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

Josh Lloyd
I'm a BloomU senior in the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration. I'm also majoring in Spanish and minoring in Arabic and Linguistics. I chose the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration to complement my language major.
Here at Bloom, I'm the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, our campus newspaper, and a member of the Tabletop Gaming Club. My overarching goal is a career in Foreign Services or entertainment journalism.
What I value most from the Communication Studies major is the versatility of the program. Great communication skills transcend all careers and cultures. This was never more evident than when I traveled to Costa Rica in Fall 2017 for a semester abroad, using skills I'd learned from both of my majors to observe, explore and learn as much as possible.
I definitely want to thank Dr. Erin Brummett for introducing me to the major way back in Fall 2015, when I took Interpersonal Communication. I also have to thank my advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, for guiding me every step of the way and helping me with an ambitious Honors Program research project.
In all honesty, I have to thank the entire Communication Studies department, which goes above and beyond to make sure Comm majors have the best opportunities available to them after graduation and are prepared to surmount any challenges they might face in the professional world.

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 2019 Newsletter

Publications:
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.

Awards:
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.

Service:
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.