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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 2016

King, M. E., & Theiss, J. A. (2016). The communicative and physiological manifestations of relational turbulence during the empty-nest phase of marital relationships. Communication Quarterly, 64, 495-517.

Dr. Angela La Valley and Dr. Mary E. King presented at the 2016 Liberal Arts symposium before an audience of approximately 130 students. Their presentation, titled “Navigating Relationships and Dating,” highlighted interpersonal communication processes within romantic relationships in college that can lead individuals to success in maintaining healthy, satisfying relationships. Topics such as initiating relationships, flirtation,
respectful communication, romantic exclusivity, and jealousy were discussed.

Dr. Elizabeth Petre and Dr. Jim Petre also presented during the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 14. Their presentations were titled "Taking a Rhetorical Approach to the Job Search Process" and "The Basics of Saving and Investing," respectively.

Scholarly Activity
Dr. Eric C. Miller's interview with historian Nicole Hemmer appeared at Religion Dispatches on October 31.

Professional Development
Dr. Mary E. King attended a specialized training, "Integrating Salivary Bioscience into Behavioral, Developmental, and Health Science Research," on October 12, 2016 at Cornell University, NY. The training focused on exploring the basic and latest research advancements that help investigators integrate salivary bioscience into research.

Invited Lectures
Dr. Elizabeth Petre and Dr. Jim Petre delivered the second lecture in the department’s Scholarship Symposium Series on October 11. The talk was based on their recent book chapter, titled “Teaching Communication Consulting through Client Projects: A Rhetorical Approach.”

Dr. Mary E. King delivered a lecture via Skype for the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University on October 6.  Her talk was titled “From model to theory: Contemporary interpersonal communication research applying the Relational Turbulence Model.”

Dr. Shavonne Shorter was an invited speaker at the ACT 101 faculty meet and greet on October 18.

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Shavonne Shorter received the 2016 Outstanding Educator award from The Women's Center, Inc. The award honors the recipients outstanding level of commitment either by response or direct efforts within their profession/community to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Congrats, Dr. Shorter!