Today's News of 2009

Today's News

Today's News of 2009


Winter Commencement

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Nearly 500 students received bachelor's or master's degrees during BU's winter commencement ceremonies on Dec. 18 and 19. Top honor graduates were Charles "Mason" Neiman, College of Liberal Arts; Alyssa Keefe, College of Business; Jessica Rega, College of Education; Jesse Childress, College of Science & Technology. More photos...

BU group explores Washington D.C.

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Several BU students recently traveled to Washington D.C. for two days of briefings with international and domestic organizations. Briefings included The World Bank, Delegation of the European Union to the U.S., Organization of American States, AFL/CIO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and American Cancer Society.

Campus leaders recycle caps

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Members of Developing Ambitious Student Leaders organized a cap recycling program in the residence halls during the fall semester. As a result, more than 752,000 plastic caps were collected and will be recycled into new caps and containers.

FBLA students visit BU

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Three-hundred area high school students visited BU for the annual Future Business Leaders of America Region 23 conference, highlighted by guest speakers from Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Investigative Services, and Investor Education Section of the PA Securities Commission. Three-hundred area high school students recently visited BU for the annual Future Business Leaders of America Region 23 conference, highlighted by guest speakers from the Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Investigative Services, PA Department of Labor & Industry and the Investor Education Section of the PA Securities Commission.
Guest judges for the competitive portions of the program included representatives from McCann School of Business and Technology, Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council, Inc., and retired faculty from the Selinsgrove and Shikellamy high schools. The conference was brought to campus through BU Conference Services.

Three to receive tenure

Dr. Lawrence Fritz, Biological and Allied Health Sciences, Dr. Robert Marande, Physics and Engineering Technology, and Kathryn Yelinek, Andruss Library, will receive tenure at the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester.

Committee reveals student-designed logo

BU's Wellness Committee recently held a contest for a new logo with the winning entry chosen on visual appeal and ability to capture the identity of the committee, which promotes optimal health and well-being through education and programs supporting healthy lifestyle choices. Alexandra Shierant created the winning logo.
BU's Wellness Committee held a contest in October for a new logo with the winning entry being chosen on visual appeal and ability to capture the identity of the committee, which promotes optimal health and well-being through education and programs supporting healthy lifestyle choices.
The winner, Alexandra Shierant, received a $25 gift certificate from the University Store, as well as a Frisbee and a water bottle. The runner-up, Nelson Matos, received a $10 gift certificate from the bookstore, a Frisbee and a water bottle. Both had lunch at Monty’s with President David Soltz.

Holiday cheer reaches joyous heights

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BU's Holiday Food Drive and related fundraising helped raised nearly $1,500, resulting in boxes of food and a frozen turkey for 36 families. All 42 children received wrapped toys and games provided by the Toys for Tots program. Also, an area food pantry received a monetary donation to provide food to those in need, while several departments "adopted" eight families, providing winter clothing for 20 children.

Community meal celebrated weekly

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Protestant Campus Ministry prepares and serves a Community Friendship Meal every Saturday, providing a hot meal to the community. Pictured: Niki Varney, Angie Rock, Mandi Siegfried, Megan Domanski, Jess Stevenson, Erin Schumaker, Shelly Schuler, Kristi Nejman, Lauren Walter, Alyssa McFadden, Evelyn Guzman, Katrina Mavroudis, Pastor Maggie Gillespie, Blair Staley, C.J. Perez, Connor Showalter.

Cancer walk a big success

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A celebration was held for BU's 7th Annual Breast Cancer Walk, which raised $9,000 for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. Pictured: BU President David Stolz and Madelyn Rodriguez, event organizer, with a PA Breast Cancer Coalition representative.

Lambda Pi Eta lends helping hand

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Lambda Pi Eta honors society for communications studies participated in a service project on Nov. 21 at the Ronald McDonald House in Danville, raking leaves, processing aluminum cans and making lunch for the families. Learn more about Lambda Pi Eta and Ronald McDonald House.

Gifts collected for needy children

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Erin Schumaker, service coordinator of BU's Protestant Campus Ministry, is shown with the 147 shoeboxes collected for Operation Christmas Child. Gift-filled shoeboxes are sent to children in need around the world. Schumaker coordinated this effort with PCM, Helping Others Club and Residence Life.

Voice wins 10 national awards

The Voice recently received nine individual Gold Circle Awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their work in page design and writing, as well as a Gold Medal overall for Spring Semester '09. Editor in chief then was Mike Graziano with managing editors Joe Arleth and Brendan Schaller.

Dean reviews research program

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Robert Marande, dean of BU's College of Science & Technology, recently visited State University of New York, Potsdam, as a Title III reviewer. Marande evaluated the department's progress and provided suggestions on promoting undergraduate research in its science curriculum. More...

BU students attend state conference

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A group of BU students attended the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, where they heard topics covering self-concept, communication, group problem-solving, decision making and motivating others.
A group of BU students recently attended the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, where they heard topics covering self-concept, communication skills, group problem-solving, decision making and motivating others.
The conference was established in 1970 by the Honorable K. Leroy Irvis, who was at that time, the Minority leader and Speaker of the PA House of Representatives.
In addition to advocating for policies and issues in higher education, PBCOHE, provides support and professional development opportunities through its scholarship program, the Annual Conference and the Journal of the Pennsylvania black Conference on Higher Education. The conference helps African-American and other students of color in Pennsylvania develop leadership skills in addition to pursuing their educational and career goals through their programs.
Students attending were (L-R) Emma Thompson, India Jones-Trottie, Shamiese Parks, Timya Benjamin, Christopher McClain, Abubakar Sheriff, Cerick Austin, graduate assistant. Missing from photo, Jerrell Fisher.

Roundtable assists Giving Tree

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BU's Secretarial Roundtable capped off a successful Giving Tree campaign with a $75 donation to the fundraiser, now in its 12th year helping to purchase gifts for local children. Nearly 200 children received gifts thanks to the Giving Tree over the holidays.

Student art exhibit unveiled

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BU's Senior Exit Group Show has opened in Haas Art Gallery, recognizing the work of graduating artists Tim Branagan, Brandon Brown, Ashley Daniels, Tristan DeCarlo, Nicole Frank, Mike Iannatto and Brittany Orlando. The exhibit will be through Dec. 18.

Wristbands for summer camp

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Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf (SLED) sold wristbands for $3 to help send a child to Camp HERO this summer, an interactive camp at Camp Victory, Millville, for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Contact SLED for more information.

BU students help plant trees downtown

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Students from BU's Geography and Planning Society, Helping Professions LLC and Social Justice & Sustainability LLC recently helped the Town's Shade Tree Commission plant 44 bare-root street trees in Bloomsburg, collectively volunteering more than 30 hours of their time.
Students from BU's Geography and Planning Society, Helping Professions LLC and Social Justice & Sustainability LLC recently helped the Town's Shade Tree Commission plant 44 bare-root street trees in Bloomsburg. Click here to see the types of trees that were planted and where they can see be found in town.
Students from the Geography and Planning Society were particularly dedicated and contributed a cumulative 34 hours to the project.
Student volunteers included: Emily Fister, Andrew Bliss, Josh Prosceno, Dan Downing, Lauren Robinson, Kristina Kachur, Cristina Angst, Ryan Pohle, Craig Reinard, Scott Robinson, Jacqui Signs, Kirby Steck, Liz Steiner, Mark Freed, Deborah Acevedo, Miracle Brown, Comfort Gonkarnue, Breanna Nicholson and Michelle Veia.

Greek Life lends hands to BTE

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BU's Greek organizations spent the past few weeks volunteering to help TreeFest, which benefits the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Students decorated Christmas trees for needy families, decorated the consistory and set up craft tables for the fundraiser.

Husky Connections promotes healthy living

The latest episode of Husky Connections, airing in rotation on Service Electric Channel 8, focuses on living healthy on campus with tips on how to maintain a good workout regimen, be ready for flu season and survive the stress of finals. Click here for a sneak peek.

Greek leaders bring holiday cheer

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Members of BU's Panhellenic executive board recently volunteered as princesses for the Bloomsburg's Santa Parade. They were: Melissa Irwin as Cinderella, Charlotte Michaels as Sleeping Beauty, Ali Geib as Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Lauren Foster as Snow White.

BU group entertains patients

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Members of BU's Society for the Advancement of Management recently visited Danville State Hospital to sing karaoke with the patients. The visit was part of the group's ongoing community service and volunteer activities.

BU alum to lead fundraising efforts

Thomas Ruhl, '78, joined BU on Dec. 7 as its new director of development to guide advancement efforts, such as major gifts, annual giving and planned giving. He will also be involved in the strategic planning process and help build, maintain and strengthen relationships with alumni, parents and friends.
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is welcoming back a member of the Class of 1978 as director of development. Thomas Ruhl, of Williamsport, joins BU Monday, Dec. 7.
As BU's new director of development, Ruhl will lead fundraising efforts, such as major gifts, annual giving and planned giving. He will be involved in the strategic planning process, which includes a major upcoming fundraising campaign. He also will help to build, maintain and strengthen relationships between the university and alumni, parents and friends.
A former member and treasurer of BU's alumni board of directors, Ruhl previously was vice president for development at Lycoming College and vice president for institutional advancement at Pennsylvania College of Technology, both in Williamsport. Earlier, he was development coordinator for Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, and resident capital campaign manager for Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, in association with CCS Fundraising, Towson, Md. Most recently, Ruhl was general manager of Keystone Staffing, Montoursville.
Ruhl earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education/music from BU and completed credits toward music education certification at Bucknell University. Pursuing his musical avocation, he has served as associate director of music at First United Methodist Church, Muncy, and as a vocalist and board of directors member with the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra.
"Bloomsburg University helped to shape who I am today, and I'm excited about the opportunity to play a role in shaping the lives of current and future students," Ruhl said. "Bloomsburg has an amazing story to tell. I welcome the chance to foster relationships with individuals to strengthen their desire to support the university."
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

Holiday food drive taking shape

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BU's College of Science & Technology took this year's holiday food drive to new heights through an internal challenge of building structures out of the donations. As donations grew, the more elaborate the structures became in the Hartline Science Center.
BU's College of Science & Technology is taking this year's holiday food drive to new heights through an internal challenge of building structures out of donations before Monday's deadline. As donations grew, the more elaborate the human structure has become outside the dean's office.
The physics department recently built a bridge, while other creations are planned and hoped to be completed by Monday's food collection.
According to food drive organizers, the most needed items include cereal, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, boxed cake mixes and frosting. There is also a need for all types of canned or processed foods such as fruit, soup and vegetables. Monetary contributions are being accepted and will be used to buy a holiday ham or turkey for each family.
Please make check payable to "Bloomsburg University Agency Fund" and submit to Georgia Ortman in Waller Administration Building, cash donations will also be accepted by Ortman.
BU's Holiday Food Drive will also provide winter coats, gloves, hats or clothing for children in need. Food boxes have been placed at multiple locations across campus, such as the Student Services Center, University Bookstore, Andruss Library, Waller and residence hall lobbies.

BU field hockey player featured in Sports Illustrated

Amanda Riley, of Tannersville, appeared in Sports Illustrated as one of its Faces in the Crowd. Riley was nominated by BU's sports information after she scored two goals in the NCAA Division II national championship game, helping the Huskies win their 16th title in school history. She also led Division II in points (62) and goals (27). More...

BU featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer

BU's computer forensics program was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Dec. 3 in an article on the future of cyber sleuths and their career field. See what John Riley, professor of computer forensics, said about BU's unique program.

Klinger accepts new position

Robert Klinger, currently director of University Safety and Police, has accepted a new assignment within BU's Student Affairs area. Klinger will make the move to director of Kehr Union, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Mike Sowash.
BLOOMSBURG — Robert Klinger, currently director of University Safety and Police, has accepted a new assignment within BU's Student Affairs area. Effective Dec. 18, Klinger will make the move to director of Kehr Union, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Mike Sowash.
"Over the past 10 years, Bob Klinger has led the department from what was a security force to a full-fledged police and safety operation. He instituted training that benefited the university police and area police forces as well," said Richard Rugen, vice president of finance and administration. "Bob has become a leading expert in PASSHE in the areas of safety, Clery reporting, and federal disaster preparedness guidelines. I wish him well in his new position."
Tom Phillips, currently assistant director, will serve as interim director of University Safety and Police. A search for a permanent director will begin immediately.

Student art showcased for sale

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BU's Student Art Association is hosted its annual art sale from Dec. 2-3, selling hand-printed T-shirts, hand-dyed scarfs and other original works. The association raised more than $300 for the Student Catastrophic Fund, which helped more than 20 students affected by the Oct. 25 apartment fire.

Husky Connections promotes healthy living

The third episode of Husky Connections on Service Electric Channel 8 focused on living healthy on campus with tips on how to maintain a good workout regimen, be ready for flu season and survive the stress of finals.Click here for a sneak peek.

BU scholar enjoying African experience

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Gary Wassmer, associate professor of biological and allied health sciences, is spending the semester in Uganda as a Fulbright scholar teaching entomology and conducting research. Wassmer updated BU on his experience.
Gary Wassmer, associate professor of biological and allied health sciences, is spending the semester in Uganda as a Fulbright scholar teaching entomology and conducting research. Wassmer, who says he misses chocolate the most, recently provided an update on his experience.
Wassmer has taught a second-year level entomology course to 33 undergraduate students and recently began teaching a scientific writing course, as well as directing the work of two graduate students.
"PowerPoint was interesting," Wassmer said. "Power outages made it difficult, but students were used to that."
Wassmer also took students on field trips to his research sites, where he is researching pesticide use on small and large homesteads in Uganda.
"We would call these farms, but some are no more than gardens," Wassmer said.
With the help of Ugandan agricultural and veterinary outreach officers, Wassmer recruited 50 homesteaders to participate in his research. They visited each homestead and had the homesteaders tell them about the size of their farms, what they were planting, what animals they had, how they were using pesticides, costs of pesticides. The people in the study were overwhelmingly eager to help, according to Wassmer.
Wassmer has traveled extensively in south west Uganda, including Kisoro, Kampala, Jinja (see today spics), Fort Portal, Kasese, Kabale, Entebee and Kigali (capital of Rwanda). Wassmer's travels are well documented on his Facebook page.
Things Wassmer misses the most other than his wife, family and friends: chocolate, shower, drinking water out of the tap, wearing shorts, green vegetables, news and of course, chocolate. Wassmer noted several things he has discovered to be great about his Uganda experience: fruit, seeing something new almost every day, people singing in public and sitting on a jam-packed bus and having it breakdown.
"I've learned a lot about patience," Wassmer said. "Great quote I heard, 'You can always be certain that you will get to your destination, you will never be certain when it will be'."

BU students developing responsible behavioral skills

BU's Community Government Association and Greek Life recently hosted a speaker, Mike Dilbeck, who gave a presentation, Response Ability, on bystander behavior and responsibility. The presentation was attended by freshmen seminars, sociology classes and more than 500 brothers and sisters of BU's Greek organizations.

BU group earns high praise for fundraising efforts

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BU's Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer recently won the CAC Chapter of the Year Award honoring its work for Breast Cancer Awareness Week, Great American Smokeout and Relay for Life. (L-R) Michael McCormick, Kaitlin Scorsune, Tarra Combs and Erin Hazen.

Blood drive takes in large collection

More than 255 units of blood were collected during BU's recent on-campus blood drive for the Bloomsburg Area Red Cross. More than 30 students volunteered, including the Red Cross Club and Husky athletes. Next blood drive: Feb. 16-17.

Students present honors work

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BU honors students conducted their Honors Independent Study Presentations on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2-3 in the Honors Center in Luzerne Hall's basement, presenting their work with their respective mentors. The campus community is invited.
BU honors students are conducting their Honors Independent Study Presentations today, 3 to 6 p.m., and Thursday, noon, in the Honors Center in Luzerne Hall's basement, presenting their work with their respective mentors. The campus community is invited.
WEDNESDAY

  • 3:30 p.m. - Amanda Balz, a history major, "The Kent State Massacre and the Generational Divide of the 1960s" with mentor, Jeanette Keith
  • 4 p.m. - Janelle Keister, a business management major, "Relationship of Work-Life Balance and Levels of Job Satisfaction Among Professors at Bloomsburg University" with mentor, Darrin Kass
  • 5 p.m. - Jared May, a biology major, "Garcinol, a Histone Acetyltransferase Inhibitor, Antagonizes Azole Antifungal Activity in the Fungal Pathogen Candida Glabrata" with mentor, Karl Henry
  • 5:30 p.m. - Ryan Valencik, a computer forensics major, "Forensic Analysis of Windows Media Player" with mentor, Scott Inch

THURSDAY

  • Noon - Marcy Geyer, a mass communications and art studio major, "Photography Used as Propoganda in WWII, Vietnam and Iraq" with mentor, Vera Viditz-Ward

Students who presented their work Monday included:

  • Sarah Latovich, an accounting major, "University Bed Mail: Updating the Essential Beginning to Every Student's College Career" with mentor, Robert Gates
  • Sarah Beltz, an elementary education major, "Teaching Chinese Culture in an Elementary Classroom from the Chinese Perspective" with mentor, Sharon Solloway
  • Kay Blyler, a nursing major, "A Study on Individual Disaster Preparedness Among Church-Goers in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania" with mentor, Michelle Ficca
  • Jennifer Simpson, a nursing major, "Cultural Competency: An investigation of Bloomsburg University Nursing Students" with mentor, Annette Gunderman

BU freshmen get real-world lesson

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Introduction to Engineering Technology students recently visited PRIMUS Technologies in Williamsport. Students saw modern electronics manufacturing, including incoming inspection, product development and integration, and automated testing for commercial, industrial, and military applications.

Preventing identity theft

The theft of a laptop computer containing student grades and social security numbers has raised questions about identity theft and how to avoid it. Mike Shapeero, BU professor of accounting and coordinator for the concentration in fraud examination, shares tips.
BLOOMSBURG — Mike Shapeero, BU professor of accounting and coordinator for the concentration in fraud examination, shares these tips on preventing identity theft and steps to take if your identity has been compromised.
How can you prevent identity theft?
There's no way to guarantee you will not become a victim. However, by managing your personal information carefully, you can minimize your risk and make yourself a small target.
* Deposit outgoing mail in post office collection boxes or at your local post office, rather than in an unsecured mailbox. Install a locking mailbox at your house for incoming mail.
* Shred charge receipts, copies of credit applications, checks and bank statements, credit offers and any other documents with your name and an account number. To reduce unsolicited credit card offers, opt out of sharing your credit records at www.optoutprescreen.com or call 1-888-567-8688. This will not limit access of requested users.
* Carry only the identification information and the credit and debit cards that you actually need. Do not carry your social security card in your wallet. Cancel unused credit and debit cards.
* Give your social security number only when required. In most cases, you have the legal right to use other identifiers.
* Minimize personal information on checks; pay bills with debit or credit cards or electronic transfers to minimize the number of checks written.
* Do not give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you've initiated the contact or know for sure with whom you are dealing.
* If you get an e-mail or pop-up that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply or click on the link in the message. If you want to contact the organization, open a new browser session and type in the company’s correct Web address. Do not cut and paste the link in the message.
* Be wary of offers that sound too good to be true – identity thieves use phony offers to get you to give them your personal information.
* Do not e-mail personal or financial information – e-mail is not a secure method of transmitting information.
* Do not provide too much personal information on Web sites like MySpace or Facebook. ID thieves search these sites for details to add credibility to their bogus emails. If you have an on-line profile, set the viewing option to private.
* Use intricate passwords. Do not use easily available information, like mother's maiden name, birth date, the last four digits of your social security number or phone number, or a series of consecutive numbers.
* Don't log onto sensitive accounts at WiFi hot spots – your signal can be intercepted. Don't log onto sensitive accounts using public computers – thieves download keystroke software to capture user names and passwords.
* Run firewall, anti-virus, and spyware software programs on your computer. Make sure you keep software current
How Can You Tell if You're a Victim?
* Monitor your accounts (bank, credit card, cell phone) frequently and look for unusual activity.
* Order a copy of your credit reports to look for activity in unknown accounts. By federal law, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report each year from each of the three credit reporting bureaus (www.annualcreditreport.com).
* Pay attention to billing cycles. Missing bills may mean someone has taken over your account and changed your billing address to cover his tracks.
* Other indicators that you're a victim: being denied credit for no apparent reason, receiving bills for accounts you never opened, or receiving calls/letters from bill collectors or businesses about things you did not buy.
If Your Identity has been Stolen
* Close any accounts you believe have been tampered with.
* Contact the fraud departments of any one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit file. You only need to contact one bureau – they are required to contact the other two. A fraud alert requires creditors contact you before opening any new accounts or making any changes to your existing account.
* You can request a credit freeze that blocks potential lenders from getting access to your report without your authorization. You must contact each credit bureau. There is a minimal cost to set up, and to release, a freeze.
* File a report with your local or state police; get a copy of the report to submit to your creditors and others who may require proof of the crime.
* File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), either online or by phone. The FTC maintains a database of identity theft cases used by law enforcement agencies for investigations.
* Follow up in writing with all contacts you've made by phone or in person. Use certified mail and keep copies of all correspondence.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act establishes procedures for resolving billing errors, including fraudulent charges, on credit card accounts. It also limits your liability for unauthorized credit card charges to $50 per card provided you report unauthorized charges on a timely basis.
Web Sites and Phone Numbers
* FTC
* Identity Resource Center
* Equifax 1-800-525-6285
* Experian 1-888-397-3742
* TransUnion 1-800-680-7289
* Free credit reports

Response earns STRIVE

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BU custodial, plumbing and general maintenance staff who went above and beyond during a flooding problem over spring break '09 were recently honored with the STRIVE Award.
BLOOMSBURG — Twenty-seven BU custodial, plumbing and general maintenance staff who went above and beyond during a flooding problem in Schuylkill Hall during spring break '09 were honored recently with the quarterly STRIVE (Staff and Team Recognized In their Valuable Efforts) Award.
"Without their willingness to work on Saturday and Sunday, wash comforters, clothes etc., remove and clean rugs, the staff in the hall would have been faced with very unhappy students and parents," said Linda Sowash, director of residence life. "The plumbing staff was right there along with others, identifying and correcting the problem without concern to time or the weekend. Additionally, if it wasn't for a conscientious police officer doing rounds in an empty hall over break, this problem could have been far worse and created damage to rooms and hallways."
Honored were Rickey Hayes, Ray Yorks, John Pursel, Gerry Murphy, Charley Chyko, Frank Michaels, Jim Henry, Wade Gottstein, Charlie Williams, Nate Kreisher, Dale Behrent, Tim Johnson, Lori Sheatler, Frank Flynn, Diane Benshoff, Linda Marr, Betty Rambo, Lyndee Tyson, Michelle McWilliams, Sue Roeder, Irena Davis, Tom Andreas, Bobbi Jo Unger, Bobbi Jo Yashimski, Monica Fields, Ellie Roberts and Sandy Mayernick.
STRIVE Award recipients receive a plaque, fleece vest, gift cards for merchandise at the University Store and local businesses, Aramark lunch coupons and Celebrity Artist Series tickets. Contact the STRIVE committee by e-mail for more information.

