What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.

 


 

Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

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

Josh Lloyd
I'm a BloomU senior in the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration. I'm also majoring in Spanish and minoring in Arabic and Linguistics. I chose the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration to complement my language major.
Here at Bloom, I'm the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, our campus newspaper, and a member of the Tabletop Gaming Club. My overarching goal is a career in Foreign Services or entertainment journalism.
What I value most from the Communication Studies major is the versatility of the program. Great communication skills transcend all careers and cultures. This was never more evident than when I traveled to Costa Rica in Fall 2017 for a semester abroad, using skills I'd learned from both of my majors to observe, explore and learn as much as possible.
I definitely want to thank Dr. Erin Brummett for introducing me to the major way back in Fall 2015, when I took Interpersonal Communication. I also have to thank my advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, for guiding me every step of the way and helping me with an ambitious Honors Program research project.
In all honesty, I have to thank the entire Communication Studies department, which goes above and beyond to make sure Comm majors have the best opportunities available to them after graduation and are prepared to surmount any challenges they might face in the professional world.

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 2018 Newsletter

 

Publications:
Petre, E. A. (2018). Using client projects to enhance millennial students' problem-solving skills. In A. Atay & M. Z. Ashlock (Eds.), Millennial culture and communication pedagogies: Narratives from the classroom and higher education (pp. 165-179). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Petre, J. T., & Engstrom, C. L. (2018). A rhetorical approach to teaching and mentoring millennials in the classroom. In A. Atay & M. Z. Ashlock (Eds.), Millennial culture and communication pedagogies: Narratives from the classroom and higher education (pp. 143-163). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Venetis, M., Gettings, P., & Chernichky-Karcher, S. (2018). Closeness, recipient response, and interaction effectiveness: An application of the actor-partner interdependence model in mental health disclosures. In J. Theiss & K. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary studies on relationships, health, and wellness (pp. 93-114). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108304344.006

Awards:
Dr. Shuzhen Huang received the 2018 Xiao Award of Outstanding Rhetorical Research from the Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) of the National Communication Association (NCA).




Senior Communication Studies major Alyssah Dombek, member of the Bloomsburg University Forensics Team, won two awards at the Collegiate Forensic Association's annual Holiday Tournament held at Shippensburg University November 2-3, 2018. Alyssah won First Place in Communication Analysis, and Third Place in Declamation.

Conference Presentations:
Brummett, E. A. (2018, November). Engaging race talk: Reframing racial ideologies and interracial identities through experiences of support and strain. Panel presentation at the 104th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Chernichky-Karcher, S., & Wilson, S. R. (2018, November). Communicating family meaning of parental cancer: A normative approach to understanding parent reports of family meaning-making processes after a parental cancer diagnosis. Paper presented at the 104th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gettings, P. E., & Kuang, K. (2018, November). Couples’ communication about retirement preferences: Testing the moderating role of age, marital quality and communal coping in the theory of motivated information management. Paper presented at the 104th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Heineman, D. (2018, November). New strategies and provocations for solving some of video games’ core problems. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Huang, S. (2018, November). Queer bodies, affective economy. Paper presented at the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

King, M. E. (2018, November). Remember when: Relational turbulence and transitions in romantic relationships. Paper presented at the 104th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

King, M. E., La Valley, A. G., & Borland, M. G. (2018, November). Cognitive and physiological stress outcomes of partner influence in newly dating relationships: An experimental test. Paper presented at the meeting of the 104th National Communication Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kuang, K. (2018, November). Risk communication in environmental contexts: Alternative approaches to judgment and decision making. Paper presented at the 104th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kuang, K., & Wilson, S. R. (2018, November). The theory of motivated information management: A meta-analytic review. Paper presented at the 104th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

La Valley, A. G. (2018, November). What to do with “The Surplus”? Analyzing functional group decision-making in “The Office.” Presented for Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.), National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Miller, E. C. (2018, November). Harry Emerson Fosdick, In defense of Christian liberty. Presentation at the 104th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Shorter, S. (2018, November). When playtime was over: The women of the 2016 Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) strike and their stories. Panel Organizer and Presenter on a panel presented to the Women’s Caucus of the National Communication Association at the 2018 convention, Salt Lake City, UT.

