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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 2015

Presentations
Shorter, S. & Watson, V. (2015, October). Inclusive Future Faculty (IFF) Initiative: Field Kit, Pilot, Model, Videos. Presentation made to the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative Meeting, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA.

Invited Lecture
Shorter, S. (2015, October). Remember My Name: The Silenced Voices of Black Women Who Experience Domestic Violence. Presented to The Women’s Center, Inc., at the Remember My Name Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil and Reception in Bloomsburg, PA.

Workshop
Dr. Erin Brummett, Dr. Kai Kuang, and Dr. Elizabeth Petre conducted hour-long workshops for the Center of Leadership and Engagement titled “Skills Set Series Part 1: Communication and Conflict Management.” These workshops provided an overview of effective communication skills to emerging student leaders here on campus. Students participated in individual reflections and small group discussions about their everyday communication interactions, ways to improve their listening habits, and strategies for dealing with conflict. Students take eight SSS1 workshops to get their Level 1 Certification.

Scholarly Achievement
Dr. Eric C. Miller performed interviews with notable authors for a pair of web magazines to which he contributes. His conversation with Valparaiso historian Heath W. Carter appeared at Religion Dispatches, and his conversation with Bucknell Religious Studies scholar Brantley W. Gasaway appeared at Religion & Politics.