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The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.




Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.

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Abby Astrachan

My name is Abby Astrachan. I am majoring in Communication Studies on the Organizational
track and minoring in Emergent Media. This summer I had the chance to take on TWO
internships at the same time! At first this sounded scary to me because I knew it would be a lot of work and a lot of time, but I knew these would be incredible experiences that I couldn’t pass up. The first internship I took on was at a very well-known insurance agency in my town called Glatfelter Insurance Group (GIG). I was an intern in their marketing department on the content team. During my time at Glatfelter I had a lot of responsibilities on my plate including
writing and publishing blog posts, creating promotional social media images, organizing content, taking pictures and videos at events, and so much more. I really felt like I was a part of a team at Glatfelter and I always felt that my thoughts were valued and appreciated. The second internship I had was with the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) as their remotely located social media and marketing intern. I was this organization’s first intern ever, which was so exciting for me because that meant that I would be laying the groundwork for possible future interns. Because I was the first intern PBCOHE has ever had, there was a lot of learning and playing around with different ways of advertising and marketing. I had the chance to attend a retreat with the executive board in June where I was able to learn more about the organization and actually meet the faces of the people I was working with and promoting. Overall I had a crazy busy summer, but it was full of a lot of growth both personally and professionally. I gained more of a sense of time management, I
became way more organized than I already was, I learned to speak up if I have opinions or
suggestions, and I learned that my decision to major in Communication Studies was the best decision in my college career thus far. If I had one piece of advice for anyone reading this it would be to take risks and always look to build your resume. Taking on two internships at once
was a risk for me, but I couldn’t be more proud of what I accomplished this summer. I feel
very thankful for all of my experiences this summer and feel so confident in my abilities to succeed in any job I take on following my graduation this upcoming May 2020!

Featured Student

Ashlyn Burkholder
Hello my name is Ashlyn Burkholder and this past summer and into the beginning of my senior year, I had the opportunity to intern as a Marketing and Public Relations intern at the York Fair and Expo Center. Beginning in May 2019, I started working as "intern 2" in the York Fair and Expo Center administration office. Originally when I interviewed for this position, they were looking for an Event Planning intern and a Marketing and Public Relations intern. The other intern that they hired and myself took on both internship roles at once and we were able to get the WHOLE experience by learning about marketing, public relations, event planning, sponsorships, and of course the typical office intern work of copying papers, mailing envelopes, etc. I enjoyed this internship because although our main focus was planning for the fair in September, we were also helping plan for other events that the Expo Center hosts throughout the year. It involved helping schedule 2020 calendar year events that the Expo Center will host, making marketing materials for events, updating our website, and even doing early morning news interviews. Taking courses such as Communication for Business Professionals with Dr. Shorter and Interviewing with Dr. Bodenman really helped me prepare for my summer internship. I was able to take important skills that I had learned in each course and apply them to obtain my internship position and to also continue doing well throughout my time with the York Fair and Expo Center. I highly recommend that other students take advantage of as many internship opportunities that they can while they are at Bloomsburg so that they are able to gain relevant work experience and a real sense of what professional life will be like after graduation. I hope that I can take everything that I have learned at my internship over the last couple months and use my abilities to be a key asset in the success of a company after I graduate from Bloomsburg University in May 2020!

Featured Student

Angela DiPasquale

Hello, my name is Angela DiPasquale and I am a senior organizational communication studies major with an emergent media minor. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern in New York City at an event planning production company called Eventique. Since the end of May, I have taken the 8:40 am bus to NYC learning the ropes of my future career! During my internship experience, not only did I validate that I am headed in the right direction, I learned valuable lessons about how to be a great event planner. Eventique was the perfect company for me to work with! Being an athlete I value working as a team and working towards one common goal and that’s exactly how the office ran. Everyone supported each other and worked on events together. Also, being the only intern I was given a lot of responsibility and duties each day. I got to research venues and entertainment options for clients and create decks for them and was often included in the conference calls with them. I wasn’t just sitting to listen, the team often valued my opinion and let me take the lead on certain aspects of the event. Even though I enjoyed learning the office component of being an event planner my favorite part of my internship was being on-site helping set up events. Unfortunately, they didn’t have too many events this summer but I did get to set up a Vegas themed boat party for a company anniversary and spent 24 hours straight working at a toy expo. Being onsite taught me how to talk to clients and quickly accommodate the client’s needs when things would go wrong or they had a last-minute request. I am sad to leave as I felt like I bonded and became part of the team. I am very thankful that they have asked me to come back and work an event with them in Miami in November and I am even more excited to take the valuable lessons I’ve learned in the past 3 months and bring it to life in a year when I land my first event planning job! I couldn’t have achieved such an amazing internship without all that Bloomsburg University has offered me in the past 3 years. The most valuable classes that strongly helped me be successful this summer where Communication for Business Professionals, Small Group communications and Leadership and Teambuilding. All of these classes provided me with the various of skills and lessons needed to work in an office along with other employees. These classes also helped me to be comfortable with asking for help and providing my opinion which is one of the best things an intern can do to be great!

