Get Involved with a Student Organization
The Department of Communication supports the following organizations. For more information about any of these organizations or their activities, visit the Department of Communication office, Marting Building Room 136, or call 660-543-4840.International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
The Department sponsors a student chapter of IABC in affiliation with Kansas City's national chapter. The IABC Student chapter serves to support and further students' interest in professional communication by hosting professional speakers, organizing professional activities and sponsoring professional skills workshops. Active members are eligible to participate in IABC-sponsored career fairs, networking luncheons and regional student award programs. Membership is open to any student with an interest in communication. Students interested in membership should attend the organizational meeting offered every fall semester.
Faculty Advisor: Pamela Glasnapp, Ph. D.National Broadcasting Society (NBS)
The National Broadcasting Society is a professional organization for college students with an interest in electronic media. Members attend an annual national convention as well as regional conventions. The society also sponsors an award program for student productions, as well as provides students with networking opportunities to meet and associate with television and radio industry professionals. Membership is open to any student interest in the television or radio industry. Membership applications can be obtained in the Department of Communication & Sociology.
Faculty Advisor: TBAPi Kappa Delta
The Department of Communication & Sociology's Missouri Eta Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta, honors students who compete on the UCM debate team. The department's charter is one of the oldest held in the department and dates back to 1919. Debaters can become members of this national honor society after one year of active competition. The chapter is active in local community service, fundraising and competing in the Pi Kappa Delta National Finals Tournament.
Faculty Advisor: Jack Rogers, Ph.D.Robert L. Kendall Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter (PRSSA)
The Department's Robert L. Kendall Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter is one of the eight founding chapters of PRSSA. This chapter functions as the umbrella organization serving the needs of public relations majors. In addition, Digital Media and Communication Studies degree-seeking students who take electives in advertising and public relations are welcome to join PRSSA.
The chapter meets every other week to plan activities and to hear a presentation by a guest speaker or a student facilitator. Topics include: professional portfolios, resume and cover letter writing tips, networking, desktop publishing, working for not-for-profit organizations, ethics and crisis communication.
The chapter is very active in attending the PRSSA national conference and Kansas City and Jefferson City Public Relations programs. Every year the Kansas City chapter holds a "PRSSA Day" for public relations students in western and southern Missouri, eastern Kansas and southern Iowa.
Faculty Advisor: Tricia Hansen-Horn, Ph.D.The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
The Society of Professional Journalists supports a student chapter at UCM, linked closely with the Kansas City Press Club, and the local professional chapter of SPJ. Students are expected to meet regularly, provide support to the community through informational seminars/workshops, and to invite professionals to speak to students in the university community. Traditionally, students have attended the regional SPJ meetings, most often held in the metro areas in the five-state area. SPJ also requires (a) student delegates(s) attend the national convention each year. Consequently, one or two students are selected to attend with funding provided by the chapter.
Faculty Advisor: TBA