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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 Faculty

Paul 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.