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CGA hosts President Soltz student send-off
Students are invited to celebrate President David Soltz retirement party on Tuesday, April 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Lycoming Lawn and the Scranton Commons Dining Hall Amphitheater.
The event will have activities for the students including walking tacos, airbrush tattoos, a caricature artist, and a photo booth. There will also be a special performance from the Bloomsburg University Cheerleaders. President Soltz will arrive at 6 p.m. to meet with students and say his farewells.
Since arriving at BU, Soltz has concentrated on building programs and infrastructure for today’s students and those who will follow. The university’s strategic plan, Impact 2015: Building on the Past, Leading for the Future, was developed in fall 2010 under his leadership and updated as Impact 2017. As a result of the strategic plan, numerous academic programs and initiatives were established, largely focusing on experiential learning. A new General Education model, MyCore, was designed to enhance learning opportunities for all students and to prepare them for success in an increasingly complex global environment.
Distinguished prof headlines Economics Lecture Series
Princeton professor Alan B. Krueger will be the spring speaker for the 2016-17 Economics Lecture Series. His lecture, “The Rise of Alternative Work Arrangements in the U.S.,” will be on Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in Mitrani Hall in the Haas Center for the Arts. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Krueger is the Bendheim professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He holds a joint appointment in the department of economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also the founding director of the Survey Research Center at Princeton. He received his bachelor’s with honors from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1983 as well as a masters and doctoral degree in economics from Harvard in 1985 and 1987.
As a public institution, our campus is open to individuals and groups who hold a variety of beliefs. Free and open discourse is a hallmark of a comprehensive educational experience. As such, everyone must be afforded the ability to speak, listen, challenge and learn from diverse perspectives.
Earlier today, an off-campus group was present on campus for several hours expressing its anti-transgender views. In response, LGBTQA Resource Center set up a table on site, provided information about LGBTQA issues and rights, and engaged in civil discourse. As president, I am proud that our community could exchange disparate viewpoints in a way that was civil and safe for all participants.
At Bloomsburg, we strive to provide a safe and inclusive environment. Should any Bloomsburg University student want to discuss the issues further, feels threatened, or just wants to talk, they should contact one of the following: LGBTQA Resource Center at 570-389-2819; Dean of Students Office, Student Assistance at 570-389-4984 and Office of Social Equity at 570-389-4553.
Zeigler COB to hold international business dinner
In the spirit of sharing cultures and global business, Bloomsburg University’s Zeigler College of Business will host a Vietnamese International Business Dinner on Wednesday, April 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.
At this international dinner, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese culture and food as well as the economy and how to do business in Vietnam. Several traditional Vietnamese dinner dishes will be served. Student speakers will also present key information to know about Vietnam. Students can earn one ZIPD point at this event.
The Global Business Institute and the Global Business Association are sponsors of the dinner. Seating is limited so RSVP on Husky Career Link or by emailing Katelyn Donovan at email@example.com. Business casual attire is recommended.
39th Annual Renaissance Jamboree
Live music, homemade baked goods, carnival cuisine, game booths, children’s shows, trampoline acts and dance performances are all lined up for the 39th Annual Renaissance Jamboree on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The outdoor festival hosts food stands from local non-profits, regional non-profit, and fundraisers for the local community. Along with hundreds of booths and activities available. Pony Party Paradise will be offering pony rides for a small fee, on market street. Backyard Bouncin’ will have two inflatable rides for a small fee, at Main and West streets. There will also be a live Ninja Turtle Show, Cloggers, and Zumba.
Free parking at the fairgrounds with handicap-accessible buses running all day. Handicapped parking is behind the Bloomsburg Public Library.
Columbia Montour Area Chamber of Commerce, Bloomsburg University and its Program Board, Town of Bloomsburg, Renaissance Jamboree Committee, and Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. co-sponsor this event for the past 39 years.
