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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.

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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 Faculty

James T. Petre, Ph.D.

Dr. Jim PetreJames T. Petre, Ph.D. joined the faculty in fall 2014. Dr. Petre received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication with a specialization in Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He enjoys teaching courses such as Persuasion, Examining Communication, Public Speaking, and Honors Public Speaking.

Dr. Petre’s primary research focus is rhetorical theory and criticism, particularly related to politics and economics. His dissertation, Realignments of doxa in U.S. American politics: Tracing the rhetorical histories of Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama used the lens of doxa to examine how U.S. presidential candidates create and respond to shifts in basic assumptions regarding the proper role of government. He recently published an article that provided the initial framework for his dissertation in the Iowa Journal of Communication. Dr. Petre has also presented at and served as a reviewer for several conferences including the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Central States Communication Association (CSCA). Last year, he served as the Chair and Program Planner for the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism interest group for the CSCA conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Petre serves the university community in a variety of capacities. He is currently chairing the Communication Studies Program Review Committee, and serves on the Curriculum and Planning and Assessment Committees for the Department of Communication Studies. He is also a member of the Bloomsburg University Safety Committee, and the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Enhancement Committee. Additionally, Dr. Petre serves as a Faculty Advisor for Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honor Society, and as a Faculty Co-Advisor for the Personal Money Management Club, which is a new student organization on campus.