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Student Organizations

Involvement in student organizations provides an excellent avenue to gain real-world skills, network with like-minded students, build an extra-curricular transcript, and enhance a resume.

Communication Career Club

The Communication Career Club's mission is to provide students with experiences that help them grow as effective communicators. Through a variety of activities, the Club's members will expand their knowledge of communication, and their poise and confidence as communicators.

Previous activities include:

    • Attending the etiquette dinner as a group; learning how to impress interviewers (and using the right fork!)
    • Hosting guest speakers such as recent graduates, talking about how they use their communication degree in the workplace
    • Providing volunteer hospitality greeting the public at KU public relations events, such as Decision Makers Forum
    • Visiting KU's Career Services Office for presentations about employment after graduation
    • Speaking to audiences, welcoming the public on behalf of KU's Admissions Office outreach to visitors on KU Preview Days

To join the Communication Career Club, contact Prof. James McNiff.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the national honor society for students of communication including Communication Studies majors and minors, Electronic Media majors and minors, and PR minors. Our local chapter is Xi Kappa.

Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion, and Ethos (Eta) defined as character, credibility, and ethics.

The goals of Lambda Pi Eta include:

    • To recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in Communication Studies
    • Stimulate interest in the field of Communication
    • Promote and encourage professional development among Communication majors
    • Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication
    • Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students
    • Explore options for graduate education in Communication Studies

Students need a 3.0 cumulative GPA with 60 semester credit hours completed, as well as a 3.25 GPA for communication studies courses with 12 semester hours completed.

The benefits of joining our chapter include meeting other like-minded students who take their studies seriously and getting together with those who enjoy community service (a few hours of which is required in order to be inducted into the organization).

Previous activities include:

    • Lambda Pi Eta induction ceremonies and celebrations
    • Community Service Projects

For more information on how to join Lambda Pi Eta, contact Dr. Andi Mitnick.

Perforum: The Forum for Performance

Perforum is a performing arts club dedicated to diverse types of performance including oral interpretation, storytelling, group performance, adaptation, performance art, poetry slams, improv, children's literature, and experimental performance. Perforum is open to all Kutztown University students. By participating in the club, students have an opportunity to produce plays and performances on campus, attend Broadway plays, travel to performance festivals in exotic locations, and explore their creativity and self-expression.

Previous activities include:

    • Trips to Broadway to see shows like Rent, Hairspray, Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast, and Metamorphoses
    • Travel to Performance Festivals and Conferences in St. Simon Island GA, Washington DC, Miami, FL
    • Touring to elementary schools with children's shows such as: Fairy Godmother Failure, In Search of a Happy Ending, Lemur Tales, and Young Writers Showcase
    • On campus performances of original plays and adaptations such as: Centralia, Nuestras Voces, and Little Gold Star: A Mexican Cinderella Story
    • Hosting workshops and showcases by cutting edge performance artists Tim Miller, Patrick Johnson, and Terry Galloway
    • Workshops on creative writing, improv, clowning, and storytelling

To join Perforum, contact Dr. Deryl Johnson or Dr. Lisa Weckerle.

Public Relations Club

The Kutztown University Public Relations Club is open to all Kutztown University students. By participating in the club, students have an opportunity to learn more about public relations through real life situations and to help the local community by doing volunteer work. In addition, participating in the club may help students obtain internships, and graduating students are able to demonstrate to potential employers that they have public relations experience beyond the classroom.

The Kutztown University Public Relations Club meets every other Thursday of the semester.

Previous activities include:

    • Adopt-A-Block
    • Trick-Or-Treat event on Main Street to hand out candy to the children
    • KU PR Club Fund Raising Bake Sale
    • Fundraising Events

To join the Public Relations Club, contact Dr. Joseph Harasta.

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Sunshine Players has been bringing education and fun to underprivileged children who attend schools in the Reading/Allentown/Kutztown areas since 1984. We are a non-profit student run organization dedicated to bringing educational entertainment to children of all ages. Each semester a play or musical, performed by KU students, is taken on tour to elementary schools and libraries for a week, with performances on campus for a weekend.

To join Sunshine Players, contact Prof. Johanna Forte.