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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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Featured Student

Sydney Rimmer

My name is Sydney Rimmer, and I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg, double majoring in Communication Studies with a Leadership and Public Advocacy focus and Political Science with a Legal Studies focus, as well as a minor in Public Relations. This summer, I am beyond grateful to have participated in an internship at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Senate Republicans Communications Office, as it was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The office had a group of employees designated to each area of communications. There were teams of employees for areas such as speech writing, webmasters, photography, film, social media, and others. I got to shadow and help complete assignments in each of these areas, and gain an appreciation for the importance of each specialty. This offered a unique opportunity to understand “a day in the life” of the employees in this office and their responsibilities, and it also gave me an opportunity to meet people outside of the office, and experience things many other people will never experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of these events was so interesting.
The brunt of my work was done in June, as that is when the Senate is in session and the budget is being passed. Once the budget passed, July slowed down and there were significantly less events occurring, therefore less events for me to shadow, as the Senators stay in their district offices as opposed to coming to the Capitol. This gave me an accurate representation of the job, both the hustle and bustle of June, and the relaxed nature of July.
This internship has also proven to be a vital step in my networking. I received a follow up luncheon with the lobbying firm who encouraged me to intern in the Capitol, as well as encouragement from my office to look for a career in the Senate when I graduate. I got a chance to work with several Senators, thereby networking with them, which was a personal goal of mine for the summer. Another strength of my internship was the bond I formed with my coworkers. I was the only intern in my office, however I fit in perfectly with the full time employees despite us being in all different walks of life. I had anticipated forming relationships with my coworkers, but I had not foreseen how close I would grow with them. I am so blessed to now call many of my coworkers my friends. We have spent time together in both the office, as well as our free time, and I am elated they have taken me under their wings, and I still stay in touch with many of them despite being many months post internship.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and truly turned out to be a highlight of my summer. I am able to walk away from this office confident that I completed assignments efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have grown from this experience, and I am excited to see how the things I have learned and the connections I have made will apply to my future endeavors.



Department News:

October 2020 Newsletter

Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Robert J. Green (Assistant Professor of Communication Studies) was interviewed by local station Fox 56 to offer commentary on the 2nd Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden. Dr. Green studies language and social interaction with a focus on argumentation in political discourse. A forthcoming book chapter by Dr. Green, published in Local Theories of Argument, examines how political campaign debates have come to operate as sites of anti-establishment micropolitics.
https://fox56.com/news/local/local-reaction-to-final-presidential-debate


Lambda Pi Eta

The BU chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honor Society, held a general meeting open to all Communication Studies majors and minors on Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00PM entitled, 'Preparing for the Future: Conversations with Communication Studies Alumni.'

The meeting featured three alumni, including Kyle Bower (Leadership and Public Advocacy major), Facia Sirleaf (Interpersonal Communication major), and Rebecca Slutsky (Organizational Communication major), who talked to approximately 30 students about their experiences with both graduate school and starting a career in the workplace after graduation. The panelists then engaged in a Q&A session with students to discuss some helpful tips as they start to think about their own path after graduating from BU.

Communication Studies students and faculty have been working with the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic excellence to promote the value of civic debate in the 2020 U.S. Presidential campaign.


Frederick Douglass Debate Society

On 10/21/2020, The Frederick Douglass Debate Society participated in a public debate with members of BU Forensics over the following proposition: “Resolved: Citizens of the United States should re-elect Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.” Two Communication Studies majors, Nancy Bucci and Jonathan Roe, participated in the debate respectively representing the Frederick Douglass Debate Society and BU Forensics. Over forty students and faculty attended the event hosted on Zoom. Dr. Robert J. Green (Assistant Professor of Communication Studies) facilitated a question and answer session after the debate. Dr. Green and Dr. Erin Brummett (Associated Professor of Communication Studies) coach the Frederick Douglass Debate Society.

The institute hosted a set of Debate Watches for the Vice Presidential Debate on 10/7/2020 and for the 2nd Presidential Debate on 10/22/2020. Both Debate Watches were facilitated by Dr. Robert J. Green, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and head coach of the Frederick Douglass Debate Team. Debate Watches are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. According to the Commission, “they provide an opportunity to talk about the debates in a civil way without being dismissed or criticized by those with different views.” A number of faculty and students attended the Debate Watches, including a number of students who had never watched a political debate before. Thus, these events provided an opportunity to encourage participation in the political process.