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We make it personal
As we enter the homestretch of our university’s largest ever capital campaign, we are calling on you, our faculty and staff, to help us finish strong by participating in the We make it Personal Faculty and Staff Campaign.
It is now easier than ever for faculty and staff to support the area of our university about which you are most passionate. Every gift — no matter the size — makes a difference.
FDI hosts “Dare to Ask” founder
Phillip Milano, founder of Y? The National Forum on People’s Differences, will present “Dare to Ask”, a lecture on how to love and respect others by learning everything about them on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Milano believes, curious students are better students, and encourages people to ask unflinching, politically incorrect questions about racial, cultural, and sexual differences. This helps individuals overcome fears of offending and gain greater understanding of one another. Milano, a 30-year journalist and 25-year newspaper veteran, has been featured on CBS, CNN, BET, BBC, and numerous newspapers such as, The Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today. He is the author of the book, “I can’t Believe You Asked That!” and a writer for the newspaper column, “Dare to Ask.”
The, “Dare to Ask” lecture is sponsored by the Fredrick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence.
A memorable learning experience for Douglass LC
Learning Communities foster a unique learning environment for students with similar majors, interests and goals living together on campus and experiencing a variety of learning opportunities in and out of the classroom.
One of the more active communities is the Frederick Douglass LLC, which regularly takes educational trips. This past fall, they traveled to Virginia to visit Belle Grove Plantation — an authentic late 18th-century plantation house and estate. For one student with a special connection to the LLC, the overnight trip left a lasting impression.
“My uncle did research and found out we were related to Frederick Douglass,” said Marqueshay Tomlinson, a freshman nursing major, admitting she really wants to learn more about her ancestry.
Tomlinson said this trip stuck out to her the most when she saw the list of LLC activities early in the semester given to her by her advisor, Brian Johnson, director of BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence. Tomlinson’s initial reaction was, “Wow… a slave plantation, oh my goodness!”
The Voice six-time winner at Gold Circle competition
Results of the 2016 Gold Circle competition are in, and staff members at The Voice have received have six individual awards for their articles, photos, and page design from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Their work was chosen from among the 6,420 entries submitted by colleges and universities from across the United states. Voice members claimed two First Place awards, two Third Place awards, and two Certificates of Merit.
First Place in Entertainment Reviews went to Joshua Lloyd, current Arts Editor, for his article “Urie Bids Farewell.” First Place in page design for a Cultural Feature Page went to Vanessa Giedosh, former Arts Editor, for her April 14 page design.
Third Place in Personal Opinion Writing, Off-Campus Issues, went to Morgan Mickavicz, current Asst. Opinion Editor, for her political column, “Flush Prejudice.” The Staff as a whole also share a Third Place in Headline Writing for an entry of five of their top headlines.
A Certificate of Merit in Sports Commentary was awarded to Evin Hartsock, current Sports Editor, for his column “Eagles Look to Soar.” Cole Kresch, former Photo Editor, who graduated in 2016, also won a Certificate of Merit for his front-page photo story, “Big Event Cleans House.”
Current editor of The Voice is Ioannis Pashakis. Adviser is Mary Bernath, professor of English.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association, founded in 1925, serves editors who produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and online media from high schools and colleges throughout the United States. Its goal is to foster high standards in student journalism and to recognize quality work. It is owned and operated by Columbia University.
CAS to begin spring performances
Music’s biggest night of the year, The Grammy Awards, aired live last night on CBS. Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series congratulates upcoming campus performer Blind Boys of Alabama on their two Grammy nominations.
One of the most recognized gospel roots music groups in the world, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been performing for 70 years and have already won five Grammy’s. Their current song “Mothers Children Have a Hard Time” was nominated for Best American Roots Performance. They were also nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album for their contributions to the various artist album, “God Don’t Ever Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson."
The Blind Boys of Alabama will take the stage for CAS on March 25. Preceding them on Sunday, Feb. 26, will be the Houston based ‘fusion-funk’ band; The Suffers along with opening artists; Ballroom Thieves.
Tickets are available online at www.cas.buzz, at the Haas Center Box Office or by calling 570-389-4409.
