Anthropology Department News 2012

Anthropology Department News 2012


Anthropology major completes Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office internship

Gabrielle Vielhauer My name is Gabrielle Vielhauer. I am a student at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where I am studying anthropology. From September to December 2012, I was pleased to be selected to participate in The Harrisburg Intern Semester (THIS) program sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). This program places one student representative from each university, within the state system, with an office of the legislature or in a government agency.

For my internship, I was placed in the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office (PA HPO) which also serves as the State Historic Preservation Office. During my internship, I worked with the staff members of the Cultural Resource Geographic Information System (CRGIS) for roughly 37 hours per week. Before working in CRGIS, I will admit that the historical markers program and the State Museum were the only things I knew about in regards to Historic Preservation in Pennsylvania. Working with the CRGIS, I quickly realized how much the PA HPO does on a daily basis to research, understand and protect significant historical and archaeological resources in the Commonwealth.

Vielhauer: Yes, You Can!

One of the first lessons you learn as an undergraduate majoring in anthropology is how to effectively answer questions such as, “So what are you going to do with that?” and “Are there even jobs in that?” These questions in addition to an extremely competitive job market in most fields would undoubtedly make even the most passionate student of Anthropology nervous. However, a new report has suggested that it may be easier to become employed as an anthropologist than what was once thought due to a growing job market in Anthropology.

Warner receives 2012 Dean’s Salute to Excellence Award

Faith Warner In September, Faith Warner, Ph.D., associate professor, was selected as a recipient of the Dean's Salute To Excellence Award as honored by Dean James Brown ... "Many faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts are excellent teacher-scholars who contribute greatly to the well-being of our students and the university community. By virtue of their teaching, scholarly/creative work, and service, campus culture is improved and the visibility and reputation of the university is enhanced nationally and internationally.

In 1998 Dean Hsien-Tung Liu established the Dean’s Salute to Excellence award to recognize distinction in the areas of teaching and professional responsibilities, scholarship, and service. Since then, the college has recognized a few select faculty members each year for their achievements, with selection based on performance reviews.

Warner recently completed her tenth post-tenure year. Her passion for teaching is effectively reflected in her student evaluations, which are exemplary, as well as in the observations of her chairperson and peers, who write that her “success is evident whether she is in front of over 200 students in a mass lecture introductory course, guiding anthropology majors through graduate and career preparatory upper level courses, or individually crafting research projects one-on-one with a single student.” Her commitment to mentoring and student success is evident throughout everything she does.

During the evaluation period she offered eight scholarly presentations and two additional posters in collaboration with students. Additionally she published three articles as well as a film on the discipline of anthropology. She is very active in service to her department and has served as interim director of the Frederick Douglass Initiative, as well as working with that organization in a variety of capacities. She has also been a productive member of the college’s Assessment Committee, and she has been asked to serve as chair of that group as well.

Researching the essence of the Bloomsburg Fair

Fair Stories

Fair Stories

BU’s new Center for Community Research and Consulting recruited student participants to collect data at the 157th Bloomsburg Fair, led by Susan Dauria and recruited Heather Feldhaus to qualitative data in the form of in-depth interviews at the fair.

The project, “Fair Stories,” is a joint effort between Dauria and the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble to collect Oral Histories and Memories of Fair experiences. These stories will be used for performances, community gatherings and publication.

Students recorded approximately 25 stories and oral histories at this year’s fair. The project will help researchers and the community, understand the impact and importance of the Bloomsburg Fair.

Anthropology well represented at regional research symposium

Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium A group of anthropology students presented Local Community Based Research at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium on Aug. 2 at Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center.

Laurel Downs, Michael Grevera and Natalie Wagner presented a poster entitled, A Summer Educational Anthropology and Archaeology Camp Program: Collaboration between Bloomsburg University and the Town of Bloomsburg. Faculty Mentor: Susan Dauria

The poster presented was an overview of a project undertaken to expose local children to anthropology and archaeology. The project investigated how archaeology can be a learning tool for middle school, high school and University students. Given the nature of this educational program, assessment and documentation took several forms; the submittal of an archeological site form to PHMC, the use of surveys, and journals of all participants. The artifacts recovered from the archaeological site are still being analyzed but the educational experience turned out to be the most valuable part of the project.

