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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

Department News:
Summer 2014

New Faculty Members

The Department of Communication Studies welcomes new faculty members Daniel Bloomingdale, David Hanley-Tejeda, Beth Michalec, Lauren MacKenzie, Shavonne Shorter, Elizabeth Petre, James Petre, and Brion White!


Mackenzie, L. (2014). Strategic Enablers: How Intercultural Communication Skills Advance Micro-Level International Security. Journal of Culture, Language & International Security. 1 (1): 85-96.

Conference Participation

Beerman, R. J. (2014, July). Seminar participant in session entitled “Rhetoric, Identity, Citizenship, and Civic Culture: Expanding the Modes of, and Challenging the Limits on, Public Engagement,” National Communication Association’s Institute for Faculty Development, Hope College, Holland, MI.

Kline, B. & La Valley, A. (2014, August). Attached to your perspective: Attachment and Nonverbal Communication. Presented at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium in Danville, PA.

Boenell Kline and Dr. Angela La Valley

Scholarly Achievement
Dr. Lauren Mackenzie has been named as a Research Fellow by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language at Norwich University.

Student Athlete in the news:
Haley Kramer - a Communication Studies major – is a featured athlete at the BU Huskies website. Read more about her internship at WMMR radio here.