Fire victims aided by BU community and friends

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BU's Supervisory Roundtable and friends who sponsored a bagged lunch sale for the Oct. 25 apartment fire victims raised $1,500, which was donated to the Student Catastrophic Fund coordinated through the CGA office. Students, staff and faculty participated in this fundraiser.

BU forensics team wins competition

BU's Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team captured first place in Pi Kappa Delta competition and second overall out of 11 schools at the CFA Holiday Tournament at Morgan State University. Several BU students won individual awards.
BLOOMSBURG — BU's Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team captured first place in Pi Kappa Delta competition and second overall out of 11 schools at the CFA Holiday Tournament, Nov. 20 to 21, at Morgan State University.
BU placed second behind Alderson Broaddus College but finished ahead of Susquehanna University, Geneva College, Towson University, Loyola University (Md.), Randolph-Macon College, Shepherd University, Brooklyn College, Ursinus College and Morgan State University in overall competition.
Several BU students won individual awards. They were:
* Scott Kenyon, team president – fifth in extemporaneous speaking, fifth in impromptu speaking, fifth in parliamentary debate with Wayne Nilsen and fifth in dramatic duo with Chris Mullen
* Nicole Pagliaro – first in the Lincoln-Douglas debate (5-0 record), sixth in impromptu speaking, sixth in pentathlon (among students entered in five events or more) and was top non-advancing novice in prose interpretation and in poetry interpretation
* Chris Mullen – fifth in dramatic duo with Scott Kenyon and sixth in parliamentary debate with Dan Barry
* Joe Wright – fourth in parliamentary debate with Joshua Trusty and third in parliamentary debate speaker
* Joshua Trusty – fourth in parliamentary debate with Joe Wright
* Dan Barry – sixth in parliamentary debate with Chris Mullen
* DeShawn McIntyre – third in duo with Nicole Pagliaro
* Lindsay Bower – third in communication analysis
* Wayne Nilsen – fifth in parliamentary debate with Scott Kenyon
Neil Strine, associate professor of political science and director of BU forensics, served as a judge at the tournament. The team's next tournament will be the Collegiate Forensic Association's Winter Tournament in Charleston, South Carolina on Jan. 28 to 30, 2010. BU's Forensics Team is funded by the Community Government Association.
New members are always welcome. Contact Strine by e-mail or phone at 389-4252 for more information.

BU students explore NYC

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Ferda Asya, associate professor of English, and Peter Doerschler, assistant professor of political science, took students from their four classes to New York City on Nov. 10 for a cultural and educational trip.
BLOOMSBURG — Ferda Asya, assoc. professor of English, and Peter Doerschler, assistant professor of political science, took students from their four classes to New York City on Nov. 10 for a cultural, educational experience.
Students in Asya's group spent the morning at Patchin Place, residence of Djuna Barnes, Theodore Dreiser, and E.E. Cummings; and Washington Place, the birth place of Henry James. They also visited Grace Church, where Edith Wharton was baptized.
Asya's students are studying the works of these writers in the course, "The Portrayal of Women by Realists in American Fiction, 1880-1925." Asya's group spent the afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, viewing some paintings of women by American painters of the same period.
The students, including the members of the International Studies Living and Learning Community (IS LLC), from Doerschler's classes, taking the course, "Contemporary Issues in World Politics," toured the United Nations (UN) building, attended a session of the General Assembly, and received two briefings from UN officials on the issue of population pressures in the developing world.

Student art on exhibit at Andruss Library

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The work of Intermediate Digital Art students was on view at the Andruss Library's first floor display through Dec. 1. The class, taught by Sue O'Donnell, created a book to visually represent a personal journey — a transition or change in their life.

Rotaract gives to polio charity

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BU's Rotaract Club donated $100 to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus campaign to help eliminate polio throughout the world. (L-R) Chelsey DuFour, Rotaract vice president, Paul Moran, Bloomsburg Rotary Club president, Autumn Umberger, Rotaract president, Amanda Lambert, Rotaract member.

Student research showcased

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Anthropology students Matthew Roth and Shaina Rae recently presented their research at the 108th American Anthropological Association annual meetings in Philadelphia during the session, "First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology."
Anthropology students Matthew Roth and Shaina Rae recently presented their research at the 108th American Anthropological Association annual meetings in Philadelphia during the Presidential Session, "First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology."
Roth presented, "Anthropology of the New Millenium: An Assessment of Ends, Trends, and Beginnings Since 2000." Rae presented "Dungeons and Dragons and the People within the Subculture."
Both students were mentored by Faith Warner, associate professor of Anthropology.

Phi Sigma Pi clears pins for children

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Phi Sigma Pi, a BU service fraternity, recently held a Bowl-a-Thon at Mid-way Lanes in Danville, raising more than $400 for Geisinger's Children's Miracle Network. This was Phi Sigma Pi's fourth year supporting the Children's Miracle Network, Danville.

Sigma Gamma Rho talks college

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Four sisters of BU's Rho Omicron Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority spoke with Williamsport high school students Nov. 10 about applying to college, college life and transitioning to college. The community service as a part of the sorority's national program Project Reassurance. (L-R) Felicia Ellzy, Tiana Patillo and Asia Burnett.

Student art on exhibit

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Artwork from Greg Mueller's 3-D class and Sue O'Donnell's Computer Art Graphics class were on display in the Old Science Hall lobby from mid-November to Thanksgiving break. The students showcased what they're doing in these two foundation level courses.

Former COB board members honored

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Two former College of Business Advisory Board members were recently presented with a clock for appreciation of their service. (L-R) James Cleary, BU President David Soltz, Nancy Vasta and COB Interim Dean Dennis Gehris. Cleary is retired from Geisinger Health System, and Vasta is the product development director at CIGNA HealthCare.

BU breast cancer fundraiser honored

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BU's recent breast cancer awareness walk/5K run event has been recognized as the PA Breast Cancer Coalition's Fundraiser of the Month for October. Pictured: Madelyn Rodriquez, who organized the event with Linda Sowash, with Roongo at the Oct. 25 fundraiser on campus.

Interim provost to stay at BU well into 2011

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Dr. Ira Blake, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, will remain BU's interim provost until a full-time appointee takes office in summer of 2011. A national search for provost and VP of academic affairs will begin in September 2010 with an anticipated appointment date of July 1, 2011.

BLOOMSBURG — Dr. Ira Blake, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, will serve as BU's interim provost until a full-time appointee takes office in summer of 2011. A national search for provost and VP of academic affairs will begin in September 2010 with an anticipated appointment date of July 1, 2011.

During her two-year term, Blake will – among many responsibilities – provide continuity and skill in leadership of the restructuring of general education, further development and implementation of learning outcomes assessment, completion of the MSCHE Monitoring Report (due April 1, 2011) and completion of the NCATE accreditation institutional and program reports (due March 15, 2011).

Blake joined BU on Aug. 31 after serving as associate vice chancellor of academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). She replaced James Mackin, who served as BU's provost since 2005. Mackin accepted the position of provost at Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates.

Arabic Club participates in Model Arab League

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Ten members of BU's Arabic Club participated in the Model Arab League (MAL) in Washington D.C., which offered students an opportunity to acquire and develop practical leadership skills directly related to the United States and one of the world's most vital regions.

BLOOMSBURG — Ten members of BU's Arabic Club participated in the Model Arab League (MAL) in Washington D.C., Nov. 6 to 8, which offered students an opportunity to acquire and develop practical leadership skills directly related to the United States and one of the world's most vital regions.

In the process, students learned about the social, economic, cultural and political issues facing Arab leaders and ordinary citizens. BU's Arabic Club delegates, who represented the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan were: Jennifer Baney, Curtis Cordeiro, Bryan Crowley, Jessica Dowsett, Zachery Graybill, Michael Kennedy, Lauren McLaughlin, Michelle Sarver, Ann Vinatieri and Adam Wendoloski.

BU students participating in the Joint Defense Council and the Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers – Bryan Crowley, Adam Wendoloski, Michael Kennedy, and Jessica Dowsett – won honorable mention. Nawal Bonomo is the club's adviser.

Giving Tree project brings joy

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SOLVE, in conjunction with Greek Life, has begun its annual Giving Tree community service project, which allows participants to pick an ornament in exchange for a gift for a local needy child. Watch for the tree in Kehr Union and SSC lobby through Nov. 20 to pick your ornament.

Grad students attend conference

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Students from BU's master of education program in counseling and college student affairs attended the 28th annual Pennsylvania College Personnel Association conference, which covered issues in college student affairs and higher education administration.

(L-R) James D'Amico, Lauren Lewis, Crystal Hoser, Fallon Nagy, Wendy Westover, Mark Bauman.

BU duo has research published

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David Minderhout, retired professor of anthropology, and Jessica Dowsett, senior anthropology/French major, had an article accepted for publication for Practicing Anthropology, a publication of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The article, "Our Stories, Our Future: The Oral History Project of the Eastern Delaware Nations," is based on the pair's research with members of the Eastern Delaware Nations.

Ministry holds spiritual drumming

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Protestant Campus Ministry and guest Annie Clark held a drumming circle recently as part of PCM's Main Event, which is held every Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Kehr Union Multicultural Center. The latest theme was "Jesus on the Radio: Popular music as a window to the soul" with Meredith Holladay.

Halloween fun at Camp Victory connecting with children

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BU's Camp Victory Student Organization participated in the Camp Victory Halloween Party, organizing craft activities for the children. (L-R): Elizabeth Carollo, Megan Shields, Lynnsey Hoodovan, Colleen Smith, Gina Grassio, Katherine Hutchison, Andrea Miller, Melissa Jones. Interested in joining, contact Smith by e-mail.

BU staffer, faculty present reserach study findings

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Noreen Chikotas, associate professor of nursing, and Terina Oman, CRNP at BU's Student Health Center, presented results of a study, "Urinary Tract Infections and the Relation to Health Behaviors," on Oct. 11 at the Mid-Atlantic College Health Assoc. '09 Conference, Morgantown, W.Va.

BLOOMSBURG — Noreen Chikotas, associate professor of nursing, and Terina Oman, CRNP at BU's Student Health Center, presented results of a study, "Urinary Tract Infections and the Relation to Health Behaviors," on Oct. 11 at the Mid-Atlantic College Health Association 2009 Conference in Morgantown, W.Va.

The purpose of the presentation was to disseminate information from a quantitative research study, which explored the relationship between health behaviors (risk factors) and the occurrence of UTIs in college-aged women. The overall goal of the study was to obtain a better understanding of the factors contributing to UTI in college-age women.

Honors students showcase research projects

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Students from BU's Honors Program recently presented their study projects at the National Collegiate Honors Conference, Washington, DC., and met former BU Honors student, Chris Corley, who is now director of Honors Program at Minnesota State University.

Four students from BU's Honors Program recently presented their independent study projects at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Washington, DC. The students also toured the White House and Washington Monument, as well as met with a former BU Honors student, Chris Corley, who is now the director of Honors Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The students and project titles were:

* Sarah Beltz, "Teaching Chinese Culture in an Elementary Classroom from the Chinese Perspective"
* Steven Budd, "Mobile Device Internet Forensics"
* Jared May, "Garcino, a Histone Acetyltransferase Inhibitor, Antagonizes Azole Antifungal Activity in the Fungal Pathogen Candida glabrata"
* Jennifer Simpson, "Cultural Competency: An Investigation of Bloomsburg University Nursing Students"

Students design spaghetti bridge, win class challenge

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Students in Introduction to Engineering Technology recently competed against each other in designing a bridge from cylindrical spaghetti and epoxy/glue. Bridges were judged on a performance index. Jordan Politza and Tyler Pongrazzi were the winning team.

BLOOMSBURG — Students in Introduction to Engineering Technology recently competed against each other in designing a bridge from cylindrical spaghetti and epoxy/glue. Bridges were judged on a performance index. Jordan Politza and Tyler Pongrazzi teamed to create the winning bridge.

Specifications for the bridges were: span of 50cm, road surface width of 4cm (minimum), vertical depth of 25cm (maximum), and a mass of 300g (maximum). The performance index was defined as the ratio of maximum load the bridge can support to its mass.

Politza and Pongrazzi's 287g bridge carried a load of 48kg, resulting in a performance index of 167 (a performance index in excess of 100 is considered a solid design). If you think you can beat the record set by winning bridge, contact Biswajit Ray by e-mail for the supplies and more information.

BUCC OKs minor's name change

BU's Curriculum Committee (BUCC) recommended approval of a minor's name change and course requirements during its Nov. 4 meeting. The committee OK'd the name change from "Business Information Systems" to "Information and Technology Management." Also during the meeting, the group discussed the information that must be listed on the omnibus form for program changes and new courses.

BU team among finalists in national competition

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Eric Otruba, of Reading, and Tyler Latsha, of Northumberland, recently won a national undergraduate research poster competition following a 10-week summer research program at Brookhaven National Lab with Ju Xin, a BU associate professor of physics. As finalists, they advance to the Oak Ridge National Lab, Tenn., to compete with a dozen peers in the finals.

Community-wide reading campaign begins

Ferda Asya, associate professor of English, along with the Bloomsburg Public Library, has been awarded $3,500 by the National Endowment for the Arts to organize a community-wide project, The Big Read, for Columbia-Montour counties in April 2010.

The Big Read is an initiative to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment, specifically to young reluctant literary readers.

BLOOMSBURG — Ferda Asya, associate professor of English, along with the Bloomsburg Public Library, has been awarded $3,500 by the National Endowment for the Arts to organize a community-wide project, The Big Read, for Columbia-Montour counties in April 2010. The Big Read is an initiative to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment, specifically young reluctant literary readers, 18 to 24 years old.

The Big Read will bring together partners across Columbia-Montour counties, including school districts, schools, school libraries, public libraries, museums, theaters, bookstores, coffee houses, literary and historical societies, boutiques, stores and several organizations, to conduct reading and discussion series, exhibitions, film screenings, stage productions and activities on Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence, throughout April.
Forms being accepted

CGA is recruiting students to participate in its one-day community service project for The Big Event. Participation forms were sent to all student organizations and individuals who live on campus.

Forms can be turned in at CGA's office, 428 Kehr Union. Contact Anikka Brill, CGA vice president, by e-mail for more information.

"The community-oriented and reading-inducing aspects of the project very much appealed to me," Asya said. "Being a Wharton scholar, I was also attracted to the novel, The Age of Innocence, which had just been added to the reading list of The Big Read. I instantly decided to bring this project to our community."

For the opening ceremony, Asya has invited the mayor of Bloomsburg to officially open the month-long events and Dr. Carol J. Singley, a prominent Wharton scholar from Rutgers University, to deliver the keynote speech. She has also invited Dr. Abby H.P. Werlock, the past-president of the Edith Wharton Society, to give the closing speech at the closing ceremony.

At the Andruss Library, Robert Dunkelberger, BU archivist, will assemble a display showing the town of Bloomsburg and BU during the time period in which the novel is set, and Katie Yelinek, government documents librarian, will coordinate in April four discussion sessions led by Asya.

"The concept of belonging or lack of belonging in this novel can be a fascinating theme for young readers," Asya said. "Presently, I'm working to attract more partners and add more events to the program. I'm truly excited about The Big Read, as I am certain the readings and discussions – and a large variety of activities based on the themes of the novel – will instill the love and habit of reading in especially the young readers in our community."

Contact Asya by e-mail or phone at 389-4433 for more information on The Big Read.

BU duo present research in Texas

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Two sociology, social work and criminal justice students presented research papers at the Southern Demographic Association Meeting, Galveston, Texas. Sarah Burkhardt, left, presented, "Examining Public Opinions of Open Adoption by Gender," and Roxann Heath presented, "The impact of Childhood Poverty Later in Life," co-authored with Megumi Omori.

Fraternity, sorority team up for charity

Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and Sigma Gamma Rho sorority recently raised more than $800 for the St. Jude's Children's Hospital from a welcome back to school, "The Breakthrough," fundraiser, which drew more than 350 people. Each Greek organization donated roughly $400.

Nursing students help Alzheimer's Association

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BU's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Student Nurses Association recently participated in the Alzheimer's Association's Memory Walk. The team, lead by senior team captain, Kayla Whitmoyer, raised more than $1,270.

h2>Scranton Commons helps the cause

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In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Week, the Scranton Commons went all pink on Oct. 21 with a table featuring pink food to help communicate the goals of Colleges Against Cancer, which held awareness events across campus all week.

Mayor, BU alum speaks to students

Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr recently spoke to 200 students and faculty about student involvement and leadership at a campus event sponsored by the Science and Health Sciences Living and Learning Community. Students heard how involvement and leadership roles in college can be leveraged into making structural change. Knorr stressed the importance of building and maintaining a reputation for competence.

Campus Alert: Oct. 30

This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990. Faculty, staff and students are reminded to lock or secure all items of value.

Recently, several thefts have been reported on campus, primarily in Centennial Hall and the Student Recreation Center. Laptops, digital cameras and iPods have been stolen from faculty offices in Centennial Hall. File drawers and cabinets have been pried open.

Remember to lock doors and secure all electronic items that can be easily removed. In the Student Rec Center, secure valuables in locked lockers or keep them in your possession at all times. Please contact University Safety and Police at 389-4168 if you have knowledge of the thefts or have come in contact with individuals selling or possessing possible stolen items.

Students mingle with senior citizens

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BU's chapter of Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) recently provided community service at the Balanced Care nursing home in Bloomsburg, where students played bingo and spent time with the residents. SAM is a national organization dedicated to professional development of its members.

Students leave their mark on mural

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Students in Sharon Solloway's mindfulness and achievement course took time Monday to help finish a painted mural that will end up at the Jongimpilo Community Clinic, Sisonke District of South Africa, a clinic serving 2,000 people without running water since its inception.

Students in Sharon Solloway's mindfulness and achievement course took time Monday to help finish a painted mural that will end up at the Jongimpilo Community Clinic, Sisonke District of South Africa in Kwa Zulu Natal, a clinic serving 2,000 people but without running water since its inception.

The mural was painted by one of Solloway's students, Michael Paulson, whose mother, Rachel Paulson, will take the mural to the clinic in November. The trip will culminate many months of planning, working with the clinic personnel and community elders. The project will put in a water pump and a sink in the clinic.

Pictured: Will Bailey, Jestina Drysdale and Niko Dantzler-Johnson placing hand prints on the mural while it was set up in the Student Services Center for students to contribute their touch to the project.

Prayer room opens for students

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Sultan Riaz, a senior marketing major, has spearheaded an effort to reserve space on campus for students to make their daily prayers, specifically those of Muslim faith. Riaz will host the first prayer today, 6 p.m., 411 Kehr Union, where more details will be given on how the room will be used.

New campus group is launched

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BU's multicultural and global education society, a new campus group, is hosting an informational meeting and food festival today, 9 p.m., 243 Centennial Hall. The group is recruiting education majors as it begins planning for educational conferences, fundraisers and trips to schools with diverse student populations.

