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Opportunities and Activities

Communication majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities. Some are unique to our department, many are campus-wide encompassing the efforts and talents of students of all majors. We offer student-run media, professional associations, internships, study abroad programs and other activities to enhance the learning experience and provide awareness of real world concepts in the area of communication.

Opportunities to excel include participation in:

The mission of this organization is to provide meaningful artistic and cultural programming to Dayton's thriving community. The organization aims to inspire those to act on their passions in a place where passion always shines, the beautiful Gem City. The Dayton Independent Film Festival is proudly organized by University of Dayton's Communication students. They organize, promote and evaluate local independent films that are shown at the annual film festival every fall.

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Want to learn from Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winners, authors, humorists, publishers, agents and social media experts?

Thanks to the generosity of the Alumni Association, University of Dayton students receive scholarships to attend the biennial Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop for free.

Find out more at the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop website.

The student-run agency allows students to participate in PR campaigns, engage with potential clients and help coordinate a Flyer PR sanctioned event. This hands-on experience provides students with the knowledge and experiential learning to prepare them for the PR industry.

Broadcasting from Art Street studios, WUDR Dayton is a FCC licensed non-commercial radio station located at 98.1 MHZ. We also have a repeater serving the campus at 99.5. Flyer Radio is completely student run and operated. We bring you all the greats from the top pop, rock, and hip hop/R&B artists.

WUDR is the latest chapter in the University of Dayton's rich broadcasting history dating back to the "good old days" of WVUD. Not only are we a musically formatted radio station, but we also are privileged to be able to bring the UD campus several public affairs programs, as well as, selected sports broadcasts including Pioneer league football, Atlantic 10 Volleyball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Soccer, and baseball from the new Time Warner Cable Stadium.

Our studio was originally located in Kennedy Union, but moved to a new, state-of-the-art studio located at Art Street. It's a real-world experience for everyone at Flyer Radio, and is continually being improved for your listening pleasure. Flyer Radio brings you high quality broadcasting.

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Flyer TV is a student-run station that brings together the talents of many University of Dayton students from all majors.  It is Flyer TV's goal to help those not only in the major of communications but those merely interested in broadening their horizons.

Shows such as the Academic Senate, SGA Presidential Debate, Alumni Association, and interview with Dr. Spina are great examples of how we help inform the students of what is going on throughout our campus. The station also produces original programming including news, sports, interesting interviews, student-produced independent shows and more. 

 Under the direction of CMM Media course instructors / advisors Greg Kennedy and Roy Flynn, twenty-three students worked Fall 2017 through Spring 2018 to create the documentary film titled: Epicenter: Dayton's Opioid Crisis.  The documentary examines how the nationwide heroin epidemic affects all demographics, particularly in the Dayton area.  It is a call to break the stigma of addiction and explain what we can do to help. 

Epicenter: Dayton's Opiod Crisis

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UD alumnus Jeff Jones '90, current president and CEO of H&R Block, founded Phi Beta Chi in the late 1980s. Phi Beta Chi, a coed professional and honors fraternity is open to communication and other majors across campus. Through the organization, members of opportunities to improve communication skills and build professional relationships.  Activities include speakers, discussions, networking opportunities, fundraising and event planning as well as social events.

UD PRSSA is the pre-professional society for students interested in public relations and communications.  Open to all majors, the University of Dayton's Chapter of PRSSA is a valuable resource for students, enhancing their public relations knowledge through innovative professional development and networking opportunities in the field of public relations. 

Through UD PRSSA, members will be able to network with professionals, travel to conferences, access exclusive internship opportunities, gain inside access to various public relations sectors and more.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is the oldest organization representing journalists in the United States. The University of Dayton advisor is Professor Chad Painter. If you're interested in pursuing a career in journalism, joining the SPJ would certainly be a beneficial step.

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The Speech and Debate Team is an academic club that helps develop many skills needed for career success: research, analysis, writing, critical thinking and public speaking, among others. Many of our former members have gone on to successful careers in law, business, sales, management and any other career which requires good communication skills. 

The debate team offers reasoned discourse on contemporary topics such as crime, the economy, foreign relationships, and immigration - the topic is selected at the start of each semester by a national committee.

Debaters compete in teams of two against other students from colleges and universities around the country. UD is a member of the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA); competitions include both Policy and Public Forum debating, but focused on conversational, civil delivery before lay judges. The team also participates in a variety of individual events and parliamentary debate competitions. 

The team does not hold auditions, and prior debate experience is not required.  Everyone who practices and is prepared for a tournament is eligible to compete.  Tournaments are usually held on Fridays and Saturdays, and we typically attend three to four tournaments per semester. The team covers all expenses for competitions, including entry fees, transportation, meals, and lodging. 

 Students who participate in Speech and Debate are eligible for a 1-credit Communication Practicum. 

For more information, contact coach Jeff Geers.


Department of Communication

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