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Featured
Alumni

Stephen Curley

I graduated from Bloomsburg University, in the spring of 2015, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Since I graduated I have had two jobs. In my first job, I was a Collections Specialist at Iron Mountain, which is a data management company. In my second job, I was a Media Coordinator at MayoSeitz Media. I assisted in developing marketing concepts based on seasonal and holiday trends, developed strategic media recommendations and created client presentation material. I also ensured that creative deliverables aligned with marketing initiatives, met campaign goals, and remained consistent across digital platforms. Having a background in communication has helped me find unique ways to connect and communicate with individuals which helped me a great deal in the work place. After working at MayoSeitz Media, I decided to change my career path to what I have always been passionate about, which is sports. The decision to leave my job and attend graduate school was not an easy one. However, after examining the pros and cons and talking to my family and former professors at Bloomsburg, I decided that it was in my best interest to attend graduate school. While there were several professors who gave me great advice on what to expect in graduate school, one professor in particular, went above and beyond in helping me. Dr. Shorter is the reason I am where I am at today. She was the one who gave me the idea to apply to graduate school and was such a tremendous help throughout the application process. At first, I did not give graduate school much thought but after doing research and asking her questions, I determined it was the best choice for the long-term career path I wanted to pursue. I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student at The University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. Next semester I will be a graduate teaching assistant teaching three gym classes to undergraduate students. I will also be interning with the Event Management Department in the Athletic Department. After I graduate in spring 2018, I hope to work in either collegiate or professional sports. The Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg taught me public speaking, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills which I utilize daily. If you are someone that does not want to limit yourself to one career, I would recommend majoring in Communication Studies because it allows students to have a broad range of careers to choose from. 


Featured Student

Audra Ortiz

I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in the Organizational Communication area of concentration, and a minor in Emergent Media. This past summer, I completed an Event Planning/Public Relations internship with Turkey Hill Dairy back home in Conestoga, PA. My responsibilities focused on promoting their new flavors of ice cream and iced tea at all different kinds of events. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Charlotte, New York City, and Philadelphia. At these events, we would talk directly to the consumers and answer any questions about the new products. This internship gave me a small but mighty inside look into the corporate world and introduced me to what to expect after college! Working directly with customers and other interns 24/7 truly tested my communication skills, but after completing my internship I know my professionalism has improved and I have my internship to thank for that.

Department Faculty

James Tomlinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Tomlinson's Website

TomlinsonJim Tomlinson joined the Communication Studies faculty in 1980. With  an interest in applied communication,  his research has focused on politics and the impact of emerging digital technologies on society.  Dr.Tomlinson teaches: 
Argumentation, Community Leadership, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, Public Speaking, and an honor’s course on Political Communication.  His experience includes work as a political campaign manager and pollster.   Dr. Tomlinson is a published author, with his most recent works including book chapters on the uses of digital technologies in political campaigns.  In addition, he was selected by an agency of the Pennsylvania Legislature to conduct research into the "Digital Divide" in the Commonwealth, and authored a published report for the State of Pennsylvania detailing citizen use and access to the Internet. Professor Tomlinson has served as Director of the M.A. Program and Department Chairperson.   He advises Phi Sigma Pi, the university’s honor society, College Republicans, and  has been parliamentary advisor to the student senate.  He conducts an annual course on “Scientific and Historical Research on the Shroud of Turin.” His community service includes: Secretary of the Administrative Board for Wesley United Methodist Church, Regional Chairperson for the WWII Memorial Campaign,  member of the Executive Board of Citizens for John McCain (2000 primary election campaign)  and  a member of the Vietnam Veterans National Coalition. He was named in 1995 by the GCA as an “Outstanding Faculty Member,” selected for “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers”  each year beginning with 1998 .  Additional information (including course syllabi) is on his website:  http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/jtomlins.