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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017


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Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.

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!