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Phone(775) 784-6839
Location Lincoln Hall(LH) 318
Address 1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
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Student Organizations

Students can get involved in a variety of clubs and activities through our department to develop communication skills, network, and attend research conferences.  Our clubs include:

Intercollegiate Debate Program

Director of Forensics:  Phil Sharp (

The Intercollegiate Debate Program at the University of Nevada was founded in 1928 by Doctor Robert Griffin and University President, Walter Clark.  Now a part of the Communication Studies Department, the program continues to sharpen the oratory skills of students and prepare them to become leaders in the community.  The team won a National Championship in 2009, has been ranked as a top ten team in the nation for several years running, and hosted the 2013 National Championship.  Any students interested in becoming a member should contact the Director of Forensics, Phil Sharp.  Follow the Team on Facebook at:

Nevada Debate Union

The Nevada Debate Union was founded in 2008, as a student-run club focused on strengthening public speaking on campus and in the community.  Our projects include a fall and a spring public debate, support of local high school speech and debate programs, and integration of competitive forensics and civic engagement.  The club actively searches for additional opportunities to connect with the community and spread the educational benefits of forensics.  Anyone interested in finding more information can find us on Facebook, as the Nevada Debate Union.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the official national undergraduate honors society for Communication majors. Eligible students must have completed at least 60 semester hours in college with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must have completed at least 12 semester hours in Communication courses with at least a 3.25 GPA in those courses. Additionally, to be considered, students must demonstrate a commitment to the field of Communication and be currently enrolled in good academic standing at the University of Nevada. Members are inducted annually.

As an organization, Lambda Pi Eta strives to:

  • Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding achievement in Communication;
  • Stimulate interest in the field;
    Promote and encourage professional development among Communication majors;
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas within the field of Communication;
  • Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and
  • Explore options for graduate education in Communication.
2014-2015 Officers:
President - Travis Garrett
Vice Pres - Hannah Vice
Scholarship Officer - Carissa Autry
Treasurer - Rebecca Smith
Secretary-Reporter - Alex Powell

2014-2015 Induction Class
Carissa Autry
Melissa Beninsig
Arianna Blasi
Kelly Bozman
Rebecca Cathcart
Brittani Curtis


Daniel Decarlo
Kelsey Johnson
Kara Kasser
Justin Killgore
Kyler Lund
Kendall Makinson


Katelyn Michel
Matthew Minten
Kalynne Mitchell
Megan Mize
Jordan Nash
Nina Nguyen


Alexandra Powell
Kayla Reeves
Rebecca Smith
Tazia Statucki
Brittany Whatley
Jessica Woods


For more information, please visit the National Communication Association’s link:

Andrew Long currently advises our local chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Mu. Department of Communication Studies students interested in joining should contact him at

Communication Studies Research Club

The Undergraduate Research Club holds monthly meetings to discuss research topics with fellow student researchers and groups regarding current studies and grant opportunities. Through this club we work as a student community to spread the word about undergraduate student research, promote undergraduate research grants/scholarships and assist students/ student groups in with research techniques, outlets for research certifications, and other beneficial information to help students excel in they're studies.  For more information, contact Club Adviser: Dr. Sarah Blithe (

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