What's New:

The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


 

Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!

 

Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.


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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!

 


Featured
Student


Abby Astrachan

My name is Abby Astrachan. I am majoring in Communication Studies on the Organizational
track and minoring in Emergent Media. This summer I had the chance to take on TWO
internships at the same time! At first this sounded scary to me because I knew it would be a lot of work and a lot of time, but I knew these would be incredible experiences that I couldn’t pass up. The first internship I took on was at a very well-known insurance agency in my town called Glatfelter Insurance Group (GIG). I was an intern in their marketing department on the content team. During my time at Glatfelter I had a lot of responsibilities on my plate including
writing and publishing blog posts, creating promotional social media images, organizing content, taking pictures and videos at events, and so much more. I really felt like I was a part of a team at Glatfelter and I always felt that my thoughts were valued and appreciated. The second internship I had was with the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) as their remotely located social media and marketing intern. I was this organization’s first intern ever, which was so exciting for me because that meant that I would be laying the groundwork for possible future interns. Because I was the first intern PBCOHE has ever had, there was a lot of learning and playing around with different ways of advertising and marketing. I had the chance to attend a retreat with the executive board in June where I was able to learn more about the organization and actually meet the faces of the people I was working with and promoting. Overall I had a crazy busy summer, but it was full of a lot of growth both personally and professionally. I gained more of a sense of time management, I
became way more organized than I already was, I learned to speak up if I have opinions or
suggestions, and I learned that my decision to major in Communication Studies was the best decision in my college career thus far. If I had one piece of advice for anyone reading this it would be to take risks and always look to build your resume. Taking on two internships at once
was a risk for me, but I couldn’t be more proud of what I accomplished this summer. I feel
very thankful for all of my experiences this summer and feel so confident in my abilities to succeed in any job I take on following my graduation this upcoming May 2020!


Featured Student

Ashlyn Burkholder
Hello my name is Ashlyn Burkholder and this past summer and into the beginning of my senior year, I had the opportunity to intern as a Marketing and Public Relations intern at the York Fair and Expo Center. Beginning in May 2019, I started working as "intern 2" in the York Fair and Expo Center administration office. Originally when I interviewed for this position, they were looking for an Event Planning intern and a Marketing and Public Relations intern. The other intern that they hired and myself took on both internship roles at once and we were able to get the WHOLE experience by learning about marketing, public relations, event planning, sponsorships, and of course the typical office intern work of copying papers, mailing envelopes, etc. I enjoyed this internship because although our main focus was planning for the fair in September, we were also helping plan for other events that the Expo Center hosts throughout the year. It involved helping schedule 2020 calendar year events that the Expo Center will host, making marketing materials for events, updating our website, and even doing early morning news interviews. Taking courses such as Communication for Business Professionals with Dr. Shorter and Interviewing with Dr. Bodenman really helped me prepare for my summer internship. I was able to take important skills that I had learned in each course and apply them to obtain my internship position and to also continue doing well throughout my time with the York Fair and Expo Center. I highly recommend that other students take advantage of as many internship opportunities that they can while they are at Bloomsburg so that they are able to gain relevant work experience and a real sense of what professional life will be like after graduation. I hope that I can take everything that I have learned at my internship over the last couple months and use my abilities to be a key asset in the success of a company after I graduate from Bloomsburg University in May 2020!