Jimmy Muwombi, presented a poster he coauthored with Frank Hickman, Nathan Graham and Jeffrey Nuhfer entitled Community Flood Support: An Application of Public Relations Anthropology in Response to Natural Disaster. Faculty Mentor: Faith Warner.

BU was well represented at the conference with 13 students and 5 faculty attending along with the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Jim Brown who gave closing remarks with the Dean from Bucknell University.

Senior earns prestigious PASSHE scholarship

Natalie Wagner
Natalie Wagner, an anthropology and mass communications major, was recently among four PASSHE students to earn a William D. Greenlee Scholarship for the upcoming year. The competitive $2,500 scholarship honors the former chair of PASSHE’s Foundation board who had more than 45 years experience in government, public relations and journalism. Greenlee founded Greenlee Associates in 1980, a prominent lobbying and business strategies firm.

Camp Aspen youths unearth local history

Camp Aspen Several local middle school students recently enjoyed their own Indiana Jones’ experience, combining outdoor adventure with archaeology, through the annual Quest Anthropology Camp — BU’s first collaborative summer camp experience. The week-long camp, coordinated by anthropology students, interns and alumni, taught campers how to do archaeological fieldwork, cultural resource management and anthropological analysis through hands-on experience.

In partnership with Quest, the camp also featured several outdoor activities. Among the artifacts found included several lithic cores, arrowheads (lithic biface tools) and many flakes left from someone making stone tools thousands of years ago. Photo: Alex Lindenfeld, 12, and Will Bodenman, 11, hold what is possibly a Baker’s Creek lithic (stone) tool they found.

Summer Field School in Archaeology

Archeological Field School DeeAnne Wymer, Ph.D., professor of anthropology, and a group of BU students hit the road each spring in mid-May to spend four weeks in southern Ohio digging at a Hopewell habitation site. The archeological field school experience enables student teams to rely on new imaging technologies to uncover another living site of the Mound Builders from 2,000 years ago.

Life in the Dig '12!
Life in the Dig '11

Anthropology research featured at regional research symposium

A number of Bloomsburg University students will display research posters at the second annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium Thursday, Aug. 2, at Geisinger Medical Center’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research. This symposium, sponsored jointly by the Geisinger Center for Health Research, and Bloomsburg and Bucknell universities, provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research activities, learn about other methods and disciplines and gain the experience of presenting at a professional conference.

The 2011 conference showcased the research of students from Bloomsburg University and Bucknell; this year, the conference expanded to include student research interns at Geisinger and an open invitation to students from other regional universities. Conference organizers were Heather Feldhaus, assistant dean of BU’s College of Liberal Arts; Amy Wolaver, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, and Judith Argon, Geisinger Center for Health Research.

Field school students prepare for symposium

Susquehanna Valley Field School Susquehanna Valley Field School students discussed their summer research at a seminar on July 27 in the Student Services Center. Field school students are preparing for the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Conference on Thursday, Aug. 2 at Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research, where they will be joined by field school students from Bucknell University to present their research.

(L-R) Weston Brehm, Kyle Oram and Chris Podeschi (faculty), Shannon Bilder, Brock Minnich, Ryan Funk, Laurel Downs and Keyanna Webb.

Anthropology major goes deep with archaeological research

Archaeological Research
Beveraly Hendricks, an anthropology major, spent part of the summer with Penn State Hazleton and the Department of Anthropology of the University of Maryland, which collaborated on a multidisciplinary project exploring life in the coal mining company town of Lattimer, on the outskirts of Hazleton. Lattimer, was founded in the mid-19th century by the Pardee Company and was the site of a tragic labor massacre in September of 1897.

