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Deosha AdamsDeosha Adams

I am a graduating Communication Studies major in the Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. During my years as a Communication Studies major, I was the secretary of the Helping Others Club on campus (HOC), where I was responsible for sending out important emails, taking attendance at weekly meetings, and keeping track of member’s community service hours. After leaving the Helping Others Club I became the vice president of the National Communication Association Students Club (NCASC) where I presided over weekly meetings, worked closely with the president and helped executive members when needed. This past summer I interned for a Human Resource firm called Biagio Inc. At Biagio, I received training in database and business management, the interview process, new hire paperwork, advertising and job posting. Currently, I am a student staff worker at the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) office on campus. This position has helped me become involved in several community service opportunities and provided insight on what it really means to be a leader.

Featured Student

Maggie Temmel

During this past summer, I was the Social and Digital Marketing Intern for Ditech Financial in Fort Washington, PA. During the course of my internship, I assisted with the creation of digital content; including social media posts, campaigns, images, and blogs. I also performed research and reported analytics across all social media platforms. In addition to scheduling and monitoring social media, I was trained to respond to customer concerns and questions. One of my largest projects was creating webpages through WordPress for Home Loan Specialists and Ditech Racing. Most importantly, I have learned the value of networking and have been able to apply my knowledge and skills from my Communication Studies classes at BU. After my internship ended, Ditech offered me a part time job while completing the rest of my degree online. I will be graduating this December.

Department News:
July - August 2013


Hassert, J. (2013) A prank and its possibilities. Communication Currents, 8, 3.

Miller, E. C. (2012). Patrick Buchanan, culture war speech: Address to the republic national convention, 17 August 1992. Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project, 7, 47-59.

Song, H., Kim, J., Tenzek, K. E., & Lee, K. (2013). The effects of competition and competitiveness upon intrinsic motivation in exergames. Computers in Human Behavior, 29, 1702-1708. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2013.01.042

Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2013, August). Toned arms or big butt? Michelle Obama disturbs notions of body, race, gender, and advocacy as Let’s Move! spokesperson. Paper presented at the 2013 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Special Topic Courses: Summer session

Dr. Angela La Valley taught a summer course titled Communication and Family Problems for upper-level undergraduate students. The course provided an overview of theories/models of problematic family communication.  In addition, the course focused on family communication as it relates to specific family challenges, including issues such as sibling rivalry, grieving, addiction, mental health problems, and domestic violence.

Dr. Mary Nagy taught a summer course titled Communication and Physiology for upper-level undergraduate students. Over the course of the semester students learned the multiple body systems affected by and that can affect communication. As part of the course, some students submitted original works detailing new areas of communibiology to a local conference. Those papers selected will be presented in October (stay tuned for student acceptances!).