Today's News of 2014

Today's News

Today's News of 2014


Community Government Association

The "Biggest" Event of them all

Husky Nation certainly made it a true “Big” event this year! More than 2,000 students turned out for The Big Event, a new record, volunteering at more than 160 job sites across the Town of Bloomsburg and into the neighboring communities.

Among the locations included Karshner Soccer Field, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Children's Museum, Fernville Park, several businesses and more than 100 local residences. Student volunteers tackled a host of chores such as raking, painting, gardening, mulching, removing debris, digging and various spring cleaning duties. #CGABigEvent

Students building a sense of community

Public Health Fair

Several groups of nursing students recently applied their community health lessons from the classroom to the community through a series of public health fairs in Milton and Sunbury. Students helped residents learn healthy lifestyle habits through displays and discussions on nutrition and healthy eating, smoking cessation, and coping strategies for aggression and substance abuse. The work of the nursing majors was just the latest example of the many different ways Huskies have impacted and connected the community in recent weeks. Among them include:

Campus explores digital humanities

Digital Humanities Symposium

BU’s Institute for Culture and Society’s Digital Humanities Symposium, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, kicks off Monday, April 14, with a series of discussions of digital tools and projects relevant to faculty and student creative work and scholarship, and of the future of digital liberal arts. #CollaborativeLearning

  • Faculty Panel Discussion: Digital Tools and Projects in the Arts and Humanities — Monday, April 14, at 3 p.m., Centennial Hall 239, featuring Sue O’Donnell (art and art history), Alla Myzelev (art and art history), Robert Dunkelberger (library services), Stephanie Schlitz (English), Christopher Podeschi (sociology), Jennifer Whisner (environmental, geological, geosciences) and M. Safa Saracoglu (history)
  • Student Panel Discussion: Digital Projects In and Out of the Classroom — Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., Centennial Hall 108, with an all-student panel will discuss class-based projects, internship projects and student participation in University-related programs (e.g., the BU Writing Center, the Center for Community Research and Consulting, the University Archives, and the Magee Archives Project)
  • Featured Guest Lecture: Professor William Pannapacker — Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m., McCormick Center 1303, presenting "Stop Calling it Digital Humanities, Start Calling it Digital Liberal Arts." Pannapacker, professor of English at Hope College, has been a leading figure in the digital humanities/digital liberal arts movement. He is founding director of the Hope College Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts and Humanities, which has become a model for the integration of digital technology into undergraduate research in the humanities.

LGBTQA brings award-winning poet to campus

Andrea Gibson, one of the nation’s most admired and emulated poets, will perform on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall. Her verse is at once personal and political, feminist and universal, filled with incinerating verbs and metaphor, and delivered with gut punching urgency.

Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

Now, on her fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY and her second book THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room. Gibson’s performance is sponsored by the LGBTQA Commission, Office of Social Equity, College of Liberal Arts, SOLVE, Women’s Resource Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs. #BUSpeakerSeries

Andrea Gibson Workshop

In addition to Wednesday's performance, Gibson will lead a workshop on Thursday, April 17, at 10 a.m. This is a great chance to work directly with a professional poet and performer. Even if you do not write poetry, this is an opportunity that won’t come around very often. Slots are limited, so if you would like to be included in the workshop, send an email to jhassert@bloomu.edu, will be notified with more details as the date approaches.

A homemade recipe for fellowship

Although there’s weekly change to the menu and its student volunteer crew, there’s one key constant to Catholic Campus Ministry’s Dollar Dinner — it has a great recipe for fellowship and relief from the semester grind. From spaghetti to quesadillas to chili, the meals are all homemade and prepared on-site by students that afternoon before dinner. Not a bad deal for just a $1.

The event, held at 5:30 p.m. weekly at the Newman House just down from Carver Hall, is also one of the most popular outlets for student groups and organization to get involved. #SenseOfCommunity

Expert provides glimpse of economic future

Peter Navarro

An expert on economics and public policy will share his perspective on the global economy and what it will mean for college graduates during a lecture, “How the Global Economy Works – And Will It be Working to Find You a Job?” on Tuesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom.

Peter Navarro, a professor of economics and public policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, will explain how the global economy works in a relationship of consumer, producer and commodity nations and forecast future conditions with an eye toward the job market for college graduates. The lecture is open free to the public. #BUSpeakerSeries

BU to host 45th annual meeting of CPUB

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists

Biologists, researchers, faculty and future biologists from across the state, including 11 of the 14 universities of PASSHE, will converge on campus Saturday, April 12 for the annual meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists.

David Carey, Ph.D., director of Geisinger’s Weis Center for Research, will deliver the keynote address explaining how an integrated health care system can contribute to state-of-the-art health care research. More than 100 student presentations will be made, describing their research and the scientific advances they have made this past year.

The conference will conclude Saturday evening with a banquet to honor and the outstanding biology students from the PASSHE and to celebrate the achievement and hard work of our next generation of biologists. #CollaborativeLearning

Mini-Conference on Play, Development, Early Childhood Education

In a joint effort with Penn State and Syracuse universities, BU’s College of Education is hosting the 5th Annual Mini-Conference on Play, Development and Early Childhood Education on Friday, April 11, in KUB Multipurpose B. This year’s emphasis is on promotion of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in early childhood development and education by highlighting the interplay among ecological niches, child development, and early education.

The conference aims to increase interdisciplinary understanding of the role of family, community, and educational practices in childhood development. In keeping with the mission of BU’s College of Education, Penn State’s College of Education and the focus of Syracuse’s Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education in promoting children’s safety and optimal development, this year’s topics include: teaching teachers to play in early childhood education, international perspectives on play, and play friendly parents and teachers. #CollaborativeLearning

  • Michael Patte, Bloomsburg University — A Look Inside Tocati – the International Festival of Street Games, 9 a.m.
  • Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Syracuse University — International Perspectives on Play: Themes from a New Volume, 9:30 a.m.
  • James E. Johnson and Serap Sevimli-Celik, Penn State University — Teaching Teachers to Play for ECE and More, 10 a.m.
  • Belma Tugrul, Hacettepe University — Kids Want Play-Friendly Parents and Teachers … Why?, 10:30 a.m.
  • Research Conversation Hour, 11 a.m.

Of all things … #imaginedisability

Disability Advisory Committee

Stephan J. Hamlin-Smith, executive director of the Association on Higher Education and Disability, will present a discussion on the current understandings about disability on Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. in McCormick Center 2303. He will present a second lecture at 6:30 p.m. in McCormick 1303.

