[College of Communication and Information Sciences]
Most College of Communication and Information Sciences facilities are located in Reese Phifer Hall. This area (the "Old Union") served as the student union before Ferguson Center was built and thus enjoys a central location. Phifer Hall houses the departments of advertising and public relations, communication studies, journalism, and telecommunication and film, as well as the Center for Public Television and Radio, WVUA-TV 7, the Institute for Communication Research, and the College dean's office. Phifer Hall contains television studios, radio studios, classrooms, conference rooms, offices, darkrooms, laboratories, a reading room, and Tisch Student Services. Academic space is also available on the fifth floor of the main library.
Institute for Communication Research
The Institute for Communication Research (ICR) provides dedicated research facilities for faculty and graduate students of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Facilities include (a) two experimental laboratories with one-way observation capability, (b) a survey research center, (c) two consumer communication research labs (a lab home and a lab office for testing communication and information technologies), (d) an automated theater testing facility, (e) a content-analysis lab, and (f) a computer center/interactive media lab. The ICR also assists in developing extramurally funded research projects, serves as a research provider for numerous communication research clients, sponsors visits by distinguished scholars from other universities, and assists the College of Communication and Information Sciences in administering a variety of sponsored research activities. In addition, the ICR edits and produces the journal Media Psychology
Center for Public Television and Radio
The Center for Public Television and Radio (CPT&R) is a public broadcasting service department of the College of Communication and Information Sciences that includes a television production center and public radio station.
The television center is one of the nation's longest-running producers of public television programming. Since 1955, CPT&R has provided programs to Alabama Public Television (APT), the nation's first educational television network. The center's mission is to produce programming for Alabama that informs, educates, entertains, and inspires.
An example of this programming is the highly acclaimed documentary series The Alabama Experience
, which is television's most compelling look at Alabama. Other series include Martha's Sewing Room
, a nationally distributed how-to program, and Pianist at Work
, the longest-running series on APT. Programming is often distributed to commercial, cable, and PBS affiliates nationwide. CPT&R also produces a variety of special projects, including live teleconferencing and multi-camera performance productions.
Since 1989, CPT&R has been a partner with UA's Center for Communication and Educational Technology in producing and distributing K-12 distance learning programs via satellite. Programming includes the internationally distributed Integrated Science
series for middle-school teachers and students.
CPT&R's public radio signal covers nearly half the state of Alabama. WUAL-FM (91.5), a 100,000-watt public radio station serving 15 counties in West Alabama, is the core station and is located in Phifer Hall on the UA campus. WQPR-FM (88.7), relaying WUAL's signal to the Muscle Shoals/Florence area of Northwest Alabama, was added in 1987. WAPR-FM (88.3), added in 1996, relays WUAL's signal to the south-central areas of Alabama.
WUAL is a member of National Public Radio, with programming that includes classical and jazz music and an emphasis on news and information. The station produces programs for national distribution and has won a number of state, regional, and national awards for program/news excellence. WUAL is staffed by professionals with student assistance. The station also operates a radio reading service for the print-impaired, which is staffed by students and volunteers who broadcast to special receivers daily.
Using the latest television and radio production technology coupled with a highly professional staff, CPT&R provides valuable laboratory and practical experience for College of Communication and Information Sciences students.
Tisch Student Services
Named in honor of Steve and Jamie Tisch of Beverly Hills, California, the center promotes academic excellence and improved educational and career opportunities for C&IS students. The center houses the office of the associate dean for undergraduate studies, the College registrar, and the director of internships, job placements, and student orientation.
William E. Winter Reading Room
The William E. Winter Reading Room provides discipline-based library facilities and services to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Located within the College at 234 Phifer Hall, the Reading Room maintains a collection of books, periodicals, newspapers, videos, and class reserve materials; a computer lab (Dell PCs, Mac G4s, laser printers, and scanners) providing Internet access; Lexis-Nexis; a video viewing room; and a photocopier.
WVUA-TV 7 Commercial Television Station
WVUA-TV 7 is a commercial television station, owned and operated by the University and the College. Its state-of-the-art facilities and professional staff are available to students for internships and a variety of "shadowing" opportunities, from sales to news and from production to management.