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The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


 

Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.

 

 

 

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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Featured Student

Sydney Rimmer

My name is Sydney Rimmer, and I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg, double majoring in Communication Studies with a Leadership and Public Advocacy focus and Political Science with a Legal Studies focus, as well as a minor in Public Relations. This summer, I am beyond grateful to have participated in an internship at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Senate Republicans Communications Office, as it was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The office had a group of employees designated to each area of communications. There were teams of employees for areas such as speech writing, webmasters, photography, film, social media, and others. I got to shadow and help complete assignments in each of these areas, and gain an appreciation for the importance of each specialty. This offered a unique opportunity to understand “a day in the life” of the employees in this office and their responsibilities, and it also gave me an opportunity to meet people outside of the office, and experience things many other people will never experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of these events was so interesting.
The brunt of my work was done in June, as that is when the Senate is in session and the budget is being passed. Once the budget passed, July slowed down and there were significantly less events occurring, therefore less events for me to shadow, as the Senators stay in their district offices as opposed to coming to the Capitol. This gave me an accurate representation of the job, both the hustle and bustle of June, and the relaxed nature of July.
This internship has also proven to be a vital step in my networking. I received a follow up luncheon with the lobbying firm who encouraged me to intern in the Capitol, as well as encouragement from my office to look for a career in the Senate when I graduate. I got a chance to work with several Senators, thereby networking with them, which was a personal goal of mine for the summer. Another strength of my internship was the bond I formed with my coworkers. I was the only intern in my office, however I fit in perfectly with the full time employees despite us being in all different walks of life. I had anticipated forming relationships with my coworkers, but I had not foreseen how close I would grow with them. I am so blessed to now call many of my coworkers my friends. We have spent time together in both the office, as well as our free time, and I am elated they have taken me under their wings, and I still stay in touch with many of them despite being many months post internship.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and truly turned out to be a highlight of my summer. I am able to walk away from this office confident that I completed assignments efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have grown from this experience, and I am excited to see how the things I have learned and the connections I have made will apply to my future endeavors.



Department Faculty

Paula Hopeck, Ph.D.

Dr. Paula HopeckDr. Paula Hopeck (Ph.D., Purdue University) joined the faculty in 2017. Her teaching interests include public speaking, and theory-based classes where she introduces students to the intersection of theory and application. She loves learning about the different backgrounds and interests of students, and strives to incorporate assignments that allow students to explore and pursue those interests within the boundaries of the class. Many of these assignments help students realize the connections between their lives and communication concepts. Over the years, she has taught in a variety of teaching formats, including large lecture, online classes, flipped classrooms, and service learning.

As a researcher, Dr. Hopeck is interested in conflict management, especially in service organizations. Her dissertation focused on communicative challenges care workers face when discussing end-of-life issues with patient family members. Some of these issues include conflict management strategies, and the misunderstanding and misuse of medical terms when making requests. Currently, Dr. Hopeck is examining how nurses become socialized to the field and how they learn conflict management techniques. Her work has been published in Health Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and the International Journal of Conflict Management.

Dr. Hopeck has been active in the National Communication Association (NCA) for the past 10 years, beginning as a reviewer when she was a graduate student, and will serve as chair of the Peace and Conflict Communication Division in 2018. She is also excited to be in an advising capacity for Bloomsburg’s NCA Student Club, where she hopes that she can help students continue their professional development outside of the classroom that will prepare them for life after college.