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Featured Intern

Molly Payne
Molly Payne

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team. This was an incredible experience for me since I am pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. The internship also helped enhance my communication skills that I have gained at Bloomsburg University. During the internship, I assisted with donation requests, soccer clinics, grassroots marketing, and other promotional events. I also networked with professionals and athletes from all over the country and from around the world. Changing my major to Communication Studies during my sophomore year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My internship experience allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge from the classroom into a real world environment.

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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:
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!).