Aven Little Theater Productions
The Communication Department produces two major productions and selected student-directed efforts each year, including the MC Shakespeare Festival each spring. Each production draws student actors from across the campus. All MC students are welcome to audition for productions, and a full crew are also selected for each performance.
Most productions are held in Aven Little Theater, a black box-style theater with an excellent workshop-style atmosphere and seating for up to 110. Productions are enthusiastically supported by MC students, faculty, staff, and community, with empty seats a rarity.
Our faculty directors teach leadership, teamwork, and dependability skills that last a lifetime, while reminding students that reward does not define a performer or performance, and that success is not measured by awards but by what is given and learned.
Membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the official national communication honor society for undergraduates, is composed of students who have declared and interest in the field of communication and have achieved a high level of academic excellence.
The purposes of the society are to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; stimulate interest in the field of communication; provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field; promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; establish and maintain close relationships and mutual understanding between faculty and students; and explore options for further graduate education.
To be eligible for membership, students must have completed 60 hours of coursework, including 12 in Communication; have a GPA of at least 3.0 (3.25 in Communication courses); be in the upper 35% of their graduating class; and be currently enrolled as a full-time student in good standing.
For more information, contact MC chapter sponsor Merle Ziegler.
All students are invited to membership in the Mississippi Communication Association, a scholarly organization that promotes the study, criticism, research, teaching, and appreciation of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.
Student membership is free (compliments of the MC Communication Department) and students have the opportunity to attend the annual MCA conference each winter at a discounted rate. Students may also choose to present original research, gaining valuable public speaking experience and preparing for potential further academic study.
Two MC Communication professors currently serve in MCA leadership. Merle Ziegler serves as MCA Executive Director and Mignon Kucia serves as the 2014-15 MCA President.
For more information, contact MCA Executive Director Merle Ziegler.
The best public relations practitioners in Mississippi are members of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM). MC students can be a member of the campus chapter of this organization.
PRAM membership consists of public relations professionals from advertising and public relations agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations, government, education, and industry.
PRAM is a source of expertise and support for students and a forum for networking with public relations practitioners throughout the state and the region. PRAM sponsors annual conferences and workshops, administers the annual Prism Awards, and sponsors study programs.
For more information, contact chapter sponsor Mignon Kucia.
The Mississippi College Speech & Debate Team has a long and successful tradition in collegiate forensics. MC students have won numerous team and individual awards over the last 80 years, dating to when the department was known as the Speech Department.
Our focus is geared towards parliamentary and public debate through individual events, including platform speaking and interpretive reading.
Competitive speech and debate teaches students to be an informed advocate for their ideas. Team members learn resolution analysis, critical thinking, case construction, and research and presentation skills.
All Mississippi College students, regardless of major, are welcome to join the Speech & Debate Team.
For more information, contact team sponsor Merle Ziegler.
MC Communication students - and students from other majors across campus - can gain hands-on experience in sports media as member of the Sports Media Team. The team helps plan and produce radio and Internet broadcasts and game day experiences for Mississippi College Choctaws athletics. Mississippi College is a provisional member of the NCAA's Division II and the Gulf South Conference.
Team members can serve in a variety of roles on the air and behind the scenes, learning how to interview, shoot and edit video, call play-by play and provide game analysis, engineer broadcasts, and produce in-stadium elements on game day. The department also works to offer students opportunities to gain additional experience with local high schools.
Students can earn course credit for their work as a member of the team or can receive work-study compensation (dependent on availability). Being a member of the Sports Media Team gives students an advantage in job placement in this ever-expanding industry.
For more information, contact team sponsor Reid Vance.