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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 News:
September 2013

New Faculty Members

We welcome our new faculty members to Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University: Kelly Tenzek, Ruth Beerman, Kathryn Hobson, Eric C. Miller, Ed Rabinowitz, Phillip Rippke, and Christina Saindon!


Publications

Miller, E. C. (2013).The myth of American religious freedom, by David Sehat. Book Review. Journal of Communication and Religion 36(2): 214-217.

Song, H., Kim, J., Kwon, J., & Jung, Y. (2013). Anti-smoking educational game using avatars as visualized possible selves. Computers in Human Behavior, 29, 2029-2036. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2013.04.008


Awards

Dr. Tim Rumbough received the Dean’s Salute to Excellence Award on September 20, 2013. More information is available here.


Grants


Dr. Mary E. Nagy
(Grant Project Director, Communication Studies) and Co-PI Catherine Shooter (DAWN) along with Communication Studies faculty members Dr. Angela La Valley and Dr. Jihyun Kim have recently been awarded a 2-year grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The grant, titled "Reducing Dagerous Drinking on the University Campus Through Social Norms Theory and Practice," is designed to reduce underage and dangerous drinking at Bloomsburg University. The grant is for $35,895 and will incorporate curriculum infusion, social norms theory and interpersonal campaign efforts to reach students in the hope of making a positive impact on the Bloomsburg University campus.

 

Special Topic Courses: Fall 2013

Dr. Kelly Tenzek is offering a special topics course on End-of-life Communication (EOL) during fall 2013. This special topics course is designed to examine the death and dying process from a communication perspective. The course looks at end-of-life care and communication from multiple perspectives to understand how crucial health, interpersonal, group, and family coordination is within the medical community. Thus far in the semester the class has covered two opposing perspectives, life at all costs and death with dignity. The class is moving forward with examining historical and present perspectives regarding communication about EOL through strategic communication, doctor-patient conversations, and ultimately, why people struggle with communicating at EOL.


Communication Research Lab
Communication Lab
The Department of Communication Studies is pleased to announce that we opened our new Communication Studies Research Laboratory.  This high-tech multi-purpose space can be used for conducting research, training student research groups, recording interviews and other performance assignments, collecting data for student research projects, meetings, conducting small group research, working on projects for the computer applications course, and is a presentation practice space. The space includes such features as:
1.       A one-way mirror with an adjacent observation room.
2.       Multiple computer workstations 
3.       A conference table
4.       A presentation station connected to a large screen
5.       State of the art recording equipment with multiple wall-mounted cameras.