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Featured
Student

Robert West

I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg University who is graduating this Spring. I am a Communication Studies major, in the Leadership and Public Advocacy area of study. As a Communication Studies Major, I feel that the variety of courses I have completed will continue to benefit me throughout my future endeavors following graduation. In addition to the challenging curriculum of this major, the professors in the department have always encouraged me to work hard both inside and outside of the classroom. I currently hold an executive position as the treasurer of the National Communication Association Student Club. I have received so many valuable connections from being a part of the NCASC, therefore I would definitely recommend future and current students to get involved. I am also currently completing an internship at the Law Office of Christopher Opiel in Wilkes Barre, PA. I am proud to say that the Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg University has successfully prepared me for the professional world.


Featured Student

Holly Davis

I am a senior at Bloomsburg University who is graduating this May. I am a Communication Studies major, in the Organizational Track, with a minor in Human Resources. Majoring in Communication Studies has opened many doors for me. With it being so broad, it has lead me to a multitude of opportunities that helped me grow not only my network, but my professional experience as well. I currently work two jobs- I am a student worker in the Student Activities Office in the KUB and I also intern at McAdam Financial in Center City as a Recruiting intern. McAdam Financial has allowed me to have the experience of working in the corporate world while recruiting for potential Financial Advisors. I also hold an executive position for Communication Day in the National Communication Association Student Club. COMM Day is a one-day research symposium where faculty, professionals, and students can share their work. Putting COMM Day together involves a substantial amount of communication skills, hard work, and organization. Although COMM Day is hard work, I could have not been able to put it on without the help of the members of the NCASC and our wonderful advisor, Dr. Shavonne Shorter!

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.