Hamlin-Smith, also executive officer on the Society for Disability Studies, will offer alternative views on disabilities and solutions in working with all people. His visit is sponsored by BU’s Disability Advisory Committee. #BUSpeakerSeries

Faculty and Staff Appreciation 2014

Faculty and Staff Appreciation

Bloomsburg University recently hosted nearly 100 faculty and staff in celebration of their service to the university; marking 10 years of service, 15 years of service, 20 years of service and more than 25 years of service. The celebration culminated with Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on March 28 with a recognition ceremony and lunch, along with special gifts for those with 25 years of service and longer. #SenseOfCommunity

  • 45 Years of Service — Paul Hartung, 45 years with mathematics, computer science and statistics
  • 35 Years of Service — Richard Angelo, 35 years with audiology and speech pathology; Mona Bartholomew, 35 years with student affairs; Vicki Beishline, 35 years with biology and allied health sciences; Colleen Brandon, 35 years with the College of Business; Melanie Dworsak, 35 years with English; Richard Eye, 35 years with facility services; Marilon Hinchcliff, 35 years with the library; Saleem Khan, 35 years with economics; and Sherri Valencik, 35 years with academic affairs
  • 30 Years of Service — Lynn Davis, 30 years with facility services; Jimmy Gilliland, 30 years with student activities; Nancy Keller, 30 years with the University Store; Michael Pugh, 30 years with chemistry and biochemistry; and Cynthia Surmacz, 30 years with biological and allied health sciences
  • 25 Years of Service — Brett Beck, 25 years with psychology; Dale Bertelsen, 25 years with communication studies; Elizabeth Frederick, 25 years with the library; Audra Hayle, 25 years with the budget office; Rickey Hayes, plumbing shop; Maureen Hill, accommodative services; Linda Hock, registrar; Kathy Johnson, Campus Child Center; Susan Kocher, Athletics; Maria Mendoza-Enright, mass communications; Lynda Michaels, alumni affairs; Karen Murtin, off campus, summer and winter college and ACE program; Vera Viditz-Ward, art and art history; John Waggoner, psychology; and Karen White, corporate and continuing education

Student Employment Appreciation Week

On Tuesday, April 8, teams of student employees (and supervisors) are encouraged to participate in the Eighth Annual Team Challenge from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Athletic ability is not required, a spirit of competition is all you need for fund and creative office related activities. One lucky team will win a free luncheon worth up to $100.

On Wednesday, April 9, all student workers and supervisors are invited for a free grilled hot dog and Rita’s Ice on the patio in front of the Warren Student Services Center, from 11:30 a.m., until they’re gone! On Thursday, April 10, the nominees for Student Employee of the Year, and their sponsors will enjoy a luncheon at noon in the KUB Multipurpose Room.

Bloomsburg’s 2013-14 Student Employee of the Year is April LaBelle, a junior environmental geological geoscience major. LaBelle works as a Box Office Assistant for Performing Arts. As Student Employee of the Year, she received a $500 scholarship funded by the Bloomsburg University Foundation.

The second place finisher is Chelsea Stoner, a senior nursing major. Stoner is a SLL Lead Student Manager in the Nursing Department. As a runner up, she received a $200 gift certificate from the University Book Store. #HuskyUnleashed

BU students assist University of Scranton with assessment

School Counseling or College Student Affairs

Thirty-one graduate students in the School Counseling or College Student Affairs program assisted the University of Scranton division of student affairs with their year-long program assessment efforts. Bloomsburg University students conducted six separate focus groups with University of Scranton undergraduates, interviewed student affairs staff, and conducted an informal campus audit.

Throughout the day-long visit to the University of Scranton campus, Bloomsburg graduate students applied concepts learned in Foundations and Functions of College Student Affairs and Legal, Ethical, and Leadership Issues in College Student Affairs. #CollaborativeLearning

COST hosts Structural Engineering Workshop

Structural Engineering Workshop

This semester, Bloomsburg University’s College of Science and Technology is hosting local middle and high school students for a Structural Engineering Workshop. This is the third such science-based workshop the college has held in recent years.

Students are learning about structural engineering through models. They are working on bridge structures and the tension, harmonics, and physics behind the forces applied to the structure. Towers are being built and the dynamics tested for ground prep, compaction testing of soil types, wind shear, and “shake test” for stability in earthquake simulation.

In addition, the structure, mobility, counter weight, and center of gravity of cranes are also being studied. #CollaborativeLearning

ICS presents Theatricality in Painting

Jason Godeke

Jason Godeke, associate professor of art and art history, will discuss “Theatricality in Painting” on Thursday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in Student Services Center 004. His lecture is presented by BU’s Institute for Culture and Society.

Godeke says he has endeavored to bring theatricality into his painting process, taking much of his procedure out of the studio and into the public sphere, painting from direct observation of landscapes (painting plein air), painting architectural-scale images in public spaces, and creating site-specific, temporary paintings. He has also integrated theatricality into the content of the images themselves, through the use of a troupe of miniature actors, whom he directs to create narrative.

In this presentation, Godeke will describe the ways in which theatricality has brought urgency, unpredictability, and meaning into his creative practice. #BUSpeakerSeries

International Poetry Night

International Poetry Night

Join Maria Juliana Villafañe on Thursday, April 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the KUB Hideaway, where students are invited to read their own compositions or those of an international poet at an open-microphone. Refreshments will be provided. Villafañe is a writer, screenwriter, playwright and composer of popular music. She was awarded the Poet of Merit Award by The American International Society of Poets for her piece “My Moon.”

She is a correspondent of several literary journals and a member of the PEN Club of Puerto Rico and the Association of Writers of Mérida, Venezuela. She has published three books of poetry, “Dimensiones en el Amor (Love Dimensions),” which received the Palma Julia de Burgos Award; “Entre Dimensiones (Between Dimensions)”; and “Volar Sin Alas (Flying Without Wings),” as well as the youth story “Aurora y sus Viajes Intergalácticos (Aurora Intergalactic Travels).”

The event, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the International Faculty Association, is open to the public free of charge. For information, contact Amarilis Hidalgo-DeJesus, ahidalgo@bloomu.edu.

Hollywood create an alternate reality?

Bloomsburg University's Speaker Series

BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence invites the campus community and public to a lecture, “Hollywhite,” featuring noted scholar, Shirley Steinberg, of the University of Calgary, on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center 1303. Looking at different films and television shows, we will discuss how Whiteness is created as the invisible norm to all other cultures, ethnicities, and ways of being. Come prepared to have a lively discussion and analysis of Hollywood's depiction of Whiteness and non-Whiteness.

Steinberg is research professor of Youth Studies, formerly the Werklund Foundation Chair and the Director of the Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Studies at the University of Calgary. She is the co-founder and director of The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy. She is the author and editor of many books in critical literacies, critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies. #BUSpeakerSeries

A playful approach to literacy learning

BU's Toy Library is a first-of-its-kind play and literacy resource center in Central Pennsylvania serving local professionals and paraprofessionals, as well as the Bloomsburg University community — particularly students in volunteer work, service learning, internship and practicum, teaching and clinical work.

