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Featured Intern

Molly Payne
Molly Payne

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team. This was an incredible experience for me since I am pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. The internship also helped enhance my communication skills that I have gained at Bloomsburg University. During the internship, I assisted with donation requests, soccer clinics, grassroots marketing, and other promotional events. I also networked with professionals and athletes from all over the country and from around the world. Changing my major to Communication Studies during my sophomore year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My internship experience allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge from the classroom into a real world environment.

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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

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.