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Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.

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!