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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

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 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.

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.