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Damarah BrownDamarah Brown

In my first semester at Bloomsburg University, I enrolled in Interpersonal Communication and Introduction to Communication and quickly fell in love with the major. The communication studies professors taught me how to analyze how and why people communicate verbally, nonverbally, and in various settings such as organizations. My writing and presentation skills have grown tremendously since taking Communication Studies courses.
Since my freshman year I excelled academically in my courses, and I was also active outside of the classroom. I presented a poster at the 2015 Eastern Communication Association conference entitled “Disclosing Sexual History to Romantic Partners: Do Numbers Really Matter?” I also became an active member of the NCASC (Communication Club) as the public relations chairperson and the president of Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Studies Honor Society). As a recent graduate I am starting my career as a Community and Digital Engagement Specialist for dining services at the University of Delaware. Eventually I plan on enrolling in graduate school in an Integrated Marketing Communication program.


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Caitlin FlynnCaitlin Flynn

I majored in Communication Studies because I was not exactly sure of my career goals. I was interested in public relations and marketing along with television production and broadcasting. Upon applying to BU, I read about Communication Studies and thought it was a good fit for me because of the variety of concentrations it offered. From this experience, I am taking away skills that will transfer into the workplace, such as public speaking, working effectively with group members, and time management skills. After taking classes in the organizational communication area of concentration, I concluded I wanted to pursue a career in sales upon graduating. During my time at Bloomsburg, I was inducted into the Communication Studies Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, and was also named Vice President of our chapter. During my time on the executive board, I became involved with the community as well as gained experience with organizing events. After graduation, I will be pursuing a career in Inside Sales for UPS in Greenville, SC. I feel that Bloomsburg University has prepared me for this next chapter and I am very excited for the journey.

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.