The Toy Library serves as a training and outreach center, providing online tutorials, guidebooks, classroom presentations as well as many community programs such as the “Say Yes! Program,” which is teaching youth volunteerism using its own established “Y.O.O Rock Columbia County” guide. Additionally, the Toy Library supports research efforts of students and faculty. #CollaborativeLearning

Assistant professor explores video game culture

David S. Heineman

David S. Heineman, assistant professor of communications studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, will talk about the cultural significance of video games on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. His lecture, “Thinking about Video Games: Notes from a Researcher,” will be presented in the Warren Student Services Center 004. Heineman will present information from more than 75 interviews with game designers, artists, historians and other professionals in the gaming industry. It will discuss questions about video games’ merit as an art and the emergence of problems facing contemporary gamer culture, like discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation.

The presentation will cover video gaming’s full history with video, audio and images ranging from Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis to Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo. Heineman will also touch on games playable on PC, mobile devices and handhelds, as well as vintage systems. Heineman’s lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Culture and Society and the College of Liberal Arts. It is free and open to the public. #BUSpeakerSeries

IFA presents language scholar

William Ndi

William Ndi, assistant professor of English and Foreign Languages at Tuskegee University, will discuss “The Illusion of Academic Freedom: Cameroon, Past and Present,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. His lecture is open free to the public.

Ndi is the recipient of a Post-doctorate Fellow at Cergy-Pontoise University in Paris from 2001-13, as well is a dual Ph.D. in English and French. His area of studies are translation, contemporary civilization vs. internationalism, peace, Quaker studies and conflict resolution. Ndi’s campus visit is sponsored by the International Faculty Association and the Offie of the Provost. #BUSpeakerSeries

Spring 2014 Undergraduate Commencement

Undergraduate Commencement

In an effort to benefit students, their families, and the campus community, BU will hold three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, on the Academic Quad. If the weather is inclement, we will implement BU’s Rain Plan, moving the ceremonies to Nelson Field House. Students will receive tickets for their guests to use if the Rain Plan is necessary; an announcement will be made by 5 a.m. on May 10 on bloomu.edu and local TV and radio stations if the Rain Plan is implemented.

Rain or shine, the University Store will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, on the Academic Quad:

  • 9 a.m. — College of Business and College of Education
  • Noon — College of Science and Technology
  • 3 p.m. — College of Liberal Arts

Benefits in having three ceremonies include:

  • Students may invite more guests for an outside ceremony
  • We are able to offer a larger number of tickets to each student for use in the event of rain
  • A ceremony that runs no more than 90 minutes, considerably shorter than previous ceremonies

Faculty may attend all ceremonies but are encouraged to attend the ceremony for their particular College. For more information regarding the ceremonies or the Rain Plan please visit bloomu.edu/graduation.

Forensics Team showcases its talent at annual Beach Tournament

Speech and Debate Team

Bloomsburg University's Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently won third place out of 10 schools at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s annual Beach Tournament held in Ocean City, Md. Six of the 12 students on the team brought home individual speaking awards, including the team president and graduating senior, Dan Clark, who brought home 3 first place awards in Poetry, Dramatic Interpretation of Literature, and Dramatic Duo with Jackson Staples. The following BU students won individual speaking awards:

  • Dan Clark: 1st Place Poetry, 1st Place, Dramatic Interpretation of Literature, and 1st Place, Dramatic Duo with Jackson Staples
  • Abraham Freet: 2nd Place, Impromptu Speaking, 3rd Place Informative Speaking, 5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking, and the Year-Long, 2013-2014 award for best Extemporaneous Speaker
  • Jackson Staples: 1st Place, Dramatic Duo with Dan Clark, 2nd Place, Poetry
  • Arrista Voorhees: 3rd Place, Impromptu Speaking
  • Delaney Hellman: 4th Place, After-Dinner Speaking
  • Joshua Hooks: 6th Place, After-Dinner Speaking

The Bloomsburg University Forensics team is funded by the BU Community Government Association and meets every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Bakeless 202. All BU students are welcome to join and no prior experience is necessary. The team will host the Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, March 25, on campus. #CoCurricularLearning.

Student Affairs group grooms for future career opportunities

College Counseling and Student Affairs

A group of students and alumni of Bloomsburg University’s M.Ed. in Counseling and College Student Affairs program participated in The Placement Exchange, a national job placement event, on March 13 to 16, in Baltimore.

This group interviewed for professional administrative positions in such areas as residence life, academic advising, student support, and career services in South Carolina, Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania and several other states.

(L-R) Casey McCloskey '13, Catherine Thomas, Keashla Marengo, Serina Bolinsky, Molly Boylan, Max Rosario-Reyes, Kayleigh Warg, Christopher McClain, and Mary Klebon '13. Not pictured: Iesha Fitzgerald and Brittany Vaszlevik. #CoCurricularLearning

Putting Careers into Professional U

Professional U

A recent survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA found that 84.7 percent of students attend college to obtain a well-paying career in a field they love. Bloomsburg University established Professional U to help our students reach this goal by enhancing their excellent academic preparation with practical experience. We are now building upon this initiative by bringing the Career Development Center, in addition to academic internships, into Alumni and Professional Engagement under the leadership of Lynda Michaels.

Professional U brings together students, talented alumni and organizational partners in a variety of fields to offer a distinct advantage for our students. In a relatively short time, Professional U has established a network of opportunities for our undergraduates, including career road trips, job shadowing and academic internships, while providing support and activities to customize experiential learning within each of the four colleges. #ProfessionalU

Brain Awareness Week presents Implicit Perception

Lawrence Rosenblum

In celebration of Bloomsburg University's 4th annual Brain Awareness Week, Lawrence Rosenblum, of the University of California, will give a keynote lecture "Our Powers of Implicit Perception" on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218. His campus visit is sponsored by the Psychology Association, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and NSSLHA.

Rosenblum, author of the popular science book, “See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses,” is the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health grants for his research on lip-reading and multimodal integration. His book has been described as a "revealing romp through the mysteries of human perception” #BUSpeakerSeries

Learn how you can …

  • hear things that don’t make sound
  • smell someone’s fear
  • feel things without touching them
  • taste what you hear

Building a sense of community

From fundraisers for worthy causes, playground cleanups and home repairs for those in need, Bloomsburg University contributes roughly 68,000 hours of service every year, with an estimated value of $1.4 million. Many of those hours come from activities coordinated through student groups and organizations, such as Greek Life and the Community Government Association, and another 15,000 hours come from academic classes in which students work with various nonprofit agencies.

BU’s SOLVE (Students Organized to Learn through Volunteerism and Employment ) office also organizes some of the charitable efforts and serves as a resource to connect students with organizations that need their help. The annual Empty Bowls Banquet, where donated gourmet soups are sold to raise money for the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, and the National Day of Service are good examples of SOLVE’s organized activities

“For the past four years in a row, Bloomsburg has been named in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the amount of community service we do,” says Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator. “I think our students learn important lessons in improving quality of life. They see the difference they can make.” #SenseOfCommunity #GetInvolved

Let’s get involved!

