What's New:

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 Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!

 

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


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 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
jbodenma@bloomu.edu
(570) 389-4575 work phone