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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 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.