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Lambda Pi Eta (restricted membership based on GPA)

  • The purpose of Lambda Pi Eta / Gamma Beta Chapter is to educate and honor students in the field of communication, while giving them a forum within which they can voice opinions and be active in promoting understanding of the field through service on campus.
  •  Goals: To recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement at JMU; stimulate interest (discussion and exchange of ideas) in the field of communication promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; provide an opportunity for members to be involved in the Harrisonburg community; service, establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students; explore options for further graduate studies and/or work in the field; and represent Jmu and the national association with pride and integrity.
  •  Must have completed at least 50 hours of undergrad
  •  Cumulative GPA of 3.0+
  •  Minimum GPA of a 3.25 in communication
  •  Completion on 12 credit hours in communication
  • Affiliate with nationally recognized society, NCA
  • President: Chesney Grizzard
  • Adviser: April Roth



  • PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) is the pre-eminent, pre-professional public relations organization for JMU students.
  • What to expect: Our chapter embraces opportunities to expand our horizons and to submerge ourselves in the PR world in all ways possible. Our meetings are designed to enrich our members’ understanding of various PR-related topics (crisis communication, ethics, sports communication, press releases, resumes, internships, professional business attire, and much more!). Outside of meetings, we take advantage of visiting various PR and marketing agencies in the D.C. and New York City area, as well as, keeping close ties with our alumni. Networking is very important in this field, and we encourage our members to take advantage of any and every opportunity presented to them. Our chapter has grown so much in such a short period of time, and we cannot wait to see what is in store for us!
  • “PRSSA is a fun but professional environment and has helped build different networks for future job opportunities ” – Ben Teachey
  • President: Brittany Tibaldi
  • Advisor: Issac Woo



  • IABC (International Association of Business Communication) is a worldwide professional organization that promotes professional values and fosters communication excellence for thousands of communication professionals and scholars in more than 70 countries, in regional and international events. From these experiences, members improve their communication and leadership skills.
  • Provides lifelong learning opportunities that give IABC members the tools and information they need to perform the best in their chosen disciplines.
  • “IABC is a national professional organization that I am proud to put on my resume. It has enabled me to take on a leadership role during my internship and has strengthened my organizational communication.”—Brooke Lillard
  • President: Kerry McLendon
  • Advisor: Heather Carmack



  • JMU EARTH (Environmental Awareness and Restoration Through our Help) identifies as a non-hierarchical group. They are an environmentally conscience club that is focused on advocacy and the spreading of knowledge of various topics.
  • EARTH club helps to educate the JMU/Harrisonburg community about environmental issues, as well as attending various summits and conferences to help create a more sustainable world.
  • E.A.R.T.H. meets in Taylor 302 every Tuesday at 7:30 PM
  • Advisor: Alison Bodkin



  • The 4C (Campus Community Civic Collaborative) Initiative is the partnership between James Madison University’s Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue and the Fairfield Center in downtown Harrisonburg. The 4C Initiative acts primarily to train passionate and impartial facilitators who are available to meet needs for designing and facilitating productive conversations on challenging and often value-laden issues on campus and in the community.
  • Mission: To advocate for, create spaces for, and facilitate the kinds of public conversations that allow communities and organizations to move forward on tough issues.
  • 4C Campus Community Civic Collaborative is a select student group made up of students who have completed a course in Facilitating Public Engagement (SCOM 447) and who continue their interest in designing and facilitating public forums about challenging issues, both on campus and in the community. Students in this group earn 1 hour of practicum credit and meet monthly during the semester as a group to discuss upcoming community needs and to develop advanced facilitator skills. “Being a facilitator means helping people learn how to
  • address issues productively and helping groups think together in ways that lead to sustained solutions,” says Lori Britt, Director of 4C. “These are skills they will be able to use in companies, nonprofits, and as citizens of communities. It is a great way to apply all we know about communication processes to improve these processes.” Students who are involved in 4C help lead conversations about the state’s role in marriage, access to healthcare, supporting mental health needs, and working together to support local biking and walking culture. Coming soon, students will help facilitate a forum Students as Neighbors: Shaping and Sharing Community, to help uncover the sources of tension that exist between student and permanent residents and to together seek sustainable solutions that strengthen these relationships.”
  • “4C helps people learn communication on difficult issues, talk about tense issues and facilitation, also 4C eases the tensions to be able to talk about things. Understand other individuals opinions” Really great tool to learn how to create constructive dialogue” –Katie Lese
  • Advisor: Lori Britt * Students interested in finding out about 4C can contact Britt at and should plan to enroll in SCOM 447 in Spring 2015.



  • Affords students interested in debating intercollegiate tournament competition and local audience experiences
  • Meetings are in room 2274 in Harrison Hall Monday and Wednesday almost every week starting at 6:30pm
  • Advisor: Michael Davis
  • If you have any questions or wish to join, please contact our Director of Debate Mike Davis.


Individual Events Team (Speech Team )

  • Intercollegiate tournament competition and local audience experiences for students interested in public speaking and the oral interpretation of literature can be acquired through individual events team participation.
  • Meeting times are Tues/ team room 630-8 and Th- 630-8 peer coaching people on the team.
  • Room 2261
  • Individual Events Team “Gives you the knowledge experience and skills to be able to competently present your values to the world to change peoples minds thru direct speech or telling someone’s else story through your lips” -Nathan Selove
  • “There are a lot things that speech offers, one being a better public speaker and for networking all over the country, talk about jobs after college” -Jessie Bur
  • “Learning how to be a better speaker and finding out what you are interested in. It helped me find my major which is communication studies” –Olivia Adams
  • “Helps with confidence level and is a home away from home.” –Ally Hepburn
  • Advisor: Lee Mayfield


Human Resources Club (started by Communication Students with HRD minor)

  • A professional organization committed to creating an environment where students can increase their experience and network in the HRD field, and provide a fun atmosphere where they can engage in training activities that will be used in the workplace.
  • Meetings are Tuesday nights
  • Different topics: looked at resumes
  • Encourages people to bring at least 2 friends
  • Whoever brings the most friends gets an award
  • “The HRD club is an encouraging and warm environment that allows students to come together and further their knowledge about HR topics while meeting their peers” – Kyle Longacre

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