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Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.

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.