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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.

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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:

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!