student organizations


Created by students, COMMrades is a unique student organization where majors and minors from Communication Studies work with peers from other communication-intensive disciplines. The students engage in:

  • Leadership Development
  • Team-Building Activities
  • Professional Development
  • Experiential Learning
  • Networking Opportunities

COMMrades sponsors a semi-annual Speakers Showcase, brings to campus professional speakers, puts on workshops, and conducts fundraising activities for student scholarships.

An annual award ceremony recognizes student’s membership, service, and contributions to the organization.

Students pursuing communication-intensive majors and minors are encouraged to join our friendly, motivated team as we blend social activities with campus service.

Faculty Advisors

Natalie Holley
Academic Hall 237 H
(573) 986-4915

Jeanne Harris
Academic Hall 237 J
(573) 873-6654

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society, is an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and has over 400 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide.

Each letter of Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle identified as the principal modes of persuasion. The first, logic, plays a central role in deliberations and problem solving. The second, pathos (emotional appeal), constitutes a driving force that animates individuals and groups and is at the heart of virtue. The third, ethos (or character/credibility), is also vital to one’s ability to influence others; one must be perceived as knowledgeable, trustworthy and having goodwill in order to be respected and believed.

Our Kappa Delta chapter, chartered in 1999, strives to:

  • Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies;
  • Stimulate interest in the field of communication;
  • Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication;
  • Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and
  • Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

To join, a student must have:

  • completed at least 60 semester hours
  • completed at least 12 semester hours of communication study
  • achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • achieved a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25

Our local team of dedicated students is committed to achieving academic and professional growth through activities and service. Lambda Pi Eta members work jointly with our COMMrades student organization in sponsoring lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and scholarship fundraising efforts. An annual awards ceremony highlights our students’ academic achievements.

Faculty Advisors

Natalie Holley
Academic Hall 237 H
(573) 986-4915

Jeanne Harris
Academic Hall 237 J
(573) 873-6654

Jimmy’s Friends

This student organization is open to any Southeast student who’s interested in providing social support to patients and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Children’s Center at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Students can volunteer for a weekly shift:

  • providing coffee breaks
  • caring for patient siblings
  • helping with scrapbooking and craft activities for families
  • engaging NICU babies in developmental care under the guidance of NICU staff
Faculty Advisor

Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs
Academic Hall 237 E
(573) 651-2247 OR

For more information about Jimmy’s Friends, visit:

Southeast Debate

Going strong since the 1930’s, Southeast Debate is a highly successful and award-winning program. It gives students of any major the opportunity to sharpen and show off their oral communication skills within the argumentative arena.

Since its founding, Southeast Debate has received impressive awards, including being ranked first in the nation in 2001-2002 by the National Educational Debate Association.

As a part of its long, proud tradition, Southeast Debate is a member of Pi Kappa Delta, the national honor society for speech and debate. Our chapter originated in 1932.

Faculty Advisor

Avery Henry
Academic Hall 237 F

For more information about Southeast Debate, visit:

Academic Hall 213

Communication Studies
One University Plaza, MS 3225
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701