Today, the fabric of the company town landscape survives, with a rich heritage of labor history and immigration from Northern and western Europe in the mid 19th century and later from Southern and Eastern Europe. This archaeological project explored these themes through a multidisiplinary approach.

Anthropology majors land big awards

Gessica Barry Gessica Barry, a junior anthropology major, is one of two 2012 Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Undergraduate Research Scholarship recipients, while Gabby Vielhauer, a junior anthropology major, was awarded a THIS Scholarship Semester internship with the Historical and Museum Commission in Harrisburg. Barry, of Danville, will be working in a technology-intensive field school in Alaska at a 10,000-year-old site. Vielhaur, of Pottstown, will begin her internship this fall after finishing her summer field school experience in Ohio. Gabby Vielhauer

Former BU President Jessica S. Kozloff and her husband Stephen R. Kozloff established the endowed scholarship to recognize the strong faculty-student relationship that exists at BU and to inspire continued collaboration. The scholarship is awarded directly to BU students involved in scholarly or creative work.

Since 1989, PASSHE has sponsored a semester-long internship program for outstanding students, in all academic majors, from its 14 universities. The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) places these selected students in working relationships with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of Pennsylvania government, as well as with independent boards, agencies, and commissions. THIS provides an important and enriching academic experience where students learn the dynamics of state government in new and powerful ways through direct involvement in report and speech writing, research, and program design and evaluation.

Lambda Alpha inductees honored

Lambda Alpha
BU’s Department of Anthropology recently honored its 26 inductees into the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society in Anthropology. Those honored were Monique Harmon, Rose Rosental, Jessica Soroka, Samantha Nowka, Kristin Stauffer, Aaron Gray, Elizabeth Kinder, Frank Hickman, Amy Mowrey, Brooke Matza, Nikotah Kistner, Rebecca Kestel, Leona Roselli, Amanda Adler, Teri Upright, Katelyn McMichael, Shaina Davis, Jimmy Muwombi, John Barnett, Mike Grevera, Lydia Delgado, Tristan Adrian, Beverly Hendricks, Kevin Ward, Natalie Wagner and Kayla Maciorkoski.

Bilder named outstanding anthropology major by College of Liberal Arts

Shannon Bilder
Shannon Bilder, a senior, was awarded the Outstanding Anthropology Major Award at the College of Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony on April 29. This award is given to a student with both a high level of academic achievement and potential as a professional anthropologist. Bilder possessed the highest GPA of all graduating anthropology majors this year (4.0 within the major, and 3.96 cumulative).

She will be going to graduate school for physical and forensic anthropology and will be applying to several top Ph.D. programs, including Penn State, UPenn and Pittsburgh. She has been accepted into a criminology program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. In photo above with Sue Dauria, Ph.D., the award presenter.

Delgado awarded Center for American Archeology Grant

Lydia Delgado, an anthropology major, has been awarded a special CAA grant to participate in a summer archaeological fieldschool with the Center for American Archeology, in Kampsville, Ill. She will participate in the adult field school program in July and August during which time she will learn to do field research, excavation, artifact retrieval, mapping, record keeping, lab work and site management.

Student research showcased at PASSHE conference

PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference
Sixteen BU students were among the collection of student anthropologists from across the state presenting research at the 26th Annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference at West Chester University late in the spring semester. Twelve different presentations were made. Travel and research for the conference was supported by the College of Liberal Arts, the Community Government Association, Department of Anthropology and Anthropology Club.

