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Live. Learn. Study ... abroad

Olivia Edelman was certain that she wanted to study abroad. Her older sister studied in Barcelona, Spain during her college career, and she was in love with the idea of going to school in the same city.

Edelman visited BU's Office of Global Education as the first step to make her dream happen. What she learned was that a semester in Barcelona was not compatible with the course requirements for her major in English secondary education. Instead, it was suggested she do her semester abroad in Denmark, a country BU had not yet sent any of its students.

“I was inspired to go to a country that, along with many other people, I do not know much about,” said Edelman. “It was the best experience of my lifetime.”

Why study abroad?

"Studying abroad has definitely benefited me in seeing cultures and people working together in many ways! I cannot wait to bring back the lessons and teachings from Denmark back to the students of Bloomsburg as well as my students in my future as a teacher!" — Olivia Edelman (Denmark, Spring 2014)

Follow our study abroad adventures: Granda, Spain; Aarhus, Denmark; Plymouth, England; Valparaiso, Chili; and Jena, Germany.

How about Cameroon-Ethiopia?

Africa Study Abroad

Explore this culturally rich and geographically diverse continent and earn three to six credits toward graduation. Students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Buea, Cameroon, and visit historic and cultural sites in Ethiopia from May 10 to June 8, 2015. Learn more about this study abroad program Monday, Nov. 17, at 9 p.m. at Bakeless Center 207.

The University of Buea is located at the foot of the Cameroon Mountain — the highest peak in West Africa. It's the only English-speaking university in this bilingual country. Contact S. Ekema Agbaw, professor of English, at sagbaw@bloomu.edu for details.

Veteran, mother of three on nontraditional path to success

Sue 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.

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.

Putting play on center stage

Pop Up Playground

Play in America has shifted from an unstructured, child-initiated activity to one that is now predominantly structured and adult-directed. This is the issue Michael Patte, professor of education and child life specialist, explores in his article, “The importance of play on whole child development,” soon to be published in Child Life Focus.

Bloomsburg University hosted a new event this past weekend — a Pop-Up Adventure Playground — that gave local children an opportunity to experience an environment designed solely for child-initiated, self-instructed play. 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.

“Children’s lives have become progressively more structured both inside and outside of school,” Patte says, “and I’m concerned about the implications it has for their development as a whole person.” WBRE-TV News Coverage!

A digital approach to language learning

Bloomsburg University is a place in which students gain much more than knowledge applicable to their future goals; they are also are provided with opportunities to apply that knowledge to real-world scenarios.

One student, Andy Rector, a digital forensics major and Chinese minor from Mifflinburg, has used the opportunities that BU has presented him with to gain new and exciting experiences on and off campus. Although minoring in Chinese was not a path that Rector had foreseen, he quickly discovered the benefits of writing and reading this particular language.

“China turns out to be one of our biggest competitors in the cyber world,” Rector says. “Knowing something about Chinese and being able to read and write (Chinese), in my mind, is a great way to interview for a job. It’s certainly a point of interest.”

FOCUS ministry: Season of Thanksgiving

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, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Free breakfast starting at 10:30 a.m. Bring a can food to this service. If you would like to take part in the program please contact Marcei Woods at 570-389-4091 for details.

Women's Rugby gearing up for Sweet 16

Women's Club Rugby

It’s been a historical season for Bloomsburg University’s Women’s Rugby Team, and it’s not over yet.

The club team, which recently completed a 6-0 regular season in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference before falling to Kutztown in the championship game, is heading to New Hampshire to compete in the national tournament. For the first time in the club’s 20-year history it will be competing at the national level.

"We work hard and stay dedicated and focused on what we need to accomplish,” said Sienna Koch, pack captain, who is joined by Jacquie Leblanc as back captain. “We never faltered from achieving our goals. We’re one team and one family."

Coached by Kevin Castner, the team’s motto … “Play as 15 as 1!”

Speaker's Forum sheds light on ‘Invisible Illnesses’

Speaker's Forum

Just because symptoms are not apparent, it does not mean they are not there. To raise awareness of those suffering in silence, Bloomsburg University’s annual Speaker’s Forum will focus on “Invisible Illnesses” on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Talks will begin at 7 p.m. in Hartline Science Center 108, followed by an open discussion.

People are afflicted every day by depression, sexually transmitted diseases, Lyme disease and other ailments. The forum aims to create awareness by coming together to support those who feel alone or unrecognized because of their illness. The Speaker’s Forum will feature four competitively selected student speeches on “Invisible Illnesses” followed by a keynote speech by former BU faculty member Nicole Defenbaugh, director of education and medical educator for the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Defenbaugh is also a state and national speaker of chronic illness identity.

The 2014 Speaker’s Forum is sponsored by the Bloomsburg chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association Honors Society and the Department of Communication Studies. It is free and open to the public.

Gender Studies research in spotlight

Gender Studies Research

Bloomsburg University's Gender Studies Minor program will present their research on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room. Following is a list of student and their topics:

  • Matthew Boyarsky — Masculinity and Its Effect on Language
  • Karli Miller — Fifty Shades of Grey: Unfortunate Facts about Unrealistic Fiction
  • Bryan Molk — Gay and Lesbian Rights from an African Perspective: Applying the Research
  • Sara Tessarvich — Portrayal and Representation of Transgender Individuals in Popular Media
  • Anna James — Feminine Figures and Their Roles: Comparison between Ancient Society and Nineteenth Century Society
  • Albra Wheeler — Getting Bi in a Hetero World: Myths and Stereotypes of Bisexual Individuals

The event is sponsored by the Gender Studies Minor and is free and open to the public.

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.

Council of Trustees approve scholarship funding

Council of Trustess recently approved additional funding for university institutional scholarships of up to $600,000, with $200,000 in effect for incoming students in the pilot year, 2015-16. This is in addition to the $562,000 designated for the ACT 101 program, resulting in total institutional scholarship funding of nearly $1.2 million. The goal is to establish high-impact institutional scholarship programs, both need-based and merit scholarships, which increase recruitment, quality, diversity, retention and success, consistent with the university’s strategic plan.

A homecoming to remember

Bloomsburg University celebrated homecoming this past weekend with a parade, the annual alumni tent party and other activities in celebration of its 175th anniversary year. The weekend’s events opened Friday with the first program in the 2014-15 Celebrity Artist Series by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Bloomsburg native Duane Greenly and his wife, Susan Basar Greenly, both graduates of the Bloomsburg State College Class of 1972, served as the parade’s grand marshals. The couple recently donated $1 million to the BU Foundation, which is being used to establish the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg. This year’s parade theme was “Bloomsburg through the Decades,” in honor of the university’s 175th anniversary year.

To cap the celebration, Huskies football romped to a 41-0 victory over Millersville to move to 6-0 overall on the year and 5-0 in PSAC play. At halftime, Ben Meck and Laren Creasy — real-life sweethearts — were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.

Homecoming Winners

  • Homecoming King and Queen — Ben Meck, Lauren Creasy
  • Parade Floats — 1.Athletics/SAAC; 2.Elwell West Hall Council; 3.BU Student Veterans Association; HM: Delta Epsilon Beta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Kappa Epsilon; Theta Tau Omega, Kappa Sigma
  • Parada Non-Floats — 1.Dance Ensemble; 2.Lycoming Hall Council; 3.International Students Association
  • Residence Hall Window Decorating — 1.Elwell Hall West; 2.Elwell Hall East; 3.Montgomery Place Apartments; 4.Columbia Hall
  • Banner Winner — Program Board

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.

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.

Archivist looks back over 175 years

Robert Dunkelberger

Robert Dunkelberger, associate professor and archivist, will discuss the highs and lows of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 175 years in his lecture, “BU: An Institutional History,” as part of the 175th anniversary faculty lecture series. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., in the Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium of Carver Hall.

Bloomsburg University has come a long way in its 175 year history. In his presentation, Dunkelberger will take the audience from the earliest years of Bloomsburg Academy in 1839 with just enough students to fit in a classroom to today with an enrollment of about 10,000 students. He will discuss traditions like May Day, the alma mater and the Huskies mascot, Roongo.

Dunkelberger’s lecture is free and open to the public.

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

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.

BU welcomes first director of STEM Education Center

Kimberly Lazar Bolig

As director, Kimberly Lazar Bolig is responsible for the implementation, design, organization and coordination of all activities for the STEM Education Center, including program development for regional high school students and working with faculty and businesses on STEM initiatives and promotion. She collaborates with teachers, counselors and administrators to ensure the continued success of the STEM program and its initiatives, serves as an adviser to the 23 high school juniors and 15 high school seniors currently enrolled in the STEM Magnet Program and promotes STEM initiatives at career and high school events.

Bolig has worked in academic affairs and student affairs in higher education for the past 30 years and has experience working with grant-funded programs. For nearly 16 years, Bolig served in a number of capacities related to student success at Pennsylvania College of Technology, including both assistant director and director of Academic Support Services and the Academic Success Center. A resident of Winfield, Bolig earned a bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College, Williamsport; master’s degree from Bucknell University, Lewisburg; and doctoral degree from Capella University, Minneapolis.

BU’s STEM program works with local school districts to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Camp HERO family pays special visit to SLED meeting

SLED Meeting

SLED (Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf) promotes professional development by having guest speakers come to challenge our students. This month’s special speakers were the Walter family. Three of their five children attended Camp HERO (Here Everyone Really is One) in July 2014. Annabelle and Ally were returning campers, whereas Austin was able to go for the first time.

The children, as well as their parents, shared their perspective on the the camp. Mr. and Mrs. Walter also shared with BU students insights into raising their children all with varying degrees of hearing and various language needs.

SLED also exists to raise funds to provide camperships to deaf or hard-of-hearing children who might not otherwise be able to attend Camp HERO, which takes place at Camp Victory in Millville during the last week in July each year. The campership monies are distributed by the Camp HERO Board of Directors on an as needed basis to families applying for camperships and submitting the required documentation.

During the meeting, SLED presented a $1,100 check to Jodie Ackerman, camp director, which was a highlight to have campers there while we made the presentation. SLED meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in Navy Hall 207. Meetings are open to students of all majors.

Live ... learn ... study the world

Olivia Edelman was certain that she wanted to study abroad. Her older sister had studied in Barcelona, Spain during her college career, and she was in love with the idea of going to school in the very same city. Edelman visited Bloomsburg University’s Office of Global Education as the first step to make her dream happen.

What she learned from director Luke Springman was that a semester in Barcelona was not compatible with the course requirements for her major in English secondary education. Instead, Springman suggested that she do her semester abroad in Denmark, a country that BU had not yet sent any of its students.

“I was inspired to go to a country that, along with many other people, I do not know much about,” said Edelman. “It was the best experience of my lifetime.”

BU named a Military Friendly School

Military Friendly School Designation

Military Friendly School

For the first time, Bloomsburg University has earned the Military Friendly School designation from Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The Military Friendly list has been published every year since 2003, identifying schools as top tier institutions with leading opportunities for military service members and spouses.

As a 2015 Military Friendly School, BU is ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country working to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. With more than 40 incoming student veterans this fall, BU has seen its veteran population more than double since 2011. Campus is now home to more than 200 student veterans in addition to 100 veterans and service members among its faculty and staff.

