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Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.

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.