Department of Communication Studies

  • Alumni prepare for new careers in public relations

    Two award-winning graduates of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s public relations (PR) program are getting ready to apply their skills and knowledge in the real world.

    Two award-winning graduates of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s public relations (PR) program are getting ready to apply their skills and knowledge in the real world.

    Samuel J. Adams, III and Isabel Chimento—communication studies majors with concentrations in mass communications and specializations in PR—earned their bachelor’s degrees in December 2022. Now, just a few weeks after crossing the commencement stage, they are both starting new careers with companies in Greater Birmingham.

    “I will be working with Etheridge HVAC Company—I’ll be doing their marketing, their advertising, their PR, their general external communications, and their social media,” said Chimento. “It will be me… a one woman show. In the next year, I want to grow in this company.”

    “I actually received an offer for a job… the day before we graduated. That felt so good,” said Adams excitedly. “I got a job with o2ideas [an advertising agency in Birmingham]. I will be an assistant account executive. I really love their organization, and I could tell that we have similar thoughts based on their campaigns from the past. I’m very excited to work with them.”

    Both graduates share a deep appreciation for the PR program and its director, assistant professor Jacquelyn S. Shaia, J.D., Ph.D. According to Adams and Chimento, the program equipped them with everything they need to be successful as they start their careers.

    “The PR program is perfect in the way that it’s laid out. It all makes sense and it all builds,” said Chimento. “[Dr. Shaia] teaches you so much more than PR. She teaches you… about life and about being a good person.”

    “The degree is absolutely amazing,” said Adams. “I like how it’s structured — every course that Dr. Shaia [offers] is a way to fully understand what public relations is all about.”

    For Adams, the journey to the PR program began after he completed four years of service in the U.S. Navy. As he left the military and contemplated his next steps, he considered pursuing a career in electrical engineering but quickly realized the field was not aligned with his passions.

    “I love media, I love creating videos, I love being creative, I love to talk a lot. So, I knew that I had to choose something where… I could be surrounded by the things I love to do,” said Adams.

    With that in mind, Adams started researching communication studies programs and, eventually, found Shaia’s name and contact information. He reached out to her and inquired about the PR program.

    “I called Dr. Shaia… and we had a 45-minute conversation about what public relations [is],” said Adams. “She hit all the right notes with me. Without talking to her, I would not have gone into public relations.”

    Chimento’s path to UAB and the PR program was significantly different. She grew up in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and after graduating high school, she attended a community college for a year. At the time, Birmingham was not on her radar.

    “I grew up on the beach,” said Chimento. “It was unlike any other place to grow up. It was almost a utopia.” While contemplating her future in Santa Rosa Beach, Chimento learned that her father needed a kidney transplant and would receive care at UAB Hospital. Chimento followed her father to Birmingham and, soon after arriving, fell in the love with the city and explored UAB’s campus for the first time.

    “Ultimately, these people [at UAB] saved my father’s life,” said Chimento, “That’s when I first saw the campus, when I was coming up with my dad for doctor’s visits. And I just thought, ‘This is unlike anything I’ve seen. It’s a college campus… it’s spread out through a diverse, growing downtown environment.’”

    Chimento decided she would enroll at UAB, which prompted her to evaluate prospective majors. Prior to leaving Florida, she supported a local fine jewelry store with its social media campaigns, so she decided communication studies and PR might be a good long-term fit.

    “[While running the store’s social media] I found a passion for helping people turn their visions into creative, physical results. That’s why I thought, ‘Okay, communication, PR, this is what I’m going to do,’” said Chimento.

    While studying PR at UAB, both Chimento and Adams found a supportive community through the UAB chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama/Public Relations Student Society of America (PRCA/PRSSA), a student-led organization open to students across campus who are interested in public relations. Shaia serves as the advisor for UAB PRCA/PRSSA which conducts workshops, hosts networking events and guest speakers, and offers service-based learning in the community. Chimento served as Vice President of Programs for PRCA/PRSSA, and Adams served as Vice President of Membership and Chair of STAR Chapter Awards.

    At the PRCA/PRSSA 2022 Annual Banquet, Adams and Chimento received the Most Outstanding Campaign Award. Both students, along with their fellow classmate Katlynn Mitchell, received the award for an innovative PR campaign they developed for Hand in Paw, a Birmingham-based nonprofit organization that offers animal assisted therapy. The students collaboratively worked on the campaign for several months and leveraged the knowledge and skills they developed throughout their time in the PR program.

