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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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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 2019 Newsletter

Lambda Pi Eta 2019 Chapter of the Year Award
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. The executive board, Emel Rasim, Ashlyn Burkholder, Emily Henderson, Angela DiPasquale, and Abby Astrachan of the Xi Omega chapter and Dr. Erin Brummett, advisor to the chapter, attended the Lambda Pi Eta division business meeting at the 105th National Communication Association Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, November 15th to receive the award. Along with being recognized, the chapter was also awarded a plaque as well as a cash prize.

More Awards

Dr. Shuzhen Huang (and co-authored with Dr. Daniel Brouwer from Arizona State University) received the 2019 Outstanding Article Award from the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association. The award was given for their article, entitled “Coming Out, Coming Home, Coming With: Models of Queer Sexuality in Contemporary China,” to recognize its contribution to the field of international and intercultural communication. Published as the lead article in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, their article investigates two already-existing, prominent models of queer sexuality in contemporary mainland China—coming out and coming home—and theorizes an emerging third model—coming with—to understand how Chinese sexual minority craft livable lives in a time of queer globalization.


Dr. Eric C. Miller received the Spiritual Communication Division’s Outstanding Book Award for his edited volume, The Rhetoric of Religious Freedom in the United States (Lexington, 2018), at the National Communication Association Convention. The book features chapters by our own Drs. Elizabeth Petre and James T. Petre, among others.

Conference Presentations:
Brummett, E. A. (2019, November). Who are you?: A critical understanding of difference. Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.) presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

King, M. E. (2019, November). Catching feelings, body counts, and ghosting: Surviving contemporary romantic relationships. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

King, M. E. (2019, November). From romantic to platonic: An examination of the complexities of friends-with-exes relationships. Panel presentation at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Kuang, K. (2019, November). The use of interactive technologies in health promotion and education: A review of literature on health message modality. Paper presented at the 105th National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Kuang, K. (2019, November). “What does it mean to not know?”: Understanding different forms of problematic integration in chronic illnesses. Paper presented at the 105th National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Mary King received a Research & Scholarship Mini Grant ($3,373) for the Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training (Level 3 Training, Treating Affairs and Trauma, Couples Addiction and Recovery).

Lambda Pi Eta 2019 Speakers' Forum
The Department of Communication Studies Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, hosted the 2019 Speakers' Forum at Bloomsburg University on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00PM. This year’s event featured five student speakers (Kyle Bower, Krystal Garcia, Lindsey Garnel, Carissa Phillips, and Sophia Robinson) and a keynote speaker (Kristin Austin, Coordinator of New Student Orientation at BU), all of whom gave speeches related to a common topic, Misconceptions of "Millennials”. The event was free and open to the public and generated an audience of over 100 people, including students, faculty, and local community members.

Beyond the Fountain Event
Dr. Erin Brummett served as panelists at Bloomsburg University's annual Beyond the Fountain event on Tuesday, November 19th, which is a student-sponsored event that offers a venue for discussions about race relations both on campus and within the local community.

The Niceties Event
Drs. Erin Brummett and Shavonne Shorter served as panelists for a panel discussion following a reading of the play The Niceties in Carver Hall on Wednesday, November 6th as part of the Conversations for the Common Good series at Bloomsburg University. The panel was moderated by Dr. David Heineman. The play focuses on race relations in higher education.

2019 High School Diversity Conference
On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Dr. Erin Brummett and six students (Jha'Vonni Darrison, Jodecie Hook, Lily Louie, Alexis McCluskey, Brittany Stephenson, and Christopher Toney-El), several of which are Communication Studies majors and/or minors, participated in the annual High School Diversity Conference at Bloomsburg University that took place from 9:00AM – 2:00PM in the Kehr Union. As presenters, they were involved in three workshops for the conference entitled, "The Ugly Truth about Race: Understanding Each Other's Lived Experiences." This conference introduced various diversity related presentations, discussions, and workshops to high school students from the surrounding region, with over 100 students in attendance.

Dr. Kai Kuang was elected to the Executive Board of the National Communication Association’s Interpersonal Communication Division.

Most faculty who attended the National Communication Association’s Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD (November 14-17, 2019) served as chairs and/or respondents at the conference.