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The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


 

Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.

 

 

 

Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.


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Featured Student

Sydney Rimmer

My name is Sydney Rimmer, and I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg, double majoring in Communication Studies with a Leadership and Public Advocacy focus and Political Science with a Legal Studies focus, as well as a minor in Public Relations. This summer, I am beyond grateful to have participated in an internship at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Senate Republicans Communications Office, as it was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The office had a group of employees designated to each area of communications. There were teams of employees for areas such as speech writing, webmasters, photography, film, social media, and others. I got to shadow and help complete assignments in each of these areas, and gain an appreciation for the importance of each specialty. This offered a unique opportunity to understand “a day in the life” of the employees in this office and their responsibilities, and it also gave me an opportunity to meet people outside of the office, and experience things many other people will never experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of these events was so interesting.
The brunt of my work was done in June, as that is when the Senate is in session and the budget is being passed. Once the budget passed, July slowed down and there were significantly less events occurring, therefore less events for me to shadow, as the Senators stay in their district offices as opposed to coming to the Capitol. This gave me an accurate representation of the job, both the hustle and bustle of June, and the relaxed nature of July.
This internship has also proven to be a vital step in my networking. I received a follow up luncheon with the lobbying firm who encouraged me to intern in the Capitol, as well as encouragement from my office to look for a career in the Senate when I graduate. I got a chance to work with several Senators, thereby networking with them, which was a personal goal of mine for the summer. Another strength of my internship was the bond I formed with my coworkers. I was the only intern in my office, however I fit in perfectly with the full time employees despite us being in all different walks of life. I had anticipated forming relationships with my coworkers, but I had not foreseen how close I would grow with them. I am so blessed to now call many of my coworkers my friends. We have spent time together in both the office, as well as our free time, and I am elated they have taken me under their wings, and I still stay in touch with many of them despite being many months post internship.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and truly turned out to be a highlight of my summer. I am able to walk away from this office confident that I completed assignments efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have grown from this experience, and I am excited to see how the things I have learned and the connections I have made will apply to my future endeavors.




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.”