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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.

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Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

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 News:
March 2015


Miller, E.C. (2015). Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America, by Leslie Dorrough Smith. (Book Review). Rhetoric Review, 34, 155-158.


Hanley-Tejeda, D. (March, 2015). Rigor as Folk: Learning from the Poetry of Sterling A. Brown. Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, Harrisburg, PA.

Shorter, S. (March, 2015). Innovating to Diversify the Professoriate: The Inclusive Future Faculty Initiative. Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, Harrisburg, PA.

Scholarly Achievement

Dr. Lauren MacKenzie was honored as the Research Fellow of the Month by the Institute for the Study of Culture & Language at Norwich University. The description can be found here.

Dr. James Tomlinson was interviewed for an article on Pennlive.com about the expansion of wireless Internet access in Pennsylvania. Tomlinson reflected on how conditions have changed since he published research on the subject in 2001. Read the article here.

Student Achievement

Dr. Mary King's Communication and Health Campaigns course is working to spread the word about their communication-inspired responsible drinking campaign, #BUResponsibly, sponsored by a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Follow the campaign and #BUResponsibly events on Twitter @BUResponsibly.

Communication studies majors Boenell Kline and Albra Wheeler and minor Stephanie Weicker were honored as "Outstanding Women of Bloomsburg," an award sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Women's Resource Center, Commission on the Status of Women, and W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Strength and Empowerment). Boenell was honored in the courage category, Albra was honored for service, and Stephanie was honored for leadership. Congrats to all three!

Communication studies major Rachael Scicchitano participated in this year's Husky Leadership Summit and blogged about the experience for BloomU Explore. Read her post here.