Today's News of 2011

Today's News

Today's News of 2011


Fall Commencement

Nearly 500 graduates begin new chapter

Nearly 500 students received diplomas at BU’s fall commencement, including 95 graduate students and five top honor graduates who earned the highest GPA in each college. Honor graduates were Kunal Babariya, accounting; Nicole May, special education; Kyle Ross, psychology; Zachary Pearce, political science; and Everard Riley, math.Scenes of Graduation | Offer Congratulations!

Exercise Science research goes regional

Exercise Science Mark Yankowski, who received the Student Investigator Award at the recent Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Harrisburg, was among the exercise science students and faculty representing BU at the annual conference that featured more than 600 sports medicine, exercise science, and nutrition professionals and students. Yankowski presented, “A Positional Comparison of Pre-season Physical Fitness Characteristics in DIII Baseball Players,” along with Charles Brightbill presenting, “Comparison of EMG Responses to Strength Training Exercises with and without Nintendo Wii Guidance,” Josh Fleming presenting, “Running Economy is Not Related to Jumping Performance,” Christina Rasnake presenting, “A Comparison of Pre-season Physical Fitness Profiles Between Positions in a Division II Men’s Soccer Team,” (mentor Andrea Fradkin, Ph.D.) and Matthew McMahon presenting, “Electromyographic and Mechanomyographic Responses of the Biceps Brachii and Vastus Lateralis During Isokinetic Exercise” (mentor Swapan Mookerjee).

Student Colloquium presenters earn awards

Student Colloquium Five of the 17 undergraduate presenters were recently given a Top Presentation Award for their presentations at this month’s Student Colloquium "Building a Bridge across the Pacific: Exploring America's Role in East Asia." Presentation topics included International Relations Theory and U.S.-China Relations, U.S. Currency Wars with Japan and China, Asian Students in the U.S., Sino-U.S. Trade Disputes, U.S.-Japan Economic Relations, Trade and Human Rights: America's Dilemma in Asia, American Products in the Asian Markets, A New Naval Arms Race in the Pacific, Contemporary Education Trends in India, and China and the US. (L-R) Sheng Ding, associate professor of political science, George Specht, Paul Kartachak, Matthew Albertson, Zachary Pearce, Mary Pellant, and James Brown, Dean of College of Liberal Arts.

Student anthropologists' research on display

Anthropology Research Showcase BU’s Department of Anthropology is hosting a campus forum on Friday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room, showcasing student research, including presentations on ethnographic research addressing cultural ecology, fracking, and wildlife protection. Other presented research include 9/11 adult children of trauma, divorce, marriage, designer babies, college adjustment and social support, women in sports, disaster anthropology, ethnomusicology, anthropology on aging and library ethnography. The forum is supported by the College of Liberal Arts Curricular Enhancement Fund. Last month, anthropology students Kristin Kelly, Jenn D'Amico, Mike Grevera, Eva Yuen, Katelyn McMichael and recent graduate Melanie Yodock attended at the 110th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Montreal, Canada, where several students showcased their research, which will be on display at Friday's campus forum.

Science and Technology research in spotlight

College of Science and Technology
BU’s College of Science and Technology will host its fall Research Day on Friday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, featuring student presentations and poster displays. Represented majors include audiology, biology, chemistry, exercise science, envionmental, geographical and geological sciences, instructional technology, mathematics, nursing and physics. The event is open to the campus community.

Giving Tree nearing 20 years of holiday cheer

Giving Tree
For the 17th consecutive year, BU's SOLVE Office had a very successful Giving Tree campaign. This year more than 100 area children benefitted from the effort. In its history the Giving Tree program has sent out more than 3,000 gifts. In most years, nearly 200 individuals are granted a Christmas wish in the form of a new toy, clothing or another special item from their lists. #BUServes

Toys for Tots hits full stride

Toys for Tots BU’s Greek Life, along with other BU organizations and extended campus community, recently helped launch the local Toys for Tots effort by volunteering their time collecting and packaging toys for local children in need. Volunteers included Mu Sigma Upsilon, Kappa Alpha Psi, Zeta Psi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Epsilon Beta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Theta Tau Omega and Phi Sigma Sigma. Other volunteers were provided by BU’s lacrosse and field hockey teams, as well as purchasing, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and individual students. Last year, the local effort provided toys for more than 4,600 children. #BUServes

