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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 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).