Who will be King and Queen?

Homecoming Court

Final voting is underway for this year’s Homecoming King and Queen through Thursday, Oct. 9. Vote online for your choice of king and queen. Winners will be announced during Saturday’s football game at Redman Stadium’s Danny Hale Field. From left, first row, queen candidates Dana Worzel, Jessica Bond, Alix Abraham and Lauren Creasy. Back row, king candidates Joseph DiVizio, Carson Merine and Ben Meck. Not shown, queen candidate Claudia Clerger and king candidates Cody Seachrist and Dominic Ciccolini.

Gearing up to celebrate homecoming

Bloomsburg University will celebrate homecoming Saturday, Oct. 11, with a parade, the annual alumni tent party and other activities in celebration of its 175th anniversary year. The weekend’s events will open Friday evening, Oct. 10, with the first program in the 2014-15 Celebrity Artist Series by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Bloomsburg native Duane Greenly and his wife, Susan Basar Greenly, both graduates of the Bloomsburg State College Class of 1972, will serve as the parade’s grand marshals. The couple recently donated $1 million to the BU Foundation which is being used to establish the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg.

Reading series highlights poetry

Reading Series

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

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

Experiencing environmental education

Outdoor Classroom

A new hands-on feature to the environmental, geographical and geological sciences curriculum is now in place thanks to the Sustainable Food Systems Outdoor Classroom on upper campus.

The working garden and sustainability education center provides students unique experiential learning opportunities through its raised garden beds, interactive interpretive signage, composting site and perennial planting.

Additionally, the outdoor classroom offers a co-curricular impact through its combination of environmental education, food production, sustainability planning, business and public relations. Its products are also one of several offerings at the on-campus weekly Farmers Market.

Exploring the value of assessment

Student Outcomes Workshop

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

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

Through the workshop, participants learned:

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

Professors celebrate Diwali with multimedia concert

Lumina

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

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

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

Nursing receives nurse practitioner HRSA grant

White Coat Ceremony

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

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

Tri Sigma helps local children's hospital

Sigma Sigma Sigma

Patients at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital will face an easier transition into certain treatment thanks to Bloomsburg University’s Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, who recently helped the local hospital land a $2,210 grant for needed teaching aides.

The children’s hospital will use the grant to purchase MediKin dolls, overlays and toy models of equipment — items that help prepare patients and their families for medical treatment, such as dialysis and oncology. Funding will be provided through a local Robbie Page Memorial (RPM) Grant via the Sigma Sigma Foundation.

As a national organization, Sigma Sigma Sigma’s motto is “Sigma Serves Children.” In 1951, the sorority established the RPM Fund for Polio research projects. When a cure for Polio was discovered, the purpose of the RPM shifted focus to play therapy. The foundation helps hundreds of children annually through the RPM Fund. #SenseOfCommunity

Consortium brings State System collaboration to campus

Sarah Kay

Bloomsburg University is hosting the 2014 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Women’s Consortium Conference on Sept. 25 to 26, featuring a wellness room, multiple workshops and Sarah Kay as the keynote speaker. Conference fees start at $90 for non-members, $75 for members and students are free.

The Women’s Consortium is designed to have women in the State System collaborate and develop leadership skills. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in this on-campus consortium, which will be based from three institutes — Women’s Student Leadership, Women’s Faculty Leadership and Women’s Staff Leadership.

The keynote speaker, Sarah Kay, started writing poetry when she was 14. During her young career, Kay has often competed well on stage against more experienced poets. Consortium participants will experience first-hand Kay's talent, which she uses as an empowerment tool. #CollaborativeLearning

Philosophy professor questions luck as part of lecture series

Steven Hales

Steven Hales, professor of philosophy, will talk about “Moral Luck” as part of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 175th anniversary faculty lecture series. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium of Carver Hall.

People often only associate consequences with what a person does or fails to do. In “Moral Luck,” Hales will discuss the impact fortune has on moral nature and ethical standing. Should people be praised for being lucky? Should they be blamed for being unlucky? Hales will share philosophers’ perspectives that point to an answer. Hales’ lecture is open free and open to the public.

Upcoming presentations in the Fall Faculty Lecture series include:

  • Robert Dunkelberger, associate professor and archivist, “BU: An Institutional History,” on Tuesday Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium
  • Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, “Scientific History,” on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium
  • Barbara Wilson, associate professor of exceptionalities, “Pre-K Reading is More Than Pictures,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., at Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium
  • Victoria Geyfman, associate professor of finance, “The Benefits of Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis,” (invitation only), at Sutliff Hall, The Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis

White Coat Ceremony brings tradition

White Coat Ceremony

Bloomsburg University is one of three nursing schools in the commonwealth and 100 nationwide chosen to receive a $3,000 grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) for a White Coat Ceremony.

The rite of passage was held Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Haas Center for the Arts. This year’s event marks the first coordinated effort to bring the tradition most often practiced by medical schools to nursing schools. At the ceremony, Bloomsburg University sophomores were formally recognized onstage as they were welcomed into the nursing major.

U.S. News ranks BU among the best

Academic Quad

Bloomsburg University is again listed as one of the top 100 universities in the northern region of the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities.

In data released this week, U.S. News lists BU as number 98 of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, tied with Eastern, Stevenson and St. Peter’s universities and the University of New Haven. Bloomsburg is fifth among institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Best Regional Universities ranks institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral degrees. The 620 universities in the category are ranked against their peer group in one of four geographic regions – north, south, midwest and west.

Award-winning activist to discuss gender issues, sexuality

Robyn Ochs

Robyn Ochs, an award-winning activist, will be speaking out on campus Thursday, Sept. 11, and advocating for the rights of people of all orientations and genders during two presentations in the KUB Ballroom. Ochs is a nationally renowned speaker on equal rights whose writings have been regularly published in women’s studies, multicultural and LGBT anthologies.

Ochs will present “Loosening the Gender Girdle: How Gender Affects You” at 3 p.m., followed by an evening discussion on “Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality” at 7:30 p.m. Both lectures open free to the public.

Ochs serves on the Board of Directors of MassEquality, Massachusetts’ statewide equality organization. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently PFLAG’s Brenda Howard Award, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Susan J. Hyde Activism Award and the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus Lifetime Achievement Award. Her campus visit is sponsored by BU’s LGBTQA Student Services and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. #BUSpeakerSeries

Faculty Sabbaticals for 2015

The following sabbaticals were recently granted by the president: Alana Atchinson, Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice, Fall 2015; William Calhoun, Mathematics, Computer Science, & Statistics, Fall 2015; George Davis, Biological & Allied Health Sciences, Fall 2015; David Heineman, Communication Studies, Fall 2015; Nada Jevtic, Physics & Engineering Technology, Fall 2015; Darrin Kass, Management & Marketing, Spring 2016; Lawrence Kleiman, Management & Marketing, Fall 2015; Thomas Klinger, Biological & Allied Health Sciences, Spring 2015 & Spring 2016; Julie Kontos, Psychology, Fall 2015; Ethan Krupp, Music, Theatre & Dance, Fall 2015; Kenneth Lang, Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice, Spring 2016; Brett McLaurin, Environmental, Geographical & Geological Sciences, Spring 2016; Mindi Miller, Nursing, Fall 2015; Robert Montante, Mathematics, Computer Science, & Statistics, Spring 2016; John Polhill, Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics, Spring 2016; Steven Rier, Biological & Allied Health Sciences, Fall 2015; and Arthur (Jerry) Wemple, English, Fall 2015.

McDowell Institute provides tools to counteract bullying

McDowell Institute Anti-Bullying Symposium

According to National Center for Injury and Prevention Control, 160,000 kids miss school every day due to bullying. Bullying victims suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavioral problems (NCIPC), which is why Bloomsburg University’s McDowell Institute worked together with the Targeting Bullying Symposium.

The symposium’s full day of training was based on factors related to bullying, child development and forms of bullying such as; cyber bullying and relational aggression. Among the 100 people in attendance were the College of Education students, faculty and representatives of local school districts. Some of the speakers were Charisse Nixon, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Erie, Tina Lawson, educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, and Justin Patchin, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The symposium brought awareness of the prevalence of bullying and provided strategy and resources to prevent bullying. The final session was informing the student teachers about how the Pennsylvania school districts are integrating bullying prevention practices within the Positive Behavioral Support framework. #CollaborativeLearning

Welcome back Huskies!

It’s become tradition for me to do a welcome back video to kick off the new academic year, joining the ranks of presidents from universities and colleges across the country who are featured on YouTube. I’m not sure which president or school can be credited with the first one, but I’d like to think Bloomsburg University is among the pioneers.

As I have become more comfortable in front of the camera — something not as easy as one might think — our videos have ventured out of the studio and become more creative. With each version, the bar of expectations has risen. I enjoy the challenge. It’s a project I look forward to each year and hope the campus community does, too.

  — David Soltz, president

A Husky summer fulfilled

Husky Summer

There are countless ways to enjoy summer in addition to beach vacations, music concerts and even part-time jobs. In fact, many Huskies took advantage of the gap between May graduation and August move-in to continue their Bloomsburg University experience in a variety of fashions. Among the wide range of co-curricular learning opportunities included working internships, conducting research and studying abroad.

Some of standout experiences included students placing among the top in the world in the Odyssey of the Mind competition in Iowa, students making record discoveries at a Hopewell archaeological dig in Ohio and several students showcasing their research — two who won awards — among more than 80 participants at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium at Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research. #HuskySummer: A look back!

Joint-degree exchange program among the best in the world

Saleem M. Khan

Saleem M. Khan, professor of economics, was recently honored in appreciation of leadership in founding and directing Joint-Degree and Exchange Program between Bloomsburg University and the Financial University Under the Government of the Russian Federation by the College of Liberal Arts. The collaboration with the Financial University was started in 1992 and Double-Degree in 2003. So far over 165 students from Russia have graduated from Double-Degree in economics from BU.

This program was recognized number one in the U.S. and Russia in a recent international conference held at Bard College, New York. More than 40 universities from the U.S. and Russia participated in this conference. Presidential leadership is central to the success of International collaborative programs and Dr. Soltz has been enthusiastic and active supporter of this initiative.

James Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, awarded the plaque in a reception welcoming Finance University exchange students at Fenstermacher Alumni House. David L. Soltz, president, Thomas Fletcher, associate vice president, Brown, Luke Springman, Director, director of global and multicultural education, Madhav P. Sharma, director of international education services and many other faculty and staff members attend the event.

Fall freshmen preview Husky Life

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One step closer. More than 500 members of the Class of 2018 got their first official taste of college life last week during their campus Preview Day, hosted by the Office of Orientation, where incoming freshmen:

  • attended workshops
  • posed for ID photos
  • got details on their major
  • and an inside scoop from OWLs on what to expect this fall

This week, the Summer Freshman Program and Act 101/EOP begin their six-week session in preparation for the fall semester. The next series of summer orientation days will be held July 14 to 16. #BUClass2018

New school year welcomes new CGA president

CGA President

Justine Albright, a senior majoring in public relations and digital forensics, will serve as president of the Community Government Association (CGA) during the 2014-15 academic year. As president, she hopes to further improve communication between students and administrators.

