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[College of Communication and Information Sciences]


Alabama Forensics Council. Student members of this council participate in the University's forensics program and attend both regional and national intercollegiate forensics competitions in debate and individual events. Twenty scholarships are awarded each year to students active in the program.

Alabama Student Society for Communication Arts (ASSCA). The purposes of this group are to serve as official ambassadors of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, to promote interest in the field of communication arts, and to provide opportunities for members to meet with professional people in the field. Membership is open to all students majoring or minoring in communication.

Alabama Scholastic Press Association. ASPA is an organization of high-school journalism students dedicated to improving the quality of communication education and of secondary-school print and broadcast media. The College of Communication and Information Sciences works closely with officers of this organization to plan a spring convention each year on the University of Alabama campus and to plan regional workshops for high-school journalism students. The College also sponsors a summer workshop for high-school students interested in communication; a workshop for minority students interested in journalism; and an advisors' workshop for high-school communication advisors.

C&IS Academic Honor Council. An appellate and judicial body comprised of student justices who maintain high ethical and academic standards. A minimum 3.25 GPA is required for a seat on the honor council. Justices meet with staff of the C&IS dean's office to provide input regarding academic integrity issues.

C&IS Student Executive Council. The council comprises the leaders of each College of Communication and Information Sciences student organization, C&IS SGA Senators, and selected at-large members from each academic unit. The council meets regularly with staff of the C&IS dean's office to discuss issues and developments of interest to students throughout the College. The council provides a mechanism for communication and student input into administrative processes. The council also plans and organizes student-faculty activities.

The University of Alabama's Ad Team. This is a group of the University's top students from advertising, public relations, telecommunication and film, graphic design, and related disciplines. Each year, the team works to develop a complete integrated marketing communication campaign for submission to district and national competitions sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. Membership is determined via an annual portfolio exam and interview process.

Professional Societies

Capstone Association of Black Journalists. This organization, chartered in 1995 by the National Association of Black Journalists, was founded in 1984 as Minorities in Communication at the Capstone (MCC) and later became Minorities for Careers in Communication. Open to all University students, it promotes diversity in campus media and helps each member develop a national network of professional friends and mentors.

University Advertising Federation. The University of Alabama Advertising Federation brings dedicated students in the advertising program together with each other and with advertising professionals. The Ad Federation has a close relationship with the Greater Tuscaloosa Advertising Club and the Birmingham Ad Club. The University group is affiliated with the academic division of the American Advertising Federation.

Public Relations Council of Alabama. The student affiliate of PRCA was chartered in 1980. Students and public relations practitioners join in projects and activities to maintain familiarity with current public relations practices in Alabama.

Public Relations Student Society of America. The Arlyn S. Powell Chapter at The University of Alabama is one of the pioneer chapters of the nationwide Public Relations Student Society of America. This society is affiliated with the national accrediting organization of the professional society PRSA (Public Relations Society of America). The University chapter brings students and professionals together in activities that reinforce the students' academic preparation.

Radio-Television News Directors Association. The student chapter of RTNDA welcomes all aspiring broadcast journalists. Bimonthly meetings feature speakers from the field of broadcast journalism, as well as officials from organizations frequently covered by reporters. The student chapter is affiliated with the national RTNDA, which provides a weekly magazine and a national job listing service, as well as a yearly national convention.

Society of News Design. This student chapter of the international SND is devoted to fostering excellence in visual design and visual journalism. The chapter sponsors a national high-school journalism design contest.

Society of Professional Journalists. This national organization is made up of some 300 student and professional chapters. The SPJ is the only professional organization that embraces all ranks of journalists, print and electronic. Membership is open to all students who intend to pursue careers in journalism. The organization's principal activities are in the areas of freedom of the press and career advancement.

Honor Societies

Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha. This national honor society is for individuals who have excelled in forensics and who have maintained distinguished academic records.

Kappa Tau Alpha. Kappa Tau Alpha is the national honor society in mass communication. Candidates for membership are journalism, advertising, public relations, and telecommunication majors who rank in the upper 10 percent of the junior, senior, and graduate classes. The Alabama chapter was approved in the fall of 1973 and established in the spring of 1974.

Lambda Pi Eta. Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication studies honor society, established a chapter on the University of Alabama campus on November 15, 1998. Invitations to membership are issued to juniors and seniors in communication studies who have cumulative undergraduate grade point averages of at least 3.0, have completed the equivalent of 12 semester hours in communication courses, and have minimum grade point averages of 3.25 in those courses. The goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement and to stimulate interest in the field of communication.

National Broadcasting Society — Alpha Epsilon Rho. The Department of Telecommunication and Film has sponsored, since 1945, a chapter of the national collegiate honor society Alpha Epsilon Rho. The objectives of this chapter include encouraging and rewarding scholarship and promoting meaningful communication between student and professional broadcasters. Students who have completed 12 hours of either mass communication or telecommunication and film courses are eligible for membership, provided they have attained the high scholastic standards set by the chapter. Recently, Alpha Epsilon Rho created the National Broadcasting Society (NBS). Any University student interested in joining an association that deals with the activities of electronic media is welcome to join without grade restrictions. Alpha Epsilon Rho members will also be members of the NBS chapter.

Phi Beta Kappa. The University of Alabama chapter of Phi Beta Kappa national honor society extended membership eligibility to students in the College of Communication and Information Sciences by chapter action on March 4, 1974. In addition to meeting the minimum cumulative academic average used for selection of members from the College of Arts and Sciences, a student in the College of Communication and Information Sciences must have completed a minimum of 96 semester hours in the traditional liberal arts in order to be considered for membership.

Student Media

To complement formal classroom instruction, students in the College of Communication and Information Sciences are offered opportunities to put their training to practical use by working on campus with the following student media.

Corolla. The student yearbook, the Corolla, is published each year. It is not directly related to specific University courses, but communication students are employed regularly in its production, and communication faculty members are available as consultants to the staff.

Crimson White. The student newspaper, published four times a week during the school year, draws many of its key staff members from among communication students. The relationship between production of the Crimson White and the activities of advertising and journalism classes in the College of Communication and Information Sciences is a close one.

Communicator. A newspaper/newsletter for alumni and friends of the College, the Communicator draws on students in news reporting, feature writing, and editing classes to assist with production.

Dateline Alabama. This national award-winning news website is produced for the College by the Department of Journalism. It offers all students an opportunity to practice daily Web journalism.

Dateline InPrint. This lifestyle magazine, a companion publication to the website Dateline Alabama, is published at least twice a year by the Department of Journalism. It offers all students an opportunity to practice magazine journalism.

Marr's Field Journal. The University of Alabama's undergraduate literary magazine, Marr's Field Journal is produced entirely by undergraduates. It provides a place for students' fiction and poetry to be published, and an opportunity for students to read fellow students' work.

Southern Historian. This historical review provides an outlet for students interested in history, as well as opportunities to gain production and layout and design experience.

WTCF-Student Video. WTCF-Student Video (Student Cable Television Production) is programmed by advanced students enrolled in TCF 334, TCF 250, and TCF 350. Students produce news, sports, public affairs, and entertainment programming for distribution over the local cable system.

WVUA-FM. WVUA-FM is a student-operated, noncommercial, education station providing news, public affairs, and music programming to the campus and community. WVUA is staffed by Department of Telecommunication and Film and other University students under the supervision of telecommunication and film faculty and the University Media Planning Board.

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