What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.

 


 

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

Josh Lloyd
I'm a BloomU senior in the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration. I'm also majoring in Spanish and minoring in Arabic and Linguistics. I chose the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration to complement my language major.
Here at Bloom, I'm the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, our campus newspaper, and a member of the Tabletop Gaming Club. My overarching goal is a career in Foreign Services or entertainment journalism.
What I value most from the Communication Studies major is the versatility of the program. Great communication skills transcend all careers and cultures. This was never more evident than when I traveled to Costa Rica in Fall 2017 for a semester abroad, using skills I'd learned from both of my majors to observe, explore and learn as much as possible.
I definitely want to thank Dr. Erin Brummett for introducing me to the major way back in Fall 2015, when I took Interpersonal Communication. I also have to thank my advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, for guiding me every step of the way and helping me with an ambitious Honors Program research project.
In all honesty, I have to thank the entire Communication Studies department, which goes above and beyond to make sure Comm majors have the best opportunities available to them after graduation and are prepared to surmount any challenges they might face in the professional world.

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.

Department News:
April 2014 


Publications

Turnage, A. K. & Goodboy, A. K. (2014). E-mail and face-to-face organizational dissent as a function of leader-member exchange status. International Journal of Business Communication, 52, 1-15. doi: 10.1177/2329488414525456.


Conference Presentations and Panel Participants

Beerman, R. J. (2014, April). Moving from sexual lacunae to reclaimed sexuality: Reflections on difficult conversations regarding sexuality. Paper performance at the annual conference of Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI.

Hassert, J. (2014). Get low, get low: Halberstam’s low theory and performance studies. Paper presented at the annual conference of Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Herrman, A. R., & Tenzek, K. E. (2014, April). Expressions of uncertainty: An examination of a pro-ana website. Paper presented at the annual conference of Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN. **TOP PAPER**

Kim, J. (2014, April). Application of presence research in human-to-nonhuman interaction to human-to-human interaction. Paper presented at the annual conference of Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN. **TOP PAPER**

Kim, J. (2014, April). Teaching probability sampling process through lollypop activity. G.I.F.T (Great Ideas For Teaching) session presented at the annual conference of Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Miller, E. C. (2014, April). Forgive and forget the Alamo: Memory and creative agency in John Sayles' lone star. Paper presented at the annual conference of Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI.

Saindon, C. E. (2014, April). Storying the “between moments:” A Semester in the life of an academic/student/teacher. Paper presented at the annual conference of Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI. ** Selected for Top Paper Panel**

Saindon, C. E. (2014, April). Discussing death: Public, private, and personal narrations. Paper presented at the annual conference of Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI.

Tenzek, K. E. (2014, April). Pushing boundaries beyond the Communication classroom: Teaching ideas for elevating new scholars through professional development. Panel participant at the annual conference of Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Tenzek, K. E. (2014, April). Elevating spiritual health: Communicating well-being across religious, organizational, and aging boundaries. Panel participant and creater at the annual conference of Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Tenzek, K. E. (2014, April). A risky experiment: Moving beyond realism towards social constructionist approaches to theorizing about risk communication. Panel participant at the annual conference of Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI.

Tenzek, K. E. (2014, April). Performing difficult conversations: Stories about death and sexuality. Panel participant at the annual conference of Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI.

Turnage, A. K. & Goodboy, A. K. (2014). E-mail and face-to-face organizational dissent as a function of leader-member exchange status. Paper presented at the annual conference of Southern States Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. ** TOP PAPER**


Awards

Dr. Jihyun Kim was nominated by the Dean of Liberal Arts and selected by Dr. Blake to receive the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarly Activity. This award was established to recognize and encourage continuing scholarly achievements of probationary faculty at Bloomsburg University, and Dr. Kim is one of only three recipients to receive the award in 2013-2014 academic year.

Dr. Jihyun Kim received a TOP paper award from the Communication Theory Interest Group at the Central States Communication Association on her theory paper titled “Application of presence research in human-to-nonhuman interaction to human-to-human interaction”.

Dr. Anna Turnage received a TOP paper award from the Communication Theory Division at Southern States Communication Association on her paper titled “E-mail and face-to-face organizational dissent as a function of leader-member exchange status”.


Service to Discipline

Dr. Jihyun Kim is elected to serve the Communication Theory Interest Group at the Central States Communication Association as secretary for 2014-2015.

Dr. Anna Turnage served as a respondent for a paper panel entitled, "Moving On Up and Moving On Out: Understanding Conflict, Crisis and Culture" in the Applied Communication Division at the Southern States Communication Association.

Dr. Anna Turnage successfully finished serving the Kenneth Burke Society at the Southern States Communication Association for 2012-2014.

Dr. Kelly Tenzek served as a panel chair for “Teaching the craft: Integrating research in the classroom” in the Instructional Communication Interest Group at the Eastern Communication Association.

 

Event: Top Scholarship in Communication Studies

The BU chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honors Society (advised by Dr. David Heineman) held their annual panel on "Top Scholarship in Communication Studies" on Friday, April 25th. Three students, Anthony Cosenza, Boenell Kline, and Morgan Sherriff, were recognized at the event and Boenell Kline was named as the inaugural recipient of the Howard Schreier Award for Outstanding Student Scholarship.


Student Achievement

Nechole Hill-Perry, Communication Studies junior, was competitively selected to complete The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS).  Since 1989, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has sponsored a semester-long internship program for outstanding students, in all academic majors, from its 14 universities. The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) places these selected students in working relationships with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of Pennsylvania government, as well as with independent boards, agencies, and commissions.