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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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 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.