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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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!


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.