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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.


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Featured
Student

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 Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

Department News:
May 2014

Publications

Song, H., Kim, J., & Lee, K. M. (2014). Virtual body vs. real body in exergames: Reducing social physique anxiety in exercise experiences.
Computers in Human Behavior
, 36,
282-285.

Conference Presentations

Hassert, J. (2014, May). Half stories of brothers and blood. Paper presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, The University of Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Kim, J., & Timmerman, C. E. (2014, May). Effects of positive feedback upon exergame experiences: A mediating role of social presence. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Communication Association, Seattle, WA.

Miller, E. C. (2014, May). On two (other) concepts of liberty. Paper presented at the Society for the History of Rhetoric Symposium, San Antonio, TX.

 

Spring 2014 Graduation

Over 100 Communication Studies majors walked in the Spring 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in the Academic Quadrangle at Bloomsburg University. Our very own Dr. Tim Rumbough was a reader of the names during the ceremony and Drs. Bodenman, Heineman, La Valley, Nagy, Shultz, and Turnage were also in attendance for the ceremony.
While we are proud of each of our graduates, we would like to recognize Abigail Morrison, who walked across the stage during the ceremony.  This is especially significant since Abby was told by Doctors in 2006 that she would never walk again.  Congratulations Abby! This has never been a more exciting time to be entering the marketplace for communication studies professionals. We wish all of our graduating seniors all of the very best as you set forth on your careers as communication experts. Please stay in touch with us and let us know how we can assist you as you make the transition to becoming a Communication Studies Alumni!

Graduation 2014

Pictured above (Left to Right) Professors Bodenman, Shultz, Heineman, Rumbough, Turnage, La Valley, and Nagy.

Graduation 2014

Service to University Event

Professor Ruth Beerman and Dr. David Heineman served as panel chairs at Bloomsburg University and Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence's 14th Annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference on May 1st, 2014.

Student Achievement

Boenell Kline, Communication Studies junior, received an Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities (URSCA) award for Summer 2014. This award provides funding for a faculty-mentored project, designed by the student.  Boenell will be working with Dr. Angela La Valley on a two-part research project, which will examine the connections between attachment styles and the nonverbal expression of emotions, with specific focus on facial expressions and vocal tone.