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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

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 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 2015

Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (April, 2015). “We’ve come a long way”: Drawing on institutional and intersectional analyses to conduct classroom deliberations. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Brown, D. I. (April, 2015). Disclosing Sexual History to Romantic Partners: Do Numbers Really Matter? Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA. (Advised by Dr. King and Dr. Shorter).

DiGirolomo, A. (April, 2015). Emotional Distress and Social Media in Relationships. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA. (Advised by Dr. King).

DiGirolomo, A. & Orzolek, M. K. (April, 2015). Biological Sex Differences in Communication: Long-Distance Dating Relationships among College Students. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA. (Advised by Dr. La Valley).

Hanley-Tejeda, D. H. (April, 2015). Biracial Beneficiary of Hope: My Experience as a Minority Fellow at Southern Illinois University. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Hobson, K. (2015). Using Intercultural Communication Ethics to Foster Self-Reflexivity in the Classroom. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

King, M., La Valley, A. G., Garvin, S., & Yaeger, J. (April, 2015). ‘Enjoy it Now Because When You Graduate it’s Called Alcoholism’: Identifying Themes of Drinking Influences and Outcomes in a College Culture. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

King, M. (April, 2015). It’s On Us: A Roundtable Deliberation on Sexual Assault Prevention Programs on College Campuses. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

La Valley, A. G. (April, 2015). Deliberation in the Classroom: Using Self-Reflection and Class Discussion to Understand Adaptive Structuration Theory. G.I.F.T.S. session (Great Ideas for Teaching Students). Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

La Valley, A. G. (April, 2015). Respondent, Communication Principles for Programmatic Change: How to Deliberate with Your Colleagues to Conduct Assessment, Produce Program Reviews, and Implement Change. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Miller, E. C. (April, 2015). Christian Script-ure: Testimony as Rhetorical Template for Living. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Miller, E. C. (April, 2015). Rhetorical Erasure: Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, Terministic Screens, and Gay Rights. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Miller, E. C. (April, 2015). Respondent, Pedagogues, Preachers, and Politickers: The Promises and Pitfalls of Deliberation Through the Lecture Form. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Petre, E. A. (April, 2015). Exploring opportunities for convergence: Rhetorical approaches to organizational communication. Central States Communication Association convention, Madison, WI.

Petre, E. A. (April, 2015). Changing academic discourse: Mentoring international students. Central States Communication Association convention, Madison, WI.

Petre, E. A. (April, 2015). Respondent, Negotiating rhetorical voices in media and popular culture. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group, Central States Communication Association annual convention. Madison, WI. (2015)

Petre, E. A. (April, 2015). Chair, Exploring opportunities for convergence: Rhetorical approaches to organizational communication. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism and Organizational and Professional Communication Interest Groups, Central States Communication Association annual convention. Madison, WI. (2015)

Petre, J. T. (April, 2015). Exploring opportunities for convergence: Rhetorical approaches to
organizational communication. Panel presented to the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism and Organizational and Professional Communication Interest Groups of the Central States Communication Association annual convention, Madison, WI.

Petre, J. T. (April, 2015). Changing academic discourse: Mentoring international students.
Panel presented to the Intercultural Communication Interest Group of the Central States Communication Association annual convention, Madison, WI.

Petre, J. T. (April, 2015). Chair, Reflections on the 50th anniversary of Edwin Black’s Rhetorical criticism: A study in method. Central States Communication Association convention. Madison, WI.

Petre, J. T. (April, 2015). Chair, Farewell addresses of triumphant and defeated presidents. Central States Communication Association convention, Madison, WI.

Petre, J. T. (April, 2015). Chair and Program Planner, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group. Central States Communication Association convention, Madison, WI.

Petre, J. T. (April, 2015). Workshop Participant, The rhetorical power of popular culture: A student-centered approach to teaching rhetorical analysis. Central States Communication Association convention, Madison, WI.

Shorter, S. (April, 2015). Keeping the Memory of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Alive: An Unlikely Journey from College to the Professoriate. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (April, 2015). Chair, Moving Beyond 4 and 5%: A Roundtable Deliberation on Increasing Underrepresented Minorities Within the Professoriate. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Turnage, A. (April, 2015). The “Art Pill”: Empowerment and Disempowerment in Social Philanthropy. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.

White, B. (April, 2015). The President as a Character: A Narrative Analysis of Drone Strikes during the Obama Presidency. Eastern Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.


Invited Lectures

Hanley-Tejeda, D.H. (April, 2015). MeSo Mestizo. Feature Performer for the Fifth Annual Gender Matters Conference at Governors State University, Chicago, Illinois. 

Mackenzie, L. (April, 2015). A Framework for Conceptualizing the Communication of Respect in Intercultural Initiatives. Invited speaker at the Women, Peace & Security Conference, Newport, RI.

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Lauren MacKenzie was featured on the "BU TALE teaching highlight" on the BU website.

Dr. Mary King has received the 2015 TALE Teaching and Innovation Award for her work on the #BUResponsibly campaign, a project of her Heath Communication Campaigns course. Read all about it here. Congratulations, Dr. King!

Dr. Mary King, Dr. Angela La Valley, and Dr. Ruth Beerman attended the Scholar Athlete Luncheon on Thursday, April 30th. Dr. King was nominated by Shelby Koch and Haley Kramer, Dr. La Valley by Morgan Sheriff, and Dr. Beerman by Griffin Schwab as the faculty member who has been most influential to them.

Dr. Lauren Mackenzie and Dr. Beth Rogowsky received a 2015 TALE Teacher-Scholar Grant in support of their “Teaching Professor: Implementation of New Classroom Strategies” proposal. 

Dr. Shavonne Shorter served as the reflection speaker at this year's Lavender Graduation Ceremony, which celebrated the accomplishments of graduating LGTBQA students at Bloomsburg.

Student Achievement

Once again, one of our students was featured on the BU Today page:  Rachel Boone was the focus of a brief article about her internship

On April 21, Communication Studies majors presented competitively selected papers at the department’s Top Papers Colloquium. These included:

“Birth Order and Parent-Child Communication Styles”
Mary K. Orzolek, Ashley DiGirolomo, & Kelsey MacLaren

“Ethnography of the LGBTQIA* Community”
Karli Miller

“Peer Mediation Among High School Students”
Francesca M. Gates, Krista L. Reynolds , Claudia M. Marmorowski, & Patrick A. Doran

Dr. Brion White served as respondent, and Mary K. Orzolek, Ashley DiGirolomo, & Kelsey MacLaren received the Howard Schreier Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Congratulations to all of our authors!

The two person team of Jordan Kennedy, a junior majoring in Communication Studies, and Stefon Brown, a freshman majoring in Criminal Justice, placed second overall in the inaugural Frederick Douglass Debate Society tournament, held here at Bloomsburg University, Thursday, April 16th, 2015. The coaches Drs. Ruth Beerman and Shavonne Shorter are very proud of the collective Bloomsburg team (including debaters Carson Merine and Tanisha Webster)!!

Communication Studies major Kyle Reighard took third place at the annual PASSHE Business Plan Competition. Congratulations, Kyle!