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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

Department News:
May 2014


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
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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.