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Deosha AdamsDeosha Adams

I am a graduating Communication Studies major in the Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. During my years as a Communication Studies major, I was the secretary of the Helping Others Club on campus (HOC), where I was responsible for sending out important emails, taking attendance at weekly meetings, and keeping track of member’s community service hours. After leaving the Helping Others Club I became the vice president of the National Communication Association Students Club (NCASC) where I presided over weekly meetings, worked closely with the president and helped executive members when needed. This past summer I interned for a Human Resource firm called Biagio Inc. At Biagio, I received training in database and business management, the interview process, new hire paperwork, advertising and job posting. Currently, I am a student staff worker at the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) office on campus. This position has helped me become involved in several community service opportunities and provided insight on what it really means to be a leader.

Featured Student

Maggie Temmel

During this past summer, I was the Social and Digital Marketing Intern for Ditech Financial in Fort Washington, PA. During the course of my internship, I assisted with the creation of digital content; including social media posts, campaigns, images, and blogs. I also performed research and reported analytics across all social media platforms. In addition to scheduling and monitoring social media, I was trained to respond to customer concerns and questions. One of my largest projects was creating webpages through WordPress for Home Loan Specialists and Ditech Racing. Most importantly, I have learned the value of networking and have been able to apply my knowledge and skills from my Communication Studies classes at BU. After my internship ended, Ditech offered me a part time job while completing the rest of my degree online. I will be graduating this December.

Department News:
January-February 2014


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.



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.