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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

Erin Brummett, Ph.D.

Dr. Erin Brummett Dr. Erin A. Brummett joined the Bloomsburg faculty in the fall of 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Iowa and her M.A. degree from the University of Delaware. Her area of focus for both graduate programs was Interpersonal Communication with emphases on research methodology and social approaches to the study of communication.

She currently teaches courses in the Interpersonal Communication area of study in the major, including Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Management and Resolution, a special topics course on Interracial Communication, and a course that she developed for the department curriculum entitled Communicating Identity and Difference. Dr. Brummett has a strong passion for teaching. She is exceedingly dedicated to providing students with the tools necessary to engage with communication theory, practice, and methodology in ways that advance their academic and personal success as students and citizens of the communities in which they take part.

Dr. Brummett’s research program primarily centers on communication surrounding alternative romantic relationships, information and privacy management, and social support processes. She is committed to examining relational contexts as they are situated within social networks and cultural discourses, which are often underrepresented in academic literature and sit outside the realm of normative relational scripts. Most of her current research is tailored toward understanding the communicative practices of interracial romantic partners in order to contribute a discussion to the discipline concerning associations between race, identity, and interpersonal relating. Recent research projects involve analyses of taking a critical interpersonal approach in the classroom to engage students in discussions of difference, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Dr. Brummett’s research has appeared in the Journal of Family Communication, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the Western Journal of Communication. She frequently presents her research at national and regional conferences associated with the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Eastern Communication Association (ECA).

Akin to her passion for teaching and research is her enthusiasm for service. Dr. Brummett serves as an assistant coach to the Frederick Douglass Debate Society members. She is also the current APSCUF Secretary and well as chair of the APSCUF Social Justice Committee and is an invited guest of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, a member of the Ethnic Studies Minor committee, and a member of the Diversity Conference for PA high school students committee. Dr. Brummett’s service to the Department of Communication Studies includes serving as the current faculty advisor to the department’s Lambda Pi Eta honor society chapter as well as her membership on several departmental committees.

Through teaching, research, and service, Dr. Brummett aims to contribute knowledge to the wider community surrounding the importance of communication and celebrating differences in interpersonal and intercultural relations and our everyday lived experiences.