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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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Featured Student

Sydney Rimmer

My name is Sydney Rimmer, and I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg, double majoring in Communication Studies with a Leadership and Public Advocacy focus and Political Science with a Legal Studies focus, as well as a minor in Public Relations. This summer, I am beyond grateful to have participated in an internship at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Senate Republicans Communications Office, as it was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The office had a group of employees designated to each area of communications. There were teams of employees for areas such as speech writing, webmasters, photography, film, social media, and others. I got to shadow and help complete assignments in each of these areas, and gain an appreciation for the importance of each specialty. This offered a unique opportunity to understand “a day in the life” of the employees in this office and their responsibilities, and it also gave me an opportunity to meet people outside of the office, and experience things many other people will never experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of these events was so interesting.
The brunt of my work was done in June, as that is when the Senate is in session and the budget is being passed. Once the budget passed, July slowed down and there were significantly less events occurring, therefore less events for me to shadow, as the Senators stay in their district offices as opposed to coming to the Capitol. This gave me an accurate representation of the job, both the hustle and bustle of June, and the relaxed nature of July.
This internship has also proven to be a vital step in my networking. I received a follow up luncheon with the lobbying firm who encouraged me to intern in the Capitol, as well as encouragement from my office to look for a career in the Senate when I graduate. I got a chance to work with several Senators, thereby networking with them, which was a personal goal of mine for the summer. Another strength of my internship was the bond I formed with my coworkers. I was the only intern in my office, however I fit in perfectly with the full time employees despite us being in all different walks of life. I had anticipated forming relationships with my coworkers, but I had not foreseen how close I would grow with them. I am so blessed to now call many of my coworkers my friends. We have spent time together in both the office, as well as our free time, and I am elated they have taken me under their wings, and I still stay in touch with many of them despite being many months post internship.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and truly turned out to be a highlight of my summer. I am able to walk away from this office confident that I completed assignments efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have grown from this experience, and I am excited to see how the things I have learned and the connections I have made will apply to my future endeavors.

Department Faculty

Janet Bodenman, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet BodenmanDr. Bodenman earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication 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. She regularly teaches Communication Training in Organizations, Leadership and Teambuilding, Interviewing, Organizational Communication Theory, Communication and Conflict, Communication in the Family, Public Speaking, and Interpersonal Communication. She has been awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Bloomsburg University Teaching and Learning Enhancement center, and subsequently was selected to serve as co-chair of the center for six years.

Since coming to Bloomsburg University Dr. Bodenman has given more than one hundred and twenty invited presentations and workshops to on campus clubs, groups, and classes, and has spoken to thirty-five different community groups. She has developed lectures, activities, and workshops on nonverbal communication, communication skills for resolving interpersonal conflict, developing decision-making and leadership skills for self and group, communication assertiveness, negotiation skills, public speaking, building confidence, and effective communication in the selection interview. These were presented to health care workers, teachers, doctors, bankers, forestry workers, credit union employees, human resources professionals, managers, and higher education staff and students.

Dr. Bodenman is a certified mediator, a former grievance chair coordinator, and has served as a consultant to non-profit groups such as the Bloomsburg Community Friendship Meal, the American Red Cross, the Bloomsburg YMCA, the Bloomsburg Women’s Center, Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., Geisinger Medical Center, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, and for-profits like PennDot, The Meadows Psychiatric Facility, State College Architectural firm, Nautilus and Fitness, and educational institutions such as the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit; Communication Studies Department at SUNY Oneonta, TRIo Upward Bound, PASSHE Human Resource Professionals, and the Department’s of Forestry and of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University.

Service to the department and the university encompasses much of the time she spends outside of teaching and research. She has served on most of the major university wide committees and departmental committees, and is currently serving as a member of the Bloomsburg University Curriculum Committee, and as chair of the departmental evaluation committee. She was awarded an assessment fellowship to co-write a comprehensive test for majors, has won a Dean’s Salute to Excellence Award, and has served as a Bloomsburg University Commencement Speaker.

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 leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and National Communication Association mainly in the area of applied communication. Convention papers, and publication and manuscript submissions, focus on the communication of employee-employer fit in the selection interview, as well as other areas of interest such as work-life balance, conflict management processes, building groups into teams, 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.

Contact Information:
Department of Communication Studies
Bloomsburg University
1103 McCormick Health and Human Services
Bloomsburg University, PA 17815
(570) 389-4575 work phone