What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.



Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!


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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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 Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

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!