What's New:

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 2019 Newsletter


Chernichky-Karcher, S., Venetis, M. K., & Lillie, H. M. (2019). The Dyadic Cancer Resilience Scale (DCRS): Scale development, reliability and validity. Supportive Care in Cancer. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04763-8

Summary of the article:

Extending prior qualitative work examining communicative resilience processes among cancer patients and their partners, this manuscript outlines the development of the Dyadic Communicative Resilience Scale (DCRS). The DCRS offers the first quantitative assessment of the five communicative resilience processes proposed in the Communicative Theory of Resilience (CTR). Exploratory and Confirmatory factor analyses revealed nine dimensions of dyadic communicative resilience within the five resilience processes outlined in the CTR. The development of the DCRS offers significant theoretical contributions to the CTR and provides a quantitative measurement of communicative resilience in populations managing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and/or remission.


Dr. Kai Kuang, Dr. Tim Rumbough, and Dr. Shavonne Shorter received Influential Professor Award at the Annual Student-Athlete Luncheon.

NCASC’s Communication Day:
On March 5th, 2019 the National Communication Association Student Club hosted their 7th annual Communication Day. NCASC is known among Bloomsburg University’s campus for both the Communication Day event, and their mission for professional development.
This one-day research event focuses on providing attendees with a better understanding of communication scholarship. This year, Communication Day included the attendance of more than 300 students, 37 guest speakers, and 24 panels. This year’s program included topics such as:

Mark Abshire, Megan Beauchner, Paige Daluisio, Melissa Mertz, Bloomsburg University Communication Studies Alumni, "Where are we now?"

Dr. Dale Bertelsen, Communication Studies, "Chat with the Chairperson"

Dr. Janet Bodenman, Communication Studies, “Knock ‘Em Out at the Interview"

Dr. Erin Brummett, Deanna Campion, Nicholas Libutti, Mary Melnick, and Sadie Wentland, Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society, "Lunch with Lambda Pi Eta: How to get involved in the National Communication Studies Honor Society"

Deanna Campion, Ali Hawley, Shanon Ward, Bloomsburg University Undergraduates, "Internship Panel"

Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher, Communication Studies, “Family Communication During Times of Stress and Crisis”

Ms. Alyssah Dombek, Undergraduate Student, "Saxby's Coffee Internship"

Ms. Courtney Enderline, Bloomsburg Alumni and College Student Affairs Graduate Student, "The Professional College Lifer"

Dr. Dennis Frohlich, Mass Communications, "64 Ways to Simplify your Digital Life"

Dr. Mary King, Communication Studies, "Love Lab: Pointers and tips for creating and maintaining satisfying romantic relationships"

Ms. Amanda Kishbaugh, Office of Financial Aid, "Undergraduate Research Repayment of Your Student Loans"

Ms. Bridget Klein, American Sign Language, "From Pity to Celebration: American Sign Language"

Ms. Boenell Kline, Communication Studies Alumni, "Invisible illness/Invisible Disabilities"

Dr. Mary Jo Larcom, Psychology

Dr. Ben Maust and Dr. Bob Moschgat, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, "The Social Construction of Police Fatal Shootings: Mass Media and Body Cameras"

Mr. Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations and Content Strategy, "When Social Media Bites Back"

Dr. Eric Miller, Communication Studies, "The American Sermon as Rhetorical Form"

Mr. Jaime North, Marketing Specialist and Web Editor, " No worries, We Still got Time"

Dr. Darlene Perner & Dr. Robin Drogan, Special Education, "Using Executive Functioning to Enhance the Communication of Students with Autism"

Dr. Elizabeth Petre, Communication Studies, "Elevator Pitches and Professional Introductions"

Dr. James Petre, Communication Studies, "The Basics of Saving and Investing"

Dr. Ted Roggenbuck, English, "Reading and Writing with Sources"

Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Dr. Robert Green, Communication Studies, and the Frederick Douglass Debate Society, "The Great Debate About Healthcare in the United States"

Mr. William P. Turner, Bloomsburg University Student, "Leadership: A Spin On Silence"

For the first time, NCASC also offered free professional headshots, and 50 attendees took advantage of this opportunity. NCASC thanks everyone for attending, and looks forward to hosting Communication Day for years to come!


The students pictured were a team from Dr. Shorter’s Communication for Business Professionals Fall 2018 course. They worked on the behalf of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) to design 2 brochures which advertise the organizations 2 conferences, a brochure for their professional development program, a flier to promote the organization, and 3 social media platform manuals. The students did so well on their presentation they were invited to present their work and other recommendations to the PBCOHE Executive Council at the annual conference on March 7th. Pictured from left to right are Kenyetta Smith, Angela Dipasquale, Ashlyn Burkholder, Dr. Shorter, Nyla Britt, Abby Astrachan, and Emily Dwyer.

Dr. Shorter gave a presentation at the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education annual conference titled “The Inclusive Future Faculty Initiative at Year 5.”

Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher gave a talk as a part of the ICS Bloomsburg Explores Human Potential Symposium on March 20, 2019. Her talk was titled “Communication in the Military Family: Enacting Resilience during Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration.” In this lecture, Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher discussed current research examining the challenges that military families, specifically military youth, face when a parent is deployed and the communication processes that help families enact resilience.

Dr. David Heineman moderated a panel discussion titled “Restorative Justice and Education: Bloomsburg University’s Prison Outreach” on March 26, 2019. This event was designed to create awareness and foster dialogue around the role of higher education in addressing the crisis of mass incarceration. The panelists included faculty from Bloomsburg University who teach inmates at state prisons and with educational staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Student Achievements:
Communication Studies major Laura Kacyon spoke up against sexism and made a change in the workplace. Laura is currently taking the course Gender Issues in Communication with Dr. Shuzhen Huang. Inspired by the Gender Intervention assignment, which asks students to take action to make positive changes on gender issues, Laura decided to take a stand against sexism in the workplace. Below is her story:

I'm a waitress at Cracker Barrel and over the years we have repeatedly have men request to the host that they have a female server and not a male one. This request has been obliged and I have always thought it was wrong. This weekend we had a man ask to move sections because his server was a male. I had a long discussion with my manager that night about why there should be a rule put in place that does not allow these requests to be accepted. My manager told me how he had felt it was wrong too but did not want to start an issue. However, he agreed after discussing it with other managers and told the hosts to no longer grant those requests. I was thrilled, because this has been something that has bothered me ever since I started working there. This assignment inspired me to intervene with gender discrimination and sexism.

Her intervention was well supported and appreciated by her coworkers. “We have all had our fair share of discriminating experiences at work and feel this is an issue that needed to be addressed.” Laura said: “One’s gender is not something that should matter, whether it is in the workplace, a school setting, or just everyday life. We need to stand up against sexism.”

Professional Development Activities:
Dr. King participated in a 10 day TALE-sponsored, faculty-led training and discussion on invigorating discussion board use in the online classroom.

Dr. King was trained on the Masters and Disasters of romantic relationships, according to the Gottman therapy approach. Training covered: predicting future relationship stability, the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House Theory, couple's therapy assessment, interventions for couple's conflict management, enhancing couple's friendship system, interventions for shared meaning, physiological self-soothing methods, assess couples strengths and areas for improvement, introduction to the Philosophy of Therapy, the Rapport Intervention, and the process and structure of therapy.

Dr. Jowi and Dr. Chernichky-Karcher participated in a day-long training focusing on applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) on March 30, 2019. APPQMR is an online or in-person workshop that addresses the QM Rubric with the critical elements for aligning online and blended course components with quality assurance principles.