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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 2018


Petre, E. A. (2018). Using client projects to enhance millennial students' problem-solving skills. In A. Atay & M. Z. Ashlock (Eds.), Millennial culture and communication pedagogies: Narratives from the classroom and higher education (pp. 165-179). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Petre, J. T., & Engstrom, C. L. (2018). A rhetorical approach to teaching and mentoring millennials in the classroom. In A. Atay & M. Z. Ashlock (Eds.), Millennial culture and communication pedagogies: Narratives from the classroom and higher education (pp. 143-163). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.


Liberal Arts Symposium (Oct. 4-5, 2018)
Dr. Janet Bodenman presented a session entitled "Gain Confidence through Interview Practice" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 4.

Dr. Angela La Valley and Dr. Mary King presented a session entitled "Everything You've Learned about Communicating in Relationships from TV...and Why It's Wrong" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 5.

Dr. Erin Brummett (main presenter) and Dr. Kai Kuang presented at the Bloomsburg University Liberal Arts Symposium on October 5, 2018. Their presentation was entitled, “Strategies for Effective Learning in Culturally Diverse Environments."

Dr. Elizabeth Petre presented a session entitled "Taking a Rhetorical Approach to the Job Search Process" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 5.

Dr. James Petre presented a session entitled "The Basics of Saving and Investing" at the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 4.

Dr. James Petre and Dr. Shavonne Shorter organized a Communication Studies Alumni panel that was part of the Liberal Arts Symposium on October 5. The Communication Studies Alumni featured on the panel included:
Tamika Austin
Cynthia Buhay-Simon
Suzanne Noll
Ashli Novak
Audra Ortiz
Samantha Rutch
Tom Schaeffer
Amanda Simone
Liz Smith
Amanda Strain
We would like to thank all of our panelists and everyone who attended the event.

Conference Presentations

Dr. Carol Terracina-Hartman presented at the Third International Conference on Communication and Media Studies held at UC Berkeley on Oct. 18-20, 2018. The presentation is titled “Burning up the News: Analysis of News Coverage of Ten Historically Significant Wildfires.”

Dr. Carol Terracina-Hartman presented at the College Media Association/Associated College Press Conference held on Oct. 25-28, 2018 in Louisville, KY. The presentation is titled "Can You See Me Now? Top Ten Tips for Being Visible at 'Home.'”

Alumni Reception

The department held our first Alumni Engagement Event in the Haas Gallery on Friday October 5. This was the first event our department has done like this connecting students, faculty, and alumni. We worked with the BU Alumni Engagement Office, the BU Foundation, and the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience.


The Department of Communication Studies had a table at the Homecoming Tent Party on Saturday, October 6th. Dr. Dale Bertelsen, Dr. Janet Bodenman, and Dr. James Petre served as volunteers for the event


An Open Mic Night event took place on October 21st in downtown Bloomsburg that was co-sponsored by The Exchange, a community arts organization, and the Bloomsburg University Student Poetry Association (SPA). A Communication Studies major and President of the SPA, Amira Thompson, worked with Dr. Erin Brummett, a board member of The Exchange, to facilitate this event. The theme of the Open Mic Night was Unity and sought to develop a space where BU students and community members could come together to exchange ideas and foster relationships by participating in the arts. The event was successful in its mission as approximately 30 individuals from the town and the campus attended.


Dr. Kai Kuang was elected to be the Secretary of International Communication Association’s (ICA) Health Communication Division. Her appointment begins in May 2019.


Dr. Carol Terracina-Hartman received Award of Distinction from the College Media Association/Associated College Press.