College of Arts and Communication

Communication Department

Heide Hall Room 400
Whitewater, WI 53190
PH: 262-472-1034
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Student Organizations


91.7 The Edge, WSUW-FM, is a student run radio station that has been on the air in Whitewater since 1966. With its tower atop Hyer Hall, The Edge reaches the surrounding communities of Whitewater, Palmyra, Fort Atkinson, East Troy, and Watertown. 91.7 The Edge plays alternative, hip-hop, and metal music along with a great lineup of specialty shows including a variety of music from jazz to EDM. The station offers a wide array of opportunities for students from all majors to gain relevant experience in the broadcasting field. Whether it be announcing, marketing, sports, production, or news; 91.7 The Edge is a creative outlet for those individuals who seek a rewarding professional experience working in the entertainment industry.


The UW-Whitewater Forensics Team is a student organization that speaks competitively. They compete in 11 different Individual Events when they travel to tournaments across the Midwest. Benefits of being on the Forensics Team include: fun, increased confidence, enhanced public speaking skills.  Becoming a part of the team is easy and fun. Any student can join regardless of their previous speaking experience or major.


The Royal Purple, publishing since 1901, is a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 7,000. The editorial staff, all UW-Whitewater students, is solely responsible for the content that appears in the newspaper and online. While the newspaper is printed weekly, the online edition of the  Royal Purple is updated throughout the week. The paper has won numerous awards in recent years at the state and Midwest level. 


UWW-TV is the campus cable channel that televises original news, sports, entertainment and educational programs to the campus community, produced entirely by students. UWW-TV broadcasts many live and pre-recorded programs from Conover Studio in the lower level of Andersen Library, and provides an excellent four-year experience in broadcast journalism and electronic media video production.


Becoming a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) links you to the world's top society for students of public relations. PRSSA is the student chapter of the world's largest professional organization for the field, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). As a member you may get involved in the society's national programs, gain exposure to professional development, leadership development, and educational and networking opportunities. The UW-Whitewater PRSSA Chapter always welcomes new members into its organization. In addition, you will gain valuable experiences that go beyond the classroom, which will help you prepare for your future after graduation. Why join PRSSA? 


CHIP (Communicating Health in Practice) is open to all UW-Whitewater students.  Its mission is to provide students with networking opportunities through presentations by professionals, attending nearby conferences, creating campus health-related promotional events, and assisting with the Corporate/Health Communication annual Symosium.  Learn about the near-endless possibilities of potential careers to pursue by joining CHIP!

UW-Whitewater Advertising Association

The UW-Whitewater Advertising Association is a student-run organization based on the world of advertising and its counterparts. Members will experience "hands on" projects, real-world guest speakers, and agency tours. WAA teams up with PRSSA to plan Commvergence, a conference that gives students the opportunity to listen and network with professionals. As a member of  WAA, you will meet others in your major, build your resume, and gain knowledge of the advertising world.