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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 News:
Summer 2015

New Faculty

The Department of Communication Studies welcomes new faculty members Aarti Arora, Erin Brummett, and Kai Kuang!


Miller, E. C. (2015). Phyllis Schlafly’s “Positive” Freedom: Liberty, Liberation, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 18, 277-300.

Miller, E. C. (2015). Divisive Discourse: The Extreme Rhetoric of Contemporary American Politics, by Joseph Zompetti. (Book Review.) Argumentation and Advocacy, 51, 132-134.

Miller, E. C. (2015). Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left Rhetoric: The Road to Compromise, by Karin Fry. (Book Review.) Politics and Religion, 8, 425-428.

Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2015, June). Seminar Participant in Rhetorics of Citizenship. Rhetoric Society of America's 6th Biennial Summer Institute, Madison, WI.

Beerman, R. J. (2015, June). Workshop Participant in Academic Publishing in Rhetorical Studies or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Sending Manuscripts Out for Review (with apologies to Stanley Kubrick). Rhetoric Society of America's 6th Biennial Summer Institute, Madison, WI.

King, M. E., & Estlein, R. (2015, June). Attachment avoidance and anxiety in adult romantic relationships and corresponding influence on relational uncertainty and partner interference. International Association of Relationship Research, New Brunswick, NJ. 

Professional Development

Dr. La Valley and Dr. King completed the Teaching Online Certification Course (TOCC) in preparing for courses to be taught via D2L online technology

Student Achievement

Boe Kline was selected to receive the Bloomsburg University Department of Communication Studies “Brinley Crahall, Jr. Endowed Scholarship,” which is an annual scholarship given to outstanding Communication Studies students. Congrats, Boe!


Dr. King and her husband Matt welcomed Wesley Matthew King on August 25th at 11:14pm, weighing in at 7lbs, 2 ounces and 20 inches long. Congratulations Mary and Matt!