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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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!

 


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 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!