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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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Featured
Student

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 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!

Publication

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.