BU's multicultural and global education society, a new campus group, is hosting an informational meeting and food festival Wednesday, 9 p.m., 243 Centennial Hall. The group is recruiting education majors as it begins planning for educational conferences, fundraisers and trips to schools with diverse student populations.

The group was established as a way for education majors to further their knowledge in the education field, especially pertaining to diversity. Goals include:

* visits to diverse school districts where BU students can get a hands-on approach to dealing with diversity in a classroom setting
* holding its own multicultural education conference on campus
* attending national and international education conferences
* fundraising
* food festivals
* visits with teachers who work in diverse settings
* meeting new people
* building resumes

The multicultural and global society became an official BU organization last spring and is looking to recruit more members. The group meets every Wednesday, 9 p.m., in 243 Centennial Hall.

Contact Nicole Baruch or Lisa Lapina by e-mail about joining.

Women's Center honors BU duo

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Tim Pelton, BU's civic engagement coordinator, and Joan Bradbury, a junior social work major, were honored on Oct. 27 at The Women's Center's 35th annual community recognition luncheon for their volunteer efforts and help with victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Tim Pelton, BU's civic engagement coordinator, and Joan Bradbury, a junior social work major, will be honored Tuesday at The Women's Center's 35th annual community recognition luncheon for their volunteer efforts and commitment to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Andrea Helwig, the Women's Center's volunteer advocate, nominated Pelton for his ability to build partnerships with agencies and offer invaluable resources, such as food and assistance. He recruits BU students to provide homework help to children staying at the shelter and to assist with projects, such as painting and cleaning.

Helwig also nominated Bradbury, who started volunteering at the Women's Center during freshman orientation. After completing the volunteer training class, Bradbury became a direct service volunteer, helping with tasks, such as the Kids' Movie Group and annual holiday party, answering the hotline and participating at awareness vigils.

A total of 22 community members will be recognized at the luncheon for their commitment to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Alum donates winnings to swim team

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The Carver Chapter of the Alumni Association held a 50/50 raffle at BU's Homecoming Tent Party, which resulted in a $205 prize for John Eichenlaub, '78. He then donated his winnings to BU's swimming program. Chris Beadling, Alumni Association president, with Stu Marvin, BU's head swim coach, and Eichenlaub, whose son is a freshman swimmer.

BU group meets famous violinist

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BU music students and other members of the campus community met violinist Itzhak Perlman after a full dress rehearsal of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra in Purchase, N.Y. on Oct. 10. The trip was arranged by Kunyoung Kim, assistant professor of music.

BLOOMSBURG — BU music students and other members of the campus community met violinist Itzhak Perlman after a full dress rehearsal of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra in Purchase, N.Y. on Oct. 10.

The philharmonic rehearsed Berliotz's Symphonie Fantastique and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, followed by Mozart's Adagio and Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373 with Perlman, the philharmonic's artistic director, playing the solo violin while conducting the orchestra.

The trip was arranged by Kunyoung Kim, assistant professor of music. Click here to learn more about Itzhak Perlman.

ArtWalk features BU students' work

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Several BU students recently participated in the Bloomsburg ArtWalk, which matched artists with local businesses for an evening exhibit. The ArtWalk also featured live music, free hay rides and pumpkin decorating.

Greeks lead Homecoming clean-up effort

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About 35 BU sorority sisters ventured out Sunday for a town Homecoming clean-up project, picking up litter along East Street and Lightstreet Road. Additionally, 10 other sisters collected debris downtown along Main Street and sidewalks in front of local businesses.

Chalking about raising awareness

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BU's chapter of To Write Love On Her Arms recently completed a chalking campaign on campus to raise awareness and present hope of finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Contact the group to learn more about its efforts.

New Sigma Tau Delta members inducted

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BU's Sigma Tau Delta chapter, the National English Honor Society, inducted new members and honored a graduating sr. (Seated, L-R) Rachel Lehman, Alexandra Martinez (sr.), Brianna DePierro, Molly Phelan. (L-R) Anthony Venturini, Katherine Carl, James McCready, Ashlie Jarosiewicz, Erin DeLong, Anne Chrismer.

BU nursing alumnae honored

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Cheri Rinehart, '79, received the Distinguished Service Award at the nursing alumni celebration Saturday as part of BU's Homecoming Weekend. Rinehart was one of 20 nurses selected nationwide in '04 for a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship. She has also served on numerous state committees and task forces, and has been honored for her work in rural and emergency health care. More alumni news ...

BU loses long-time faculty member

Paul Quick, a long-time member of the BU community, passed away on Oct. 18. Quick came to the university 25 years ago as assistant professor of biology and allied health sciences, and three years later, was appointed director of the Curriculum Materials Center. He was named assistant director of academic advisement in 1998 and director of academic advisement, his current position, in 2003. He was currently serving as chair of academic support and advisement faculty.

Kozloff Apartments dedicated

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In recognition of BU President Jessica Kozloff's dedication to safe student housing during more than 13 years as president, the campus' new 544-bed complex was formally dedicated Friday as the Jessica S. Kozloff Apartments. Kozloff called the apartments "an example of people working together to solve a problem."

BLOOMSBURG - Former BU President Jessica Kozloff called the apartments that bear her name "an example of people working together to solve a problem." The problem was unsafe student housing throughout the Bloomsburg area. The goal was to house nearly half of BU's students on campus or in university-affilitated housing.

In recognition of Kozloff's dedication to safe student housing during more than 13 years as BU's president, the campus' new 544-bed complex was formally dedicated as the Jessica S. Kozloff Apartments during a ceremony Friday, Oct. 16.

In addition to Kozloff, participants were David Soltz, BU president; Steven Barth, Council of Trustees chair; Joseph Mowad and LaRoy Davis, Trustees; and Anikka Brill, CGA vice president.

"I am so touched by this magnificent honor," Kozloff said. "It means so much to have a piece of me here because Bloomsburg University will always have a place in my heart." Ground was broken for the $34 million Kozloff Apartments in April 2008. The complex on the upper campus opened this fall.

Rotaract Club greets Emmy winner

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BU's Rotaract Club recently posed with Emmy Award-winning BU Rotary Club Member Jennifer Ralston, who received an Emmy on Sept. 12 for Outstanding Sound Editing in a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. (L-R) Nicole Bittenbender, Autumn Umberger, Danielle Strausbaugh, Ralston, Jen Pfleegor, Amanda Lambert, Chelsey DuFour.

DPhiE starts semester on the right foot

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Delta Phi Epsilon battled cold weather to raise nearly $100 for its two philanthropies, The National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation and The National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, through its recent Rita's fundraiser.

Campus Alert: Oct. 17

This campus alert was issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990. At approximately 2:49 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, a BU student was stabbed in the abdomen with a sharp object. The assault took place near the Uni-Mart.

The alleged subject was described as an African American male, approximately 5-foot-8 in height, stocky build, wearing blue jeans and a yellow sweatshirt with "Bloomsburg University" printed on the front. The subject was reported to be last seen on the catwalk, entering campus in the area of Montour and Schuylkill halls. The Town of Bloomsburg Police Department is investigating the incident. Any information as to the identity of this individual should be provided to the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department at 784-6779.

The University recommends students always walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible. In case of an emergency, students should call 389-4168. For your safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If you are in town and need help call 911.

Tandem chairs symposium session

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David Minderhout, retired professor of anthropology, and Jessica Dowsett, senior anthropology/French major, recently organized and chaired a session at the 4th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University. The duo also has a collection of oral histories accepted for publication.

David Minderhout, retired professor of anthropology, and Jessica Dowsett, senior anthropology/French major, recently organized and chaired a session at the 4th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University.

This year's symposium theme was Native Americans, Ecology and the Susquehanna Valley, and both, Minderhout and Dowsett, were active in organizing the symposium. The title of their panel was "Native Americans in Pennsylvania: Contemporary Viewpoints" and featured five Pennsylvanians of native heritage.

Minderhout and Dowsett also have a collection of oral histories they collected from Pennsylvania Native Americans accepted for publication in Watershed, the Journal of the Susquehanna. The collection is "Our Stories, Ourselves: Oral Histories of Contemporary Native Americans in Pennsylvania."

Coaching legend to retire after spring

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Jan Hutchinson, a 'cornerstone' of the BU's athletic program, has announced her retirement from coaching at the end of the 2010 softball season. Hutchinson, also coach of BU's nationally ranked field hockey team, is in her 32nd year at BU.

Bull riding against cancer

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Alpha Tau Omega fraternity hosted Grabbing Cancer by the Horns! on Oct. 13 on the Lycoming Hall lawn with "DJ Scuba." All proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society.

BU Homecoming King & Queen finalists

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Homecoming court finalists were (L-R) Erica Ganther, Gia Adornetto, Brittany Newhouse, Katie Bluff and Kaitlin Schiccatano. Back row, Chris Johnson, Harrison Henne, Gary Stewart and Nick Genuario. Not shown: John Berry.
Students tune into BU's program

About 30 high school students visited campus on Oct. 13 for Music Major Day and attended classes, met music faculty and students, and learned about BU's admissions and audition processes. A few also sat in with BU's Jazz Ensemble. Call the music, theatre and dance department at 389-4284 for more information on the next Music Major Day, Feb. 16, 2010.

LLC crew gets hands-on with biodiesel

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Students from BU's Fine Arts and Humanities LLC and Social Justice and Sustainability LLC recently got an up-close look at BU's biodiesel initiative from Ned Greene, physics professor, and Thomas Duggan, student assistant. The students visited oil collections sites and converted waste oil into biodiesel.

Students from BU's Fine Arts and Humanities LLC and Social Justice and Sustainability LLC recently got an up-close look at BU's biodiesel initiative from Ned Greene, physics professor, and Thomas Duggan, student assistant. LLC students visited oil collections sites and helped covert waste oil in biodiesel fuel.

LLC students met first with Duggan, who assists Greene with the biodiesel project. Duggan showed students the oil collection sites and taught them how to assess oil levels in the barrels on and near campus, where restaurants such as the Scranton Commons, Kehr Union, Harry's Grille and Rosemarie's store waste cooking oil to donate to the project.

Students met again on Oct. 10 to assist Greene and Duggan with oil collection. After visiting the processing site on BU's upper campus, where the waste oil is converted into biodiesel fuel, students helped Greene and Duggan collect oil. During the collection process, Greene shared facts about the project, noting approximately five percent of the fuel used in BU shuttle buses is biodiesel and BU's 'French Fry' bus is run almost exclusively on biodiesel.

BU equestrians perform well

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BU's equestrian team took Reserve High Point Team at Briarwood Farms, Readington, NJ, on Sept. 27 in their first IHSA show of the semester. Fifteen members showed in Hunt Seat with five members winning classes.

Quest participants finish 'amazing' weekend

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BU Quest recently completed a Water Leadership Weekend with community members and BU students paddling along the Youghiogheny River in South Western Pennsylvania. The group paddled Class III-plus rapids, while learning whitewater fundamentals and strengthening leadership skills.

Bloomapalooza held at the Commons

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JD Eicher opened Bloomapalooza at the Scranton Ampitheater on Oct. 8, where three other bands performed. The annual music festival was co-sponsored by WBUQ.FM and Harry's Grille. The festival was also broadcast on 91.1 FM.

More than 400 alumni greeted at the fair

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Each year the BU alumni association sponsors a booth in the education building at the Bloomsburg Fair, where faculty, staff and students logged in 88 hours of volunteer time this year and greeted more than 423 alumni and many prospective students. Pictured: Lynda Michaels, '87/'88M, with Catherine Fedor, '08.

BU freshmen reality series begins

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Four freshmen in their first semester on campus are being followed by BU cameras this fall. Follow along to see how they adjust to residence life, manage their classes and learn the ropes of college life. Episode 1: Move In Day.

Men's soccer coach starts cancer fundraiser

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BU men's soccer coach Paul Payne has launched Red Card Cancer, a program designed to bring awareness through the soccer coaching community in the fight against cancer. Red Card Cancer will be an annual event on the first Saturday of October, starting this weekend.

Town mayor to hold open forum with students

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Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr, a BU graduate, hosted an informal discussion with students on "The Importance of Leadership Roles as a Student" on Sept. 30.The event was sponsored by BU's Science/Health Sciences Living and Learning Community.

Blood drive exceeds expectation

The BU community donated more than 340 units of blood at the two-day on-campus blood drive from Sept. 29 to 30, exceeding expected donations by 122 percent. In addition, there were 172 first-time donors and an overwhelming response from student volunteers.

Legislator visits campus, speaks to students

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PA State Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Lycoming, visited campus on Sept. 24 where he met with Civic Engagement students, spoke with BU President David Soltz and lectured a state and local government class.

$1.1 million bequest to create BU scholarships

A generous bequest from a Bloomsburg native, Betty Smith Cooley, will have a lasting impact on BU students. Cooley, 88, who died in May 2008, left $1.1 million to BU to establish endowed scholarships in her name. Specific criteria for the scholarships have not yet been determined.

BLOOMSBURG — A generous bequest from a Bloomsburg native will have a lasting impact on Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students.

Betty Smith Cooley, 88, died in May 2008 leaving $1.1 million to BU to establish endowed scholarships in her name. Although the specific criteria for the scholarships have not yet been determined, Nelson Swarts '63, interim executive director of the Bloomsburg University Foundation, said the funds could provide full scholarships for three or four students a year.

"Mrs. Cooley didn't have a direct connection with the university other than growing up in Bloomsburg," Swarts said, "but she must have had a great affection for the 'Friendly College on the Hill' lasting decades after she moved away."

Cooley was born in Bloomsburg in 1919, the daughter of Keifer C. and Edna I. Smith. She grew up on West Third Street and graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1937. After working briefly at the Marietta Dress Shop, she moved to Harrisburg to work for the state of Pennsylvania.

She married Harold Cooley in 1946 and the couple moved to Philadelphia and then Skokie, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She was employed by G.D. Searle & Co. and, later, in the executive offices of A.C. Nielsen, best known for its Nielsen Ratings, until her retirement in 1973. Cooley volunteered at the St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill., and was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Swarts said the regulations governing endowments will make available at least $40,000 to $50,000 per year to fund scholarships covering the costs of tuition, fees and books.

For information on establishing endowed scholarships or making other gifts to Bloomsburg University, contact the BU Foundation at (570) 389-4524 or by e-mail.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

New faces revealed in 10-minute skits

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BU alums Toni-Ann Yates, Renee Fawess, Abigail Leffler and Jennifer Bushinger, returned to direct a student cast Sept. 23-27 in the BU Players' annual performance showcase of short theatre pieces.

BU high achievers applauded

Christina Adenuga, Elena Farr, Elaine Keating, Nancy Paul-Francois, Christina Payne and Jahquay Sexton are among the BU seniors being recognized by ACT101/EOP for earning a 3.0 overall GPA or higher by the end of spring 2009 and demonstrating leadership, such as being mentors, involved in study abroad, internships, student organizations, and on-campus employment opportunities.

SECA campaign aims to raise $40,000

BU's 2009 State Employee Combined Appeal campaign, which runs through Oct. 23, supports a variety of charities. Several BU colleagues have been helped and many others volunteer with the organizations. See the Web site to learn more about the campaign.

Ventriloquist visits campus, greets students

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Kevin Johnson, who appeared on "America's Got Talent" and "Late Show with David Letterman," kicked off the Celebrity Artist Series's 24th season on Sept. 19 after meeting with students on Sept. 18 at the Scranton Commons.

BU adds new admission tests

BU recently became an authorized test administration site for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Prior to this semester, the closest testing centers for these exams were several hours away in Scranton, Easton, Allentown or Lancaster.

Internship with government in Harrisburg available for the spring

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BU is seeking applicants for the Spring 2010 Harrisburg Internship Semester program, a semester internship to learn the dynamics of state government through direct involvement in report and speech writing, research, program design and evaluation. See the program's Web site or contact Sheng Ding by e-mail for more information.

EET students to present work from recent co-op

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A group of BU electronics engineering technology students, returning from a six-month, full-time paid co-op experience in industry, presented their work on Sept. 15 to the campus commmunity. See the department's Web site to learn more about BU's electronics engineering technology program.

Zeta Psi helps raise $1,800 for charity

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BU's Pi Kappa Chapter of the Zeta Psi Fraternity raised close to $300 for the 10th annual United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation's, "Fight for a Cure" event, where the brothers participated in the Go for Mito! 5k run in Philadelphia. The event raised more than $1,800 for UMDF's research.

LLC students get involved

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More than 400 new Living and Learning Communities students began the semester with a week of activities, including BU Quest Team building and low-ropes courses, tie-dyed T-shirts to represent the 11 different learning communities and paraded to the town park for a festive cookout picnic.

Business students reach new heights

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A team of MBA students from BU climbed Knife's Edge of Mount Katahdin in Maine over Labor Day weekend as part of BU's Leadership on the Edge program. The program is designed to provide insight on being a successful leader and illustrate vital business elements, such as teamwork, conflict resolution and crisis management.

BU professor displays art at Haas

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A digital art exhibit, "Memory Maps" was displayed in Haas Gallery of Art by BU digital art professor Sue O'Donnell, who creates conceptual digital art based on memories and secrets within family life.

BLOOMSBURG — A digital art exhibit entitled "Memory Maps" is on display in Haas Gallery of Art at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

BU digital art professor Sue O'Donnell, who joined the faculty in fall 2007, creates conceptual digital art based on memories and secrets within family life. She uses her memories and photographs to raise psychological questions that challenge the viewer to reflect on past experiences.

"Memory Maps" is on display through Friday, Sept. 11, with a closing reception for the artist on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also on Sept. 10, O'Donnell will give an illustrated talk about her work at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. She will be available to answer questions.

Gallery hours for the exhibit are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday, Sept. 5, from noon to 2 p.m. Haas Gallery is open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact Lee Millard, art gallery associate, at (570) 389-4708 or by e-mail.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

New BU/Central Columbia agreement eases admissions process

Central Columbia ninth–graders now have another incentive to do well in class — guaranteed admission to BU after they graduate if they reach certain prerequisites through high school. BU and Central Columbia school officials recently signed the agreement, which goes into effect for this year's ninth grade.

BLOOMSBURG — Ninth-graders in Central Columbia High School, near Bloomsburg, have one more incentive to do well in their classes — guaranteed admission to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania after they graduate.

An agreement signed late last month between officials from BU and Central Columbia School District guarantees admission to a BU bachelor's degree program for Central Columbia graduates who:

* Achieve a minimum 500 verbal and 500 math scores on the SAT, with a combined score of at least 1100 on the verbal and math portions.
* Earn a minimum of 90 percent cumulative grade point average.
* Apply to BU by Dec. 15 of their senior year for admission the following fall. The deadline is Nov. 15 for students planning to major in nursing, medical imaging, speech pathology, biology or allied health.
* Satisfy all other BU application requirements to the major.

The agreement begins with this year's ninth graders for admission to BU in fall 2013.

"We have many academically talented high school students living in the region surrounding our campus," said BU President David Soltz. "Some already choose to enroll in Bloomsburg's outstanding degree programs and remain close to their homes and jobs. This agreement assures Central Columbia students that working hard in high school will guarantee admission to Bloomsburg University."

Harry Mathias Jr., superintendent of the Central Columbia School District, credited Soltz, Jonathan Lincoln, BU's assistant vice president for academic affairs, and Chris Keller, BU's admissions director, with formulating an agreement that reinforces a culture of lifelong learning, from kindergarten through college.

"I'm very proud to enter into this partnership with Bloomsburg University," Mathias said. "There are some families in our district for whom college attendance is only a dream. With this agreement, we are saying to all of our students, 'If you do these things, you can go to Bloomsburg University.'" According to Keller, about 30 Central Columbia High School graduates currently enter BU as new freshmen each year. "This agreement further solidifies the great working relationship we have with our local school districts, including Central Columbia. When they come here for a visit, local students realize they have a great college, a great resource, in their backyard."

BU is currently working to establish similar agreements with other area school districts, Keller added.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

'New faces' at the Council of Trustees meeting

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Three new members joined BU's Council of Trustees for its Sept. 2 meeting, where the Trustees approved annual contributions to the Bloomsburg Fire Department and non-instructional emeritus status for Duy McBride, of University Police, and Sharon Swank, of the College of Education.

The Trustees also recognized faculty emeritus Steven Cohen, who retired after teaching psychology at BU for 36 years.

Newest CDL graduates ready for work

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BU's Training and Testing Center graduated its latest CDL class in September, following a four-week Class A CDL course by All State Career at BU. The graduates were: Randy Gearhart, of Selinsgrove; Paul Tewell, of Orangeville; and James Stanley, of Elysburg. Contact Albree Boone at 389-5176 for more information on the CDL program.

U.S. News' lists BU among the best

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U.S. News and World Report's recently released annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities lists BU as number 74 Best Universities – Master's for the northern region.

BU is tied with New York Institute of Technology and, for the second year in a row, SUNY – Oswego. BU is 21st among public universities in the north and second among institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

BLOOMSBURG — U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities once again lists Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as one of the best.

