The Department of Communication Studies has many of the most popular programs at UNI. The Department consists of 29 full-time faculty, plus adjuncts and graduate teaching assistants, serving over 800 undergraduate majors and minors, and about 40 graduate students.
We think we have an outstanding department. Communication Studies faculty members have won 10 Regents Awards for Faculty Excellence since 1997, more than any other department at UNI. The Regents Awards are the highest honor from the State Board of Regents of Iowa, for "sustaining a record of excellence across the spectrum of faculty endeavors.” Faculty members have won a number of additional awards for their research, creative works, teaching, advising, and community service records
But, as the state provides less and less support to public universities, your gifts to support our students and teaching facilities are vital for us to carry out our educational mission.
To make a gift to the UNI Department of Communication Studies, click the "Give Now" button on this page. You will be directed to a UNI Foundation page that lists five targeted donation opportunities.
Bill Henderson Debate Fund (#222124)
Resources to support travel and other expenses for debate team tournament competition. Click the "Give Now" button above to contribute.
Bill Henderson Individual Events Fund (#222378)
Resources to support travel and other expenses for individual events (speech) team tournament competition. Click the "Give Now" button above to contribute.
Forensics Scholarship Fund (#211672)
Supports scholarships for students with active participation in forensics; preference given to students demonstrating financial needs. UNI Forensics is one of the oldest student activities at UNI – more than 100 years old – and has a long history of success. Click the "Give Now" button above to contribute.
Communication Studies Scholarship Fund (#211739)
Supports scholarships for junior/senior declared communication majors with at least 3.0 GPA or better. Click the "Give Now" button above to contribute.
Electronic Media Equipment Fund (#22159)
Supports the purchase of equipment for Communication Studies facilities in Lang Hall. Communication Studies facilities include computer labs, 24 multimedia classrooms, 25 digital audio and video editing suites, a renovated auditorium, two television studios, and a performance studies lab. We work hard to keep our equipment and facilities in the finest shape, but heavy use and ongoing changes in media technology require us to update our facilities. Click the "Give Now" button above to contribute.
Communication Studies Fund for Excellence (#220282)
If you would like to make a more general gift to the Communication Studies Fund for Excellence, at the next page after you click the "Give Now" button above, you can click the button that says "Take me directly to the giving page." On that Online Gift Form, under "Other," you may specify Communication Studies Fund for Excellence (#220282). The Fund for Excellence supports special projects and programs which aren't supported by our regular department budget.
There are a number of other giving opportunities as well. If you would like to discuss additional ways to support our programs, please contact Department Head Paul Siddens, 319-273-6118. We also value other ways you can support Communication Studies at UNI, including:
- providing internship opportunities
- assistance in placing graduates in jobs
- professional visits to campus to talk with large or small groups of students