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Featured
Alumni

Stephen Curley

I graduated from Bloomsburg University, in the spring of 2015, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Since I graduated I have had two jobs. In my first job, I was a Collections Specialist at Iron Mountain, which is a data management company. In my second job, I was a Media Coordinator at MayoSeitz Media. I assisted in developing marketing concepts based on seasonal and holiday trends, developed strategic media recommendations and created client presentation material. I also ensured that creative deliverables aligned with marketing initiatives, met campaign goals, and remained consistent across digital platforms. Having a background in communication has helped me find unique ways to connect and communicate with individuals which helped me a great deal in the work place. After working at MayoSeitz Media, I decided to change my career path to what I have always been passionate about, which is sports. The decision to leave my job and attend graduate school was not an easy one. However, after examining the pros and cons and talking to my family and former professors at Bloomsburg, I decided that it was in my best interest to attend graduate school. While there were several professors who gave me great advice on what to expect in graduate school, one professor in particular, went above and beyond in helping me. Dr. Shorter is the reason I am where I am at today. She was the one who gave me the idea to apply to graduate school and was such a tremendous help throughout the application process. At first, I did not give graduate school much thought but after doing research and asking her questions, I determined it was the best choice for the long-term career path I wanted to pursue. I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student at The University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. Next semester I will be a graduate teaching assistant teaching three gym classes to undergraduate students. I will also be interning with the Event Management Department in the Athletic Department. After I graduate in spring 2018, I hope to work in either collegiate or professional sports. The Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg taught me public speaking, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills which I utilize daily. If you are someone that does not want to limit yourself to one career, I would recommend majoring in Communication Studies because it allows students to have a broad range of careers to choose from. 


Featured Student

Audra Ortiz

I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in the Organizational Communication area of concentration, and a minor in Emergent Media. This past summer, I completed an Event Planning/Public Relations internship with Turkey Hill Dairy back home in Conestoga, PA. My responsibilities focused on promoting their new flavors of ice cream and iced tea at all different kinds of events. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Charlotte, New York City, and Philadelphia. At these events, we would talk directly to the consumers and answer any questions about the new products. This internship gave me a small but mighty inside look into the corporate world and introduced me to what to expect after college! Working directly with customers and other interns 24/7 truly tested my communication skills, but after completing my internship I know my professionalism has improved and I have my internship to thank for that.

Department Faculty

Dale A. Bertelsen, Ph.D.

BertelsenDr. Bertelsen joined the faculty in 1988. With a focus in leadership and social influence,his research interests include the analysis of media and communication technologies, the rhetoric of genocide, and the intrusion and implications of violence in cross-generational cultural transmission. He teaches courses such as Public Speaking, Examining Communication, Issue and Image Campaigns, and Strategic Communication. In addition he has directed M.A. and Honors theses. Dr. Bertelsen is co-author of a book entitled Analyzing Media: Communication Technologies as Symbolic and Cognitive Systems (Guilford, 1996). He has published articles in journals such as Communication Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication Quarterly, The Speech Communication Teacher, and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

Dr. Bertelsen has served in several major positions in the discipline of communication. In 1995-1996, he served as President of the Eastern Communication Association, the oldest professional organization in the communication discipline. He also has served as President of the Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania from 1991-1992, as Newsletter Editor of the Kenneth Burke Society from 1989-1990, as Editor of Publications for the Kenneth Burke Society from 1991-1993, as Book Review Editor for Critical Studies in Media Communication from 1999-2001 and as Editor of Communication Quarterly from 2001-2003.

Dr. Bertelsen’s leadership and service have been honored through Distinguished Service Awards from the Kenneth Burke Society (1996), the Eastern Communication Association (1998), and the Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania (1999). His scholarly activities have been recognized through the Kenneth Burke Society’s Emerging Scholar Award (1993) and the Eastern Communication Associations’ Everett Lee Hunt Award for outstanding scholarship (1997). In addition, Dr. Bertelsen was named a Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the Eastern Communication Association in 1997. In 1998, he received the Dean’s Salute for Excellence Award from Bloomsburg University.

In 2004 Dr. Bertelsen was a Fulbright scholar lecturing at Karazin National University in Kharkov, Ukraine. He is currently listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and the Directory of American Scholars.