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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:

March 2019 Newsletter


Chernichky-Karcher, S., Venetis, M. K., & Lillie, H. M. (2019). The Dyadic Cancer Resilience Scale (DCRS): Scale development, reliability and validity. Supportive Care in Cancer. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04763-8

Summary of the article:

Extending prior qualitative work examining communicative resilience processes among cancer patients and their partners, this manuscript outlines the development of the Dyadic Communicative Resilience Scale (DCRS). The DCRS offers the first quantitative assessment of the five communicative resilience processes proposed in the Communicative Theory of Resilience (CTR). Exploratory and Confirmatory factor analyses revealed nine dimensions of dyadic communicative resilience within the five resilience processes outlined in the CTR. The development of the DCRS offers significant theoretical contributions to the CTR and provides a quantitative measurement of communicative resilience in populations managing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and/or remission.


Dr. Kai Kuang, Dr. Tim Rumbough, and Dr. Shavonne Shorter received Influential Professor Award at the Annual Student-Athlete Luncheon.

NCASC’s Communication Day:
On March 5th, 2019 the National Communication Association Student Club hosted their 7th annual Communication Day. NCASC is known among Bloomsburg University’s campus for both the Communication Day event, and their mission for professional development.
This one-day research event focuses on providing attendees with a better understanding of communication scholarship. This year, Communication Day included the attendance of more than 300 students, 37 guest speakers, and 24 panels. This year’s program included topics such as:

Mark Abshire, Megan Beauchner, Paige Daluisio, Melissa Mertz, Bloomsburg University Communication Studies Alumni, "Where are we now?"

Dr. Dale Bertelsen, Communication Studies, "Chat with the Chairperson"

Dr. Janet Bodenman, Communication Studies, “Knock ‘Em Out at the Interview"

Dr. Erin Brummett, Deanna Campion, Nicholas Libutti, Mary Melnick, and Sadie Wentland, Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society, "Lunch with Lambda Pi Eta: How to get involved in the National Communication Studies Honor Society"

Deanna Campion, Ali Hawley, Shanon Ward, Bloomsburg University Undergraduates, "Internship Panel"

Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher, Communication Studies, “Family Communication During Times of Stress and Crisis”

Ms. Alyssah Dombek, Undergraduate Student, "Saxby's Coffee Internship"

Ms. Courtney Enderline, Bloomsburg Alumni and College Student Affairs Graduate Student, "The Professional College Lifer"

Dr. Dennis Frohlich, Mass Communications, "64 Ways to Simplify your Digital Life"

Dr. Mary King, Communication Studies, "Love Lab: Pointers and tips for creating and maintaining satisfying romantic relationships"

Ms. Amanda Kishbaugh, Office of Financial Aid, "Undergraduate Research Repayment of Your Student Loans"

Ms. Bridget Klein, American Sign Language, "From Pity to Celebration: American Sign Language"

Ms. Boenell Kline, Communication Studies Alumni, "Invisible illness/Invisible Disabilities"

Dr. Mary Jo Larcom, Psychology

Dr. Ben Maust and Dr. Bob Moschgat, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, "The Social Construction of Police Fatal Shootings: Mass Media and Body Cameras"

Mr. Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations and Content Strategy, "When Social Media Bites Back"

Dr. Eric Miller, Communication Studies, "The American Sermon as Rhetorical Form"

Mr. Jaime North, Marketing Specialist and Web Editor, " No worries, We Still got Time"

Dr. Darlene Perner & Dr. Robin Drogan, Special Education, "Using Executive Functioning to Enhance the Communication of Students with Autism"

Dr. Elizabeth Petre, Communication Studies, "Elevator Pitches and Professional Introductions"

Dr. James Petre, Communication Studies, "The Basics of Saving and Investing"

Dr. Ted Roggenbuck, English, "Reading and Writing with Sources"

Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Dr. Robert Green, Communication Studies, and the Frederick Douglass Debate Society, "The Great Debate About Healthcare in the United States"

Mr. William P. Turner, Bloomsburg University Student, "Leadership: A Spin On Silence"

For the first time, NCASC also offered free professional headshots, and 50 attendees took advantage of this opportunity. NCASC thanks everyone for attending, and looks forward to hosting Communication Day for years to come!


The students pictured were a team from Dr. Shorter’s Communication for Business Professionals Fall 2018 course. They worked on the behalf of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) to design 2 brochures which advertise the organizations 2 conferences, a brochure for their professional development program, a flier to promote the organization, and 3 social media platform manuals. The students did so well on their presentation they were invited to present their work and other recommendations to the PBCOHE Executive Council at the annual conference on March 7th. Pictured from left to right are Kenyetta Smith, Angela Dipasquale, Ashlyn Burkholder, Dr. Shorter, Nyla Britt, Abby Astrachan, and Emily Dwyer.

Dr. Shorter gave a presentation at the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education annual conference titled “The Inclusive Future Faculty Initiative at Year 5.”

Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher gave a talk as a part of the ICS Bloomsburg Explores Human Potential Symposium on March 20, 2019. Her talk was titled “Communication in the Military Family: Enacting Resilience during Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration.” In this lecture, Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher discussed current research examining the challenges that military families, specifically military youth, face when a parent is deployed and the communication processes that help families enact resilience.

Dr. David Heineman moderated a panel discussion titled “Restorative Justice and Education: Bloomsburg University’s Prison Outreach” on March 26, 2019. This event was designed to create awareness and foster dialogue around the role of higher education in addressing the crisis of mass incarceration. The panelists included faculty from Bloomsburg University who teach inmates at state prisons and with educational staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Student Achievements:
Communication Studies major Laura Kacyon spoke up against sexism and made a change in the workplace. Laura is currently taking the course Gender Issues in Communication with Dr. Shuzhen Huang. Inspired by the Gender Intervention assignment, which asks students to take action to make positive changes on gender issues, Laura decided to take a stand against sexism in the workplace. Below is her story:

I'm a waitress at Cracker Barrel and over the years we have repeatedly have men request to the host that they have a female server and not a male one. This request has been obliged and I have always thought it was wrong. This weekend we had a man ask to move sections because his server was a male. I had a long discussion with my manager that night about why there should be a rule put in place that does not allow these requests to be accepted. My manager told me how he had felt it was wrong too but did not want to start an issue. However, he agreed after discussing it with other managers and told the hosts to no longer grant those requests. I was thrilled, because this has been something that has bothered me ever since I started working there. This assignment inspired me to intervene with gender discrimination and sexism.

Her intervention was well supported and appreciated by her coworkers. “We have all had our fair share of discriminating experiences at work and feel this is an issue that needed to be addressed.” Laura said: “One’s gender is not something that should matter, whether it is in the workplace, a school setting, or just everyday life. We need to stand up against sexism.”

Professional Development Activities:
Dr. King participated in a 10 day TALE-sponsored, faculty-led training and discussion on invigorating discussion board use in the online classroom.

Dr. King was trained on the Masters and Disasters of romantic relationships, according to the Gottman therapy approach. Training covered: predicting future relationship stability, the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House Theory, couple's therapy assessment, interventions for couple's conflict management, enhancing couple's friendship system, interventions for shared meaning, physiological self-soothing methods, assess couples strengths and areas for improvement, introduction to the Philosophy of Therapy, the Rapport Intervention, and the process and structure of therapy.

Dr. Jowi and Dr. Chernichky-Karcher participated in a day-long training focusing on applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) on March 30, 2019. APPQMR is an online or in-person workshop that addresses the QM Rubric with the critical elements for aligning online and blended course components with quality assurance principles.