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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017


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Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.

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 2017

Chesebro, J., Bertelsen, D. A., McMahan, D. T. (2017). Introduction to communication criticism: Methods, systems analysis, and societal transformations. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Engstrom, C. L., Petre, J. T., & Petre, E. A. (2017). Rhetorical analysis of fast-growth businesses’ job advertisements: Implications for job search. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 80, 336-364. doi:10.1177/2329490617723117

Petre, J. T. (2017). An examination of public support for the Affordable Care Act. In M. Lang & B. Lang (Eds.), Contemporary social problems in the United States. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Petre, E.A. (2017). From Basic 7 to MyPlate: How the USDA attempts to promote healthy eating. In M. Lang & B. Lang (Eds.), Contemporary social problems in the United States. San Diego, CA: Cognella. 

So, J., Kuang, K., & Cho, H. (2017). Information seeking upon exposure to risk messages: Predictors, outcomes, and mediating roles of health information seeking behaviors. Communication Research. doi:10.1177/0093650216679536

Scholarly Activities

Drs. Erin Brummett and Shavonne Shorter served as discussion facilitators for graduate students in the College of Education after attending Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington’s talk, “Building Capacity for Greater Inclusion: Our Work for the Next Round.” The discussion engaged participants in conversation about how to facilitate inclusive environments currently and within their future employment environments."

Dr. Shavonne Shorter served as a panelist on the Jay-Z, 4:44 Album Listening Party and Critical Discussion sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Achievement.