In pursuit of that goal, Albright planned BU’s first “Meet the President,” an event that offered students the opportunity to speak with BU President David Soltz in an informal setting. According to Albright, the Sept. 4, 2013, event was a success, with a continuous stream of students eager to talk to the president for two hours. Questions focused on a variety of topics, including campus life, BU courses and Soltz’s responsibilities as university president.

Albright, who is from Allentown, made her CGA debut as an on-campus senate representative during her freshman year. She served as executive assistant and CGA secretary and in summer 2013 completed an internship in BU’s Office of Student Affairs. There, she learned the internal structure of the university and worked with administrators. It was through her internship that the idea for “Meet the President” was born.

Act 101/EOP looks back at enriching summer

Act 101/EOP Summer Enrichment

Bloomsburg University’s Act 101/EOP recently completed another productive and enriching summer program, helping more than 250 students — many of whom are first-generation college students — get acclimated to college life and prepared for a successful college experience. Among the courses taken and academic support provided to the students over the past six weeks included reading, algebra, college writing, public speaking, U.S. history, Spanish I, computer skills, mindfulness and college orientation.

Act 101/EOP, coordinated through the Department of Developmental Instruction, provides support and opportunities for success to students traditionally under-represented in higher education. #CoCurricularLearning

Impactful summer for Upward Bound

TRiO Summer STEM Academy

From team-building exercises with horses to an engaging drug and alcohol panel discussion with local court officials to a children’s activities fair with the community, it was another busy and productive summer for Bloomsburg University’s TRiO Upward Bound Program. It was also a summer of celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the federal grant program and its 37th year on campus.

The program — with the help of a mentoring and support staff of BU students — provides a wide range of services to prepare its participants to succeed in college. They include weekly tutoring, test preparation, college application and financial aid form assistance, cultural enrichment programs, field trips and a summer academic program. #SenseOfCommunity #TRiO50

Bloomsburg well represented at SVURS

Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium

With research ranging from face detection and recognition technology to Susquehanna River flooding impact to abdominal aortic aneurism risk factors, the fourth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium recently showcased the work of more than 80 students from Bloomsburg, Bucknell, and Susquehanna universities along with Geisinger Health System.

The symposium, which launched in 2010 with 20 participating students to spotlight summer research work, was held at Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research. Of the nearly 90 projects displayed and voted on, more than half were from Bloomsburg undergraduates — many of whom conducted research this summer through URSCA. Undergraduates from all disciplines were invited to present their research that was evaluated in three categories: Clinical and Translational Research, Social Sciences and Humanities and Natural Sciences and Engineering. CCN8-TV Coverage! #CollaborativeLearning

Faculty complete online educator training

Certified Online Educator Program

A group of College of Education faculty recently completed Bloomsburg University's first Certified Online Educator Program: 4-Week Online Course offered by the Instructional Media and Design Center and facilitated by Regina Bobak, instructional technology specialist. They included: Mindy Andino, Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Denise Davidson, Robin Drogan, Diane Elliott, Kali Fedor, Cherie Roberts, Beth Rogowsky, Tom Starmack, Caryn Terwilliger, Philip Tucker, Johan Van Der Jagt, David Walker, Maureen Walsh, and Craig Young.

The Certified Online Educator Program (COEP) provided faculty a chance to experience online learning as a student. Participants became aware of the importance of community building, communication and interactions through participation in course activities. Participants had the opportunity to learn and apply strategies for designing quality distance education courses. This online course was comprised of 4 units:

  • Unit 1: Overview of Distance Education
  • Unit 2: Instructional Design
  • Unit 3: Quality Matters
  • Unit 4: Teaching in an Online Environment

Faculty research disputes accepted learning theory

Beth Rogowsky

Learning style does not matter. That is the conclusion of Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor of education, based on research conducted with two colleagues and recently published in the Journal of Educational Psychology’s “Online First.” Rogowsky said 94 percent of educators believe students at all levels perform better when they receive information in their preferred learning style — auditory, visual or tactile — and offer classroom instruction following this theory. However, she added, there is no research to support this nearly universal practice.

Rogowsky and colleagues Barbara Calhoun, Vanderbilt University Brain Institute, and Paula Tallal, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, and Center for Human Development, University of California, San Diego, investigated the effect of learning style preference on college-educated adults.

“Results demonstrated no statistically significant relationship between learning style preferences and learning based on instructional method,” she said. “We believe our findings may have considerable theoretical as well as practical implications to the field of education psychology.”

LLC directors gearing up for incoming freshmen

Living and Learning Communities

Directors of Bloomsburg University’s 10 Living and Learning Communities recently shifted their preparations for the 2014-15 academic year into high gear with a productive retreat on campus. The group discussed key topics involving the university’s unique residential program to include goals, outcomes and assessment.

In addition, they shared best practices and strategies from their diverse disciplines like science, business, leadership and performing arts for engaging students socially and academically, so that their first year on campus is a successful one.

Living and Learning Communities begin moving in on Tuesday, Aug. 19, followed various events — such as Quest team-building activities — leading up to the Welcome Weekend and the first day of classes. #BackToHuskyLife

Education comes alive in Death Valley

EGGS Experiential Learning Trip

To kick off the summer a group of students from the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences spent three weeks in California's Mojave Desert. The adventurous learning experience was a part of the department’s new Special Topics in Field Geology course — designed to give students an opportunity to observe a wide variety of earth processes, apply their knowledge and reinforce skills in geological observation and interpretation.

Through this intense, field-based course, 13 students got a first-hand encounter with the geology and environmental issues of the western United States. The group said it marveled at the mining impacts, stunning geology, and complex water resource issues they encountered on their 1,800-mile trek. #CollaborativeLearning

STEMing the learning curve

STEM Program

From courses in human biology to object-oriented Java programming to calculus, Bloomsburg University’s first-ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet program recently capped its initial year without a hitch.

Roughly 40 students from Berwick, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia school districts got a taste of higher education while earning college credits by completing STEM courses on campus this past fall and spring semesters. The program, which recently received a $30,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation, is designed to help address the need for college graduates in science, health science, technology, engineering and mathematics. #CollaborativeLearning

Couple supports BU with $1 million gift

Michael and Beth Boguski

Michael ’85 and Beth Boguski have committed $1 million to the Bloomsburg University Foundation to support university initiatives including Professional U, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet School and the Henry Carver Fund, Bloomsburg University’s annual fund.

“Bloomsburg University is a very special place,” said Boguski, president of Eastern Alliance Insurance Group and a member of the BU Foundation Board of Directors. “I had a great college experience and received an outstanding and affordable education. Beth and I are extremely pleased to support the university with this financial commitment.”

Through this gift, the couple established the first Professional U Endowed Capstone Experience Scholarship, which will support internships, travel abroad and research projects for students each year.

“Experiential learning opportunities are an important part of the student experience,” said President David Soltz. “Often students are offered these opportunities, but cannot take advantage of them due to the cost. Through this gift, Mike and Beth have made it possible for Bloomsburg students to gain the real-world experience that gives them a competitive advantage.”

PPL continues support to growing STEM program

PPL Supports STEM

Representatives of PPL Corporation and affiliates were on campus recently to present a check for $20,000 to provide continuing support for the STEM Magnet program. The company has played an integral part in the formation of the collaborative effort between Bloomsburg University, eight school districts and regional businesses and foundations to serve local high school students in advancing in the science, math, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

PPL leaders provide input on the development of the curriculum and serve as mentors to students in the program in addition to the financial commitment. Pictured (L-R) Michael Munroe, plant manager, PPL Montour; Elizabeth Mauch, dean of the College of Education; Teri MacBride, PPL regional affairs director, Susquehanna Valley; and David L. Soltz, BU president.

Bloomsburg University’s first-ever STEM Magnet program capped its initial year with roughly 40 students from Berwick, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia school districts got a taste of higher education while earning college credits by completing STEM courses on campus this past fall and spring semesters. The program will grow next year, adding students from Benton, Danville, Millville and Southern Columbia school districts, along with Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School. #SenseOfCommunity

Quest campers enjoy sustainable picnic via outdoor classroom

Outdoor Classroom

Bloomsburg University’s new Sustainable Food Systems Outdoor Classroom recently got its first group of visitors when several Quest adventure campers stopped for a picnic, where the youngsters enjoyed freshly cut kohlrabi sticks and freshly squeezed kale orange juice.

The outdoor classroom, one of five projects awarded a Presidential Strategic Planning Grant last year, will be a working garden and sustainability education center run primarily by student workers and interns. Located behind Monty’s on upper campus, the outdoor classroom was designed in collaboration with students who also helped build the gardens this past spring.

Currently, there are two students helping John Hintz and Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, professors of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, care for the gardens over the summer. There are 30 raised beds filled with vegetables and herbs. There will be a third student starting work in July on the perennial garden. Additionally, Jean Downing of SOLVE was a co-author of the grant and has been fundamental in getting it going. Leeann Bowman, a SOLVE graduate assistant, has been among the key student support. #BUSustainability #CoCurricularLearning

Primatology research in the rainforest

Primatology Research

Newly minted graduates go in all directions once they walk the commencement stage. For one Husky, her graduation journey went international.

Jeanine Hubert, an anthropology major, completed her undergraduate degree commitment this summer with a four-week study abroad research program in Nicaragua. Through the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy, Hubert spent most of June studying primate behavior and rainforest ecology on the island of Ometep — settled in the middle of the largest freshwater lake in Central America.

Specifically, Hubert observed two groups of monkeys native to the island collecting 25 hours worth of data in the rainforest. Through her research, Hubert found there may be a strong correlation between the primates’ eating behavior and the evolution of their tails. In addition to her field success and degree completion, Hubert admitted she also discovered from her time abroad something just as long lasting — if not more memorable — within herself. #HuskyUnleashed #HuskySummer

PASSHE Board of Governors approves $198 tuition increase

Get Connected with PASSHE

The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved a modest $198 tuition increase — $99 a semester — on Tuesday, July 8, for the 2014-15 academic year, virtually assuring the 14 State System universities will remain the lowest-cost option among all four-year colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. The Board also approved nine new flexible pricing plans for six universities beginning either this fall or in fall 2015, bringing to 18 the number of proposals that will be implemented on a pilot basis over the next two years, and a new Associate of Arts in sustainability studies degree program to be offered by Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania beginning this fall. The Board also extended the contracts of 10 university presidents through June 30, 2017, and re-elected its officers for the 2014-15 year.

SEL Program opens doors of Comcast for business student

SEL Program

Mariam Sarkessian, a management major, recently completed a two-week job shadow with Comcast’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia through Bloomsburg University’s Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Program. The program, designed to give students an opportunity to see their potential career field first-hand, enabled Sarkessian to witness the daily activity of the country’s largest cable company and Internet service provider. Sarkessian described her experience as enlightening and richly memorable.

In addition to a possible internship opportunity, Sarkessian says her SEL experience provided her with many more business contacts. She also may have discovered a new career track.