    As Chimento reflects on the award, she notes that her relationship with Adams helped drive the work. “We emphasized being friends before being classmates, and I think that’s what made us stand out as a team,” said Chimento.

    Adams—who won the prestigious PR Strategist Award from the Alabama Public Relations Society of America—also acknowledges the ways in which he and Chimento learned to support one another throughout the project. “We took time to recognize our own weaknesses. And, once we did that, we literally took [our] strengths and then put those where each other’s weaknesses were,” said Adams.

    Now, both Adams and Chimento are bringing their award-winning instincts and talents to the workforce, while still fondly reflecting on their time at UAB and with PRCA/PRSSA. “The UAB PR program and PRCA/PRSSA impacted my life in ways that I couldn’t have even imagined,” said Chimento.

    For Shaia, it’s clear that both graduates have bright futures ahead of them.

    "Working with Sam and Isabel has been a joy," said Shaia. "They worked hard in every class, were focused on their goals, and took every opportunity UAB offered them to ensure their education prepared them for success upon graduation. That attention to detail is critical in the public relations field and made both of them the kind of employees an organization wants to hire. I am so proud of these young professionals who will use their skills and strong ethical standards to make our community—and world—a better place."

  • Banner year for Khan, a Pakistani American graduate of the UAB public relations program

    Tehreem Khan achieves success through mentorship, personal drive and family support.

  • UAB students partner with local nonprofit to instill a love for learning in children

    UAB students read books to children at Tuggle Elementary School to help increase their reading literacy through the community service program Blazers Read.

  • Mutually Beneficial: Mentorship in UAB’s award-winning PR program

    This spring, public relations students from UAB took home an astounding number of awards at the annual conference for the Public Relations Council of Alabama.

    Jacquelyn S. Shaia and Tehreem Khan. Photos by Studio Moderne.This spring, public relations students from UAB took home an astounding number of awards at the annual conference for the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA)—the state’s largest organization for public relations practitioners. Students in the UAB Public Relations Council of Alabama/Public Relations Student Society of America (PRCA/PRSSA) won 46 individual awards and the UAB chapter was awarded the Bettie W. Hudgens Student Chapter of the Year Award. Senior Tehreem Khan was also named Student of the Year, an award that recognizes academic achievement in the field of public relations as well as leadership on campus and in the community.

    The UAB PRCA/PRSSA is a student-led organization open to students across campus who are interested in public relations. The organization conducts workshops, hosts networking events and guest speakers, and offers service-based learning in the community. The student group is a valuable extension of the public relations academic program in the Department of Communication Studies, where students take what they’re learning in the classroom and put it into practice.

    In 2016, Jacquelyn S. Shaia, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and faculty advisor for the chapter, took a small but successful PRCA/PRSSA program and brought it to the national level. The student chapter received its first national recognition in 2020, earning the prestigious PRSSA Star Chapter of the Year award for the first time in the program’s history. Despite its small size—around 60 students and only one full-time faculty member—the UAB PR program has earned the reputation of being one of the finest in the country.

    Arts & Sciences magazine sat down with Shaia and Khan to learn more about the program and their collaborative mentoring relationship. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

    A&S Magazine: Let's start with each of you telling me about yourself and how you ended up at UAB.

    Tehreem Khan: My name is Tehreem Khan. I am a communication studies major with a concentration in mass communications with a focus in public relations. I moved to Birmingham in 2016 [and attended] two years of high school here, and I knew that I was going to stay with my family. So, I was looking around at my local [higher education] options. My sister was already enrolled at UAB, and she said, “You need to go to UAB because that’s the best place Birmingham has.” So, she gave me a tour, and when I toured this campus, I fell in love with it.

