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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:
May - 2013

Spring 2013 Graduation
Over 100 Communication Studies majors walked in the Spring 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Convocations on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 in the Academic Quadrangle at Bloomsburg University. Our very own Dr. James Tomlinson was a reader of the names during the ceremony and Drs. La Valley, Bodenman, Shultz, and Turnage were also in attendance for the ceremony. This has never been a more exciting time to be entering the marketplace for communication studies professionals. We wish all of our graduating seniors all of the very best as you set forth on your careers as communication experts. Please stay in touch with us and let us know how we can assist you as you make the transition to becoming a Communication Studies Alumni!

Hassert, J. (2013). The Library Project and the gift of prankster art, Text and Performance Quarterly, 33, 98-114.

Theiss, J. A., & Nagy, M. E. (2013). A relational turbulence model of partner responsiveness and relationship talk across cultures. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 186-209.

Conference PresentationsStudents at ECA
A group of students from Dr. Mary Nagy's Leadership and Teambuilding class presented their work at the ECA conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Their poster presentation titled, "Help Us, Help Others: Promoting a Future to Independence" was presented as part of the James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference.

Hassert, J. (2013, March). Flight school: the autonomy-connection dialectic in flocking. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Hassert, J. (2013, April). Imaginal Spaces in Performance. Performance at the Central States Communication Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Student presentation at Eastern Communication Association Conference (ECA).

Rumbough, T. (2013, April). Your life in 100 words or less: A PowerPoint activity for the basic course. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Assoocation Convention (ECA).

Invited Talks/Guest Lectures
Dr. James Tomlinson was the invited dinner speaker for the Bloomsburg University “Relay For Life”, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, on May 2.

Dr. Jihyun Kim gave a talk on “Entertainment-Education: A Role of (Tele)Presence” to Communication Theory Class on May 6.

Of Interest
Dr. Kelly Tenzek and Dr. Mary Nagy are working on the creation and implementation of the Bloomsburg Conflict Mediation and Resolution Center (CMRC). They have been in contact with Assistant Dean Heather Feldhaus and community member Chuck Laudermilch who are on board for helping the program get on its feet. This is a work in progress with goals such as helping students experiencing conflict to find peaceful resolutions, building professional and skills-based learning programs for students, and strengthening the current relationship between BU and the Bloomsburg Community. Dr. Tenzek and Dr. Nagy ask for support in this endeavor. If anyone is interested in becoming involved in the conversation, please contact Dr. Tenzek or Dr. Nagy.