Featured Student

Angela DiPasquale

Hello, my name is Angela DiPasquale and I am a senior organizational communication studies major with an emergent media minor. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern in New York City at an event planning production company called Eventique. Since the end of May, I have taken the 8:40 am bus to NYC learning the ropes of my future career! During my internship experience, not only did I validate that I am headed in the right direction, I learned valuable lessons about how to be a great event planner. Eventique was the perfect company for me to work with! Being an athlete I value working as a team and working towards one common goal and that’s exactly how the office ran. Everyone supported each other and worked on events together. Also, being the only intern I was given a lot of responsibility and duties each day. I got to research venues and entertainment options for clients and create decks for them and was often included in the conference calls with them. I wasn’t just sitting to listen, the team often valued my opinion and let me take the lead on certain aspects of the event. Even though I enjoyed learning the office component of being an event planner my favorite part of my internship was being on-site helping set up events. Unfortunately, they didn’t have too many events this summer but I did get to set up a Vegas themed boat party for a company anniversary and spent 24 hours straight working at a toy expo. Being onsite taught me how to talk to clients and quickly accommodate the client’s needs when things would go wrong or they had a last-minute request. I am sad to leave as I felt like I bonded and became part of the team. I am very thankful that they have asked me to come back and work an event with them in Miami in November and I am even more excited to take the valuable lessons I’ve learned in the past 3 months and bring it to life in a year when I land my first event planning job! I couldn’t have achieved such an amazing internship without all that Bloomsburg University has offered me in the past 3 years. The most valuable classes that strongly helped me be successful this summer where Communication for Business Professionals, Small Group communications and Leadership and Teambuilding. All of these classes provided me with the various of skills and lessons needed to work in an office along with other employees. These classes also helped me to be comfortable with asking for help and providing my opinion which is one of the best things an intern can do to be great!


Alumni of
Communication Studies

AlumThese examples should give you an idea of the interesting and various careers that our graduates have chosen.

Bailey, Beth Rueppel, Development Office, Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State
University.

Barbrie, Frank,  '98. TESOL teacher working for "Berlitz" international, Kobe, Japan.  ali@kba.att.ne.jp

Barusevicius, Tracy (Brown), '85  - Pennsylvania/New Jersey Medical Field Sales Consultant, Medela, Inc.; McHenry IL.

Belvedere, Lindsay, '05 , Recruiter, Aerotek Professional Services, Wk: 201-793-1020, E-mail: lbelvede@aerotek.com.

Berman, Pamela (Ohl), '85, Instructional Designer/Developer, Institute for Interactive Technologies Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center, 240 Market Street Suite 102, Bloomsburg, PA, pberman@bloomu.edu, http://iit.bloomu.edu

Boothe, Jeremy H., 09', Neighborhood Life Leader (Non-Clinical Unit Mgr.), Inglis House, Philadelphia, Pa.  jeremy.boothe@inglis.org
http://www.inglis.org/

Brady, Caroline – ‘02. Intensive Case Manager, Central Susuquehanna Opportunities, Inc. /PA CareerLink Snyder County. Selinsgrove, PA.

Buchwald, Hallie, '11 Sales Administrative Assistant E.A. Berg Associates, Inc. Hmbuchwald@gmail.com 17 Houston Pl., Haworth NJ.

Buffington, Lori (Ulrich)  - Training Manager, Hershey Park, PA.

Campbell, Christina, Coordinator of Events and Volunteers, YWCA - Williamsport, PA.

Chapin, John  - Assistant Professor of Communication, Penn State University, Beaver Campus.

Cheek, Kristen ’05, University Relations Strategist, QVC Talent Acquisition, Wk 484-701-8535, E-mail Kristen.M.Cheek@Qvc.com

Clarke, Johnetta  '04 - Universal Associate - The Vanguard Group - 1001 Cedar Hollow, Valley Forge PA 19482. (610) 503-5159. Johnetta_Clarke@vanguard.com.

Clarke, Lori - Office of Development, LaSalle College, Philadelphia, PA.

Coffman, Georgia  - Vice-President for Human Resources - Geisinger Medical Center, PA.

Coleman, Tamara, '03 - Resident Director, Western State CollegeGunnison, CA 81231. tcoleman@western.edu.

Conely, Marie - Deputy Director of Finance, State Republican Party of PA. Formerly Director of Scheduling, Office of the Governor - Tom Ridge.

