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The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


 

Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.

 

 

 

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

Sydney Rimmer

My name is Sydney Rimmer, and I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg, double majoring in Communication Studies with a Leadership and Public Advocacy focus and Political Science with a Legal Studies focus, as well as a minor in Public Relations. This summer, I am beyond grateful to have participated in an internship at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Senate Republicans Communications Office, as it was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The office had a group of employees designated to each area of communications. There were teams of employees for areas such as speech writing, webmasters, photography, film, social media, and others. I got to shadow and help complete assignments in each of these areas, and gain an appreciation for the importance of each specialty. This offered a unique opportunity to understand “a day in the life” of the employees in this office and their responsibilities, and it also gave me an opportunity to meet people outside of the office, and experience things many other people will never experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of these events was so interesting.
The brunt of my work was done in June, as that is when the Senate is in session and the budget is being passed. Once the budget passed, July slowed down and there were significantly less events occurring, therefore less events for me to shadow, as the Senators stay in their district offices as opposed to coming to the Capitol. This gave me an accurate representation of the job, both the hustle and bustle of June, and the relaxed nature of July.
This internship has also proven to be a vital step in my networking. I received a follow up luncheon with the lobbying firm who encouraged me to intern in the Capitol, as well as encouragement from my office to look for a career in the Senate when I graduate. I got a chance to work with several Senators, thereby networking with them, which was a personal goal of mine for the summer. Another strength of my internship was the bond I formed with my coworkers. I was the only intern in my office, however I fit in perfectly with the full time employees despite us being in all different walks of life. I had anticipated forming relationships with my coworkers, but I had not foreseen how close I would grow with them. I am so blessed to now call many of my coworkers my friends. We have spent time together in both the office, as well as our free time, and I am elated they have taken me under their wings, and I still stay in touch with many of them despite being many months post internship.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and truly turned out to be a highlight of my summer. I am able to walk away from this office confident that I completed assignments efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have grown from this experience, and I am excited to see how the things I have learned and the connections I have made will apply to my future endeavors.



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.