“Being able to help out with (the Lab Week project) even though I was just shadowing was an exciting experience and opened my mind in looking for ways to make processes more efficient,” Sarkessian says. “Most importantly, … I had not known that project managing could be a career. Now I’m eager to pursue and get the right qualifications for it.” #ProfessionalU #CoCurricularLearning

Campus hosts inaugural Confer Radio Talent Institute

Radio Institute

The National Radio Talent System recently launched the Confer Radio Talent Institute on campus, though the sponsorship of lifetime broadcaster Kerby Confer via the BU Foundation, to help discover, teach and prepare a new generation of radio professionals. Confer is also supporting university scholarships with his gift.

Nineteen students desiring a career in broadcasting, from universities in the region, have been accepted into the Institute. They will be immersed in the program for the next 10 days with all sessions taught by radio professionals. Confer, a Pennsylvania Radio Hall of Fame inductee, commented, “The quality of the mentor teachers assembled for this 10-day radio immersion is amazing. This is just what the industry needs…it’s important…and the digital age is upon us; this couldn’t come at a more opportune time. I’m excited to be able to extend the National Radio Talent System to Pennsylvania and the Northeast United States at Bloomsburg University.”

Students unearth archaeological discoveries

Hopewell Field School

Summer break has begun a little differently for a group of anthropology students, who have put their vacation plans on hold for a memorable field school experience in Ohio. Among the highlights so far, they say, have been learning the processes of an archaeological dig, discovering Hopewell artifacts and campfire conversations — along with a growing appreciation of wind and shade.

DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, and a group of students hit the road each spring in mid-May to spend four weeks in southern Ohio digging at a Hopewell habitation site. The archeological field school experience enables student teams to rely on new imaging technologies to uncover another living site of the Mound Builders from 2,000 years ago. #CollaborativeLearning

Life in the Dig

Seeking new uses for CO2

Carbon dioxide is often considered a by-product of fossil fuel consumption — and not a useful one, either. But what if carbon dioxide could be turned into something useful or even an energy source? Jocelyn Legere, a junior chemistry major, will be working on a project at Yale University this summer to do just that.

Legere, who is concentrating on nanotechnology, will conduct group research on catalysts and their effectiveness in converting carbon dioxide into useful material as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for eight weeks starting later this month. The summer program will focus on graduate-level research and methods of professional research.

Taking part in a capstone experience through Bloomsburg at Penn State University, she is receiving full training for processes and tools in nanofabrication technology manufacturing. Legere intends to continue her work in nanotechnology to develop ways to "decrease the harmful effects everyday products have on the environment." Using her experience and training, she hopes to make her mark in the scientific world by combining green chemistry and nanotechnology to reduce the environmental impact on today's society. #BUMagazine | #CollaborativeLearning

Odyssey of the Mind participants among the best in the world

Odyssey of the Mind

Bloomsburg University’s Odyssey of the Mind program was recently recognized as one of the best in the world competing in the annual World Final for Odyssey of the Mind, held at Iowa State University. Both of BU’s teams placed in the top four out of 833 teams representing 43 states and 28 countries with more than 26,000 attendees. Specifically, BU's first team placed second worldwide and earned silver medal and trophy.

Participating for BU’s two teams were Shaide Moronta, Jordan Galan, Valarie Mussey, Alea Bostic-Davey, Morgan Hatton, Mariam Sarkessian, Jamelisk, Timothy Keiper, Jacqueline Hauck, Nickolas Lloyd and Kristin Burke. The teams were coached by Chaza Abdul, advisor, Loreen Powell, Evren Eryilmaz and Cenan Abdul-Al.

Beyond exploration for creative thinking and innovation, both teams used different skills and knowledge to solve two complex problems using arts, science, technology, literature, history, math, music, business, and other skills to create solutions. #CoCurricularLearning #HuskyUnleashed

G’day Huskies!

Exploring Australia

Five students and a recent graduate have spent three weeks of summer traveling through Australia exploring many different activities and cultures the continent offers. Led by West Chester University faculty member Jason Phillips, along with nine others from various university across the country, these Huskies ventured on a 22-day journey through some of Australia's most beautiful locations.

Evelynn Guzman, a student in the School Counseling College Student Affairs (M.Ed.) graduate program, highly recommends going abroad as she never did in her undergraduate years but feels she learned more about life and herself on this trip than she ever could have imagined.

Through scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, hiking through some of Australia’s best-known natural landmarks in the Northern Territory, surfing some waves on beautiful Bondi Beach and attending a performance of Mozart's Haffner Symphony at the world famous Sydney Opera House (and many more), the students rank their exploration and education tour one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.

Pictured (L-R): Kelsi Cantone '14, Evelynn Guzman '13, graduate school '15, Lindsey Dotzel '15, Erin Richardson '16 and Maria Bostjancic '16. #HuskySummer

Huskies study abroad in Argentina

Argentina Study Abroad

A group of Bloomsburg University students recently completed a study abroad experience at the Universidad del Centro Educativo, Rosario, Argentina, where they visited historical and culturally significant and studied the Spanish language and literature.

Participating were Spanish and secondary education majors Mallie Culpepper, Adriana Berlin, Kelly Mason and Abigail Messinger, a Spanish and speech pathology major. Specifically they visited Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Misiones and Montevideo, Uruguay.

At Misiones they visited a Guarani village and the Iguazú Falls. In Buenos Aires they attended a Tango Night, besides touring the city and Caminitos, the Italian Argentina barrio were Maradona, famous Argentina world soccer player, was born. They also visited the stadium where he played. #CoCurricularLearning #HuskySummer

Math and Science Summer Experience

Math and Science Summer Camp

From exploring digital forensics to deciphering secret computer codes to testing chemical reactions to examining the difference between human and animal bones, Bloomsburg University’s Math and Science Summer Experience recently opened several impressionable eyes on campus.

More than 50 local middle and high school students participated in the week-long camp, where they got a taste of digital forensics, computer science, human and biological forensics.

The annual camp — hosted by the College of Science and Technology — is designed to broaden the participants’ interest in math and science, along with enhancing their skills and understanding to bridge the summer break gap. Their classroom exploration included hands-on labs and exercises, presentations and demonstrations. #CollaborativeLearning #HuskySummer

Interns help prepare Habitat for Humanity project for re-opening

Summer Accounting Interns

Eight ParenteBeard summer accounting interns recently helped Habitat for Humanity of Berks County ReStore prepare for their grand re-opening slated for July. In addition to the accounting work the summer interns are performing and observing, for the first time, the firm’s summer interns are demonstrating ParenteBeard’s mission to serve the communities where team members live and work by participating in charitable community service activities in central Pennsylvania.

Tara Boyd, of Bloomsburg University; Eric Hiser, of Bloomsburg University; Guy Lewis, of Penn State; Katelyn Macbeth, of Messiah College; April Maschke, of Albright College; Shaunna Nesmith, of York College; Jordan Sallavanti,. of Kutztown University; and Kayla Snyder, of West Chester University, assisted the store’s executive director, Tim Daley, by cleaning, painting, redecorating, reorganizing, rebuilding and moving furniture. #CoCurricularLearning #HuskyUnleashed

TALE workshop examines both sides of scholarship impact

TALE Workshop

BU’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center (TALE) recently coordinated a two-day workshop on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), which is the study of teaching and learning and the communication of findings so that a body of knowledge can be established. The workshop featured nationally recognized speakers and facilitators on the subject of SoTL. According to Beth Dietz-Uhler and Cathy Bishop-Clark, the benefits in engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, include:

  • The development of a “more powerful framework with which to think about teaching and students’ learning.”
  • We are more likely “to start questioning [our] assumptions about poor performance in classes.”
  • “Being informed by SoTL provides more examples and ideas to try in one’s own classroom.”
  • “We have a responsibility as educators to contribute to the body of knowledge about effective teaching.”
  • We can turn our classroom and teaching into a high quality, publishable research projects and presentations that promotes dialogue about teaching and learning.

High school artwork featured in Haas Gallery of Art exhibit

High School Art Exhibit

Works by 20 high school students will be exhibited in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery of Art through Saturday, May 31. The artwork was selected based on a review of art portfolios by faculty from the art and art history department.

Featured Artists

  • Laura Chappell, Millville
  • Brandon Conrad, Breanna Fowler, Ava Guffey, Kagen Haberstick, McKayla Robbins, Scarlett Tuck and Lakota Wadena, all of Bloomsburg
  • Gunnar Feldmann, Morgan Gallagher, Abby Meredick, Justin Phillips and Taylor Roberson, all of Danville
  • Sarah Foster, Central Columbia
  • Olivia Greene, Southern Columbia
  • Darrian Keller and Logyn Smith, both of Selinsgrove
  • Merre Martin, Northwest Area
  • Cassandra Vanatta, Warrior Run
  • Tailor Weible, Garnet Valley

The exhibit will also be featured at The Antler, the Moose Exchange annex at 24 E. Main Street, during July and August, with a closing reception on Friday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The portfolio review and tuition scholarship program is possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor who was inspired by First Columbia Bank’s Teen Star Competition.

“The donor is impressed by the talented high school vocalists and musicians who perform in the annual Teen Star Competition,” said James Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “The concept behind these scholarships is to recognize talented young people who excel in the visual arts.”

English students showcase talents on national stage

English Student Presenters

Josh Pfleegor and Katie Starliper, and Emma Slotterback all presented during early June at the International Virginia Woolf Conference at Loyola University in Chicago. They were the only three undergraduates in the country whose papers were accepted to be presented alongside those of professors, graduate students, and professional scholars.

Here they are seen with Julie Vandivere, their advisor in the English department, who also presented at the conference. These three undergraduates will also be involved in hosting the 25th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference which will be held in June 2015 on the campus of Bloomsburg University.

IT students get face-to-face insight on eLearning industry

eLearning Conference

Along with Karl Kapp, professor of instructional technology, six instructional technology graduate students recently attended and networked at the ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exposition in Washington, D.C. There the students were able to meet several leaders from the eLearning field, as well as join more than 9,000 colleagues from around the world in sharing best practices and insights.

Industry Leaders Students Met

  • Tony Bingham, CEO of The Association for Talent Development
  • Anders Gronstedt, president of the Gronstedt Group
  • Richard Sites and Angel Green, of Allen Interactions and authors of "
  • Leaving ADDIE for SAM Field Guide"
  • Elaine Biech, editor of the ASTD Handbook

In addition, the students were able to learn the most current and future trends of their future career field, how to apply them on the job and get results - straight from the many world-renowned thought leaders and industry luminaries. Students attending were Ralph Hinkle, Lynnette Eichenlaub, Theresa Jacques, Michael Grube, Lauren Coffey and Luis Rivera. #CollaborativeLearning #ASTD2014

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Bloomsburg University held three undergraduate ceremonies for the first time in its 175-year-history on Saturday, May 10, to accommodate more than 1,400 graduates of the College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology on the Academic Quad.