Cultural enrichment experience for Act 101/EOP students

Bloomsburg University's Act 101/Educational Opportunity Program

Melissa Cheese, interim director of Bloomsburg University’s Act 101/Educational Opportunity Program, and nearly 30 students recently went on a bus trip to Hershey, where they saw the Broadway musical Sister Act and went to other area attractions such as Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Hershey Outlets.

Participating students included Glorinette Calderon, Jeremy Carrington, Mary Carrington, Naiomi Cayo Nelson, Kahdeejah Cook, Olivia Corner, Nam Dang, Raijene Dreuitt, Deborah Flippen, Brianna Johns, David Johnson, Daniel Mason, Alonna Mayo, Tyneshia McNeil, Shirley Neequaye, Sang Nguyen, Breanna Nicholson, Christopher Patterson, Sheila Pica, Mya Pipkin, Jha-Keara Porter, Simone Rhoads, Farida Saka, Justin Mcleod, Mike St. John, Octavia Williams and Jahkere Wilson. #HuskyUnleashed

Kappa Sigma dodges to donate for food cupboards

Bloomsburg University Greek Life

Kappa Sigma Fraternity recently held a dodgeball tournament that raised more than $500 to help feed the hungry. The fraternity used entrance fees canned goods as entrance fees. The donations will support Philabundance and The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. In addition, sales of T-shirts for the event will be used to provide support for victims of violence.

Philabundance is a non-profit food bank that serves the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest such organization in the region.

The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard became a volunteer effort in late summer of 1996 from the basement of St. Columba’s church. The weekly giveaway was quickly expanded to twice weekly by December of that year. In the summer of 1997, the Food Cupboard expanded from one church to two and by fall, to the churches of the Bloomsburg Ministerium. In the spring of 2000, St. Columba purchased the Winona Fire Hall and designated the first floor for use by the Food Cupboard. Renovations, done mostly by volunteers, began immediately. Many community organizations, businesses and individuals contribute to the Food Cupboard making it possible for us to reach hundreds of families. #SenseOfCommunity

Living and Learning Communities honor high achievers

Living and Learning Communities

Living and Learning Communities held their annual Academic Achievement Reception, recognizing LLC students who achieved a GPA of a 3.0 or higher for the Fall 2013 semester. More than 60 people were in attendance at this reception, including mentees, mentors and directors. Across the ten LLCs, approximately 63 percent of LLC students (212) were recognized for the academic success.

The LLCs are shaped by the collective mission of the University and the Residence Life Office. A LLC is a group of freshmen students who share common academic interests, live together in a residence hall, participate in activities together, and are also enrolled in a cluster of related courses. By integrating faculty with the undergraduate residential experience, faculty, staff, and students develop a sense of interconnectedness and a mutual concern for the enrichment of their collegiate experience. In addition, LLCs provide students with quality studying, meeting, and lecture/discussion space within the residence halls.

Since their inception in 1996, LLCs have been a forum for the exchange of ideas and information within a residential setting, providing out-of-class interaction between students and their faculty and supporting academic endeavors. #CollaborativeLearning

Husky Student Leadership Conference

BU's Office of Alumni Engagement, Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and Community Government Association (CGA) hosted the 7th Annual Husky Student Leadership Conference on March 8, a free day-long conference presented by alumni, faculty, staff, and student leaders. This conference is a great opportunity for participants to network and gain knowledge of core leadership and life skill sets whether they are currently a leader on campus or aspiring to be one.

Husky Student Leadership Conference
Tracy Nilles ’90

Conference is set for Saturday, March 8, in the KUB and includes a continental breakfast, leadership luncheon, educational leadership certification workshops, alumni and leader panels, mock interviews and a Student Involvement Resource Fair.

Tracy Nilles ’90, vice president of Corporate Relations for United Way Worldwide, will be the keynote speaker. Nilles was a three-sport athlete at BU (softball, basketball, field hockey), an Orientation Workshop Leader and a Chi Sigma Rho sister. She represents what this conference is all about.

Bringing former student leaders and current student leaders together to make the undergraduate leadership experience at BU even stronger and to help students realize the importance of leadership skills and experiences as they transition from students to alumni and begin their professional careers. #ProfessionalU

Notable Alumni Presenters

  • Rick Rogers ’77, Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS. He was a baseball player at BU
  • Mark Kehoe ’86, CEO of Brightside Academy. He was a Phi Sigma Xi brother
  • Juli Miller ’92, Vice President of Global Business Insights at Johnson & Johnson. She was an Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Paul Kappel ’89, President of Junior Achievement of Delaware County. He was a Resident Advisor, now known as a Community Assistant
  • Angela Hummel ’95, Vice President of Human Resources, Evangelical Community Hospital

FOCUS ministry helps to welcome arrival of daylight savings

Bethel Deliverance International

Bloomsburg University’s Office of Minority Affairs will be hosting Martin Harris, Sr., pastor of F.O.C.U.S. Young Adult Ministry at Bethel Deliverance International in Philadelphia for an on-campus church visit on Sunday, March 9, at 4 p.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Don’t forget to “spring forward” at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 9, for daylight saving time. If you would like to take part in the program please contact Marcei Woods at 570-389-4091 for details.

Forensics Team among the best at recent Wilkes tournament

Forensics Speech and Debate Team

BU’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently placed third out of 10 schools at the CFA Harold Cox Speech and Debate Tournament at Wilkes University. All five of the BU student competitors won speaking awards.

  • Joshua Hooks - first, Impromptu Speaking

  • Arrista Voorhees second, Communication Analysis; fourth, informative Speaking; seventh, impromptu Speaking
Jayleen Alvarado: sixth, Persuasive speaking; sixth, Informative Speaking; fifth, Dramatic Duo with Anna Scott

  • Anna Scott - fifth, Persuasive Speaking , fifth, Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado

  • John Munchel – third, Single Dramatic Interpretation, fourth, Extemporaneous Speaking, sixth, Impromptu Speaking
  • Harry C. “Neil” Strine, Director of Forensics, served as a Speech and Debate Judge and ran the Extemporaneous Speaking Preparation room at the tournament.

(L-R) Neil Strine, Arrista Voorhees, Anna Scott, John Munchel, Jayleen Alvarado and Joshua Hooks. The Forensics Team will compete next at the Pennsylvania State Forensics Championships hosted by Bloomsburg University this weekend. The team is funded by the Community Government Association and is open to all university students. The team meets every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Bakeless 202. No prior experience is necessary to join the team. #HuskyUnleashed #CoCurricularLearning

New Strategic Perspectives in the Middle East

Rashid Khladi

Rashid Khalidi, author, professor and scholar at Columbia University, will lecture on “New Strategic Perspectives in the Middle East” on Wednesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Khalidi’s talk, focusing on developments and changing dynamics in the Middle East, is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts and the Civic Engagement Office and is free and open to the public.

Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia, is the former president of the Middle East Studies Association. He was adviser to the Palestinian delegation during the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations in October 1991 and June 1993. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the national advisory committee of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East. He has authored several books, including last year’s “Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East”; more than 75 articles on Middle East history and politics; and opinion pieces featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Nation. #BUSpeakerSeires Watch live on demand!

Evers widow headlines MLK Jr. event

Myrlie Evers-Williams

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Mississippi civil rights activist Medgar Evers, continues her late husband’s advocacy for civic engagement and social justice as the keynote speaker of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP, will discuss “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Their Voices, Our Journey” at 7 p.m. in a lecture open free to the public. Her visit is being held in collaboration with Bloomsburg University’s year-long 175th anniversary celebration, co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and 175th Anniversary Committee.

Evers-Williams has become a symbol of courage and perseverance in the march toward social justice. She worked for more than three decades to seek justice for the murder of her husband, who was gunned down in their driveway by a white supremacist on June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s famed civil rights address. A year ago, she delivered the invocation at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

She made history in 1995 when she was elected as the first female chairperson of the NAACP, helping to lead the organization from debt to financial stability during her three-year term. She also founded the Medgar Evers Institute to promote education, training and economic development while exposing new generations of students to the cause of civic engagement and social justice. In addition, she was instrumental in launching “Youth for Unity.” #BU175 #BUSpeakerSeries

Stephen A. Smith delivers motivating message

Bloomsburg University Speaker Series

ESPN multimedia personality Stephen A. Smith led students down “The Road to Great Leadership” on Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of Bloomsburg University’s annual Sankofa Conference.

Smith delivered an energetic and motivational lecture about leadership and its impact on personal success. He specifically talked about goal-setting, motivation, tough decision-making and inspiration.

Smith hosts “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on ESPN Radio New York 98.7 FM and is a featured columnist for ESPNNY.com. He is a regular on “ESPN First Take,” where he appears with Skip Bayless. #BUSpeakerSeries.

Alumnus coaches at Winter Olympics in Sochi

Chad Gerhard

From small town to college town to Sochi, Russia, Chad Gerhard — a 2010 exercise graduate — has reached the greatest stage in sports.

He is representing Bloomsburg University and his country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. As a strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Snowboarding Half-pipe and U.S. Aerials teams, Gerhard is helping to oversee workouts and coordinating gym sessions with the athletes.

Athletes will also complete weight training, mobility and stretching exercises developed by Gerhard and the other coaches. Outside of physical training, Gerhard’s responsibilities extend to his athletes’ mental fitness.

“Athletes can get really worked up at the Olympics. My job is to provide a sense of normalcy,” says Gerhard. #HuskyUnleashed

Tackling problems of economic inequality

Bloomsburg University will join more than 150 other campuses in screening the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary “Inequality for All.” The screening will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the McCormick Center 1303.

Inequality for All

Beginning at 4 p.m., a panel of university faculty will discuss the problems of economic inequality in McCormick Center 1316. “Inequality for All” follows former Labor Secretary Robert Reich in his effort to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap. After the screening, Reich will hold a live webcast from San Francisco to answer questions.

The discussion panel will be made up of five BU faculty members from the history, political science and economics departments. Their discussion will align with President Barack Obama’s remarks during his recent State of the Union Address. In March, the president will meet with the pope to discuss their shared commitment to fighting poverty. The film screening, panel discussion and live webcast are sponsored by the American Democracy Department.

Contributing will be historians, Douglas Karsner and Nancy Gentile Ford; political scientists, Peter Doerschler and Diana Zoelle, as well as economist, Nakul Kumar. Moderating will be Kara Shultz from the communications studies department.

  • Faculty Panel Discussion — 4 to 4:50 p.m., McCormick Center 1316
  • Film, "Inequality for All" — 5 to 6:30 p.m., McCormick Center 1303
  • Live Webcast from San Francisco State University — 6:30 p.m., McCormick Center 1303

All three events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator, at 570-389-5437. #CollaborativeLearning #SenseOfCommunity

A walk down memory lane through the Moose Exchange

Institute for Culture and Society

Sue O’Donnell, associate professor of art and art history, will discuss her Collective Memory project on Wednesday, Feb. 19, as part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s Lecture Series. O’Donnell’s presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in SSC 004. O’Donnell says the idea for this project came to her while at the Moose Exchange talking with people there who shared stories of their high school proms, holiday parties, wedding receptions … held in the building.

“As an artist who works with memory, I was fascinated by the stories that seemed to emanate from the walls,” O’Donnell says. “I found myself seduced by that magnificent brick building. I decided to pursue the collective memory project on a more formal level and began a collaboration between community members.”

ICS Lecture Series

  • David Heineman — “Thinking About Video Games: Notes from a Researcher,” on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m., SSC 004. Heineman will present a series of insights about the cultural significance of video games derived from recent research. Drawing on more than 75 interviews and the author’s own analysis, the lecture explores questions about video games’ merit as art, about the relationship of academic research in games to the industry that creates and markets them, and about the emergence of and problems facing contemporary gamer culture.
  • Jason Godeke — “Theatricality in Painting,” on Thursday, April 10 at 5 p.m., SSC 004.

The ICS Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. #BUSpeakerSeries #SenseOfCommunity

Students gain new perspective of American manufacturing future

College of Business Manufacturing Presentation

Bloomsburg University’s APICS and PBL Chapters proudly hosted Ronn Cort, president of KYDEX LLC, for a presentation on “The Future of American Manufacturing.” Members of the professional NEPA APICS chapter and employees from Autoneum and KYDEX also attended the event, which included a welcoming reception prior to the presentation.

Approximately 165 students attended the lecture, which focused on the potential for an American manufacturing resurgence. Multiple factors for this resurgence were explored, including access to cheaper energy to run factories, cheaper local raw materials such as oil and gas-based feedstocks, increased cost of transportation, and narrowed wage differentials.

Cort emphasized that the primary constraining factor in the next decade will be finding highly skilled employees at all levels of manufacturing organizations. This poignantly highlighted the good work we are doing developing passion, knowledge, and skills in the supply chain field. #CollaborativeLearning

Film screening precedes author’s campus visit

Big Dog Reading Series

The film, “Being Flynn,” based on a memoir by award-winning author Nick Flynn, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, in Bloomsburg University’s McCormick Center 2303. Flynn will visit campus on Wednesday, March 5, as part of the Big Dog Reading Series. The film stars Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore and is based on Flynn’s memoir, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.” The screening is open to the public free of charge, sponsored by BU’s English department.

During Flynn’s March 5 visit, he will talk about the craft of writing at 4 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multipurpose Room A, and read from his work at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 2303. The events are free and open to public.

