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Featured
Alumni

Stephen Curley

I graduated from Bloomsburg University, in the spring of 2015, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Since I graduated I have had two jobs. In my first job, I was a Collections Specialist at Iron Mountain, which is a data management company. In my second job, I was a Media Coordinator at MayoSeitz Media. I assisted in developing marketing concepts based on seasonal and holiday trends, developed strategic media recommendations and created client presentation material. I also ensured that creative deliverables aligned with marketing initiatives, met campaign goals, and remained consistent across digital platforms. Having a background in communication has helped me find unique ways to connect and communicate with individuals which helped me a great deal in the work place. After working at MayoSeitz Media, I decided to change my career path to what I have always been passionate about, which is sports. The decision to leave my job and attend graduate school was not an easy one. However, after examining the pros and cons and talking to my family and former professors at Bloomsburg, I decided that it was in my best interest to attend graduate school. While there were several professors who gave me great advice on what to expect in graduate school, one professor in particular, went above and beyond in helping me. Dr. Shorter is the reason I am where I am at today. She was the one who gave me the idea to apply to graduate school and was such a tremendous help throughout the application process. At first, I did not give graduate school much thought but after doing research and asking her questions, I determined it was the best choice for the long-term career path I wanted to pursue. I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student at The University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. Next semester I will be a graduate teaching assistant teaching three gym classes to undergraduate students. I will also be interning with the Event Management Department in the Athletic Department. After I graduate in spring 2018, I hope to work in either collegiate or professional sports. The Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg taught me public speaking, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills which I utilize daily. If you are someone that does not want to limit yourself to one career, I would recommend majoring in Communication Studies because it allows students to have a broad range of careers to choose from. 


Featured Student

Audra Ortiz

I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in the Organizational Communication area of concentration, and a minor in Emergent Media. This past summer, I completed an Event Planning/Public Relations internship with Turkey Hill Dairy back home in Conestoga, PA. My responsibilities focused on promoting their new flavors of ice cream and iced tea at all different kinds of events. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Charlotte, New York City, and Philadelphia. At these events, we would talk directly to the consumers and answer any questions about the new products. This internship gave me a small but mighty inside look into the corporate world and introduced me to what to expect after college! Working directly with customers and other interns 24/7 truly tested my communication skills, but after completing my internship I know my professionalism has improved and I have my internship to thank for that.

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.