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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017


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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 2017 News

New Faculty

The Department of Communication Studies is joined this fall by Drs. Skye Chernichky-Karcher, Robert J. Green, Paula Hopeck, Shuzhen Huang, Elizabeth A. Petre, and Ninxing Wang. Welcome!


Dr. Anna Turnage was granted a sabbatical for Fall 2018. Congrats, Dr. Turnage!


Miller, E. C. (2017). The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, by Francis FitzGerald. (Book Review). Politics and Religion 10: 741-743.

Miller, E. C. (2017). Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, and Fanaticism in the Age of Terror, by Liliana M. Naydan. (Book Review). Journal of Communication and Religion 39: 113-114.

Professional Development

Dr. Erin Brummett and Dr. Kai Kuang attended this year’s Lilly Conference in Bethesda, MD on June 1st - 4th. The conference focused on evidence-based teaching and learning. While there, Dr. Brummett and Dr. Kuang attended several sessions that primarily addressed cultural diversity within the classroom and effective strategies for culminating inclusive classroom environments. They will be taking the knowledge gained from that experience and presenting a session for students on improving interpersonal and intercultural relations on the BU campus during the upcoming Liberal Arts Symposium on October 6th.


Dr. Shavonne Shorter was elected to the Board of Directors for The Women's Center, Inc. in Bloomsburg, PA.