In data released last week, U.S. News lists BU as number 74 Best Universities – Master's for the northern region. BU is tied with New York Institute of Technology and, for the second year in a row, SUNY – Oswego. Bloomsburg is 21st among public universities in the north and second among institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Best Universities – Master's ranks institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs but few, if any, doctoral degrees.

BU's consistent 81 percent retention rate (the percentage of freshmen who return for additional years of study) matches several colleges that earned higher overall ratings, such as Hood College, Rutgers University and Misericordia University. BU's six-year graduation rate of 64 percent matches Millersville University, ranked 15th among public universities and the only PASSHE institution to receive a higher overall rating at number 54.

With 94 percent full-time faculty, BU matches East Stroudsburg University and is surpassed by just five institutions in the northern region: Husson University in Maine, 98 percent; College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 97 percent; Kutztown University, 96 percent; and Slippery Rock and Edinboro universities, both 95 percent. BU also rates favorably among public universities in the percentage of alumni who make financial donations to their alma mater, 12 percent.

Five hundred seventy-two universities are included in Best Universities – Master's. Highlights of the college rankings will be published in U.S. News and World Report's September issue and the America's Best Colleges guidebook.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

President welcomes in new semester

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BU students and faculty have settled back on campus for the 2009-10 academic year. The fall sports season kicked off Aug. 27, along with a full slate of fun for the Class of 2013 to continue through Welcome Weekend. To wrap up the excitement, President David Soltz welcomed everyone back with a

New university division unveiled

BU's newest division, University Advancement, took shape this summer with the arrival of its new vice president, Erik Evans. Previously part of University and Student Affairs, University Advancement encompasses the offices of alumni affairs, development and communications working in collaboration with the Bloomsburg University Foundation.

Gary Wassmer, associate professor of biological and allied health sciences, is spending the semester in Uganda as a Fulbright scholar teaching entomology and conducting research. Wassmer, who says he misses chocolate the most, recently provided an update on his experience.

Wassmer has taught a second-year level entomology course to 33 undergraduate students and recently began teaching a scientific writing course, as well as directing the work of two graduate students.

"PowerPoint was interesting," Wassmer said. "Power outages made it difficult, but students were used to that."

Wassmer also took students on field trips to his research sites, where he is researching pesticide use on small and large homesteads in Uganda.

"We would call these farms, but some are no more than gardens," Wassmer said.

With the help of Ugandan agricultural and veterinary outreach officers, Wassmer recruited 50 homesteaders to participate in his research. They visited each homestead and had the homesteaders tell them about the size of their farms, what they were planting, what animals they had, how they were using pesticides, costs of pesticides. The people in the study were overwhelmingly eager to help, according to Wassmer.

Wassmer has traveled extensively in south west Uganda, including Kisoro, Kampala, Jinja (see today spics), Fort Portal, Kasese, Kabale, Entebee and Kigali (capital of Rwanda). Wassmer's travels are well documented on his Facebook page.

Things Wassmer misses the most other than his wife, family and friends: chocolate, shower, drinking water out of the tap, wearing shorts, green vegetables, news and of course, chocolate. Wassmer noted several things he has discovered to be great about his Uganda experience: fruit, seeing something new almost every day, people singing in public and sitting on a jam-packed bus and having it breakdown.

"I've learned a lot about patience," Wassmer said. "Great quote I heard, 'You can always be certain that you will get to your destination, you will never be certain when it will be'."

Freshmen test 50-foot wall, go on a night hike

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BU's Quest hosted an open event on Aug. 29 for freshmen to navigate the 50-foot climbing wall on the upper campus near the Nelson Field House. In addition, Quest hosted its first night on Sept. 1 hike from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Gearing up for Welcome Weekend

More than 300 of BU's incoming freshmen and transfer students registered to volunteer during Welcome Weekend 2009, held from Aug. 27 to 30, which included opportunities with the Women's Center, BU Catholic Campus Ministries and the Ronald McDonald House in Danville.

BLOOMSBURG — More than 300 of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's incoming freshmen and transfer students have registered for volunteer opportunities offered with Welcome Weekend 2009.

According to Kristin Austin, coordinator of new student orientation, the volunteer efforts will help BU's newest students feel an immediate connection to the town and campus.

"The goal is for the students to continue to serve as volunteers while they are working toward their degrees," she said, adding the effort, "Building a Better Community," is co-sponsored by the SOLVE and civic engagement offices.

Among the locations where students will volunteer Friday, Aug. 28, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. are the Women's Center, Loyalton of Bloomsburg, Balanced Care at Bloomsburg, BU Catholic Campus Ministries, Bloomsburg Health Care, the Ronald McDonald House in Danville and Orangeville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Orientation events are designed to acquaint new students with the campus, their majors and the Town of Bloomsburg. Approximately 2,015 freshmen, including those who were enrolled in classes during the summer, and more than 400 transfer students are expected at BU this fall, according to admissions director Chris Keller.

Some events during Welcome Weekend, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 27 to 30, will focus on environmental issues, Austin said. The new students will learn about campus conservation and recycling efforts during two Sunday sessions of the "Growing Greener Initiative," presented by members of Help Our Planet Earth (HOPE) and the Campus Green Initiative committee.

New students will move into campus residence halls Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 26 and 27. To accommodate move-in, Second Street traffic is expected to be one-way, downhill, Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Orientation activities will begin Thursday with a pep rally preceding the Huskies first football game of the season versus Ashland University, with kickoff at 6 p.m. in Redman Stadium.

Daytime events on Friday, Aug. 28, will stress academics, beginning with the new student convocation, when BU President David Soltz and faculty will officially welcome students. Following the convocation, students will discuss their summer reading assignment, "The Freedom Writers Diary," and meet faculty and other students at lunchtime barbecues hosted by each of the four colleges — Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology. Other Friday activities include mandatory fire safety meetings for residence hall students and the Town of Bloomsburg Scavenger Hunt.

New students may register to vote on Saturday, Aug. 29, at "A Vote is a Voice," sponsored by BU's chapter of Democracy Matters. Sessions will focus on student standards and conduct and services available through the Student Health Center.

The main event Sunday, Aug. 30, is the activities fair on lawn of Schuylkill Hall when representatives of student clubs, organizations and intramural sports will share information with the newcomers. Also planned are BU Bucks and Bingo and Protestant and Catholic worship services.

Classes begin for all BU students Monday, Aug. 31.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

BU students survive recent boot camp

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BU's Department of Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences hosted a Geoscience Boot Camp for 13 students from Aug. 26 to 27, who took part in orienteerting at Town Park, field trips to the Shamokin Whaleback and Centralia, and water sampling at mine discharge and water reclamation sites. Faculty members Brett McLaurin, Cindy Venn, Mike Shepard, Chris Whisner, Jen Whisner and Patty Beyer gave preview lectures for their courses scheduled this year.

Freshmen officially welcomed

BU's Class of 2013 were officially presented, received and welcomed during Friday's freshman convocation. President David Soltz stressed BU's three core values, which center on intellectual curiosity and academic integrity, diversity, and civic engagement and service to others.

BU student captures images of Guatemala

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Ren Frattone, a BU student majoring in anthropology, recently conducted research in visual anthropology in Guatemala through the help of a BU College of Liberal Arts Student Professional Development Travel Award. Frattone researched traditional dress (traje) near the Lake Atitlan area in the department of Chimaltenango.

BU names new interim provost

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Ira K. Blake, current associate vice chancellor of academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), has been named BU's new interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. Blake will replace James E. Mackin, BU's provost since 2005, who accepted the position of provost at Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates.

BLOOMSBURG — Ira K. Blake is Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's new interim provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Blake, currently associate vice chancellor of academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), will replace current provost James E. Mackin. Mackin, BU's provost since 2005, has accepted the position of provost at Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates. He will assume his duties in UAE in September. Blake will join BU's administrative staff Aug. 31.

"I'm very pleased to announce Ira Blake's appointment as BU's interim provost," said David Soltz, BU's president. "Dr. Blake will be an excellent addition to the leadership team at Bloomsburg University. She brings extensive knowledge of academic programs, policies and planning and has broad knowledge of the PASSHE system."

In her current position, Blake is responsible for reviewing new academic program proposals and conducting periodic review of ongoing academic programs and student units at PASSHE's 14 universities. Previously, she was assistant vice chancellor of academic and student affairs at PASSHE and an executive intern in the chancellor's office. At Kutztown University, she served as assistant to the president for public engagement, interim dean of the College of Education and assistant to the president for enrollment management. Blake also held faculty positions in psychology at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, and Teachers College, Columbia University, and Marymount Manhattan College, both in New York.

"Bloomsburg is known as a university with excellent faculty and staff who have an unwavering commitment to standards," Blake said. "I am honored to serve the Bloomsburg community with President Soltz and his leadership team."

Blake earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from George Washington University, master's degree in educational psychology from San Francisco State University and a doctoral degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

BU senior excavates ancient Egyptian city

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Maryam Cristillo, an anthropology major and recipient of BU's 2009 Wymer and Warner Anthropology Scholarship, spent July in northern Egypt working an expedition at the ancient Mendes site in Tell er' Ruba as a member of the Pennsylvania State University Akhenaten Temple Project. Cristillo joined DeeAnne Wymer, a BU anthropology professor, who has been a project member since 2004.

Quest paddles to the Chesapeake

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Tabitha Chlubicki and Robert Smith, of BU Quest, recently completed a 146-mile paddle down the Susquehanna River from Bloomsburg to the Chesapeake Bay, ending in Havre de Grace, Md. The duo camped on river islands over the week-long journey. Learn more about Quest here.

Memorial celebration held for BU professor

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A memorial celebration for BU theatre arts professor Michael Collins, who died unexpectedly on July 17, was held in K.S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, on Aug. 24. The celebration was open to the public. Time was provided for those wishing to share their memories of Collins, who directed and performed in more than 50 plays during the past 20 years at BU and at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

Another fun summer for Camp HERO

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BU's Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program recently wrapped up its fourth Camp HERO, a summer camp for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Held at Camp Victory in Millville last week, the camp had 65 campers attend and nearly 30 BU students work as counselors.

BU to welcome new Trustees next month

Three new members will join BU's Council of Trustees for the Sept. 2 quarterly meeting after being nominated by Gov. Ed Rendell and confirmed by the state Senate. They are Nancy Vasta, a '97 BU alum, Patrick Wilson, a '91 BU alum, and Terrell Garrett, a BU senior who will serve as the new student Trustee.

BLOOMSBURG — Three new members will join Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Council of Trustees for the Sept. 2 quarterly meeting after being nominated by Gov. Ed Rendell and confirmed by the state Senate. Nancy Vasta

Nancy Vasta '97/'98M, Langhorne, fills the unexpired term of Robert Gibble '68, who joined the Trustees in 1999 and served as chair from 2006 to 2008. She is product development manager with CIGNA, Philadelphia, where she has worked since 1999. She also is a member of BU’s College of Business Advisory Board and former member of the Corporate Advisory Council. Patrick Wilson

Patrick W. Wilson '91, Williamsport, fills the unexpired term of A. William Kelly '71, who became a Trustee in 1995 and served as chair from 2002 to 2006. Vice president of operations for Little League International, Baseball and Softball, Wilson joined the organization in 1993. His affiliations include the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Leadership Lycoming Board of Directors and United Way of Lycoming County loan executive. Terrell Garrett

Terrell Garrett '10, an interpersonal communications major from Philadelphia, is the new student Trustee, replacing Nicole Najpauer who graduated in May. Former vice president of the Black Cultural Society and executive board member of the Frederick Douglass Learning Institute, Garrett has been a student director and founder of the mentorship program, Men of Intelligence, Notability and Desire.

Three current Trustees also were reappointed recently. They are: Steven B. Barth, Lewisburg, chair; Robert N. Dampman ’65, Ringtown, vice chair; and LaRoy G. Davis ’67, Feasterville. More on the Trustees ...

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

BU artists on display

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BU art students, Brandon Brown and Matthew Wynn, were among the artists presenting art pieces at Bloomsburg's 2nd Annual ArtFest from Aug. 15 to 16. BU art professors Marilee Salvator, Sue O'Donnell, Vince Hron and Jason Godeke also presented pieces along Center Street.

BU Quest tackles the Cascades

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Participants of BU Quest's latest trip, "3 Peaks of the Cascades," recently returned home after hiking on Mt. St. Helens and reaching the summit of Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier. Quest plans to climb peaks from northern California to southern British Columbia.

New political science course ready for the fall

BU's nine-year history with the Model United Nations program moves to the next level this fall with a new five-session course for high school educators. Global Classrooms: Globalization and the United Nations will be launched in October, designed to give teachers background on the United Nations and model U.N. simulation.

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's nine-year history with the Model United Nations program moves to the next level this fall with a new course for high school educators.

BU's Model U.N. began in 2001-02 to give high school and college students a chance to simulate United Nations sessions. In its first year, the student organization received a $4,000 Pennsylvania Campus Compact Service Learning Course Integration Grant to cover the costs of training and materials. Three high schools – Berwick, Danville and Southern Columbia – participated.

Over the years, Model U.N. has grown to encompass both a student organization and a fall semester, three-credit course, Globalization and the United Nations, taught by Diana Zoelle, associate professor of political science. The course includes a three-day field trip to Washington, D.C., where students may attend U.S. State Department briefings or visit embassies through the Osgood Center for International Studies, a non-profit foreign policy program. When they return to campus, BU students simulate a Model U.N. Security Council session, inviting local high school students to observe the simulation as background for the on-campus Model U.N. in the spring.

"Participating in the Model U.N. enhances students' understanding of the world and helps them develop public speaking, research and analytical skills," Zoelle said. "High school teachers take the time to prepare their students and bring them to our Model U.N. They do extra work without receiving compensation and, so far, without formal training."

A new five-session course is being offered for the first time this fall, Global Classrooms: Globalization and the United Nations, is designed to give teachers background on both the United Nations and the Model U.N. simulation. Zoelle will teach the course, which will meet on BU's campus Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Oct. 7, and is offered through BU's corporate and continuing education office. The course has been approved for 15 Act 48 continuing education units; additional credits may be granted for an optional one-day trip to Washington, D.C., and participation in BU's Model U.N. on April 27, 2010.

For information, contact Zoelle by e-mail or at (570) 389-4919; Deb Thomas by e-mail or at (570) 389-5162; or Linda Tomashefski by e-mail or at (570) 389-4429. See the corporate and continuing education's Web site for a complete fall course catalog.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

Math Camp hosts 175 students

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BU's Department of Exceptionality Programs hosted 175 local students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in late July for its annual math camp, which was held in conjunction with a graduate course in teaching math to students with special needs. However, children of all ability levels participated.
Three BU programs receive PDE accreditation

BU's College of Education is now one of fewer than 20 colleges and universities across the state to have a PreK-4 certificate program approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which recently granted initial program approval. BU's 4-8 and PreK-8 Special Education programs also received accreditation recently. The PreK-4, 4-8 Mid Level and PreK-8 Special Education Programs will be reviewed for full program approval in two years.

Celebrity Artist Series gets $2,500 gift

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PPL Corporation, a corporate sponsor of the Celebrity Artist Series, recently contributed $2,500 for the 2009-10 season. (L-R) are Jim Hollister, BU assistant vice president; Teri MacBride, PPL regional community relations director; and David Soltz, BU president. The new season begins on Sept. 19 with ventriloquist Kevin Johnson. More...

BU students attend special education conference

Sixteen graduate students of BU's Department of Exceptionality Programs were among the sponsored participants at the Jones Center for Excellence in Special Education conference on autism, held on July 10 at the Bloomsburg Area High School.

Attending were Bethany Varano, Brian Rees, Christina Grendzinski, Diana-Lee Stenglein, Elsie Shaffer, Heather Bartholomew, Heather Miller, Holly Sulouff, Jennifer Barreca, Kristen Onder, Kristin Cercone, Kristen Seiwell, Melissa Wehry, Nichoel Schoch and Sandra Remphrey.

"I was honored to have been part of the collaborative team efforts of many talented people who worked diligently toward a common goal of providing all participants an opportunity to explore, learn and share successful collaboration strategies for effective teaming outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities," said Grendzinski, who led the student delegates and volunteered at the conference. The student delegation was coordinated by Williams Emeka Obiozor, assistant professor and course instructor in the Department of Exceptionality Programs.

BU health physics receives $3,000

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PPL Corporation recently contributed $3,000 to BU's health physics program. Shown from left are Peter Stine, chair of BU's Department of Physics and Engineering Technology; Joe Scopelliti, PPL manager of community relations; Teri MacBride, PPL regional community relations director; Robert Marande, dean of BU's College of Science and Technology; and David Simpson, BU's health physics program coordinator.

Mackin accepts new position in Middle East

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James Mackin, BU's provost since 2005, has accepted the position of provost at Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates. Mackin will oversee academic affairs and student affairs and serve as the university's chief information officer at the institution's main campus in Abu Dhabi and branch campus in Al Ain.

Abu Dhabi University, which opened in 2003, has about 4,000 students from 35 different nationalities enrolled in 19 undergraduate and nine post-graduate programs. Mackin will oversee academic affairs and student affairs and serve as the university’s chief information officer at the institution's main campus in Abu Dhabi and branch campus in Al Ain.

"This is a chance to build a university from the ground up," Mackin said. "The university is accredited within the country and wants to gain accreditation from a U.S. accrediting body. Plans also are under way for a medical college and business park."

BU President David Soltz said, "This is an outstanding opportunity for Dr. Mackin. Abu Dhabi University's students, faculty and staff will benefit from his breadth of knowledge and experience, both at BU and the institutions where he served previously. We wish him well."

Under Mackin's leadership, BU successfully received 10-year reaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and nine first-time accreditations, ranging from theatre arts and music to radiologist assistant and nurse anesthesia master's programs. As of September 2008, more than 80 percent of BU's eligible programs have been accredited.

Woman donates vintage hats, dress to BU

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Marietta Episcopo, of Berwick, recently donated 27 vintage hats and a 1960s maxi dress to BU's department of music, theatre and dance. The hats, many purchased in Wilkes-Barre, belonged to her mother who died 15 years ago.

BLOOMSBURG — There was a time when a well-dressed woman would not leave home without a hat to match her ensemble. Actors in upcoming Bloomsburg University Players productions set in that era will be properly accessorized, thanks to the generosity of a Berwick resident.

Marietta Episcopo recently donated 27 vintage hats and a 1960s maxi dress in a bright floral print to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's department of music, theatre and dance. The hats, many purchased in Wilkes-Barre, belonged to her mother who died 15 years ago. "She was a dressmaker," Episcopo said. "She would wear the hats to go to church. I sewed for myself and made the dress to wear to my daughter’s confirmation. I wore it just once."

The hats range from the asymmetrical sweep of the 1930s to sculptured styles of the 1950s and the neon hues of the 1960s.

"Mrs. Episcopo's main concern was that the hats get used," said Sarah Stuble, BU's costume workshop manager and a 2002 BU graduate. "Her mother had impeccable taste. The quality is amazing and these hats have been beautifully preserved," Stuble said. "We're hoping to produce a show from this period soon so we can get them on stage."

For information on donating vintage clothing to be shared by BU Players and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, contact Stuble by e-mail or Bruce Candlish, associate professor of theatre arts, by e-mail.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

Prospective BU students visit campus

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Admissions office student tour guide Frangel Martinez, center in black jacket, answers questions on July 15 from prospective students and parents on the Academic Quad. Roughly 40 students with their parents visited campus, which is typical during a summer weekday. More about admissions...

NFL player, BU alum creates scholarship

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New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Jahri Evans, a '06 BU graduate, established a full scholarship for out-of-state minority students enrolled in BU's Master of Science in clinical athletic training program. Lauren James-Penn, of Houston, Texas, is the first recipient of the annual Jahri Evans Scholarship.

BLOOMSBURG — New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Jahri Evans, a Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania graduate, has established a full scholarship for out-of-state minority students enrolled in BU's Master of Science in clinical athletic training program.

Lauren James-Penn, of Houston, Texas, is the first recipient of the annual Jahri Evans Scholarship, which begins with the 2009-10 academic year. Evans, who graduated in May 2007 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, has pledged to cover tuition and fees for a student on an annual basis.

"It's always good to help someone in need further their education," said Evans, a Philadelphia native and two-time All-American at BU. "Bloomsburg was instrumental in getting me to where I am today. I was brought up to always give back and be grateful for what you have. This is a great program and great place to go to school."

James-Penn, who recently earned a bachelor's degree in health and kinesiology from Prairie View A&M University, said the scholarship enabled her to relocate from Texas to study in Pennsylvania's only entry-level master’s program in athletic training and one of 16 offered nationally.

"This was exactly what I was looking for in a graduate program," James-Penn said. "This program really prepares you for the national certification exam."

Joe Hazzard, program director of BU's clinical athletic training program, said the scholarship not only benefits the graduate program but builds on the university's diversity initiatives. "Jahri has helped tremendously to get Lauren here and make this a reality for the program and university," Hazzard said.

According to Evans, the scholarship also enables him to stay closely connected to the university. "I still feel a part of Bloomsburg," he said. "It will always feel like home."

