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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 Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.

 

 

 

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

Sydney Rimmer

My name is Sydney Rimmer, and I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg, double majoring in Communication Studies with a Leadership and Public Advocacy focus and Political Science with a Legal Studies focus, as well as a minor in Public Relations. This summer, I am beyond grateful to have participated in an internship at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Senate Republicans Communications Office, as it was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The office had a group of employees designated to each area of communications. There were teams of employees for areas such as speech writing, webmasters, photography, film, social media, and others. I got to shadow and help complete assignments in each of these areas, and gain an appreciation for the importance of each specialty. This offered a unique opportunity to understand “a day in the life” of the employees in this office and their responsibilities, and it also gave me an opportunity to meet people outside of the office, and experience things many other people will never experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of these events was so interesting.
The brunt of my work was done in June, as that is when the Senate is in session and the budget is being passed. Once the budget passed, July slowed down and there were significantly less events occurring, therefore less events for me to shadow, as the Senators stay in their district offices as opposed to coming to the Capitol. This gave me an accurate representation of the job, both the hustle and bustle of June, and the relaxed nature of July.
This internship has also proven to be a vital step in my networking. I received a follow up luncheon with the lobbying firm who encouraged me to intern in the Capitol, as well as encouragement from my office to look for a career in the Senate when I graduate. I got a chance to work with several Senators, thereby networking with them, which was a personal goal of mine for the summer. Another strength of my internship was the bond I formed with my coworkers. I was the only intern in my office, however I fit in perfectly with the full time employees despite us being in all different walks of life. I had anticipated forming relationships with my coworkers, but I had not foreseen how close I would grow with them. I am so blessed to now call many of my coworkers my friends. We have spent time together in both the office, as well as our free time, and I am elated they have taken me under their wings, and I still stay in touch with many of them despite being many months post internship.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and truly turned out to be a highlight of my summer. I am able to walk away from this office confident that I completed assignments efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have grown from this experience, and I am excited to see how the things I have learned and the connections I have made will apply to my future endeavors.



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.