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How do you enjoy Husky Life?

With more than 250 ways to enjoy student life, it's tough to pick just one. Guess the "ultimate" choice is up to you! There are countless ways for Huskies to get involved and be active, including one popular option on upper campus.

Through 15 active NCAA intercollegiate teams, club sports offer opportunities to test your athleticism and competitive spirit. Among the variety of teams include men’s and women soccer, equestrian, ice hockey, men’s and women rugby, as well as the growing co-ed option of ultimate Frisbee — a limited-contact sport played similar to football where points are scored by passing the Frisbee to a teammate in the opposing end zone.

175th Anniversary Film Series

175th Anniversary Film Series

Historic films from the Bloomsburg University Archives produced by art professor, George Keller document the activities during the late 1930’s and early 40’s of the Bloomsburg State Teachers College.

  • Education for Teaching Part I will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 30, at noon in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room
  • Education for Teaching Part II will be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at noon in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room
  • Bloomsburg Faces War will be shown on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium

University Archivist Robert Dunkelberger will provide commentary on the people and events presented. The first two on education are brown-bag lunches, drinks and light refreshments will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch. The third, on military preparedness during World War II, will be held on Veteran’s Day. The silent, color films were digitized through the support of the Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association (FOBULA), which is co-sponsoring these events with the Harvey A. Andruss Library.

Upcoming Campus Speakers

    Vidya Rao

  • Indian singer and Sufi scholar Vidya Rao will present a lecture, “Today is Your Wedding Day, Qasim: The Gendered Voice of the Shi’a Moharram Laments,” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center 2303. On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. she will present a concert, “An Evening of Thumri Music,” in KUB Ballroom. The concert will feature Rao on vocals, Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Rajyasree Ghosh on harmonium. Both events are free and open to the public. Rao is a performer of thumri-dadra, Indian classical music, and ghazal, a form of Persian and Indian poetry closely linked to Sufism.
  • Michael Shepard

  • BU's Fall Faculty Lecture Series presents Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, “Scientific History,” on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline. Shepard will highlight the history of one of Bloomsburg’s most distinguished citizens, Dr. H. Keffer Hartline. Scientific discovery is dependent upon perception, and Hartline made important contributions to the science of visual perception. In his lecture, Shepard will talk about the scientific contributions of the 1967 Nobel Prize winner for Physiology and Medicine. Shepard’s lecture is free and open to the public.

    Luke Peterson

  • Luke Peterson, visiting professor of contemporary international issues at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “Palestine-Israel in the 21st Century: Ending Endless War” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in MCHS 1303. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Department of History, his talk is open free to the public. Peterson will focus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the future of the peace process in the region. The recent events in the Gaza Strip postponed any initiatives, at least for the moment, to continue negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Peterson will present his perspectives on the possibility and potential efficacy of the implementation of the Two-State solution versus the One-State solution. He will also entertain future political, civil, and social scenarios in Israel and Palestine.
  • ICS Great War Centennial Lecture Series presents Vera Viditz-Ward, professor of art and art history, photographer and historian of photography, “The Great War and Photography,” on Thursday Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at Centennial Hall 218
  • ICS Great War Centennial Lecture Series presents Michael C. Hickey, professor of history, “Russia and its Jews in the Great War,” on Monday, Nov.17, 7 p.m., at Centennial Hall 218
  • BU's Fall Faculty Lecture Series presents Barbara Wilson, Associate Professor of Exceptionalities, “Pre-K Reading is More Than Pictures,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline
  • BU's Fall Faculty Lecture Series presents 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

Adventure playground to ‘Pop Up’ on campus

Pop Up Playground

Bloomsburg University will host a new event this fall, and it won’t be around for long. For one day only, Pop-Up Adventure Playground will provide children with an opportunity to experience an environment designed solely for child-initiated, self-instructed play.

The playground, open to the public free of charge, will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Student Recreation Center. Children ages 12 and under are invited to enjoy the Pop-Up Adventure Playground; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds offer a place for children to explore a variety of loose materials, such as cardboard boxes and plastic containers, objects that can easily be found at home. The goal is to provide children with an opportunity for hands-on, open-ended learning.

Adults are encouraged to allow the children to explore the playground on their own. The Pop-Up Adventure Playground will be led by Michael Patte, BU professor of education and child life specialist. Patte will be assisted by BU students to provide support at the playground and help educate children and adults on the importance of self-instructed play.

Are you ready for Election Day?

Student Vote

With the 2014 midterm election just days away, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, it's important that you have all the information you need to vote. Bloomsburg University via The American Democracy Project has partnered with the non-profit, non-partisan, organization TurboVote to make sure that you have everything you need on Election Day.