Raised by his mother in suburban Boston, Flynn was estranged from his father, Jonathan, an alcoholic who worked odd jobs and spent several years in prison for passing forged checks. At 27, Flynn was unexpectedly reunited with his then-homeless father, who showed up as a “guest” at a shelter in Boston. Flynn examined his relationship with his father and the suicide of his mother in “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into 15 languages. #BUSpeakerSeries #SenseOfCommunity

Alpha Chi Rho teams with military to educate

Bloomsburg University Greek Life

Alpha Chi Rho and the National Guard presented a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program recently to more than 120 members and leaders of Greek Life. The program, helped led by alumna SSG Karisa L. Marchlinsk, was designed to raise awareness of the far-reaching consequences of such substances can have on a college student’s future. It covered:

  • Why it's so hard to avoid
  • Effect of drugs and alcohol
  • Alternatives for a healthy lifestyle

In addition, the program provided tips for students who want to enjoy their college experience without getting off track due to excessive partying. The program also covered signs of abuse so students could be proactive and helpful if faced with such situations of overuse and abuse. #SenseOfCommunity #HuskyUnleashed

Players present ‘30 Plays in 60 Minutes’

The Bloomsburg University Players will perform plays from “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” in their February Festival: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes. The show runs from Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, and continues on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 and. 20.

Bloomsburg University Players

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Alvina Krause Theater, 226 Center St., in downtown Bloomsburg. Tickets are free to BU students, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students from other schools.

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” was originally produced by the Chicago-based experimental theater troupe, the Neo-Futurists, whose production has been running for more than 20 years. Neo-Futurism is inspired by the Italian Futurist movement from the early 20th century, which is based on the concepts of honesty, speed and brevity.

During the production, the audience calls out the number of the performance they would like to see next, creating an unpredictable and exciting atmosphere. The BU Players’ production is directed by professional guest artist Kevin R. Free, a long-time New York Neo-Futurist. #SenseOfCommunity

Alumna set the stage for Super Bowl XLVIII

Bloomsburg University Alumna Nicole Premuto Fountain

An estimated 160 million people will tune in on television and online, in addition to the 80,000-plus fans and media in attendance, for Super Bowl XLVIII. And this former campus tour guide and Phi Iota Chi sister will be right in the middle of it.

From Bruce Springsteen to Bon Jovi and WrestleMania to Kenny Chesney, Nicole Premuto Fountain ’03 has worked her fair share of big stages and massive audiences. But none bigger than the one she faced this weekend. #HuskyUnleashed #BUMagazine @MLStadium

PR major to work media relations at Super Bowl XLVIII

Leah Cover

Bloomsburg University senior Leah Cover has been selected to work as part of the public relations staff at Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. She will serve as a “Runner” at the game working both in the press box and on the field.

Cover, from Hummelstown and a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, secured the coveted position after job shadowing for Nicole Fountain, senior manager public relations and communications at MetLife Stadium back in 2012. Fountain, a Bloomsburg University graduate, then directed Cover to Peter John-Baptiste, vice president of communications at New York Giants, who chose Cover for one of the jobs during the biggest sporting event to hit the Metro New York area.

“This is a great opportunity, and I am looking forward to being part of this event,” said Cover, a public relations major with a minor in marketing who works in BU's Sports Information Office. #HuskyUnleashed

Project … rhythm and beat

Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series

BU’s Jazz Ensemble got an added treat on Feb. 7 with an interactive seminar by Project Trio, a rhythmic chamber music ensemble from Brooklyn, N.Y., which happens to be the next Celebrity Artist Series performer.

The visit has been one of several stops across campus and in town for Project Trio this week. As part of its three-day residency, the group is conducting master classes, meet-and-greets, radio interviews and improvisational classes.

Project Trio is drawing new audiences and reinvigorating existing fans of classical chamber music. Through their innovative performances, recordings, and their YouTube channel, Project Trio is one of the most watched instrumental ensembles. The New York Times calls Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does” and fellow classical musicians join in the raves saying that Project Trio really has it all. They combine the fire and refinement of the finest classical chamber ensembles with the stage presence and energy of rock stars. #CollaborativeLearning #SenseOfCommunity

17th Annual Student Symposium in Art History

17th Annual Student Symposium in Art History

A group of art history majors and minors recently presented their research, covering topics of politics and motherhood in Dorothea Lange's work, Georgia O'Keeffe's landscape, Womanhouse, portrayal of Catalonian culture in Joan Miró's work, and comics as art. #CollaborativeLearning

Student Presenters:

  • Valerie V. Haas, "How Politics and Motherhood Influenced Dorothea Lange’s Art Work"
  • Michael D. Zielinskie, "Georgia O’Keeffe: Painting an Ancient Landscape"
  • Jacqueline Whitman, "Womanhouse: Opening the Closed Doors"
  • Alyssa Kopf, "Who Can Behead Whom?"
  • Alicia M. Pucci, "The Influence & Portrayal of Catalonian & Parisian Culture in Joan Miró’s work"
  • Timothy Wright, "The Will of Victory"
  • Angela Bainbridge, "Suprematism and views of Kazimir Malevich"
  • Jesse L. Hockman, "Bridging the Gap: Comics as Art"

Students’ artwork exhibited in Haas Gallery

Student artwork will be featured in Haas Gallery from Feb. 22 to March 6. On Feb. 27, a reception for the Student Art Show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit and reception are open to the public free of charge. The Student Art Show will showcase pieces from BU students, regardless of major, and represent a variety of artistic mediums like paint, sculpture, photography and print. Outstanding pieces will be awarded prizes by BU faculty.

The Haas Gallery of Art is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and university holidays. For more information, contact gallery associate Scott Roper at sroper@bloomu.edu.

UGI supports STEM Magnet Program

STEM Magnet Program

UGI Utilities Inc., through The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the Bloomsburg University Foundation in support of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet Program for local high school students. The funding amount was a result of Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) contributions.

UGI and The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce joined PPL, U.S. Gypsum, Merck, Kawneer-Alcoa and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation as partners with BU in providing credit-bearing college coursework in the STEM disciplines for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors. Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year, the program will have two areas of focus: engineering and the health sciences. It also will give students interested in math or other sciences the tools needed to be successful in college.

(L-R) Donna Eyerly, executive director, The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce; Lisa Ninotti, community relations manager, UGI Utilities Inc.; Elizabeth Mauch, dean, Bloomsburg University College of Education; and Fred Gaffney, president, Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. #CollaborativeLearning #SenseOfCommunity

A look at politics via visual techniques

Institute for Culture and Society

Alla Myzelev, a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History who teaches art history courses, will present “Creating Digital Maternity: Third-Wave Feminism, Public Art and Yarn Bombing” at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at the KUB Hideaway. Her lecture, in part, will touch on women’s involvement in the political realm via seemingly apolitical techniques such as knitting, sewing, and crocheting.

