From The Chair

The Spring 2019 semester is rapidly coming to a close, and I’m pleased to report the Department of Communications has made significant strides during the past few months.


Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., selected our department for a $25,000 scholarship endowment. It is a tremendous honor for our program, and a couple of colleagues joined me at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville several weeks ago to accept the contribution. When the endowment is eligible to begin supporting scholarships in a couple of years, the Department of Communications will use them to recruit students who are interested in pursuing careers in radio broadcasting.


“Shut Up and Dance,” a concert celebrating the First Amendment and free expression through music, was entertaining and informative. The group performed at UNA’s Norton Auditorium in March to an enthusiastic crowd. Our thanks to the performers, Middle Tennessee State University’s Free Speech Center, and 1 For All for helping us bring this event to campus.


Several of our students represented the department very well in April when they presented research projects at two academic conferences: the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, and the Southern States Communication Association’s Undergraduate Honors Conference in Montgomery, Alabama. Some of these students and a few others also will present their work in late April during UNA’s Scholars Week. Their successes are the result of a renewed emphasis on undergraduate research in our department.


Forty Mass Communication and Communication Arts majors will be graduating from UNA in May. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Communications, thank you for choosing to study in our programs, and good luck as you begin a new phase in your careers.


Roar Lions!


Butler Cain, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Communications

University of North Alabama