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Featured
Graduate

Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.


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.”