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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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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!

 




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:
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.