Being a good ‘Samaritan’ for the holidays

Operation Christmas Child
Protestant Campus Ministry, in partnership with DASL and Catholic Campus Ministry, collected 322 gift-filled boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. This is the fourth year PCM has organized this project at Bloomsburg University, under the leadership of Erin Schumaker, a senior. #BUServes

Sending holiday cheer to the troops

Keystone Soldiers
Chi Theta Pi recently teamed with the Philly Area Network of the BU Alumni Association to prepare and ship care packages to U.S. soldiers serving their country over the holidays. The volunteer effort included reading more than 17,000 holiday cards, packing 55 boxes in two hours and raising enough money to send roughly 90 care packages to troops.

Dancing around the Christmas Tree

Dance Ensemble
Several members of BU’s Dance Ensemble, the largest student organization on campus, recently volunteered to showcase their talents at TreeFest performing routines for the local holiday community event.

Languages and Cultures work on display

Languages and Cultures
Students in Spanish 101, Spanish Phonetics and French Culture and Civilization recently presented their final projects in class and all posters are currently being exhibited throughout Old Science Hall. Posters will be displayed until Friday, Dec. 16.Poster Gallery

Campus rallies for successful blood drive

Nearly 300 pints of blood were collected from the latest BU campus blood drive, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, which included 95 first-time blood donors. The result equates to, according the American Red Cross, 861 lives saved. Next semester, BU will host blood drives on Feb. 14, Feb. 15 and April 17.

Flood Buddies continue local support

Flood Buddies
More than 60 quilts, donated by Quilts For Kids in Paxinos, were given to local children affected by the flood as part of the Bloomsburg Flood Buddies ongoing effort to help flood victims. This was the third event hosted by Flood Buddies, a product of Richard Ganahl’s senior level public relations class and the Bloomsburg Area High School National Honors Society. To date, roughly $1,800 has been raised.

Students become radiological responders

Radiological Response Team A group of physics and engineering technology students recently qualified as Radiological Response Team members for Columbia County. The training consists of three nights of instruction by a nuclear emergency planner from the PPL Susquehanna Nuclear Power Station on topics such as proper radiological survey of individuals, types of radiation, radiation instrumentation and labeling of radioactive shipments. The program, which began in 2007, has been conducted five times for BU students and has had more than 30 students participate. Receiving qualification: Kyle Diltz, Nakita Mainiero, Kelly Barko, Emilee Snyder, Richard Lynch, Meagan Robinson, Tim Gildea, Edward Davis, Ariel Davis, Diana Freyberger, Valerie Freyberger, Rachel Livingston and Jarrad Barnhart.

Two faculty to receive tenure in spring

Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Ph.D., assistant professor of exceptionalities and program director of BU's ASL/English interpreting, and Nancy Ryland, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational studies and secondary education, have been awarded tenure effective the spring 2012 semester.

Students lay claim to their fame

Claim Your Fame
More than 500 people in attendance enjoyed 14 student acts in the latest Claim Your Fame Talent Show, organized by DASL Campus Leadership and Residence Life, this semester. Denelle Anderson and Jenelle Figueroa won the vocalist competition, while Brandi Spencer-Phoenix, Tanya Sykes and Rachel Wilson won the lip sync competition.

Psychology Association raffle a huge success

Psychology Association
BU’s Psychology Association raised $1,416 for local flood relief through a community raffle awarding prizes to nearly 20 winners. Proceeds were given to the Bloomsburg Red Cross to help with the local flood relief efforts. Several psychology students volunteered to coordinate the raffle. #BUServes

Student artists showcase their work

Senior Exit Show
BU’s Department of Art and Art History is hosting its fall semester Senior Exit Show on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Haas Art Gallery. The show, on display through Dec. 17, will feature the work of Kelly Geist, Ralph Hinkle, Kristen Griesacker, Natalie Nickol and Keith Seam. In addition, Hinkle and Griesacker will discuss their current research and scholarship achievements.