Student Presenters

PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference

  • Jimmy Muwombi, “Disaster Anthropology, Assessment, and Support in Bloomsburg , Pennsylvania: The Tropical Storm Lee Flood of 2011”
  • Gabrielle Vielhauer, “How Public Is Public Anthropology? An Ethnographic Assessment of Public Interest in and Support of Cultural Enrichment Services, such as the National Park Service”
  • Beverly Hendricks, “Diverse Religions: Christian Perceptions”
  • Elizabeth Kinger, “Views on Divorce and Marriage in a College Student Population”
  • Jennifer D’Amico, “An Uneven Starting Point: College Students’ Experiences of Social Class”
  • Alexa Rose and Melanie Yoduck, “Anthropologists and Assessments in Academia: An Application of Library Ethnography”
  • Gessica Barry, “A Tale of Three Houses: A Comparison of three Hopewell Domestic Structures”
  • Leona Roselli, Alexa Rose and Amanda Adler, “And when is there time to remember, to sift, to weigh, to estimate, to total?: Microcontextual Analysis of Disposal Practices at the Lady’s Run Site, Chillicothe, Ohio”
  • Emily Burnett, “Blowing the Whistle: Spectator Harassment at Sporting Events”
  • Katelyn McMichael and Michael Grevera, “The Effect of Age on Gender Differences in Adults who Experience Childhood Trauma Associated with 9/11 Violence”
  • Kristen Kelly, “Anthropology of Law and Violence on the West Bank and Gaza Strip: Bloomsburg University Students’ Knowledge and Opinion on the Conflict”
  • Brittany Vaszlavik, “Social Support and the College First Year Experience”

Consumption research presented at FDI Conference

Anthropology students presented their research April 20 at the 12th Annual Frederick Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference, which was focused on Consumption. The anthropology student panels focused on the consumption and culture of a diversity of issues.
Anthropology Researchers

The Anthropology of Consumption: A Look at Sex, Drugs, and Family

Panel Chair: Dr. Sue Dauria, Bloomsburg University

  • “The Impact of Homelessness on Family,” Amanda Adler, Bloomsburg University “Assessing the Influences of Oral Contraception on Mate Selection: A Biological Investigation,” Shannon Bilder, Bloomsburg University
  • “Analysis and Interpretation of Addiction and Recovery Groups,” Jessica Soroka, Bloomsburg University
  • “Pleasure and Pain: Male Body Modifications,” Kevin Ward, Bloomsburg University

Anthropology Researchers

Anthropology of Consumption: Sex and Sex Appeal Room

Chair: Dr. Conrad Quintyn and Dr. Susan Dauria, Bloomsburg University

  • “Beauty and the Breast: Honest Signals in Male Attraction,” Lydia Delgado, Bloomsburg University
  • “High Heels and Sex: How Women’s Consumption of High Heels Relates to Sexual Endeavors,” Natalie Wagner, Bloomsburg University
  • “Showing Off to Get a Mate: A Cross Cultural Comparison,” Benjamin Tice, Bloomsburg University

“Applied Anthropology is Anthropology”

Society for Applied Anthropology 72nd Annual Meeting Anthropology faculty, Conrad Quintyn, DeeAnne Wymer and Faith Warner and students Jessica Hein, Jimmy Muwombi, Kristin Stauffer, Alexa Rose and Jessica Soroka attended the Society for Applied Anthropology 72nd Annual Meeting in Baltimore from March 27 to 31. The Society for Applied Anthropology aspires to promote the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems throughout the world; to advocate for fair and just public policy based upon sound research; to promote public recognition of anthropology as a profession; and to support the continuing professionalization of the field. Students presented their original research from the course Cultural Methods in Anthropology taught by Faith Warner in fall 2011 and students enrolled in the spring 2012 Applied Anthropology course participated in the conference and a special roundtable on developing applied anthropology undergraduate programs.

  • Warner, Faith; Muwombi, Jimmy; Hickman, Frank; Graham, Nathan; and Nuhfer, Jeffrey - "Community Flood Support: An Application of Public Relations Anthropology in Response to Natural Disaster"
  • Michael, Katelyn and Grevera, Michael - "Never Forget?: A Comparative Analysis of 9/11 Traumatic Stress"
  • Rose, Alexa; Warner, Faith; Magolis, David; and Yodock, Melanie - "Anthropologists and Assessment in Academia: An Application of Library Ethnography"
  • Swedo, Krystal and Hein, Jessica - "Social Support Networks and Health in Elderly Populations: An Application of Gerontology Anthropology"
    • A great ending to a great semester

      Anthropology Club
      BU’s Anthropology Club celebrated the end of a great semester with a Multicultural Feast on Friday, April 20, where approximately a dozen students participated in the feast, with contributions from many others. Some of the featured cuisine included homemade Italian shells and tomato sauce, Japanese-style chicken, curry, Matzah ball soup, Italian love cake, hummus, as well as broccoli and pepperoni Stromboli. Anthropology students and professors contributed to the event. President David L. Soltz also attended the event.

