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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:
October 2013

Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2013, October). When STANDing for justice, remember the message: An analysis of Marilyn Wann’s I STAND pro-fat campaign. Paper presented at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender conference, Houghton, MI.

Hassert, J. (2013, Oct. 14). Teaching on the brighter side. Retrieved from http://ktenzek.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/teaching-on-the-brighter-side-by-joseph-hassert/

Tenzek, K. E., Cramer, E., & Allen, M. (2013, October). Standing up for spirituality: Legitimizing the role of chaplain’s in health care interactions. Ohio Communication Association, Marietta Oh. *Top poster presentation*

Dr. Mary Nagy and students from her Communication and Physiology course (Summer 2013) presented scholarly papers at the annual meeting of the New York State Communication Association October 18-20, 2013. The papers explored a variety of topics including "Sexual Doping," "May-December Relationships," and "White Coat Hypertension" and the physiological effects of these communicative circumstances.

Kelly, L., & Treichler, D. (2013, October). Intimate communication and the effect it has on athletic performance.  A paper presented at the New York State Communication Association (NYSCA), Ellenville, NY.

Nagy, M. E., & Deegan, K. (2013, October). White coat hypertension: Doctor-patient communication and physiological outcome. A paper presented at the New York State Communication Association (NYSCA), Ellenville, NY.

Rissinger, B. (2013, October). The disparity of age and sex in sexual relationships: A physiological perspective.  A paper presented at the New York State Communication Association (NYSCA), Ellenville, NY.

Dr. Nagy chaired and served as respondent to the GIFTS panel (Great Ideas For Teaching Students) where she also presented.

Nagy, M. E. (2013, October). Using MindTrap to enhance lateral learning.  A paper presented at the New York State Communication Association (NYSCA), Ellenville, NY.

 

Invited Talks/Guest Lectures

Dr. Jihyun Kim gave a talk titled “Video Games for Health Promotion” to History of Video Games class on October 24.

Prof. Joe Hassert gave a lecture titled “Pride and Slam Poetry” on September 24 on campus for members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at which he discussed the history of slam poetry, the basic element of its communities and performances, and how LGTBQ poets have used slam as a way to affirm their identities and speak back to oppression. He will follow this up with a workshop in early November that will help students craft and perform their own slam poetry.  


Of Interest

Dr. Rumbough continues to volunteer at the Columbia County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) http://ema.columbiapa.org.  In times of serious emergency (severe weather emergency, nuclear power plant problem, etc.), the EOC would be activated.  Dr. Rumbough is assisting the Public Information Officer and the Public Inquiry Hotline.  If you (students, faculty or staff) are interested in volunteering please contact Tim Rumbough at trumboug@bloomu.edu.