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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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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 2020 Newsletter

Kuang, K., & Gettings, P. E. (2020). Uncertainty management in sexual communication: Testing the moderating role of marital quality, relational closeness, and communal coping. Health Communication, online first. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2020.1751401

Dr. Karcher received a Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant ($5,026) for 2020-2021. The grant will fund data collection and analysis of interview data from cancer patient parents, their partners, and adolescent children who have recently experienced the diagnosis and treatment of a parent’s cancer. Dr. Karcher will be examining family communication processes surrounding the family’s communicative coping and resilience efforts.

Dr. Kuang received a Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant ($5,026) for 2020-2021. The grant will fund data collection and analysis for Dr. Kuang’s project focusing on help seeking behaviors among college students with mental health conditions.

Brummett, E. A. (2020, April). How to innovate and sustain a debate league for underserved students: A look at the Frederick Douglass Debate Society 5 years later. Panel accepted at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. (Conference canceled)

Brummett, E. A. (2020, April). Translating interpersonal communication research in innovative ways to the public. Panel accepted at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. (Conference canceled).

Dr. Heineman gave a guest presentation (via Zoom) to the Women’s Resource Center staff during their weekly staff meeting. The presentation was entitled "Rural Gay Masculinity in the Media: Considering Tiger King."

Student Achievements:
-Lambda Pi Eta Research Colloquium 
The Research Colloquium is an annual Department of Communication Studies event in which the Lambda Pi Eta, Xi Omega honor society chapter 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 2019) was eligible to submit. The submissions were then reviewed anonymously by scholars within the discipline. Each reviewer ranked the submissions, and the student authors of the top three rankings were selected to present their research at the Research Colloquium. Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the event originally scheduled to take place on April 9th has been postponed to the following academic year. The students who received the prestigious honor of being selected as this year's Colloquium winners were Sydney Rimmer, Owen Faecher, and Briahna Heintzelman.

The student who received the highest ranking and is therefore the recipient of the 2020 Howard Schreier Award for Outstanding Student Scholarship is Sydney Rimmer for her research paper entitled, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," which provides a rhetorical analysis of a film by the same name about the life of Ted Bundy.

-Lambda Pi Eta Inductions
The Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, inducts Communication Studies majors and minors each year based on their academic achievements. The 2019-2020 Induction Ceremony has been postponed until the next academic year due to campus being closed for the remainder of the spring semester. However, the chapter welcomed 24 new students this year. 
Rachel Adams
Lauren Ackerman
Jessica Barnett
Kyle Bower
Abigail Cherkin
Sarah Dougherty
Owen Nathaniel Faecher
Kaitlyn Marie Floyd
Lindsey Garnel
Briahna M. Heintzelman
Elizabeth Huggler
Jacob H. Iacovone
Laura Kacyon
Emily Elizabeth Kennedy
Katelynn Kuijpers
Alejandra Largo
Samantha Elizabeth Leonard
Morgan Melovitz
Megan Millard
Jordan Polo
Anna Semler
Kynslee N. Shepherd
Allison Stair
Jared Strauss

-ECA Student Conference Presentations

Four current Communication Studies majors, who are also Lambda Pi Eta honor society members, were accepted to present their research at this year's Eastern Communication Association Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Those students include, Geara Catania, Gabriel Miller, Kynslee Shepherd, and Emel Rasim. Emel was slated to make two research presentations at the conference as well as a Lambda Pi Eta panel presentation based on her work as President of BU's Xi Omega chapter.

Earth Day Event
Students in the Event Planning class moved Earth Day to a virtual format for Green Campus Initiative this year.  For example, PJ Harlow designed the logo and helped with the event planning.  Here are some of the digital creations: