Undergraduate Student OrganizationsAll undergraduate students who have an interest in Communication Studies can join the Undergraduate Student Association and Lambda Pi Eta. Dr. Carrie Kennedy-Lightsey is the advisor of the Undergraduate Communication Association and Dr. Scott A. Myers is the advisor of Lambda Pi Eta.
Undergraduate Communication Association
The Undergraduate Communication Association (UCA) is an organization comprised of students who have chosen Communication Studies as either their major or minor. UCA meets monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition to their monthly meetings, UCA participates in a variety of service and social activities that benefit the department, the university, and the community. At the department level, UCA has assisted the faculty at recruiting events such as the First Year Academy and Major Match. At at the university level, UCA participates in Trunk or Treat at the WVU Coliseum. UCA is active in the community through volunteering at Scott's Run Settlement House, conducting a clothing drive for Christian Help, coordinating a school supply drive for K-12 teachers in Monongalia County, and assisting the United Way in their annual Community Clean-Up Day. On the social side, UCA hosts an annual holiday party for its members and the faculty as well as attending West Virginia Black Bears and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games
UCA is governed by an executive committee, all of whom are Communication Studies majors or minors.
- President Emilee Austin: “I am a senior from Bristow, Virginia. My area of emphasis is Strategic and Organizational Communication. I was an intern at both the Boy Scouts of America in Fairmont, West Virginia, and at the West Virginia Botanic Garden in Cheat Lake, West Virginia. I am also a member of Lambda Pi Eta. I chose the Communication Studies major because it taught me a lot about people and helped to explain how a vital part of my life worked. The professors are outstanding and have been extremely encouraging throughout my college experience.”
- Vice President of Events Kylie Brownlee: “I am from Manchester, New Jersey. I am currently a junior and my area of emphasis is Social Media and Communication Technology. I chose Communication Studies for my major because there is no specific career for which you are studying; you can go into all kinds of careers and who doesn’t love having choices? I love the Department of Communication Studies for so many reasons, but my favorite part of all is the love and enthusiasm our professors have, day in and day out. The entire department is like a family and makes you feel included every day.”
- Vice President of Recruitment and Retention Lindsay Hemmerich: “I am a senior and aspire to graduate in December of 2019. I transferred here in the fall of 2017 from Illinois. I grew up in Sycamore, Illinois which is about 60 miles west of Chicago. My area of emphasis is Strategic and Organizational Communication. I have been a part of UCA since my first semester here at WVU, then became an officer for Recruitment and Retention the following semester. I have completed one marketing internship at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. During that time, I communicated with organizations in our community and offered fundraising opportunities to help increase their funds. I chose to be a Communication Studies major because of my passion for people. I wanted to learn to become a positive influence when it comes to communicating with others, which is something with which many people struggle. Without communication, there is nothing. This department has always reassured me that I made the best decision for myself. My instructors have pushed me through academic and life obstacles that have molded me into the person I am now and who I chose to continue to be upon graduation. Choosing WVU was one of the best decisions of my life but being a Communication Studies major at WVU is something for which I will forever be grateful. My time here has been exactly what I needed.”
- Secretary Skylar Smith: “I am a freshman from Morgantown, West Virginia. I am an Exercise Physiology major, but I am minoring in Communication Studies. I became interested in the COMM department when I was a senior in high school and my first COMM class through a program we have in Monongalia County schools. My professor at the time was Dana Borzea and she mentioned a club meeting during class, so at the end of class I went up to her and asked if I could join. She said yes, and I am now the secretary.”
- Social Media Coordinator Jacob Boucher: "I am a senior whose area of emphasis is in Strategic and Organizational communication, with a dual minor in sports communication and entertainment media. I am from Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Throughout my time at WVU, I have been a part of the UCA and played a year of hockey for the University. This past summer I did an internship with Sparks Productions in Morgantown doing videography and photography. I am currently employed at WVU Medicine as a unit clerk for the CVICU.”
Lambda Pi Eta (Xi Nu Chapter)
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is a national honor society for undergraduate students interested in Communication Studies as an academic area of study. To be eligible for membership, students must be either a Communication Studies major or minor, have completed 60 credit hours with a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA, and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in COMM courses (excluding COMM 490 and COMM 491), with a cumulative 3.25 or higher GPA in those courses. The President of the Xi Nu chapter of LPH for the 2019-2020 academic year is Keshia Pipkin, a junior from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
This year, 24 students will be inducted into the Xi Nu chapter on April 26. Some of these students include:
- Hunter Ayers is a Communication Studies major with areas of emphasis in both Strategic and Organizational Communication and Interpersonal Communication. He is a senior from Moorefield, West Virginia. Hunter also is a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association. Hunter was a 2019 recipient of the Lucy Hancock Scholarship.
- Samantha Berrett is a senior Communication Studies major whose area of emphasis is Strategic and Organizational Communication. She is from Petersburg, West Virginia. Samantha is also a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association.
- Matthew Cimino is a Communication Studies major with an emphasis in health communication. He is also pursuing a minor in Public Relations. Matthew was a 2019 recipient of the Communication Studies Honors Scholarship.
- Hannah Dugan is a Multidisciplinary Studies major with minors in Communication Studies, Public Relations, General Business, and Leadership Studies. She is a junior and was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia.
- Allison Earley is an Organizational Leadership major with a minor in communication studies. She is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is also a member of Active Minds WVU Chapter.
- Jacob Masters is a senior graduating in May 2020 with a Social Media and Communication Technology emphasis. He is from Moundsville, West Virginia, and is a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association. Jacob made the Spring 2019 President's List.
- Jani Merritt is senior from Queens, New York, whose area
of emphasis is Interpersonal Communication. She is a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association and is a NCBA
Certified Coach for the West Virginia Boxing Club. She also is a Cadet in the Army