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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017

 

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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 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.