• Student Opportunities

    National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC)
    For the fourth year, HSU Communication students participated in the NSAC sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. Each year, the event has a national client as the sponsor and student teams from across the nation develop and present an advertising campaign for the client. Students in the Department of Communication work with students in the departments of art and business to create the campaign for the competition. This event gives students the opportunity to learn and refine their skills with a real client at a professional level.

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    Student Addy Awards
    HSU Communication students compete in the Student Addy Competition, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation at the local, district, and national level. Since 2005 our students have won bronze, silver, and gold Student Addy awards each year and in 2009 won two silver Addys at the AAF District 10 competition. These winners will advance to the national level and compete against student work from across the United States.

    View 2010 Winning Entries  

    View Addy Award Gallery  

    The Department of Communication charted a new student organization in the Spring 2010 semester. adPRO was founded to provide professional membership and educational opportunities outside the classroom for students studying advertising and public relations. The new organization pays dues for student membership in the American Advertising Federation and the Public Relations Society of America.

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    The Department of Communication participates in the judging and tournament administration of speech events during the spring semester. While judging opportunities are available for Texas Forensic Association (TFA) events, most of the organized participation of the Department is in conjunction with University Interscholastic League (UIL) events: cross examination debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, prose interpretation, poetry interpretation, extemporaneous informative speaking and extemporaneous persuasive speaking. UIL Events Work with these events helps prepare those students in speech communication who are seeking Texas secondary speech certification. Courses such as Public Speaking, Argumentation and Debate, Rhetoric of Social Protest, and Directing Speech Activities contribute to the content knowledge of these events. Enrollment in all of these courses is not required for a student to be involved in the judging responsibilities of the Department.

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    UIL History
    The University Interscholastic League was formed in 1910 and began as the “Debating League of Texas High Schools.” The need for a high school athletic program was researched and implemented thereafter. In 1913 the two organizations (Debating League and the Athletic Association) combined to form the University Interscholastic League.

    If the UIL beginnings in Debate were not interesting enough, few are aware of the fact that in 1910, when the Debating League of Texas was formed, the meeting was held in Abilene, Texas! How appropriate that the Department of Communication at Hardin-Simmons University continues to support and work with the UIL.

    History of UIL

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