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 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

Kynslee Shepherd
Just a little under four years ago, I received my acceptance letter from Bloomsburg University. Within the past month I received a second acceptance letter from Belmont University congratulating and welcoming me to their Master of Sport Administration program. This acceptance could have not been made possible without the foundation that Bloomsburg University has given me, and in part I owe a huge thank you to the Communication Studies Department. When I was a freshman, I had not a clue in the world what I wanted to pursue professionally, and I bounced between a few different majors until finally declaring Communication Studies. The foundation and guidance that classes and faculty have given me are abundantly appreciated. I see the skills and knowledge that I have developed being a crucial part leading into this next step of my education. After I complete graduate school, I hope to find my place in the professional sports world, hopefully in an Operations position or Fan Development. My goal is to become to become an Athletic Director for a powerhouse Division I University.



Department News:

April 2018 Newsletter

Faculty Honors and Achievements

Congratulations to the Bloomsburg Frederick Douglass Debate Society for a great performance at the 4th annual Tournament at West Chester University. We are especially proud of our Tournament Champion team of Amanda Weaver (Communication Studies) and Tanisha Webster (Business Administration)! The members of the Bloomsburg Frederick Douglass Debate Society as well as their coaches participated in a presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The title of the presentation was Building bridges through the Frederick Douglass Debate Society: An open forum with team members and coaches (past and present). Participants included student team members Stefon Brown and Joar Dahn (Political Science), Jessica Pupillo (Mass Communications), William 'Billy' Turner (Criminal Justice), Tanisha Webster (Business Administration), and our very own Amanda Weaver from the Department of Communication Studies. The panel was moderated by Dr. R.J. Green. Participants included Drs. Eric Miller and Shavonne Shorter.

Dr. Kai Kuang was nominated by the Dean of Liberal Arts and selected by the Provost to receive the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarly Activity.

Dr. Anna Turnage’s paper entitled “Attitude and the imagined agent: An analysis of the vilification of sports heroes,” was chosen as the top faculty paper for the Kenneth Burke Society interest group at the Southern States Communication Association annual conference on April 4-8, 2018 in Nashville. The same paper has been chosen to be a part of the top papers panel for the Kenneth Burke Society interest group at Eastern Communication Association annual conference, April 26-29, 2018 in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Dr. Kai Kuang, and Dr. Jim Petre were recognized as Professional U Champions for their continuous effort to go above and beyond to mentor students toward achieving personal and professional success.

Photo: Drs. Kai Kuang and Jim Petre at Professional U Champions event.

 

Student Achievement
Galer, J. M., Lenig, C., & Haslund, K. (April, 2018). College students’ perceptions of interracial relationships and comfort of disclosure to friends and family. A paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
*This student research is advised by Dr. Mary King

Dr. Shultz's Event Planning class collaborated with the Green Campus Initiative to host this year's Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 18. See more info at http://intranet.bloomu.edu/news-releases/18-04-16

 

Presentations

Brummett, E. A. (April, 2018). Building bridges across theoretical and pedagogical traditions on teaching and diversity: Strategies to effectively develop culturally inclusive educational environments. Panel presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

La Valley, A. G. (April, 2018). Bridging interpersonal communication and institutional goals. Panel presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

La Valley, A. G. (April, 2018). “The one with Phoebe’s husband:” Relational dialectics among friends. Competitively selected G.I.F.T.S. at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

King, M. E., Owlett, J. S., & Marko Harrigan, M. (April, 2018). Challenges and creative solutions for securing healthy sample sizes in interpersonal communication. A panel presentation at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

King, M. E. & La Valley, A. G. (April, 2018). Determining romantic love and perceived stress as outcomes of romantic conflict: A test of the relational turbulence theory. A paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

King, M. E. (April, 2018). Navigating the tenure and promotion process. A paper presented as a panel at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Shorter, S. (April, 2018). Bridging unconscious bias in the academy: Applying skills from instructional, intercultural, interpersonal, and organizational communication to mitigate the challenge and move towards a more level playing field. Panelist on a panel presented to the Applied Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Shorter, S. (April, 2018). Building a bridge to your future: A symposium on preparing for life as a tenure track professor. Chair and Panelist on a panel presented to the Organizational Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Shorter, S. (April, 2018). Building bridges across theoretical and pedagogical traditions on teaching and diversity: Strategies to effectively develop culturally inclusive educational environments. Panelist on a panel presented to the Voices of Diversity Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Press Coverage

Dr. Mary King’s research is referenced in an article published in Discover Magazine (April, 2018) entitled “Sure, I miss you. But…: How an empty nest can launch you toward the best years of your life” by Watson, G.

Service

Dr. Angela La Valley served as the Respondent on a set of paneled papers for the Interpersonal Division on Affection, Change, and Conflict in Families, Eastern Communication Association, April 2018.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter was selected to represent Bloomsburg University as an Alternate Delegate at the annual APSCUF Legislative Assembly in State College, Pennsylvania. She also gave a report at this event due to her service on the statewide Ad-Hoc Cheyney Issues Committee which provided recommendations on how APSCUF can support the faculty and students at the university at this time.

Dr. Robert J. Green was elected secretary of the Argumentation and Forensic Division of the Eastern Communication Association.

Dr. Mary King served as the respondent of a panel on “Stereotypes, prejudice, and identity gaps in interpersonal relationships,” Eastern Communication Association, April 2018.

Dr. Mary King chaired a panel on “Politics in a new world: Social media, memes, and regulation,” Eastern Communication Association, April 2018.