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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 2014


Miller, E.C. (2014). Fighting for Freedom: Liberal Argumentation in Culture War Rhetoric. Journal of Communication and Religion, 37(1), 102-125.

Petre, J. T. (2014). Crisis narratives and the role of government: Comparing Ronald Reagan's and Barack Obamaメs National Convention Addresses. Iowa Journal of Communication, 46(2), 179-201.


Dr. David Hanley-Tejeda performed his solo show, "MeSo Mestizo," as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. This show is based on his dissertation, which deploys poetry and personal narrative to examine his biracial, White-Latino identity in the context of the Midwest-South.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter presented excerpts from her dissertation titled, "Black Students' Understandings of the 'Pipeline' to the Professoriate: Viable Career Option or Perceived Dead End?" to the Bloomsburg University Chapter of the National Communication Association Student Club.

Scholarly Achievement

Dr. Shavonne Shorter was featured in the Fall edition of Profile, the Frostburg State University Alumni Magazine. Shorter recounted how her experiences as a member of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program, which provides members of underrepresented groups with the skills necessary to pursue doctoral education, paved the way for her academic career.