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Featured Intern

Ashley DiGirolomo

Ashley DiGirolomo
I am a senior Interpersonal Communication Studies major, with a minor in Psychology. During this spring semester, my last semester at BU, I am completing an Internship at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger in Danville in the Patient and Family Centered Care department (P&FFC). P&FFC is focused on creating the best hospital experience for patients and their families. My internship consists of regular communication with the young patients, along with talking to their families about hospital care and resources. I attend valuable meetings with other departments and I have redesigned templates for family events.

Department Faculty

Doreen Jowi, Ph.D.

JowiDr. Jowi became the first Interim Director of Global and Multicultural Education at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania when the office was created on August 15, 2011. The office's main aim is to function as a resource center for all Bloomsburg University global and multicultural education programming for students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. During her tenure, Dr. Jowi authored two significant global education handbooks: global education policy and guidelines handbook for study abroad programs for faculty and staff, and global education policy and guidelines for study abroad students. She also authored a faculty and staff study abroad compensation policy whose tenet is to ensure fairness and equity in faculty and staff led study abroad programs. In addition, she developed and designed a study abroad application packet for students and program assessment and evaluation to assess programs effectiveness and learning outcomes of all global education programs. Furthermore, Dr. Jowi wrote the office's vision, mission, core values, and objective statements and designed and developed the office's web site. Dr. Jowi managed all study abroad programs, including short-term faculty led trips to various parts of the world. A fervent advocate of first-class global education, she strategically instituted and spearheaded the development of 8 new Global Exchange and Study Abroad Programs in England, Republic of Ireland, The Republic of Kenya, Scotland, Spain, and The United Arab Emirates. Also in that capacity, she played the role of Global Education Academic Advisor to more than 300 Bloomsburg University and Global Exchange Students on coursework and transfer of credits. Having worked efficiently and effectively with the global education partners, Dr. Jowi was invited two times to teach the Corporate Communication Course and International Business Communication in France at the ICN Business School as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Jowi earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication and Organizational Health Communication (2005), Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) 1999, Graduate Certificate in Health Policy (1999), and Bachelor of Science in Health (B.S.H) 1998 from The Ohio University. Dr. Jowi also earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Clinical Dietetics from Hocking College. She joined the Department of Communication Studies in 2005 and teaches courses such as Health Communication, Medical Communication, Corporate Communication, Organizational Communication Theory, Intercultural Communication, Communication Research Methods, Communication for Business Professionals, Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, and Internship Communication Supervision.

Dr. Jowi is a trained social scientist whose research emphasis is in empirical methods and statistics. Dr. Jowi's research interests have changed over the years and her current diverse topics of inquiry are centered on the umbrella of Strategic Communication Management. Within this area, her research include but not limited to: global education communication management, crisis communication and management, global health policy communication and management, communication in health care delivery systems, health care law communication, marketing communication, and mass media and information diffusion.

Dr. Jowi has published two co-authored book chapters on marketing communication trends in Praeger = ABC-CLIO, and Mount Kenya Coffee in Kendall Hunt. She has also published in ProQuest/UMI, Human Communication, and Journal of Computer Mediated Communication. She is a co-author of a book titled Directory of Communication Related Mental Measures. In addition, she has co-authored a book chapter in Public Speaking. She is currently conducting research on the following topics: public speaking, confirmatory path model, and health care utilization as a measure of quality health care delivery and access.

Dr. Jowi has presented numerous scholarly papers at professional international (United Kingdom; Belgium; Switzerland; Republic of Korea; Poland; New Zealand; and The Republic of Kenya), national and regional conferences. She has also received two top paper awards (2006) from the National Communication Association. Furthermore, Dr. Jowi has presented her scholarly and creative works as an invited guest lecturer in the classrooms and to organizations on campus and off campus. Moreover, she has also presented at a Primary School in the Republic of Kenya as an honorary invited guest speaker. The presentation was entitled: "The relationships among identify, effective student-teacher communication, teacher mentoring, and academic excellence." In addition, Dr. Jowi was an invited guest speaker at The Rotary International's Bloomsburg Chapter where she gave a talk on "Women, communication, and development in Kenya."

Dr. Jowi has served the Communication Studies Discipline in the following capacities: She is a past Chair of the Health Communication Division of the Eastern Communication Association where she successfully planned and executed the 2011 conference for the Division, chaired many panels, competitive paper reviewer, and respondent. In addition, she served as an Editorial Board Member of the Ohio Communication Journal for many years. She has actively served or is actively serving on various University Committees such as Assessment Working Group Committee, Grievance Committee, College of Liberal Arts Curriculum Enhancement Committee, Student Information Committee, Meet & Discuss/Negotiations Committee, Public Relations Committee, Diversity Issue Representative to the IRB Committee, Director of Public Relations for the International Faculty Association, the Pandemic Planning Flu Committee, University Search and Screen Committee (Student Trustee), College of Liberal Arts Special Initiatives Committee, Institutional Review Boards, IRB Procedural Guidelines Handbook Subcommittee, University Forum, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee (TALE), and the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence. Furthermore, she has served or is serving on various committees within the department.

Dr. Jowi's community services work include serving as a Faculty Advisor to the following student organizations: The Global Coalition for Social and Economic Empowerment for African Youths, Vice Versa and Faculty Co-Advisor to African Students Organizations. Dr. Jowi is also the Global Communication Program Chair for the Global Awareness Society International. Her overseas community service has mostly been volunteering at United Nations Refugee Camps and fostering education initiatives for the native nomadic children in the Northern part of Kenya. In Summer 2006, she built a One Room School for the Nomadic Children with personal monetary donations.