Clubs & Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ) is a National Theatre Honor Society for participants in collegiate theatre. It began in the early 20th century as result of the growing interest in dramatic arts among colleges and universities throughout America, with the aim of encouraging dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career. Alpha Psi Omega has enjoyed continuous national growth and is the largest national honor society in America.

Contact:

Kathryn Hintz
President
kh1921@msstate.edu

Allyn Hackman
Vice President
ah2812@comm.msstate.edu

Donovan Andrade
Business Manager
dma275@msstate.edu

Tonya Hays
Faculty Advisor
thays@comm.msstate.edu

Broadcasting Education Association Student Media Club

The BEA Student Media Club at MSU is designed to help students create professional ties to the broadcast industry. Events include a spring 48 hour audio challenge and a fall 48 hour film/video challenge, as well as invited guest speakers to campus.

Contact:

Dr. Terry Likes
tlikes@comm.msstate.edu

Blackfriars Drama Society

The primary purpose of Blackfriars Drama Society is to promote and support theatre as an art form, the theatre production process, student leadership in the arts and theatre artists on Mississippi State University’s campus and in the local community. We are open to all theatre fans, practitioners and audience members of the MSU community.

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Contact:

Matt Webb
662.325.7954
mwebb@comm.msstate.edu

Lab Rats Comedy & Improv

Lab Rats Comedy & Improv is a student theatre organization that performs improv pieces and provides assistance backstage, in the shops, and other areas of Theatre MSU's productions.

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Contact:

Melanie Harris
662.325.9162
melanieharris@comm.msstate.edu

Lambda Pi Eta

MSU hosts the Theta Alpha chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. Newly eligible candidates for Lambda Pi Eta are identified in the fall semester and inducted in the spring semester of each year. If you believe you are eligible to join but have not received an invitation, feel free to contact the faculty advisors.To be eligible for admission, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete 60 semester credit-hours
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 
  • Complete the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours in Communication
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all Communication Studies courses
  • Currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by MSU's policies

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Contact:

Dr. Melanie Loehwing
LPH Faculty Advisor
mloehwing@comm.msstate.edu

Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM)

PRAM is a regional organization comprised of college students and the best public relations practitioners in Mississippi. A membership provides access to workshops and conferences, PRISM Awards, study programs for Accreditation, as well as membership in the Southern Public Relations Federation. SPRF joins Mississippi PR practitioners and students with others in Alabama, Louisiana, and the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle. For more information, please visit the Starkville PRAM website.

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Contact:

Dr. John Forde, APR
662.325.3320
jforde@comm.msstate.edu

PRAM Registration Form

PRISM

PRISM fosters a dynamic learning environment where students are encouraged to apply classroom knowledge to strategic communication campaigns unfolding in real time. Members of PRISM are provided with professional internship experience, a dynamic portfolio/resume, and course credit. Students leave PRISM with many skill sets, providing learning opportunities in teamwork, leadership, and workplace responsibility. For more information, visit the PRISM website.

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Contact:

Anna Blount
prism.msstate@gmail.com

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the largest pre-professional organization for public relations students in the nation. Joining PRSSA gives you access to a variety of membership benefits that will launch your careerbroaden your professional network and enhance your education. PRSSA connects you to a network of peers and professionals who will become lifelong friends and mentors. PRSSA facilitates the development of valuable relationships with future colleagues through PRSSA National and regional events, PRSSA Chapters and social media. As long as you are a full-time or part-time student, you are eligible to become a PRSSA member. For more information, please visit our PRSSA website.

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Contact:

Dr. Terri Hernandez
662.325.7952
thernandez@comm.msstate.edu

PRSSA Membership Application

The Reflector

The Reflector is Mississippi State University’s award-winning student newspaper, and the oldest student newspaper in the SEC. Since 1884, the Reflector has helped thousands of young writers, photographers, designers, and editors get their start in media. Some of the Reflector’s recent alumni who now shape the national dialogue include:
 
Ross Dellenger, national college football writer for Sports Illustrated 
Elizabeth Crisp Dellenger, U.S. Capitol reporter for The Advocate 
Ben Mims, cooking columnist for the Los Angeles Times 
Anna Wolfe, investigative reporter and winner of the 2018 and 2019 Bill Minor Prize for Investigative Journalism 
Craig Peters, senior editor for the Minnesota Vikings 
Ryan Starrett, author of four history books about Mississippi and the South 
Dustin Barnes, digital strategist for the USA Today Network
 
Although the Reflector still publishes a physical edition, it has adapted to the changing media landscape, winning national awards for its multimedia content and website in 2020. The Reflector is always looking for ambitious young content creators. Visit the Reflector website for more information.

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Contact:

Josh Foreman
Faculty Advisor
662.325.8942
jforeman@comm.msstate.edu

Speech & Debate Council

About Us Awards Tournaments Support Us

The MSU Speech and Debate Council represents Mississippi State University in intercollegiate forensics competition and promotes speech and debate education on campus and across the state. We believe in the power of the spoken word to change lives and communities for the better.

Competitive speech and debate at Mississippi State has a long and proud history, stretching back over decades. Since the program was revived in 2015, it has had great success, winning numerous tournament and regional championships, and seeing our students ranked among the top in the nation.

However, the Council’s impact goes beyond winning trophies. We promote public speaking and debate on MSU’s campus through activities like the Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest, mock presidential debates, and sponsorship of Student Association debates. We also work to provide forensics education in the larger community by sponsoring activities like the Cowbell Classic tournament and helping establish and support new high school programs.

Whether you’re an experienced speaker or completely new to the activity, the Council has something for you. If you’re interested in learning more, let us know.

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Contact:

Cheryl Chambers
662.325.8949
chambers@comm.msstate.edu

Take 30 News

Broadcasting students produce multiple multimedia programs each semester. Take 30 provides hands-on experience for majors to prepare them for careers. Learn skills in producing, anchoring, writing, reporting, videography, directing, technical directing and more.

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Contact:

Chris Misun
Take 30 News Directory
cmisun@comm.msstate.edu
662.325.8944

Theatre MSU

Theatre MSU provides students with professional training in a wide range of productions skills. Students from all majors at MSU are welcome to participate in acting, scene construction, costuming, and helping behind the scenes. Audition information is posted on Theatre MSU’s social media platforms as well as on Cowbell Connect. Theatre MSU typically produces five productions each year that includes one children's show.

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Contact:

Tonya Hays
thays@comm.msstate.edu

The Scene

The Scene is the new MSU student organization devoted to film and hosted by the Department of Communication. The goal of The Scene is to create one short film each semester that is completely student written, directed, and edited. The organization hopes to give students of all different backgrounds and levels of experience the chance to see and/or be a part of every aspect of the filmmaking process. To join The Scene, visit the Cowbell Connect website.

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Contact:

Jon Tackett
President
jmt837@msstate.edu

Melanie Harris
Faculty Advisor
melanieharris@comm.msstate.edu

Chris Misun
Faculty Advisor
cmisun@comm.msstate.edu