What's New:

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 2019 Newsletter

Tenure and Promotion
Dr. Jim Petre and Dr. Shavonne Shorter were recently tenured and promoted to Associate Professors. Congratulations!


Original Research:
Brummett, E. A., & Afifi, T. (2019). A grounded theory of interracial romantic partners’ expectations for support and strain with family members. Journal of Family Communication, 19, 191-212. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2019.1623220

King, M. E. & La Valley, A. G. (2019). Partner influence, emotion, and relational outcomes: A test of Relational Turbulence Theory. Southern Communication Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2019.1639212

Petre, J. T., Heineman, D. S. & La Valley, A. G. (2018). Fostering organizational integrity through departmental program reviews. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 37, 26-36.

Book Chapters:
King, M. E. (2019). Just the two of us: The ups and downs of an empty-nest. In S. Symonds LeBlanc (Ed.), Casing the family: Theoretical and applied approaches to understanding family communication (pp. 27-35). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Shorter, S. R. (2019). The complex girlfriend: Toni Childs as a hybrid controlling image on Girlfriends. In S. B. White & K. Harris (Eds.), Representations of Black Womanhood on Television: Being Mara Brock Akil (pp. 33-46). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Book Review:
Miller, E. C. (2019). Review of God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right, by Rebecca Barrett-Fox. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 22, 339-341.

Conference Presentations
Green, R. J. (2019, August). Anti-Establishment micropolitics in the response closure of political campaign Debates. Paper presented at the NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Kuang, K., & Gettings, P.E. (2019, May). Married couples’ uncertainty management about sexual satisfaction: Testing the moderating role of marital quality, relational closeness, and communal coping. Paper presented at the 69th International Communication Association’s Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Invited Presentations
Dr. Erin Brummett and Dr. Shuzhen Huang were invited to be the keynote speakers at the Allenwood, PA Federal Correctional Complex Diversity and Inclusion Day on June 4th to speak with the prison staff about LGBTQ awareness. Their presentation, entitled “Communicating Sexual Identities: Exploring Gender and Sexuality Inclusive Language,” explored best practices for engaging in ethical and effective communication with LGBTQ individuals.

Dr. Robert Green presented his research on the 2016 Presidential Campaign Debates at the National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Biennial Summer Conference on Argumentation. His presentation submission, entitled “Anti-Establishment Micropolitics in the Response Closure of Political Campaign Debates,” examines the interactional processes of dispute through which candidates and moderators wrestle for control over the closure of a response and progression to the next segment of the debate. This study finds that a candidate’s displayed competence with establishment debate techniques can be turned into a liability as candidates compete for the last word on an issue. Although Clinton skillfully aligns with the institutional prerogatives of the moderator to facilitate response closure on her own terms, Trump turns this alignment against her in a manner through which his supporters might identify. This submission is currently under review for publication in a peer-reviewed volume published by the Taylor and Francis group.

Dr. Erin Brummett facilitated a TALE Seminar for new and returning faculty on August 15th on the topic of diversity and inclusion. The presentation was titled “Practicing Inclusive Classroom Strategies: Challenges and Insights from the College Campus.”

Faculty Professional Development

Dr. Anna Turnage and Dr. Shuzhen Huang completed the Teaching Online Certification Course offered in conjunction with other PASSHE institutions. The 5-week online Quality Matters™ certified course, which took place between May 21st and June 24th, was designed to improve online teaching and learning.

Dr. Shuzhen Huang attended the Federal Grant Writing Workshop in May 2019. This workshop was sponsored by the FPDC Council, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, to support faculty’s research endeavor.

Dr. Shuzhen Huang joined the Managing Board of QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking this summer. QED is an interdisciplinary journal that brings together scholars, activists, public intellectuals, artists, and policy and culture makers to discuss, debate, and mobilize issues and initiatives that matter to the diverse lived experience, struggle, and transformation of GLBTQ peoples and communities.

Drs. Paula Hopeck, RJ Green, and Angela La Valley completed the Applying Quality Matters Rubric training for distance education.

Drs. Paula Hopeck, RJ Green, Skye Chernichky-Karcher, and Angela La Valley were fellows at the Teaching Excellence Academy (conducted by TALE)


Dr. Shavonne Shorter was recently appointed to the State APSCUF Meet and Discuss Committee.

Dr. Erin Brummett and Dr. Shavonne Shorter attended the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF) Leadership Institute at Slippery Rock University in May, 2019. The one-day institute provided APSCUF members information about how to become union leaders by providing workshops in three areas: 1) Advocating for membership, 2) Advocating to administrations, and 3) Advocating to outside groups.


Student Achievements

Outstanding Student in Communication Studies:
Josh Lloyd was recognized as the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies and received the Award from his advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, at the College of Liberal Arts Spring Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 5th, 2019.

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) Induction Ceremony: The Xi Omega Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national Communication honor society, hosted its annual Induction Ceremony for new members on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 on the BU campus. The chapter inducted 22 students who received their LPH certificates and membership pins. An audience of approximately 60 people, including family and friends of the students as well as department faculty members, attended the event.

The new LPH student executive board members for the 2019-2020 academic year include the following:

Active Minds:

Dr. Kai Kuang and the Executive Board members of Active Minds attended the 2019 Pennsylvania Higher Education Suicide Prevention Conference (HESPC) in Philadelphia on May 30-31, 2019. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the HESPC has been supporting campus communities in Suicide Prevention and mental wellness promotion.

Active Minds at Bloomsburg University also received the Outstanding Chapter of the 2018-2019 Academic Year for excellence in fundraising, collaboration, communication, membership & leadership, and programming & outreach.