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Communication Studies: Clubs and Organizations

There are a variety of resources available to students in the Department of Communication Studies.  Along with the department's facilities related directly to curriculum (a collection of disciplinary journals, video and audio facilities and the like), there are several extra-curricular activities and facilities open to our students.

California Radio Station (WCAL)

WCAL has a mission of providing students with hands-on radio experience, while broadcasting news, sports, public service information and the best in popular musical entertainment from a variety of genres. Students who successfully complete a training program are able to become on-air DJs.

California University Television (CUTV)

California University Television is the University's award winning cable TV station which is owned and operated by the Student Association Incorporated.  CUTV offers students hands-on experience in television writing, production and performance.  CUTV is seen in over 100,000 homes through various cable systems in Southwestern Pennsylvania. CUTV has won several national and regional awards, including "Station of the Year" by the National Association of College Broadcasters (NACB), "Best College TV News Broadcast", Eastern Region, by the Society of Professional Journalists, and national Telly Awards for sports, entertainment and magazine programs.

Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society (LPH) is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association(NCA). As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies(ACHS), LPH has more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas, LPH became a part of NCA in 1988 and the official honor society of NCA in July 1995.

LPH represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three modes of persuasion: logos (represented by Lambda) meaning the logical arrangement of ideas; pathos (represented by Pi) relating to the emotional dimension of persuasion; and ethos(represented by Eta) referring to the character or spirit inherent in an individual or group of people. The goals of LPH include:

  • Recognizing, fostering and rewarding outstanding scholastic achievement in Communication Studies
  • Stimulating interest in the field of Communication
  • Promoting and encouraging professional development among Communication Majors
  • Providing an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of Communication
  • Establishing and maintaining closer relationships between faculty and students
  • Exploring options for graduate education in Communication Studies

Peer Mentoring

A peer mentor is an upperclassman who is assigned to mentor a first semester student within the same academic department. The peer mentor serves as a support and resource person who provides information, encouragement and guidance during a student's first year at Cal U. It is our goal that the mentoring relationship will enhance the new student's transition to the University.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

The Cal U PRSSA strives to develop a deep and informed understanding of the public relations profession as a whole to the students who are choosing to study the profession at California University of Pennsylvania. According to the national PRSSA website, "The declared purpose of PRSSA is to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners."

PRSSA aims to help each of our members:

  • Understand current theories and procedures of the PR profession;
  • Gain an appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles; and,
  • Cultivate an appropriate professional attitude.

For more information, contact club president Marc Stempka or club adviser Dr. Susan Jasko.

Vulcan Speech and Debate Union (VSDU)

The Vulcan Speech and Debate Union (formerly known as "forensics") is a student activity with a long and prestigious history in the Department of Communication Studies and at Cal U.  Students in the VSDU compete in intercollegiate competition in a wide-variety of activities in the rhetorical arts including:  Persuasive and Informative Speaking; Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking; the Oral Interpretation of Dramatic, Poetic, Fictional and Non-Fictional Texts, and, of course, Debate.  Students also host regional high school and collegiate competitions here at Cal U.  The VSDU is a recognized SAI club and has an office in the Communication Studies Department.  Membership is open to all interested students.

For more information, contact the Director of Forensic Speech and Debate, Dr. Greg Spicer.