What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.

 


 

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

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 Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

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.