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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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Abby Astrachan

My name is Abby Astrachan. I am majoring in Communication Studies on the Organizational
track and minoring in Emergent Media. This summer I had the chance to take on TWO
internships at the same time! At first this sounded scary to me because I knew it would be a lot of work and a lot of time, but I knew these would be incredible experiences that I couldn’t pass up. The first internship I took on was at a very well-known insurance agency in my town called Glatfelter Insurance Group (GIG). I was an intern in their marketing department on the content team. During my time at Glatfelter I had a lot of responsibilities on my plate including
writing and publishing blog posts, creating promotional social media images, organizing content, taking pictures and videos at events, and so much more. I really felt like I was a part of a team at Glatfelter and I always felt that my thoughts were valued and appreciated. The second internship I had was with the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) as their remotely located social media and marketing intern. I was this organization’s first intern ever, which was so exciting for me because that meant that I would be laying the groundwork for possible future interns. Because I was the first intern PBCOHE has ever had, there was a lot of learning and playing around with different ways of advertising and marketing. I had the chance to attend a retreat with the executive board in June where I was able to learn more about the organization and actually meet the faces of the people I was working with and promoting. Overall I had a crazy busy summer, but it was full of a lot of growth both personally and professionally. I gained more of a sense of time management, I
became way more organized than I already was, I learned to speak up if I have opinions or
suggestions, and I learned that my decision to major in Communication Studies was the best decision in my college career thus far. If I had one piece of advice for anyone reading this it would be to take risks and always look to build your resume. Taking on two internships at once
was a risk for me, but I couldn’t be more proud of what I accomplished this summer. I feel
very thankful for all of my experiences this summer and feel so confident in my abilities to succeed in any job I take on following my graduation this upcoming May 2020!

Featured Student

Ashlyn Burkholder
Hello my name is Ashlyn Burkholder and this past summer and into the beginning of my senior year, I had the opportunity to intern as a Marketing and Public Relations intern at the York Fair and Expo Center. Beginning in May 2019, I started working as "intern 2" in the York Fair and Expo Center administration office. Originally when I interviewed for this position, they were looking for an Event Planning intern and a Marketing and Public Relations intern. The other intern that they hired and myself took on both internship roles at once and we were able to get the WHOLE experience by learning about marketing, public relations, event planning, sponsorships, and of course the typical office intern work of copying papers, mailing envelopes, etc. I enjoyed this internship because although our main focus was planning for the fair in September, we were also helping plan for other events that the Expo Center hosts throughout the year. It involved helping schedule 2020 calendar year events that the Expo Center will host, making marketing materials for events, updating our website, and even doing early morning news interviews. Taking courses such as Communication for Business Professionals with Dr. Shorter and Interviewing with Dr. Bodenman really helped me prepare for my summer internship. I was able to take important skills that I had learned in each course and apply them to obtain my internship position and to also continue doing well throughout my time with the York Fair and Expo Center. I highly recommend that other students take advantage of as many internship opportunities that they can while they are at Bloomsburg so that they are able to gain relevant work experience and a real sense of what professional life will be like after graduation. I hope that I can take everything that I have learned at my internship over the last couple months and use my abilities to be a key asset in the success of a company after I graduate from Bloomsburg University in May 2020!

Featured Student

Angela DiPasquale

Hello, my name is Angela DiPasquale and I am a senior organizational communication studies major with an emergent media minor. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern in New York City at an event planning production company called Eventique. Since the end of May, I have taken the 8:40 am bus to NYC learning the ropes of my future career! During my internship experience, not only did I validate that I am headed in the right direction, I learned valuable lessons about how to be a great event planner. Eventique was the perfect company for me to work with! Being an athlete I value working as a team and working towards one common goal and that’s exactly how the office ran. Everyone supported each other and worked on events together. Also, being the only intern I was given a lot of responsibility and duties each day. I got to research venues and entertainment options for clients and create decks for them and was often included in the conference calls with them. I wasn’t just sitting to listen, the team often valued my opinion and let me take the lead on certain aspects of the event. Even though I enjoyed learning the office component of being an event planner my favorite part of my internship was being on-site helping set up events. Unfortunately, they didn’t have too many events this summer but I did get to set up a Vegas themed boat party for a company anniversary and spent 24 hours straight working at a toy expo. Being onsite taught me how to talk to clients and quickly accommodate the client’s needs when things would go wrong or they had a last-minute request. I am sad to leave as I felt like I bonded and became part of the team. I am very thankful that they have asked me to come back and work an event with them in Miami in November and I am even more excited to take the valuable lessons I’ve learned in the past 3 months and bring it to life in a year when I land my first event planning job! I couldn’t have achieved such an amazing internship without all that Bloomsburg University has offered me in the past 3 years. The most valuable classes that strongly helped me be successful this summer where Communication for Business Professionals, Small Group communications and Leadership and Teambuilding. All of these classes provided me with the various of skills and lessons needed to work in an office along with other employees. These classes also helped me to be comfortable with asking for help and providing my opinion which is one of the best things an intern can do to be great!

Department News:

November 2018 Newsletter


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

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.


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.


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.

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.