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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 2016


Dr. Mary E. King was promoted to Associate Professor. Congrats, Dr. King!


Brummett, E. A. (2016). “Race doesn’t matter:” A dialogic analysis of interracial romantic partners’ stories about racial differences. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407516658790

Heineman, D. S. (2016). Porting game studies research to virtual reality. New Media & Society. doi: 10.1177/1461444816661711

Miller, E. C. (2016). The State of the Marital Union: Rhetoric, Identity, and Nineteenth Century Marriage Controversies, by Leslie J. Harris. (Book Review). Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 19, 112-115.

Miller, E. C. (2016). Hunt the Devil: A Demonology of U.S. War Culture, by Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner. (Book Review). Communication Review, 19, 156-158.

Shorter, S. R. (2016). Black student-faculty mentorship programs: A means to increase
workforce diversity in the professoriate. In C. L. Scott & J. D. Sims (Eds.), Developing Workforce Diversity Programs, Curriculum, and Degrees in Higher Education (pp. 43-61). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


King, M. E., & Theiss, J. A. (2016, July). Relational uncertainty and partner interference as predictors of stress and turmoil in the empty-nest relationship. A paper presented at the meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, Toronto, Ontario, CA. 

Dr. Shavonne Shorter presented a summer enrichment workshop to ACT101 students at Bloomsburg University titled, “Choosing A Major—Communication Studies” in July.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Eric C. Miller’s interview with historian Daniel K. Williams appeared at Religion and Politics on May 31, and his interview with historian Alison Collis Greene appeared at Religion Dispatches on July 29.