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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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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!


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:

March 2017 Newsletter


Arora, A. (2017, March). Creating and critiquing evolutionary practices of defining and providing support for eating disorders. Panel chair at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Minneapolis, MN.

Brummett, E. A. (2017, March). Advising student organizations: Freedom from traditional modes of teaching and learning. Panel presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

King, M. (2017, March). Gender differences on social media: Implications for the classroom. Panel presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

La Valley, A. G. (2017, March). Freedom to be certain about uncertainty: Remember the Titans as an exemplar for helping students understand and apply Uncertainty Reduction Theory. Presented as a Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.) at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Shorter, S. (2017, March). Confessions of an ex-student leader: Embracing the freedom to advise. Chair and panelist at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Shorter, S. (2017, March). The dark side of communication privacy management theory: social media anonymity and racism. Panel presentation at Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Shorter, S. (2017, March). Freedom from ‘unconscious bias’ in the academy: How can intercultural communication competence ‘level the playing field’? Panel presentation at Eastern Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA.


Dr. Mary E. King and co-author Dr. Jennifer Theiss (Rutgers University) received the ECA Article of the Year Award for their paper titled, “The communicative and physiological manifestations of relational turbulence during the empty-nest phase of marital relationships,” published in Communication Quarterly.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Kai Kuang were recognized as Professional U Champions for their continuous effort to go above and beyond to mentor students toward achieving personal and professional success by obtaining professional experiences before graduation.

Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Dr. Kai Kuang, department secretary Ms. Karen Diltz, NCA Student Club Board Members Kate Armstrong, Holly Davis, Chelsea Kennedy, Audra Ortiz, Amanda Strain, and Communication Studies majors Amy Loftus and Grace Woehrle were recognized as 2017 Outstanding Women at Bloomsburg University. Congrats to all!


At the 2017 annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association, Dr. Mary E. King began her term as the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group representative to the Executive Council of the Eastern Communication Association (2017—2019).

Student Achievement

Students representing Dr. King's Fall 2016 Relational Communication class presented findings from their original research project at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association in Boston, MA. The panel titled, "Individual Romantic Experiences of Unplanned Pregnancy," highlighted research findings on unplanned pregnancy, relational uncertainty, disclosure, turning points, partner interference, and conflict. Students who presented at ECA in Boston were Amy Loftus, Kaitlyn Rhine, Nicole Kelly, Jenna Mapes, and Kasey Sullivan.

Communication Day

On Tuesday, March 7th, the National Communication Association Student Club and the College of Liberal Arts sponsored Communication Day, with presentations held in the Kehr Union Ballrooms. Presentations included:

Dr. Doreen Jowi
Department of Communication Studies
“Communication and Language”

Mr. Jaime North
Marketing Specialist and Web Editor for Bloomsburg University
“From Selfie to Snap: A Career in Social Media”

Dr. Mary Jo Larcom
Department of Psychology
“How Couples’ Communication Patterns Regarding Issues of Conflict Change with Age”

Ms. Samantha Moccio and Aerotek Partners
“Advice For The Real Word”

Professor Beth Michalec
Department of Communication Studies, Penn State Lehigh Valley
“Puppies, Clydesdales, & Beer: Making Cent$ of Budweiser’s Shifting Creative Strategies”

Dr. Kai Kuang
Department of Communication Studies
“Information Deficit or Information Overload?: Understanding Illness Uncertainty Experience”

Dr. Richard Ganahl
Department of Mass Communications
“KAPOW! #MyWay!”

Dr. Shavonne Shorter
Department of Communication Studies
“Communicating Intentionally”

Ms. Amy Loftus, Ms. Suzanne Noll, and Ms. Kaelin McMenamy
Department of Communication Studies
“Fearless Connections”

Professor Aarti Arora, Ms. Brigid Lapp, Ms. Elizabeth Miller, & Ms. Celina Gildea
“Study Abroad Panel”

The National Communication Association Student Club & Lambda Pi Eta
“Executive Board Panel”

Dr. Jim Petre
Department of Communication Studies
“The Basics of Investing”

Dr. Erin Brummett
Department of Communication Studies
“Let’s Talk About Race!: Learning How to Engage in Effective Interracial Dialogue”

Ms. Ashley DiGirolmo
Department of Communication Studies Alumna
“Growing From The Loss of a Loved One”

Frederick Douglass Debate Society
“Our Journey With Debate”

Dr. Eric C. Miller
Department of Communication Studies
“The Catholic Question: Religious Freedom and Respectability Politics in the 1960 Presidential Race”

Dr. Mary King
Department of Communication Studies
“Liking, Swiping, and Flirting: A practical approach to successful romantic relationship initiation”

Ms. Lauren Polinski
Center for Professional Development and Career Experience
“Gap Year Experience: Take a Year ON after Graduation”

Ms. Gretchen Osterman
Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Affairs
“Building Your Professional Network”

Professor Julie Petry
Department of Theatre and Dance
“Secrets to Mastering Your Powerful Body Language”

Mr. Malik Muhammad
Coordinator of Sexual and Gender Diversity
“Broadening Your Perspectives”

Speak Out! Panel
“Q & A session with students from the LGBTQA Community”