Myzelev’s areas of interest vary from historical design and material culture to contemporary visual culture and media. Her lecture, presented by BU’s Institute for Culture and Society, is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

ICS promotes research, scholarship, and the creative and performing arts in the College of Liberal Arts. The institute organizes lectures, presentations, and performances that explore and elucidate aspects of human culture and society. Through such events, the ICS works to share the intellectual and creative achievements of liberal arts faculty and students and with the regional community. #BUSpeakerSeries

Digital forensics major among the best

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Digital Forensics Program

Andy Rector, a digital forensics major, capped the fall semester by finishing within the top 10 percent in the world in the DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge — a 10-month international competition with civilian and corporate competitors, as well as students, that featured varying levels of digital forensics challenges. Rector placed 21st out of 317 teams, and was fourth among undergraduates, while individually representing BU as his own team.

The online competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, was conducted with multi-level exercises from novice to developer. Teams had to solve 26 scenario-based exercises through investigative forensics tools, techniques and methodologies. Among the exercises were image hashing, compound file analysis and HPA data recovery. #HuskyUnleashed #BU175

Bloomsburg native becomes newest student Trustee

Bloomsburg University Student Trustee

Shannon Phillips, a junior public relations major from Bloomsburg, is BU’s new student representative to the Council of Trustees. She replaces Marcus Fuller, a senior early childhood education major who is student teaching this semester.

A Husky Ambassador since 2012, Phillips is public relations chair for the Dance Ensemble and previously taught dance at a local studio. She completed internships with PPL Susquehanna, Dave Ashby Photography and Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital and works as a hostess at Turkey Hill Brew Pub, as well as an assistant manager at BU’s PSECU eCenter.

Phillips said she applied for the Trustees position because she wants “to meet others who are invested in Bloomsburg University the way I am.” Appointed to the Trustees by Gov. Tom Corbett, Phillips will attend her first meeting in March. Phillips is pictured with newly elected PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan.

BU's Council of Trustees, who are appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania and approved by the Senate, are charged with reviewing the administration, fiscal management and physical plant of the university. The Trustees also conduct an annual evaluation of the university president. #CoCurricularLearning #HuskyUnleashed

Mike Regan is Husky Unleashed!

Congratulations to Michael Regan, a senior social work major, who was selected by you as the winner of our Unleash your Inner Husky Contest. As a result, Regan wins a $3,500 scholarship sponsored by the Henry Carver Fund provided by the Bloomsburg University Foundation.

“Had I chosen a different school I don’t know if I would be doing what I’m doing today. So in a nutshell, Bloomsburg University has dramatically changed me life,” — Michael Regan

Kudos to Matthew Caraballo, a senior mass communications major, who won second place and takes home a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the Henry Carver Fund. Let’s applaud the great work by all of those who entered the contest and cheer on the tremendous job by the five finalists for their inspiring videos! #HuskyUnleashed

BU’s first Zeigler Case Competition looks at Apple after Jobs

Zeigler Institute for Professional Development

When Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011, many wondered if the company could still survive without the man who turned “Apple Computer” into one of the most profitable companies in the world. At Bloomsburg University’s recent Zeigler Case Competition, that is what College of Business seniors had to figure out.

Each year, Terry ’76 and JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77 award prizes for the best capstone course performance from the College of Business. This year, students enrolled in Business Policies were split into five teams – each team coming from one section of the class – to compete against each other. The teams were made up of five students from each section, elected by their peers, and a coach. Ten days before the competition, the teams were given the Harvard Business School case, “Apple Inc. in 2012.”

Teams had to analyze the case and present their findings and recommendations to a panel of 10 judges that included BU President David Soltz, business faculty and successful alumni. Presentations lasted 20 minutes, with time allotted afterward for a question-and-answer session, and were scored based on content and presentation skills.

“The teams needed to persuade through their presentation,” says George Ebbs, dean of the College of Business. “It very much simulated what they’d do in the real world.” #ZIPD #CollaborativeLearning

Faculty collaborate with TALE to enhance teaching skills

TALE Teaching Academy

Just prior to the spring semester, BU's Teaching Excellence Academy Fellows of 2014 completed a week studying course design through TALE (Teaching and Learning Enhancement) Center. The Fellows studied L. Dee Fink's Creating Significant Learning Experiences to develop a framework for thoughtfully re-imagining how their courses are taught.

In addition, faculty participants developed and exchanged ideas about how to incorporate more active learning into their classes. They also welcomed guests who demonstrated lecture capture software (Mike Ruffini), discussed course approval processes (Patricia Beyer), and the use of clickers in the classroom (Julie Wolfe). A former TEA Fellow, Jennifer Venditti Roardarmel, showed fellows how she uses Concept Mapping in a large course. The week was capped off with Fellows sharing their course designs to solicit feedback from colleagues.

Participating in the academy were Sue O'Donnell, Mary Nagy, Mindy Andino, Candice Klingerman, Doreen Jowi, Tom Klinger, Hayden Wimmer, Ken Hall, Bill Schwindinger, John Hintz and M. Safa Saraçoğlu. #CollaborativeLearning #HuskyUnleashed

STEM Magnet Program receives boost from local grant

STEM Magnet Program

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $40,300 to the Bloomsburg University Foundation in support of the STEM Magnet Program for local high school students. The funding amount was a result of Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) contributions.

Pictured (L-R): M. Holly Morrison, chair of the CSCF Board of Trustees; Kara Seesholtz, CSCF senior program officer; Elizabeth Mauch, dean of the College of Education; and Jim Hollister, assistant vice president for external relations.

The CSCF joined PPL, U.S. Gypsum, Merck, Kawneer-Alcoa as first-year partners with BU in providing credit-bearing college coursework for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors to get a head start on a college career in the STEM disciplines with an engineering focus. Starting with the 2014-15 academic year, this program focus on engineering and health sciences. #SenseOfCommunity #CollaborativeLearning

Civil Rights activist headlines MLK Jr. commemorative celebration

Myrlie Evers-Williams

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Mississippi civil rights activist Medgar Evers, continues her late husband’s advocacy for civic engagement and social justice as the keynote speaker of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP, will discuss “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Their Voices, Our Journey” at 7 p.m. in a lecture open free to the public. Her visit is being held in collaboration with Bloomsburg University’s year-long 175th anniversary celebration, co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and 175th Anniversary Committee.

Evers-Williams has become a symbol of courage and perseverance in the march toward social justice. She worked for more than three decades to seek justice for the murder of her husband, who was gunned down in their driveway by a white supremacist on June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s famed civil rights address. A year ago, she delivered the invocation at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

She made history in 1995 when she was elected as the first female chairperson of the NAACP, helping to lead the organization from debt to financial stability during her three-year term. She also founded the Medgar Evers Institute to promote education, training and economic development while exposing new generations of students to the cause of civic engagement and social justice. In addition, she was instrumental in launching “Youth for Unity,” a diversity education program designed to fight injustice and intolerance. #BU175 #BUSpeakerSeries

BU’s first Zeigler Case Competition looks at Apple after Jobs

Zeigler Case Competition

When Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011, many wondered if the company could still survive without the man who turned “Apple Computer” into one of the most profitable companies in the world. At Bloomsburg University’s recent Zeigler Case Competition, that is what College of Business seniors had to figure out.

