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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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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

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 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.