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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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 2019 Newsletter

King, M. E. & Wheeler, A. (2019). Reducing secondary trauma and compassion fatigue in the Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication classroom. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2, 90-95.

Kuang, K., Connaughton, S. L., Linabary, J. R., Krishna, A., Vibber, K. S., Anaele, A., & Yakova, L. (2019). Extending communication campaign from health to peacebuilding: A locally driven communication campaign approach as part of a peacebuilding initiative in Liberia. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1602818

Research Grants:

Dr. Shuzhen Huang was awarded the Research and Scholarship Grant ($3,500) from the Office of Research and Sponsored Program at Bloomsburg for her project titled Coming Out to the United States: Communicating Queer Identities in Transnational Encounters.

Dr. Kai Kuang was awarded the Research and Scholarship Grant ($5,000) for her research on patients’ uncertainty management processes.

Dr. Kai Kuang was selected as an awardee of the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) Research Grant ($9,585). This project will examine chronic illness patients’ and caregivers’ support seeking and provision behaviors.

Dr. Erin Brummett, Dr. Kai Kuang, Dr. Kara Shultz, and Department Secretary Rachel Shaffer received Bloomsburg University’s Outstanding Woman Award and were recognized at this year’s Women’s Recognition Reception.

Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher is the co-recipient of the Lorene Burkart Award for Excellence in Research about Families for the article - “He would never let me just give up”: Communicatively Constructing Dyadic Resilience in the Experience of Breast Cancer published in Health Communicationhttps://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2017.1372049

The Lorene Burkart Award for Excellence in Research about Families is awarded yearly for research that was conducted at Purdue University that represents outstanding family research. The award is awarded by the Purdue Center for Families, a center that fosters a commitment to strengthening the capacity of families to provide a nurturing environment for their members. The article, “He would never let me just give up”: Communicatively Constructing Dyadic Resilience in the Experience of Breast Cancer, authored by Drs. Helen Lillie, Maria Venetis, and Skye Chernichky-Karcher examined how breast cancer survivors described communicative
processes with their spouses or partners that contributed to relational well-being and/or resilience throughout the cancer event.

Dr. Shuzhen Huang and co-author Dr. Terrie Siang-Ting Wong received the Top Paper Award from the Intercultural Communication Interest Group at the Easter Communication Association’s Annual Convention in Providence, RI.

Dr. Anna Turnage received the Top Paper Award from the Voices of Diversity Interest Group at the Easter Communication Association’s Annual Convention in Providence, RI.

Dr. Kai Kuang and Dr. Shavonne Shorter were selected as honorees at the Women's Lacrosse Team Faculty and Staff Appreciation Game by Communication Studies students Cailyn Gormley and Angela Dipasquale.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter was selected as a faculty inductee to the Bloomsburg University Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. The honor society recognizes excellence across all disciplines. Faculty inductees are selected because of their scholarly achievement. She also served as the keynote speaker at the event. Her talk was titled, "Accepting the Call of our Mission to, 'Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity'".  Two Communication Studies students were also inducted. These students must be in the top 10 percent of their class. They were Ashlyn Burkholder (pictured with Dr. Shorter below) and Emily Henderson. Work study student Samantha Yeick was also inducted. 

Conference Presentations:
Brummett, E. A. (April, 2019). Exploring diversity in teaching and researching interpersonal communication. Roundtable discussion at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Providence, RI.

Brummett, E. A. (April, 2019). Communicating about cultural identities and difference: A public service announcement project. Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.) presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Providence, RI.

Chernichky-Karcher, S., Venetis, M. K., & Gettings, P. (2019, April). Revealing mental illness information in friendships: The role of disclosure strategy and perceived recipient response on discloser’s ratings of interaction effectiveness. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association annual conference, Providence, RI.

Huang, S., & Wong, T. (2019). More coming out, bigger market: Queer visibility and queer subjectivity in the Chinese pink market. Top Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Providence, RI.

Johnson. B.C. (April, 2019). Locating social justice in the dark. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Providence, RI.
Johnson, B.C. (April, 2019) Fear & self-loving: Masturbation and teen film. Paper presented at the meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Washington, DC.

Kallis, R., King, M., Trask, S., Owlett, J., & Shorter, S. (April, 2019). The influence of communication style on instructor and student performance satisfaction and instructor-student social media use. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Providence, RI.

Turnage, A. (April, 2019). The journeys and battles of single women: A metaphor analysis of self-help affirmations. Top Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Providence, RI.

Campus Presentations:

Dr. Shuzhen Huang and Dr. Erin Brummett co-presented in the final ICS Bloomsburg Explores Human Potential Lecture of the 2018-2019 academic year on April 4th. Their lecture was entitled, "Expanding Imaginations of Intimacy: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Nontraditional Romantic Relationships," which explored the lived experiences of nontraditional romantic couples. The work presented sought to affirm the value and legitimacy of relationships that exist on the margins of society. Of equal importance, the presentation shed light on how these ‘alternative’ intimate relationships challenge views of normality and offer a framework for understanding the potential for meaningful romantic intimacy in queer and interracial relationships.