Department News:

Summer 2018 News

In May, Dr. Chernichky-Karcher was the recipient of the 2018 International Communication Association Interpersonal Communication Division’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. The division competitively selects one dissertation each year that represents outstanding scholarship. Dr. Karcher’s dissertation explored how families battling parental cancer communicated and how this communication impacted family coping throughout the cancer trajectory.

Anderson, L.B., Morgan, M., Shorter, S. & Britt, B. C. (2018). Working with a difficult client: Examining the tensions experienced while developing the Halo Syndrome campaign. In J. Saint John, III, D. K. Martinelli, R. S. Pritchard, & C. Spaulding (Eds.), Cases in Public Relations Strategy (pp. 114-118). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Anderson, L.B., Morgan, M., Shorter, S. & Britt, B. C. (2018). A strategic view: The halo campaign and building a positive client relationship. In J. Saint John, III, D. K. Martinelli, R. S. Pritchard, & C. Spaulding (Eds.), Cases in Public Relations Strategy (p. 119). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hopeck, P. (2018). Care providers' integration of family requests in end-of-life communication: Understanding what to do and why to do it. Health Communication, 33, 1277-1283. doi:10.1080/10410236.2017.1351273

Huang, S. (2018). Beyond the sex-love-marriage alignment: Xinghun among queer people in mainland China. In M. Yarbrough, J. N. DeFilippis, & A. Jones (Eds.), Queer families and relationships after marriage equality. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kuang, K. (2018). Reconceptualizing uncertainty in illness: Commonalities and variations in the literature, and the multidimensional nature of uncertainty. Annals of the International Communication Association, 42, 181-206. doi: 10.1080/23808985.2018.1492354

Kuang, K. (2018). A “fast and frugal approach” to risk judgment and decision making and its implications for natural disasters. In V. Fletcher & J. Lovejoy (Eds.), The really big one: Risk, health, and environmental communication (pp. 121-145). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Petre, E. A. (2018). Encouraging identification with the larger campaign narrative: Grassroots organizing texts in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Communication Quarterly, 66, 283-307, doi: 10.1080/01463373.2017.1378242

Conference Presentations:
Green, R. J. & Hopeck, P. (2018, May). The micropolitics of voice: How Brittany Maynard rejuvenated the Death with Dignity Movement. Interactive poster presented at the 68th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czechia.

King, M. E. (2018, July). Maternal experiences of unplanned pregnancy: Relationship change, relational uncertainty, and partner interference. A paper presented at the meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, Fort Collins, CO.

Kuang, K. (2018, May). The many forms and meanings of illness uncertainty: Processes of problematic integration among patients with chronic illness conditions. Paper presented at the 68th International Communication Association’s Annual Convention, Prague, Czech Republic.

Kuang, K., & Gettings, P. E. (2018, May). Testing the theory of motivated information management across three contexts: Theoretical and practical implications. Paper presented at the 68th International Communication Association’s Annual Convention, Prague, Czech Republic.

Featured Talks:

Drs. Skye Chernichky-Karcher, Paula Hopeck, and Kai Kuang were invited to present their research programs at the Conference of Academy at Bloomsburg University. The presentations were well received among scholars from different disciplines on campus.

Dr. Shuzhen Huang presented the featured talk at School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University (China) on June 4th. Her talk was titled “Negotiating Performances of ‘Real’ Marriage in Chinese Queer Xinghun.”

Dr. Shuzhen Huang presented the talk on Chinese queer marriage for Ph.D. students at School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nanjing University (China) on June 5th.