C&IS Leadership Organizations
Academic Honor CouncilAdvisor: Ashley Grammer
Chief Justice: Jenna Richardson
The Academic Honor Council promotes high ethical standards, educates the C&IS community about academic integrity and encourages others to always act according to the values of the Capstone Creed.
A 3.0 GPA is required for a seat on the Academic Honor Council; the application opens every spring.
C&IS AmbassadorsAdvisor: Lexi McMahon
President: Cline Smith
C&IS Ambassadors promote interest in the field of communication and assist the College with special events and programs. Ambassadors are responsible for meeting with and providing tours for prospective students, parents, transfer students, alumni and other visitors, and they serve at events like the C&IS Hall of Fame, Board of Visitors meetings, The Tailgate at Reese Phifer and student recruitment events.
Applications are open to all students majoring in C&IS.
First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)Advisor: Cheyenne Hayes
President: Tanaiya Sanders
FIG Leaders are upperclassmen who mentor first-year students (freshmen and transfers) based on their majors and interests.
Applications open each spring, and membership is open to all students who have held a previous student leadership position within the College.
Industry Immersion Leadership TeamAdvisor: Alison Holcombe
President: CamiLee Downey
The Industry Immersion student leadership team helps Industry Immersion plan professional development trips for C&IS students. These student leaders take proactive roles through the entire trip planning process, including: itinerary building and alumni outreach, student recruitment and professional development, event planning, creative content production and more. Applications open each spring.
Social Media AmbassadorsAdvisor: Morgan Johnson
Social Media Ambassadors are the faces and voices of the C&IS student social media account. Working alongside College faculty and staff, they share C&IS events, announcements and opportunities and help shape the College’s brand.
Applications open each spring, and membership is open to all students with a major in the College.
Student Executive CouncilAdvisors: Joseph Drake, Morgan Johnson and Taylor Pedigo
President: Lexi Crowe
The Student Executive Council exists to coordinate the organizations within the College of Communication and Information Sciences while fostering stronger relationships between the students, faculty and alumni of the College and serving as a place for students to voice their concerns.
The SEC is responsible for the C&IS Student Organization Fund.
Applications for SEC general membership are available in the spring. Once the SEC general members have been selected, they will have an opportunity to run for executive officer (president, VP, secretary, director of events) and departmental delegate positions which will be voted on in a College-wide election.
Collaborative Student Organizations
Capstone Communication Student Society (CCSS)Advisor: Alison Holcombe
This organization promotes the fields of communication and offers members special invitations and VIP access ranging from social activities to prominent speakers in the field of communication. CCSS is open to all C&IS majors and minors for membership. There is a membership fee. Upon graduation, students can transition their membership into the alumni group, Capstone Communication Society, that follows the same mission.
First Year Interest Groups (FIGs)Advisor: Cheyenne Hayes
FIGs are designed to help freshmen and transfer students transition to life on campus at The University of Alabama and in C&IS. Through FIGs, first-year students are matched with a C&IS student leader who helps them get acquainted to campus and learn about the resources and opportunities available to them as a C&IS student.
Kappa Tau AlphaAdvisors: Dr. Dianne Bragg, Dr. Karla Gower
Kappa Tau Alpha is the national journalism and mass communication honor society. Invitations are issued to juniors, seniors and graduate students in advertising, public relations, news media and creative media who rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
The Oakley SocietyAdvisor: Alison Holcombe
The Oakley Society professional development program provides students with exclusive access to professional development opportunities and events. These opportunities are designed to grow and develop students into professionals, while connecting participants to industry professionals through mentoring relationships. The program is open to juniors and seniors in all C&IS majors.
Professional Women in Communication and BusinessFaculty Advisor: Dr. Keely Latopolski
Professional Women in Communication and Business develops successful leaders through networking events, professional etiquette lessons and business literacy seminars.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kenon Brown
Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM)
The Association for Women in Sports Media assists aspiring sports media professionals in mentorship and networking with women in the sports media industry and provides an avenue for internships, scholarships and career-enhancing opportunities.
