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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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Featured
Student

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:
January-February 2014

Publications

Heineman, D.S. (2014). Public memory and gamer identity: Retrogaming as nostalgia. Journal of Games Criticism, 1, Available at: http://gamescriticism.org/articles/heineman-1-1

Miller, E. C. (2014). Religious rhetoric and American politics: The endurance of civil religion in electoral campaigns, by Christopher B. Chap (Book Review). Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 44, 97-100.

 

Conference Presentations

Heineman, D. S. (2014, January). Playing torture: A comparative analysis of U.S. military interrogation policies and interactive interrogation in war-based video games. Paper presented at the Games of Late Modernity, a Conference focused on Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens: 75 Years Later, Leusden, NL. (http://www.gamesoflatemodernity.org)

 

Scholarly Achievement

Dr. Eric C. Miller was invited and recently joined Religion Dispatches as a blogger, focusing on Christian Right political rhetoric. RD is a web magazine for religious scholars, journalists, and activists, sponsored by the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California (USC).

 

Special Topics Course for Spring 2014

Dr. Jihyun Kim is offering a special topics course on Communication and Technology for Spring 2014.  This course is focused upon the way we present ourselves in the virtual world, relationships with other people (e.g., family friends, romantic partners), and relationship with technology.

Dr. Mary Nagy is offering a special topics course on Health Campaigns for Spring 2014.  This course is focused upon designing and developing health campaigns for preventing dangerous drinking behaviors among college students.

 

Talks/Lectures/Workshops

Dr. Janet Bodenman and Dr. Angela LaValley gave a talk titled ‘Getting Where you Want to Go: Nuts, Bolts, and Potholes of Curriculum Mapping’ at TALE (Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center) on February 28.  This workshop focused upon the process of curriculum mapping - where to start, essential steps, and the challenges you might encounter along the way.

Professor Ruth Beerman and Professor Phil Rippke co-facilitated a workshop entitled, "Public Speaking, Engaging Others, and Nonverbal Communication" for the Center for Leadership and Engagement certificate program. The workshop centered around a rhetorical understanding of leadership; the idea being that everyone can learn how to become a better public speaker and leader.

Professor Ruth Beerman and Professor Phil Rippke co-facilitated a workshop entitled, "Digital Citizenship and Ethics" for the Center for Leadership and Engagement certificate program. This workshop took up the question of what does it mean to be a citizen in a digital era and environment, particularly focusing on social media. This workshop utilized a case study of University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne and Twitter response to Chancellor Phyllis Wise's decision to hold classes on January 27, 2014.