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Featured
Student

Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

Department News:
November 2015

Conference Presentations
Arora, A. (2015, November). Family violence in the everyday. Panel chair and presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Arora, A. (2015, November). Experimental Tourism: Mapping and Performing Las Vegas. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Arora, A. (2015, November). Women who work it: Embracing ‘trailectical’ tensions of working women. Panel respondent at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.  

Arora, A. (2015, November). Birth Control, Positive Birth, and Surrogacy: Competitive Papers in Health and Birth Issues. Panel respondent at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Beerman, R. J. (2015, November). Big Butt but Not Big Racism? Michelle Obama, Let’s Move!, and Post-Racial Health Identity. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Beerman, R. J. (2015, November). “And Justice for All”: Rhetorics of Freedom and Equality. Panel chaired at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Brummett, E. A. (2015, November). Not Everything is Black or White: Negotiations of Race Talk Among Interracial Marital Couples. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Brummett, E. A. (2015, November). Emotional Expressions as Privacy Disclosures: A Reframing of Communication Privacy Management Theory. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Connaughton, S., Kuang, K., & Yakova, L. (2015, November). Liberia’s Pen-Pen Riders: A Case Study of a Locally-Driven, Dialogic Approach to Transformation, Peacebuilding and Organizing for Social Change. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Esquibel, E., & Hanley-Tejeda, D. (2015, November). Performing Race, Performing Culture: Interrogating Intercultural Performance. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Hanley-Tejeda, D. (2015, November). Identifying Borderlands: Mestizo Performance Poetry-in-Context. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Hanley-Tejeda, D. (2015, November). “Embrace What You Despise?” Empathy, Difference, and Forgiveness in the Critical Communication Classroom. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Hanley-Tejeda, D. (2015, November). Ass Wars Are Heating Up: The Contemporary Western Cultural Fascination with Butts. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Miller, E. C. (2015, November). The Perfect Victim: Barronelle Stutzman’s Religious Liberty. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Petre, J. T. (2015, November). The Rhetorical Criticism Classroom: An Opportunity to Develop Critical Tools for Communicating in Professional Contexts. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Shorter, S. (2015, November). The New Voices of Debate: A Closer Look at the Frederick Douglass Debate Society. Panel presentation at theNational Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Shultz, K. (2015, November). Blade Runners, Cyborgs and the Articulation of Otherness in Contemporary Dis/Abled Body Politics. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Turnage, A. K. (2015, November). The “Art Pill”: Visual Metaphorical Empowerment and Disempowerment in Social Philanthropy. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Invited Lecture

Petre, J. T. (2015, November). The Basics of Investing. Presented to the National Communication Association Student Club, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.