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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.


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Featured
Student

Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

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 Faculty

Tim Rumbough, Ph.D.

RumboughDr. Rumbough earned his Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Florida State University and joined the department in 1993. He teaches courses such as: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Theory, Communication in Relationships, Nonverbal Communication, and Computer Applications for Professional Communicators. His research primarily examines computer-mediated communication. His latest research project is exploring how social media (such as twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube) is being used in times of disaster to disseminate disaster-related information from both authorities and nonofficial sources. He has published in Communication Research Reports, the Journal of Communication Studies, Educause Quarterly, College and University Media Review,  Communication Teacher, the New Jersey Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Information Ethics. His research has been featured in news sources such as BBC-online, Newsweek.com, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He was selected for Who's Who in America.  He has presented papers on a variety of communication topics at international, national, and regional conferences. He has served as a program planner for the Communication Association of Pennsylvania and for the Eastern Communication Association. He has designed web sites for the Department and other organizations. He is a former Chairperson of the Department of Communication Studies. He serves on a wide variety of university-wide committees such as the Technology Planning Committee, Tenure Committee, Sabbatical Committee, Promotion Committee and served as a delegate to APSCUF's legislative assembly. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Bloomsburg University Tennis Club. Dr. Rumbough received the Dean’s Salute to Excellence Award in 2013. His website is rumbough.wix.com/rumbough