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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 Faculty

Mary E. King, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Nagy Dr. Mary E. King (formerly Mary E. Nagy) joined the faculty in 2012. Dr. King earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University with a focus on Interpersonal Communication and Health Communication. Her dissertation titled The Communicative and Physiological Manifestations of Relational Turbulence during the Empty-Nest Phase of Marital Relationships (2011) was awarded the Top Dissertation Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the International Communication Association (2011-2012) and the Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association (2013).
Dr. King's primary research interests include examining close, personal relationships and how communication develops during times of transition in those relationships, and she has a second interest in health communication and behaviors. Currently Dr. King serves as Principle Investigator on a 2-year grant awarded from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to reduce underage and dangerous drinking on campus (award amount: $35,895). Dr. King is the recipient of two co-authored Top Paper Awards and continues to actively present research at regional, national, and international conferences. Her research has been published in the Western Journal of Communication, the Journal of Family Communication, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Prior to coming to Bloomsburg University, Dr. King taught for five years at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and two years at Frostburg State University in Maryland. Dr. King teaches primarily in the Interpersonal Communication Track. Her teaching interests are Introduction to Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Relational Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Research Methods, Conflict Communication, and Family Communication.

Dr. King also actively contributes service to the discipline, the university, and the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. King was the faculty advisor to the National Communication Association Student Club at Bloomsburg University (2012-2014) and proudly helped NCASC to achieve the Student Club of the Year award from the National Communication Association, and she is the faculty advisor for Theta Tau Omega sorority (2012-present).