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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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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!

 




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:
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.