    Jacquelyn Shaia: Mine’s a little longer... When I graduated from high school, I went to work the next day for a law firm in Montgomery. I always wanted to go to college, but I had no money to go to college. One of our clients was Dr. James Hicks, and he was the chair of the Division of Otolaryngology in the UAB School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery. I came to know Dr. Hicks when he was coming in and out of the office, and he said, “Well, if you want to go to college you should come to UAB.” So, I started working for Dr. Hicks at UAB while attending school. After I graduated from UAB, I got a scholarship to law school and went on to practice law for years in corporate at BellSouth where public relations was one of my clients. I later worked for the Business Council of Alabama as the head of strategic planning and fundraising. Then I was hired by Alabama Power [to serve as] the President and CEO of the Alabama Power Foundation as well as Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Economic Development, and Corporate Services. I also served as President and CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, recruiting industry to this state. It seemed like every job I had involved public relations in some capacity. Public relations is many things: it’s vitally strategic, it's relationship building, it's getting to know people, it's certainly getting to know your audience. It's tailoring your message to the audience so they can understand it. And, most importantly, it has to be ‘mutually beneficial’ for both parties—where both parties feel successful—in order to be effective.

    I had always wanted to get a Ph.D. I thought it would be fun—and it really was. [In 2002,] I started the Ph.D. program at the University of Alabama [in Tuscaloosa]. I started teaching media law and taught the entire time I worked on my Ph.D. After I received my doctorate, I really had no intention of working full-time teaching, but then I got a call from UAB. I taught media law and crisis management classes in UAB’s outstanding Honors College and now work with remarkable faculty in the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    A&S: Tehreem, how did you become interested in PR?

    TK: As a child, I was involved in school debating competitions in both English and Urdu (Pakistan’s national language). Most of my family belongs to the education sector in Pakistan. My dad is a professor, and he always encouraged academic excellence, leadership, and public speaking. When I would go on the stage as a host or as a debater, his eyes would light up and that meant the world to me. [Also,] I would sit with him and watch news shows. It was very cool that when the [news] anchors were talking, [my family] would pause and listen; their opinion really mattered. And I thought that if they were changing the opinions of people who lived in my household, it meant they were changing the opinions of society at large. That was very inspiring to me, and I knew that I wanted a career in mass communication. The power of the pen and the power of voice really resonated with me ever since I was a child. When I got into UAB, I knew I wanted to do mass communication, [but] I didn't even know what PR was at that time. So, when I was taking an “Ethics and Leadership” [course] with Dr. Shaia, I gave a presentation, and then after the presentation, [Dr. Shaia] pulled me aside and said, “Tehreem, I want you in my program.” As a foreigner, especially, it meant a lot to me that someone in the U.S. is telling me, “Hey, I'll mentor you… I will lead you. I will support you. I will expose you to these opportunities.” So I consulted with my father, and he said, “You should definitely do this.” The next semester, I enrolled in all the PR classes.

    A&S: Dr. Shaia, what was your vision for the PRCA/PRSSA student chapter in relation to the public relations academic program?

    JS: The public relations student chapter was successful on its own when I took it on. It received Chapter of the Year from the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) for many years. But all the emphasis was on that Chapter of the Year [award], not on the individual development, and I wanted both. I also wanted to start extending nationally. We had absolutely no national involvement at all when I came in. So, the first year, off the bat, we had students who served on committees on the national Public Relations Student Society of America. Within a couple of years, we applied for Star Chapter (a national award), and we got it—and that had never been done before at UAB. We've been able to get that award every successive year since then.

    When I first came here, leadership and ethics was not a required part of the public relations [curriculum], and I truly believed it needed to be. So, we changed the catalog. We made “Ethics and Leadership” a required course in the public relations [academic program] because you cannot be a true professional without honesty and integrity and a firm understanding of how to apply those values in the workplace. Throughout the program, and particularly with the chapter work, I try to give [students] a heavy dose of what to expect in the professional world and a solid understanding of all the soft skills that they're going to need. I try to bring a perspective of experience on how it really works in the real world. The whole idea is to make our students as competitive as they can be when they graduate with all the skills they need to be successful.

    A&S: Tehreem, how has being in the student chapter set you up for success throughout your undergraduate career?

    TK: I think it has been critical… I think being part of the student chapter teaches skills that books cannot teach. Books can’t teach you [how to work with] people, and [being part of the chapter] helps you learn how to deal with different personalities. Some people want to be micromanaged, and some people want to work independently. Figuring out how everyone wants to work and [developing] your leadership strategy according to that [is important]. I also think becoming a part of the student organization is important because, as a student, you need reassurance that what you’re doing is worth it and to have [those] opportunities for recognition. [Also], I didn’t have the resources that [allowed me] to pay for my education in the United States on my own. But, as part of the student chapter, I was exposed to a lot of scholarship opportunities, which helped me pay for what I'm doing.

