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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 2017 Newsletter


Dr. Erin Brummett moderated a Student Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Racism as a part of the Institute for Culture and Society 'BU Explores Diversity' symposium on February 28. The panel was the first in a series of events featuring student presenters engaging a variety of issues pertinent to diversity and difference.


Dr. Shavonne Shorter was invited to serve as the alumni speaker at the Frostburg State University Student Government Association Spring Retreat. Shorter was a member of the Student Government Association during her entire time at Frostburg. She served at the President during the 2006-2007 school year. In her talk she shared innovations from the past and advice for the future.


Dr. Erin Brummett received has received a Faculty Enhancement Award for 2016-2017. The award is to support her travels to the Eastern Communication Association conference in March to present on a panel entitled, "Advising Student Organizations: Freedom from Traditional Modes of Teaching and Learning." Dr. Brummett will be speaking about her experience as an advisor to the Forensics Team at BU.

Dr. Kai Kuang has received the Research and Scholarship Grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for her project titled "Risk Judgment and Decision Making: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Factors that Influence Individuals' Risk Preventative Actions." This is the second time Dr. Kuang has received the Research and Scholarship Grant – her other project focusing on uncertainty management in illness context was selected as the recipient of this grant last spring. Currently she is working with two undergraduate research assistants on data collection of illness uncertainty project.

Student Achievement

The 11th Annual Husky Student Leadership Summit (HSLS) took place at the Kehr Union this past Saturday February 25, 2017, and both faculty and students in the Department of Communication Studies were involved in different ways at the event. Dr. Elizabeth Petre and Dr. Kai Kuang served on the HSLS planning committee, helped promote the summit around campus, and worked at the registration table the day of the event.


Communication Studies seniors Amy Loftus, Kaelin McMenamy, and Suzanne Noll presented their session entitled “Fearless Connections” at the summit. The session was initially developed in Dr. Elizabeth Petre’s Leadership and Team Building course during the fall 2016 semester, and the students submitted their presentation as a proposal to the HSLS. They were then selected to present the session, and it was designated as a Level 2 workshop for the Leadership Certification Program sponsored by the Center for Leadership & Engagement (CLE) on campus. “Fearless Connections” focuses on improving your interpersonal and online communication skills, so students can feel confident about networking and connecting with professionals when they apply for jobs and internships. Their session was well attended, and as a whole the HSLS was a great success this year!