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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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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!

 




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:
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!

Publications
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.