    "I literally walked into this program as a student, and I am proud to say that I'm leaving as a professional." — Tehreem Khan

    Simply put—[and] this might sound like a cliche statement—but I literally walked into this program as a student, and I am proud to say that I'm leaving as a professional.

    A&S: Tell me about the community engagement aspect of the program.

    JS: Oh, I love this. I love the community and our state and am extremely grateful to the strong practicing professionals we have in this field in the Southeast. I was adamant that [students] start working with practitioners and expand their networks. Professionals in the Southeast volunteer their time to critique our students’ work. More importantly, students get another set of eyes on their work. We also select small groups of students and then pair them with nonprofits based on each group's interest to create and deliver real public relations campaigns. There’s no shortage, as I tell the students, of noble causes in the state. There are opportunities everywhere, and we just have to look for them. These small nonprofits don't have any public relations support and are just so grateful for our help. The last class in the program is our capstone class, and we conclude with a competition. I bring in four PR practitioners from across the state who serve as judges and hear presentations on the campaigns from each of the student groups. After deliberation, they decide which campaign was the best and offer very valuable feedback on ways each of the campaigns can be improved. This is tremendously helpful to the students, and they graduate having strategically developed—and delivered—a very extensive campaign for a struggling nonprofit which badly needs help.

    TK: I think working with nonprofit organizations gives purpose. The other thing is the nonprofit organizations that we work with at UAB are pretty small. In a bigger organization, you [might] have a photographer, videographer, social media person, media relations person. But when working with a small nonprofit organization—and we are working for them pro bono—we are the photographer, we are the videographer, we are the social media person, and we are their media relations person. We are their PR person… so it not only helps them but builds our professional skills. It is an opportunity to do things out of our comfort zone.

    A&S: How does the mentor/mentee relationship between students and faculty lend itself to the program’s success?

    TK: [To some], it may be considered a weakness that it's a small program but, to me, it's a strength. We have a small group of [students] and one faculty member, which helps us build connections amongst ourselves and with Dr. Shaia.

    I’ve had a lot of people tell me, “You’re doing a great job!” You [also] need a person who is really honest with you, and with a mentor like [Dr. Shaia], you're going to know… So having those people who are not just appreciative of your good work, but also can tell you, “Here's what you're doing wrong,” so that you don't make those mistakes in a high-stakes situation… This is what mentorship is.

    JS: The thing I keep in mind on mentoring is students need to always trust you and know that when you give them positive [feedback], it's positive. And when you give them things that need to be improved upon, they can trust you. Suggestions for improvement must be delivered in a way in which the student understands it is for their own benefit.

    I'm a big believer in giving big jobs to people who maybe have never done them before. I expect them to succeed, and they do. They [succeed] because they realize that if they just pull from within, they can do this… And I'm going to be there to help them if they need help. They're able to build their confidence up.

    There's nothing more gratifying than to see a young person come in with talent, even though the talent is not fully developed. I have always believed you hire for attitude and train for skills, and I still believe that. Hire for attitude, train for skills every time. A mentor or leader cannot micromanage an individual and expect them to succeed and learn. People perform best when they have a strong understanding of the organizational framework—and can use their own talent and creativity to solve the problem. And so, I work with each student to be sure that we go where that student is—not where we think that student ought to be in relation to everybody else… And [I also ask myself] what do I need to do or change in order to develop that student to get them to where they need to be?

    TK: Dr. Shaia always says that everyone handles success well, but how you handle failure speaks to who you are as a person. And her statement helps me reflect and humbles me. She shares a lot of life advice in her classes, which I love about her—that’s part of her mentorship to every student.

    Learn more about the public relations program at UAB.

  • College of Arts and Sciences alumni receive NAS awards

    The UAB National Alumni Society hosted its annual meeting honoring the recipients of the 2022 Alumni Awards and the UAB Young Alumni Rising Star Awards.

    On Friday, September 23, 2022, the UAB National Alumni Society (NAS) hosted its annual meeting and awards dinner honoring the recipients of both the 2022 Alumni Awards and the UAB Young Alumni Rising Star Awards. This was the first time that recipients for both awards were be acknowledged at the same event.

