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Featured Intern

Molly Payne
Molly Payne

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team. This was an incredible experience for me since I am pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. The internship also helped enhance my communication skills that I have gained at Bloomsburg University. During the internship, I assisted with donation requests, soccer clinics, grassroots marketing, and other promotional events. I also networked with professionals and athletes from all over the country and from around the world. Changing my major to Communication Studies during my sophomore year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My internship experience allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge from the classroom into a real world environment.

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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

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!


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


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


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.