamssmith@southern.edu 

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