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Featured
Alumni

Stephen Curley

I graduated from Bloomsburg University, in the spring of 2015, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Since I graduated I have had two jobs. In my first job, I was a Collections Specialist at Iron Mountain, which is a data management company. In my second job, I was a Media Coordinator at MayoSeitz Media. I assisted in developing marketing concepts based on seasonal and holiday trends, developed strategic media recommendations and created client presentation material. I also ensured that creative deliverables aligned with marketing initiatives, met campaign goals, and remained consistent across digital platforms. Having a background in communication has helped me find unique ways to connect and communicate with individuals which helped me a great deal in the work place. After working at MayoSeitz Media, I decided to change my career path to what I have always been passionate about, which is sports. The decision to leave my job and attend graduate school was not an easy one. However, after examining the pros and cons and talking to my family and former professors at Bloomsburg, I decided that it was in my best interest to attend graduate school. While there were several professors who gave me great advice on what to expect in graduate school, one professor in particular, went above and beyond in helping me. Dr. Shorter is the reason I am where I am at today. She was the one who gave me the idea to apply to graduate school and was such a tremendous help throughout the application process. At first, I did not give graduate school much thought but after doing research and asking her questions, I determined it was the best choice for the long-term career path I wanted to pursue. I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student at The University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. Next semester I will be a graduate teaching assistant teaching three gym classes to undergraduate students. I will also be interning with the Event Management Department in the Athletic Department. After I graduate in spring 2018, I hope to work in either collegiate or professional sports. The Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg taught me public speaking, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills which I utilize daily. If you are someone that does not want to limit yourself to one career, I would recommend majoring in Communication Studies because it allows students to have a broad range of careers to choose from. 


Featured Student

Audra Ortiz

I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in the Organizational Communication area of concentration, and a minor in Emergent Media. This past summer, I completed an Event Planning/Public Relations internship with Turkey Hill Dairy back home in Conestoga, PA. My responsibilities focused on promoting their new flavors of ice cream and iced tea at all different kinds of events. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Charlotte, New York City, and Philadelphia. At these events, we would talk directly to the consumers and answer any questions about the new products. This internship gave me a small but mighty inside look into the corporate world and introduced me to what to expect after college! Working directly with customers and other interns 24/7 truly tested my communication skills, but after completing my internship I know my professionalism has improved and I have my internship to thank for that.

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.