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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:
November 2013

 

Publication

Turnage, A. (2013). Technological resistance: A metaphor analysis of Enron e-mail messages. Communication Quarterly, 61, 519 - 538. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2013.803995

 

Conference Presentations

Cramer, E., Tenzek, K. E., & Allen, (2013, November) Recognizing success in the chaplain profession: connecting perceptions to practice. Paper presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C. *Top four paper panel in Spiritual Communication*

Heineman, D. S. (2013, November). Ludology of the dead: The rise of zombies in video games. Panel participant at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Hobson, K. (2013, November). Performing alternative femme identity through online vernacular discourse: pornography, pin-up, and the abjection of bodily difference. Paper presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Miller, E. C. (2013, November). Fighting for freedom: Liberal argumentation in culture war rhetoric. Paper presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Rumbough, T. (2013, November). Bugging out: Connections between apocalyptic narratives and consumption in diverse media outlets. Panel participant at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Saindon, C. E. (2013, November). Generating connections through critical communication pedagogy. Panel presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C. 

Saindon, C. E. (2013, November). Feminist pedagogy goals: Consideration, implementation, and reflection about our classroom practices. Paper presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Shultz, K. (2013, November). Bugging out: Connections between apocalyptic narratives and consumption in diverse media outlets. Panel participant at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Song, H., Kim, J., Jung, Y., & Kwon, R. J. (2013, November). Fear appeal through enactive role playing: A serious game for smoking cessation. Competitively selected paper presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Tenzek, K. E. (2013, November) Reaching out: Teachers making connections when teaching, designing, and creating new undergraduate and graduate courses. Panel participant at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Tenzek, K. E. (2013, November). Bugging out: Connections between apocalyptic narratives and consumption in diverse media outlets. Panel participant at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Tenzek, K. E., Cramer, E., & Allen, M. (2013, November). Spirituality and coordinated management of meaning: Examining the chaplain’s role in social constructions of a “Good Death.” Paper presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C. *Top four paper panel in communication as social construction*

Turnage, A. (2013, November). Personal narratives and self-critique: Experiential learning in rhetorical criticism. Competitive paper presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Turnage, A. (2013, November). Electronic discourse, agency and organizational change at Enron Corporation. Competitive paper presented at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

 

Service for the Discipline at Conference

Dr. Heineman chaired a session titled, “Teaching the undergraduate rhetorical criticism course,” at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Professor Saindon co-chaired a panel titled, “Generating connections through critical communication pedagogy,” at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tenzek served as a respondent at a session titled, “Connecting through spirituality: Creating sacred communitiesin a global environment” at the annual conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Awards

Dr. Nagy was award the Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence award at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Washington, DC. Dr. Nagy's dissertation explored the communicative and physiological markers of conflict in empty-nesters.


(L-R: Mary Nagy (Recipient), Jennifer Theiss (Dissertation Advisor)

‪The National Communication Association Student Club Bloomsburg ‪Chapter was awarded the Chapter of the Year Award at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Washington, DC. This competitive award is presented to the chapter that excels in activities, recruitment, and philanthropy in the preceeding academic year.

(L-R: Samantha Moccio (Vice President), Dr. Mary Nagy (Advisor), Susanne Garvin (President))

 

Speaker’s Forum

The BU chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honors Society (advised by Dr. Heineman) held their annual Speaker’s Forum on Tuesday, November 12th.  Three students, Brendan Kelly, Kelsey Regan, and Valerie DeStefano, presented at the forum.  All three students are from Professor Rippke’s public speaking classes and Professor Rippke worked with these students in preparation for the forum.  The forum attracted over 200 attendees to hear presentations that offered a variety of perspectives on peer pressure.