Evans, a fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft, has played in every game of three seasons with the Saints and recently signed a one-year contract as a restricted free agent. In addition to the annual scholarship, Evans has a foundation for educational and charitable purposes that provides scholarships to college-bound students and sponsors an annual football camp.

Visit BU sports' YouTube site to see what Evans says about the upcoming NFL season.

Long named interim VP for student affairs

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Jeffrey C. Long was appointed on July 24 to serve as BU's interim vice president for student affairs, filling the vacancy created by Preston Herring's recent death following a long battle with cancer. Long, assistant vice president for student life for the past nine years, now leads the university division devoted to students' lives outside of the classroom.

Student Affairs includes admissions, student activities and residence life, student standards, student health and counseling, career development, drug and alcohol intervention programs. Long will also oversee auxiliary enterprises, including Kehr Union, the University Store, the Child Center, the Student Recreation Center and dining services.

Long holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from BU, master's degree in anthropology from the State University of New York in Albany, master's degree in education from the College of St. Rose in Albany and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Georgia. In addition, Long has held administrative and faculty positions at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, College of St. Rose and Georgia.

BU receives 10-year reaccreditation

For the seventh time, BU received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, reaffirming the quality of the university's education, leadership and self-study process. The accreditation ensures BU remains eligible for federal funding, federal student aid and research grants.
BLOOMSBURG — For the seventh time, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), reaffirming the quality of the university's education, leadership and self-study process.

"This is good news," said BU President David Soltz. "The reaccreditation gives us solid building blocks to improve on our success and create a comprehensive strategic plan to ensure our success continues well into the future. I truly appreciate the time and effort of the many faculty and staff who assisted with the self-study."

The commission approved BU's latest 10-year reaccreditation at its June 25 meeting. BU was first accredited in 1950. Richard Baker, chair of BU"s Middle States steering committee, said MSCHE is the university-wide accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The accreditation ensures BU remains eligible for federal funding, including federal student aid and research grants, according to Baker.

"It's also an opportunity to have individuals from eight peer institutions review our programs and provide a comprehensive assessment of how well the university is fulfilling its mission," Baker said. "And, as a result of the institution's internal self-study process, BU is already reviewing its general education curriculum and will begin the process of reviewing its mission and preparing a new comprehensive five-year strategic plan, which will carry us well into the next decade."

Among the highest commendations, MSCHE said BU remains financially strong because of its extensive annual planning and budgeting activities. BU also ranks near the top of the 14 PASSHE institutions on several measures key to attracting new students.

Baker said the first step is to implement the recommendations and suggestions from the self-study and MSCHE review. A monitoring report will be submitted in 2011 to affirm BU has complied with the commissions' recommendations regarding strategic planning and general education. MSCHE is a voluntary, nongovernmental membership association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations and resources. It uses 14 accreditation standards to examine each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs. The standards are mission and goals; planning, resource allocation and institutional renewal; institutional resources; leadership and governance; administration; integrity; institutional assessment; student admissions and retention; student support services; faculty; educational offerings; general education; related educational activities; and assessment of student learning.

The MSCHE evaluation team visited the university from April 5 to 8. The team conducted interviews with students, faculty, staff and administrators. According to Baker, each team member had a background in an administrative and/or academic area and was responsible for reviewing that portion of BU's operations. BU's self-study, conducted over the 2007-08 academic year, included a survey of faculty, staff and students covering several areas of the university, such as its mission and student learning. The study also contained recommendations that will be included in BU's strategic planning and budget process.

BU last received a comprehensive evaluation in 2004. The next periodic review report, which is done halfway through the 10-year reaccreditation cycle, is due in 2014 with the next self-study evaluation due in 2018-19. Visit here to view BU's self-study process and results.

BU professor named Fulbright Scholar

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Gregory Zimmerman, an associate professor of physical chemistry, has been granted a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. Zimmerman will spend nine months, beginning in September, conducting research for a project relating to the development of new generation nuclear reactors.

As a Canada-U.S. Fulbright visiting chair, Zimmerman will examine the properties of corrosion products of nickel alloy pipes in closed water loops that are subjected to high temperatures and pressures. Zimmerman will be working with Peter Tremaine at the University of Guelph, whose group is one of the only two groups in the world with the technical instruments capable of producing the temperatures and pressures needed.

BU crew helps improve creek bank

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United Water Pennsylvania recently partnered with BU, the Fishing Creek Watershed Association and its water customers to preserve the environment along Fishing Creek. Nearly 100 participants canvassed the creek banks on July 11, including 47 high school students taking part in TRiO Upward Bound at BU, who helped seed and mulch the bank and pick up debris. More on TriO Upward Bound ...

State system sets tuition for 2009-10

BU students will see a 3.7 percent tuition increase for the coming school year after the State System of Higher Education board of governors approved the new tuition rate on July 16 for the system's 14 member institutions. Tuition for a full-time resident undergraduate student will increase by $196 to $5,554, while full-time nonresidents will pay a maximum of $13,886, reflecting the same 3.7 percent increase.

Web specialist receives STRIVE Award

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Judy Ohl was recently honored with the quarterly STRIVE (Staff and Team Recognized in their Valuable Efforts) Award, recognizing her efforts in Web design, Web page development and collaborative work with the communications and technology offices. Ohl was also recognized for her work in implementing BU's social networking media, such as Facebook, Twitter and BU President David Soltz's blog.

Pictured are Soltz, Ohl and Jim Gessner, director applications development and operations, who nominated Ohl for the award. Questions and nominations for the next STRIVE Award can be made by e-mail.

BU alums enjoy time at Knoebels

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More than 100 BU alumni and their family attended BU Alumni Day at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg on July 11, which was one of 10 events being held this summer by the BU Alumni Association.

Shown here are Jeffrey Warren, '94, holding his son, Jeffrey Jr., with BU President David Soltz and Kathleen Hozza Warren, '94, holding her daughter Mikayla. More...

Area students explore math and science

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More than 70 middle and high school students participated in BU's annual math and science camps from July 6 to 16, where they learned computer animation, how police recover erased computer files and explored different aspects of math and science through class presentations, hands-on activities and demonstrations.

BU summer freshmen honor Mandela

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Nearly 200 BU students enrolled in ACT 101/EOP committed 67 minutes to community service each day from July 20 to 24 to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 67 years of service to the world. Students will volunteer at St. Columbia Catholic Church, AGAPE Love from Above To Our Community and the YMCA.

BU faculty named Fulbright Scholars, pair will study and teach overseas

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Michael Patte, associate professor of secondary education and educational studies, and Gary Wassmer, associate professor of biological and allied health sciences, have been awarded Fulbright fellowships. Wassmer will go to Uganda in August to teach entomology, while Patte will travel to the United Kingdom in the spring to teach and conduct research on playwork.

Patte will conduct research at Leeds Metropolitan University. Playwork, with its roots in Europe, is concerned with providing play environments where children can laugh and cry, explore and experiment, create and destroy, achieve, feel excited and elated. One of the major goals of Patte's Fulbright Fellowship is establishing playwork as a profession in the U.S. as a means to restore play to children's lives.

BU sports now on YouTube

BU's sports information has launched a YouTube channel, featuring the latest developments and advancements of BU sports teams, athletes and facilities. Interviews with coaches and athletes will also be a constant fixture. Among its features, the channel hosts video of the latest phase in the Nelson Field House and Danny Litwhiler Field renovations. More ...

BU hosts 200 soccer coaches for the fifth straight summer

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The National Soccer Coaching Association of America returned to BU for the fifth straight year recently to conduct a series of coaching academies on the upper campus. Roughly 200 soccer coaches from across the U.S., Canada, Malaysia, India, Jamaica and England participated in the training. Michael Collins

BU community mourns the loss of a faculty member

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Michael Collins, a theatre arts professor and frequent guest actor and director at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, died unexpectedly on July 16. Collins, who came to BU in 1989, taught performance courses, directing, scriptwriting and directed more than 30 shows on campus.

Memorial service information was announced at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were handled by Dean W. Kriner Funeral Home, Bloomsburg.

Long-time administrator loses battle with cancer

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Preston Herring, vice president of university and student affairs, died on July 14 following a long battle with cancer. During nearly 15 years at BU, Herring led the university division devoted to students' lives outside of the classroom, which included admissions, career development, student standards, student activities and residence life, student health and counseling, intercollegiate athletics and intramural sports and drug and alcohol intervention programs.

A memorial service was held on July 18 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg. The family internment was at New Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg, followed by a reception at the Kehr Union Ballroom.

BLOOMSBURG — Preston Herring, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's vice president for university and student affairs, died July 14 at Geisinger Medical Center, following a long battle with cancer.

During nearly 15 years at BU, Herring led the university division devoted to students' lives outside of the classroom. Student Affairs includes admissions, career development, student standards, student activities and residence life, student health and counseling, intercollegiate athletics and intramural sports and drug and alcohol intervention programs. He oversaw auxiliary enterprises, including Kehr Union, the University Store, the Child Center, the Student Recreation Center and dining services. For five years, he also directed university relations, encompassing alumni affairs, communications, development and government relations.

"Dr. Herring's dedication to each student's experiences both inside and outside the classroom was evident in every decision he made and every project he led," said BU President David Soltz. "He took great pride in developing the concept for the Warren Student Services Center, which transformed the former library into a central location for student and academic services. He believed strongly in the importance of providing safe, high-quality housing for students, both on campus and in town, and worked tirelessly to strengthen the relationship between town residents and our students.

"As a member of my President's Advisory Council, he provided valuable insight. He was the ultimate professional and a true gentleman whose wise counsel we all will miss."

Earlier in his career, Herring served as Rochester Institute of Technology's director of housing and residence life, assistant vice president for student affairs and associate vice president for student affairs. He was director of administration for the University of Louisville's School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and assistant to the chairman for Michigan State University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Biomechanics. He also worked in student life positions at the University of Vermont, Kent State University and Michigan State University.

Herring earned a doctoral degree in administration and higher education from Michigan State University, a master's of education from the University of Vermont and a bachelor of arts degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; son, Bryce; daughter, Ashleigh Spiegel; and grandson, Matthew Spiegel.

The public viewing will be Friday, July 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at Dean W. Kriner Funeral Home, Bloomsburg. Herring's memorial service will be held Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg. The family internment will be at New Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg, followed by a reception at the Kehr Union Ballroom.

BU bids adieu to long-time patrolman

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Corp. Duy McBride recently retired after 29 years of service with the BU Police Department, which hosted a retirement party for him on July 8. Pictured (L-R) McBride, Sam Haynes, police officer, Sue Snyder, administrative assistant, Rose Andreas, clerical supervisor and Dan Pitonyak, police officer.

Postcard exhibit continues

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A traveling exhibit, "PostSecret: Confessions of Life, Death, and God", continues its two-month stop at BU's Haas Gallery of Art through July 15. The exhibit presented 160 postcards with private thoughts concerning spirituality and religion.

It was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C., in cooperation with curator Frank Warren. More ...

BU forensics camp sparks interest in middle school students

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A group of 13 North Schuylkill middle school students recently completed a four-day computer forensics camp coordinated by BU as part of the Workforce Leadership 2+2+2 grant program. The camp gave students, in sixth through eighth grade, a glimpse into computer forensics with hope of sparking an interest in them to study computer technology in high school.

BU has participated in the workforce leadership grant program, which is funded by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, for the past three years. The grant has helped BU form partnerships with Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, Northumberland County Career and Technical Center and the North Schuylkill School District to transfer credits of students studying in the information technology and computer forensics curriculum.

Students attend leadership retreat

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Thirteen BU students representing various campus groups attended the 4th Annual Student Leadership retreat on campus from June 18 to 20. Students were from the Student Organization of Latinos, Black Cultural Society, Ladies First, Men of Intelligence Notability and Desire, Vice Versa and Aquiy Ahora. More ...

Freshmen urged to test 50-foot climbing wall

BU's Quest invited freshmen to try their skills on the climbing wall near the Nelson Field House on the upper campus and prepare for a weekend hike at Ricketts Glen, as well as other adventure courses freshmen could participate in. More on Quest...

Complex named after Kozloff

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BU's new upper campus student housing complex was named after BU president emeritus Jessica S. Kozloff, as a result of the Council of Trustees' approval on June 3. The $31 million Jessica S. Kozloff Apartments are projected to open for the fall semester. In addition to the apartments, there is a commons building with a fitness center, meeting space, and mail room.

In the meantime, Nelson Field House's $12 million face-lift will be the lone construction project on the upper campus. It will continue in phases into next summer, as it will be completely renovated with added space for locker rooms, storage and new labs for our exercise science program. The project also includes a completely renovated swimming pool, refurbished building entrance and new seating in the gymnasium. We can look forward to seeing the renovated pool in September and the gym’s new look and feel in October.

Class of 2013 explores campus

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Roughly 1,600 incoming freshmen visited BU from June 15 to 25 as part of the fall freshman orientation program, where they met with faculty, toured the campus and mingled with other first-year students. The program is designed to prepare freshmen for their transition onto campus in the fall.

Mike Wilston, of Mansfield, and Sara Donson, of Dingmans Ferry, were among those touring campus. Wilston said he chose BU for being a progressive business school, while Donson said she picked BU for its hands-on early childhood education program. More...

BU graduate presents story on brain injury recovery

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Lethan Candlish, a 2007 graduate, presented "Who Am I Again?" on June 28, featuring accounts from traumatic brain injury patients of their recoveries and details of his own recovery from an automobile accident while in high school.

"Who Am I Again?" was originally presented at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tenn. It's perhaps the most personal of Candlish's presentations to date, as it includes details of his own recovery as a high school student from an automobile accident here in Columbia County. In preparing the work, Candlish interviewed traumatic brain injury patients, as well as their loved ones and health care workers.

BU students study in Africa

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Ekema Agbaw, a BU professor of English, led 11 students from Bloomsburg, Indiana, Mansfield, Slippery Rock and West Chester universities in a summer study abroad program in Cameroon, Africa.

The students studied at the University of Buea and traveled extensively through Cameroon, including a visit to Korup, one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and to palaces in Kumba, Bali, Bafut, and Foumban.

Among the highlights included visits to Yaounde, the capital city and the University of Yaounde I, where students were entertained with a performance by the university's theater group. In Kribi, students travelled by canoe up Lobe River to visit a pigmy village. Here is the group at Lake Barombi, a crater lake in Kumba, which was part of the field study for the Concepts of the Environment class.

BU pilots migrant leadership program

Pennsylvania's first migrant leadership institute for middle school students has brought 25 youths to BU this week to participate in leadership workshops, field trips and a variety of discussions. The pilot program, which runs from Sunday to today, is a collaboration of BU and the Pennsylvania Department of Migrant Education. BU faculty and 16 student education majors will lead the institute as part of a three-credit practicum.

BLOOMSBURG — Pennsylvania's first migrant leadership institute for middle school students will bring 25 youths to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania from June 21 to 26.

The pilot program, a collaboration of BU and the Pennsylvania Department of Migrant Education, builds on BU's migrant community project, which has served mostly younger students for the past 13 years, said Jean Downing, director of BU's SOLVE volunteer office. Both programs provide supplemental educational and support services to migrant children.

According to Caryn Terwilliger, BU's interim associate dean of the College of Education, the migrant middle school students will participate in workshops, field trips and discussions to promote leadership, civic responsibility, communication skills, critical thinking and personal development. They will live in the residence halls and eat in Scranton Commons.

While the youths are learning about leadership, 16 BU education majors will gain experience working with individuals whose backgrounds are different from their own. The students, along with BU faculty, will lead the institute as part of a 3-credit practicum.

Terwilliger said this diversity initiative provides BU's teacher candidates the opportunity to work with diverse populations and to develop multicultural perspectives for better understanding the role of diversity in the teaching and learning process. The BU students planned the institute’s activities and completed academic readings and focused reflections as course requirements. They also will receive training from BU's Quest program so they may lead outdoor adventure activities for the middle school students.

"This is a great learning opportunity for our students and for the migrant families. They will learn with and from each other," said Terwilliger. "These children would probably not be thinking about going to college. The mentoring from our college students in this environment will allow them to learn about a college campus while developing skills and building confidence through leadership and communication."

Downing said BU was invited to pilot the leadership institute for middle school students by Sue Stetler, project manager of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit's migrant education program. The program is supported financially by a BU Foundation Margin of Excellence award. It is also made possible through student scholarships provided by the BU Student Pennsylvania State Education Association and funding from the state migrant education program.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

Roundtable makes $2,500 in donations

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BU's Supervisory Roundtable donated $1,100 to the BU Foundation on June 17 for an endowed scholarship, $1,000 to Camp HERO at Camp Victory, Millville, and $400 to the Children's Museum, Bloomsburg.

(L-R) Judy Ohl, Roundtable member, Eileen Evert, University Foundation, and Jeanne Scrimgeour on behalf of the Children's Museum. In back row, (L-R) Dr. Sam Slike, accepting the donation on behalf of Camp HERO, Roundtable members Len Tomashefski and Bob Wislock.

Sabbaticals, tenure and promotions

Tenure, promotion and sabbatical decisions were announced in June for the coming academic year. Tenure and promotions are effective the beginning of the fall 2009 semester. Sabbaticals will be in effect during the 2010-11 academic year.

BU program director works NFL minicamp

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In his three-day stint working with the Minnesota Vikings at their offseason minicamp last month, Joe Hazzard noticed a lot of similarities between the athletic training staffs of a NFL team and BU's clinical athletic training program, including the equipment used and the treatment that was given.

Hazzard, program director of BU's graduate athletic training program, was invited to help at the Vikings' minicamp from May 28 to 30 by the team's head athletic trainer, Eric Sugarman, who Hazzard has known for more than 16 years. Sugarman previously worked with the Philadelphia Eagles and at West Chester University, when BU football coach Danny Hale coached there 20 years ago.

Hazzard said his minicamp experience will enable him to explain to students how similar athletic training is on all levels of athletics. Hazzard's main responsibility at the camp was to make sure the running backs stayed hydrated and had enough towels to cool down. Among the star players Hazzard assisted were Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.

Hazzard said BU students learn the same treatments and train on the same equipment as professional athletic trainers work with on NFL teams. Other similarities Hazzard saw were athletic trainers using the Game Ready treatment machines, running ultrasounds, applying electrical stimulation and performing laser therapy. The athletic trainers also kept busy with taping ankles, massaging sore muscles and applying cold treatment to knees, Hazzard said.

Name changes in effect

A college, four departments and a bachelor's program were given new names to streamline and clarify the information system programs and reinforce BU's strong commitment to teacher education.
Name changes include:

  • College of Education (formerly College of Professional Studies)
  • Department of Management Information Systems and Computer Information Systems (formerly the Department of Computer Information Systems)
  • Department of Business Education and Information and Technology Management (previously Department of Business Information Systems and Business Education)
  • Department of Communication Studies (formerly Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts)
  • Department of Music, Theatre and Dance (previously Department of Music)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Information and Technology Management (formerly BSBA in Business Information Systems)

BU students study in Europe

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A group of 18 BU students took an educational trek through Northwest Europe in late May into June, visiting historic buildings and churches, as well as took a trip down the Rhine River.

The students, who traveled with Mark Usry, associate professor of legal studies, started their three-week study abroad program in Germany where they visited the first German Parliament building dating to the mid-1800s and toured the church where coronations took place for the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The group left Frankfurt on an overnight trip down the Rhine River before visiting Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Foundation establishes scholarship

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The John E. Morgan Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund with an initial $500,000 installment in June to benefit BU students graduating from Tamaqua High School, beginning in the 2010-11 school year.

The foundation has also provided annual scholarships to support students in the Lehigh-Carbon/Bloomsburg completion program in education, students transferring from Lehigh-Carbon Community College to Bloomsburg and Schuylkill County students. The foundation gave $100,000 in each of the past two years.

BU President David Soltz met with foundation board members (L-R) Jim Zigmunt, John Eddy, Jay Wagner and Harry Loder during their recent visit to campus.

Continuing education closer to home

BU will offer its first-ever Principals Academy in September, enabling local principals and school administrators a chance to earn continuing education credits closer to home. The academy is a three-year program targeting first-year principals, although veteran principals and school administrators can also participate.

Thomas J. Starmack, assistant professor of educational studies and secondary education at BU, will be the academy's lead instructor. Tracy L. Krum, a BU graduate and principal of Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School in Lewisburg, will assist Starmack with instruction.

State legislation requires newly hired principals to complete an induction course and administrators to get special continuing education credits. Starmack said the closest PDE program previously was in Lycoming County. The academy is a three-year program, beginning with instruction on leadership and improving student achievement. The second year focuses on understanding the Standards Aligned Systems and the final year covers implementing systematic changes. Academy participants will earn between 25 and 36 PDE Act 45 PIL hours per year.

Student earns scholarship

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Debon Berger, a junior clinical lab science major, became the first recipient of BU's Dr. James E. Parsons Scholarship in Clinical Lab Science/Microbiology. Berger, of Quakertown, credited her internship last summer at St. Luke's Hospital clinical lab for confirming her love for research and microbiology. She was busy again this summer, studying in France and Belgium with the PASSHE Summer Honors Study Abroad Program. Berger will work with Karl Henry, assistant professor of biological and allied health sciences, this fall to investigate the prevalence of Staph aureus strains on and near campus for her honors thesis research.

