What's New:

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 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.