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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.

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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 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.