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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017

 

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Featured
Student

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/January 2016

Social Media
The Bloomsburg University Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! 
Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and share with friends who may be interested!

Publications
King, M. E. (2015). Marital Satisfaction. In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 1348-1350. 

King, M. E. (2015). Family Boundaries. In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 704-706.

King, M. E. (2015). Families in Later Life. In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 690-695. 

Miller, E. C. (2016). Superchurch: TheRhetoricandPoliticsofAmericanFundamentalism, by Jonathan J. Edwards. (Book Review). RhetoricSocietyQuarterly, 46, 97-101.

Miller, E. C. (2015). “In and Of the World: Christian Rhetorics in Opposition and Assimilation.” JournalofCommunicationandReligion, 38, 113-131.

Miller, E. C. (2015). “The Drama of American Religious Freedom.” PoliticsandReligion, 8, 818-825.

Shorter, S. R. (2016). Real Housewives or Real Lies?: New Constructions of “Housewives” on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In D. C. Allison (Ed.), Black Women’s Portrayals on Reality Television: The New Sapphire (213-232). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Invited Lectures
On January 9, Dr. Angela La Valley gave a talk at the First English Baptist Church of Bloomsburg titled “Negotiating to Get What You Want: Finding Balance in Work and Life.”

On January 27, Dr. Shavonne Shorter gave a talk to the Alliance for Student Achievement Program at Bloomsburg University titled, “The Quest for Success.”

Scholarly Activity
Dr. Eric C. Miller interviewed a pair of notable authors for the web magazine ReligionDispatches. His conversation with historian Neil J. Young appeared on December 1, and with religion scholar Seth Dowland on January 28.