Kappa Alpha Psi helps food pantry

Kappa Alpha Psi
BU’s Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is expressing its gratitude to everyone who donated canned food items at its recent Unity Jam Dance, which collected more than 600 items of food for the Bloomsburg Food Pantry.

Philosophy professor appears in alums’ film

The Theoretical Branch
Kurt Smith, associate professor of philosophy, was recently cast in a short film written by two BU philosophy alums, Jarret Pervola and Aaron Bach, who have also wrote, directed and produced a short horror film, “Bridge to Frankenstein” that is now making its rounds in the Independent Film Festival circuit. Smith appears in “The Theoretical Branch,” one in a series of “That Time of Year” films themed on time. This short film pokes fun at corporate philosophy.

Honors research on full display this week

BU’s Honors Program will host its fall 2010 semester Honors Independent Study presentations next week. For their independent study, honors students take two three-credit courses, work with a faculty mentor and complete a research thesis. Presentations are open to the campus community.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

  • Behind the Scenes — Evan Graf with mentor Jason Genovese, Ph.D., 3 p.m.
  • How Susceptible is a College Student’s Life to Identity Theft — Sara Cheatwood with mentor Mike Shapeero, Ph.D., 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1

  • Relationship between Social Phobia and Alcohol — Emily Pudlinski with mentor Julie Kontos, Ph.D., 2:30 p.m.
  • Camp Counseling 101: A Guide to Understanding and Managing Your Campers’ Behavior — Katherine Zimmerman with mentor Timothy Knoster, Ph.D., 3 p.m.
  • How Have Educational Standards Impacted Teacher Creativity in the Classroom — Mandi Siegfried with mentor Frank D’Angelo, Ph.D., 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2

  • Stress and Learning Responses of Honeybees when Exposed to Environmental Stressors — Meghan Duell with mentor John Hranitz, Ph.D., 2 p.m.
  • Developing a Performance Appraisal Tool — Conor McCauley with mentor Lawrence Kleiman, Ph.D., 2:30 p.m.
  • Studies on the Effect of Composted Materials on Pythium Root Rot — Brandon Dunbar with mentor Barry Nolt, Ph.D., 3 p.m.
  • Foreign Language Teaching Methodologies: Total Physical Response — Nicole Sensinger with mentor Dorame Holoviak, Ph.D., 3:30 p.m.

Alpha Sigma Tau plants trees

Alpha Sigma Tau
BU’s Alpha Sigma Tau recently gave back to the community by planting trees for the Town of Bloomsburg. The sisters, who learned how to plant bare root trees, volunteered to plant 32 new trees for the town. #BUServes

Gender Studies Minor honors graduates

Gender Studies Minor
BU’s Gender Studies Minor program recently honored its fall 2011 graduates with a reception, where students were given green cords to wear at commencement. Back (L-R): Heather Feldhaus (GSM board member), Emily Bolick, Meghan Drumheller, Ferda Asya (GSM director), Deanna Kellett (GSM work study student). Front (L-R): Christina Francis (GSM board member), Taylor Roberts, Eva Yuen. Not pictured: Debra McCracken and Jahzaree Sexton.

Kappa Alpha Psi celebrates 30 years

Kappa Alpha Psi
Nearly 70 alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi, including some of the founding members, joined together for the fraternity’s 30th anniversary celebration. BU’s Lambda Alpha Chapter was founded on Nov. 7, 1981.

