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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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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 Faculty

Shavonne Shorter

Dr. Shavonne R. Shorter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She is a native of Maryland where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies at Frostburg State University. She went on to receive her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Communication from Purdue University in Indiana.

Dr. Shorter’s area of study is Organizational Communication. Her passion is to prepare her students for life at the organizations that they will work in post-graduation. Classes that she frequently teaches include Small Group Communication, Communication for Business Professionals, and Nonprofit Communication. Her research examines how diversity—or the lack of it—sends specific messages to audiences both internal and external to organizations. She enjoys publishing work that will help to increase the amount of minority professors in higher education and that critiques stereotypical media representations of Black individuals.

Dr. Shorter is honored to be the faculty Co-Chair of the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PCDEI) as she works alongside her colleagues to continue to ensure that our university is a place where every student can achieve their dreams. In her work as Special Assistant, she leads the charge of accomplishing the goals outlined in the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan she authored with the PCDEI. For more information on the work of the PCDEI, please see our website, https://bloomu.edu/diversity-inclusion-commission .

She has also directed a number of programs with a diversity, equity, and inclusion focus at the university including the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence, the Frederick Douglass Learning Community, and the Jump Start Program, which is a pre-college preparatory initiative.

Dr. Shorter happily serves as an executive board member of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education and the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties. She is also a member of the National Communication Association, Legislative Assembly. In her spare time, she can be found mentoring students both individually and as a part of the student organizations she advises.

Selected Publications:
Brown, N. R. & Shorter, S. R. (2020). A qualitative investigation of peer advice in the context of diabetes management. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 13(3), 169-176.

Shorter, S. R. (2019). The complex girlfriend: Toni Childs as a hybrid controlling image on Girlfriends. In S. B. White & K. Harris (Eds.), Representations of Black Womanhood on Television: Being Mara Brock Akil (pp. 33-46). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Beerman, R. J. & Shorter. S. R. (2018). Meeting students where they are: Using social justice as a call for participation. In K. Copeland & G.L. Castleberry (Eds.), Competition, community, and educational growth: Contemporary perspectives on competitive speech and debate (pp. 189-197). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Shorter, S. R. (2016). Black student-faculty mentorship programs: A means to increase workforce diversity in the professoriate. In C. L. Scott & J. D. Sims (Eds.), Developing workforce diversity programs, curriculum, and degrees in higher education (pp. 43-61). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Contact Information:

Email: sshorter@bloomu.edu

Office Phone: 570-389-5423