Arts and Media Student Organizations

Jump in and get a full college experience while participating in any number of academic, cultural, honorary, political, professional recreational and special interest groups/organizations.

Student in art classroom

Art and Design

  • Photography Club is a community of our student and faculty photographers of all skill levels. Our main goal is to inspire photography and the individual's knowledge of it through fun photo activities and opportunities.
  • Ceramics Society at CMU
  • Printmaking Club is an organization within our art community that focuses on the techniques and opportunities of printmaking. Open to all skill levels and non-art majors.
  • Design Herd is a team of our students that meet weekly to advance our design abilities by creating an environment where students can learn from each other and form a friendly and professional community in the program.
  • National Art Education Association includes elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators; college and university professors; university students preparing to become art educators; researchers and scholars; teaching artists; administrators and supervisors; and art museum educators—as well as more than 54,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society. 

Broadcast and Cinematic Arts

  • Alliance for Women in Media is a professional organization of women and men who work in the media and allied fields. With nearly 10,000 community members, the Alliance for Women in Media is proud to represent men and women engaged in all aspects of creating high- quality media and related services. Here on the campus, the AWM-CMU chapter works to promote diversity and strengthen the influence of women in media. AWM members are made up of diverse and unique individuals interested in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts, Communication, Integrative Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing and Advertising Majors.
  • The Broadcast Education Association is an organization for professors, students and professionals involved in teaching and research related to radio, television and electronic media education. Members share diverse interests involving all aspects of telecommunications and electronic media.
  • The Central Michigan Film Society is a place where you can learn, appreciate and create film. Check out our work.
  • Moore Hall Television is an award-winning, student-run, co-curricular television station. MHTV is broadcast in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on Cable Channel 97, and CMU's campus Cable Channel 34. MHTV allows students to learn all aspects of video production through a variety of production and executive staff positions. Students get hands-on experience from concept planning to scripting, acting, recording, editing and airing -- MHTV does it all. Some of MHTV's student-run productions include Sports Central, Seven Deadly, Summit Sessions Live and possibly your show! MHTV has many opportunities for any student looking to get involved with hands-on experience in the broadcasting department.
  • Moore Media Records is a fully functional on-campus record label run by the students of CMU. This group works with local artists to produce professional-quality music and puts on a variety of concerts and special events throughout the year.

Communication

  • Communication Association is the COM area's student organization. It is actively involved in many activities including community service, organization of guest speakers, professional tours and activities, and social events. The Communication Association is open to all IPC majors and minors and all are encouraged to join. For more information please contact faculty advisor Alysa Lucas.
  • CMU Debate has successfully competed at tournaments across the U.S. for over 40 years. Participants meet weekly to plan and prepare and attend approximately 20 tournaments per year. Travel and event expenses paid by the program. For more information, please visit the debate web page or contact Joe Packer, Director of Debate, by phone at 989-774-4460.
  • Lambda Pi Eta​ is the official undergraduate National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Lambda Pi Eta has nearly 300 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide. Lambda Pi Eta’s Nu Sigma chapter at Central Michigan University was founded on December 10, 2001.

Integrative Public Relations

  • Public Relations Students Society of America and PR Central, an in-house student agency, are both groups composed of students in our Integrative Public Relations Program. PRSSA is a national pre-professional organization affiliated with the Public Relations Society of America. PRSSA students participate in national conferences, fundraising activities, agency tours and network with professionals in addition to numerous other activities. Members of PRSSA are eligible to join the staff of PR Central and work​ on accounts with real clients from CMU as well as the surrounding area. To learn more about PRSSA, contact PRSSA president, at cmuprssa@gmail.com, visit our website for meeting times. For more information about PR Central, contact PR Central at prcentral@gmail.com or visit our website.

Music

Professional Organizations

  • American Choral Directors Association is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the association's dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
  • American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra in contemporary America because playing and teaching string and orchestra music adds to your quality of life uniquely. The CMU college chapter is open to any string playing student.
  • National Association for Music Education is a student group at CMU open to anyone interested in music education. The emphasis of this group is on helping to train, educate and support music educators so that they can obtain the highest level of professionalism possible within their vocation. They have a large focus on music education and learning a large number of skills that prepare you for the work ahead! They hold mock interviews and go to many conferences that are beneficial to music education students. To be a member, pay a $20 membership fee to the chapter treasurer and register online as a member. Annual dues entitle the member to national membership and periodic magazines and other materials. You can find them on Facebook at NAfME Chapter 102 or contact them at nafmecmu@gmail.com. The current president is Andrew Warriner.
  • Music Teachers National Association has existed since 1876 to support music teaching and the art of music. Founded by Theodore Presser and sixty-two colleagues, MTNA is America's oldest professional music association. Today, MTNA is a nonprofit organization of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Many university music departments throughout the U.S. have MTNA student chapters, which allow tomorrow's music teachers to get involved today. MTNA student members augment their classroom learning through the educational, musical, social and professional experiences offered at chapter meetings and activities.

Music Fraternities and Sororities

  • Delta Omicron is a professional co-ed music fraternity that is open by invitation to all students who have completed at least 5 credits in collegiate level music courses, and have maintained a GPA of at least 2.75. The main purposes of the organization include serving the School of Music and the community by promoting musical events, raising money for scholarships, and coordinating programs for young music students.
  • Kappa Kappa Psi is the co-ed national honorary college band fraternity. Following in the tradition of the band clubs sponsored by Preston Mayhew in the 1930s, the Lambda Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was installed here in the spring of 2006. The fraternity assists the Chippewa Marching Band in several ways. During band camp, the group is responsible for bringing and refilling water coolers so band members will never go thirsty. They sell band camp starter kits, mentor new members, and assist the managers and equipment staff with the issue and collection of instruments and uniforms. They can also be found delivering apples after halftime and tending to the water coolers on game days. Kappa Kappa Psi, however, assists more than just the Marching Band. The Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi are dedicated to the existence and welfare of each of the bands here at CMU. We invite anyone who wishes to better the band program to visit us at Open Rush for the music service groups, which occurs early in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Phi Mu Alpha is a social, music-based fraternal organization that was founded to promote brotherhood among musicians and revolutionize the field of music. We work to spread American music all across the United States and throughout the Mid-Michigan area. The Nu Pi chapter of Phi Mu Sinfonia is open to all male CMU students who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Sigma Alpha Iota is open to all women who have taken at least three music credits and who are in at least one performing ensemble. You must have a GPA of 2.5 overall, and have one faculty recommendation. There is no audition. Students will perform at the "Rose Musicale" but the performance is not assessed. There are dues. The purpose is to promote the role of music and the role of women in music worldwide.

Theatre and Dance

  • Alpha Psi Omega is a nationally recognized co-ed fraternity that strives to provide opportunities for students to get involved not only with CMU University Theatre but also with the university and Mt. Pleasant area communities. Each year the fraternity produces plays that have won their sponsored student playwriting contest. They also award a scholarship each year to a deserving student who is not a member but who has made significant contributions to the academic and production programs in TAD at CMU. Each spring APO sponsors the Mask and Hammer Awards (an outstanding achievement on-, off- and back-stage). For more information please contact Keeley Stanley-Bohn at 989-774-7676 or by email.