Reactivated club offers opportunities for communications students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A reactivated club in the College of Communications has attracted a national leader and engaging speakers to campus in recent months, and plans to continue that momentum and increase membership in the coming months.

The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communication (NAMIC) is not a new club at Penn State. After years of inactivity, it was reactivated in 2011 thanks to the leadership of Alysha Preston, a senior telecommunications major who guided the group back to official club status and currently serves as the group’s president.

Preston and her members have wasted no time in getting the club off and running with exciting events. During the fall, the chapter welcomed NAMIC’s national president and CEO, Nicol-Turner Lee, for a campus visit. In addition, as membership has grown, so have Preston’s expectations for the campus chapter.

“My greatest hope is that NAMIC just continues to grow. It would be great to get more than 50 members, continue to attract campus visitors and create opportunities for students to travel to major cities, providing opportunities to interact with communications leaders,” said Preston. “I want NAMIC to be seen as an established organization with great opportunities, and we want to collaborate more with other professional orgs on campus.”

Faculty adviser Richard Taylor, a professor in the department of telecommunications who holds the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications Studies and Law, has been involved with NAMIC even before his arrival at Penn State in 1989. He helped found the student chapter shortly after that, and has been pleased with efforts to revitalize the group.

“It started as a cable industry group, but has grown more inclusive as that industry has expanded,” Taylor said. “In the field of communications, where things are constantly changing, an on-campus chapter of such a broad-based organization can be a valuable resource for students.”

Joseph Selden, assistant dean of multicultural affairs in the College of Communications, thinks the NAMIC chapter on campus provides students with opportunities that would not be available otherwise.

“Having a NAMIC chapter on campus allows students to join an organization with a national affiliation, which can help open so many doors. It will give them opportunities for experience, learning and eventually an internship,” said Selden. “Every student at Penn State, especially in the College of Communications, should join an organization with a national affiliation. If not, they’ve missed great opportunities.”

NAMIC’s mission is to educate and advocate for multi-ethnic diversity in the field of communications. The on-campus student chapter meets bi-weekly.

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Last Updated February 27, 2013