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Featured
Graduate

Amanda Strain
Just like that, 4 years have come and gone. With each day that passes I have never been more thankful for being a part of something that as taught me so much. As a Communication Studies major I have learned the meaning of hard work and determination. I have shown myself that I am able to articulate my thoughts through presentations, papers and everything in between. The skills that I will take away from being a Communication Studies major will help me succeed in graduate school. I could not thank my advisor or professors enough for all of the knowledge that they have instilled in me both inside and outside the classroom.


Featured Graduate

Kate Armstrong

I will be graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Communication Studies and a concentration in Human Resources. As I prepare to graduate, I feel a mixture of emotions- excited, nervous, eager, but most of all, prepared and confident. I am proud to announce that starting in the Fall of 2017, I will begin the Master of Science in Instructional Technology graduate program here at Bloomsburg. The professors, mentors, skills, and opportunities that the Communication Studies Department at BU has given me is unparalleled. In addition to completing 3 internships during my undergraduate career, I am also the President of the National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC) and a Husky Ambassador. Being involved with the NCASC is one of my favorite memories from the last 4 years; From the friends I made to the networking opportunities I had, and the leadership skills I learned from my Executive Board and Advisor Dr. Shavonne Shorter, I never would have had any of these experiences without NCASC. I strongly encourage any Communication Studies student to get involved in NCASC!

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.