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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

Janet Bodenman, Ph.D.

Dr. Bodenman earned her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, joining the faculty at Bloomsburg University in 1991. With an applied communication focus, her teaching and research interests center on interpersonal and small group processes within organizations. In the Organizational Communication and Interpersonal Relationship Management tracks of the major she regularly teaches Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Theory, Organizational Communication Theory, Communication and Conflict, Communication in the Family, Leadership and Teambuilding, and Interviewing. She has directed a number of M.A., and Honors theses, as well as mentored undergraduate student research that has won state awards and been presented at conventions.

Dr. Bodenman has been active on the editorial boards of Communication Research Reports, Journal of the Pacific Northwest, and the Pennsylvania Communication Annual, and has held or holds leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and National Communication Association mainly in the area of applied communication. Convention papers, publication and manuscript submissions, center on work stemming from her dissertation focus on selection interviewing and values, as well as other areas of interest such as social support for grief/loss or parents of twins, parent-care giver communication during times of loss of child, and application of applied communication strategies in the classroom.

An active university and community participant, Dr. Bodenman has served on the Institutional Review Board, Honors Advisory, Tenure, Sabbatical, Faculty Professional Development, American Democracy, and University Assessment committees, as well as on search committees for honors director, dean of the college of liberal arts, and interim dean of the college of liberal arts. She is a certified mediator, currently serving as one of 18 members of the Bloomsburg University mediation team. She regularly speaks to various classes, clubs, and community groups on a variety of communication topics. Expertise is shared in volunteer recruitment for the local soup kitchen, and for a bone marrow drive, and as president of P.E.O., a philanthropic society for women. She also founded the National Communication Association Student Club at Bloomsburg University, an extracurricular activity focused on academic and professional advancement of communication issues and activities, and involving monthly speakers, the production of a newsletter, and convention attendance.