Student Activities

The Department of Communication Arts maintains a vibrant and engaging series of programs and activities to assist in developing your professional skills and to have fun.    

Public Relations 

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at VSU engages students in the public relations field outside the classroom.  You will have the opportunity to visit with public relations professionals, attend the conventions, conferences, and workshops, and participate in competitions. PRSSA will help you discover your potential as PR professionals and provide important networking options before you graduate.

The Valdosta State University chapter of PRSSA was chartered in 1981. The North Florida Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in Jacksonville sponsors this chapter.

PRSSA helps sponsor programs for PR majors to visit Public Relations firms in Atlanta, attendance at the PRSSA national conference and local PRSA chapters. The chapter also competes in national competitions. 

For additional information, please contact faculty advisor Professor Serini at sserrini@valdosta.edu.

Department

Lambda Pi Eta (ΛΠΗ) 

Lambda Pi Eta is the honor society for communication students recognized by the National Communication Association (NCA).. The purpose of this organization is to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; provide opportunities to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; establish and maintain closer relationships between students and faculty to foster student scholarship; and to explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

LPH has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities. The organization was founded in 1985, became a part of NCA in 1988, and became the official honor society of NCA in July 1995.

To qualify for membership in LPH, communication majors must have completed 60 semester hours with a 3.0 GPA and a minimum of 15 hours in communication courses with a 3.3 GPA.

For additional information, please contact faculty advisor Professor Stoltz at mmstoltz@valdosta.edu 

Debate Team

The Valdosta State University Debate team competes in regional and national level competitions, offering you the opportunity to develop your debate, critical thinking, persuasion, research, and organization skills. 

The team participates in NPDA or Parliamentary Debate, in addition, the team occasionally competes in individual events including such activities as impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speaking, informative, persuasive, dramatic interpretation, dramatic duo, poetry interpretation, program oral interpretation, and others.

The team is open to all majors on campus and does not require previous experience.

For more information, contact Professor Eaves at meaves@valdosta.edu.