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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 2015

Publications

Hobson, K. (2015). Sue Sylvester, Coach Beiste, Santana Lopez, and Unique Adams: Queer Representations of Femininity on Glee. In B. Johnson & D. Fail (Eds.), Glee and New Directions for Social Change (Vol. 3, pp. 95-110). Boston: Sense.

Miller, E. C. (2015). Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words That Made an American Movement, by Michael J. Lee (Book Review). Political Communication, 32, 174-176.

Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (January, 2015). Participant in Teaching Excellence Academy at BU's Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center; competitively selected. This 5 day hands-on seminar focused on creating significant learning experiences through readings and discussions. Dr. Beerman redesigned her Public Speaking course. Here are some pictures.

Mackenzie, L. & Wallace, M. (February, 2015). Crossing Cultural Borders: A Proposed S.O.P. for Military Cross-Cultural Communication. Paper presented at the Military Sociology Division of the Eastern Sociological Society Conference, New York, NY.

Rippke, P. (January, 2015). Participant in Teaching Excellence Academy at BU's Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center; competitively selected. Prof. Rippke redesigned his Interpersonal Communication course. Here are some pictures.

Public Lectures

Dr. Ruth Beerman and Professor Phil Rippke were invited speakers in BU’s “Make Me Laugh” course. Their presentation was titled “Public speaking in a comedy setting.” More information here.

Dr. Lauren Mackenzie was an invited speaker at the Interagency Language Roundtable Culture Committee Meeting at the National Foreign Language Center.  She delivered the 45-minute presentation: "Cross-Cultural Communication Skills & Assessment” to 30 participants from a wide variety of federal organizations and academic disciplines.

Prof. Beth Michalec presented "I Want You:  American Advertising and the Great War" on February 10, as part of the Great War Centennial Lecture Series sponsored by BU’s Institute for Culture and Society.

Dr. Liz Petre presented on “Public Speaking and Engaging Others" at the 8th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit on Saturday Feb. 28. This event is sponsored by the Center for Leadership & Engagement, Alumni & Professional Engagement, and Community Government Association.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter spoke at BU’s Sankofa Conference on Saturday, February 21. The purpose of this conference is to equip students of color with professional development skills. Dr. Shorter’s presentation was titled, “Channel Your Passion into the Changing World: Why You Should Become a Professor.”