Lambda Pi Eta helps Geisinger charity

Lambda Pi Eta Recently, members of BU's Lambda Pi Eta (communication studies honor organization) conducted a service project at Geisinger’s Ronald MacDonald House, Danville, assisting with yard clean up. Each semester, LPE students volunteer at the house, including preparing lunch, sorting donations and organizing items for house families. (L-R) Holly Baruch, Nicole Defenbaugh (faculty advisor), Jamie Schmidt, Erin Murphy and Briana Dinmore. #BUServes

Greek Life helps spruce up TreeFest

TreeFest BU’s Greek Life has kept busy lately helping to get TreeFest set up and ready for the community by setting up trees, decorating and volunteering their time to the Caldwell Consistory, corner of Main and Market streets. Among the volunteers were Delta Epsilon Beta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Sigma Tau, and Phi Iota Chi. In addition members of Junior Panhellenic and the Panhellenic Executive Board volunteered their time to create two themed trees, Candyland and Teddy bear Junction. BU sororities worked together to make the ornaments for both trees, which are designated for local needy families and will include a selection of home goods donated by the sororities.

Also, BU’s Interfraternity Council sponsored a tree, themed Beauty and the Beast, for a local pre-school to decorate. TreeFest continues this week: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Science and Technology research in spotlight

College of Science and Technology
BU’s College of Science and Technology will host its fall Research Day on Friday, Dec. 9, in the KUB Ballroom, featuring student presentations and poster displays. Majors to be represented include audiology, biology, chemistry, exercise science, envionmental, geographical and geological sciences, instructional technology, mathematics, nursing and physics. The event is open to the campus community. Refreshments will be provided.

Seniors showcase honors research in Arizona

Honors Research Brittany L. Vaszlavik (right) recently won one of the most prestigious awards at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference in Phoenix. Vaszlavik, senior special education/elementary education major, won NCHC Best Poster Award for "Social Support and the College Freshmen Experience.” Katherine Zimmerman, senior anthropology/English major, presented "A Guide to Understanding and Managing Your Campers’ Behavior."

Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology Research BU’s Department of Anthropology is hosting a forum on Friday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m., showcasing student research done this past year, including presentations on ethnographic research addressing cultural ecology, fracking, and wildlife protection. Other research presentations include 9/11 adult children of trauma, divorce, marriage, designer babies, college adjustment and social support, women in sports, disaster anthropology, ethnomusicology, the anthropology on aging and library ethnography. The forum is supported through the College of Liberal Arts Curricular Enhancement Fund.

Kappa Alpha Psi helps food pantry

Kappa Alpha Psi
BU’s Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is expressing its gratitude to everyone who donated canned food items at its recent Unity Jam Dance, which collected more than 600 items of food for the Bloomsburg Food Pantry.

Dine to donate for audiology

Dining 2 Donate
BU’s Audiology Student Association is holding a fundraiser with Applebee’s on Monday, Dec. 5, where participants present this flyer when paying for meal to help support the student organization. Applebee’s will donate 10 percent of the bill to the Audiology Student Association.

Arabic Club explores issues in Washington D.C.

Arabic Club
BU's Arabic Club recently participated in the Model Arab League (MAL) in Washington, D.C., which offered the students an opportunity to acquire and develop practical leadership skills 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 delegates, who represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were: Ahmed I. Althuqaiqeb, Sameerah Abdullah, Michael Curry, Carly Hustedt, Robert Nixon (Head Delegate), Vanessa Pellechio, Matthew Reeder, and Ashlea Zantene. Nixon participating in the Palestenian Affairs Council, won an Outstanding Delegate Award and Zantene, participating in the Environmental Affairs Council, won an Honorable Mention Award. The students are pictured with H.R.H Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.

BU tutoring research on national display

Peer Tutoring in Writing
A group of BU students representing eight majors from all four colleges recently presented research at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing at Florida International University's Biscayne Campus. Their trip was supported in part by their colleges and in part through Academic Affairs.

Sororities unleashing another Dorm Storm

Dorm Storm
BU’s sororities are hosting another round of Dorm Storm events at Columbia Hall beginning this week for interested women to meet the sorority sisters and learn about the sororities’ philanthropy activities. Cookies will also be offered. Dorm Storm will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. Go Greek!

Happy 45th to Delta Epsilon Beta

Delta Epsilon Beta
BU’s chapter of Delta Epsilon Beta, the first social sorority at BU, recently celebrated its 45th anniversary on campus. Over the years, DEB has been been very involved with St Jude's Children's Research Hospital and more recently the Bloomsburg flood relief effort, among other community service events. DEB also welcomed its 89th pledge class last month.