      Faculty-Student team presents results of SPARC grant

      SPARC Project
      Susan Dauria, Ph.D., and student Shannon Bilder, a Lamba Alpha member, presented a poster at BU's Strategic Planning and Resource Council (SPARC) hosted event on April 12. The event showcased the work of the 2011 Strategic Plan grant recipients and Centers for Excellence. Faculty, staff and administration mingled and discussed the successes of last years program.

      The anthropology team helped launched the first-ever camp BU Quest co-sponsored with an academic department, Camp Sahara last summer. Available to youths, ages 10 to 16, the camp featured a daily archeological dig, team-building activities, river-rafting and high ropes course.
      Brittany Vaszlavik

      An inside-out look at ancient Rome

      Brittany Vaszlavik, a senior anthropology major, got prepared for he fast-paced spring semester studying in an intense two-week course in Italy, looking at the geology and architecture of ancient Rome. The abroad program, “Underneath Rome,” enabled Vazlavik to study Speleoarchaeology. Vazlavik went underground into quarries, catacombs, multiple aqueducts and passageways that were once used by servants. She also traveled through the irrigation passage built next to Lake Nemi that went through a volcano. Vazlavik learned how to use Autocad, took measurements and were able to map out the dimensions of an underground catacomb.

      A once-in-a-lifetime experience

      Mike Grevera
      Mike Grevera, an anthropology major, has begun what he calls “a once-in-a-lifetime” experience study abroad in Costa Rica, focusing on human rights issues in Latin America, political traditions of Costa Rica and the Spanish language. According to the first few hours of his trip, this study abroad is staying true to its word.

      Anthropology student volunteers for eco-friendly Spring Break

      Alternative Spring Break
      Kristin Kelly, an English and anthropology major, volunteered over spring break in the Mississippi Gulf Coast with Alternative Spring Break with the United Way in a variety of ecological clean up projects. The program enables students from across the country to join together in Biloxi, Miss., and volunteer on various projects with the Boys & Girls Club, Youth Build, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, The Salvation Army, Hope Community Development Agency and Land Trust.

      Kelly volunteered with Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, working to preserve places of ecological and cultural significance throughout the coastal counties. She helped clear trails and worked on habitat restoration specifically for turtles living in these areas. Throughout the week, she also helped create a trail for the blind, so they can also have an opportunity to experience natural settings.

      Alumna lands position in Belize

      Laura Baker, an anthropology alumna '10, will be working in a school with children in Belize this June. She will use her anthropological training in conjunction with her graduate work in school counseling as part of the coursework for her Master's of Education (M.Ed. in Spring 2013). We are proud of her continued commitment to cultural study.
      Library Ethnography

      A deeper look at library services

      Alexa Rose, an anthropology major, teamed with Melanie Yodock, an anthropology graduate ’11, David Magolis, interim director of library services, and Faith Warner, associate professor of anthropology, to research library ethnography at the Andruss Library. The four recently presented their research at the Society for Applied Anthropology International Conference in Baltimore. Andruss Library has since used some of the findings to make changes to improve its service to the community.

      Anthropology student receives stipend and title

      Jessica Soroka has been appointed as a youth leader for the Columbia County Representative for the PA system of Care Expansion Planning team. Her responsibilities will include networking with regional youth groups, directors of school boards, children and youth organizations, health care professionals, councilors, social workers, and other youth groups. She will get a stipend and travel reimbursement.