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Featured
Alumni

Stephen Curley

I graduated from Bloomsburg University, in the spring of 2015, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Since I graduated I have had two jobs. In my first job, I was a Collections Specialist at Iron Mountain, which is a data management company. In my second job, I was a Media Coordinator at MayoSeitz Media. I assisted in developing marketing concepts based on seasonal and holiday trends, developed strategic media recommendations and created client presentation material. I also ensured that creative deliverables aligned with marketing initiatives, met campaign goals, and remained consistent across digital platforms. Having a background in communication has helped me find unique ways to connect and communicate with individuals which helped me a great deal in the work place. After working at MayoSeitz Media, I decided to change my career path to what I have always been passionate about, which is sports. The decision to leave my job and attend graduate school was not an easy one. However, after examining the pros and cons and talking to my family and former professors at Bloomsburg, I decided that it was in my best interest to attend graduate school. While there were several professors who gave me great advice on what to expect in graduate school, one professor in particular, went above and beyond in helping me. Dr. Shorter is the reason I am where I am at today. She was the one who gave me the idea to apply to graduate school and was such a tremendous help throughout the application process. At first, I did not give graduate school much thought but after doing research and asking her questions, I determined it was the best choice for the long-term career path I wanted to pursue. I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student at The University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. Next semester I will be a graduate teaching assistant teaching three gym classes to undergraduate students. I will also be interning with the Event Management Department in the Athletic Department. After I graduate in spring 2018, I hope to work in either collegiate or professional sports. The Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg taught me public speaking, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills which I utilize daily. If you are someone that does not want to limit yourself to one career, I would recommend majoring in Communication Studies because it allows students to have a broad range of careers to choose from. 


Featured Student

Audra Ortiz

I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in the Organizational Communication area of concentration, and a minor in Emergent Media. This past summer, I completed an Event Planning/Public Relations internship with Turkey Hill Dairy back home in Conestoga, PA. My responsibilities focused on promoting their new flavors of ice cream and iced tea at all different kinds of events. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Charlotte, New York City, and Philadelphia. At these events, we would talk directly to the consumers and answer any questions about the new products. This internship gave me a small but mighty inside look into the corporate world and introduced me to what to expect after college! Working directly with customers and other interns 24/7 truly tested my communication skills, but after completing my internship I know my professionalism has improved and I have my internship to thank for that.


Department Faculty

David Heineman, Ph.D.

HeinemanDr. Heineman joined the faculty in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a Masters and Bachelors degrees in Speech Communication from Syracuse University.

Dr. Heineman’s primary research interests are located at the intersection of rhetorical theory and criticism and new media technologies. He is author of Thinking About Video Games:
Interviews With the Experts (Indiana University Press, 2015) and co-author of Rhetoric Online:
The Politics of New Media
with Barbara Warnick (Peter Lang, 2012).  Other recent scholarship has focused on game studies, gender in media, the rhetoric of memes, and digital aesthetics.  Dr. Heineman also has research interests in visual rhetoric, public memory, social movements, the rhetoric of science and technology, media criticism, narrative theory, and political communication. He currently teaches classes such as Media and Visual Culture, The Art, History, and Culture of Video Games, Examining Communication, Understanding Social Influence, Gender Issues in Communication, Honors Communication, Issue and Image Campaigns, Persuasion in American Cinema, and Public Speaking.

Dr. Heineman frequently presents his work at international, national, and regional conferences and has earned top paper honors for some of his work. Recent presentations were made at the 2014 Games of Late Modernity Conference in Leusden, NL, the 2013 National Communication Association Convention in Washington, DC, and the 2012 Rhetoric Society of America Convention in Philadelphia, PA.  He has published essays and other original work in scholarly journals such as New Media and Society and The Journal of Games Criticism and on popular media sites like Kotaku.  He has reviewed for a number of highly regarded journals including The Western Journal of Communication, New Media and Society, and Communication Quarterly.  Dr. Heineman has also been successful in acquiring competitive grants to assist in teaching new courses and furthering new research.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Heineman is active in areas of service.  He currently serves as the chair of the College of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, has chaired the Communication Studies Search Committee, has been an advisor to the Communication Studies Honor Society Lambda Pi Eta, and is involved in various other university, college, and departmental committees such as the Evaluation and Tenure committees. He has given invited lectures on campus for the TALE Center, for the Student Employee of the Year Luncheon, and for the Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority.