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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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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 2017 Newsletter


Kuang, K. (2017, May). Information deficit or information overload?: Reconceptualizing uncertainty in illness. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Eric C. Miller’s interview with Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian Francis FitzGerald appeared at Religion Dispatches on May 31.

Student Achievements

Kate Armstrong was selected as the Department of Communication Studies Outstanding Senior. She was presented with a plaque at the College of Liberal Arts ceremony on Sunday May 7th, 2017. Dr. Shavonne Shorter presented Kate with her award and had this to say about her.

“Kate has served as the President of the National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC) for the past two and a half years. Under her leadership our club membership has tripled. In our major, all students are required to complete one internship for credit. Kate has held four internships since she has been a student, at places such as National Pipe and Plastics, the university’s Marketing and Communication Department, the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, and the university’s Human Resources office. In addition, although this was not a formal internship, she was the very first student to run our social media accounts in our department. This fall, Kate will begin her next chapter as a master’s student in the Instructional Technology Department here at Bloomsburg. I have no doubt that her future will continue to be bright.”

The Department of Communication Studies also recognized the following seniors for their contributions to our department. They are Holly Davis, Rebecca DeMuth, Boenell Kline, and Amanda Strain. We wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.

On May 7, fifteen students were inducted into the Department’s Lambda Pi Eta honor society. These included Giovanna A. Andrews, Jessica Berton , Naiya Brown, Rebecca DeMuth, Courtney Enderline, Paige Friesema, Shelby Minier, Monica E. Mosso, Rachel Mari Newton, Julia Louise Peters, Natalie Quinlan, Julie Ryder, Facia Nyego Sirleaf, Elizabeth Smith, and Taylor L. Trivigno. Congrats!

Finally, on May 13, the Communication Studies Department graduated approximately 100 majors! Congrats and best wishes to all!