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Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

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Towson University Forensics

Forensics has been a part of the Towson campus for 50 years. Our earliest affiliations were with the American Forensic Association, National Individual Events Tournament and National Debate Tournament.  Over the course of the program Towson University has been a shining light as a program that values education and competition. We are proud to be the first Maryland chapter of Pi Kappa Delta, the nation's oldest speech and debate honor society in the state of Maryland. We are the most internationally diverse policy debate team in the country. We stand uniquely as a team with students from the U.S. and abroad as debaters and speakers standing side by side in competition and friendship through forensics. The program is involved in changing the course of human events through discourse in competitive contexts and in the community through exhibitions and public debates. Towson University Forensics serves both as a student organization and class that focuses on performance, policy debate, and public speaking.  It offers its participants 1.5 academic credit, experience planning and facilitating events, engaging in community service in the Baltimore area, and the ability to travel to various areas of the country. More information about the team may be found at

Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists is one of the oldest professional organizations for journalists in the United States. The Towson University chapter regularly invites experienced journalists to speak to students. The group meets at 5 p.m. Mondays in Media Center 203. The faculty advisers of the Towson chapter are JoAnne Broadwater and Dr. John Kirch. Officers for the 203-2014 school year include president Linsey McFadden and secretary Carlie King. Follow Towson SPJ on Twitter @SPJTowsonU or on Facebook.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. The faculty adviser of the Towson chapter is Carol Norton. The Towson University chapter meets monthly from October to April and holds its annual induction ceremony in May. Members engage in educational, networking and service opportunities each semester. If you have a 3.0 cumulative GPA with 60 credit hours completed and a 3.25 GPA for 12 credit hours of Mass Communication and Communication Studies courses, then you qualify to apply . If you do not meet the requirements at this time, but still want to participate in Lambda Pi Eta events, you are eligible apply to become a member of "Alphas," the local sister group to Lambda Pi Eta. The Alphas are open to any Towson student who is interested in communication career options, professional development and membership in a professional organization. To apply, download the LPE application (PDF) or the Alpha application (PDF). Please address questions to our executive committee via Applications are due during the open application period to the MCCS office, Carol Norton, Advisor. (Please look for MCCS emails detailing the open application period.)

American Advertising Federation

The American Advertising Federation is the oldest national advertising trade association. The Towson chapter meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in Media Center room 203. The faculty adviser is Ying Kong. The 2012-2013 student president is Bianca Crimi. The Towson chapter is available on Facebook and Twitter. The officers can be reached via e-mail at

Towson Student PR Group

The PR Group is a student-led membership organization that is comprised of student chapters of the two dominant public relations professional associations, The Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. These professional associations offer working PR practitioners professional development, networking, and leadership development opportunities. The PR Group does the same thing for Towson PR students to help them prepare for their careers. The PR Group elects student officers, conducts bi-weekly business meetings with the full membership, and sponsors various educational and networking opportunities, often with working practitioners. The PR Group’s premier event is its Career Networking Fair held every April. The Fair brings together employers who have both internships for undergraduates and full-time employment opportunities for graduates. The PR Group invites speakers and conducts a wide range of educational programs for its members throughout the year. The 2013-2014 officers include President Kaitlyn Holden, VP of Promotions Tara McQuain, VP of Programs Andrea Rizkallah, Secretary Cheyenne Dermody, Treasurer Morgan Stritzinger, Campus Liaison Brittany Machnicki, Professional Group Coordinator Erin Lepanto and Historian Casey Schmiegel. For further information, contact the PR Group at



Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies
Media Center, Room 114 (map)
Mailing address: 8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252
Phone: 410-704-3431
Fax: 410-704-3656

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