What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.



Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!


Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.

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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!



Josh Lloyd
I'm a BloomU senior in the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration. I'm also majoring in Spanish and minoring in Arabic and Linguistics. I chose the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration to complement my language major.
Here at Bloom, I'm the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, our campus newspaper, and a member of the Tabletop Gaming Club. My overarching goal is a career in Foreign Services or entertainment journalism.
What I value most from the Communication Studies major is the versatility of the program. Great communication skills transcend all careers and cultures. This was never more evident than when I traveled to Costa Rica in Fall 2017 for a semester abroad, using skills I'd learned from both of my majors to observe, explore and learn as much as possible.
I definitely want to thank Dr. Erin Brummett for introducing me to the major way back in Fall 2015, when I took Interpersonal Communication. I also have to thank my advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, for guiding me every step of the way and helping me with an ambitious Honors Program research project.
In all honesty, I have to thank the entire Communication Studies department, which goes above and beyond to make sure Comm majors have the best opportunities available to them after graduation and are prepared to surmount any challenges they might face in the professional world.

Featured Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

Department News:
October 2018


Petre, E. A. (2018). Using client projects to enhance millennial students' problem-solving skills. In A. Atay & M. Z. Ashlock (Eds.), Millennial culture and communication pedagogies: Narratives from the classroom and higher education (pp. 165-179). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Petre, J. T., & Engstrom, C. L. (2018). A rhetorical approach to teaching and mentoring millennials in the classroom. In A. Atay & M. Z. Ashlock (Eds.), Millennial culture and communication pedagogies: Narratives from the classroom and higher education (pp. 143-163). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.


Liberal Arts Symposium (Oct. 4-5, 2018)
Dr. Janet Bodenman presented a session entitled "Gain Confidence through Interview Practice" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 4.

Dr. Angela La Valley and Dr. Mary King presented a session entitled "Everything You've Learned about Communicating in Relationships from TV...and Why It's Wrong" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 5.

Dr. Erin Brummett (main presenter) and Dr. Kai Kuang presented at the Bloomsburg University Liberal Arts Symposium on October 5, 2018. Their presentation was entitled, “Strategies for Effective Learning in Culturally Diverse Environments."

Dr. Elizabeth Petre presented a session entitled "Taking a Rhetorical Approach to the Job Search Process" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 5.

Dr. James Petre presented a session entitled "The Basics of Saving and Investing" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 4.

Dr. James Petre and Dr. Shavonne Shorter organized a Communication Studies Alumni panel that was part of the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 5. The Communication Studies Alumni featured on the panel included:
Tamika Austin
Cynthia Buhay-Simon
Suzanne Noll
Ashli Novak
Audra Ortiz
Samantha Rutch
Tom Schaeffer
Amanda Simone
Liz Smith
Amanda Strain
We would like to thank all of our panelists and everyone who attended the event.

Conference Presentations

Dr. Carol Terracina-Hartman presented at the Third International Conference on Communication and Media Studies held at UC Berkeley on Oct. 18-20, 2018. The presentation is titled “Burning up the News: Analysis of News Coverage of Ten Historically Significant Wildfires.”

Dr. Carol Terracina-Hartman presented at the College Media Association/Associated College Press Conference held on Oct. 25-28, 2018 in Louisville, KY. The presentation is titled "Can You See Me Now? Top Ten Tips for Being Visible at 'Home.'”

Alumni Reception

The department held our first Alumni Engagement Event in the Haas Gallery on Friday October 5. This was the first event our department has done like this connecting students, faculty, and alumni. We worked with the BU Alumni Engagement Office, the BU Foundation, and the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience.


The Department of Communication Studies had a table at the Homecoming Tent Party on Saturday, October 6th. Dr. Dale Bertelsen, Dr. Janet Bodenman, and Dr. James Petre served as volunteers for the event


An Open Mic Night event took place on October 21st in downtown Bloomsburg that was co-sponsored by The Exchange, a community arts organization, and the Bloomsburg University Student Poetry Association (SPA). A Communication Studies major and President of the SPA, Amira Thompson, worked with Dr. Erin Brummett, a board member of The Exchange, to facilitate this event. The theme of the Open Mic Night was Unity and sought to develop a space where BU students and community members could come together to exchange ideas and foster relationships by participating in the arts. The event was successful in its mission as approximately 30 individuals from the town and the campus attended.


Dr. Kai Kuang was elected to be the Secretary of International Communication Association’s (ICA) Health Communication Division. Her appointment begins in May 2019.


Dr. Carol Terracina-Hartman received Award of Distinction from the College Media Association/Associated College Press.