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Featured
Alumni

Stephen Curley

I graduated from Bloomsburg University, in the spring of 2015, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Since I graduated I have had two jobs. In my first job, I was a Collections Specialist at Iron Mountain, which is a data management company. In my second job, I was a Media Coordinator at MayoSeitz Media. I assisted in developing marketing concepts based on seasonal and holiday trends, developed strategic media recommendations and created client presentation material. I also ensured that creative deliverables aligned with marketing initiatives, met campaign goals, and remained consistent across digital platforms. Having a background in communication has helped me find unique ways to connect and communicate with individuals which helped me a great deal in the work place. After working at MayoSeitz Media, I decided to change my career path to what I have always been passionate about, which is sports. The decision to leave my job and attend graduate school was not an easy one. However, after examining the pros and cons and talking to my family and former professors at Bloomsburg, I decided that it was in my best interest to attend graduate school. While there were several professors who gave me great advice on what to expect in graduate school, one professor in particular, went above and beyond in helping me. Dr. Shorter is the reason I am where I am at today. She was the one who gave me the idea to apply to graduate school and was such a tremendous help throughout the application process. At first, I did not give graduate school much thought but after doing research and asking her questions, I determined it was the best choice for the long-term career path I wanted to pursue. I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student at The University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. Next semester I will be a graduate teaching assistant teaching three gym classes to undergraduate students. I will also be interning with the Event Management Department in the Athletic Department. After I graduate in spring 2018, I hope to work in either collegiate or professional sports. The Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg taught me public speaking, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills which I utilize daily. If you are someone that does not want to limit yourself to one career, I would recommend majoring in Communication Studies because it allows students to have a broad range of careers to choose from. 


Featured Student

Audra Ortiz

I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in the Organizational Communication area of concentration, and a minor in Emergent Media. This past summer, I completed an Event Planning/Public Relations internship with Turkey Hill Dairy back home in Conestoga, PA. My responsibilities focused on promoting their new flavors of ice cream and iced tea at all different kinds of events. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Charlotte, New York City, and Philadelphia. At these events, we would talk directly to the consumers and answer any questions about the new products. This internship gave me a small but mighty inside look into the corporate world and introduced me to what to expect after college! Working directly with customers and other interns 24/7 truly tested my communication skills, but after completing my internship I know my professionalism has improved and I have my internship to thank for that.

Department Faculty

Angela La Valley, Ph.D.

Angela La ValleyDr. La Valley earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and specializes in relational and family communication and social scientific research methods. She joined the faculty in 2007 and primarily teaches courses in the Interpersonal Communication track in the major, including Family Communication and Conflict Management & Mediation. Dr. La Valley also frequently teaches Communication Research Methods, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Speaking. 

Dr. La Valley’s primary research interests focus on conflict, relational maintenance, and emotion in close relationships. Her current research focuses on parent-child relationships in adulthood. She is also interested in the intersections between relational communication and health, i.e. how our communication in close relationships influences our health and how we communicate about health with significant others. Dr. La Valley’s research has appeared in the following scholarly journals: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Quarterly, Communication Education, Health Communication, Behavioral Medicine, and she has a forthcoming publication in Communication Research. Dr. La Valley is also a coauthor of a chapter in The Sage Handbook of Conflict Communication. 

Dr. La Valley is also active in service to the discipline, the university, and the Communication Studies Department. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and frequently serves as a paper reader for disciplinary conferences. Dr. La Valley has served on the curriculum committee for the College of Liberal Arts and is actively interested in curricular issues. Within the Communication Studies department, she serves on the curriculum and planning and assessment committees. Dr. La Valley also serves as the department’s internship liaison and serves on the faculty advisory board for the Sophomore Experiential Learning program. Currently, Dr. La Valley is the advisor for the National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC) and she serves on the faculty advisory board for NCASC for the National Communication Association.