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Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!

 

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

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 Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

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.