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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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Abby Astrachan

My name is Abby Astrachan. I am majoring in Communication Studies on the Organizational
track and minoring in Emergent Media. This summer I had the chance to take on TWO
internships at the same time! At first this sounded scary to me because I knew it would be a lot of work and a lot of time, but I knew these would be incredible experiences that I couldn’t pass up. The first internship I took on was at a very well-known insurance agency in my town called Glatfelter Insurance Group (GIG). I was an intern in their marketing department on the content team. During my time at Glatfelter I had a lot of responsibilities on my plate including
writing and publishing blog posts, creating promotional social media images, organizing content, taking pictures and videos at events, and so much more. I really felt like I was a part of a team at Glatfelter and I always felt that my thoughts were valued and appreciated. The second internship I had was with the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) as their remotely located social media and marketing intern. I was this organization’s first intern ever, which was so exciting for me because that meant that I would be laying the groundwork for possible future interns. Because I was the first intern PBCOHE has ever had, there was a lot of learning and playing around with different ways of advertising and marketing. I had the chance to attend a retreat with the executive board in June where I was able to learn more about the organization and actually meet the faces of the people I was working with and promoting. Overall I had a crazy busy summer, but it was full of a lot of growth both personally and professionally. I gained more of a sense of time management, I
became way more organized than I already was, I learned to speak up if I have opinions or
suggestions, and I learned that my decision to major in Communication Studies was the best decision in my college career thus far. If I had one piece of advice for anyone reading this it would be to take risks and always look to build your resume. Taking on two internships at once
was a risk for me, but I couldn’t be more proud of what I accomplished this summer. I feel
very thankful for all of my experiences this summer and feel so confident in my abilities to succeed in any job I take on following my graduation this upcoming May 2020!

Featured Student

Ashlyn Burkholder
Hello my name is Ashlyn Burkholder and this past summer and into the beginning of my senior year, I had the opportunity to intern as a Marketing and Public Relations intern at the York Fair and Expo Center. Beginning in May 2019, I started working as "intern 2" in the York Fair and Expo Center administration office. Originally when I interviewed for this position, they were looking for an Event Planning intern and a Marketing and Public Relations intern. The other intern that they hired and myself took on both internship roles at once and we were able to get the WHOLE experience by learning about marketing, public relations, event planning, sponsorships, and of course the typical office intern work of copying papers, mailing envelopes, etc. I enjoyed this internship because although our main focus was planning for the fair in September, we were also helping plan for other events that the Expo Center hosts throughout the year. It involved helping schedule 2020 calendar year events that the Expo Center will host, making marketing materials for events, updating our website, and even doing early morning news interviews. Taking courses such as Communication for Business Professionals with Dr. Shorter and Interviewing with Dr. Bodenman really helped me prepare for my summer internship. I was able to take important skills that I had learned in each course and apply them to obtain my internship position and to also continue doing well throughout my time with the York Fair and Expo Center. I highly recommend that other students take advantage of as many internship opportunities that they can while they are at Bloomsburg so that they are able to gain relevant work experience and a real sense of what professional life will be like after graduation. I hope that I can take everything that I have learned at my internship over the last couple months and use my abilities to be a key asset in the success of a company after I graduate from Bloomsburg University in May 2020!

Featured Student

Angela DiPasquale

Hello, my name is Angela DiPasquale and I am a senior organizational communication studies major with an emergent media minor. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern in New York City at an event planning production company called Eventique. Since the end of May, I have taken the 8:40 am bus to NYC learning the ropes of my future career! During my internship experience, not only did I validate that I am headed in the right direction, I learned valuable lessons about how to be a great event planner. Eventique was the perfect company for me to work with! Being an athlete I value working as a team and working towards one common goal and that’s exactly how the office ran. Everyone supported each other and worked on events together. Also, being the only intern I was given a lot of responsibility and duties each day. I got to research venues and entertainment options for clients and create decks for them and was often included in the conference calls with them. I wasn’t just sitting to listen, the team often valued my opinion and let me take the lead on certain aspects of the event. Even though I enjoyed learning the office component of being an event planner my favorite part of my internship was being on-site helping set up events. Unfortunately, they didn’t have too many events this summer but I did get to set up a Vegas themed boat party for a company anniversary and spent 24 hours straight working at a toy expo. Being onsite taught me how to talk to clients and quickly accommodate the client’s needs when things would go wrong or they had a last-minute request. I am sad to leave as I felt like I bonded and became part of the team. I am very thankful that they have asked me to come back and work an event with them in Miami in November and I am even more excited to take the valuable lessons I’ve learned in the past 3 months and bring it to life in a year when I land my first event planning job! I couldn’t have achieved such an amazing internship without all that Bloomsburg University has offered me in the past 3 years. The most valuable classes that strongly helped me be successful this summer where Communication for Business Professionals, Small Group communications and Leadership and Teambuilding. All of these classes provided me with the various of skills and lessons needed to work in an office along with other employees. These classes also helped me to be comfortable with asking for help and providing my opinion which is one of the best things an intern can do to be great!

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”