Cooper, Norman - 4012 Elizabeth Avenue New Bern NC 28562 ngcooper2009@gmail.com

Cregan, Maryann, ‘05 Human Resources Generalist
Accu-Sort Systems (Danaher Corporation)
Telford, PA maryann.cregan@accusort.com

DeMelfi, Christine – ‘04,  Vice President - Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce,  238 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. cdemelfi@columbiamontourchamber.com, www.columbiamontourchamber.com

Duffield, Christina '05, Systems Trainer, Bally Technologies.

Engles, Maria (Maciejewski) '04
Young Lawyers Division Coordinator
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Harrisburg PA
maria_engles@yahoo.com

Erney, Sean - General Manager, Brown Distributing Co./Budweiser Inc. Dallas TX : Part-time Communication Instructor at Temple College, Temple, TX.

Feldman, Fatima '16 - Solution Developer, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Mechanicsburg, PA.

Fiege, Bill - Director of Forensics, Longwood College, VA.

Ford, L. Evelyn (Thompson) '90.
Empire BCBS as a Fraud Project Analyst, 
Harrisburg, PA. Louise.Ford@empirehealthcare.com

Frey, Jamie L. 04' Marketing & Event Planning Manager, ActionCOACH of Pennsylvania
jamiefrey@actioncoach.com www.actioncoachpa.com

Girton, Mary - Business owner - Napoli Pizza, Bloomsburg, PA.

Gotta, Ed - Project Manager, RTC Advertising Inc. Washington D.C.

Greene, Kristen - '05. Admissions Counselor, Keystone College, PA

Haggerty, Debra - E-commerce Account Manager, Digital Renaissance, Toronto, Canada.

Harris, Robert, '75, President/Creative Director, Cloud8 Designs, LLC, Mebane, NC, rharris@cloud8designs.com, www.cloud8designs.com

Harris-Brown, Melissa, Director of Advancement, Faith in the Future Foundation, King of Prussia, PA 19406, mharris-brown@faithinthefuture.com,
267-844-0001

Kellam, Lauren  ‘03, Human Resources Specialist, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Alexandria, VA  lkellam@astd.org

Kelly, Bill - President of WVIA TV, Scranton PA - Board of Trustees, Bloomsburg University.

Krasucki, Kaitlyn (Black) - 2011
Career Services Coordinator, Penn State Hazleton
76 University Drive, Hazleton, PA 18202
kak6071@psu.edu

Kovalchik, Jeffrey '99,   Marketing Manager,  Lorillard Tobacco Company, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.    E-mail:  JeffMKov@aol.com

Kramer, Heather (Bennicoff), '00,  Marketing Associate, Neuromonics, Inc., Bethlehem, PA.

Kramer, Scott - '00
Senior Analyst
General Dynamics Information Technology
Health and Civilian Solutions
750 1st Street NE, Suite 1040
Washington, DC 20002-8022
Scott.Kramer@gdit.com
www.gdit.com

Kushmar, Lori '00, Admission Counselor, Immaculata College, PA.

London, David - Associate Professor of Speech Communication, Penn College of Technology.

Lord, Lisa (Pernacciaro) – M.A. ‘93
Lead Production Coordinator,
Books Division-Continuing Legal Education,
State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
ljlord@tds.net

Loy, Nikayla - '12 Assistant Director of Freshman Admissions Drexel University Nikaylaloy@gmail.com Collegeville, PA 19426.

Lynch, Liz '89 Employee Communications Advisor, BP Exploration Alaska, Anchorage, AK, e-mail: lynche2@bp.com.

Marmorowski, Claudia '14, Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

Matthews, Colleen - Management Assistant, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Orlando, Florida. camatt24@aol.com.

McConnell, Lucy (DiBetta) - Product Specialist, GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp., Philadelphia, PA.

McGuigan, Sean - Grad Year: 2003
Position Title: Founder. Organization: Pipeline. Address: 2 Goldenrod Ct. Suite A Newtown PA, 18940
Email: sean@pipelinelabs.com
Web address: www.pipelinelabs.com
Phone: 215-350-9433

McVicker, Carrie (Grubb) - '92 Outreach Coordinator, Institute of the Arts, George Mason University, (703) 993-8670 / Fax (703)993-8883. grubb1@gmu.edu

Meyers, Heidi (Weaver) - SCT Software Inc: Corporate Trainer/designer of user interfaces for workflow products.