New scholarship search launched
Students will no longer need to scroll through a long list of scholarships and complete multiple paper applications that need to be turned into each department. Instead complete ONE application to automatically apply to multiple scholarships.
Deadline for current students to complete the 2017-18 Scholarship Application online is March 1. Incoming freshman have until April 1.
Students can find the application instructions on the scholarship website’s main page before logging in. Students can find the link to the scholarship website on their MyHusky account under the To Do List.
Department committees will be provided with detailed instructions and training in the near future. Committee members will see a list of scholarships they are responsible for awarding upon logging on. Each scholarship will display a spreadsheet of eligible applicants including their answers from the scholarship application and data imported from MyHusky. Committee members will be able to sort and rank applicants and select recipients online.
The financial aid office and BU Foundation, Inc., will view the selected recipients online, a list of recipients does not need to be emailed or put in campus mail anymore. The scholarship awards will be posted to student’s financial aid records and the students will receive an email notification of the award.
Wilderness First Aid Offered
Bloomsburg University’s Quest Outdoor Leadership Program is offering a Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder Recertification course. The two-day class is on Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30 at Monty’s on Bloomsburg University’s upper campus. Registration deadline is Friday, March 10.
This introductory level course is designed to introduce first aid and patient care in remote locations for outdoor leaders, guides, hunters or anyone who spends times in the woods. Topics include, but are not limited to wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems.
Participants will receive a two-year Wilderness First Aid certification through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School after completion of the course. All levels of training and experience are welcome.
BU Players present production of “Harvey”
The Bloomsburg University Players will premiere their spring season with Mary Chase’s comedy “Harvey.” The play, directed by assistant professor of theatre David Miller, will run Wednesday, March 1, through Sunday, March 5, at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Show time on Wednesday-Saturday is 7:30 p.m. with show time on Sunday is 3 p.m.
“Harvey” follows Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey, an invisible anthropomorphic six-foot-three rabbit. Not everyone is happy to have Harvey around, including Elwood’s social climbing sister Veta Louise, who is determined to commit him to a sanitarium. “Harvey” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945.
The 12 member cast includes Emily Henderson, Carly Carman, Titus O’Neil, Kayla McGarry, Kendall Baird and Kate Mochnacz. Also, Josué Nieves, Nate Stosius, Jonathan Schultz, Madeline Okuniewski, Austyn Redwinski, and Chris Thorne.
Tickets are free for BU students with student ID, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Haas Center box office or at the door one hour before curtain time.
Make-A-Wish CEO to Speak at Student Leadership Summit
BU will hold its 11th annual Husky Leadership Summit on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Kehr Union Building. Keynote speaker is David Williams ’81, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event is sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association, the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and the Community Government Association of Bloomsburg University. The Husky Student Leadership Summit is an annual leadership conference presented by BU alumni, faculty, staff and student leaders. The leadership summit is an opportunity for students to network with BU alumni, enhance their leadership skills, learn more about ways to get involved in campus life and engage in workshops for their CLE Leadership Certification. With a focus on professional development, participants will get the chance to engage in mock interviews, resume review sessions, personal branding consultation meetings, professional headshots, panel discussions, a career fair and a networking leadership luncheon.
Survey seeks opinions of first years and seniors
First-year and senior classes are invited to share opinions about their experiences at BU by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey reveals students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Results are used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements. In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win one of 84 prizes: one $150 Amazon gift card, one of two $100 Amazon gift cards, one of nine $50 Amazon gift cards, one of three BU tailgate folding chairs, one of three BU stadium blankets, one of six BU travel mugs, one of five BU smartphone power banks, one of seven BU drawstring bags, one of 20 BU spirit flags, or one of 28 BU iPod armband holders. A student’s chances of winning depend on how many students complete the survey; the last time the survey was administered, 635 students responded making a student’s odds of winning roughly 1 in 8. “All student responses are valuable for helping us compare the experiences they report with those of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities,” said Sheila Jones, assistant vice president for the Office of Planning and Assessment. “The results will also indicate important trends in undergraduate education. More voices will make the results more valid.”