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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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Featured
Student

Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

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 (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.