Each year, Terry ’76 and JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77 award prizes for the best capstone course performance from the College of Business. This year, students enrolled in Business Policies were split into five teams – each team coming from one section of the class – to compete against each other. The teams were made up of five students from each section, elected by their peers, and a coach. Ten days before the competition, the teams were given the Harvard Business School case, “Apple Inc. in 2012.”

Teams had to analyze the case and present their findings and recommendations to a panel of 10 judges that included BU President David Soltz, business faculty and successful alumni. Presentations lasted 20 minutes, with time allotted afterward for a question-and-answer session, and were scored based on content and presentation skills.

“The teams needed to persuade through their presentation,” says George Ebbs, dean of the College of Business. “It very much simulated what they’d do in the real world.” #ZIPD #CollaborativeLearning

Campus Construction Activity for 2014

Campus Construction Projects

Both lower campus and upper campus will undergo a series of construction projects this winter leading into spring and summer. Included here are a series of campus plans showing this spring’s more significant construction activity occurring across lower and upper campus. The approximate dates the projects will span are noted on the plans.

Upcoming Projects

  • Main Substation Medium Voltage Infrastructure Upgrades: July 21, 2014 - April 21, 2017
  • Columbia Hall Roof Replacement: May 1 – Aug. 15, 2014
  • McCormick Roof Replacement: April 7 – Aug. 15, 2014
  • Waller Telecom Generator: Feb. 17 – May 16, 2014
  • Lightstreet Intersection Intersection Reconfiguration: Future Project; Feb. 2, 2015 – April 29, 2016
  • Student Recreation Center Roof Replacement: May 19 – Aug. 15, 2014
  • Stair Replacements; Bakeless, Hartline, Centennial, Maintenance Center: May 19 – Aug. 15, 2014
  • Warren Student Services Center Roof Replacement: May 12 – Aug. 15, 2014
  • Bookstore Lobby Renovations: May 12 – Aug. 15, 2014
  • Elwell Hall Custodial Storage Renovation: Feb. 26 – April 15, 2014
  • Scranton Commons Main Dining: May 12, 2014 – January 16, 2015
  • Carver Hall Walks and Lighting: May 12 – Aug. 15, 2014
  • Sports Stadium Turf Field Resurfacing: April 14 – July 29, 2014
  • Nelson Fieldhouse A Pool Floor Repairs: April 24 – Aug. 1, 2014
  • Nelson Fieldhouse Floor Repairs: April 24 – July 25, 2014

‘WaterWise’ documentary and panel discussion featured on campus

WVIA Public Media

Part two of “WaterWise: Preserving Pennsylvania's Watersheds,” a WVIA Original Documentary Film Series on protecting fresh water in Central Pennsylvania, takes the screen Monday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in Centennial Hall 170. This showing is free and open to the public. “WaterWise” is a documentary produced in partnership by WVIA and The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds highlighting success stories from grass-roots organizations that work to clean up pollution in Central Pennsylvania watersheds.

Following the premiere, a panel discussion will focus on strategies to improve and maintain drinking water quality featuring Mark Stephens, professional geologist for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Brian Swistock, water resources coordinator for the Penn State Extension; and Jennifer Whisner, assistant professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences at Bloomsburg University and chair of the Columbia-Montour Coalition for Source and Water Protection. This showing of “WaterWise” is presented by the Columbia-Montour Coalition for Source Water Protection and partially funded by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund. #SenseOfCommunity #BUSustainability

Celebrating 175 years of excellence

Bloomsburg University 175th Anniversary

Bloomsburg University marks a milestone in 2014 — 175 years of providing outstanding educational opportunities. From our 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.

Previously known as the Bloomsburg State Normal School, Bloomsburg State Teachers College and Bloomsburg State College, our institution counts approximately 63,000 living alumni, one-third of whom earned degrees in education, and more than 85,000 alumni overall. The year, 2014, is a time to celebrate our history and our future. #BU175

Campus Alert: March 13, 2014

At approximately 3:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, two persons, one a Bloomsburg University student, were robbed in the 200 block of Iron Street. The suspect is described as male, standing approximately 5'10 to 6' in height, a slender build, wearing black sweat pants, a black sweat shirt and red ski mask.
The suspect fled the area, last seen traveling south on Center Street. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Bloomsburg Police Department at 570-784-6300.

Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation do not hesitate to notify police. In case of an emergency, students should call 570-389-4168. For your safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If you are in town and need help call 911.

Campus Alert: March 5, 2014

Update: 9:45 a.m. Investigating authorities have no further information at this time. Investigation continues. Any information regarding the identity of these individuals should be provided to the Bloomsburg Police at 570-784-4155.

An armed robbery occurred at 9:25 p.m. today (March 5) in the area of Country Club Drive and Honeysuckle Lane. Two black males robbed the victim at knifepoint, taking cash, cell phone and bookbag. Both are described as having medium build and dressed in black hoodies and jeans. They are 6-feet-2 inches and 5-feet-9-inches in height. They fled on foot toward the hospital.

Bloomsburg Town Police are investigating the incident. For your safety, travel in groups and stay in well-lit areas. If you are in town and need help, call 911. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.

Campus Alert: Feb. 19, 2014

At 10:40 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 19) a male jumped out of bushes at Chestnut Avenue and East Fourth Street in an apparent attempt to assault the victim. The victim successfully resisted and the suspect fled east on foot on Fourth Street. The suspect is described as a white male, 5-feet, 10-inches tall with no facial hair. He was wearing a dark blue hoodie. Bloomsburg Town Police are investigating the incident. Any information regarding the identity of this individual should be provided to the Bloomsburg Police at (570) 784-4155.

Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation do not hesitate to notify police. The university recommends students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible.

Also, consider carrying a whistle. While there are limitations to the effectiveness of a whistle against all threats, it could work well in a difficult situation as students would first blow into the whistle to attract help and then use a cell phone to call for help. For your safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If you are in town and need help call 911. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.

Campus Alert: Feb. 1, 2014

At 1:22 a.m. today (Feb. 1), a sexual assaulted occurred on Glen Avenue between Washington and Lincoln streets. A white male wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans approached females, knocked one to the ground, sexually assaulted her and fled toward the Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital. A similar incident occurred at the same location on Dec. 8, 2013.

Bloomsburg Town Police are investigating the incident and reported it to Bloomsburg University Police at 6 a.m. Any information regarding the identity of this individual should be provided to the Bloomsburg Police at 570-784-4155.

Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation do not hesitate to notify police. The university recommends students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible. Also, consider carrying a whistle. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.