Five seniors were recognized for outstanding academic achievement at the undergraduate commencement ceremonies. The students who earned the highest grade point average in their colleges are:

  • Emily E. Daniels, College of Education: Daniels, from Beach Lake, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in special education PK-8 and early childhood education PK-4. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Kappa National Honor Society, the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
  • Laura R. Iacono, College of Liberal Arts: Iacono, from Harleysville, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art studio with minors in art history and psychology. She is a member of the Psi Chi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. She also served as a member of Developing Ambitious Student Leaders (DASL) for four years, where she earned more than 200 hours of recorded service.
  • Ellen P. Lurwick, College of Science and Technology: Lurwick, from Schuylkill Haven, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is a member of the Student Nurses Association, the Theta Zeta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society and Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Megan A. Mailen, College of Science and Technology: Mailen, from Annville, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology with a concentration in exceptionalities. She served as a member, social chair and vice president of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. She is a member of DASL, the Helping Others Club and Colleges Against Cancer and was a Community Assistant in Residence Life.
  • Kevin J. Mostik, College of Business: Mostik, from Elysburg, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting. He is a member of the Accounting Association and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society. He also participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and was an accounting and internal audit intern at Weis Markets.

Degrees for 186 graduate students were conferred on Friday, May 9, in Mitrani Hall at Haas Center for the Arts. #BUClass2014

EGGS department spotlights high achievers

Bloomsburg University’s Department of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences capped the spring semester by announcing several awards that have been awarded to four students.

  • Charles “Tyler” Wenner — selected to receive the Outstanding Senior in Geosciences Award and Braun Geology Field Camp Scholarship
  • Aaron Pysher — selected to receive the Daniel J. Tearpock Field Camp Scholarship
  • Ario D’Amato — selected to receive the Brian and Mary Johnson Scholarship
  • Robert “Bobby” Kresch — selected to receive the Outstanding Research in Geosciences Award

More than 170,000 job openings now a click away

JobGateway

Seeking a career opportunity? Then Pennsylvania's newly launched JobGateway website is a great start. JobGateway offers tools for recent graduate to use at every stage of their job search. One of the most compelling features is called “Big Interview,” which engages students in a mock video interview and allows them to play back your entire session.

The free, web-based application matches employers’ needs with the skills job seekers possess where employers can post their job openings. The program will sort and filter potential applicants based on the profile elements included in the job listings; then automatically refer the candidates who best match the posting criteria.

Job seekers can create and post their resumes on the site, also for free, and automatically receive the job postings that best match their preferences. Once registered, an individual’s information is used to find those matches, typically from among more than 170,000 job openings.

BAS students showcase talents through Capstone project

Technical Leadership Capstone

Students in Bloomsburg University’s Technical Leadership Bachelor of Applied Science program at Lehigh Carbon Community College recently presented the results of their Capstone course team projects.

Student teams work throughout the semester to create and present an innovate proposal. They submit a written proposal that includes a project plan, budget and training plan for the concept — then present their concept to a group of evaluators from education, industries and agencies.

Teams compete for Best Written Proposal, Best Presentation and Best Overall. Four students from the Technical Leadership program will be the first graduates of the new program this semester.

Nursing majors discuss governmental impact on health care

Nursing Field Experience

To facilitate student understanding of political processes that impact nursing and health care delivery, Bloomsburg University senior nursing students annually participate in a field experience. This experience involves a legislative analysis project and culminates with the trip to Washington D.C., where students meet with the policy analysts and lobbyists from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Nurses Association to prepare for the meeting with their congressman.

Among the topics discuss this semester included the importance of appropriating funding for workforce development programs, Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, (which includes nursing education), Title III, nurse managed health centers as part of the Affordable Care Act, and for the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Through this field experience, nursing students develop an appreciation for the legislative process and are postured in a leadership position to make the voice of nursing heard to elected representatives. #CoCurricularLearning

Study abroad gets off to interactive start

Africa Study Abroad

A group of Bloomsburg University students are spending four weeks in Africa studying at the University of Buea in Cameroon, where they will also take cultural trips to Ethiopia. As part of their study abroad experience, the students are offered to take such classes as Gender and Development in Sub-Sahara Africa, Model United Nations and African Union, Natural Hazards and Disasters, Multicultural Education.

"We were invited to a Reading Day ceremony in Kumba. The group witnessed numerous traditional activities from the children and faculty of the various schools present including singing and dancing. We were also invited to share some opening words as well as a tradition of their own. Babak Mohassel, associate professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, introduced the group and their initiatives with a moving speech while student, Courtney Dunn, invited the audience to join in a "Lion Hunt" interactive activity."

Learning beyond the classroom

Student Research

More than 150 student researchers capped the spring semester, and the 2013-14 academic year, by showcasing their work during scholarship celebrations hosted by the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology across campus.

Among the vast liberal arts research topics included the influence of Catalonian and Parisian Culture in art and the philosophical effects of disgust on morality. In education, student researchers covered such topics as the effects of touch math and impact of school-wide positive behavior interventions.

Meanwhile, science and technology students explored topics like using remote sensing techniques to analyze vegetation and using Google mapping to measure the effectiveness of sand dune stabilization.

New e-learning module teaches students to be cyber-safe

E-learning Module

Jose Calvo, a post-baccalaureate intern who works in the Office of Planning and Assessment, was recently accepted into George Mason University’s Doctoral program in psychology with a concentration in Human Factors and Applied Cognition.

Calvo graduated last fall as a dual major in psychology and philosophy. He was awarded the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) grant and used it to study perceptions of cyber security in regards to personal computers and mobile devices. That research culminated in an e-learning module will educate incoming freshmen on cyber-security. The e-learning presentation will be incorporated into Freshmen Orientation for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The e-learning module will be split into two sections. The first section will talk about how mobile devices are just as susceptible to viruses and hackers as computers are and the precautions students should be taking. The second section will identify highly sensitive information like Social Security Numbers and banking information, and outline when it is safe to provide that kind of information.

The goal of the presentation will be to make students more aware of how to stay protected no matter what online device they are using. #CollaborativeLearning

COST students and faculty collaborate on atom trapping project

UltraColdBloom

Seven students in the College of Science and Technology have spent the past five months collaborating with John Huckans, assistant professor of physics and engineering technology, and Xin, professor of physics and engineering technology, to continue building Bloomsburg University’s UltraColdBloom. The purpose of this laboratory is to trap and laser cool rubidium-87 atoms to sub-Doppler temperatures (below 140 K). Rubidium-87 has only one valence electron, and therefore behaves simply when interacting with light.

The students have developed a wide range of experimental skills and knowledge in several areas of physics, including optics, electronics, mechanics, and quantum mechanics. The team expects to begin science experiments later this year. UltraColdBloom Atom Trappers: Front (L-R): Professor Xin, Rachel Livingston, Devon Perkins, Matt GIft, Nick Hitcho. Back (L-R): Steve Zosh, Dan McDonald, Josh Halbfoerster, Professor Huckans.

A message through experiential learning

Phi Beta Sigma

Phi Beta Sigma joined — for one night — the estimated 3.5 million people in the United States who are homeless by spending the bulk of Tuesday night outside the Husky Lounge. By experiencing several hours in natural elements with minimal cover and cardboard boxes for comfort, the fraternity hoped to raise awareness across campus of homelessness and poverty.

Phi Beta Sigma's project was just the latest example of the many different ways Huskies have helped create a #SenseOfCommunity in recent weeks. Among them include:

COST Research and Scholarship Day

College of Science and Technology's Top Graduates

COST's first top graduate is Ellen Lurwick from our nursing department. Lurwick has adhered to a high standard of excellence in both clinical and classroom settings. She maintains an exemplary professional demeanor. As a self-directed and highly motivated person, she will undoubtedly uphold, even advance the values of the nursing profession.

COST's second top graduate is Megan Mailen, from our audiology and speech pathology department. Mailen showed early signs that she possessed the qualities, skills and motivation of a successful student. She is an outgoing, self-confident individual who is sensitive to others’ needs. Her commitment to community service has been very strong while here at Bloomsburg.

She is a community assistant in our Science and Health Sciences Living Learning Community and is active with the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, over the years serving as vice president and on the executive board.

Spring Honors Symposium Highlights

  • More than 160 students receiving recognition
  • COST is using the 175th anniversary as a theme and requested quotes and photographs from the honored students. These quotes and photographs will be displayed around the ballroom.

COST Research and Scholarship Day

  • 23 presentations; 23 posters
  • Research sponsors include the BU Foundation Margin of Excellence, Jessica Kozloff Scholarship, URSCA, and many more
  • At least half of the research has been or will be presented at conferences throughout the United States
  • Some hot topics: What makes a Laser Lase?, Laser Safety Training for Penn Medicine, Littrow Configuration in an Extended Cavity Diode Laser, The Influences of Socioeconomic Factors on the Location of Drilling Sites in the Marcellus Shale Region of PA, Intensive Sampling of a Methane-Rich Residential Water Well Outside the Marcellus Shale Development Region, Investigating the Expression of EphA2 in Human Sperm, Evaluating Spermicidal Properties of Novel Compounds, Localization of Synapsin I in Human Sperm Cells, Investigating the Spermicidal Properties of Novel Compounds

Student artists showcase work with Senior Exit Show

Senior Exit Show

Works by 19 art and art history majors will be featured in the Spring Senior Exit Show in the Haas Gallery of Art from Tuesday, April 29, through Saturday, May 10. The show will open with a reception on Tuesday, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where the seniors will talk briefly about their work. This event is open free to the public.

Seniors presenting their work are Rachel Di Renzo, Jo Pennypacker, Carrie Reber, Timothy Wright, Stephanie Chambers, Alyssa Kopf, Matt Chenski, Kristina Ciaccio, Rhea Mitchell, Emily Davis, Amanda Higgins, Laura Iacono, Sara Kahr, Lindie Lloyd, Candice McFall, Dylan Oralls, Paige Willock, Michael Zielinskie and Melinda Chappell.

Haas Gallery of Art is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Lights. Camera. Victory!

PR Cases and Problems

Richard Ganahl's PR Cases and Problems class capped the spring semester by presenting a check for $1,625.11 to Camp Victory Executive Director Jaime Huntley, who will use the money to purchase s'mores for its 28 individual summer camps and a laptop computer campers. The class sponsored several fundraising events including the sale of flowers at the Spring Dance Ensemble, a Community Night Event at Wendy's, and the premier of the student-produced movie Love In Bloom at the Digiplex Cinema Center in Bloomsburg.

Class members include Laura Brown, Jason, Buffone, Zoe Compton, Leah Cover, Ryan DeLaRosa, Tia Franzone, Kristen Hatton, Robert Kernaghan, Ashley Kurtz, Lauren Lehman, Taylar Long, Lori Magowan, Luke Mesaros, Lauren Millahn, Shannon Phillips, Michelle Richar, Justine Rodolico and Lucas Wade. PR Cases and Problems has raised more than $22,000 for area non-profits during the last seven semesters sponsored within the Department of Mass Communications. #SenseOfCommunity

Future law student lands Goorha research award

Prateek Goorha Research Award

Eric Petrozino, a senior political science major, was recently named the winner of the first-ever Prateek Goorha Research Methods Paper Award, given to the student with the best research paper among those taking Political Science Research.

