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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 Faculty

Shavonne ShorterShavonne R. Shorter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies who specializes in Organizational Communication (Ph.D., M.A.-Purdue University; B.A.-Frostburg State University). She enjoys teaching courses such as Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational Communication Theory. Teaching is her life's passion and her commitment to superior instruction has been recognized through conferral of a Bruce Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching, Honorable Mention.

Her research focuses on the innately political nature of organizing. Shorter investigates organizing processes in contexts such as education, politics, and within the media. Her dissertation examined career messages that members of underrepresented groups receive and make sense of about the professoriate. The project added to what is known about career theories and vocational anticipatory socialization as well as scholarship on the recruitment and retention of minority students within higher education.

Her scholarship has been published in Health Communication and presented at conferences sponsored by the International Communication Association, National Communication Association (Top Paper Recipient), Eastern Communication Association, and Maryland Communication Association. Shorter enjoys sharing teaching, research, and professional expertise with others via workshops and speaking engagements. In her spare time she is committed to helping students take the steps to achieve their dreams.