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The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


 

Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.

 

 

 

Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.


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Featured Student

Sydney Rimmer

My name is Sydney Rimmer, and I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg, double majoring in Communication Studies with a Leadership and Public Advocacy focus and Political Science with a Legal Studies focus, as well as a minor in Public Relations. This summer, I am beyond grateful to have participated in an internship at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Senate Republicans Communications Office, as it was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The office had a group of employees designated to each area of communications. There were teams of employees for areas such as speech writing, webmasters, photography, film, social media, and others. I got to shadow and help complete assignments in each of these areas, and gain an appreciation for the importance of each specialty. This offered a unique opportunity to understand “a day in the life” of the employees in this office and their responsibilities, and it also gave me an opportunity to meet people outside of the office, and experience things many other people will never experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of these events was so interesting.
The brunt of my work was done in June, as that is when the Senate is in session and the budget is being passed. Once the budget passed, July slowed down and there were significantly less events occurring, therefore less events for me to shadow, as the Senators stay in their district offices as opposed to coming to the Capitol. This gave me an accurate representation of the job, both the hustle and bustle of June, and the relaxed nature of July.
This internship has also proven to be a vital step in my networking. I received a follow up luncheon with the lobbying firm who encouraged me to intern in the Capitol, as well as encouragement from my office to look for a career in the Senate when I graduate. I got a chance to work with several Senators, thereby networking with them, which was a personal goal of mine for the summer. Another strength of my internship was the bond I formed with my coworkers. I was the only intern in my office, however I fit in perfectly with the full time employees despite us being in all different walks of life. I had anticipated forming relationships with my coworkers, but I had not foreseen how close I would grow with them. I am so blessed to now call many of my coworkers my friends. We have spent time together in both the office, as well as our free time, and I am elated they have taken me under their wings, and I still stay in touch with many of them despite being many months post internship.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and truly turned out to be a highlight of my summer. I am able to walk away from this office confident that I completed assignments efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have grown from this experience, and I am excited to see how the things I have learned and the connections I have made will apply to my future endeavors.



Department News:
June - 2013

Publications
Kim, S., Kim, J., & Lim, T. (2013). The impact of cultural holism on conflict management style in colleagueship and friendship: A cross-cultural study. Studies in Communication Sciences, 13, 58-66. doi: 10.1016/j.scoms.2013.04.001

Tenzek, K. E., Herrman, A. A., May, A. Feiner, B., & Allen, M. (2013). Examining the impact of parental disclosure of HIV on children: A meta-analysis. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 323-339.

Conference Presentations
Kim, J., Song, H., & Luo, W. (2013, June). Measurement of social presence. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Communication Association, London, UK.

Nagy, N. E., & Theiss, J. A. (2013, June). Sources of irritating partner behavior in empty-nest marriages and relationship characteristics that predict their severity and expression. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Communication Association, London, UK.

Song, H., Kim, J., Luo, W., & May, A. (2013, June). The role of teacher self-disclosure in online education. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Communication Association, London, UK.

Conference Attendance
Dr. Mary Nagy, Dr. Kelly Tenzek, and Dr. Jihyun Kim attended an annual conference of International Communication Association (ICA).  ICA is an academic association for scholars who are interested in the study of human and mediated communication, and ICA holds an annual conference, alternating between the United States and a country abroad.  This year, the conference was held in London, United Kingdom from June 17 to June 21. 

Dr. Kim presented papers in her area of interest titled “Measurement of social presence” and “The role of teacher self-disclosure in online education” and she met with co-authors and collaborators and shared great new ideas for future research in the area of (tele)presence.  Dr. Nagy presented her work titled “Sources of irritating partner behavior in empty-nest marriages and relationship characteristics that predict their severity and expression” and was in a high-density panel where there were several short presentations and then time allowed for people to view posters and ask questions of the scholars.  Dr. Tenzek supported her colleagues and networked with communication scholars to share ideas and plan future collaborations.

The conference was a great experience.  It offered opportunities for meeting with old friends and colleagues and making new acquaintances in an academic environment, which not only contributed to current research agendas, but also added depth to the examples that can be used in the classroom.  After professional duties were fulfilled Drs. Nagy, Tenzek, and Kim took some time to enjoy local food, take in the sights and new culture, and learn a new system of transportation referred to as the Tube, in which the phrase “mind the gap” quickly became a part of their vernacular.  ICA was a great conference experience and Drs. are looking forward to the next year where ICA will be in Seattle, WA.