Sign up to get reminders with important voting information. Voting is important! If you live on campus and have registered in Bloomsburg you will be able to go the polling place inside KUB to cast your vote. If you live off campus and don’t know where to go you can use to check your registration and find out where to vote.

Be sure you make a plan to get to the polls and exercise your voting rights on Nov. 4. Getting text message reminders makes it easy to remember. Signing up for TurboVote is a great way to make sure you aren't feeling left out on Election Day.

BU Forensics showcases talent at CFA's annual fall tournament

BU Forensics Team

Bloomsburg University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently won the third place team sweepstakes award at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Annual Fall Tournament at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Seven students won a total of 17 individual speech and debate awards.

Individual Winners

  • Stephanie Kaminski (Team President): 2. Best Speaker in Parliamentary Debate; 3. Informative Speaking; 5. Poetry; 6. Parliamentary Debate with Chanty Gbaye
  • Delaney Hellman: 1. After Dinner Speaking; 6. Prose; 6. Informative Speaking, 6. Communication Analysis; 5. Parliamentary Debate with Abbey Porambo; 5. Best Speaker in Parliamentary Debate; 3. Pentathlon
  • Brook Reichenbach: 5. Communication Analysis; 6. Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado
  • Jayleen Alvarado: 2. Declamation; 6. Dramatic Duo with Brook Reichenbach
  • Arrista Voorhees: 2. Impromptu Speaking; 3. Poetry
  • Abbey Porambo: 5. Parliamentary Debate with Delaney Hellman
  • Chanty Gbaye: 6. Parliamentary Debate with Stephanie Kaminski

Joshua Hooks also competed at the tournament for Bloomsburg University in both speech and debate events. Neil Strine, director of BU Forensics, served as a speech and debate judge at the tournament. The BU Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team is supported by coaching from Timothy Oleksiak, of English, and Daniel Bloomingdale, of communication studies.

Audiology students see curriculum applied in real-world setting

Oticon Hearing Aids

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about one to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.

Oticon, one of the largest companies in the hearing industry, allowed Bloomsburg University students to come into their facility and find out how hearing aids are manufactured. Christi Moncavage, clinical supervisor of the Department of Audiology, took the graduate students from the audiology doctorate program in the Hearing Aids I course to Oticon.

Shea DeNoia, an audiology first-year graduate student, said it served as a beneficial experience because, “the material we have been learning in our course could be directly observed at Oticon’s facility.”

Moncavage targeted this specific hearing aid manufacture because the hospital, in which the students do their clinicals, order from Oticon. The location, Somerset, N.J., was convenient, because the class drove there and back in the same day.

Like DeNoia, many other students also agree their favorite part of the field trip was witnessing how the hearing aids were manufactured.

“I had a very different idea of what I would be seeing,” DeNoia said. “I was expecting the facility to be set-up as more of a large factory, rather than individual workstations within offices. The set-up I viewed was very unique. Each employee was part of a team who sat in what could be described as an assembly line."

There's an app for that, thanks to this Husky

Brandan Schondorfer

A Bloomsburg University student produced an app for booking conference rooms during his summer internship. Brandan Schondorfer interned with Air Products, an international company based in Trexlertown that supplies industrial gases, performance materials, equipment and technology.

The senior digital forensics major completed two projects. “My first project was to identify a bug and solution to implement devices, called Dataprobes, which are being used for emergency shutdown signals,” Schondorfer said. “The second project was to identify and test application whitelisting technologies for their control systems that run the plants.”

At the end of Schondorfer’s internship, he worked with several other interns to create an app that would benefit the Air Products Co. They called it the Conference Room Booking App.

Student veteran, mother forges nontraditional path to future success

Susan Erdman

College life can be challenging. Being a mother of three can also be challenging. Now managing both at the same time? That’s a whole different story.

Susan Erdman, of Nescopeck, is doing just that. The 37-year-old local Marine Corps veteran and social work major says Bloomsburg University offered her the perfect match for what she was looking for — an engaging learning environment that was close to home. She admits life can become rather hectic as a nontraditional student, specifically as a mother. It can be stressful and hard when juggling various schedules and events.

After meeting some faculty, she found her professors were extremely helpful and understanding. Erdman stated, “I might have to leave class early if one of my kids gets sick. My professors understand. They are very professional.”

Outside of class, Erdman works at the Center for Community Research and Consulting and serves on the board for the Women’s Center. She also conducted research this past summer funded by the Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity awards program at BU.