Videoconferencing comes to Writing Center

This fall, BU Writing Center consultants practiced using Wimba to conduct writing center sessions online. Commuting students or any student who wants to work with a consultant but cannot get to one of our locations will be able to reach us online through a link we will provide when students request an online appointment. When the writing center reopens for the spring semester, students will be able to see and speak with consultants and share their documents, usually without having to download any new software.

Flood Buddies groove for flood relief

BU’s Flood Buddies
A Halloween-themed Zumba event sponsored by BU’s Flood Buddies generated another surge of money for flood victims. Nearly $500 was raised by an up-beat Halloween-themed Zumba fitness event on Oct. 31 at the Rec Center. Participants jived to spooky Halloween songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “The Adams Family” theme song, as well as sweated their way to fitness for a good cause.

Videoconferencing comes to Writing Center

This fall, BU Writing Center consultants practiced using Wimba to conduct writing center sessions online. Commuting students or any student who wants to work with a consultant but cannot get to one of our locations will be able to reach us online through a link we will provide when students request an online appointment. When the writing center reopens for the spring semester, students will be able to see and speak with consultants and share their documents, usually without having to download any new software.

Students present research in Florida

Southern Demographic Association
Students of sociology, social work and criminal justice recently presented research at the Southern Demographic Association, Tallahassee, Fla. (L-R) Kelsey Hurst, Eowna Young Harrison, Samantha Levin and Randy Schubert. Megumi Omori, Ph.D., associate professor, served as research mentor for the students and present research herself.
 

  • Interracial Marriage: Comparison of Common Characteristics — Eowna Young Harrison
  • Violence among Young Adults: Contributing Factors — Kelsey Hurst and Megumi Omori
  • Illicit Drug Use and Abuse: A Study of Trends in Drug Usage among America’s Youth — Randy D. Schubert
  • High School Students’ Attitude toward Attending College — Samantha Levin
  • Asian Immigrants’ Labor Force Participation: Economic Versus Family Motive to Migrate to the United States — Megumi Omori

Forensics Team showcases talent in tourney

BU’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently placed sixth at the Annual Collegiate Forensic Association’s Fall Tournament at Shepherd University. BU seniors Joe Wright and Mary Pellant won third place in Parliamentary Debate out of 12 debate teams. Wright also won the top speaker award in Parliamentary Debate, first place in Extemporaneous speaking, and sixth place in Impromptu speaking.

Lauren Grose, Joshua Hooks, Erika Mohr, Tito Cantres, and Kaycee Gutsie also competed for BU. Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV, director of forensics, served as a speech and debate judge at the tournament. BU will next compete at Morgan State University on Nov. 11 to 12.

Student research showcased in Chicago

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender Conference
Hannah Long (left) and Rana George (right) recently joined Nicole Defenbaugh, assistant professor of communication studies, at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender Conference in Chicago, where they presented research done in Defenbaugh’s Gender Issues in Communication class, a course cross-listed in Communication Studies and Gender Studies.
 
Also, Defenbaugh presented a performance piece in addition to serving on the OSCLG executive board and the editorial board for Women & Language (an affiliated journal).

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Global Awareness Society International
BU’s Global Awareness Society International (GASI) recently raised more than $400 for UNICEF with a Trick or Treat campaign using collection containers placed throughout residence halls and donation tables on campus. Robbie Soltz, wife of President David Soltz, volunteered at the collection table with students on Halloween.

 

The money will be applied to a School in a Box, a mobile classroom that contains all the educational materials a school would need to teach children. Thank you to the Office of Residence Life, ARAMARK, the SOLVE Office and the BU community for their support.

Sunshine Week essay contest

Andruss Library’s Government Documents Unit is sponsoring the 2011-12 Sunshine Week essay contest, a national initiative to increase the public's awareness of their right to know about what their government is doing. To enter, right 600 to 700 words on “WikiLeaks: Responsible Journalism or Dangerous Leaks?” by Monday, Nov. 28 for a chance to win cash prizes between $100 to $250. The winning essay will be published in the Press Enterprise during Sunshine Week, in March 2012. Contact Katie Yelinek, government documents coordinator, for more information.

