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Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!

 

Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.


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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!

 


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 Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

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.