Petrozino researched, “We the People and the Supreme Court: Determining the Effects of Public Opinion on Court Decisions in the 21st Century.” According to his research, there remains skepticism over how democratic the practice of unelected justices receiving life tenure really is. But this strategy was one carefully debated and compelled by the framers of the Constitution to ensure that Supreme Court justices are not influenced by the opinion of the public.

An interesting thought that often goes overlooked when discussing public mood/opinion influencing the Supreme Court is that the “people” making up the country include the Justices. Therefore, it can be argued that the Justices do not respond to public opinion directly but rather are subject to the same forces and events which influence the opinion of the public. Following graduation, Petrozino says he plans to attend law school. #BUClass2014

CLE certifies more than 260 new student leaders

Student Leadership Training

Bloomsburg University’s Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) recently honored students who completed different levels of leadership training this year. The CLE facilitates and provides intentional opportunities through supporting and providing resources for student growth, development, involvement and learning through leadership education, engagement and service.

By participating in the leadership development program, students gain knowledge of core leadership skill sets, enhance their co-curricular experiences and build meaningful and sustainable relationships to positively impact a diverse campus community and beyond.

The CLE’s vision is to provide a dynamic center for the pursuit and integration of student leadership practices that fosters and sustains a culture of organizational effectiveness, community engagement and social justice. Certification was give to students completing Level 1 Certification, Level 2 Student Organizational Leadership, Level 2 Community Engagement Leadership, Level 2 Group Leadership and Level 2 Social Justice Leadership. #CoCurricularLearning

Students shine at the PASSHE anthropology research conference

Anthropology Research Conference

Anthropology and psychology students recently presented on a wide range of applied and theoretical original research topics at the 28th Anthropology Research Conference at IUP. Anthropology major Shannon Sursely was awarded the best conference presentation prize and Meghan Boarts was honorably mentioned, by selection of the host faculty members. The annual conference will be held at Bloomsburg University next year. The College of Liberal Arts, Anthropology Club, and Department of Anthropology supported student travel to the conference. #CollaborativeLearning

  • An Ethnographic Approach to the Availability and Accessibility of Autism Support Services and Networks - Shannon Sursely
  • “Lost in Translation”: The Spanish-English Gap in Language Acquisition - Katrina Taylor
  • Anthropologists and Missionaries: A Controversial Relationship - Meghan Boarts
  • Changes in Nutritional Eating Habits in a University Population - Jannelle Derr
  • Understanding the Effects of Divorce and Religion on College Students’ Life Expectations - Allison M. Ingenito and Sarah Arnold
  • “After You . . .” The Conscious and Unconscious Expression of Gender Roles in Door-Holding Behaviors - Jeanine L. Hubert
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights in Africa: African Perspectives at U.S. Universities - Bryan Molk
  • “Talking ‘bout My Generation”: An Exploratory Study of the Relationship between Baby Boomers and Generation Y - Gabrielle A. Vielhauer
  • Back to the Stacks: New Methods and Questions in the Longitudinal Andruss Library Ethnography Project - Rebecca Coco, Ian Johnson, Rachel Harris, Amber Weaver, Cassandra McMillen, Morgan Kelly

BU’s future business leaders among the best in the country

Phi Beta Lambda

It was a highly successful trip to the Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda State Conference in Gettysburg for BU’s Phi Beta Lambda students, who collectively won awards in 10 different categories. At the recent conference, the club took awards such as second place in the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit and was recognized for being the eighth most active chapter in the country.

  • Accounting Analysis and Decision Making: 3rd place team of Erin Ditro and Kara Meyer
  • Accounting for Professionals: 2nd place Nicole Jubin
  • Accounting Principles: 1st place Ryan Kassees
  • Cost Accounting: 2nd place Tyler Rutt
  • Economic Analysis and Decision Making: 2nd place team of Evan Simpson and Ryan Kassees
  • Impromptu Speaking: 3rd place Erin Ditro
  • Marketing Analysis and Decision Making: 1st place team of Sydney Paige and Kara Meyer
  • Project Management: 3rd place Kelsi Washburn
  • Public Speaking: 3rd place Elena Alfano
  • Word Processing: 3rd place Amanda Barber

There are approximately 600 PBL members among 30 chapters across PA. Other participating schools were Alvernia University, Bucknell University, Drexel University, Elizabethtown College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lebanon Valley College, Penn State – Main Campus, Shippensburg University, University of Pittsburgh, and Wilkes University among many others. #CoCurricularLearning

Three win TALE Outstanding Teaching award

TALE Outstanding Teachers

Three Bloomsburg University faculty members have been selected as the Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Outstanding Teachers for the 2013-14 academic year. This year’s winners are Denise Klinger, instructor of educational studies and secondary education, school counseling and student affairs program; Jodie Ackerman, instructor of interpreting in the department of exceptionalities; and Babak Mohassel, assistant professor of sociology, social work, and criminal justice.

Klinger was nominated for the award by graduate students, who say that “she is able to share the toughest and proudest moments of her career and make them part of the lesson.” She is known for “continually reflecting on her teaching practices” and “tailoring her instruction to meet the needs of her students.”

Ackerman was nominated by undergraduate students, who believe she is the “strongest person” they know. She is a “professor who teaches with her heart” and who “generously donates much of her time in and outside of the classroom,” helping to solidify her students’ decisions for choosing the major and profession of interpreting.

Mohassel was also nominated by undergraduate students, who believe that he serves as “a model for what a professor should strive to be.” They state that he deserves the award because he brings an “energy to the classroom that is unparalleled” and that his “teaching knowledge is so authentic and accurate” because he takes his “past working experience and applies it to issues” they cover in class in “colorful and enthusiastic ways.”

Professor wins TALE Teaching Innovation Award

TALE Teaching Innovation Award

The Teaching Innovation Award is bestowed upon recipients by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center. This is the first year for the award. Its goal is to promote teaching innovations, encourage faculty to take risks in the classroom, and exchange ideas across campus. A teaching innovation promotes significant or meaningful learning by changing the way a lesson, subject, or course is taught.

Michael Sherry, assistant professor of English, is the recipient of the Teaching Innovation Award for designing a digital archive, the Student Writing Archive Project (SWAP), that allows his future English teachers to browse, search and sort through student writing, teacher feedback, and teacher interviews about their assignments, lessons, and feedback practices associated with writing instruction.

Honorable Mention Certificates

  • Michael Martin, assistant professor of English, for bringing experiential learning into his Writing for the Internet course, by requiring students to create a web suite of materials for real-life clients. The web suite project creates a real-world experience that are essential for students thinking of a career in professional writing; they gain valuable experience long before they embark on an internship.
  • Kathryn Yelinek, associate professor and research librarian, for utilizing Polleverywhere.com to assess the learning impact of library instruction in real time subsequently making adjustments based upon student needs and for adopting the Cephalonian Method to promote active learning.
  • Amarilis Hidalgo-DeJesus, professor of languages and cultures, for creating real-life settings in her language course through pen pal activities, Skype conversations or direct interviews, study and translation of comics, and creating International Poetry Days for which students write and recite poetry.
  • Faculty promotion and tenure announcements

    Faculty Promotions

    The following faculty have been granted promotion effective Fall 2014.

    Faculty Promoted to Professor — Ferda Asya, English; Drue Coles, math, computer science and statistics; Ralph Feather, educational studies and secondary education; Michelle Ficca, nursing; Meredith Grimsley, art and art history; Mark Law, accounting; Gary Robson, accounting; Michael Ruffini, educational studies and secondary education; Cynthia Venn, environmental, geographical and geological sciences; and Faith Warner, anthropology.

    Faculty Promoted to Associate Professor — Mark Bauman, educational studies and secondary education; Sybil Holloway, counseling center; Todd Hoover, early childhood and adolescent education; John Huckans, physics and engineering technology; Jennifer Johnson, psychology; Erik Kahn, mathematics, computer science and statistics; Angela La Valley, communication studies; David Magolis, mass communications; Babak Mohassel, sociology, social work and criminal justice; Jennifer Oast, history; Julie Petry, music, theatre and dance; Loreen Powell, information and technology management; Dianna Roberts, early childhood and adolescent education; Theodore Roggenbuck, English; Aberra Senbetta, economics; 
Stephen Whisner, environmental, geographical and geological sciences; and Craig Young, early childhood and adolescent education.

    The following faculty have been granted tenure effective Fall 2014

    Mark Bauman, educational studies and secondary education;Todd Borlik, English; Todd Campbell, music, theatre and dance; John Huckans, physics and engineering technology; Jennifer Johnson, psychology; Erik Kahn, mathematics, computer science and statistics; Arian Khaleghi Moghadam, economics; Babak Mohassel, sociology, social work and criminal justice; Jennifer Oast, history; Julie Petry, music, theatre and dance; Edward Pitingolo, accounting; Theodore Roggenbuck, English; Aberra Senbetta, economics; Jennifer Whisner, environmental, geographical and geological sciences; Stephen Whisner, environmental, geographical and geological sciences;
Craig Young, early childhood and adolescent education.

    Biology senior awarded top undergraduate poster at CPUB

    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists

    Biologists, researchers, faculty and future biologists from across the state, including 11 of the 14 universities of PASSHE, recently converged on campus for the annual meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists. As part of the event, Michael Tekin was among the outstanding biology students across PASSHE honored for their outstanding work within their major.

    Tekin, a senior, won first prize in the undergraduate poster division for his research on cell and molecular biology. His poster was titled, “Colocalization of Synapsin I and Munc 13 within Presynaptic Axon Terminals of the Earthworm Neuromuscular Junction.” Tekin was advised by William Coleman, Ph.D.

    David Carey, Ph.D., director of Geisinger’s Weis Center for Research, delivered 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 were made, describing their research and the scientific advances they have made this past year. #CollaborativeLearning

    Alpha Tau Omega helps Free The Girls with creative project

    Alpha Tau Omega

    It was not your typical panty raid. Alpha Tau Omega fraternity recently partnered with Theta Tau Omega sorority to help Free The Girls, a nonprofit organization that provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking. Nearly 1,000 bras were collected.

    Free The Girls collect gently used bras and donated them to the women as starting inventory for their own business selling the bras. Launched in 2010, to date they've collected more than 200,000 gently used bras from all over the world. In Spring 2011, they launched a pilot program in Mozambique, Africa.

    The results of the pilot program were very promising — the women made three to five times minimum wage selling bras. #BUGreekLife

    Mathletes program doubles in size in three years

    Greenwood Friends Mathletes

    Mathletes, an after-school program at Greenwood Friends School, recently finished its third year. Under the direction of Paul Loomis, associate professor of mathematics, and Bloomsburg University students Lara Cesco-Cancian, Martina Drew, Zach Malett, Casandra Miller, Selena Phillips, Jon Thomas, and Dylan Weiss traveled to Greenwood each Thursday for the last six weeks for the hour-long program of math-related games, puzzles, and activities.