Postcard exhibit comes to BU

A traveling exhibit, "PostSecret: Confessions of Life, Death and God," was on display in BU's Haas Gallery of Art from June 4 through July 15. The exhibit presented 160 postcards that share private thoughts concerning spirituality and religion.

Curator Frank Warren began the project in November 2004 by handing out self-addressed postcards to strangers and inviting them to anonymously share a secret. The total now exceeds 350,000 postcards. He continues to receive almost 1,000 handmade postcards every week.
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Wagners honored as heroes

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BU President David Soltz (left) presented an award for Animal Rescue on June 6 to Cathy and Larry Wagner at the American Red Cross's Lower Northeast Region Heroes Breakfast.

Cathy Wagner, a BU custodian, and her husband, Larry, knew their neighbor's home was vacant and there were several cats living in the residence. Together, they rescued two cats from a vacant house near their home in Orangeville, Columbia County.

Retirees honored with emeritus status

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Eight retired members of the BU campus community received emeritus status on June 3 by BU President David Soltz and the Council of Trustees. Four were honored as faculty emeriti.

They were Dianne Angelo, of speech pathology and audiology; Karl Beamer, of art; Shelley Randall, of educational studies and secondary education; and Dale Sultzbaugh, of sociology, social work and criminal justice. Two received manager emeriti: Kathy Mulka, of admissions, and Roy Smith, of BU Quest. Honored as non-instructional emeriti were William Sponseller, of financial aid, and John Stockalis, of admissions.

BU honored for Toys for Tots effort

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BU was presented with the Toys for Tots Coordinator's Award 2008 — the fifth year in a row the university has received the award — for the work they've done coordinating toy pickups and deliveries to area families. In 2008, BU volunteers helped to collect toys for over 4,500 children in a five county area. Shown from left are Carol Barnett, Gary Hilderbrandt, Norm Manney, Kim Schmitz, Pauline Roberts, Richard Roberts (both from the Marine Corps Reserve, Susquehanna Valley Detachment #308) and Jolene Folk.

Commencement on the Quad

Nearly 1,181 BU graduates received bachelor's degrees in two commencement ceremonies on the Academic Quadrangle on May 2. Students from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology graduated at in the morning, and students from the College of Business and the College of Professional Studies graduated in the afternoon.

Six doctor of audiology degrees and 156 master's degrees were conferred during graduate commencement on May in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

BU students make pit stop at BMW headquarters

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Students participating in the BU Central Europe Program took time from their schedule of briefings and tours to visit the BMW World Headquarters Building in Munich. The nearly 20 students received briefings in Munich on the history of BMW and the current status of the world automobile industry. In addition, students were briefed at the Seimans Corporation on the past, present and future of that international conglomerate.

BU graduate wins Phi Kappa Phi fellowship

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Olga Bertelsen was awarded one of 60 fellowships in the national fellowship competition of Phi Kappa Phi. The national organization awards 60 fellowships of $5,000 and 40 Awards of Excellence in support of the first year of graduate or professional study. Bertelsen graduated in May with a history degree. She conducted research under the guidance of Michael C. Hickey, professor of history, on the Ukrainian famine of 1933 and the repression of the Ukrainian Intelligentsia by Russian Bolsheviks and Stalin's purges. Her research has taken her to the Ukrainian State Archives (Kiev, Kharkiv, the Crimean, including the former Archives of the KGB in Kiev) and libraries in Kharkiv and Kiev. Her work at the archives was supported by a Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

Bertelsen recently presented a paper, "Engineering Stalin's Famine of 1932-1933 in Kharkiv region, Ukraine," at the Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference in New York City. She has also presented three papers at the annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute. She received the Mary A. Moore Taubel scholarship for Excellence in History during her junior and senior years. In addition to Phi Kappa Phi, she is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. Bertelsen has served the community by tutoring exchange students from Moscow and the Ukraine. Prior to attending BU, she graduated from Kharkiv Medical University and has practiced dental surgery for 15 years. Bertelsen plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Eastern European history.

BU gets new vice president for university advancement

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Erik Evans, formerly associate vice president for advancement at Juniata College, Huntingdon, joined BU as vice president for university advancement on July 27. Evans is responsible for all aspects of the advancement functions of the university, including development, alumni relations, communications and government relations. He will work closely with the BU Foundation.

BLOOMSBURG — An advancement professional with more than 11 years of experience at public and private institutions will become Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's vice president for university advancement, effective in late July.

Erik Evans, currently associate vice president for advancement at Juniata College, Huntingdon, will be responsible for all aspects of the advancement functions of the university, including development, alumni relations, communications and government relations and will work closely with the Bloomsburg University Foundation, according to BU President David L. Soltz.

In his four years at Juniata, Evans has overseen all aspects of development and alumni relations, including capital campaigns, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, prospect research, corporations, foundations, athletic fundraising, alumni relations and parent programming.

“Erik brings a wealth of fundraising experience, campaign management and leadership to Bloomsburg University,” Soltz said. “His leadership skills and passion and dedication for fundraising will help to shape the division. He will provide a strategic vision for advancement to secure a foundation for continued strong relationships with alumni and friends, while also developing new relationships for the university.”

Significant accomplishments under Evans’ leadership at Juniata include leading and collaborating with the advancement and marketing team to design “Changing Lives to Change the World,” a comprehensive fundraising initiative to increase the college’s endowment to $100 million and the annual fund to $1.3 million. The campaign is currently in the private phase. In addition, Evans developed and managed Juniata’s $4 million Founders Hall Campaign, which outperformed its original goal.

Prior to working at Juniata, Evans served as the executive director for alumni and development at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, for seven years. His primary responsibilities included leadership and oversight of the university’s capital campaign, major gifts, annual giving, athletic fundraising, alumni events and services and marketing of all alumni and development programs. At Lock Haven, Evans spearheaded the university’s largest comprehensive capital campaign, “Touching Tomorrow Today,” exceeding the $10 million goal. He also led the creation of the university’s $10 million Alumni Conference Center Campaign.

“I am excited for this opportunity to return to Bloomsburg and join President’s Soltz’s team,” said Evans, who earned a master’s degree in business education from BU. “I look forward to fostering meaningful and caring relationships with Bloomsburg constituents and fellow alumni and identifying giving opportunities that not only meet the needs of the institution, but also make a difference in the lives of donors and, ultimately, the students.”

Evans, who earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Lock Haven University, will assume his new duties at Bloomsburg on July 27.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

BU student selected for D.C. internship

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Julianne Tootell, a political science major from Columbus, N.J., was selected to participate in the 2009 Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Participation in the program is competitive and highly selective. Tootell's interest in the Arab world was sparked by studying Arabic at BU. She is the founder and president of the Arabic club and has helped organize several cultural events on campus this spring. She also has a career concentration in public administration.

BU student awarded summer research assistantship with Navy

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Michael Dutko, a senior electronics engineering technology (EET) student, was awarded a $6,075 summer research assistantship to support several power electronics projects for the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. The research focus is to design, develop prototype hardware and evaluate performance improvement of electronic power converters using emerging silicon-carbide and gallium-nitride semiconductor devices to aid Navy's modernization effort for future ships and aircrafts. This research will be carried out in BU's power electronics research laboratory under the guidance of Biswajit Ray, professor and program coordinator of BU's EET program.

12,000 benefit from BU's WEDnetPA program

Nearly 12,000 Pennsylvania residents have gained work-related skills during the past decade through BU's partnership with the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA). Across the commonwealth, more than 800,000 employees at 14,000 companies have taken advantage of WEDnetPA's Guaranteed Free Training Program since it began in 1999.

Tom Fletcher, BU's director of corporate and continuing education, said BU has provided $2.6 million in WEDnetPA funding to more than 100 companies in northeastern, south central and central Pennsylvania during the past 10 years. Nearly 12,000 employees benefited from basic skills and information technology programs, he added.

Nearly 12,000 Pennsylvania residents have gained work-related skills during the past decade through BU's partnership with the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA). Across the commonwealth, more than 800,000 employees at 14,000 companies have taken advantage of WEDnetPA's Guaranteed Free Training Program since it began in 1999.

Tom Fletcher, BU's director of corporate and continuing education, said Bloomsburg University has provided $2.6 million in WEDnetPA funding to more than 100 companies in northeastern, south central and central Pennsylvania during the past 10 years. Nearly 12,000 employees benefited from basic skills and information technology programs, he added.

Bloomsburg University is one of 33 educational partners statewide that make up WEDnetPA, an organization created to provide training that will help companies become more competitive and strengthen the statewide business environment. Managed by Pennsylvania College of Technology, WEDnetPA provides access to training funds through an alliance of educational providers, including Bloomsburg University and her 13 sister institutions of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the state's 14 community colleges, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and several technology centers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development funds the Guaranteed Free Training through its customized job training program. Opportunities focus primarily on manufacturing fundamentals, product and process control, quality assurance, applied math and measurement and information technology. Ninety-one percent of the program's resources go directly to help pay for employee training.

During a recent WEDnetPA anniversary observance at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, George Cornelius, acting secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, reaffirmed Pennsylvania's commitment to training in the business community. "To date this year, WEDnetPA and Gov. Ed Rendell's administration have provided basic and entry-level skills training and advanced information technology training to more than 37,000 employees in 64 counties. This investment is providing businesses with an educated, highly skilled workforce to encourage job growth and business expansion."

Also attending the anniversary event were state Sen. John Gordner, state Rep. Peter Daley, Tom Venditti, WEDnetPA state director, and representatives from 30 companies where employees participated in the Guaranteed Free Training program.

BU researchers aid Susquehanna water trail summer project

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Jessica D. Dowsett, a senior anthropology and French major, along with David Minderhout, professor of anthropology, conducted research this summer to aid the National Park Service in establishing a historic water trail along the Susquehanna River.

Minderhout and Dowsett, along with four faculty from Bucknell University, researched Native American settlements along the Susquehanna in the early 17th Century. They also interviewed individuals with Native American family origins. The research, funded by the Conservation Fund and the Mellon Foundation, will support the creation of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail, stretching from the Chesapeake Bay along the Susquehanna to the New York state border.

"The result will be something like a river equivalent of the Appalachian Trail that's so familiar to hikers," said Minderhout.

Dowsett, of Abenaki/Penobscot ancestry, is involved in research with Native American identity in New England and Pennsylvania. She has been a teaching assistant for Minderhout and anthropology professor Tom Aleto, and is a Tae Kwan Do black belt and instructor.

Trash to Treasure sale nets more than $9,000 for United Way

The Trash to Treasure Event recently raised more than $9,000 for the Columbia County United Way. Combined with a sale held in January, the more than $18,000 was raised. WHLM radio 930AM is a cosponsor of the sale.

Retired professor, recent graduate fire up Japanese kiln

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Retired art professor Karl Beamer, and Sam Martin, a recent BU graduate in art studio, spent April in Shigaraki, Japan, firing ceramic work in the wood-fired kiln of ceramicist Shiho Kanzaki. Kanzaki and Beamer constructed a similar kiln at Beamer's Mainville home, where he has conducted firing twice a year (including students) for more than a decade. Beamer is shown at right, tending the kiln during the firing, which lasts about a week. Martin is shown at left with one of his works.

Cole promoted to Custodial Supervisor

Wanda Cole was promoted in May to custodial supervisor. Cole started with BU as a temporary employee in May 1992. In 2003 she was promoted to Lead Worker (CW2) and in July 2008 to acting supervisor. Cole will provide the leadership to second shift operations for Kehr Union, Carver, Old Science Hall, McCormick Center, Navy Hall, Ben Franklin, University Store, Simon Hall and the Carpenter building.

Children explore physics at BU

Ned Greene from the BU physics department recently worked with a group of fifth and sixth grade students from the Southern Columbia School District. The students spent the day on campus exploring hands-on physics experiments and toured the bio-diesel production facility for the bus.

They ended the day at the Quest climbing wall with Brett Simpson, Quest associate director, learning about pulleys and mechanical advantages while climbing the wall. Pictured are Greene and the students putting a pulley into action.

Students offer $3,000 in flex dollars

Students with meal plans at BU were given an opportunity to donate leftover Flex Dollars. ARAMARK, the universities food service provider used the more than $3,000 to purchase food that was then donated to local Bloomsburg food cupboard. Shown is Dan Sokoloski, ARAMARK food production manager at BU.

Campus Child Center pre-K class has toothsome lesson

Graduate counselors, Tara Robuck and Kelli Alexander, developed a month-long unit on dental health to teach children the purpose of teeth, types of foods that are healthy and unhealthy, effective teeth brushing, using floss, cavity prevention and the importance of regular dentist visits. The graduate counselor program is supervised by Fran Kendris, program coordinator of the master's in education counseling program, and Judy Coleman Brinich, director of the Campus Child Center.

Shown from left are Mikel Salas-Warner, Dominic Valentino, Wyatt Gordner, Zachary Whisner, Jax Foresman, Dillon McCloskey, Lauren Barnes and Cameron Lenner holding their Healthy Smile Certificates.

60 'Caught in the Act' on campus

Sixty members of the BU family (including Brenda Musselman at right) have been "caught in the act" since a new campus program began earlier this year. Students have recognized their roommates and friends for their compassion, friendship and support. Individual faculty and staff members have been "caught" being helpful, hardworking, great advisers and "the best prof ever."

"Caught in the Act" provides a way to recognize acts of service, kindness and thoughtfulness that occur daily on campus. Part of BU's STRIVE program, "Caught in the Act" aims to increase the number of people who are recognized for making BU a better place to learn, live and work.

The 'Acts'

Here are a few of the "acts" members of the campus community committed before they were "caught":

  • Helped an elderly woman cross Lightstreet Road.
  • Was a compassionate roommate through difficult times.
  • Recovered more than 3,000 files from a hard drive.
  • Gave wonderful advice to get a student through the freshman year.
  • Improved the appearance of BU Police Department.
  • Did an exceptional job on a project over spring break.
  • Devoted many hours to community service.
  • Helped a student find his or her educational path.

BU students to participate in ArtWalk

Several BU students exhibited their work at ArtWalk downtown on May 7, including Brandon Brown, (a detail of his work is at right) whose work was shown at Phillips Emporium. Kelly Chester will show photographs at Steph's subs; Jessica Chappell will have her work at Prana Juice Bar, and Jason Godeke, assistant professor of art and art history, will have drawings and paintings up at Town Camera.

ArtWalk will also include work by local artists at several businesses downtown, including J. Lylo Jewelers, As Nature Intended, Balzano's, Fabrics Galore, and many more. Paticipating businesses will display orange sign boards on the sidewalk in front of their doors.

Karpinski, Wilson named TALE top professors

The TALE (Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center) Outstanding Teaching Award recipients are Barbara Wilson and Michael Karpinski, exceptionality programs faculty. They were honored at spring commencement ceremonies on May 2.

Each received a $750 professional development stipend, sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation and a plaque recognizing their achievement. The award winners were nominated by members of the Class of 2009 and graduate students who will received their degrees in the spring.

BU receives $95,000 grant

BU will receive a Congressionally directed grant of $95,000 to expand BU's Center for Computer Forensics Research. The funding, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2009, was facilitated by U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. The projects are contained in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

"I am pleased that Congress has approved this important funding for Northeastern Pennsylvania," Specter said, as he announced the grants for health care, education and labor projects. "Health and education are our nation's greatest capital assets, and these projects are vital to ensuring quality health care and education for the area's residents."

BU's grant will allow the Center for Computer Forensics Research to expand partnerships between the university and law enforcement agencies by providing training, service and research related to extracting information from digital media. It also will provide hands-on experience for students enrolled in the bachelor's degree program in computer forensics.

Major goals of BU's Center for Computer Forensics Research are:

  • Provide a "clean" environment with the latest equipment and software that law enforcement personnel may use while conducting investigations.
  • Develop a series of training seminars for law enforcement personnel emphasizing the practical applications of hardware and software for conducting computer forensic investigations.
  • Serve as a national resource center for law enforcement and government personnel.

Rotoract club participates in dinner

Members of the BU Rotaract Club participated in the Bloomsburg Rotary Club dinner and program on April 16. From left, Blair Staley (faculty advisor), Chelsey DuFour, Mace Aumiller, Shannon Funk, Nicole Bittenbender, and Tony Petrozino. Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to join the Rotaract Club.

Walkers raise $1,800 for cystic fibrosis fight

The Bloomsburg community raised more than $1,800 on April 25 for Cystic Fibrosis. CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. The 5K Walk/Run benefiting Cystic Fibrosis was organized by a Bloomsburg University senior nursing major Kevin Stanley and a nursing professor Mindi Miller. Participants included BU faculty and students, members of Tau Beta Sigma, and members of A Phi O. Four nurses from GMC participated as well as residents of the north central PA community.

BU students repackage 12 tons of food

Twelve tons of food from BU's campus dining service, Aramark, has been repackaged and distributed to those in need in the Bloomsburg community. The program, the Bloomsburg University Food Recovery Project, concluded its third year at the end of Earth Week, celebrated from April 20 to 24.

Every weeknight, Aramark personnel gathered unsold food, which students repackaged and stored in coolers. Another volunteer picked up the food and delivered it to an area agency, including the Women's Center and the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. Aramark provided gloves, utensils and some of the containers needed for the work.

Twelve tons of food from BU's campus dining service, Aramark, has been repackaged and distributed to those in need in the Bloomsburg community. The program, the Bloomsburg University Food Recovery Project, concluded its third year at the end of Earth Week, celebrated from April 20 to 24.

Every weeknight, Aramark personnel gathered unsold food, which students repackaged and stored in coolers. Another volunteer picked up the food and delivered it to an area agency, including the Women's Center and the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. Aramark provided gloves, utensils and some of the containers needed for the work.

Approximately 50 to 150 pounds of food was repackaged each night, said Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator in BU's SOLVE volunteer office. The following student groups assisted in this year's program: Spanish Club, Honors Program, Civic Engagement Living Learning Community, Helping Professions Living Learning Community, National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association and Protestant Campus Ministry. Each group selected a night when they were responsible for providing volunteers to package the food in deli containers, then label and pack the containers in boxes. Other individuals and student groups, including Greek organizations and living learning communities, also volunteered for the project.

Walking with the dog

Roongo, the Husky Mascot, joined the BU Wellness Committee in walking around campus recently as part of National Walk at Lunch Day. The event is held in conjunction with Highmark Blue Shield.

The purpose of the event is to encourage busy and sometimes tense employees to take a walk during lunch break and reap the benefits associated with walking such as fresh air and exercise, just to name a few.

Students spend spring break repairing New Orleans homes

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Students and staff members in the NEPA Alliance Against Homelessness at BU are spending spring break in New Orleans helping families who were affected by Hurricane Katrina repair their homes. Shown above are, back row: Megan Gleason, Jodi Fahy, Katherine Carl, Sharon Fedder, Kim Schmitz, Monica Olsen and Kurt Nystrom. Front row: Sarah Stevens, Annelise Chayka, Ali Miller, Bridgette Bonner and Megan Domanski. At right, Annelise Chayka and Katherine Carl work to clean out the burned interior of a home. More photos from the Alliance website.

Students attend Black Graduate Students conference

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Wazi Apoh, assistant professor of anthropology, accompanied students Alexis Frederick, Terrell Garrett, Katherine Hutchison, Adreeonah Mundy, Nicole Faulks, Aleema Skerrett, and Colleen Smith to participate in the 21st Annual National Black Graduate Students Conference held in Houston from March 11-15. The students presented a papers and posters on "The Role of Frederick Douglass Institute Mentors in Student Development and Retention on Campus: Bloomsburg University Experience" (Frederick and Mundy); "Black, White, Red and Green: Angela Davis and the Scottsboro Boys' Trials in Retrospect" (Faulks); "The Black Male Experience in the Majority University" (Garrett); and "Mentoring Diversity through the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence" (Hutchison, Skerrett, Smith). Students were also mentored by Faith Warner, associate professor of anthropology, and Williams Obiozor, assistant professor of exceptionality programs. The trip was sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute, The ACT 101 Program, the Department of Anthropology, The College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of Academic Affairs. Shown from left are: Apoh Wazi, Alexis Frederick, Colleen Smith, Terrell Garrett, Katherine Hutchison, Aleema Skerrett, Nicole Faulks, Adreeonah Mundy, and Ivan Turnipseed, a former Frederick Douglass Scholar.

Historian to discuss childhood in the '30s

Kriste Lindenmeyer, historian and author, will give a speech entitled "The Greatest Generation Grows Up: American Childhood in the 1930s" on Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the McCormick Center room 1303. Lindenmeyer's speech is based on her book of the same name, which explores how experiences of depression-era children can help society understand the 1930s as well as the history of American childhood. Lindenmeyer's lecture is funded by the College of LIberal Arts through the Curricular Enhancement Committee. For more information contact Jeanette Keith, professor of history, at keith@bloomu.edu or 389-4167.

