Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

The High Point University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) provides opportunities for students from all majors to develop their expertise in the field of public relations. Student-led, HPU PRSSA is a pre-professional organization under the guidance of teacher-mentors in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. HPU PRSSA Members are dedicated to the academic program of communication and focus on the importance of holistic education, experiential learning and values-based living.

HPU PRSSA Chapter LinkedIn page

PRSSA National

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

High Point University’s Nido R. Qubein School of Communication houses one of three student chapters in North Carolina of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Being chartered demonstrates HPU’s commitment to provide the best exposure and training in journalistic practice as students learn how to handle their constitutional rights to freedom of expression with thoroughness, honesty and ethical behavior. SPJ is the oldest professional journalism association in the United States. Members of the SPJ believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.


Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the National Communication Association’s honor society, was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. Since then, over 400 chapters have formed worldwide. The Psi Psi chapter of LPH was founded on High Point University’s campus in 2009, and has initiated over 100 members.

The organization is rooted off the three ingredients of persuasion, as per Aristotle’s Rhetoric: logos, meaning logic; pathos, relating to emotion, and ethos, described as character credibility and ethics.

The six goals of the society include recognizing, fostering and rewarding outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, stimulating interest in the field of communication, promoting and encouraging professional development among communication majors, providing an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication, establishing and maintaining closer relationships between faculty and students, and exploring options for graduate education in communication studies.

Professor Nahed Eltantawy is the current faculty advisor for High Point University’s LPH chapter.

For more information regarding Lambda Pi Eta, you may visit

Here are some links to state, national and international communication organizations concerned with communication:

Professional Industry Web Sites Related to Media and Popular Culture Studies

  • Popular Culture Association—This association is the resources for scholars and enthusiasts who study popular culture both nationally and internationally.
  • National Women’s Studies Association—Established in 1977, NWSA promotes and supports the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.
  • National Communication Association—The NCA advances communication in all forms, modes, and media through cultural/critic and aesthetic inquiry.
  • Women’s Media Center—WMC amplifies women’s voices in the media and works effectively to change conversations via blogs, social activism, and social networking
  • Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting—FAIR, a national media watch group, has been challenging media bias and censorship since 1986.

Professional Industry Web Sites Related to Strategic Communication

Professional Industry Web Sites Related to Journalism

The following examples represent superior student work from previous semesters.  These projects should give current and future students an idea of professors’ expectations for what constitutes “A” work.

(click assignment links to view)

COM 2001

“I Love HPU” video (abridged version).  Produced by students in COM 2001.

COM 2204

Sterling Lund – Critical analysis paper with live links. This paper explores the film American Beauty through the theoretical lenses of visual pleasure theory and Marxism.

Sarah Belle Tate – Campaign Analysis.  This paper merges rhetoric and advertising to analyze Apple’s iPod campaign.

COM 2264

Sam Kizer – Digital Autobiographical Soundtrack.  This soundtrack of African-American music, with accompanying liner notes and artwork, provides a glimpse of Sam’s converging identities.

Tiffany Francois – Research Paper. This paper critiques the shifting values, identities, and ideologies of the opposing representations of Black women—the sexualized object and the Mammy—during slavery as well as the Blaxploitation film era.

COM 3390

Sample References

Steven Haller – Final Term Paper: Protecting Copyright from Infringement

Rachael Lehman – Final Term Paper: Unconstitutionality of Indecency Restrictions on Broadcast Television



COM 4424

Ashlee Branch – Digital Portfolio. This digital portfolio contains popular culture artifacts with accompanying analyses of the gender binary and performance within the binary.

Ashlee Branch – Response Paper. This response paper on gendered violence applies the concepts of gender performance and reception to HPU’s Theatre Department’s production of the docuplay The Laramie Project.