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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.

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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 2014


Dr. Kathryn Hobson received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the GLBTQ Division of the National Communication Association.

Dr. Jim Tomlinson received the prestigious Robert T. Oliver Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Communication Association, recognizing “faithful service and outstanding teaching in the discipline of Communication Studies.”



Beerman, R. J. (2014). Toned arms or big butt? Michelle Obama disturbed notions of body, race, gender, and advocacy as Let’s Move! spokesperson. In C. H. Palczewski (Ed.), Disturbing argument: Selected works from the 18th National Communication Association/American Forensics Association Alta conference on argumentation (pp. 81-86). New York, NY: Routledge.


Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2014, October). What fat talk really gains and loses: How Special K’s “shhhhut down fat talk” campaign reinscribes fatphobic norms. Paper presentation at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender conference, San Francisco, CA.

Rippke, P., & Beerman, R. J. (2014, October). Empowering alienation? Strength in solitude in Under the SkinPaper presentation at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender conference, San Francisco, CA

Invited Lectures

Dr. Lauren Mackenzie was invited to address the Air Force ROTC detachment at Wilkes University on October 17. Her presentation, “The Relevance of Cross-Cultural Competence for Air Force ROTC Students," was attended by Lieutenant Colonel Andy Greenfield and student cadets.

Dr. Eric C. Millerwas invited to address the First English Baptist Church prayer breakfast on October 11. Dr. Miller presented his research on the rhetoric of Christian testimony.