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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 2022 Newsletter

Communication Day
The National Communication Association Student Club held its annual Communication Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Communication Day this year was planned and chaired by Communication Studies senior student Kaitlyn Hentschel. The event was attended by approximately 300 students throughout the day.


Dr. Janet Reynolds Bodenman, Department of Communication Studies, “Communication Do’s and Don’ts for Virtual Employment Interviews"

Dr. Mary King and students from the Communication Health Campaigns course, Department of Communication Studies, “Gift of Life Challenge”

Dr. Eric Miller, Department of Communication Studies, “Between Hope and Despair: Communicating Climate Change”

Dr. James Petre, Department of Communication Studies, “The Basics of Savings and Investing”

Dr. Elizabeth Petre, Department of Communication Studies, “Elevator Pitches”

Kate Armstrong, Courtney Enderline, Owen Faecher, and Jordyn Payne, “Where Are We Now? Alumni Panel”

LGBTQA Resource Center, “SpeakOut! Panel”

Sam Ferrante, senior student, “The Effects of Stigma on Parenting Children with a Mental Health Diagnosis"

Dr. David Heineman, Department of Communication Studies, “T-R-E-N-D: What Wordle Teaches us About Viral Video Games and Public Communication”

Jaime North, Digital Marketing Specialist, “No need to wait! How social media can help you now get in position to land a job when you graduate”

Frederick Douglass Debate Society and Dr. Robert Green, Department of Communication Studies, “Join the Great Debate on Critical Race Theory in Higher Education”

Tim Pelton, Office of Civic Engagement, “Getting the Point Across: Voter Engagement and the BU Experience”

Marina Patterson & Julie Mulligan, freshmen students, “Hazing”

Thanks to the members of NCASC and Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) whose hard work made the event a success...

Luna Alexander
Megan Beck (LPH Vice President)
Tiffany Clayton
Ryan DiMaio (LPH Public Relations Chair)
Elinor Frank
Hugo Giles
Kathryn Henriksen (NCASC Treasurer)
Courtney Horst
Tehya Hosey
Shaye Kerper
Kraig Koehnlein
Mikayla Lynch (LPH President)
Matt Marvin
Kasey McCormick
Keolebogile More
Arden Morgans
Alicea Nelson (NCASC President)
Jordan Parcell (NCASC Vice President)
Sydney Rimmer (LPH Secretary)
Abby Rush
Abby Yoder (NCASC Secretary)
Rachelle Youells
Courtenie Young
Halle Zulkoski
The event was featured in Bloomsburg University news:

Lambda Pi Eta 2022 Speakers' Forum

The Department of Communication Studies Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, hosted the 2022 Speakers' Forum at Bloomsburg University on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00PM as part of Communication Day. The event featured seven student speakers, including Lindsey Garnel (a recent Communication Studies BU graduate), Tamayah Jenkins, Eric Nock, Marina Patterson, Jonathan Roe, Zachary Thomas, and Natalia Warfel, all of whom gave powerful speeches related to this year's theme, 'Cancel Culture: Cancel or Keep?'. The event was free and open to the public and generated an audience of over 80 people who participated in a Q&A session with the panelists following their speeches.

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