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Featured Intern

Molly Payne
Molly Payne

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team. This was an incredible experience for me since I am pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. The internship also helped enhance my communication skills that I have gained at Bloomsburg University. During the internship, I assisted with donation requests, soccer clinics, grassroots marketing, and other promotional events. I also networked with professionals and athletes from all over the country and from around the world. Changing my major to Communication Studies during my sophomore year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My internship experience allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge from the classroom into a real world environment.

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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

Department News:
March 2014



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.



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. 


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.



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.



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.”