Film to show BU students learning Leadership on the Edge

A video crew recently captured 11 BU students climbing Maine's Mount Katahdin as part of Quest's Leadership on the Edge program. A film of their ascent will premiere Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The students climbed Mount Katahdin during Labor Day weekend 2008 for training in BU's master of business administration program. Darrin Kass, associate professor of management, said the climb is an option for students in his organizational behaviors class. Details on the Arts Page.

BU students place first in math conference

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Four BU students placed first at the PA-SSHEMA 2009 Annual math conference on March 20-21 at Mansfield University. Two students also presented papers. Xianrui Meng (advised by William Calhoun) presented a paper titled "Perfect Distance Star" and Jason Elsinger co-presented a paper with faculty member Paul Loomis titled "The Probability that a Group is Abelian." Seventeen teams from the 14 state universities participated. Shown from left are Fen Qin, Jason Elsinger, Xianrui Meng, Alex Paoletti and professor Youmin Lu, adviser to the team.

Forum endorses policies

Two new policies were endorsed at the meeting of the University Forum on Wednesday, March 25. The policies were a revised "PRP 4802 Student Code of Conduct" and "PRP 4955 Identification Card Policy." Details.

Preschool Counselors complete food program

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Graduate counselors, Kelly Alexander and Tara Robuck recently completed a six week unit on health and nutrition in the Campus Child Center's pre-k classroom. The counselors worked as a team to plan, organize and implement the 6 week unit using the Pa Early Learning Standards as their guide. Seated, Cameron Lenner, Marci Rajkowski, preschool teacher, standing, from left, Kelli Alexander, Larson Kocher, Dominic Valentino, Jax Foresman, Mikel Salas-Warner, Dillan McCloskey and Tara Robuck. The graduate counseling program in the child center is supervised by Dr. Fran Kendris, Program Coordinator, MA of Ed in Counseling and Judy Coleman Brinich, Center Director.

Exercise science majors conduct school testing program

A team of exercise science majors comprised of graduate students David Hopkins and Manisha Shresta and undergraduate students Brittany McNeil, Kelsy Husk, Sierra Witmer, Laura Makuta, Felicia Chin, Elizabeth Alvord and Michael Bartolomucci, conducted body composition assessments on athletes at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury on March 25. In response to a request from Shikellamy High School, Swapan Mookerjee, professor of exercise science, coordinated the testing which was conducted as part of a Health Education class project on body composition and health.

PR expert guest speaker for Spectrum magazine

Steve Lubetkin, managing partner of Lubetkin and Associates, one of the nation's leading new technology PR agencies, spent Monday as a guest lecturer with the students of Spectrum Magazine. Lubetkin also discussed the PR profession with Walt Brasch's senior seminar students. Lubetkin's agency specializes in podcasting, videocasting, and social network consulting for both mid-size and large corporations. He is also active as a volunteer with the South Jersey Jewish Federation. Lubetkin is a former vice-president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a fellow of PRSA, the professional society's highest honor. Prior to founding his own agency, Lubetkin was a newspaper reporter, radio anchor, PR director for Conrail, and VP for public relations/marketing for Bank of America. During the mid-1970s, he was one of the first reporters to use what was at that time known as acoustic modems to transmit stories from the field to the newsroom. His first story was about a Grateful Dead concert.

Exercise Science agreement signed

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Representatives of BU and Luzerne County Community College formally signed the exercise science articulation agreement Friday, March 27, at LCCC's President's Room. The agreement allows students who earn associate's degrees in exercise science-fitness leadership from LCCC to move seamlessly into BU's exercise science bachelor's degree program. Shown in the accompanying photo, left to right are, front row: Dana Clark, LCCC provost and vice president of academic affairs; Thomas P. Leary, LCCC president; and Jonathan Lincoln, BU assistant vice president for academic affairs; back row: Joan Bush, LCCC associate dean of counseling and student support services; Tim McConnell, chair of BU's exercise science and athletics department; Tom Martucci, assistant chair of BU's exercise science and athletics department; and Robert Marande, dean of BU's College of Science and Technology.

English honor society inducts members

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Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, inducted new members and recognized graduating members at its spring Initiation Dinner on March 15. Shown from left are, front row: Kelly Petritsch (new member), Ashley Kilmer (graduating), Andy Stout (new member & graduating), Casey Jackson (graduating), Lauren Zsolnay (graduating), Katelyn Skowronski (new member), Ali McCrossin (new member); (back row, left to right) Jason Pomeroy (graduating) and Megan Stanton (new member).

BU women honored

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The Women's History Month reception and the Outstanding Women of BU program was held Tuesday, March 24. There were 48 faculty, staff and women nominated and there were six special awards given. Award recipients were, from left: Outstanding Service- Melissa Cheese and Lynette Luckers; Woman of the Year- Sharon Swank; Outstanding Leader- Darlene Perner; Outstanding Scholar- Amanda Dabashinksy; and Outstanding Courage- Paula Novak. At the reception, Kate Campbell Stevenson of Women Back to the Future portrayed Bessie Coleman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rachel Carson through song and performance.

Sociology students, faculty participate in conference

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Students, as well as faculty, from the department of sociology, social welfare and criminal justice, participated in the Eastern Sociological Society 79th Annual Meeting in Baltimore from March 19 to 22. Shown from left are student participants Sarah Burkhardt, Nancy Ayllon-Ramirez, Matthew Fleming, and Doug J. Clapp. Details.

Voice staff wins eight awards

In this year's national Gold Circle competition sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, editors and writers on The Voice netted eight individual awards for their page design and writing in News, Sports, Features, Arts, and Opinion. These awards were announced just last week at the annual College Media Convention in New York City, which was attended by 15 staff members and their faculty adviser, Mary Bernath. Details.

Geoscience students travel to Arecibo radio-telescope

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Five BU geoscience students just returned from a 3-day trip to the Arecibo radio-telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. During their trip, they toured the facility, talked with astronomers, and analyzed a radar data set of a near-Earth asteroid with their adviser, Michael Shepard, professor of envionmental, geographical and geological sciences. Their results will be submitted for publication in an upcoming issue of Icarus, the International Journal of Solar System Studies. In the photo, students are at the edge of the giant radio-dish which is about 1,000 feet in diameter. From left are Gurvinder Singh, James Hill, Eddie Ryan, Courtney Nissley and Paul Krasner.

BU students participate in Power Shift summit

Forty-five BU students participated in the Power Shift 2009 summit in Washington D.C. on Feb. 27. It's estimated that On Monday March 2, over 300 congressional districts were lobbied directly by Power Shift attendees and the message of youth wielding power resounded through the halls of congress. Bloomsburg students spoke with Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski about natural gas drilling, coal mining and the development of 'Green Infrastructure' in north central Pennsylvania.

Students spend spring break doing service projects

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Campus Catholic Ministry traveled to Pittsburgh to assist the homeless and needy. Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance Against Homelessness journeyed to New Orleans where they helped Hurricane Katrina victims rebuild their homes. Students from both groups spent spring break in service to others.

"This trip was a blessing and a great learning experience," said Gina Connolly, a senior speech pathology and audiology major from Carlisle. Connolly and Michelle Jansen, both members of CCM, began planning the Pittsburgh trip in September as "an alternative spring break."

Mass Comm Speaker

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Elliot Ratzman, visiting professor of theology and religion at Swarthmore, was a guest of the Department of Mass Communications, Monday. Ratzman was a guest in the two senior seminars, discussing the inter-relationship between journalism and world issues; he also spent several hours with Spectrum magazine students (pictured). He discussed the Jewish magazine culture and his role as a contributing editor for HEEB magazine. Ratzman, who has several major publications, did graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, and is finishing a Ph.D. at Princeton. Among his mentors are Cornell West, Peter Singer, and Elie Weisel.

Wind Ensemble members invited to state band

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Four members of the Wind Ensemble were chosen for the 62nd Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. It is the longest running intercollegiate band festival of its kind, and it features the best musicians from Pennsylvania colleges and universities. The students performed on Sunday, March 14, at Allegheny College under the direction of Colonel Timothy Foley, USMC Retired. This year's band was composed of students from 25 colleges and universities throughout Pa. The students, pictured left to right, are T.J. West, Dominique Filiziani, Caitlin Tevis and Timothy Miller.

Take the Eco-Quiz

As part of Recylcemania on campus, the SOLVE Office is sponsoring a weekly eco-quiz. This week's question is:

Each year, Americans throw away how many Styrofoam cups? Don't buy Styrofoam-it can't be recycled!

Individuals can e-mail answers to stvolser@bloomu.edu or can drop off answers at the SOLVE Office before 4:30 p.m. Friday. Name, e-mail, and phone number should be included with the answer. All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing and one person will be randomly chosen to claim the prize, which is a $10 gift certificate to Quizno's for this week.

The winner of the $10 gift certificate to Bloomin' Bagels for last week is Amy Tycenski. The correct answer to the question about what material can never be recycled is Styrofoam.

Aaron Klinger Memorial 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament

In memory of student Aaron Klinger, who was recently in a fatal car accident Jan. 18, there will be a 5-on-5 basketball tournament on Sunday, March 28. The event will be at 11:15 a.m. at the Bloomsburg University Recreation Center. All proceeds will go to the Aaron M. Klinger Memorial Scholarship Fund and Campus Child Care Center. The tournament is sponsored by the Student Parent Association and by the Aaron M. Klinger Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in supporting the cause, visit The Aaron Klinger Memorial 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament on Facebook.com or at www.jtwofilms.com. For more information, please contact Jerica Laylon.

Harrisburg Trip

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Ferda Asya, director of the International Studies Living and Learning Community took a group students from the Community on a field trip to Harrisburg on Friday, March 13. The students visited the State Capitol and had a guided tour arranged by the Office of Senator John R. Gordner. The group spent part of the afternoon at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Shown with the statue of the man reading the newspaper on Front Street, Harrisburg, are (in the back row, from left to right): Sarah Ben Ayed, Ferda Asya, Hao Yang, Corey Lombardo, Megan Green, and (in front, from left to right), Iulia Sunda, Megan Sinton.

Forensics team takes fourth place

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The BU Forensics Team won fourth Place at the Annual Collegiate Forensic Association's Beach Tournament held March 6-7, in Ocean City, Md. BU students won first place trophies in three speaking events. Joe Wright and Joshua Trusty defeated Randolph-Macon College for first place in Parliamentary Debate. Kylene McClarren and Scott Kenyon won first place in Dramatic Duo and Ashley Fuoco won first place in Dramatic Interpretation of Literature. In addition to these first place awards, the BU Team won other individual speaking awards:

  • Joe Wright—2nd Place Best Speaker Award, Parliamentary Debate, 6th Place Prose Interpretation, 4th Place Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Miles Cole—2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking and 5th Place Parliamentary Debate (with Emily Kinkead)
  • Emily Kinkead—5th Place Parliamentary Debate (with Miles Cole)
  • Scott Kenyon—5th Place Impromptu Speaking, 6th Place Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Ashley Fuoco—3rd Place Parliamentary Debate (with Chaz Britton)
  • Chaz Britton—3rd Place Parliamentary Debate (With Ash Fuoco) and 3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Michael McGee—4th Place After Dinner Speaking and 6th Place Impromptu Speaking

In addition to these speaking awards, the Collegiate Forensic Association recognized the outstanding graduating seniors on the BU team: Kristy Westbrook, Emily Kinkead, Amanda Geschwindt, Chaz Britton, Michael McGee, Joshua Trusty, Kylene McClarren, and Ashley Fuoco. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr and Mr. Jaime Fenstermacher, alumni of the BU Forensics program, served as volunteer speech judges for the Bloomsburg team at the tournament. Dr. Neil Strine, Director of Forensics, also served as a judge at the competition. The Bloomsburg University Forensics Team will travel next to Shreveport, Louisiana from March 17-22 to participate in the Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate Tournament.

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The Bald Eagle Art League in Williamsport invited senior art students from Bloomsburg University, Lycoming College, and Penn College to exhibit and speak about their artwork during the League's March meeting held Thursday, March 5. Shown from left are: Jason Godeke, assistant professor of drawing and design, participating art majors Tory Utt, Brandon Brown, and Amber Erdman, and Sue O'Donnell, assistant professor of digital art. Missing from the photo is art major Nadeen Roberts. The event was at capacity. The student exhibition will remain on display in the Community Room on the second floor of City Hall in Williamsport until March 25.

Art exhibit in Haas

Anne Mondro and Donovan Widmer are exhibiting works in the Haas Gallery of Art on the second floor of Haas Center. The exhibit, "Being Mortal," will be installed in Haas through March 27. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and closed Sundays.

Retirements announced at Trustees meeting

The following actions were formalized at the Wednesday, Feb. 25, Council of Trustees meeting: Emeric Schultz, who retired as director of the honors program and a chemistry faculty member, was honored with faculty emeritus status.

The following retirements were announced: Dianne Angelo, professor, audiology and speech pathology, Jan. 2; Steven Cohen, professor, psychology, May 22; Gunther Lange, assistant professor, physics and engineering technology, May 22; Thomas Meeker, equipment operator, facilities management, Feb. 16; Geoffrey Mehl, publications director, communications office, March 1; Kathy Mulka, assistant director, admissions, Dec. 31, 2008; Bill Sponseller, fiscal technician, financial aid, Feb. 27; John Stockalis, clerk typist, admissions, Feb. 27; and Sharon Swank, teacher certification coordinator, College of Professional Studies, July 17.

Community Survey results available

A Powerpoint presentation given by President David Soltz on Feb. 25 to the Forum summarizes a Campus Community Survey and is now available for download (Powerpoint, 200k).

BU Trustees endorse Middle Level Degree Program

BU's Council of Trustees endorsed a bachelor's degree program for teachers of fourth through eighth graders during the Feb. 25 meeting. In his presentation to the Trustees, Charles Starkey, chair of the early childhood and elementary education department, said the certification addresses a Pennsylvania Department of Education requirement. Pending approval from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, BU will offer the Bachelor of Science in Education in middle level education.

BU in week five of RecycleMania contest

BU is in the 5th week of the 10 week nation-wide RecycleMania contest, which encourages colleges to compete to recycle the most waste per person. Right now we are 266th out of 287 colleges participating in the country and 28th out of 30 in Pennsylvania. We recycle only .61 pounds of cumulative recyclables per person, which is only about 5% of our waste stream. Millersville, Bucknell, Wilkes, Susquehanna and Slippery Rock are all doing far better than we are. Let's turn it around, Bloomsburg! Recycle your paper, newspaper, cans, bottles, cardboard and magazines. Learn more about the competition.

Dining services conducting survey

Campus Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand your campus dining preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus dining experience. This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential. One student from Bloomsburg University will win the iPod Touch, two second place winners will receive a Best Buy gift card. Take the survey.

BU Ice Hockey Club wins championship

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The newly formed BU Ice Hockey Club won the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Hockey League championship. The six team league consists of Susquehanna University, Moravian College, PSU-Berks, DeSales University and Northampton Community College. The BU squad won the championship with a 6-2 victory over PSU-Berks on Sunday in Whitehall.

Take the Eco-Quiz

As part of Recylcemania on campus, the SOLVE Office is sponsoring a weekly eco-quiz. This week's question is:

What material never wears out and can be recycled forever?

Individuals can e-mail answers to stvolser@bloomu.edu or can drop off answers at the SOLVE Office before 4:30 p.m. Friday. Name, e-mail, and phone number should be included with the answer. All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing and one person will be randomly chosen to claim the prize, which is a $10 gift certificate to OIP for this week.

The winner of the $10 gift certificate to Steph's Subs for Week 3 of the Eco Quiz is Katie Goldin. The correct answer to the question regarding usage of paper and wood products was that each of us uses one 100-feet tall Douglas Fir tree per year.

BU's Catholic Campus Ministry is honored

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Bloomsburg's Catholic Campus Ministry group was awarded the Catholic Campus Ministry Vocation Ministry Exemplary Award on Saturday, Feb. 21. BU's CCM student leadership team, Father Don Cramer and Sister Debbie Borneman received the award at a ceremonial mass at the Cardinal Keeler Center in Harrisburg, at the invitation of Bishop Kevin Rhoades. The Vocation Ministry Exemplary Award is given to seven college campuses every other year. In addition to Bloomsburg, the award went to: Long Island University, Iowa State University, University of California at Los Angeles, Northwestern University, the Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond from the Diocese of Austin and Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Washington State University, St. Louis, Mo.

Campus climate report available

Members of the campus community may read the complete campus climate report and offer feedback and suggestions on Blackboard. Printed copies of the report are available at Andruss Library and the Social Equity Office, 115 Waller Administration building. An independent three-person panel prepared the report after investigating incidents at the homecoming dance last November. Instructions on how to log in to Blackboard are located at http://ot.bloomu.edu/blackboard.

Governor's proposal could spur construction

Richard Rugen, vice president for administration and finance, outlined what the tough economic conditions mean to BU during the Thursday, Feb. 12, meeting of the Planning and Budget Committee. As widely reported in the media, Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed budget includes tuition assistance for students at PASSHE universities and community colleges from the proceeds of video poker. The governor's budget also provides additional funding for capital projects to stimulate the economy and create construction jobs. At BU, that proposal means Sutliff Hall may be renovated a year earlier than expected, he said.

Initial plans for Sutliff include adding a third floor and bumping the front of the building toward the Academic Quad, said Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, representing the Space and Facilities subcommittee. Construction could begin as early as spring 2010.

Student art exhibit in Old Science lobby

Students from Professor Grimsley's art classes will exhibit their artwork in the lobby of Old Science until Thursday, Feb. 26. There will be three exhibits on display and are open to all students. Line: Famous Faces includes art that requires drawing recognizable facial features with wire in three dimensions. Repeat Pattern Design, Fabric Design: Surface consists of hand painted patterns that repeat to offer a new perspective and innovative designs. The last exhibit is entitled Studio Quilts: 2D Mixed Media and is the creation of hand dyed fabrics with wild colors and forms that result as sculptural, wearable or functional.

Participating students include: Jillian Ash, Kim Barnes, Kelly Kadish, Kaitlin O'Brien, Nicole Patton, Nicky Frank, Kim Krieger, Kyria Yanoviak, Dianna Bogan, Ryan Forbeck, Marcy Geyer, Krystal Gurley, Mary Jack, Allison Martin, Jason Stine, Hillary Trainer, Taylor Troutman, Devon Oberkircher (intermediate student), and Gary Wetzel (advanced student).

Take the Eco-Quiz

As part of Recylcemania on campus, the SOLVE Office is sponsoring a weekly eco-quiz. This week's question is:

In one year, each of us uses approximately how many 100 foot-tall Douglas fir trees in paper and wood products?

Individuals can e-mail answers to stvolser@bloomu.edu or can drop off answers at the SOLVE Office before 4:30 p.m. Friday. Name, e-mail, and phone number should be included with the answer. All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing and one person will be randomly chosen to claim the prize, which is a $10 gift certificate to Steph's Subs for this week.

The answer to last week's question is that 33 to 35 percent of coal's potential energy is converted to electricity in a power plant, the rest being lost to heat. The winner of the $10 gift certificate to Quizno's for Week 2 of the Eco Quiz is Samantha Dragan.

Roongo's Road Trip contest

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The University Store is offering a $500 prize for the winner of their new Roongo's Road Trip contest. Beginning today students can purchase a Gund stuffed husky at the University Store for only $10 and photograph or video their little Roongo as he travels along with them on their spring break vacation. Digital video clips or photograph slide shows can be submitted to the University Store up until March 15th for entry in the contest. The winner of the $500 prize will be announced on March 20, 2009 and the winning video will be posted on the University Store website. Contest rules can be found in Roongo's suitcase which is attached to each stuffed Roongo, and can also be found on the store's website..

Fall Dean's List released

The BU's Dean's List for the fall 2008 semester has been released. Full-time degree students whose semester QPA is 3.5 or higher in 12 or more semester hours of coursework for which a grade or grades are received are be named to the Dean's list for that semester. See the list.

Martin Luther King Jr. Award winners

Five individuals were presented with BU's Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards at the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet Feb. 6. The honorees are Kambon Camara (faculty), Donna Counterman (community); Andy Stout and Ashley Ryman (student) and Robert Wislock (staff). The award is presented annually to individuals who have been active in social justice issues. Details.

Who have you Caught in the Act?

Members of the BU family perform remarkable acts of service, kindness and thoughtfulness every day on campus and in the community. A new program, "Caught in the Act," provides a way to recognize these good deeds and say "thank you."

"Caught in the Act," part of BU's STRIVE program, came about as a result of a recent survey and aims to increase the number of people who are recognized for making BU a better place to learn, live and work.

So, how can you nominate someone for "Caught in the Act?" Anyone, including parents, staff, students and faculty, can complete and submit a short nomination form found on posters around campus. Nominations will be collected bi-weekly, and all nominees will receive notes of appreciation and small gifts as a "thank you" for making BU a better place.

