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Featured
Alumni

Stephen Curley

I graduated from Bloomsburg University, in the spring of 2015, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Since I graduated I have had two jobs. In my first job, I was a Collections Specialist at Iron Mountain, which is a data management company. In my second job, I was a Media Coordinator at MayoSeitz Media. I assisted in developing marketing concepts based on seasonal and holiday trends, developed strategic media recommendations and created client presentation material. I also ensured that creative deliverables aligned with marketing initiatives, met campaign goals, and remained consistent across digital platforms. Having a background in communication has helped me find unique ways to connect and communicate with individuals which helped me a great deal in the work place. After working at MayoSeitz Media, I decided to change my career path to what I have always been passionate about, which is sports. The decision to leave my job and attend graduate school was not an easy one. However, after examining the pros and cons and talking to my family and former professors at Bloomsburg, I decided that it was in my best interest to attend graduate school. While there were several professors who gave me great advice on what to expect in graduate school, one professor in particular, went above and beyond in helping me. Dr. Shorter is the reason I am where I am at today. She was the one who gave me the idea to apply to graduate school and was such a tremendous help throughout the application process. At first, I did not give graduate school much thought but after doing research and asking her questions, I determined it was the best choice for the long-term career path I wanted to pursue. I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student at The University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. Next semester I will be a graduate teaching assistant teaching three gym classes to undergraduate students. I will also be interning with the Event Management Department in the Athletic Department. After I graduate in spring 2018, I hope to work in either collegiate or professional sports. The Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg taught me public speaking, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills which I utilize daily. If you are someone that does not want to limit yourself to one career, I would recommend majoring in Communication Studies because it allows students to have a broad range of careers to choose from. 


Featured Student

Audra Ortiz

I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in the Organizational Communication area of concentration, and a minor in Emergent Media. This past summer, I completed an Event Planning/Public Relations internship with Turkey Hill Dairy back home in Conestoga, PA. My responsibilities focused on promoting their new flavors of ice cream and iced tea at all different kinds of events. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Charlotte, New York City, and Philadelphia. At these events, we would talk directly to the consumers and answer any questions about the new products. This internship gave me a small but mighty inside look into the corporate world and introduced me to what to expect after college! Working directly with customers and other interns 24/7 truly tested my communication skills, but after completing my internship I know my professionalism has improved and I have my internship to thank for that.

Department Faculty

Tim Rumbough, Ph.D. - Department Chairperson

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 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 Tennis Club. Dr. Rumbough received the Dean’s Salute to Excellence Award in 2013. His website is facstaff.bloomu.edu/trumboug