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Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.

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:
February 2016


Miller, M., Marnella, M., La Valley, A., & Lamacchia, C. (2016, February). A Paradigm Shift: A Transcultural Course that Fits. Presented at the American Association of Colleges & Universities 2016 General Education and Assessment Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Shorter, S. (2016, February). Preparing For Your Future Today: Developing the Communication Skills to Help You Get the Job of Your Dreams. Presented at the Sankofa Conference, Bloomsburg University.

Workshops and Lectures

Dr. Ruth Beerman and Professor Phil Rippke presented their invited lecture "Public Speaking in a Comedy Setting" for Brian Johnson's Make Me Laugh (First Year Seminar) class on February 25 at Bloomsburg University.

Dr. Erin Brummett, Dr. Kai Kuang, and Dr. Elizabeth Petre conducted an hour-long workshop for the Center for Leadership and Engagement entitled “Skills Set Series Part 1: Communication and Conflict Management.” This workshop provided an overview of effective communication skills to emerging student leaders here on campus. Students participated in individual reflections and small group discussions about their everyday communication interactions, ways to improve their listening habits, and strategies for managing conflict effectively. Students take eight SSS1 workshops to get their Level 1 Certification.

Dr. Eric C. Miller gave a talk titled “Christian Voices in the Pluralist Wild: Religious Participation in the Liberal Public Square” on February 10, as part of the Institute for Culture and Society faculty lecture series.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter gave an invited lecture titled “Networking 101,” at the Bloomsburg University Career Intensive Boot Camp, held February 19-21.