What's New:

The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.




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!


Featured Student

Kynslee Shepherd
Just a little under four years ago, I received my acceptance letter from Bloomsburg University. Within the past month I received a second acceptance letter from Belmont University congratulating and welcoming me to their Master of Sport Administration program. This acceptance could have not been made possible without the foundation that Bloomsburg University has given me, and in part I owe a huge thank you to the Communication Studies Department. When I was a freshman, I had not a clue in the world what I wanted to pursue professionally, and I bounced between a few different majors until finally declaring Communication Studies. The foundation and guidance that classes and faculty have given me are abundantly appreciated. I see the skills and knowledge that I have developed being a crucial part leading into this next step of my education. After I complete graduate school, I hope to find my place in the professional sports world, hopefully in an Operations position or Fan Development. My goal is to become to become an Athletic Director for a powerhouse Division I University.

Department News:

October 2019 Newsletter

Miller, E. C. (2019, October). “Harry Emerson Fosdick, ‘Shall the Fundamentalists Win?’” Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project 14, 18-31. https://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/VOD-Miller_Essay-10.9.19.pdf


Liberal Arts Symposium (Oct. 24-25, 2019)

Dr. Janet Bodenman moderated a panel titled “Gain Confidence through Interview Practice” at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 24th. Participants at this panel learned the basics of how to make a positive first impression in an interview for an internship or job.

Dr. Erin Brummett presented at the Liberal Arts Symposium on Friday, October 25th. Her presentation was entitled, “Strategies for Inclusive Communication in Culturally Diverse Environments." In the session, Dr. Brummett discussed how students can become effective communicators in and outside of the college classroom. A special focus was given to strategies that students could use to improve interpersonal and intercultural interactions on the college campus while learning how to understand, appreciate, and celebrate difference.

Dr. Kai Kuang presented at the Liberal Arts Symposium on Friday, October 25th with Dr. Heather Feldhaus and Dr. Sue Dauria. Their presentation was entitled, "Getting Involved in Research: URSCA Program, Grant Opportunities, and Community Engagement.”

Dr. Elizabeth Petre presented a session entitled “Taking a Rhetorical Approach to Finding a Job Using Handshake” at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 24th.

Dr. James Petre presented a session entitled "The Basics of Saving and Investing" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 24th.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter presented a session entitled “Light Up Your LinkedIn Account: A Workshop on Designing an Effective LinkedIn Page” at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 25.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher organized a Communication Studies Alumni panel that was part of the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 25th. Alumni panelists included Karin Suttman (‘85), JL Media Inc. in NYC; Kristen Cheek (‘05), Talent Acquisition Partner for QVC in Philadelphia; and Valerie Fessler (‘03 and ‘09), Community Engagement and Development Officer, American Rescue Workers.

Alumni Reception:
The department held our Alumni Engagement Event in the Haas Gallery on Friday October 25th. We worked with the BU Alumni Engagement Office, the BU Foundation, and the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience.

Professional Developments:

Dr. Mary King completed Level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy in October 2019. This included a 19-hour master course focusing on relationship theory and interventions. Learned techniques can help couples build healthy friendships and relationships, the process of therapy, the therapy session structure, core assessments and evaluations, fighting intervention and stress-reduction techniques, and ways to manage couples dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and situational and categorical domestic abuse.

Dr. Kai Kuang and Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher attended a Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling seminar in Philadelphia on October 18-19, 2019. Their attendance was partially sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Enhancement Grant.


The Department of Communication Studies had a table at the Homecoming Tent Party on Saturday, October 26th. Dr. Doreen Jowi and Department Secretary Rachel Schaffer served as volunteers for the event.