Broaden your education with CLS

The United States Department of State will hold the 2012 scholarship competition for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer (seven to 10 weeks) language institutes. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages accepted are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Campus Alert for Monday, Dec. 5

Bloomsburg University Police received reports of several McCormick Center offices being entered over the weekend. Staff in one office report a laptop is missing; other offices involved are checking for missing property. Police have not determined how entry was made, but some office doors may have been left unlocked. There are no suspects at this time and anyone with relevant information is urged to contact BU Police at (570) 389-4168.

Remember to always lock doors and do not open your door for someone you do not know. Do not keep valuables in view and report any suspicious persons or activity to police. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.

Creative math and science camps to grow

BU’s College of Science and Technology and the BU Foundation recently received a $15,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to support math and science camps for middle and high school students this upcoming summer. John Polhill, assistant dean of the College of Science and Technology, and John Karas, assistant director of development for the BU Foundation, wrote the grant with the help of local Alcoa representatives at Kawneer.

In past years, these camps have included such topics as renewable energy, chemical forensics, secret codes, and computer programming. This year, with the addition of a planetarium, campers will get to experience the solar system in a new and dynamic way.

Psychology Association raffle a huge success

Psychology Association
BU’s Psychology Association raised $1,416 for local flood relief through a community raffle awarding prizes to nearly 20 winners. Proceeds were given to the Bloomsburg Red Cross to help with the local flood relief efforts. Several psychology students volunteered to coordinate the raffle. #BUServes

Alpha Sigma Tau plants trees

Alpha Sigma Tau
BU’s Alpha Sigma Tau recently gave back to the community by planting trees for the Town of Bloomsburg. The sisters, who learned how to plant bare root trees, volunteered to plant 32 new trees for the town. #BUServes

Gender Studies Minor honors graduates

Gender Studies Minor BU’s Gender Studies Minor program recently honored its fall 2011 graduates with a reception, where students were given green cords to wear at commencement. Back (L-R): Heather Feldhaus (GSM board member), Emily Bolick, Meghan Drumheller, Ferda Asya (GSM director), Deanna Kellett (GSM work study student). Front: Christina Francis (GSM board member), Taylor Roberts, Eva Yuen. Not pictured: Debra McCracken, Jahzaree Sexton.

Arabic Club explores issues in Washington D.C.

Arabic Club
BU's Arabic Club recently participated in the Model Arab League (MAL) in Washington, D.C., which offered the students an opportunity to acquire and develop practical leadership skills 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 delegates, who represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were: Ahmed I. Althuqaiqeb, Sameerah Abdullah, Michael Curry, Carly Hustedt, Robert Nixon (Head Delegate), Vanessa Pellechio, Matthew Reeder, and Ashlea Zantene. Nixon participating in the Palestenian Affairs Council, won an Outstanding Delegate Award and Zantene, participating in the Environmental Affairs Council, won an Honorable Mention Award. The students are pictured with H.R.H Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.

BU tutoring research on national display

Peer Tutoring in Writing
A group of BU students representing eight majors from all four colleges recently presented research at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing at Florida International University's Biscayne Campus. Their trip was supported in part by their colleges and in part through Academic Affairs.

Students present research in Florida

Southern Demographic Association
Students of sociology, social work and criminal justice recently presented research at the Southern Demographic Association, Tallahassee, Fla. (L-R) Kelsey Hurst, Eowna Young Harrison, Samantha Levin and Randy Schubert. Megumi Omori, Ph.D., associate professor, served as research mentor for the students and present research herself.
 

