Communication Students Assist Local Non-Profits

Each semester, Department of Communication students participate in a number of service learning projects as part of their classroom curriculum. The students’ efforts benefit many local non-profit and service organizations in Arlington and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area while offering a chance for the students to interact with community leaders and turn classroom knowledge into tangible results.

This fall, students are working on several service leaning projects:

  • Students in Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley’s PR Campaigns class (PREL 4316) are working with River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington. Five groups of students are working to develop public relations campaign plans for the organization and are also implementing a variety of events and projects on the organization’s behalf. The students will present their campaign plans to the client on Dec. 3 and Dec. 12.
  • Students enrolled in Communication Lecturer Suzy Nead’s COMS 2304 Group Communication class are working with several organizations this semester. The students are participating in a food drive benefiting Mission Arlington and the North Texas Food Bank and are collecting clothing, food and school supplies for SafeHaven of Tarrant County.
  • A team of students is working on an anti-bullying program for The Boys and Girls Club and planning movie nights for children at Mission Arlington and Hearts and Hands. The students are also collecting supplies that will be be sent to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan through Package Brigade in Fort Worth, as well as soliciting donations of school supplies and gifts for children at the All Church Home.
  • Several of the students in the Group Communication Principles class who also cadets in UTA’s ROTC program. The cadets were instrumental in encouraging the Military Science department to serve as Secret Santas for students at The Pythian Home in Weatherford.
  • Students enrolled in Associate Professor Thomas Christie’s PREL 4316 Campaigns class are working with the Youth Education Town, affiliated with the Salvation Army.  They are developing a Public Relations campaign for the organization and have also volunteered at the Salvation Army facility.
  • Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith’s Digital Storytelling students wrote blog posts for Downtown Arlington Management Association ( “The partnership allowed my students to put the online journalism skills they were learning toward a project that provides exposure to small businesses and nonprofit groups in the Downtown Arlington area,” Pribanic-Smith said.


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