WVUA FMFaculty Advisor: Terry Siggers
WVUA-FM is The University of Alabama’s only student-operated radio station. WVUA-FM is staffed by approximately 70-90 student volunteers from C&IS and across the campus of The University of Alabama.
Advertising & Public Relations
AAFUAFaculty Advisor: Mike Little
The University of Alabama’s student chapter of the American Advertising Federation is dedicated to preparing students for careers in the advertising industry. From meeting with industry professionals to hands-on opportunities to build portfolios, students will be exposed to all things advertising post-graduation.
Advertising and Public Relations Student Initiative Board (SIB)Faculty Advisor: Susan Daria
The purpose of the Student Initiative Board is to act as a liaison between students and faculty of the Advertising and Public Relations Department in C&IS. SIB prepares members to become leaders now and in the future by working alongside students as a mentor, as well as working alongside faculty to perform duties such as conducting interviews for candidates for positions in the A+PR Department.
Capstone AgencyFaculty Advisor: Tracy Sims, Jay Waters
Capstone Agency is a student-run integrated communications firm where student members produce work for local, statewide and national clients. Visit capstoneagency.org to learn more.
National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC)Faculty Advisor: Jay Waters
Juniors and seniors are competitively selected to compete in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.
The Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA)Faculty Advisor: Matt Wisla
As members of this statewide organization that’s part of the Southern Public Relations Federation, students participate in competitions and annual conferences.
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)Faculty Advisor: Tracy Sims
This nationally recognized organization’s chapter offers career-building activities, scholarships, mentorship programs, national conferences and more.
Alabama Debate SocietyFaculty Advisor: John Smith
The Alabama Debate Society is an organization aimed at bringing debate and its educational benefits to high school students in the Tuscaloosa community and across Alabama.
Alabama Forensic Council (AFC)Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ben Pyle
As part of the University’s competitive speech program, members attend regional and national intercollegiate forensic competitions. Thirty scholarships are awarded each year to active students.
Delta Sigma Rho / Tau Kappa AlphaFaculty Advisor: Dr. Ben Pyle
This national honor society is for those who have excelled in forensics and have distinguished academic records.
Lambda Pi EtaFaculty Advisor: Dr. Caroline Parsons
Invitations to join this national communication studies honor society are issued to juniors and seniors in communication studies who rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
Journalism & Creative Media
The Associated Press Sports Editors Tuscaloosa Student ChapterFaculty Advisor: John Smith
The APSE Tuscaloosa Student Chapter provides UA students with career-building tools and opportunities in the sports media world by hosting guest speakers, workshops and other creative learning and networking events.
Rising Tide Film FestivalFaculty Advisor: John Smith
The Rising Tide Film Festival is a competitive, annual showcase of student films and emerging talent from college students across the South. The film festival is an annual event produced by students, for students.
The Capstone Association of Black Journalists (CABJ)Faculty Advisor: John Smith
Affiliated with a national organization, this club provides information on careers, jobs, internships, scholarships and other opportunities, with a focus on minorities.
The Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chandra Clark
Part of the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, this club is open to all students.
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)Faculty Advisor: John Smith
This group is open to all students interested in all areas of professional news media regardless of medium.
Office of Student MediaDirector: Jessie Jones
Home to Alice, Bama Life, the Black Warrior Review, The Crimson White, Marr’s Field Journal, Nineteen Fifty-Six, Southern Historian and WVUA-FM, Student Media trains students through hands-on experience and informs the campus with a variety of student-run broadcast, digital, online and print media.
C&IS in L.A.Faculty Advisor: John Smith
C&IS In Los Angeles is a faculty-led, summer internship experience. This immersive program brings students to live and intern in Los Angeles where they study the media and entertainment industries alongside faculty who are experienced in the industry.
UA in the CaribbeanFaculty Advisor: Jameson Hayes
On the UA in the Caribbean study abroad program, University of Alabama students travel to various islands to learn how to advertising and public relations work in the Caribbean and enjoy the sun, fun and culture along the way.
Industry ImmersionFaculty Advisor: Alison Holcombe
Industry Immersion strengthens relationships between students, alumni and industry professionals, by giving motivated students an opportunity to explore industry and leading job markets and engage with high-powered C&IS alumni and leaders.
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