    The students worked at stations with a group of four to six students at a time; every 10 to 15 minutes the students would rotate to another activity. Mathletes began in fall 2011 with five BU students and 12 to 15 Greenwood students; this semester between 30 and 35 students from first to eighth grade took part each week. #CoCurricularLearning

    LLC students enjoy experiential learning trip

    Living and Learning Communities

    Nearly 40 students recently participated in a joint Living and Learning Communities overnight field trip to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore where they visited the Arlington National Cemetery, the Frederick Douglass House, The National Monument Mall, and the Baltimore Aquarium.

    They also participated in a two-hour community service project at Art with a Heart in Baltimore Maryland. The students worked in HeARTwares, the service learning retail store operating by Art with a Heart. The money raised from this store and donors is used to subsidize Art with a Heart programming that takes place in schools, shelters, community centers, group homes, permanent residential facilities, hospitals and senior facilities.

    Students said the trip was amazing, as they visited a few historical sites and learned a lot of interesting facts. They added, “It was a really fun trip! We got to see so much and learn a lot. It was also really nice to be able to connect with people from other LLCs outside of school. In a more social way.”

    Students explore first-hand concepts of student affairs

    Institutional Culture Trip

    Six students in the Master in School Counseling and College Student Affairs (M.Ed.) program visited two nearby universities to study their institutional culture, interview current university staff, and develop an awareness of important professional experiences.

    Coordinated by Mindy Andino, instructor and Frederick Douglass Fellow, the students visited the campuses of Princeton University and Rutgers University-New Brunswick on a whirlwind 18-hour trip.

    Sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, students commented that the visits provided the opportunity to explore institutions very different from Bloomsburg while making it possible to apply the concepts learned in the college student affairs track.

    (L-R) Serina Bolinsky, Lucas Wilbur, Mindy Andino, Nicole Charpentier, Keashla Marengo-Reyes, April Garland and Iesha Fitzgerald.

    An inside look at 'Confluence'

    Haas Gallery of Art

    A documentary detailing the creation of the large collaborative art installation in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Haas Center for the Arts will premiere at BU. “Confluence: The Making of an Installation Art Piece” will be shown on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Haas Center’s Mitrani Hall.

    The documentary follows the conception, design, development and installation of the work that is installed in the lobby of the Haas Center. Nineteen Bloomsburg area artists, all members of the Susquehanna River Artists, created 18 tiles for the 7-by-62-foot mixed media installation. The piece celebrates the collaboration of the university with the surrounding community, depicting the growth and activity of the town.

    The artists who created the piece will be available for a question-and-answer session immediately following the film, which is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

    The contributing artists featured in the film include David Stabley, Doug Hopkins, William Whitmoyer, Dave Ashby, Pamela Thomas, Sandra Tranor, Marcia and Richard Lilley, Susan Fulginiti, Larry Ney II, Joan McCarty, Deb Stabley; Robert Brown, Annie Barnhardt, Abigail Smith Kurecian, Sara Mika, Glen Klein, Sara Baker, and Jef McGreevy.

    How three letters can shape a new you!

    At Bloomsburg University, learning isn't limited to the classroom. That includes developing the leadership skills needed to be successful in your chosen career field. By participating in BU's Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) development program, students gain core leadership skill sets, enhance their co-curricular experiences and build meaningful and sustainable relationships that make an impact.

    CLE's vision is to provide a dynamic center for the pursuit and integration of student leadership practices that fosters and sustains a culture of organizational effectiveness, community engagement and social justice. #CoCurricularLearning

    The "Biggest" Event of them all

    Community Government Association

    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

    A celebration of liberal arts scholarship

    College of Liberal Arts Celebration of Scholarship

    Whether practical or theoretical, research is done through many methods and for many purposes — even to simply introduce a historical figure to the Internet.

    And Curtis Bratton, a senior history major, is doing just that. He’s helping to bring the legacy of Harry L. Magee, a well-known Bloomsburg business owner of the 20th century and a collector of many things, into focus for today’s digital generation. This semester Bratton archived a collection of Magee's scrapbooks that will be used to create an online searchable database. His work, “Woven into the Fabric of the Community: The Harry Magee Digital Archives,” will be among the variety of College of Liberal Arts’ work on display today, along with a visiting artist gallery talk, student art exhibit, research presentations and stylistic performances, as well as the annual PADME exhibition.

    Today's Schedule of Events and Presentations

    Health Sciences Symposium and Wellness Fair

    Health Sciences Symposium

    Each spring, BU’s Health Sciences Symposium tackles a hot topic; this year’s symposium focuses on our hectic lifestyle and its psychological effect. Stephen S. Ilardi, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas, will discuss, We Were Never Designed for This: The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Life (And What We Can Do about It), at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Carver Hall's Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. His address opens the 23rd annual Health Sciences Symposium and Wellness Fair.

    At 9 a.m. on Friday, April 25, Ilardi will lead a discussion, Depression is a Disease of Civilization, in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The symposium is sponsored by the Berwick Health and Wellness Foundation, the Provost’s Lecture Series and the Science and Health Sciences Living and Learning Community. Both are open free to the public.

    Steve Ilardi: 6 steps to beat depression

    Steve Ilardi

    Steve Ilardi, Ph.D., author of The Depression Cure: the 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs, will be the keynote speaker of the 23rd Annual Health Sciences Symposium and Wellness Fair on April 24 to 25. Ilardi is the author of more than 40 professional articles on mental illness and is a nationally recognized expert on depression.

    Ilardi has also received several major teaching awards in recognition of his dynamic, engaging classroom presence. Recently, he was selected from a pool of more than 2,000 instructors as the recipient of the University of Kansas's highest instructional honor, the HOPE Award for teaching excellence. He also maintains an active clinical practice, and has treated several hundred depressed patients over his career. #BUspeakerSeries

    Model UN Conference draws more than 150 participants

    Bloomsburg University Model United Nations

    Bloomsburg University’s Model United Nations Student Organization recently hosted the annual High School Model United Nations Conference. The Model UN program is a simulation for better understanding global issues. Model UN Conference stimulates awareness of global issues and provides students at all levels of education with the research, analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to active and full citizenship.

    This conference provided an opportunity for high school students in the area to participate in an authentic simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, Security Council, and other important bodies. BU’s Model UN hosted hundreds of high school students for MUN simulations in recent years.

    #BUMUN14 at a glance
    • 150 participants
    • Participating high schools: Berwick Area High School, Central Columbia High School, Southern Columbia High School and Williamsport Area High School

    This event is sponsored by BU SOLVE Office. #BUMUN14

    Students present Honors Independent Study projects

    Honors Independent Study

    Honors students take two three-credit independent study courses where they work with a faculty mentor to complete a year-long research project. The final piece of their assessment is a 30-minute oral presentation along with a written research paper, which is open for submission for publication. Presentations will be held in the Honors classroom in Luzerne Hall, Room B-9. All are open to the campus community. #CollaborativeLearning

    Tuesday, April 22

    • 3:30 p.m. — Chai Williams, What are the constitutional limits to the punishments of violent juvenile offenders with Laura Davis
    • 4:00 p.m. — Matt Hess, Influences of Socioeconomic Factors on the Locations of Drilling Sites in the Marcellus Shale Region of Pennsylvania with John Hintz

    Wednesday, April 30

    • 1:00 p.m. — Casey Young, An Investigation of Students’ Opinions of the Reinforcement System Use in Behavior Intervention and Support with Barbara Wilson
    • 1:30 p.m. — Grace Barry, Effect of Noise Statistics on Detection of Sinusoids with Petula Vaz
    • 2:30 p.m. — Kristin Pyle, The Effects of Manipulating Visual Feedback During Computerized Dynamic Posturography with Jorge Gonzalez

    Thursday, May 1

    • 2:00 p.m. — Gabrielle Vielhauer, Understanding the Hopewell: A Comparison of Two Cultures within the Hopewell Tradition with DeeAnne Wymer
    • 2:30 p.m. — Ryan McCampbell, Capitalization of Sustainability with Edward Pitongolo

    Friday, May 2

    • 2:00 p.m. — Morgan Kaye, Bloomsburg University’s Views on Female Athletes with Kelly Dauber
    • 2:30 p.m. — Chelsea Stoner, The Effects of Socialization on Health Perceptions and Promotion within a Geriatric Population with Debra Sanders and Michelle Ficca
    • 3:00 p.m. — Meghan Ruland, Hearing Aid Non-User’s Perceptions of Hearing Aids with Tom Zalewski
    • 3:30 p.m. — Rebecca Cole, Self-Perception of Skill in Therapeutic Relationship Development in the Clinical Setting with Margie Eckroth-Bucher

    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:

    Gender Studies honors soon-to-be graduates

    Gender Studies Minor

    Bloomsburg University's Gender Studies Minor program recently held its Spring 2014 Graduation Reception and celebrated the graduation of three students with a minor in gender studies:

    • Alaina Carson, communication studies
    • Flint Jackson, business management
    • Michelle Mattar, anthropology

    The graduating students were given green graduation cords. Also at the reception, the winner of the 2013-14 Gender Studies Minor Essay Competition was announced. Michelle Mattar, is the winner of the 2013-2014 GSM Essay Competition with her essay, "The Effects of Gendered Institutions on the Discipline of Archeology."

    Women's intramural basketball brings home championship

    Intramural Women's Basketball

    The Bloomsburg University women’s intramural basketball team recently won the championship title at the Pennsylvania Intramural Recreational Sports Association State Basketball Tournament at Shippensburg University. BU played three teams in their pool before advancing to the championship game. The team won their games against Shippensburg University, 36-31; Dickinson College, 29-23; and East Stroudsburg University, 32-31. These three wins secured their spot in the championship game against East Stroudsburg.

    They had a strong start in the championship game with two 3-point shots by Saige Hilsinger. Bloomsburg won the championship game against East Stroudsburg with a score of 38-26. The top scorer in the tournament was Shelby Weikel averaging 10 points per game. The team was lead to victory by the captain Saige Hilsinger.

    “Overall the tournament was a lot of fun and the competition level was good,” said Hilsinger, describeing her appreciation of her teammates by adding. “I was extremely proud of everyone. It was a long day, but definitely worth leaving at 7 a.m.” #HuskyUnleashed

    Chemistry major’s gunshot research showcased on national stage

    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Summer Scholars

    Tom Malinski, a senior chemistry major, recently presented his X-ray fluorescence analysis of Pb (lead) from gunshot residue at the annual American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in Dallas. His work was supported by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Summer Scholars research award program, which has been funded annual by the Office of the Provost since 2007.

    With more than 161,000 members, the ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.

    In addition, ACS publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. It also gives more than $22 million every year in grants for basic research in petroleum and related fields. #CollaborativeLearning

    Students take third in PACISE contest

    Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics

    A three-student team from Bloomsburg University took third place in the Collegiate Programming Contest at the 29th annual Pennsylvania Association of Computer and Information Educators (PACISE) Spring Conference at California University on April 5. The conference theme was “Embedding Computer Technology in the Human Body.”

    Team Ramrod, made up of seniors Jim Capozzoli of Walnutport, Jacob Dorman of Frackville and Melissa Wall of Jim Thorpe, wrote four programs in three hours to capture third place. Also competing were seniors Landan Cheruka of Wallingford and Michael Young of Milton as Team Crimea River. The students are part of the programming-contest group in BU’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Fifteen teams from institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education competed in the programming contest.

