What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.



Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

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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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 2017 Newsletter


Arora, A. (2017, March). Creating and critiquing evolutionary practices of defining and providing support for eating disorders. Panel chair at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Minneapolis, MN.

Brummett, E. A. (2017, March). Advising student organizations: Freedom from traditional modes of teaching and learning. Panel presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

King, M. (2017, March). Gender differences on social media: Implications for the classroom. Panel presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

La Valley, A. G. (2017, March). Freedom to be certain about uncertainty: Remember the Titans as an exemplar for helping students understand and apply Uncertainty Reduction Theory. Presented as a Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.) at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Shorter, S. (2017, March). Confessions of an ex-student leader: Embracing the freedom to advise. Chair and panelist at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Shorter, S. (2017, March). The dark side of communication privacy management theory: social media anonymity and racism. Panel presentation at Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Shorter, S. (2017, March). Freedom from ‘unconscious bias’ in the academy: How can intercultural communication competence ‘level the playing field’? Panel presentation at Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.


Dr. Mary E. King and co-author Dr. Jennifer Theiss (Rutgers University) received the ECA Article of the Year Award for their paper titled, “The communicative and physiological manifestations of relational turbulence during the empty-nest phase of marital relationships,” published in Communication Quarterly.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Kai Kuang were recognized as Professional U Champions for their continuous effort to go above and beyond to mentor students toward achieving personal and professional success by obtaining professional experiences before graduation.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Dr. Kai Kuang, department secretary Ms. Karen Diltz, NCA Student Club Board Members Kate Armstrong, Holly Davis, Chelsea Kennedy, Audra Ortiz, Amanda Strain, and Communication Studies majors Amy Loftus and Grace Woehrle were recognized as 2017 Outstanding Women at Bloomsburg University. Congrats to all!


At the 2017 annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association, Dr. Mary E. King began her term as the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group representative to the Executive Council of the Eastern Communication Association (2017—2019).

Student Achievement

Students representing Dr. King's Fall 2016 Relational Communication class presented findings from their original research project at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association in Boston, MA. The panel titled, "Individual Romantic Experiences of Unplanned Pregnancy," highlighted research findings on unplanned pregnancy, relational uncertainty, disclosure, turning points, partner interference, and conflict. Students who presented at ECA in Boston were Amy Loftus, Kaitlyn Rhine, Nicole Kelly, Jenna Mapes, and Kasey Sullivan.

Communication Day

On Tuesday, March 7th, 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:

Dr. Doreen Jowi
Department of Communication Studies
“Communication and Language”

Mr. Jaime North
Marketing Specialist and Web Editor for Bloomsburg University
“From Selfie to Snap: A Career in Social Media”

Dr. Mary Jo Larcom
Department of Psychology
“How Couples’ Communication Patterns Regarding Issues of Conflict Change with Age”

Ms. Samantha Moccio and Aerotek Partners
“Advice For The Real Word”

Professor Beth Michalec
Department of Communication Studies, Penn State Lehigh Valley
“Puppies, Clydesdales, & Beer: Making Cent$ of Budweiser’s Shifting Creative Strategies”

Dr. Kai Kuang
Department of Communication Studies
“Information Deficit or Information Overload?: Understanding Illness Uncertainty Experience”

Dr. Richard Ganahl
Department of Mass Communications
“KAPOW! #MyWay!”

Dr. Shavonne Shorter
Department of Communication Studies
“Communicating Intentionally”

Ms. Amy Loftus, Ms. Suzanne Noll, and Ms. Kaelin McMenamy
Department of Communication Studies
“Fearless Connections”

Professor Aarti Arora, Ms. Brigid Lapp, Ms. Elizabeth Miller, & Ms. Celina Gildea
“Study Abroad Panel”

The National Communication Association Student Club & Lambda Pi Eta
“Executive Board Panel”

Dr. Jim Petre
Department of Communication Studies
“The Basics of Investing”

Dr. Erin Brummett
Department of Communication Studies
“Let’s Talk About Race!: Learning How to Engage in Effective Interracial Dialogue”

Ms. Ashley DiGirolmo
Department of Communication Studies Alumna
“Growing From The Loss of a Loved One”

Frederick Douglass Debate Society
“Our Journey With Debate”

Dr. Eric C. Miller
Department of Communication Studies
“The Catholic Question: Religious Freedom and Respectability Politics in the 1960 Presidential Race”

Dr. Mary King
Department of Communication Studies
“Liking, Swiping, and Flirting: A practical approach to successful romantic relationship initiation”

Ms. Lauren Polinski
Center for Professional Development and Career Experience
“Gap Year Experience: Take a Year ON after Graduation”

Ms. Gretchen Osterman
Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Affairs
“Building Your Professional Network”

Professor Julie Petry
Department of Theatre and Dance
“Secrets to Mastering Your Powerful Body Language”

Mr. Malik Muhammad
Coordinator of Sexual and Gender Diversity
“Broadening Your Perspectives”

Speak Out! Panel
“Q & A session with students from the LGBTQA Community”