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Undergraduate Student Organizations

All undergraduate students who have an interest in Communication Studies can join the Undergraduate Student Association, Lambda Pi Eta, and COMMbassadors. Dr. Carrie Kennedy-Lightsey is the advisor of both the Undergraduate Communication Association and Lambda Pi Eta. Dr. Scott A. Myers is the advisor of COMMbassadors.

Students also have the opportunity to serve as Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in our undergraduate courses or as Undergraduate Research Assistants for faculty members who are working on research projects. 

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

Students can join the UCA at any point during the Fall and Spring semesters. Officer elections for the following year are held at the last meeting in the Spring semester.

UCA is governed by an executive committee, all of whom are Communication Studies majors or minors.

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, h ave completed 60 credit hours with a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA,  and h ave 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.

Students who meet the criteria for membership in Lambda Pi Eta are invited to join each Fall and Spring semester. Upon acceptance into Lambda Pi Eta, a one-time membership fee of $10.00 is required.

This year's President is Jordan Coddington. Jordan hails from Uniontown, Pennsylvania and is a senior Communication Studies major with an emphasis in Social Media & Communication Technology. She also has double minors in Public Relations and Strategic Social Media. Jordan is currently a communications intern with WVU University Relations and is a student co-manager for the PR & Sales team for The Daily Athenaeum newspaper. 

In 2020, 24 students were inducted into the Xi Nu chapter. Some of these students include:

  • Hunter Ayers is a communication studies major with areas of emphasis in organizational and interpersonal communication; he is also minoring in human services. He is a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association and Lambda Pi Eta. Hunter was a 2019 recipient of the Lucy Hancock Scholarship, the 2020 Communication Studies Honor Scholarship, and was a 2020-21 Mountaineer Mascot finalist.  
  • Samantha Berrett is a senior Communication Studies major whose area of emphasis is 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.  
COMMbassadors
The COMMbassadors is a competitively-selected group of Communication Studies majors who represent the Department of Communication Studies at various recruitment, retention, and promotion events during the 2020-2021 school year. They serve  as a point of contact for prospective and current students, parents, department faculty and graduate students, and the WVU community at large. COMMbassadors represent the undergraduate experience at several events, including Welcome Week’s Academic Day, COMM 191 Orientation Course, Speed Networking/Homecoming event, Discover and Decide Open Houses, Major Match and Tour WVU Days, and COMM Course Registration Drives.

Students who are selected as COMMbassadors undergo training prior to the Fall semester and attend events throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. They receive three hours of COMM 491 (Internship) credit for their service.

For the 2020-2021 year, nine students are representing the Department as COMMbassadors. These students are:
  • Hunter Ayers is a communication studies major with areas of emphasis in organizational and interpersonal communication; he is also minoring in human services. He is a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association and Lambda Pi Eta. Hunter was a 2019 recipient of the Lucy Hancock Scholarship, the 2020 Communication Studies Honor Scholarship, and was a 2020-21 Mountaineer Mascot finalist.  
  • Emily Cline is a junior Communication Studies major from Sykesville, Maryland. Her area of emphasis is in Social Media and Communication Technology with a minor in Strategic Social Media. She is a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association and the service sorority Omega Phi Alpha.
  • Jacalyn Geyer is a sophomore Communication Studies major with a social media and communication technology emphasis from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition, she is an advertising and viola performance minor, as well as a social media manager for the Undergraduate Communication Association. Outside of the Communication Studies department, she mentors honors freshman in their first-year orientation course.
  • Tori Garnes is a Communication Studies major with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication. She is pursing minors in Family and Youth as well as Psychology. Tori is a senior from Salisbury, Maryland.
  • Taylor Hinkle is a senior Communication Studies major with an emphasis in Integrated Communication and pursuing a minor in Public Relations. Taylor is from Summersville, West Virginia. She is a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association, an active member of the sorority Omega Phi Alpha, and a member of WVU's Student Basic Needs Coalition.
  • Giana Loretta is a Communication Studies major with an area of emphasis in Organizational Communication.  She is also pursuing a second major in Philosophy and a minor in Law and Legal Studies. Giana is a sophomore from Shinnston, West Virginia, and is an active member of the Undergraduate Communication Association. 
  • Madison Martin is a senior Communication Studies major with an Integrated area of emphasis, mostly focusing on Interpersonal and Organizational communication. Madison is a member of Lambda Pi Eta and the Undergraduate Communication Association.  
  • Gabriella Paredes is a senior majoring in Communication Studies with an emphasis in health communication, with a minor in Spanish. She is originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Gabriella intends to be a part of the Undergraduate Communication Association this academic year.
  • Taryn Thompson is a senior Communication Studies major whose area of emphasis is Social Media and Communication Technology with a minor in Entertainment media. Taryn is from Keyser, West Virginia. She was 2020 recipient of the Lucy Hancock Scholarship and is a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

COMM majors have the opportunity to serve as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) in one of the Department's large lecture courses (i.e., COMM 102, 104, 105, 112, 122, 306, 308, 316). To serve as an UTA in one of these courses, student must have completed the course with a grade of B or higher.  Students must enroll in COMM 490: Teaching Practicum for three credit hours during the semester in which they serve as a UTA. 

To inquire about serving as an UTA, students should contact the instructor of the COMM course prior to the next semester's registration period.

Undergraduate Research Assistant
COMM majors who are interested in the communication research process or are thinking about enrolling in a COMM master's degree program may consider serving as an Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) for a faculty member. To serve as a URA, students must secure the permission of a faculty member, who then will supervise them working on a particular research project. URAs may be assigned various tasks, such as locating and reading journal articles, writing portions of the research manuscript, soliciting research participants, or collecting research data. Students must enroll in COMM 491 Section 5: Internship for three credit hours during the semester in which they serve as a URA.

To inquire about serving as a URA, students should contact the faculty member with whom they would like to work.