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 2016

Students Featured in Local News

Students in the news

The students in Dr. Shavonne Shorter's Communication for Business Professionals course have been working with businesses in town to enhance their internal and external communication methods. One group of students worked with the Women's Center, Inc. in Bloomsburg to help them spread awareness of the "Paint the Town Teal" campaign. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to publicize this, students painted the window fronts of businesses downtown teal with handprints, ribbons, and acronyms. They also took awareness posters into local bars in order for them to post them within their restrooms.  In class students had to create a mock press release of all that they have done. They shared their release with their client, and the client sent it out. Because of this, WNEP covered the story. We could not be more proud of the students! The students are:
1)      Megan Carroll
2)      Michaela Kiczula
3)      Shelby Koch
4)      Nicole Prokop
5)      Amanda Strain
6)      Maggie Temmel



Presentations

Bertelsen, D.A. (2016, April). Respondent, Method—the Quest for Unity: An Evolutionary Transformation of Systemic Constraints. Keynote address by James W. Chesebro at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Bertelsen, D.A., Chesebro, J.W., and McMahan, D. (2016, April). The Eclectic Approach Reconsidered: An Orientation to Societal Transformations. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Brummett, E. A. (2016, April). “White Power!… He Should Be Proud of His Whiteness”: Examining Competing Discourses of Race and Ethnicity in Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York. Panel presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Hanley-Tejeda, David. (2016, April). I am Reading my Script at a Table: In Between Lines, I Sip Water. Featured Performance at the Central States Communication Convention, Grand Rapids, MI. Video.

King, M. E. (2016, April). Technology in the Classroom: Unleash the Beast. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

King, M. E. (2016, April). Community Engagement in the Dark Side Classroom.Panel presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. 

King, M. E. (2016, April). Respondent, Saving Face and/or Lying. Panel presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. 

La Valley, A. G. (2016, April). Deliberation in the Classroom: Using Self-Reflection and Class Discussion to Understand Group/ Organizational Communication. G.I.F.T.S. presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Petre, E. A. (2016, April). Taking a Rhetorical Approach to the Job Search Process. Presented at the College of Liberal Arts Symposium, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA.

Petre, E. A. (2016, April.) Discussing “Controversial” or “Difficult” Issues in the Classroom. Panel Presentation at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Grand Rapids, MI.

Petre, E. A., & Petre, J. T. (2016, April). Enhancing Professional Communication Skills in the Classroom: A Rhetorical Approach to Client Projects. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Grand Rapids, MI.

Petre, J. T. (2016, April). The Basics of Saving and Investing. Panel presented at the College of Liberal Arts Symposium, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA.

Petre, J. T. (2016, April). Discussing "Controversial" or "Difficult" Issues in the Classroom. Panel presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Grand Rapids, MI.

Petre, J. T. (2016, April). Chair, Toward a Critical Pedagogy of Comparative Rhetoric: Strategies for Teaching Rhetoric Beyond its Western Foundations. Panel presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Grand Rapids, MI.

Shorter, S. (2016, April). Outlining the Dark Side: Sample Lesson Plan and Activity. Presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Shorter, S. (2016, April). Respondent, Between the World and Me: An #ECA16 Community Book Club on #BTWAM. Panel presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Shorter, S., & Beerman, R. J. (2016, April). Embracing Opportunities and Challenges: Using Debate to Empower Students. Roundtable presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. 

Student Presentations

Brown, S. (2016, April). Debate as Revolutionary: Overcoming Adversity to Develop Skills and Confidence. Roundtable presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. Stefon Brown is a Political Science major; based upon a competitive application process, he earned COLA funding for this presentation.

Kennedy, J. (2016, April). The Underrepresented People Drive Revolution. Roundtable presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. Debut student presentation. Jordan Kennedy is a Communication Studies major; based upon a competitive application process, he earned COLA funding for this presentation.

Miller, K. J. (2016, April). Queering Marital Typologies: A Modern Recreation of Fitzpatrick’s Typological Approach Using Queer Couples. Presented as a Top 5 Paper in the Undergraduate Scholars Competition at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. Karli Miller wrote this paper in Dr. La Valley’s Family Communication class.  

Weaver, A. L. (2016, April). Using Debate to Speak Up! Roundtable presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. Amanda Weaver is a Communication Studies major; based upon a competitive application process, she earned COLA funding for this presentation.

Webster, T. D. (2016, April). Evolving From the Caterpillar to the Butterfly: Debate as Revolutionary. Roundtable presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. Tanisha Webster is a Business Management major with Professional Writing minor; based upon a competitive application process, she earned COLA funding for this presentation.

Recognition

Dr. Ruth Beerman was recognized at the Gender Studies minor reception as being the most influential faculty member by I'Sha Schultz and Francesca Elezovic.

Dr. Mary E. King was elected as the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group representative to the Executive Council of the Eastern Communication Association (2017 - 2019). 

Dr. Eric C. Miller was recognized at the Gender Studies minor reception as being the most influential faculty member by Jasmine Gonzalez.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter was recognized as being the most influential faculty member to a college athlete by Natalie Quinlan.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter was elected to the Student Life and Student Recreation Center Governing Board University Wide Committees.

Invited Lecture

Dr. Shavonne Shorter delivered a lecture titled, “Why You Should Come to Bloomsburg: A Faculty Perspective” at the Bloomsburg University Multicultural Admitted Students Reception.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Eric C. Miller’s interview with journalist and author Deborah Jian Lee appeared at Religion Dispatches on April 21.

Dr. Elizabeth Petre contributed a post to the College of Liberal Arts Blog on April 19, titled “Students Gain Professional Communication Experience in the Classroom.”

Student Achievement
On April 18, Communication Studies majors presented competitively selected papers at the department’s Top Papers Colloquium. These included:
Francesca Elezovic, "Catcalling, According to BuzzFeed" (Top Overall Paper)
Karli Miller, "Queering Marital Typologies: A Modern
Recreation of Fitzpatrick's Typological Approach Using Queer Couples"
Megan Beauchner, "The Reality of Attractiveness: Objectification in Music Videos"
Dr. Erin Brummett served as respondent, and Francesca Elezovic received this year’s Howard Schreier Award for Outstanding Communication Studies Scholarship. Congratulations to all of our presenters!

On April 21, Bloomsburg's Frederick Douglass Debate Society competed at the annual PASSHE tournament, held this year at Millersville University. BU's squad earned the certificate of excellence in research, for the best overall bibliography and research out of all six schools in attendance. Squad members include: Stefon Brown (Political Science); Jordan Kennedy (Communication Studies); Felicia Macey (Social Work); Karli Miller (Communication Studies); Julian Moore-Griffin (Communication Studies); William Turner (Undeclared); Amanda Weaver (Communication Studies); Tanisha Webster (Business Management); and coaches Drs. Ruth Beerman and Shavonne Shorter.