Research showcased at national education conference
A trio of Bloomsburg University faculty representing the College of Education and College of Science and Technology presented research at the 28th annual SITE conference-Society for Information Technology and Education this spring in Austin, Texas.
SITE promotes thedevelopment and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice knowledge through its conference, books, collaborative projects with other organizations, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.
At the conference, the faculty presented:
- Lynn Hummel, assistant professor of instructional technology — “Pokémon Go for learning: A gamification approach,” which explored methods to learn ways in which Pokémon Go can be transformed into educational lessons on the topics of science, math, and geography.
- Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor of teaching and learning, and Caryn Terwilliger, assistant professor of teaching and learning — “The Effect of Tech Time in Preschool: A Randomized Controlled Study,” which explored the controversy over the use of technology with our youngest learners. Are computers replacing time children can be learning through play?
Senior makes history as Fulbright Scholar
Becoming a Fulbright Scholar has been a dream of Alexandra Miller's since high school. This summer the Bloomsburg University senior languages and cultures major will get to live her dream when she travels to Argentina as part of the Fulbright Scholar program.
“I first heard about Fulbright back in high school and it has been something I have always wanted to do,” says Miller. “I love to travel and learning languages. Last fall, Julie Vandivere, director of the Honors Program, encouraged me to apply for the program. She also offered to write a letter of recommendation.”
After thinking about what she wanted to do after graduation and what she’s passionate about Miller started the application process.
“I contacted professor Hidalgo de Jesús for the Spanish language assessment and asked her to mentor me in the process,” Miller says. “Then I reached out to professors Solange Garcia-Moll and Mykola Polyuha from the Department of Languages and Cultures, and Nathan Conroy (Director of Alumni Engagement) for additional letters of recommendation. I believe that the strength of my proposal, my language assessment and the strong letters of recommendations were very influential in the process.”
Miller, the first BU student to be a Fulbright Scholar, was naturally thrilled when she learned she was selected.
“I could’t believe my eyes when I received the email,” Miller says. “I know that this once in a lifetime opportunity that will change my life for the better and will teach me lessons few people are lucky enough to learn in a lifetime. It is always an incredibly rewarding feeling when you achieve something you have worked so hard and long on.”
Honor Society places in national competition
Bloomsburg University's chapter of Pi Omega Pi recently placed fifth nationally at the honor society’s national competition in Chicago. Pi Omega Pi is the National Business Education Teacher Honor Society, which has promoted scholarship and service in the area of business education for more than 80 years.
Prior to the national competition, each chapter was required to complete three projects-local, state and national related to furthering the profession. The BU chapter redesigned the national website, volunteered at the Pennsylvania Business Education Annual Conference and served as conference assistants at the PA Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference. In addition, students presented a workshop on "Active Learning."
Professors Christina Force and Maggie O’Connor, advisors to the group, also saw the BU chapter win the Participation Award for being the most active chapter at the competition, the only attending to receive the honor.
Commencement Speakers Announced
Bloomsburg University announces commencement speakers at the school’s 148th Commencement ceremony on May 13. Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; Cole Camplese, ’96 M.S, chief information officer (CIO) and associate vice president at the University of Chicago; and Cynthia Shapira, chair of the Board of Governors will address the graduates at ceremonies to be held on the Academic Quadrangle.
- Brogan will speak to the graduates of the Zeigler College of Business and the College of Education at 8:30 a.m. Brogan became the fourth chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on October 1, 2013. A lifelong educator, Brogan previously served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida, was president of Florida Atlantic University and twice elected lieutenant governor of the state of Florida.
- Camplese will speak to the graduates of the College of Science and Technology at noon. Camplese is the associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Chicago. He oversees campus-wide information technology decisions and guides the strategic use of technology at one of the nation’s most elite research universities.
- Shapira will speak to the graduates of the College of Liberal Arts at 3:30 p.m. Shapira is president of the Shapira Foundation and a community activist. She serves as chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. She is a trustee of Brandeis University and board member of the Allegheny County Airport Authority and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.