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Featured
Student

Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

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.