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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:
October 2014


Dr. Kathryn Hobson received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the GLBTQ Division of the National Communication Association.

Dr. Jim Tomlinson received the prestigious Robert T. Oliver Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Communication Association, recognizing “faithful service and outstanding teaching in the discipline of Communication Studies.”



Beerman, R. J. (2014). Toned arms or big butt? Michelle Obama disturbed notions of body, race, gender, and advocacy as Let’s Move! spokesperson. In C. H. Palczewski (Ed.), Disturbing argument: Selected works from the 18th National Communication Association/American Forensics Association Alta conference on argumentation (pp. 81-86). New York, NY: Routledge.


Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2014, October). What fat talk really gains and loses: How Special K’s “shhhhut down fat talk” campaign reinscribes fatphobic norms. Paper presentation at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender conference, San Francisco, CA.

Rippke, P., & Beerman, R. J. (2014, October). Empowering alienation? Strength in solitude in Under the SkinPaper presentation at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender conference, San Francisco, CA

Invited Lectures

Dr. Lauren Mackenzie was invited to address the Air Force ROTC detachment at Wilkes University on October 17. Her presentation, “The Relevance of Cross-Cultural Competence for Air Force ROTC Students," was attended by Lieutenant Colonel Andy Greenfield and student cadets.

Dr. Eric C. Millerwas invited to address the First English Baptist Church prayer breakfast on October 11. Dr. Miller presented his research on the rhetoric of Christian testimony.