    In total, the NAS distributed five Alumni Awards at the event, including: Honorary Life Membership Award, Honorary Alumni Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Along with the Alumni Awards, the NAS honored recipients of the UAB Young Alumni Rising Stars Award. This award was established to recognize young alumni who have “demonstrated an ability to excel personally and professionally while committing time and energy in service to the University and local community.” In total, five alumni received the UAB Young Alumni Rising Star Awards at the September 23 event.

    The College of Arts and Sciences would like to acknowledge and celebrate six stellar alumni from the College who were honored at the event.

    Congratulations to the following two alumni for winning Alumni Awards:

    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Dr. Kierstin Cates Kennedy, World Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Spanish, 2002

    Kierstin Cates Kennedy, M.D., is Chief of Hospital Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor at UAB Medicine. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a UAB graduate whose professional and community accomplishments are outstanding. The recipient must be one who is distinguished in his/her profession or other worthy endeavors, has demonstrated a continual interest in UAB, and who is a member in good standing of the UAB National Alumni Society.

    Volunteer of the Year Award

    Adam Roderick, Psychology, 2009

    Adam Roderick is the Manager of Learning and Development at Milo's Tea Company. The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has dedicated their time and effort to improving the University through volunteerism.

    UAB Young Alumni Rising Stars Awards

    Also, congratulations to the following four alumni for winning UAB Young Alumni Rising Stars Awards:

    • Briana Bryant (Communication Studies, 2018) – Southern Research
    • Dr. Bliss Chang (Biology, 2015) – Columbia University
    • Dr. Zachary “Kane” Jones (Psychology, 2012) – United States Air Force
    • Hernandez Stroud (History, 2010) – Brennan Center for Justice

  • UAB students selected for prestigious Gilman International Scholarship and Freeman-ASIA award

    Nine students were awarded a Gilman International Scholarship — the largest cohort from UAB.

  • PRCA/PRSSA at UAB receives third Star Chapter of the Year Award

    UAB PRCA/PRSSA, a student-led chapter, was nationally recognized for the third consecutive year for its outstanding performance.

  • UAB athlete benefits from emergency care after eye injury

    Leo Harris found out firsthand the importance of seeking immediate eye care after a sports-related eye injury.

  • Public Relations Council of Alabama names UAB 2022 Outstanding Chapter

    Students in the UAB Public Relations Council of Alabama/Public Relations Student Society of America chapter won an unprecedented 46 individual student awards, including Chapter of the Year and Student of the Year.

  • PRCA/PRSSA at UAB receives awards for Community Service, Website, Chapter Campaigns and Chapter Diversity

    These prestigious awards were extremely competitive: The UAB chapter competed with all universities statewide for these awards, which were announced by Alabama PRSA at its April meeting.

  • Students pursue passions in Honors College Presidential Summer Fellowship program

    Funding allows students to skip summer jobs and take on projects ranging from the Amazon union vote and plastic pollutants to the health effects of housing and teen sleep habits.

  • Public relations capstone class concludes with a campaign competition, making a mark on Birmingham community

    Students in UAB’s public relations capstone class worked with six local nonprofits developing campaigns.

  • New research shows most people are honest — except for a few

    About three-quarters of people were consistently honest, telling between zero and two lies per day. By contrast, a small subset of people averaged more than six lies per day and accounted for a sizable proportion of the lies, says researcher Timothy Levine, Ph.D.

  • I am Arts and Sciences: Karla Khodanian

    Inspiration can strike when you least expect it—even while waiting in line for a coffee.

    Karla KhodanianInspiration can strike when you least expect it—even while waiting in line for a coffee.

    “I was 14 years old in line at a Starbucks, and I overheard the girl in front of me tell her friend that she was going to major in public relations,” said Karla Khodanian, managing partner at the Birmingham Business Alliance. “I went home that night, and I Googled public relations and landed on the Wikipedia page for it. I thought it sounded amazing.”

    Although high school students often change their minds about college majors, Khodanian never wavered from her newfound passion for PR and storytelling.

    “Every campus tour, everything I did after that, I was looking at schools’ communications departments,” said Khodanian. “I never had a moment of doubt… I knew it, stuck with it, and I loved it.”