Shorter, S. (2018, November). Make play, not war: Re-imagining academic and competitive debate as play. Presenter on a panel presented to the American Forensic Association of the National Communication Association at the 2018 convention, Salt Lake City, UT.

Venetis, M. K., Chernichky-Karcher, S., & Lillie, H. (2018, November). Development of the dyadic coping resilience scale within the context of cancer. Competitively selected presentation for the National Communication Association’s Pre-Conference: Communication and resilience: Multilevel applications and insights, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Venetis, M. K., Chernichky-Karcher, S., & Lillie, H. (2018, November). Publishing using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk with health communication samples. Discussion panel presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Grants:

Dr. La Valley and Dr. King were awarded the Faculty Research and Scholarship Mini-Grant ($900) for their project titled Partner Interference & Perceptions of Communication. The grant will provide funding to hire and train undergraduate research assistants on coding.

Events:

Dr. Erin Brummett and Dr. Kai Kuang attended a Leadership for Diversity training sponsored by the National Coalition Building Institute from October 31 - November 3, 2018 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The Institute has received many accolades for its innovative take on diversity, equity, and inclusion training, which utilizes hand-on, personalized training to teach participants how to handle difficult conversations surrounding the explored topics of difference.


The Department of Communication Studies Xi Omega chapter of the National Communication Studies honor society of Lambda Pi Eta hosted the 2018 Speaker’s Forum at Bloomsburg University on Monday, November 12th at 6:30PM in Hartline 108 (Kuster Auditorium). This year’s event featured four student speakers (Lindsey Garnel, Gabriel Miller, Carissa Phillips, and Thomas Weber) and a keynote speaker (Albra Wheeler, Women's Resource Center Coordinator), all of whom gave speeches related to a common topic, “What Grinds Your Gears?”. The event was free and open to the public and generated an audience of over 100 people, including students, faculty, and local community members.


On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Dr. Erin Brummett and four current Communication Studies majors (Tamara Fraser, Lauren Galler, Emily Sullivan, and Asa Whiters) as well as a current BU graduate student and recent Communication Studies alumna (Courtney Enderline) participated in the annual High School Diversity Conference at BU that took place from 9:00AM – 2:00PM in the Kehr Union. As presenters, they were a part of two workshops for the conference entitled, "The Ugly Truth about Race: Understanding Each Other's Lived Experiences." Dr. Brummett also facilitated a third workshop entitled, "Empowering Your Voices" and served as a member of the conference planning committee. This conference introduced various diversity issues to high school students from the surrounding region, with over 130 students in attendance.


Dr. Johnson was invited to be the keynote speaker at the University of Virginia’s “Diversifying Scholarship” graduate conference on Friday, November 16. The title of his talk was “There is Room for You at the Table.”


On November 29th Dr. David Heineman (Communication Studies), Albra Wheeler (University Resource Advocate for Title IX/Sexual Misconduct, and Jennifer Raup (Associate Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students) gave a presentation to Dr. King’s Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication class.

Service:
Dr. Hopeck finished her term as the chair of the Peace and Conflict Communication Division at the National Communication Association.

Dr. King was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Interpersonal Division at the National Communication Association.

Dr. Kuang served as a mentor for the National Communication Association Health Communication Division’s Doctoral & Early Career Scholar Preconference (November 6, 2018) in Salt Lake City, UT.

Most faculty who attended the National Communication Association’s Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT (November 6-11) served as chairs and/or respondents at the conference.

 

Other News:
Dr. Tim Rumbough was selected to serve as the Interim Director of the Academic Advising Center until August 2019.