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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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Featured Student

Sydney Rimmer

My name is Sydney Rimmer, and I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg, double majoring in Communication Studies with a Leadership and Public Advocacy focus and Political Science with a Legal Studies focus, as well as a minor in Public Relations. This summer, I am beyond grateful to have participated in an internship at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Senate Republicans Communications Office, as it was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The office had a group of employees designated to each area of communications. There were teams of employees for areas such as speech writing, webmasters, photography, film, social media, and others. I got to shadow and help complete assignments in each of these areas, and gain an appreciation for the importance of each specialty. This offered a unique opportunity to understand “a day in the life” of the employees in this office and their responsibilities, and it also gave me an opportunity to meet people outside of the office, and experience things many other people will never experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of these events was so interesting.
The brunt of my work was done in June, as that is when the Senate is in session and the budget is being passed. Once the budget passed, July slowed down and there were significantly less events occurring, therefore less events for me to shadow, as the Senators stay in their district offices as opposed to coming to the Capitol. This gave me an accurate representation of the job, both the hustle and bustle of June, and the relaxed nature of July.
This internship has also proven to be a vital step in my networking. I received a follow up luncheon with the lobbying firm who encouraged me to intern in the Capitol, as well as encouragement from my office to look for a career in the Senate when I graduate. I got a chance to work with several Senators, thereby networking with them, which was a personal goal of mine for the summer. Another strength of my internship was the bond I formed with my coworkers. I was the only intern in my office, however I fit in perfectly with the full time employees despite us being in all different walks of life. I had anticipated forming relationships with my coworkers, but I had not foreseen how close I would grow with them. I am so blessed to now call many of my coworkers my friends. We have spent time together in both the office, as well as our free time, and I am elated they have taken me under their wings, and I still stay in touch with many of them despite being many months post internship.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and truly turned out to be a highlight of my summer. I am able to walk away from this office confident that I completed assignments efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have grown from this experience, and I am excited to see how the things I have learned and the connections I have made will apply to my future endeavors.

Department News:

February 2017 Newsletter


Dr. Erin Brummett moderated a Student Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Racism as a part of the Institute for Culture and Society 'BU Explores Diversity' symposium on February 28. The panel was the first in a series of events featuring student presenters engaging a variety of issues pertinent to diversity and difference.


Dr. Shavonne Shorter was invited to serve as the alumni speaker at the Frostburg State University Student Government Association Spring Retreat. Shorter was a member of the Student Government Association during her entire time at Frostburg. She served at the President during the 2006-2007 school year. In her talk she shared innovations from the past and advice for the future.


Dr. Erin Brummett received has received a Faculty Enhancement Award for 2016-2017. The award is to support her travels to the Eastern Communication Association conference in March to present on a panel entitled, "Advising Student Organizations: Freedom from Traditional Modes of Teaching and Learning." Dr. Brummett will be speaking about her experience as an advisor to the Forensics Team at BU.

Dr. Kai Kuang has received the Research and Scholarship Grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for her project titled "Risk Judgment and Decision Making: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Factors that Influence Individuals' Risk Preventative Actions." This is the second time Dr. Kuang has received the Research and Scholarship Grant – her other project focusing on uncertainty management in illness context was selected as the recipient of this grant last spring. Currently she is working with two undergraduate research assistants on data collection of illness uncertainty project.

Student Achievement

The 11th Annual Husky Student Leadership Summit (HSLS) took place at the Kehr Union this past Saturday February 25, 2017, and both faculty and students in the Department of Communication Studies were involved in different ways at the event. Dr. Elizabeth Petre and Dr. Kai Kuang served on the HSLS planning committee, helped promote the summit around campus, and worked at the registration table the day of the event.


Communication Studies seniors Amy Loftus, Kaelin McMenamy, and Suzanne Noll presented their session entitled “Fearless Connections” at the summit. The session was initially developed in Dr. Elizabeth Petre’s Leadership and Team Building course during the fall 2016 semester, and the students submitted their presentation as a proposal to the HSLS. They were then selected to present the session, and it was designated as a Level 2 workshop for the Leadership Certification Program sponsored by the Center for Leadership & Engagement (CLE) on campus. “Fearless Connections” focuses on improving your interpersonal and online communication skills, so students can feel confident about networking and connecting with professionals when they apply for jobs and internships. Their session was well attended, and as a whole the HSLS was a great success this year!