Miller, Alison (Turner) '03
Workshop Instructor, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc.
PA CareerLink Montour/Columbia County

Minor, Mallory, '16, Corporate and Social Sales and Event Planner, One Atlantic Events, One Atlantic Ocean Unit 4106, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, mallory.minor@oneatlanticevents.com, 609-343-9902, www.oneatlanticevents.com

Mirarchi, Anna - BA - '92, MA- '95 - Application Educator, CIF 20/20, Jack Henry & Associates, 4135 South Stream Blvd., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28217, (704) 357-0298 (Office).

Morhard, Lauren, '06, Sales Support Consultant, Aetna, Inc., King of Prussia, PA, company website: www.aetna.com, e-mail: morhardl@aetna.com.

Moyer, Nicole - 2003, Investigative Specialist, Department of Justice/FBI, npmoyer@yahoo.com, 607-857-8106.

Mulka, Meredith - Flight Attendant, Delta Airlines - graduate student - Communication, University of Cincinnati, OH.

Myslivy, Stacey - Centex Homes, Myrtle Beach  South Carolina-Sales System Administrator.

Nath (née Robbins), Meridith, '00 - Recruiter, IBM
meridithnath@us.ibm.com

Nolde, Kate - Senior Consultant for Executive Recruitment, RPA Inc., 2895 South Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701, 800-992-9277 www.rpainc.org

O’Donnell, Nicole (Giantomaso) – ’03, Marketing Manager, Cooper University Healthcare, Camden, NJ.

Osborne, Justin - '09 Lead Sales Representative Liberty Mutual Insurance Justin Osborne jfosborne531@gmail.com,Hamilton New Jersey.

Pelak, Mary - Ph.D. student - Speech Communication - and Instructor, College of Continuing Education, Penn State University Main Campus.

Reece, Connie (Gnau) - Assistant Professor of Communication, Lock Haven University, PA.

Reed, Elizabeth– '08, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at Penske Truck Leasing in Reading, Pennsylvania Telephone: 610-775-6202 Email: Elizabeth.reed@penske.com

Reed (Kanagy), Valerie, '04, Communication Coordinator, Lewistown Hospital.

Reilly, Gene - President and founder of National Pet Supply, Atlanta GA. www.rebound4dogs.com.

Righter, Scott '84 - Manager of Development, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 4180 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131, scottr@pcom.edu.

Rosengrant, Bruce - Senior Development Officer, Columbia University, NY.

Ruggerio, Chris - Office of Majority Communications, PA State Senate Republican Caucus, Political campaign manager.

Scheivert, Daniel, '92, Vice PresidentOMNItech., 30 Gick Rd. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, dan@omnitechaudio.com, 518-584-5428

Schrandt, Fred - Vice-President, Rice-Cohen International (corporate executive placement services), Philadelphia, PA.

Siffert, Patrice (Nevis) - Director of Human Resources, Promus Hotel Corporation, Glendale, CA.

Silk, Kami - Ph.D. student, University of Georgia - Health Communication.

Sitler, Karen (DeLullo) - Office of Public Affairs - Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Harrisburg, PA.

Spadoni, Dan - Director of Community Relations - Pennsylvania State Department of Environmental Protection - Williamsport Region, PA.

Strausser III, Harry - Business owner, corporate trainer, Bloomsburg, PA.

Strillacci, Jodi - '95, Drama Director - Roxbury Schools, Broadway Bound - Kids summer theatre camp.

Swartz, Ilene - Children's Miracle Network Coordinator/Development Coordinator. Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, NC.

Zhang, Yingfan - Assistant Professor of Communication, Suffolk Community College, NY. Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. zhangy@sunysuffolk.edu.

Zhao, Bo - International Student Co-ordinator, Northfield Academy - Northfield, MA.