    Khodanian grew up in Madison, Alabama, and, while exploring college options, she sought out a change of scenery. After spending years in a suburb of Huntsville, she was ready to be in a city rich with culture, energy, and opportunity. Thankfully, during her numerous campus visits, she included the University of Alabama at Birmingham on her list. Once she arrived in Birmingham, her next step was clear.

    “I chose UAB very early in my senior year of high school because I loved the campus—I loved the energy of being in a city,” said Khodanian.

    She started at UAB in 2010 and thrived in the Department of Communication Studies. She also worked with several other units and groups across campus, including Blaze Productions and UAB Digital Media. At the same time, she embraced opportunities to get to know her new city and build a network of like-minded colleagues, mentors, and friends. This commitment to community led her to intern with American Idol star Ruben Studdard, the legendary music venue Bottletree Cafe in Avondale, and the Woodlawn Foundation.

    “It got me outside of the campus bubble and into the community,” said Khodanian. “I learned a lot of practical applications for how to be a strong communicator. The sharpest tool in my toolkit is knowing how to communicate broadly to a big audience.”

    Khodanian went on to graduate with a B.A. in Communication Studies with a Public Relations Specialization in 2014. She also earned minors in sociology and marketing. Soon after graduation, Khodanian decided to stay in Birmingham and start her career in PR.

    “I chose to stay in Birmingham because I knew it would be a phenomenal place to build my career,” said Khodanian. “I didn’t want to lose the valuable relationships I built as an undergrad.”

    Seven years later, she’s found a way to successfully meld her love for community with her knack for storytelling, relationship-building, and brand development. As a managing partner at the Birmingham Business Alliance—the lead economic development organization for the Birmingham seven-county region—Khodanian currently focuses on investor relations and member engagement. Through this work, she connects businesses to the Alliance’s mission of growing more and better jobs in the region. 

    When Khodanian first arrived at the Alliance in 2019, she was responsible for attracting talented people to live and work in Birmingham. Her efforts culminated in a milestone project entitled OnBoard Birmingham.

    “It’s really cool to have a job that helps me build the city that helped build me. I’m really proud of OnBoard Birmingham, which is the talent brand [of the Alliance],” said Khodanian. “I got to be a part of concepting and developing the project. It was something I started as a consultant and freelancer, then carried it into full-time work. I got the opportunity because of my depth of knowledge of the community and my passion for bringing more people into the community.”

    In a way, the website for OnBoard Birmingham is the perfect distillation of Khodanian’s journey. It is a celebration of all things Birmingham, and it’s a digital space where people can start building their own networks and relationships—something Khodanian encourages current CAS students to prioritize.

    “Take the time to build relationships with everyone,” said Khodanian. “Whether it’s your advisor, professor, peer, or someone in the community, those relationships are gold.”

  • 1850s horror Twitter, recursive propaganda, mapping mutations: Faculty grants seed new projects and nurture careers

    Projects selected for the UAB Faculty Development Grants Program offer an intriguing look into the creativity and range of research and scholarship on campus.

  • Khan is first at UAB to be awarded competitive PRSA scholarship

    Public relations student Tehreem Khan is the first member of the PRSSA chapter at UAB to receive this sought-after scholarship from the national society, for her academic achievements. The award is given to just two students each year.

  • PRSSA/PRCA at UAB receives second Star Chapter of the Year Award

    UAB’s student-led PRSSA chapter brings home a second national award.

  • 6 faculty elevated to Distinguished, University professorships

    The UA System Board of Trustees awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor to William Benoit, Smita Bhatia, James Cimino, Gene Siegal and J. Michael Wyss and the rank of University Professor to Sylvie Mrug during its April 9 meeting.

  • UAB student-researcher awarded full scholarship for Cornell University Ph.D. communications program

    Alivia Moore, who studied deception in the UAB Department of Communication Studies and graduates May 1, urges incoming students to take every opportunity seriously and plan their long-term goals.

  • UAB PRCA/PRSSA awarded Outstanding Chapter, Outstanding Chapter Campaigns

    UAB’s PRCA/PRSSA student organization won the Alabama PRSA Outstanding Chapter award as well as Outstanding Chapter Campaigns, and two students took home individual awards.