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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 Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

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.