Changes in the STRIVE program

The long-standing STRIVE Award will now be presented quarterly and will continue to recognize individuals and groups for exceptional quality, creativity and service that has a significant university-wide impact or represents an outstanding act of service to others. This award is now open to any employee, faculty, staff and those that work in ancillary services of the University. STRIVE Award recipients will receive a plaque, fleece vest, gift cards for merchandise at the University Store and local businesses, Aramark lunch coupons and Celebrity Artist Series tickets, with values up to $600.00. The STRIVE Nomination Form can be found in the public "BU Documents" folder on the "S:" Drive.

Questions regarding the STRIVE Committee's award programs can be e-mailed to STRIVE@bloomu.edu.

Students invited to submit essays for Diversity Summit

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is inviting students to submit an essay for consideration to serve on a student panel during the 2009 Diversity Summit, which will be held April 23 to 24 in Harrisburg. The deadline to submit essays is Monday, March 9. All costs to attend will be covered by Bloomsburg University of PA and the Office of the Chancellor. Essays should define the "diversity in the curriculum" and explain why is it important to promote diversity in curriculum and how would you accomplish this. Essays should be a maximum of 500 words, type written with 1.5 line spacing and a 10 point minimum type size and one-inch margins. Essays should be submitted to the BU Office of Social Equity, Room 114, second floor Waller Administration Building . If you have any questions, call 389-4553. More information on the essay submission.

Student group offers tax-filing help

BU's Student Accounting Association is offering free tax help to qualified residents of Columbia and Montour counties. The help sessions, offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, will run through Wednesday, April 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 130 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. Help sessions will not be held March 2, 3 and 4.

Student PSEA to meet Feb. 17

BU's Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) will hold its first meeting Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multicultural Center. Presenter Daniel Kaye will discuss classroom management. Kaye was an 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Wilson Area School District for 35 years. Members and non-members are welcome to attend this presentation. Light refreshments will be provided. For further questions, please contact adviser Caryn Terwilliger or president Melissa Scotto.

Organizations invited to participate in Wellness Fair

Organizations are invited to participate in the Annual Wellness Fair on Friday, April 3. The fair, organized by the Science and Health Sciences Living and Learning Community, is held in conjunction with the annual Health Science Symposium. This year's keynote speaker is Terry Wise, J.D., renowned author of "Waking Up: Climbing through the Darkness" supporting our theme, "Health and Wellness through Mental Well Being." For information on how to participate, please visit the fair website.

Jared Box toy drive to aid children battling cancer

In memory of Jared, a child who lost a fight to cancer, there will be a toy box donation project for children battling cancer in hospitals. The project will run from Monday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 27. Participants are asked to purchase a plastic box the size of a show box, pick a gender and age group from under 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 8, 8 to 11, or 11 and up, purchase small toys to put in the box, decorate the box and drop it off at the front desk of any residence hall or collection box on campus. Please do not include food items. Donations are welcome at any time in the Students Activities Office in Kehr Union.

Take the Eco-Quiz

As part of Recylcemania on campus, the SOLVE Office is sponsoring a weekly eco-quiz. This week's question is:

At most, what percentage of coal power's energy in a power plant converts to electricity? The remaining amount is lost as waste heat, benefiting no one and often harming the surrounding ecosystem.

Individuals can e-mail answers to stvolser@bloomu.edu or can drop off answers at the SOLVE Office. Name, e-mail, and phone number should be included with the answer. All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing and one person will be randomly chosen to claim the prize, which is a $10 gift certificate to Quizno's for this week.

The answer to last week's question is that a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons of water while a bath takes approximately 70 gallons. The winner of the $10 gift certificate to Bloomin' Bagels is Kelly Booz.

Primus Technologies supports EET scholarship

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PRIMUS Technologies Corporation of Williamsport, a leading electronics manufacturing services provider, has contributed $5,000 to the P. James Moser Engineering Technology Scholarship. Shown from left are Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology; Frank Pellegrino, vice president of marketing and sales for the circuit assembly operation at PRIMUS; Peter Stine, chair of physics and engineering technology; and Dr. P. James Moser, retired chair of physics and engineering technology who led the creation of the program in Electronics Engineering Technology. Pellegrino has been a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Electrical Engineering Technology program since the program's inception.

Flu attacks campus; tips on what to do

Bloomsburg University and the Bloomsburg community have been hit by a viral flu, which, unfortunately, was not included in this year's flu vaccine. Utilization of the Student Health Center and the Bloomsburg Hospital Emergency Room by BU students has tripled this past week due to flu cases.

The Health Center reports that the flu attacks its victims quickly with the following symptoms which develop within a matter of hours:

  • Fatigue
  • Head and chest congestion
  • Body aches
  • Fever which may spike to 103 degrees in adults and higher in children
  • Nausea vomiting and diarrhea
  • Some sufferers also have irritated eyes with drainage (viral pink eye)

These symptoms tend to last for 5 to 7 days. Complete recovery may take up to 2 to 3 weeks. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill to eradicate symptoms. Anti-virals, such as Tamiflu, if taken within the first 48 hours of developing symptoms may lessen the severity of symptoms and shorten the duration of the flu by 1 to 2 days.

Health Center staff say treatment with medication is aimed at symptomatic relief with over the counter decongestants/antihistamines and Tylenol or Advil. The most important aspect of treatment is to remain hydrated by forcing fluids, resting and preventing the spread of illness to others (covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, NOT sharing drinks or eating utensils, opening windows to air out rooms). The most important way to prevent the spread of the flu is to stay away from others until the symptoms begin to subside.

American Idol winner David Cook to perform

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The Bloomsburg Student Concert Committee of CGA presents David Cook in concert on Monday, March 16, at 9 p.m. in Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium. David Cook is the season 7 winner of American Idol. Also performing will be special guest Ryan Star.

All seats are reserved. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Kehr Union Info Center window in Multipurpose Room B. Tickets will only be sold to members of the Bloomsburg University community from February 13 through 18. Prices are $15 for B.U. undergraduate students and B.U. graduate students, faculty and staff with a paid Spring '09 Community Activities card and $25 for B.U. graduate students, faculty and staff with just a B.U. ID. Each person may buy 2 tickets with his/her ID. There is a 2 ticket limit per person. Ticket sales for cash and check will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Credit card sales will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be a $2 convenience fee per ticket for credit card sales. Visit David Cook's website at www.davidcookofficial.com.

Governor Rendell proposes more than $519 million for PASSHE

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), of which Bloomsburg is a member, would receive a base appropriation of $498.5 million next year under Gov. Edward G. Rendell's proposed 2009-10 Commonwealth budget. The governor's proposal would provide PASSHE with the same level of funding as was appropriated for the current fiscal year. Governor Rendell in October asked PASSHE's Board of Governors to set aside as much as $22 million of the 2008-09 appropriation to help the state through its current economic crisis. Commonwealth revenues are expected to be down by as much as $2.3 billion by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. PASSHE would receive a total of $519.2 million in state funding in 2009-10 to support its basic operations and a variety of special projects. The governor also said the state would provide $130 million in capital funding to PASSHE next year for campus construction projects, double the amount the System has been receiving in recent years. More from PASSHE.

Program by award-winning author and filmmaker rescheduled

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BU's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance, postponed by inclement weather in late January, has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 23.

The program will include a student forum, "Hope and Change: Fulfilling Our Greatest Possibilities," from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multicultural Center and a presentation by M.K. Asante, "Power, Change and Social Transformation: A New Generation of Political Thought," at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. The events are free and open to the public. More information on the Arts page.

MLK Reading Project

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Students in Sharon Solloway's Personal Mastery and Advanced Mindfulness class chose an assignment option to participate in an act of service in honor of President Obama's invitation to celebrate MLK Day as it was originally intended: as a national day of service. Students choosing this option volunteered in elder care facilities, helped elderly relatives with shopping and house cleaning, distributed food to the homeless, cared for younger cousins and siblings, volunteered at a women's center, tutored, and read to the children in day care at the Bloomsburg YMCA. From left the BU students reading to YMCA day care children areLuke Betley, Miracle Brown, Chris Williams and Niya Thorn.

Take the Eco-Quiz

As part of Recylcemania on campus, the SOLVE Office is sponsoring a weekly eco-quiz. This week's question is:

A full bath tub requires 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower only uses __to __ gallons of water.

Individuals can e-mail answers to stvolser@bloomu.edu or can drop off answers at the SOLVE Office. Name, e-mail, and phone number should be included with the answer. All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing and one person will be randomly chosen to claim the prize, which is a $10 gift certificate to Bloomin' Bagels for this week.

Minderhout, Ding presented with ICS awards

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The Institute for Culture and Society recognized two faculty members with scholarship awards at its welcome reception Tuesday evening. Sheng Deng, political science received the ICS 2008 Award for Outstanding Scholarship. David Minderhout (shown at right), anthropology, was presented with the Institute for Culture and Society's Lifetime Achievement Award. For information about how to nominate someone for the 2009 awards contact Vera Viditz-Ward or Marion Mason.

Broadway star Simone to give 'Valentine' show at BU

The singer/songwriter/performer who pays tribute to her mother in her professional name, Simone, will perform at BU as a part of the Celebrity Artist Series Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m., in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

The star of the Broadway tours of "Rent" and "Aida," Simone is known for her wide vocal range and her skill for lyrical interpretation. Born Lisa Celeste Stroud, Simone adopted her professional name in tribute to her mother, the jazz and blues icon Nina Simone, also known as the "high priestess of soul."

Message to the Bloomsburg Community

President David Soltz takes a moment to address the Bloomsburg community on the impact of the current economic downturn on students, faculty and staff. In this brief video synopsis, the president provides information on financial aid resources, salary increases, job security, cost saving measures, construction projects and the need for continued support from our Alumni community. Read his full message or see a video.

MBA foundation courses offered over five weekends

Non-business students interested in completing a Masters in Business Administration can now take all of the foundation requirements in only two compressed courses over 5 weekends each. Core Concepts in Business I and II will be offered in Spring 2009. Students who complete these courses will be deemed to have completed all of the foundational requirements necessary to start coursework in the MBA program. There is still time to sign up for these courses. Interested students can be undergraduates with 60 credits and a GPA of 2.5 or higher, graduate applicants, or undergraduate non-degree students. These courses do not count for business majors unless with approval from your department chair. Interested students need to contact department secretary Traci Mitchell at tmitchel@bloomu.edu or 389-5321, or department chair, A.R. Korukonda at akorukon@bloomu.edu or 389-4773 of your interest by e-mail of telephone by Jan. 30.

Photographer exhibits photos of urban Africa

BU is hosting an exhibit of works by Kerry Stuart Coppin, through Feb. 13. The exhibit, "Hidden Names/Complex Fate: Photographs of Urban Africa and the Diaspora," is on display in Haas Gallery on the second floor of the Haas Center for the Arts.

An artist's reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the artist will give lectures at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The exhibit, reception and lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

Quest Mt. Washington trip

MtWashington BU's Quest program sponsored a climbing trip of Mt. Washington, N.H., from Jan. 16 to 19. The climbers braved 60 mph winds, 30 below zero temperatures and white out conditions to reach the summit. While everyone made it to the final ridge, five of the 15 team members made to the summit.

Newspaper columnist speaks in mass comm. classes

The president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) was a guest speaker, Monday, in several mass communications classes. Samantha Bennett, featured columnist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was a lecturer in two senior seminars, and spent several hours working with the staff of Spectrum magazine. Bennett has a B.A. in English from Yale, and an M.A. in professional writing from Carnegie-Mellon. She worked as an editor in New Haven, Conn., before coming to Pittsburgh 14 years ago as a copyeditor, then as web editor, and for the past decade as a columnist. She was brought to campus by Walt Brasch, professor of journalism and a 15-year member of the NSNC.

Phillie Phanatic

phanatic The Phillies Phanatic does calisthenics in the Kehr Union Ballroom Friday afternoon as hundreds of students and community members line up to see the Phillies championship trophy.

U. Store initiative benefits Earth Day fund

The University Store is continuing "Using Less, Caring More" during the spring semester. "Using Less, Caring More," an initiative to reduce use and waste, rewards students and other customers who choose not to accept shopping bags when they make purchases. Each customer who declines a plastic shopping bag receives a custom-designed wooden nickel to place in a jar designated for the Green Campus Initiative's Earth Day fund. On Earth Day in late April, the University Store will make a donation equal to the total dollar amount of wooden nickels in the jar. According to Beth Christian, manager of the University Store, the "Using Less, Caring More" theme serves as an inspiration for continuing efforts to reduce consumption and promote recycling within the University Store.

Global Warming Teach-In planned for Feb. 5

The BU Campus Green Initiative Campus Green Initiative and the student environmental group Helping Our Planet Earth (H.O.P.E) will sponsor a daylong symposium on global warming Thursday, Feb. 5, at 9:30 a.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The symposium is part of the National Teach-In on Global Warming, and BU is one of more than 600 colleges, universities and high schools across the United States participating in the event. The teach-in is an effort to engage educators, students and citizens in a broad discussion of issues related to global warming. The symposium will consist of 10 panels of BU faculty, staff and students and speakers from the community. Topics being explored during the panels include food and climate, existing and alternative energy sources, characterization of global warming in the media, political and economic dimensions of climate change and regional impacts of global warming.

Student-athletes named to fall PSAC top 10 team

Two BU student-athletes have been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Fall Top 10 team. Honored for their work both academically and athletically were Jon Ochs(Wind Gap/Nazareth) and Jamie Vanartsdalen (Huntington Valley/Lower Moreland). The PSAC Top 10 Awards, which are selected by the PSAC's sports information directors, recognize student-athletes who excel in both the classroom and in the area of competition. Details from Sports Information.

Students invited to join BU Model OAS

BU has been selected to participate in the Washington Model of the Organization of American States held in Washington, DC, April 7-11. Along with 34 other universities (about one-third from foreign countries), BU will represent a nation in the Western Hemisphere. During the 5-day simulation delegates to the model will debate issues of the hemisphere, including: poverty, education, mutual defense and peace. During the semester, interested students will meet weekly to prepare for participation. As part of the model, BU students will have communication with the staff of the embassy of the country BU represents and will have a briefing at the embassy on the first day of the model. Interested students are encouraged to contact Mark Usry at musry@bloomu.edu and attend an organizational meeting on Monday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Sutliff Hall, room 110.

Students: Look for housing info

Current students who have paid their fall 2009 housing deposit should receive their sign-up/HOST information early next week. This packet will contain a HOST instruction sheet (with important reminders), a sign-up Schedule and a housing card. If you have not already, give some thought between now and then to roommates and what housing you may want to apply for. As a reminder, the roommates you list on your orange apartment housing card MUST match the roommates you entered in MyHousing. If there are any changes to your requested roommates since you entered them initially on MyHousing, you MUST go back in now and update that section. The first dates of the process begin Feb. 2 and 3 for those students who wish to apply for one of the newly constructed campus apartments or keep their same MPA, MOA or Kile apartment. Other dates will follow for those students who are applying for the first time to MPA, MOA or Kile or who wish to keep their current residence hall room. Please refer to the HOST sign-up schedule, to be included in your housing packet and also posted on the residence life website. We are encouraging current campus students to consider signing up for campus apartments as we anticipate housing in the residence halls will be very tight.

Student dies in auto accident

A BU senior from New Columbia died Sunday, Jan. 18, from injuries he suffered in an auto accident along Interstate 81 near Carlisle. According to an article in today's (Jan. 20) Daily Item, Aaron M. Klinger, 22, was a passenger in a northbound vehicle that struck the guardrail and traveled across both northbound lanes before rolling into the median. Klinger, an exercise science major, was the son of Becky and Michael Klinger, BU's computer operations supervisor. A graduate of Milton High School, he worked part-time at Evangelical Community Hospital's Fitness Center. Friends will gather at Christ Wesleyan Church, 363 Stamm Road, Milton, Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. in the church, with burial to follow in Milton Cemetery, Milton. The family will provide flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center, 9 N. Third St., Lewisburg, Pa. 17837.

Students witness inauguration events

Six BU students are in Washington, D.C., today witnessing events surrounding the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president. The students have been participating since Jan. 9 in Leadership in a New Era, sponsored by the Osgood Center for International Studies, according to Diana Zoelle, associate professor of political science. The program focused on issues confronting the new president and the U.S. government in areas such as foreign affairs, the economy, race relations and understanding among religious faiths. The BU students, their hometowns, years and majors are: Austin Brunson, Camp Hill, junior, political science; Ashley Caliguire, Clark, N.J., junior, secondary education and mathematics; Wyatt Mosley, Bethlehem, junior, political science and economics; Lauren McLaughlin, West Chester, junior, political science; Raeesa Khan, Bloomsburg, senior, philosophy and political science; and Tina Piquet, Bloomsburg, senior, health physics. After returning to the campus Wednesday, the students will begin work on a panel presentation on ethical realism, Zoelle said. The presentation will be offered to the campus community later this semester. For students, faculty and staff unable to travel to the nation's capitol, a TV tuned to inaugural coverage is set up today in the Kehr Union Hideaway.

Mindfulness Class

Sharon Solloway and four of her Personal Mastery and Advanced Mindfulness Practice students were invited to present at Georgetown University's Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship symposium, "Teaching to Connect the Heart and Mind," in December. Solloway was invited to present her work in teaching mindfulness practice in the university classroom and her development of a survey instrument to measure growth in mindfulness practice. Her students were invited to present an afternoon breakout session presenting the ways mindfulness practice has impacted their personal and academic lives. Shown from left are Shamir Shaw, a freshmen from Philadelphia; Solloway; Tyree Arnold, a sophomore from Philadelphia; Samantha Morton, a freshmen from Yeadon; and Stephen Deiter, a freshmen from Harrisburg.

Wilcher wins 4-H Farm Show scholarship

BU's Kristin Wilcher, sophomore, was acknowledged at the annual Farm Show Scholarship Recognition and Buyer's Appreciation Breakfast. Each year, the organization awards more than $630,000 in scholarships. This year, in addition to 23 recipients, Wilcher received a scholarship worth $3,750. The scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in a post-secondary educational program and have been a former Farm Show livestock exhibitor. Wilcher is a former 4-H member, has shown market swine at the Farm Show for eight years and has received master showman honors.

Six students recognized

Six students in BU anthropology professor Faith Warner's Principals of Cultural Anthropology Course were among the top 50 winners in Public Anthropology's Community Action Website's Third Fall "Action Period." The competition involved students writing letters to agency officials and tribal leaders on the issue of informed consent regarding the taking of blood samples from indigenous peoples for genetic research. The students were selected from among nearly 1,700 students from twelve universities in Canada and the United States. The six students are, from left: Sean Crampsie, a senior political science major from Whitehall; Kristy Turnbull, a sophomore history and anthropology major from West Chester; Dustin Mark, a freshmen management major from Mifflinburg; Jenna Kaehler, a fall 08 graduate in speech pathology and audiology from Hanover; Aaron Nichols, a senior computer and information systems major from New Milford; and Jessica Albright, a freshmen special education major from Lansdale. Turnbull placed among the top six students. To learn more about the public service activities of the Center for a Public Anthropology, please visit www.publicanthropology.org.

Sale brings $9,000 for United Way

BU's Trash to Treasure Sale Saturday raised more than $9,000 for the Columbia County United Way. More than 200 people attended, some waiting in line beginning at 4:30 a.m. The funds raised does not include a donation that a recycler will also provide the United Way. This is the largest amount that has been raised in the January sale, exceeding last year's January total by $4,000. Michael DiGiorgio

Campus chronicler on board

DiGiorgio Michael DiGiorgio, BU's media services manager since last fall, creates videos of Bloomsburg University for broadcast on BU-TV, You Tube and other media. Before coming to BU, DiGiorgio worked for Video Taping Services in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., where he was responsible for video transfers, commercial editing, duplication and videography for clients such as South Jersey's NBC 40, the U.S. Coast Guard, Shore Memorial Hospital and Trump Entertainment. He earned a bachelor's degree from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where, as a Macintosh technician, he taught students to use Final Cut Pro software for non-linear editing and DVD authoring. He also directed, produced and edited training videos and documentaries. At BU, DiGiorgio has videotaped campus events and speeches, including President David Soltz's inauguration, author Michael Eric Dyson's lecture and the BU Community Orchestra's fall concert, and B-roll for a PASSHE production. He taped a question posed by Michael Shepard, professor of geology and geosciences, which closed the Saturday, Jan. 3, edition of WGAL-TV's "Capital Blue Cross Brain Busters." A few samples of his work are posted at www.youtube.com/user/BUTVCH8.

Need a brochure, a poster, an advertisement?

BU's Publications Guide has been revised for 2009. The guide includes instructions for the proper use of BU graphics, design tips and advice on planning projects. Also updated, is the BU Style Guide, which details the university's editorial style on everything from writing dates and times to the official names of campus facilities. Both guides can be downloaded as PDF files from the Media Page.

Noubary cited in Sports Illustrated

BU's Reza Noubary, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, was cited by the South African Sports Illustrated Web site. Noubary was cited in connection with Jamaican Usain Bolt's record Olympic 100m sprint time of 9.69. The article notes that Noubary had previously calculated an "ultimate record" of 9.44, but even this could now be too high.