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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017

 

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Featured
Graduate

Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.


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.