Her research, “Cultural Competence of Medical Social Workers with older LGBT Adults in Rural Health Care Settings,” is inspired by her sister’s life experiences as a LGBT member struggling in a rural community. Following her sister’s death at 40, Erdman dedicated this research project in her memory. She recently presented her work at the fourth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Digital forensics group showcases talent on national stage

Digital Forensics Conference

Philip Polstra and 22 digital forensics students recently attended the GrrCON security conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. While there, Polstra gave two presentations. The first entitled “Autonomous Remote Hacking Drones” was an invited talk related to his recently released book, Hacking and Penetration Testing with Low Power Devices (Syngress, 2015). The second talk was an impromptu discussion on semi-automated methods of developing custom Linux distributions. This second talk was the result of Polstra pinch hitting when the scheduled speaker didn’t show up to deliver his talk. This was Polstra’s third year in a row as an invited speaker at GrrCON.

The digital forensics students competed in several competitions including a forensics challenge and security capture-the-flag (CTF) contest. Despite being their first CTF competition, our students came in second place. The BU team actually tied with the first place team, but received second place for having a larger team than the other team (which consisted of one person). The prize for second place in the CTF competition was lots of learning and a hug from one of the conference organizers. The BU team which competed in the forensics challenge came in third place. For their prize they were given two copies of a book on memory forensics.

Physics major earns American Nuclear Society award

Kelly Barko

Kelly Barko, a senior health physics major, was recently selected to receive the annual grant for $1,500 from the Northern Pennsylvania Section of the American Nuclear Society.

Barko was selected based on her scholastic achievements and essay she submitted with the grant application, and received the award at a dinner hosted by the NPS-ANS at the University earlier this month. Presenting the award were Jeffrey M. Helsel, vice president nuclear, and Jon Franke, site vice president nuclear, of the PPL Susquehanna Nuclear Power Station, near Berwick.

Student United Way hosts presentations for campus community

Student United Way Presentation

Student United Way of Bloomsburg University presented Heather Feldhaus, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and director of the Center for Community Research and Consulting, for a presentation about hate groups. Through the presentation students learned:

  • religion, race, and ethnicity are no longer the top targeted hate groups
  • gays, lesbians, government, and abortion providers have been targeted more
  • they use to rely on fear; now look for sympathy, focus on positives
  • hate groups try to use more intellectual rhetoric
  • they hide behind their religion

Student United Way Presentation

Student United Way of Bloomsburg University invited Joan Miller, professor of nursing, to present her presentation of building blocks for outstanding student leaders, such as volunteering, advocating, and giving. Miller also taught a summer class in Switzerland. Through the presentation students learned:

  • giving means more that helping out; it’s making a difference
  • advocating is not just looking out for you its also looking out for others
  • volunteering is more that just participation; it’s acting to benefit others beside you
  • it’s easy to make a buck it’s a lot harder to make a difference

Campus Announcements

New Department Name — The Department of Developmental Instruction faculty voted unanimously to change their name to the Department of Academic Enrichment and to welcome into the department: the Academic Advisement Center, the TRiO Student Support Services Program, and the TRiO Upward Bound Program. This visionary step positions the department to offer comprehensive services of support for students’ success.

Campus Announcements

Campus Child Center — is currently enrolling children for the Spring 2015 semester. For more information please contact Judy Coleman Brinich, director, at

Lucy — showing at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, Friday, Oct. 31 and Sunday Nov. 2 in the KUB Hideaway. Free admission with a BU ID and paid Fall ’14 Community Activities fee, all other $1.

Balloon Sculptures — Friday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. in the Kehr Main Lobby.

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.

Rocky Horror Picture Show — showing at midnight on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the KUB Ballroom See the movie in Blu-ray with a host and two actors — Riff Raff and Magenta — who will guide you through the experience. It’s not just a movie, it’s an event. Dress like your favorite character.

Winter College Scheduling — begins Monday, Nov. 3. Winter College will run Dec. 15 to Jan. 16 this year. Students can schedule up to 7 credits from among 19 online and 20 face-to-face courses. For a complete list of courses click on Search outside of ISIS (Quick and Easy) under Course Scheduling. Contact Karen Murtin at 570-389-4824 or at for more information.

Time to Claim Your Fame? — Be a contestant in the 6th annual Claim Your Fame Talent Show! Any BU student may enter one of the three categories: Vocal, Dance or Creative Expression. Deadline to apply will be Wednesday, Nov. 5. The actual show will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 9 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom in front of a live audience and a judging panel. Sponsored by DASL Campus Leadership, CLE and Residence Life. To pick up an application, visit the CLE office on the ground floor of Northumberland or email

The Giver — showing at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, Friday, Nov. 7 and Sunday Nov. 9 in the KUB Hideaway. Free admission with a BU ID and paid Fall ’14 Community Activities fee, all other $1.

Salsa and Tango Dance Lessons — Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Kehr Ballroom.

New York City Bus Trip — Saturday, Nov. 8, departs the Hospital Lot at 7 a.m. and departs NYC at 8 p.m. Sign up in the Student Activities Office, KUB 350.

Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program will host the thesis defense of Sarah Hathaway on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301 as part of the requirements for the degree. The research she will be defending is entitled “A Comparison of Tympanometry In Adults." Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

Graduate School Fair — will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Services Center. Unsure of your plans after graduation? Considering a higher degree? Stop by the SSC lobby to speak with program coordinators one-on-one. Obtain information about the graduate programs available at BU. Sponsored by the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience & the Office of Graduate Studies. If you have any questions, contact Olivia Werner, graduate assistant, at

The Gatsby Gala Semi Formal Dance — Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the KUB Ballroom. Only $3 per person or $5 per couple in advance, $5 per person or $8 per couple at the door. Sign up in the Student Activities Office. Dancing, hot and cold finger foods, drinks and door prizes including a grand prize valued over $100.

Student Employment Supervisors — it’s time to nominate your exceptional employee(s) for the Student Employee of the Year Award. The winning student will receive a $500 scholarship. Announcement of the winner will be made on Thursday, Dec. 4. Nominees may be either undergraduate or graduate students with at least one semester of attendance remaining, who will have worked a minimum of six months part-time between June 2014 and May 2015. The nomination form (titled Campus Nomination Form) is available on the S-drive within the BU Documents folder. Deadline is Nov. 20.

How can Professional U help you?

Career Connections Expo

Experiential learning shows potential employers you have the real-world work experience and skills they are seeking, giving you an edge in a competitive job market once you graduate.

» Career Connections Expo: All majors are invited to meet with recruiters from more than 50 corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., KUB Multipurpose A&B. Recruiters are looking to hire for internships and full time post-graduation positions in careers related to allied health, business, liberal arts, and science and technology.

Representatives from various graduate schools will also be at the expo.

Career Road Trip

The expo is a great opportunity to gather information, explore job shadowing possibilities and make critical contacts for a future job search. Business professional attire is required. Bring enough resumes for each organization of interest to you and five to 10 extras. Please RSVP if attending!

» Professional U's Career Road Trip: Several accounting students recently attended the Professional U: Career Road Trip to the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Conference in Hershey. Conference presentations included:

  • Inside the Mind of a Fraudster: The Crazy Eddie Story Sam Antar, Convicted Felon, Former CPA, and Former CFO of Crazy Eddie, Inc.
  • Fraud in Pennsylvania: Significant Cases, Investigations, and Trends Colonel Frank Noonan, Commissioner
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Use of the Tor Network, Detective R. Matthew Dotts, Derry Township Police Department

The trip was coordinated through Crystal Skotedis ’03, director at Boyer & Ritter CPA’s and president of the Central PA Chapter of the ACFE. Skotedis and her organization sponsored two students for the conference and provided assistance for the remaining students to attend.

Who's Who Among ... You?

Who's Who Among Students

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014-15 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Students who have completed 80 credits and have a minimum of 2.75 QPA are eligible. Selection is based on scholarship, leadership, and service qualities. Nomination forms, an information flyer as well as the list of eligible students can be found below.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 7. Feel free to contact Donald W. Young, dean of students, with any questions or concerns at 570-389-4734.

Nominations for Ali-Zaidi Award


BU deans, department chairs and faculty are invited to nominate an outstanding senior for the annual Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation. Ali-Zaidi, a charter member of the State System’s Board of Governors, established the award to inspire and honor System students who excel in the pursuit of knowledge. The 2015 award recipient will receive a medallion and $1,000; two semi-finalists will receive $500. Bloomsburg University has had two finalists for the award in the past several years.

You may nominate a senior no later than Friday, Nov. 7. The nomination packet must contain:

  • An essay written by the nominee, addressing how the university prepared him or her for the next career step and what that next step will be. The essay should not exceed two double-spaced pages, using 12 point type.
  • The nominee’s latest transcript (a copy is acceptable)
  • The nominee’s vita or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from university faculty
  • The letters should provide specific details that offer insight into the nominee’s outstanding qualities including, but not limited to, information on the student’s research and co-curricular activities outside of the classroom

Nominations will be evaluated on: the quality of the nominee’s essay, outstanding performance in the academic major and other areas of study, current GPA, awards, publications, etc., recognition of scholarship by members of the university faculty, participation in extra/co-curricular activities during undergraduate years and involvement in student or community organizations and leadership positions held.

President David Soltz will select one nominated senior as the university’s representative and write a nomination letter to the State System selection committee. The award recipient and semi-finalists will be honored at their universities’ commencement ceremonies. To nominate an outstanding senior, contact Jessica Beaver, Office of Planning and Assessment, 2203 McCormick Human Services Center,, no later than Friday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m.