  • Interracial Marriage: Comparison of Common Characteristics — Eowna Young Harrison
  • Violence among Young Adults: Contributing Factors — Kelsey Hurst and Megumi Omori
  • Illicit Drug Use and Abuse: A Study of Trends in Drug Usage among America’s Youth — Randy D. Schubert
  • High School Students’ Attitude toward Attending College — Samantha Levin
  • Asian Immigrants’ Labor Force Participation: Economic Versus Family Motive to Migrate to the United States — Megumi Omori

Broaden your education with CLS

The United States Department of State will hold the 2012 scholarship competition for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer (seven to 10 weeks) language institutes. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages accepted are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Forensics Team showcases talent in tourney

BU’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently placed sixth at the Annual Collegiate Forensic Association’s Fall Tournament at Shepherd University. BU seniors Joe Wright and Mary Pellant won third place in Parliamentary Debate out of 12 debate teams. Wright also won the top speaker award in Parliamentary Debate, first place in Extemporaneous speaking, and sixth place in Impromptu speaking.

Lauren Grose, Joshua Hooks, Erika Mohr, Tito Cantres, and Kaycee Gutsie also competed for BU. Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV, director of forensics, served as a speech and debate judge at the tournament. BU will next compete at Morgan State University on Nov. 11 to 12.

Happy 45th to Delta Epsilon Beta

Delta Epsilon Beta
BU’s chapter of Delta Epsilon Beta, the first social sorority at BU, recently celebrated its 45th anniversary on campus. Over the years, DEB has been been very involved with St Jude's Children's Research Hospital and more recently the Bloomsburg flood relief effort, among other community service events. DEB also welcomed its 89th pledge class last month.

Student research showcased in Chicago

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender Conference
Hannah Long (left) and Rana George (right) recently joined Nicole Defenbaugh, assistant professor of communication studies, at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender Conference in Chicago, where they presented research done in Defenbaugh’s Gender Issues in Communication class, a course cross-listed in Communication Studies and Gender Studies.
 
Also, Defenbaugh presented a performance piece in addition to serving on the OSCLG executive board and the editorial board for Women & Language (an affiliated journal).

Sad news for our Husky family

We're sorry to inform the BU community of the passing of an extended BU family member last week. Robin Hrinda, the daughter of long-time staff members Cindy and Charlie Harris, lost her battle with breast cancer. As Robin requested, the family will hold a celebration of her life in the spring. Keep Charlie, Cindy and all of their family in your thoughts.

Forensics Team showcases talent in tourney

BU’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently placed sixth at the Annual Collegiate Forensic Association’s Fall Tournament at Shepherd University. BU seniors Joe Wright and Mary Pellant won third place in Parliamentary Debate out of 12 debate teams. Wright also won the top speaker award in Parliamentary Debate, first place in Extemporaneous speaking, and sixth place in Impromptu speaking.

Lauren Grose, Joshua Hooks, Erika Mohr, Tito Cantres, and Kaycee Gutsie also competed for BU. Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV, director of forensics, served as a speech and debate judge at the tournament. BU will next compete at Morgan State University on Nov. 11 to 12.

Intramural football advances to nationals

Intramural Select Flag Football BU’s Intramural Select Flag Football team has advanced to the NIRSA National Championship tournament at Texas A&M University, Jan. 4-6, after winning the NIRSA Region I Flag Football Tournament in Springfield, Mass. (L-R) Tony Peregrin, Wallace Jamison, Braheem Ford, Bobby Chorpenning, Stephen Rossi, T.J. Jones. Standing: Tobin Adams (Coach), Joey Britto (Tournament MVP), Je’Voughn Smith, Keith Weidemoyer, Josh Encarnacion (Coach), Khristain Mayfield. #HuskyPride

Carving together a spooky celebration

Pumpkin Carving
BU’s Global Awareness Society International (GASI), International Living and Learning Community and International Student Association recently celebrated Halloween with a pumpkin carving social. The groups celebrated the tradition of pumpkin carving, pumpkin themed foods and pumpkin painting.

Surviving the "Junior Slump"

Podcast Is there such a thing as a junior slump? Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, says yes and uncovers the warning signs, as well as offers tips on how to make sure your junior year is a springboard to a landmark senior year.

