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Featured
Alumni

Stephen Curley

I graduated from Bloomsburg University, in the spring of 2015, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Since I graduated I have had two jobs. In my first job, I was a Collections Specialist at Iron Mountain, which is a data management company. In my second job, I was a Media Coordinator at MayoSeitz Media. I assisted in developing marketing concepts based on seasonal and holiday trends, developed strategic media recommendations and created client presentation material. I also ensured that creative deliverables aligned with marketing initiatives, met campaign goals, and remained consistent across digital platforms. Having a background in communication has helped me find unique ways to connect and communicate with individuals which helped me a great deal in the work place. After working at MayoSeitz Media, I decided to change my career path to what I have always been passionate about, which is sports. The decision to leave my job and attend graduate school was not an easy one. However, after examining the pros and cons and talking to my family and former professors at Bloomsburg, I decided that it was in my best interest to attend graduate school. While there were several professors who gave me great advice on what to expect in graduate school, one professor in particular, went above and beyond in helping me. Dr. Shorter is the reason I am where I am at today. She was the one who gave me the idea to apply to graduate school and was such a tremendous help throughout the application process. At first, I did not give graduate school much thought but after doing research and asking her questions, I determined it was the best choice for the long-term career path I wanted to pursue. I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student at The University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. Next semester I will be a graduate teaching assistant teaching three gym classes to undergraduate students. I will also be interning with the Event Management Department in the Athletic Department. After I graduate in spring 2018, I hope to work in either collegiate or professional sports. The Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg taught me public speaking, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills which I utilize daily. If you are someone that does not want to limit yourself to one career, I would recommend majoring in Communication Studies because it allows students to have a broad range of careers to choose from. 


Featured Student

Audra Ortiz

I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in the Organizational Communication area of concentration, and a minor in Emergent Media. This past summer, I completed an Event Planning/Public Relations internship with Turkey Hill Dairy back home in Conestoga, PA. My responsibilities focused on promoting their new flavors of ice cream and iced tea at all different kinds of events. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Charlotte, New York City, and Philadelphia. At these events, we would talk directly to the consumers and answer any questions about the new products. This internship gave me a small but mighty inside look into the corporate world and introduced me to what to expect after college! Working directly with customers and other interns 24/7 truly tested my communication skills, but after completing my internship I know my professionalism has improved and I have my internship to thank for that.

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.