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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017

 

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Featured
Student

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 2016

Publications
Miller, E. C. (2016). The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy, by Jeremy Engels. (Book Review). Southern Journal of Communication,81, 123-124.

Petre, E. A., & Petre, J. T. (2016). Teaching Communication Consulting Through Client Projects: A Rhetorical Approach. In C. Engstrom & J. Frye (Eds.), Qualitative communication consulting: Stories and lessons from the field (pp. 325-347). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.


Presentations

On Tuesday, March 15th, the National Communication Association Student Club and the College of Liberal Arts sponsored Communication Day, with presentations held in the Kehr Union Ballrooms. Presentations included:

Professor Aarti Arora
Department of Communication Studies
“Female Feticide and its Disappearing Daughters: Unveiling the Dark Side of Reality”

Mr. Matthew Barcus and Panelists
LGBTQA Resource Center
“The Importance of Sexually and Gender Inclusive Language”

Bloomsburg Frederick Douglas Debate Society
“Join the Revolution! A Roundtable Discussion Making the Case for the Frederick Douglass Debate Society Model”

Dr. Janet Bodenman
Department of Communication Studies
“Knock ‘Em Dead at the Interview”

Dr. Erin Brummett
Department of Communication Studies
“Communicating and Relating Across Racial Boundaries: When it Comes to Personal Relationships, Does Race Matter?”

Dr. Dennis Frohlich
Department of Mass Communications
“How People with Chronic Illnesses Create Online Support Communities”

Dr. David Hanley-Tejeda
Department of Communication Studies
“MeSo Mestizo”

Dr. Mary King
Department of Communication Studies
“Dating Workshop: Communicating Effectively for Satisfying Romantic Relationships” and “Communication and Physiology: Implications of Communication on the Body, and How Our Bodies Shape Communication”

Dr. Heather Kirkwood
Department of Management and Marketing
“Marketing Communications: Influencing Consumer Behavior”

Dr. Kai Kuang
Department of Communication Studies
“Uncertainty in Risk and Health Communication: A Meta-Analytic Examination of Uncertainty’s Effect on Information Management”

Dr. David Magolis
Department of Mass Communications
“Why and How College Students Should Professional Network While in College”

Dr. Eric C. Miller
Department of Communication Studies
“The Rhetoric of the Spanish American Revolutions”

Ms. Karli Miller
Department of Communication Studies
"Queering Marital Typologies: A Modern Recreation of Fitzpatrick’s Typological Approach Using Queer Couples"

Mr. Jamie North
Office of Marketing and Communications
“How to Use Social Media to Land a Job”

Dr. Timothy Oleksiak
Department of English
“Toward a Listening Language in the Writing Classroom”

Ms. Mary K. Orzolek
Department of Teaching and Learning
“The Importance of Learning to Fail Well”

Dr. Jim Petre
Department of Communication Studies
“The Rhetoric of Entitlements”

Mrs. Lauren Polinski
Center for Professional Development and Career Experience
“Marketing Yourself Through Transferable Skills”

Mr. Alex Wilson
Department of Communication Studies Alumni
“Who Wrote My Reality Check?”

Mr. Josh Yetter
Department of Communication Studies
“Exaggeration is All Around Us: It Becomes What We Know and See Everywhere”

Awards

Dr. Ruth Beerman and Dr. Shavonne Shorter were recognized as 2016 Outstanding Women at Bloomsburg University. Congratulations to both!

Workshop

Dr. Elizabeth Petre conducted an hour-long workshop for the Center for Leadership and Engagement entitled “Skills Set Series Part 1: Communication and Conflict Management” on March 14. This workshop provided an overview of effective communication skills to emerging student leaders here on campus. Students participated in individual reflections and small group discussions about their everyday communication interactions, ways to improve their listening habits, and strategies for managing conflict effectively. Students take eight SSS1 workshops to get their Level 1 Certification.