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Welcome back Huskies!

Bloomsburg University 175th Anniversary

It’s become tradition for me to do a welcome back video to kick off the new academic year, joining the ranks of presidents from universities and colleges across the country who are featured on YouTube. I’m not sure which president or school can be credited with the first one, but I’d like to think Bloomsburg University is among the pioneers.

As I have become more comfortable in front of the camera — something not as easy as one might think — our videos have ventured out of the studio and become more creative. With each version, the bar of expectations has risen. I enjoy the challenge. It’s a project I look forward to each year and hope the campus community does, too.

  — David Soltz, president

EET major conducts U.S. Navy sponsored summer research

EET Summer Research

Chris Vanek, a senior electronics engineering technology major, worked on sponsored research by the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., on wireless power transfer (WPT) technology. He designed and implemented a 4-MHz inductive-resonance WPT system that transferred 75 W of power wirelessly to a light bulb.

The WPT system, designed under the guidance of Biswajit Ray, professor of EET, worked up to a separation distance of 50 cm between the transmit and receive coils. The wireless power transfer technology is becoming increasingly popular for consumer electronics, electric vehicle charging, and implantable biomedical devices.

The current engineering challenge is to design systems that maintain high power and high efficiency capability for dynamic loads with changing distance and orientation. #HuskyUnleashed

Don't just watch the highlights, be the highlight!

Start the semester out right by creating an intramural sports team! Intramurals are a great way to get active, have fun, and meet new people. Sports that are offered this season include:

  • basketball
  • sand volleyball
  • dodgeball
  • field hockey
  • soccer
  • flag football
  • softball
  • ultimate frisbee
  • The deadline for registration is Tuesday, Sept. 9. Register online before it's too late! @BU_Intramurals

    175th Celebration presents Fall Faculty Lecture Series

    Bloomsburg University 175th Anniversary

    Bloomsburg University continues its 175th anniversary celebration this fall with a lecture series featuring six faculty members representing each of the four colleges, as well as the university’s historical archives.

    • Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor of education, “Learning Styles Have Nothing to Do With Learning,” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline
    • Stephen Hales, professor of philosophy, “Moral Luck,” on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., at Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium
    • Robert Dunkelberger, associate professor, archivist, “BU: An Institutional History,” on Tuesday Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium
    • Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, “Scientific History,” on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline
    • Barbra Wilson, Associate Professor of Exceptionalities, “Pre-K Reading is More Than Pictures,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline
    • Victoria Geyfman, associate professor of Finance, “The Benefits of Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis,” (invite only), at The Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis in Sutliff Hall

    Bloomsburg University marks a milestone in 2014 — 175 years of providing outstanding educational opportunities. From its beginnings in 1839 as a Literary Institute to educate local youth to today’s Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a leader in higher education throughout the commonwealth, our institution has transformed over the decades to meet the changing needs of students from the region and beyond.

    Campus Announcements: What you need to know!

    Greek Life Recruitment — Fraternity and sorority recruitment begins next week! Recruitment registration tables are located in the KUB through Monday, Sept. 8. Stop by the recruitment table or plan to attend Meet the Greeks on Thursday, Sept. 4, on the Quad. Members of each chapter will be available to discuss with you about your options to join one 27 different social Greek organizations.

    NYC Bus Trip — sign up in the Student Activities Office (KUB 350). Bus departs the Hospital Lot on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 a.m. and leaves New York City at 8 p.m. Tickets with option for Wicked, the Broadway musical, range from $30 to $100. Contact student activities or @BUProgramBoard for details.

    Campus Announcements

    Baltimore Bus Trip — registration begins Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Student Activities Office (KUB 350). Bus departs the Hospital Lot at 7 a.m. and leaves Baltimore at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 with BU student ID and paid Fall ’14 C.A. fee; $35 with ID only and for guests.

    Comedy Show featuring Ryan Reiss — will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, in the KUB Ballroom, 8 p.m. Free with BU student ID and paid Fall ’14 C.A. fee; $3 for others. Reiss can be seen daily entertaining FOX studio audiences for the M&J morning show, Huckabee, FOX and Friends, and the YES network.

    Open Mic Night — will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the KUB Amphitheater, 6 p.m. This is an unplugged event, so full bands will be not scheduled. Register at the KUB Main Desk prior to the event.

    Get on board with the Program Board! — Help make decisions for campus entertainment. Meet new people and build your resume while doing it. PB’s open meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in KUB Multipurpose-B, 9:15 p.m. Among the committees to join are sound stage, films, bingo/games, dance, public relations, hospitality, travel and special events. Message @BUProgramBoard or call 570-389-4346 for details.

    Foam Dance — with DJ, lights and lots of foam on Saturday, Sept. 13, on the Lycoming Lawn from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free for BU students; $3 others. Be prepared, you will get wet! Message @BUProgramBoard for details.

    Halloween in Salem/Boston — on this overnight bus trip from Friday, Oct. 31, to Saturday, Nov. 1. Salem, “The Witch City,” will have plenty of Halloween events. Cost, as low as $110, includes two-way coach bus transportation, one night of lodging near Boston and an optional trip into Salem. You’re responsible for securing your own roommates. Message @BUProgramBoard for details.

    Research Prospectus Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program announces the research prospectus defense of Nicole Leonzi on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “The Impact of a Dual-Task On The Synthetic Sentence Identification (SSI) Test.” Her defense is open to the campus community.

    Multicultural Center Open House — will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in KUB 230. See first-hand the opportunities and activities provided by the Multicultural Center throughout the school year, ways you can get involved and a sneak peek at upcoming multicultural events for this fall.

    Flavors of the World — will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Multicultural Center, from 6 to 8 p.m., along with a special performance by Karen Rodriguez, Latin jazz artist.

    Health Update: Ebola — BU's Student Health Center is monitoring Ebola Virus Disease notifications from the World Health Organization, CDC and the PA Department of Health on a daily basis. Ebola poses a low risk to the U.S. general population.

    New school year welcomes new CGA president

    CGA President

    Justine Albright, a senior majoring in public relations and digital forensics, will serve as president of the Community Government Association (CGA) during the 2014-15 academic year. As president, she hopes to further improve communication between students and administrators.

    In pursuit of that goal, Albright planned BU’s first “Meet the President,” an event that offered students the opportunity to speak with BU President David Soltz in an informal setting. According to Albright, the Sept. 4, 2013, event was a success, with a continuous stream of students eager to talk to the president for two hours. Questions focused on a variety of topics, including campus life, BU courses and Soltz’s responsibilities as university president.

    Albright, who is from Allentown, made her CGA debut as an on-campus senate representative during her freshman year. She served as executive assistant and CGA secretary and in summer 2013 completed an internship in BU’s Office of Student Affairs. There, she learned the internal structure of the university and worked with administrators. It was through her internship that the idea for “Meet the President” was born.

    New season of Celebrity Artist Series approaches

    The Illusionists

    Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artist Series kicks off its 29th season this fall with a nine-time Grammy Award winner and ends this spring with a foot-tapping, hand-clapping act known for fusing together 150 years of American music.

    CAS’s stellar bookend performances are matched with an entertaining collection of acts in between, featuring the most awarded vocal group in history, a Broadway Tour and select stars from two hit television talent shows.

    Featured performers this season include the incomparable Wynton Marsalis, Take 6, stars from So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent (with local talent, Sean Panikkar), the Broadway hit Jekyll and Hyde and the soon to be Broadway sensation, The Illusionists. Throw in a huge national orchestra from Mexico City, and CAS has got quite the memorable line up this season!