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


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 2020 Newsletter

 

Award 

Congratulations to Dr. Kai Kuang for her Top Paper Award from the National Communication Association’s Interpersonal Communication Division!


 

 Conference Presentations 

Brummett, E. A. (2020, November). Activism and social justice “pedagogy party”. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Brummett, E. A. (2020, November). Developing debaters at the crossroads of academia and citizenship: Implications of the Frederick Douglass Debate Society for current student debaters. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Chernichky-Karcher, S. (2020, November). At the crossroads of health and gender: Qualitative reports of women’s experiences of supportive communication in health contexts. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Gettings, P. E., Chernichky-Karcher, S., Iannarino, N. T. (2020, November). Normative rhetorical theory: A systematic review of the literature. Paper presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Green, R. J. (2020, November). Developing debaters at the crossroads of academia and citizenship: Implications of the Frederick Douglass Debate Society for current student debaters. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Huang, S. (2020, November). Theorizing against yellow peril racism: US-Based scholars of Asian descent at the crossroads of pandemic times. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Kuang, K., & Gettings, P. E. (2020, November). Applying the theory of motivated information management to family health history: Replication and extension using MSEM. Paper presented to the National Communication Association, Virtual Conference. (Top Paper Award) 

Kuang, K., Wilson, S. R., Tian, Z., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2020, November). Resilience and mental health in China: A cross-cultural validation of the Communication Resilience Processes Scale (CRPS). Paper presented at the “Healthy China" and Health Communication International Conference, Beijing, China (virtual). 

Kuang, K. (2020, November). Theorizing against yellow peril racism: US-Based scholars of Asian descent at the crossroads of pandemic times. Panel presented to the National Communication Association, Virtual Conference. 

Kuang, K. (2020, November). Pedagogy at a crossroads: How to teach when students are struggling for survival. Panel presented to the National Communication Association, Virtual Conference. 

McNallie, J., & Kuang, K. (2020, November). An investigation of patients’ use of virtual clinics: Patient and media characteristics. Paper presented to the National Communication Association, Virtual Conference. 

Miller, E. C. (2020, November). Hold fast to the good: William Ellery Channing's 'Unitarian Christianity,' 1819. Paper presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Shorter, S. (2020, November). At the crossroads of being a supportive professional and self-preservation: Faculty experiences and management of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Shorter, S. (2020, November). Developing debaters at the crossroads of academia and citizenship: Implications of the Frederick Douglass Debate Society for current student debaters. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Shorter, S. (2020, November). Online equity at a crossroads: Is synchronous or asynchronous instruction more effective, inclusive, and equitable?. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Shorter, S. (2020, November). Should I stay or should I go? Communication careers at the crossroads. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Shorter, S. (2020, November). The Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Reflections on our history and goals for our future. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Turnage, A. (2020, November). Communication ethics: Teaching at the crossroads of theory and communicative action. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Virtual Conference. 

Wilson, S. R., Kuang, K., Hintz, E., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2020, November). Developing and validating the Communication Resilience Processes (CRP) Scale. Paper presented to the National Communication Association, Virtual Conference. 

Zhao, X., Kuang, K., & Basnyat, I. (2020, November). From offline to online: Understanding Chinese single mothers’ uncertainty management. Paper presented to the National Communication Association, Virtual Conference. 

 


Campus Presentations 

Dr. Erin Brummett (Associate Professor) presented a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training for the campus on Monday, November 9th entitled "Navigating Difficult Dialogues: Understanding the Importance of Identity Differences in Communication." The training is part of an ongoing resource of trainings that are available to members of the BU community to help individuals become more aware and engaged with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Dr. Erin Brummett (Associate Professor) served as a group discussion facilitator for the 18th Annual High School Diversity Conference held virtually on Thursday, November 12th and sponsored by Bloomsburg University. The conference invites high school students from the local region to participate in a one-day conference to explore topics of diversity. The two virtual conference sessions this year focused on topics of racism, implicit bias, and advocacy through the theme of "Think, Speak, Do." Dr. Brummett also served on this year's Conference Committee to plan and execute the event. 

 


Service 

Dr. Erin Brummett was elected to serve on the Lambda Pi Eta National Faculty Advisory Board for the 2020-2022 term. In this role, Dr. Brummett will assist in making decisions about the honor society on the national level as well as voting for LPH national award recipients. Faculty Advisory Board members also frequently serve as reviewers or panel chairs for LPH events at the annual National Communication Association Convention.