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Student Organizations

Student Organizations 

The Eastern Progress  
The Eastern Progress is EKU's student-produced, weekly newspaper. This award-winning newspaper includes upcoming events, articles on student life, notices of important dates and policy changes; in short, it keeps you up to date on what's happening, where and with whom on campus. The editorial page frequently takes campus administrators to task for some current issue and the "Police Beat" is always of interest. The Eastern Progress is FREE and is widely distributed, every Thursday, in the lobbies of most campus buildings.

2015-16 Editorial Staff:

  • Reggie Beehner -- Adviser
  • Editor-in-chief -- Topher Payton 
  • Managing Editor -- Kasey Tyring
  • Design Editor -- Amelia Wilson
  • News Editor -- Brianna White
  • Perspectives Editor -- KaLeigh Underwood
  • Features Editor -- Kristi Branham
  • Features Designer -- Tara Leisure
  • Sports Editor -- Evin Nichols
  • Sports Designer -- Jordan Burke 
  • Society Editor -- Kayla Lasure
  • Video Editor -- Dan Klapheke
  • Video Editor -- Noah Day
  • Business Manager -- Samantha Dodson
  • Ad Design -- Brooklyn Mittan 
  • Circulation -- Chris Sumner
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities. It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

2015-16 SPJ Officers:

  • Adviser -- Dr. Ginny Whitehouse
  • President -- Kelli Stokes
  • Vice President -- KaLeigh Underwood 
  • Secretary/Treasurer -- TBA
  • Events Coordinator -- Dan Klapheke  
  • Membership Coordinator -- Kayla Lasure 
  • Fundraising Coordinator -- Kasey Tyring 

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Become a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Gain knowledge of the public relations field, develop leadership skills and be exposed to professionals. You do not have to be a member to participate, but to enjoy the full benefits you must join.

2015-16 PRSSA Officers:

  • Adviser -- Dr. Pam Parry, APR
  • President -- Kasey Tyring
  • Vice President -- Adam Sparks
  • Treasurer -- Jordan Burke
  • Secretary -- TBA
  • Events Coordinator -- Natalie Partin
  • PR Chair -- Tana Collett

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) 

MPI’s student community grows stronger every day. You’ll connect with students from around the world who are also aspiring meeting and event professionals. EKU's student chapter is one of only 14 in North America. 

2015-16 MPI Officers:

  • Adviser -- Dr. Jim Gleason, APR
  • President --  Katrina Krauss
  • President-Elect -- Carly Dench
  • VP of Communication -- Sammantha Howard
  • VP of Programming -- Marissa Potter
  • Secretary -- Casey Lance 
  • Treasurer -- Camille Sears 
  • Student Representative -- Zach Holman

Colonel Communications -- Student-Run PR Firm  

Colonel Communications is EKU’s first student-run public relations firm. The firm provides unique and creative communication solutions for clients within EKU and the Madison County area. Colonel Communications helps local organizations and businesses with publicity and media relations, reputation management, brand promotion, special events, graphic design and much more.

  • Adviser -- Dr. Jim Gleason, APR
  • Firm Director -- Tana Collett

Kappa Tau Alpha

Kappa Tau Alpha is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Membership must be earned by excellence in academic work at one of the colleges and universities that have chapters. Selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor.

Adviser -- Dr. Jim Gleason, APR 

Faculty Members: 

  • Dr. Deborah Givens  
  • Dr. Jim Gleason 
  • Dr. Kathy Previs
  • Dr. Ginny Whitehouse\

2015 Student Inductees:  

  • Alexia Shane Walters
  • Kelsey Elizabeth Sutherland
  • Tana Lynn Collett
  • Stacie Elaine Lawrence 
  • Andrew James Stofleth 
  • Kayla Christina Lasure 
  • Kristi Lea Branham 
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