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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:

November Newsletter

Presentations

Arora, Aarti. (2016, November). Organizing health: Shifting work-life paradigm for better health, healing, and well-being. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Brummett, E. A. (2016, November). Debunking the pathology of interracial romantic relationships: A grounded theory of expectations for support and strain among interracial romantic partners and their family members. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Engstrom, C. L; Petre, E. A.; Petre, J. T. (2016, November). Rhetorical visions of gadget geekdom havens and hipster candidates: Analysis of the fast-growth businesses’ job ads—implications for job search. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Foote, J. G. (2016, November). Keeping civics civil: Structuring political discourse in argumentation and debate courses. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA. *Top Panel Award in the Argumentation and Forensics Division.

Heineman, D. S. & Wheeler, A. R. (2016, November). Jim Thorpe: The man, his namesake town, and the cruel erasure of both. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Kuang, K., & Wilson, S. (2016, November). Uncertainty and information management in illness contexts: A meta-analytic review. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA. *Top Paper Award in the Health Communication Division.

King, M. E., & La Valley, A. G. (2016, November). Exploring the communicative and physiological manifestations of relational partner interference. Research in Progress Roundtable Presentation, National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

King, M. E. (2016, November). Features of conflict interaction that shape perceptions of affiliation and dominance during the transition to the empty-nest phase of marriage. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

King, M. E. (2016, November). Broadening the reach of communication scholarship: Applied scholarship through community engagement. Roundtable presented and chaired at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

La Valley, A. G. (2016, November). Fish tales: Using Big Fish to teach narrative paradigm and/or family stories. Presented as a Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.), National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

La Valley, A., & Roth, K. (2016, November). Ready to learn: How to get your students to come to class prepared. TALE Center workshop/presentation.
Miller, E. C. (2016, November). “Not about discrimination”: Religious freedom restoration acts and the question of intent in Indiana and Arkansas. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Miller, E. C. (2016, November). Rhetoric, Religion, and Freedom. Preconference seminar organized and chaired at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (2016, November). Broadening the reach of communication scholarship: Applied scholarship through community engagement. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (2016, November). Life after grad school: The civic calling to construct a coherent research trajectory. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (2016, November). Work and workers in contemporary capitalism: Domestic work, service work, and class. Panel chaired at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (2016, November). An unpopularly constructed career: Understanding reasons why black students choose not to become professors. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.


Student Achievement

Members of the Bloomsburg University Frederick Douglass Debate Society also presented at the National Communication Association Convention in Philadelphia.

Karli Miller, Julian Moore-Griffin, William Turner, and Amanda Weaver took part in a demonstration titled “Are They Protestors or Rioters? A Debate About Public Reaction to Police Brutality,” chaired by Dr. Shavonne Shorter.

Stefon Brown, Jordan Kennedy, Tanisha Webster, and Amanda Weaver presented on a panel titled “Communication’s Civic Calling: Student-Led Protest, Civic Engagement, and the Frederick Douglass Debate Society,” chaired by Dr. Shavonne Shorter.

The group is advised by Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Eric C. Miller.


Awards

Dr. Kai Kuang was one of three awardees selected by the National Communication Association for the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. NCA confers this very prestigious award on two to three people each year in recognition of the most outstanding dissertations completed in all areas of the discipline. Congrats, Dr. Kuang!

Dr. La Valley was awarded Curriculum Enhancement funds for Family Communication (COMMSTUD 419) to support student poster presentations, which will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 10:00-11:50 in the New McCormick Lobby. Congrats, Dr. La Valley!

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Eric C. Miller’s interview with sociologist Arlie Hochschild appeared at Religion Dispatches on November 15. Her book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, was nominated for the National Book Award.