Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

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Unleash your vote!

Student Voting

The midterm elections are less than two months away. Voters will choose new leaders and decide key issues, especially at the state level in Pennsylvania. We urge you to be a part of that process at the heart of our democracy — and if you haven’t registered to vote already, we are pleased to tell you it couldn’t be easier at BU.

BU has partnered with a digital platform called “TurboVote" to enable members of the university community to quickly and efficiently register to vote or receive reminders on election day so that they won’t miss the chance to be part of the democratic process. Despite thousands of voters being registered, when Election Day comes, especially when the US Presidency is not being decided, many don’t go to the polls.

TurboVote sends out email and text reminders to users about approaching election deadlines so that they don’t miss a chance to exercise the right to vote. The link will take anyone who wishes to a menu-driven page that results in the user receiving a voter registration form already filled out and attached to an email.

Then the user simply prints and signs the application. Students can take the applications to the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) in the ground level of Northumberland Hall. The staff there will take BU applications to the Columbia County Courthouse before the registration deadline. Applications can be taken to the CLE until Thursday, Oct. 2. They can be taken to the Courthouse Annex until Monday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. Details about voting in Pennsylvania can be found at

Speaker Series: Professor defines authentic success

From redefining diversity to motivational fitness to cultivating literacy, the series of upcoming invited campus speakers covers a wide spectrum of impactful topics.

  • BU's Multicultural Center presents, "Chasing Authentic Success," featuring Corey Ciocchetti on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. Ciocchetti, assistant professor of business ethics and legal studies at the University of Denver, speaks to tens of thousands of people each year presenting a message that will not only stick with you, it will leave you genuinely challenged. Audiences routinely refer to his messages as outright addicting. No matter the setting, venue or occasion, Ciocchetti's message will engage your mind and motivate your heart to chase authentic success.

    Kelly Hastings

  • Kelly Hastings, the superintendent of the Keystone Central School District, will present a series of lectures on Thursday, Oct. 9, on literacy and content. From 1 to 3 p.m. in the KUB Multipurpose 345B, she will discuss “10 Literary Habits to Cultivate in Your Classroom - No Matter What you Teach!,” followed by a reading center demonstration with student teachers and children from 4 to 5 p.m. in McCormick Center 2225. Hastings will give a final presentation from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom about, “Quick and Dirty ways to Improve Literacy in your School Today!” Hastings has worked with teachers and school district administrators to develop a district-wide assessment system and provide professional support for teachers during development and implementation of a new curriculum. Her school district, which serves Clinton, Centre and Potter counties, has received awards of distinction for implementation of a balanced literacy approach in its elementary schools.
  • Jackie Cruz

  • In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, BU's Multicultural Center presents Orange if the new Black star Jackie Cruz on Monday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. Her presentation is followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. Cruz has been singing her whole life and has entertained thousands with her unique sound. She was raised by her mother and mother's sisters (as well as her Aunt Diane) — the same five women that would help her overcome the most traumatic event anyone should ever have to endure — a near fatal car accident that almost left her paralyzed. Even after brain surgery, a coma, and a collapsed lung almost left her unable to sing or even walk, she was still determined to follow her dreams to become a musician.
  • Bryan Anderson

  • Conquer has changed meaning for Bryan Anderson. As a U. S. army sergeant in Iraq, it meant taking down the enemy. After becoming the Iraq War’s fourth triple amputee from a roadside explosive, what he had to conquer got a bit more personal. Anderson will present, “No Turning Back,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Haas Center for the Arts' Mitrani Hall, covering his inspirational story of courage, hope and determination. Despite grueling surgeries and rehabilitation, his goal has always been bigger than simply walking again. And he went for it, learning how to snowboard, water-ski, rock climb, and snowboard — even winning a few Gold medals to place next to his Purple Heart.

Campus Announcements: What you need to know!

BUSVA Cookout — join the Bloomsburg University Student Veterans Association on Wednesday, Oct. 1, for a cookout on the Student Services Center patio from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda will be for sale to raise money for the 12th annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run, coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Study Abroad: Winter Session — An informational meeting about the China Winter Session trip on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 3:30 p.m. in Old Science Hall 220. Trip dates, itinerary, course offerings, fees and expenses will be discussed. Students should come with any questions.

Icona Pop Tickets — with special guests Five Knives and Lowell Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Nelson Field House. Buy your tickets on Wednesday, Oct. 1, and be entered in a drawing for a meet and greet with Icona Pop. Tickets available for sale at the Student Activities Office, 350 Kehr Union Building.

Campus Announcements

Rise of the Planet of the Apes — showing in the KUB Hideaway on Wednesday, Oct. 1, Friday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Free admission with BU student ID and paid fall ’14 Community Activity Fee. All others $1.

