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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 Faculty

James T. Petre, Ph.D.

Dr. Jim PetreJames T. Petre, Ph.D. joined the faculty in fall 2014. Dr. Petre received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication with a specialization in Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He enjoys teaching courses such as Persuasion, Examining Communication, Public Speaking, and Honors Public Speaking.

Dr. Petre’s primary research focus is rhetorical theory and criticism, particularly related to politics and economics. His dissertation, Realignments of doxa in U.S. American politics: Tracing the rhetorical histories of Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama used the lens of doxa to examine how U.S. presidential candidates create and respond to shifts in basic assumptions regarding the proper role of government. He recently published an article that provided the initial framework for his dissertation in the Iowa Journal of Communication. Dr. Petre has also presented at and served as a reviewer for several conferences including the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Central States Communication Association (CSCA). Last year, he served as the Chair and Program Planner for the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism interest group for the CSCA conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Petre serves the university community in a variety of capacities. He is currently chairing the Communication Studies Program Review Committee, and serves on the Curriculum and Planning and Assessment Committees for the Department of Communication Studies. He is also a member of the Bloomsburg University Safety Committee, and the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Enhancement Committee. Additionally, Dr. Petre serves as a Faculty Advisor for Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honor Society, and as a Faculty Co-Advisor for the Personal Money Management Club, which is a new student organization on campus.