Student Organizations

Orchesis Dance Ensemble

Student dance organization open to all majors at all levels of training and experience. The Ensemble primarily focuses on modern, ballet, lyrical, jazz, and African dance. Orchesis presents an Annual Spring Concert.

The Thurgood Marshall University Debate Society

The Thurgood Marshall University Debate Society facilitates hands-on experiences for students through a variety of communication formats. To accomplish this goal, the Society sponsors and presents academic debates, symposia, film-forum, roundtables, panels discussions, and other public communication programs.

Tra-Co-Dram (The Mary McLeod Bethune Players)

This Student Society produces annual Fall and Spring Productions as well as conducts workshops and training sessions to facilitate student growth and development. The organization is involved in annual community service projects. The MMBP is open to majors and non-majors and seeks to stimulate the intellectual, social and ethical growth of its membership.

Lula Goolsby-Daye Speakers’ Bureau (V.O.I.C.E.)

V.O.I.C.E. — Vocalizing Opinions into Collegiate Expression, is an established student-centered public speaker’s bureau. V.O.I.C.E.’s mission is to transition students from “higher learning to higher performing.” Founded under the Lula Goolsby Speakers’ Bureau, V.O.I.C.E. is an extended focus of Communication Studies that develops public speaking forums beyond the classroom.  It provides continuous student engagement as an activity for becoming stronger speakers.  V.O.I.C.E. speakers address events and current issues of concern to students on campus and in the community. After formal speeches are delivered, intellectual dialogue is encouraged among audience participants. 

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the only National Communication Honor Society. The Society was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas and in 1995, became part of the National Communication Association (NCA). A chapter of Lambda Pi Eta is established within the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, and Dance.