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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 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!