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Damarah BrownDamarah Brown

In my first semester at Bloomsburg University, I enrolled in Interpersonal Communication and Introduction to Communication and quickly fell in love with the major. The communication studies professors taught me how to analyze how and why people communicate verbally, nonverbally, and in various settings such as organizations. My writing and presentation skills have grown tremendously since taking Communication Studies courses.
Since my freshman year I excelled academically in my courses, and I was also active outside of the classroom. I presented a poster at the 2015 Eastern Communication Association conference entitled “Disclosing Sexual History to Romantic Partners: Do Numbers Really Matter?” I also became an active member of the NCASC (Communication Club) as the public relations chairperson and the president of Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Studies Honor Society). As a recent graduate I am starting my career as a Community and Digital Engagement Specialist for dining services at the University of Delaware. Eventually I plan on enrolling in graduate school in an Integrated Marketing Communication program.


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Caitlin FlynnCaitlin Flynn

I majored in Communication Studies because I was not exactly sure of my career goals. I was interested in public relations and marketing along with television production and broadcasting. Upon applying to BU, I read about Communication Studies and thought it was a good fit for me because of the variety of concentrations it offered. From this experience, I am taking away skills that will transfer into the workplace, such as public speaking, working effectively with group members, and time management skills. After taking classes in the organizational communication area of concentration, I concluded I wanted to pursue a career in sales upon graduating. During my time at Bloomsburg, I was inducted into the Communication Studies Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, and was also named Vice President of our chapter. During my time on the executive board, I became involved with the community as well as gained experience with organizing events. After graduation, I will be pursuing a career in Inside Sales for UPS in Greenville, SC. I feel that Bloomsburg University has prepared me for this next chapter and I am very excited for the journey.

Department News:
March 2014

 

Publication

Miller, E. C. (2014). Jimmy Carter, the politics of family, and the rise of the religious right, by J. Brooks Flippen. (Book Review). Rhetoric and Public Affairs 17(1), 193-195.

Miller, E. C. (2014). Spiritual modalities: Prayer as rhetoric and performance, by William FitzGerald. (Book Review). Quarterly Journal of Speech 100(1), 126-129.

 

Presentation

Dr. David Heineman gave a talk entitled, "Thinking About Video Games: Notes from a Researcher" on March 26 at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Heineman presented insights about the contemporary cultural significance of video games derived from more than seventy-five interviews with leading game designers and artists, game industry luminaries, gaming historians, game studies scholars, and others who have worked in and around the video game industry. His lecture proposed a path forward for research on video games that invites a broader range of academic disciplines to consider the medium and offered suggestions for how that research might find audiences who are best able to respond to its findings and analysis. 

Workshops

Professor Ruth Beerman and Professor Phil Rippke co-facilitated a workshop entitled, "Public Speaking, Engaging Others, and Nonverbal Communication" for the Center for Leadership and Engagement certificate program. The workshop centered around a rhetorical understanding of leadership; the idea being that everyone can learn how to become a better public speaker and leader by focusing on ideas of audience and delivery.

Professor Ruth Beerman and Professor Phil Rippke co-facilitated a workshop entitled, "Digital Citizenship and Ethics" for the Center for Leadership and Engagement certificate program. This workshop took up the question of what does it mean to be a citizen in a digital era and environment, particularly focusing on social media. This workshop utilized two case studies: (1) Samantha Goudie, better known as “Vodka Samm,” the University of Iowa student who drunk tweeted while in jail and (2) Twitter and university responses to the decision of Chancellor Phyllis Wise, from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne, to hold classes on January 27, 2014.

Dr. Kathryn Hobson presented two workshops on Intercultural Communication and Inclusion for Leadership and Engagement Certification program and for the Husky Student Leadership Conference. In both of these workshops Dr. Hobson explored the concept of social privilege and how it is communicated interpersonally, culturally, and institutionally, in hopes of creating more meaningful dialogues around differences.

 

Achievement

Dr. Joe Hassert successfully defended his dissertation entitled, “The Collaborative Performance of Open Mic Poetry and the Art of Making Do” on March 20th, 2014.

 

Recognition

Dr. Kathryn Hobson was nominated as an Outstanding Woman at Bloomsburg University. She was invited to the Women’s History Month Reception, recognized, and honored for hard work and achievement.

Dr. Dale Bertelsen, Dr. Jihyun Kim, Dr. Mary Nagy, Dr. Tim Rumbough, Prof. Christi Saindon and Dr. Kelly Tenzek were recognized as the most positively influential professors by Husky Scholar-Athletes, and invited to a special luncheon. The following includes comments from scholar-athletics.

Student achievement

Albra R. Wheeler Wheeler(undergraduate student) recently received Emerging Scholar Award at the CROW (Committee on Research on Women and Gender) Conference at the University of Akron for her paper entitled, “The Wonderbra: Oppression vs. Liberation in Patriarchal Society.”