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Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

Department News:
December 2014


On Thursday, December 4th, 2014, the National Communication Association Student Club and the College of Liberal Arts sponsored Communication Day, with presentations held in the Kehr Union Ballrooms. Presentations included:

Prof. Beth Michalec
Department of Communication Studies
"Reengineering the Pink Aisle: GoldieBlox, Super Bowl XLVIII and Coordinated Management of Meaning"

National Communication Association Student Club
"Get to Know NCASC"

Dr. Lauren Mackenzie
Department of Communication Studies
"The Communication of Respect Across Cultures"

Dr. Michael Martin
Department of English
"An Ethnographic Study of Texting"

Dr. David Magolis
Department of Mass Communications
"Professional Networking through Social Media"

Dr. Shavonne Shorter
Department of Communication Studies
"The Art of Networking"

Dr. Mary King
Department of Communication Studies
"Our Body Reacts: How Communication Impacts our Health and Well-Being"

Mr. Jamie North
Marketing Specialist and Web Editor
Office of Marketing and Communication
"How to Get a Job in Social Media"

#BUResponsibly Team
"Alcohol and Drinking at Bloomsburg University"

Mr. Brian Johnson
Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute
"Reel Talk: The Movies as Community Builder"

Ms. Boenelle Kline
Student in the Department of Communication Studies
"Attached to Your Perspective: Attachment Styles and Nonverbal Communication"

Invited Lecture

Dr. Lauren Mackenzie was an invited guest lecturer on Dec. 18th, 2014 at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. Her presentation was delivered in in the National Security Affairs Department, and her audience consisted of senior U.S. military officers as well as three officers from the nations of Oman, South Africa and Mexico.