PRJ - Student Activities, Organizations, and Media
Public Relations and Journalism


The Tangerine
—Utica College's weekly independent student-run campus newspaper is a great place to improve your writing, editing, and photography skills, as well as put into practice the web design principles you learn in your classes. For more information, contact Mary C. Christopher, M.S., faculty adviser, at or visit

Student Projects
— Communication and Media students have the opportunity to work on a variety of course-based and independent projects. See what some of our students have created while at UC.

—WPNR-FM is a fully licensed radio station operated entirely by students under the advisement of a designated Chief Operator among the Communication Arts faculty. "The Voice of the Pioneers" operates year round, 24 hours per day. The programming includes a variety of music genres, news, talk, and sports. Opportunities to students will range from learning how to be an on-air radio personality to broadcasting Utica College Athletics. There have been many recent technological upgrades to the facilities at WPNR-FM to provide students with a realistic radio broadcasting experience. Several of those upgrades including a new broadcasting automation system, production facilities, and enhanced web-streaming. Prospective students within a 15-20 mile range of campus can find WPNR-FM on 90.7 of their radio dial; but anyone can listen to Pioneer Radio by click on the Listen Live link located at

For more information, contact Professor Doug Croft, faculty adviser, at 

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
—Utica College established one of the first national chapters of PRSSA in 1968, and the organization continues to be active on campus today. Its members attend national and regional conferences, including past conferences in San Diego, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia. The chapter sponsors professional speakers, local tours of public relations agencies, and events. For more information, contact Professor Elizabeth W. Burback, faculty adviser, at  

Society for Collegiate Journalists
—This student organization focuses on journalism and media issues. It sponsors speakers and other activities. Students also attend the national SCJ convention. For more information, contact Professor Kim Landon at or Professor David Chanatry at

Tau Mu Epsilon
—Public relations majors have the opportunity to be a part of the oldest honorary academic public relations fraternity in the United States, called Tau Mu Epsilon. Each year a select group of students who meet academic as well as leadership and character requirements are inducted during a special candlelight ceremony. For more information, contact Professor Elizabeth W. Burback, faculty adviser, at

– Students receive training in how to operate digital production equipment and how to produce public service announcements and interview shows for the campus.


David M. Chanatry, M.S.
Department Chair
107 DePerno Hall

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