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Enacting interpersonal, group, and public communication solutions for resilient and sustainable communities. 

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COMversations at UNLV

COMversations at UNLV is the semi-monthly podcast series produced by the Department of Communication Studies. COMversations at UNLV features the stories behind the faculty, staff and students who work and learn in the Communication Studies department. In each episode you'll have the opportunity to hear directly from our researchers, instructors and grad students, gaining insight into their backstories, their interests, and the impacts they're making at UNLV and beyond.

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Student Organizations

Join a student organization and form lasting bonds with classmates and the faculty advisors, and enrich your classroom experience by applying what you learn to work in the community. In addition to the university's registered student organizations, the department clubs include:

  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • National Communication Association Student Club
  • United Conversations Network
  • UNLV Debate Team


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  • Associate Professor, Communication Studies
  • Interim Director and Head Coach, UNLV Debate Team
  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

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“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”

James Humes

The Department of Communication Studies is one of the departments in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

Class Notes

Tim Rainey

Tim Rainey, '04 BA Communication Studies, was tapped by iHeartMedia to be the new program director of heritage Top 40 KKRZ (Z100) and Rhythmic KXJM (Jam'n 107.5)/Portland. Rainey previously was the senior director of content marketing for the Southern California News Group. His most recent programming gig was Audacy Top 40 KUDL (106.5 The End)/Sacramento from 2015 until early 2021. His previous major programming stops include former CBS Radio Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP Radio)/Detroit and former Radio One Top 40 WNOU/Indianapolis.

Whitney Short

Whitney Short, '09 BA Communication Studies and '15 JD, and Amanda Stevens, '15 JD, have teamed up to start Short & Stevens Law, LLC, a law firm practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate, business law, and real estate law. Both have multiple degrees from UNLV and spend many volunteer hours helping the Las Vegas Valley community. They are excited for their new adventure and cannot wait to see what the future holds. 

Ryan Gallacher

Ryan Gallacher, '06 BS Communications and Media Studies, is an agency general agent with American National Insurance Company. Over the past 15 years, he has built a thriving business with a strong emphasis on protecting his clients and fostering the success of his agents. He was recently interviewed by FoundersMag, where he was asked to give advice about building lasting relationships.  Gallacher has been married to his wife, Courtney, for 18 years. Their greatest joy is raising their three wonderful children. Gallacher has always enjoyed sports. He likes to play them, watch them, and now coach or cheer on his kids any chance he gets.

Lisa Story

Lisa Griffith Story, ’84 BA Communication Studies, co-authored with Carl Laurin the book, Pardon Me, Father, the mostly-true story about a con man turned holy man who used his military skills, Cold War experiences, and Catholic altar boy memories to mine for diamonds (legally) in Sierra Leone in the 1980s and smuggle them out (illegally) dressed as a priest. The authors were brought together by an adventurous man, Walt Reca, who was Story’s uncle and Laurin’s Michigan Parachute Team buddy. Pardon Me, Father is available on Amazon.com in eBook and paperback and BarnesandNoble.com in paperback.