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Featured Intern

Molly Payne
Molly Payne

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team. This was an incredible experience for me since I am pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. The internship also helped enhance my communication skills that I have gained at Bloomsburg University. During the internship, I assisted with donation requests, soccer clinics, grassroots marketing, and other promotional events. I also networked with professionals and athletes from all over the country and from around the world. Changing my major to Communication Studies during my sophomore year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My internship experience allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge from the classroom into a real world environment.

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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

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.