Dr. Mary King gave a virtual guest lecture at the Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Her lecture was titled “Physiological manifestations and behavioral outcomes of communicative events: Examining the role of emotional response action tendencies and health implications in turbulent relational episodes.”

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) Research Colloquium:
The annual Top Student Research in Communication Studies Colloquium took place on Wednesday, April 17th. This event was sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies Xi Omega Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPE; advised by Dr. Erin Brummett), the National Communication Studies Honor Society.

The Research Colloquium is an annual event in which Lambda Pi Eta solicits student research paper submissions. Any student who wrote an individual or group research paper for a Communication Studies course within the past year (since January of 2018) was eligible to submit. The submissions were then reviewed anonymously by scholars from other institutions across the country. Each reviewer ranked the submissions, and the authors of the top four rankings were selected to present their research at the Research Colloquium. Those individuals were Lauren Ackerman, Alyssah Dombek, Gabriel Miller, and a student group including Nora Yakscoe, Nyla Britt, and Lacey Nolan. 
There was a tie for the top overall paper; therefore, the recipients of The Howard Schreier Award for Outstanding Student Scholarship were Gabriel Miller for his research paper entitled, "Rhetorical Criticism of President Donald Trump's Address to the United Nations on September 19th, 2018" as well as Nora Yakscoe, Nyla Britt, and Lacey Nolan for their research paper entitled, "Ghosting: Examining the Phenomenon of Contemporary Relationship Dissolution through Reduced Communication and Physical Absconding." Dr. Kai Kuang served as the respondent on the panel.

Top paper presenters, LPE Executive Board Members, LPE Advisor Dr. Erin Brummett, and respondent Dr. Kai Kuang at the annual Top Student Research in Communication Studies Colloquium.

Earth Day:

The Event Planning class collaborated with Green Campus Initiative to host this year’s Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 24.  The event included participation from several on-campus departments and organizations, and donations from local and national eco-friendly businesses to make the event possible.


For more information: https://wnep.com/2019/04/24/celebrating-earth-day-at-bloomsburg-university/


Student Achievements:

Communication Studies major Josh Lloyd (double major in Communication Studies/Spanish and minor in Arabic) was recognized at the Annual Honors Senior Recognition Banquet. Josh presented his mix-method Honors Research Project at the Banquet, which examined family communication patterns in traditional and non-traditional families. Josh is also the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Communication Studies Student of the year and will be recognized at the Annual Spring Awards Program hosted by the College of Liberal Arts on Sunday, May 5th.

Josh Lloyd and advisor Dr. Kai Kuang at the Honors Senior Recognition Banquet.

Communication Studies major Lindsey Garnel and other members of Active Minds, a student organization that seeks to change conversations surrounding mental health on college campuses, created motivational messages and posted them around campus on Wednesday, April 24th. Below is the story:

Finals week is coming up soon, so we wanted to help motivate and spread positive energy. In the picture, I am pointing to one of the many inspiring messages we posted around campus. I love being involved with Active Minds! Active Minds is an organization on campus dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, reducing the stigma, and educating the community. I will be starting an exec position as secretary next semester, and I can’t wait to become more involved and be a part of continuing positive events!

Active Minds is a national non-profit leader for young adult mental health and suicide prevention. The local chapter of Active Minds at Bloomsburg University is advised by Dr. Kai Kuang and the McDowell Institute.

Lindsey Garnel, together with other members of Active Minds, posted positive notes around campus to promote awareness about mental health.

Dr. Erin Brummett served as a respondent on a panel sponsored by the Interpersonal Communication division entitled, "Family Work in Progress."

Dr. Robert Green will serve as the 2020 Conference Planner for the Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group at the Eastern Communication Association. Dr. Green completed his term as the Secretary for the Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group this year.

Dr. Shuzhen Huang was elected the Secretary of the Intercultural Communication Interest Group at the Eastern Communication Association Convention.

Dr. Doreen Jowi served as a respondent on the Top Paper Panel sponsored by the Intercultural Communication Interest Group at the Eastern Communication Association Convention.

Dr. Mary King completed a 2-year term serving as the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group representative to the Executive Council and began a 1-year term serving as the Health Communication Interest Group representative to the Executive Council at the Eastern Communication Association. Dr. King was also elected the Vice Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group for 2019-2020, and will be the program planner and Chair for the 2021 convention in Cambridge, MA at the Eastern Communication Association Convention.

Dr. Mary King served as a respondent on the panel “Relational challenges and transitions” at the Eastern Communication Association’s Convention. She also chaired a panel titled “Laughing out loud (LOL): Examining the role of humor across various relational contexts” at the Eastern Communication Association Convention.