    BU’s Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics is a member of PACISE, which represents computer programs across the PASSHE member schools. The programming squad coach, Robert Montante, associate professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, represents BU at PACISE. He is also a member of ACM, an international professional organization of computer scientists and computer science educators with student chapters. (L-R) Michael Young, Landan Cheruka, Melissa Wall, Jim Capozzoli and Jacob Dorman. #CollaborativeLearning

    Making a Change, One Movement at a Time!

    The Movement

    Bloomsburg University’s newly established student organization, The Movement, has spent this past school year promoting creative arts across campus. As a dance troupe of committed, energized and passionate students, The Movement thrives on the facets of art and desire to “spread the love” to you.

    Taught by renowned choreographers — Laurieann Gibson, VMA-winning choreographer and Emmy-nominated director, and Ian Eastwood, choreographer and dancer on DanceOn's Dance Showdown and MTV's “Return of the Superstars” — The Movement offers the ability to choreograph, teach and perform for its fellow Huskies.

    Join us! We host dance classes every Friday at 5 p.m. in the dance studio at Centennial Hall 134. (L-R) Tyhera Johnson, Daryl Gatewood, Corey Webb, Dreland Goar and Shaakirah Bradshaw. #CoCurricularLearning

    The Voice takes New York

    The Voice

    Thirteen editors from The Voice recently visited New York City to attend the national College Media Convention, joining approximately 1,500 other college journalists and advisers from across the country to hear from professionals and fellow journalists and advisers about the latest in their field.

    Two of the 270 sessions were presented by representatives of The Voice. Editor in chief Gabby Vielhauer and Arts Editor Keara Hozella presented a session along with adviser Mary Bernath called "Why College Editors Get Jobs," the result of a survey they did of past editors of The Voice and Bloomsburg University graduates to find out how much their experience on the paper helped them on the job market. The other, by managing editors Rae Meade and Adina Evans, along with adviser Mary Bernath, called "Word Smarts," looked at how editors can help staff do their best writing, using techniques borrowed from our BU Writing Center.

    Front (L-R): Jessie Napkora, Felicia Carey, Rae Meade, Keara Hozella, Kathryn Saulinas, Adina Evans. Back (L-R): John Catona, Cole Tamarri, Cole Kresch, Matt Healy, Anthony Patrick. Absent from photo: Gabby Vielhauer, Courtney Dunn. #CoCurricularLearning

    Graduate students gain valuable insight from national conference

    Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

    BU’s Master in School Counseling and College Student Affairs program was well represented at the 2014 annual convention of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education in Baltimore, Md., where thirteen graduate students attended educational sessions, learned about opportunities for involvement in NASPA and expanded their understanding of college student learning and development.

    The conference experience was made possible by support from the Bloomsburg University Foundation, which enabled students to attended such sessions as:

    • Navigating the Role of a New Professional: Transition, Trials, and Tips in the First Year
    • Effective Practices in Partnering with Academic Affairs
    • Orienting Parents and Families: How is Higher Education Serving the Parents of Students of Color, First-generation, and Low-income Students?

    Student attending the conference included Sara Bates, Luke Betley, Alyssa Bunch, Karalynn Carter, Dan Haverstock, Monica Johnson, Kaity Krasucki, Jorge Maldonado, Keashla Marengo, and Alyssa Meyers. #CollaborativeLearning

    Model Arab League participants reach national stage

    Model Arab League

    Bloomsburg University’s Model Arab League recently participated in the National University Model in Washington, D.C., where the delegation represented the Republic of Turkey as an Observer Country. They visited the Turkish Embassy and met with the Counselor prior to the conference.

    MAL Delegates

    • Thomas Rando
    • Eric Petrozino
    • Nick DeMarco
    • A.S.M. Tuhin
    • Eric Pangelinan
    • Chad Haney
    • Robert Nixon
    • Madalyn Goss

    To join MAL, please contact Nawal Bonomo, advisor, at nbonomo@bloomu.edu. #CoCurricularLearning.

    Business students showcase talent at national competition

    National Collegiate Sales Competition

    Bloomsburg University’s Master of Business Administration students were among the top performers recently at the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC) XVI competition out of more than 70 schools. The two-day competition at Kennesaw State University is the oldest and largest sales competition in the country.

    • Overall Second Runner-Up — Boris Harhaji and Jason Firch
    • Third Round: Follow-Up and Expansion — Firch placed first
    • Second Round: Team Selling — Harhaji and Firch, placed third

    (L-R) Michael DiVona, Jason Firch, Monica J. Favia (coach), Michele Welliver (co-coach), Boris Harhaji and Derek Franchino. #CoCurricularLearning.

    Faculty Members Awarded TALE Grants

    Teaching and Learning Enhancement

    BU’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Center promotes a commitment to teaching excellence. The TALE Teacher-Scholar Awards program supports faculty who desire to enhance teaching and learning in courses at Bloomsburg University. The program awards grants to faculty in support of the development of new classroom strategies, research, course offerings, community-based service learning and instructional technology.

    The following faculty members are recipients of the Spring 2014 Teacher Scholar Grants, listed with the names of their proposals.

    • Omer Ari (developmental instruction) — Print Processing Skills of College Readers
    • Mary Waibel-Duncan (psychology) — BU Toy Library: Sensorimotor Play
    • Swapan Mookerjee (exercise science) and Helmut Doll (Instructional Technology) — Development of Fitness Norms and Assessment Module
    • Kimberly Olszewski and Cheryl Jackson (nursing) — Virtual Graduate Nursing Clinical Evaluations: Bridging the Gap of Nursing Faculty and Cost Saving Initiative
    • Safa Saracoglu (history) — A self-reflective assessment of working assumptions on Islamic Art through a museum visit
    • Stephanie Schlitz (English) — Digital Humanities Methods in the Undergraduate Classroom

    Huskies’ Help 5k/Walk brings added experience to education majors

    Bethlehem and Easton Area Urban Practicum

    Bloomsburg University Huskies’ Help 5K/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m. at Lehigh University with registration behind the football stadium, from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.. The 5k begins promptly at 9 a.m. with the one-mile walk stepping off at 9:15 a.m. It’s a scenic course with the top three males and top three females receiving prizes. All proceeds benefit the Bethlehem and Easton area school districts.

    The 5K/Walk event is one of several community service projects performed on the Saturday between the two school weeks, which the Bethlehem and Easton Area Urban Practicum encompasses. This will be the 9th year of the practicum, involving more than 400 Huskies who have participated in the experiential learning program.

    According to Frank D’Angelo, associate professor of early childhood and adolescent education, the two school districts offer a valuable teaching experience for our education majors. He says given the tremendous heterogeneity the district embrace, our students are immersed in school settings which not only challenge their teaching techniques but also their abilities to work in environments which often greatly differ from their own school settings. Further, the cooperating teachers in the program challenge our students often times allowing them to teach multiple lesson over the course of their two-week stay.

    Early registration is $20 with event T-shirt ($10 without T-shirt) and $25 after Thursday, May 1. Contact D’Angelo at fdangelo@bloomu.edu or 570-389-4812 for details. Register today!

    BU enters dual admissions partnership with RACC

    Bachelor of Applied Science

    An agreement signed on Wednesday, April 16, by David L. Soltz, president of Bloomsburg University, and Anna D. Weitz, president of Reading Area Community College, formalized plans to bring BU’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership to RACC students. BU forged a similar agreement two years ago with Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, enabling students who earn an associate’s degree in applied science to complete courses for the bachelor’s degree at the community college campus. The program’s upper-level courses help provide graduates with the skills needed for supervisory and leadership positions.

    The agreement establishes program-to-program guaranteed admissions for students who complete the requirements for an Associate of Applied Science degree at Reading Area Community College to enter into the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership degree program. Planning is currently underway to ensure that students will complete the entire degree requirements on RACC’s campus or online.

    University of Buea and BU strengthen collaborative abroad program

    University of Buea

    Vice Chancellor Nalova Lyonga of the University of Buea in Cameroon recently visiting Bloomsburg University for two days to meet with administrators, deans and faculty to learn about BU’s programs. A study abroad program for BU students through the University of Buea will be held this summer from May 11 to June 8 in Cameroon and Ethiopia.

    Officials of the University of Buea, UB and their counterparts of the Bloomsburg University, BU, continue to find common grounds and new ways on how to foster their already fruitful partnership. Six years into the relationship, senior officials say there are still more to be done and potential for new avenues to be opened.

    In a meeting with UB officials in March, visiting Ira Blake, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, said the new twist of the UB – BU relationship is to expand their initial study abroad program with new courses, internship opportunities, professional development and career opportunities. According to Blake, BU is also interested to partner with Cameroon Development.

    (L-R) BU Provost Ira Blake, University of Buea Vice Chancellor Lyonga and BU president David Soltz. For more information about the study abroad program this year contact S. Ekema Agbaw at sagbaw@bloomu.edu. #BUAbroad

    Gender Studies research draws conference spotlight

    Gender Studies Undergraduate Research

    Albra Wheeler and Jacqueline Whitman, two gender studies students, recently presented research papers at The Multiple Faces of Activism: Feminism in the 21st Century conference at the University of Akron, which was open to undergraduate and graduate students from several states.

    Wheeler's paper, "The Wonderbra: Oppression vs. Liberation in a Patriarchal Society," traces the evolvement of modern brasseries and looks at the bra through historical and feminist perspectives and aims to establish whether the “Wonderbra” signifies submission to or emancipation from the patriarchal society.

    Whitman's paper, "Womanhouse: Opening the Closed Door," is a study of three bathrooms, “Nightmare Bathroom,” “Lipstick Bathroom,” and “Menstruation Bathroom,” which symbolically represent the anguish women endure in their private lives. Both students are recipients of the Student Professional Development Awards from the College of Liberal Arts.

    Additionally, Wheeler won the Emerging Scholar Award, given to a conference presenter by the Committee for Research on Women and Gender of the University of Akron in recognition of a student who displays exemplary scholarship. This award also recognizes a student with a demonstrated commitment to women's and gender issues. #CollaborativeLearning

    Students lend voice to annual Advocacy Day

    Advocacy Day

    The National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW-PA) held its annual Legislative Advocacy Day in Harrisburg earlier this month. More than 700 social work students and professionals visited nearly 200 members of the General Assembly to discuss legislation impacting the social work profession and social service delivery. Legislative visits were followed by a rally on the steps of the capitol rotunda.

    Approximately 50 students from PASSHE, including Bloomsburg University, also participated in the overall Advocacy Day initiative.

    In Pennsylvania, a doctor is required to obtain a professional license to provide medical services, just as a nail technician must be licensed to paint nails at the mall. However, mental health providers, such as social workers, are allowed to practice in Pennsylvania without a license. Social work students and professionals met with their legislators yesterday to advocate for House Bill 1640, creating limited practice protection for social work professionals across the commonwealth; and Senate Bill 807, establishing licensure for bachelor-level social workers.

    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 Office of the Provost. #BUSpeakerSeries

    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

    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