Thesis Defense — Dawn O’Brien Taylor, a doctoral student in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology will be presenting her thesis defense, “A comparison of parent and teacher responses on the Buffalo Model Questionnaire-revised,” on Thursday, Oct. 2, in Centennial Hall 301, at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Latino Bingo — will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. in KUB Multipurpose A&B with up to $350 in cash prizes, theme door prizes and free refreshments. Only 25 cents per card, up to six cards at a time. Must be a BU student with student ID and paid Fall '14 C.A. free to play.

Mental Game Show w/ Michael C. Anthony — will be on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. Free with BU student ID and pad Fall '14 C.A. fee; $3 for others.

Midnight Pizza with The Folded Faces — will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, from midnight to 1:30 a.m., in the KUB Fireside Lounge and Multicultural Center. The Folded Faces, comprised of four Drexel University students, have been influenced by The Black Keys, 3Doors Down and Drive-By Truckers.

Baltimore Bus Trip — sign up in the Student Activities Office (KUB 350). Bus departs the Hospital Lot on Saturday, Oct. 4, 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.

Pankaraoke — is a perfect blend of pancakes and karaoke on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m. in the KUB Fireside Lounge. Free for BU students with student ID; $3 for guests.

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.

Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Jessica L. Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “Maximizing Word Recognition Scores: A Comparison of Presentation Levels in the Clinical Setting.” Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

NSSLHA Fundraiser — will be hosting a hotdog and hamburger sale on Sunday, Oct. 12. It will be held in the Auto Zone parking lot located on 306 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg. The stand will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The proceeds from this event will be donated to Jackie Lithgow and his family for therapy expenses.

Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the thesis defense of Heather Stone on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in Centennial Hall 301 as part of the requirements for the degree. The research she will be defending is entitled “Newborn Hearing Screening Refer Rates: Vaginal vs. Cesarean Section Deliveries”. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

Majors and Minors Fair — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in KUB Multipurpose Room B. All students welcome! This is an event for students who are interested in changing their major, have not decided on a major, or cannot get into their intended major. All academic departments will be in attendance to discuss their majors with students.

Assessment of Programs and Student Learning Outcomes Workshop

Student Outcomes Workshop

Bloomsburg University’s Office of Planning and Assessment hosted a daylong workshop on assessment of programs and student learning outcomes on Monday, Sept. 29, highlighted by keynote presenter Jodi Levine Laufgraben, vice provost for academic affairs assessment, and institutional research at Temple University.

Teams of faculty and staff from academic affairs and student affairs were among the key campus constituents who participated in the workshop designed to develop and assess programs aimed at improving undergraduate teaching and learning.

Through the workshop, participants learned:

  • to develop program assessment plans
  • write measurable student learning objectives
  • identify direct and indirect assessment approaches appropriate for specific programs
  • identify and describe uses of assessment results to improve teaching and student learning

Professors celebrate Diwali with multimedia concert


In celebration of the Diwali festival of lights, Bloomsburg University faculty will collaborate on a multimedia performance on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Titled “Lumina,” the concert features Charisse Baldoria on piano. The experience of light is explored in this Asian-inspired concert, which also features video and dance by Ron Lambert and Julie Petry, respectively, as well as lighting design by alumnus Anthony Roslevich.

The concert conveys the love story of Rama and Sita, characters of the Ramayana epic, and features a live soundtrack of music by composers from around the world who were inspired by Asia and Argentina:  Lou Harrison’s “Varied Trio,” Claude Debussy’s “And the moon descends on the temple which used to be,” Colin McPhee’s “Balinese Ceremonial Music,” Ástor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion and Libertango” and Gareth Farr’s “Sepuluh Jari (Ten Fingers).”

Reading series highlights poetry

Reading Series

Poets Marjorie Maddox and Barbara Crooker will open this year’s Big Dog Reading Series at Bloomsburg University, presenting readings on Monday, Oct. 6, in the Kehr Union — Maddox at 3 p.m. in Multipurpose Room B and Crooker at 7:30 p.m. in the Hideaway. Both readings are free and open to the public.

Maddox is the director of creative writing and professor of English at Lock Haven University. She recently published “Local News From Someplace Else,” is the co-editor of “Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania,” and has written two children books “A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry” and “Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems.” Crooker’s poetry has appeared in numerous magazines such as The Green Mountains Review, Poet Lore and The Potomac Review. She has won awards including the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts creative writing fellowships.

Nursing receives nurse practitioner HRSA grant

White Coat Ceremony

Bloomsburg University’s Department of Nursing has been re-awarded the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources, and Services Administration Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program. BU’s nursing department is among a group of 65 schools from across the country receiving an AENT award.

BU’s nursing department received an initial Health and Human Services, Health Resources, and Services Administration (HRSA) award of $638,436 in 2012, which supported 32 primary care nurse practitioner students who earned their Master’s in Nursing with certification as an adult nurse practitioner, adult gerontology nurse practitioner or family nurse practitioner. The department exceeds the goals of AENT funding with more than 90 percent of Bloomsburg nurse practitioner graduates practicing in rural regions of Pennsylvania.