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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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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 2021 Newsletter



Dr. Eric Miller’s paper, entitled “Nothing More Fleeting Than a Word: Theodore Parker on Transience and Permanence in Christianity,” received the Top Paper Award from Rhetoric and Public Address of Eastern Communication Association. 

Dr. Shuzhen Huang was selected to receive the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarly Activity. She was one of the four recipients of the award for the 2020-2021 academic year. 


Green, R. J. (2021). Anti-Establishment micropolitics in the response closure of political campaign debates. In D. Hampton (Ed.), Local Theories of Argument (pp. 218–225). Taylor and Francis. 

Eastern Communication Association Elected Leadership Positions 

Dr. Erin Brummett was elected Vice Chair (Chair and Program Planner for the 2023 Conference) for the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association. 

Dr. Robert Green was chairperson and planner of the Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group for the 2021 ECA convention. He will continue on as immediate past chair for the 2022 ECA convention in Buffalo. He was also elected to be the interest group’s representative to the executive committee representative of ECA. 

Eastern Communication Association Presentations Brummett, E. A. (2021, March). Talking about politics in times of turmoil: Testing the boundaries of resilience through meaning-making. Panel presentation for the Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Green, R. J. (2021, March). Talking about politics in times of turmoil: Testing the boundaries of resilience through meaning-making. Roundtable Submission, Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group. Eastern Communication Association. Cambridge, MA. 

Green, R. J. (2021, March). Contested interruption as micropolitical practice in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign debates. Panel Submission, Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group. Eastern Communication Association. Cambridge, MA. 

Miller, E. C. (2021, March). Nothing more fleeting than a word: Theodore parker on transience and permanence in Christianity. Paper presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Huang, S. (2021, March). Resilience in intercultural communication teaching and research. Panel presentation for the Intercultural Communication Interest Group at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Petre, J. T. (2021, March). "Strict father" vs. "nurturant parent": Updating Lakoff's metaphorical distinction in the age of Trump. Panel presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Campus Presentation 

Dr. Shuzhen Huang was invited as a guest speaker for the Women’s History Month at Bloomsburg University. She provided a training -- Understanding Gendered Language: How It Operates and How We Can Do Better – for the BU community. 

Communication Day 

The National Communication Association Student Club hosted a virtual Communication Day on March 2 & 3. This year, the theme was Communicating and Adapting. The event was planned by NCASC members Kaitlyn Henschel (who was the chair), Jaime Hawley, Meagan Mebius, Ruthann Green, Kierstin Hufnagle, Yuliana Martinez, Danely Benitez, and Jordan Parcell. More than 200 people attended the sessions over the course of two days, with several people attending more than one session. 

Dr. Robert Green, Department of Communication Studies, “Mastering the Art and Science of Cross Examination” 

Dr. Eric Miller, Department of Communication Studies, “Advocating Climate Action in Central Pennsylvania: The Citizens’ Climate Lobby Model” 

Dr. Dennis Frohlich, Department of Media and Journalism, “Pause Before Your Post: How to Make the Most of Social Media” 

Emily Kennedy, Student in the Department of Communication Studies, “Uncertainty Management and Communicative Construction of Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic” 

Dr. James Petre, Department of Communication Studies, “The Basics of Saving and Investing” 

Dr. Shuzhen Huang, Department of Communication Studies, “Queer Identities: Exploring Gender and Sexuality Inclusive Language” 

Laticia Feliciano, Serenity Rodriguez, Jonice Storer, and Dr. Erin Brummett, Frederick Douglass Learning Community, “Making History: Through the Eyes of Protest” 

Derek Shapiro & Jacob Iacovone, Students in the Department of Communication Studies, “Remote Internship Panel” 

The Frederick Douglass Debate Society, “Contemporary Issues Related to Social Justice discussion” 

Dr. Janet Reynolds Bodenman, Department of Communication Studies, “Communication Dos and Don’ts for Virtual Employment Interviews” 

Dr. Paula Hopeck, Department of Communication Studies, “Learning how to care: Examining reasons for choosing nursing as a major” 

Dr. Elizabeth Petre, Department of Communication Studies, “Elevator Pitches” 

Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Department of Communication Studies, “Stay Woke: Using Social Justice Knowledge to Transform Yourself and Your Career” 

Dr. David Heineman, Department of Communication Studies, “The Pandemic Nature Project: Autoethnography and Film” 

Kate Armstrong, (’17, ’18), Morgan (Betz) Clemons (’19), Jacqueline Cooper (’19); Jordyn Payne (’19); Luis Suarez-Bautista (’19), “Alumni Panel” 

Keynote Address, Dr. Kami Silk, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, University of Delaware 

Additionally, three gift cards were given out to randomly selected attendees: Bryce Evans, Hunter Rodarmel, and Jillian McSpirit.