Flood Buddies raise nearly $1,000

Flood Buddies The Bloomsburg Flood Buddies raised more than $840 from a bake sale at the Bloomsburg Area High School Homecoming on Oct. 7 to benefit local children displaced by the recent flooding. Richard Ganahl’s senior public relations class worked closely with Bloomsburg’s National Honor Society students and advisor, Rachel Mollette, to coordinate the event. Find the Flood Buddies on Facebook to get involved in more fundraising efforts. #BUServes

Bocce Ball, volunteerism takes center court

Bocce Ball
BU's Exceptionality Programs hosted the annual Bocce Ball Tournament for the Special Olympics in Nelson Field House on Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring nine bocce courts filled with 236 athletes from 17 counties participating. The day-long event was staffed by 380 BU student volunteers from a variety of organizations; Helping Others Club, BU Women's Club soccer team, Student Council for Exceptional Children, ASA, Education Living and Learning Community, PSEA, and Kappa Sig, working for various lengths of time.

English conference reels in digital tech expert

Jerome McGann
Keynote speaker Jerome McGann (right) spoke to conference participants after his lecture on Oct. 14 in Kehr Union at the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference. McGann is an English professor at the University of Virginia who has written several books on using digital technology in the humanities. The conference attracted approximately 100 faculty and student participants from throughout PASSHE and other college school systems.

Act 101/EOP lends hand as mentors

Ally Behavior
Deborah Acevedo, Michelle Vera, and Shayna Jackson recently helped Sharon Solloway, professor of mindsets and mindfulness practice, in the "Ally Behavior" segment of the Diversity Program at Southern Columbia School District. The BU students worked with small groups of the Southern students to process the information about being an "ally" when bullying is witnessed.

Dear Campus Community ...

We are all deeply concerned about the handling of the allegations of sexual abuse/sexual assault of minor children by a former Penn State coach. Therefore, I am immediately instituting a full review of the following policies and procedures (including reporting requirements, where reports can be made, how reports are made, etc.) at BU:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Abuse, sexual and otherwise
  • Unwanted sexual activity
  • Illegal activity, such as child pornography

If you see, hear about or know about possible child abuse on our campus, please immediately contact University Police at (570) 389-4168. After making this phone call, inform your immediate supervisor who in turn will contact his/her respective vice president. These individuals will also immediately contact University Police. What is essential is that university police are notified immediately. Nothing is more important that the health and safety of all members of the Bloomsburg University community and visitors to our campus, particularly children.

    — David L. Soltz, President

Broaden your education with CLS

The United States Department of State will hold the 2012 scholarship competition for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer (seven to 10 weeks) language institutes. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages accepted are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Campus Alert - Wednesday, Nov. 9

This incident was reported to BU Police Department on Wednesday, Nov. 9. At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, a female student was the victim of a purse snatching on the foot bridge across Lightstreet Road, commonly referred to as the “cat walk.” The student was returning to her off-campus residence after leaving work at Kehr Union.

A lone white male ran past the victim, grabbed her purse and fled in the direction of Honeysuckle Apartments. The male subject, who was wearing a red hoodie, is described as being approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall and about 20 years old. The victim was not injured during the accident. In case of an emergency, students should call (570) 389-4168.

Dynamic student wins BET competition

Christina Davis
Ask anyone on campus if they’ve heard of Christina Davis, and chances are you’ll get a positive answer. Davis recently entered the “Lens On Talent” on the Black Entertainment Network (BET) and won the dance competition, beating two other finalists. While it seems almost everyone on campus is supporting her, she isn’t the kind of person to let it go to her head. See her moves | Follow her story

PASSHE Diversity Summit comes to campus

Claudia DeRocco
BU will host the fifth annual PASSHE Diversity Summit from Oct. 13 to 14, featuring a host of keynote speakers, panels, affinity groups and presenters who will help further integrate diversity into the living, learning and working environments of all 14 universities. This year, attendees will take ideas from the summit and apply them directly to current diversity efforts on each campus.
Goals of this year’s summit, Diversity: Access
and Success in the New Economic Reality:

  • to focus on those issues that are critical to access and success for students and employees.
  • to showcase best practices, curriculum models, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and/or success stories that enhance access and help to ensure success of students and employees system-wide.
  • to discuss and develop measureable diversity outcomes for functional, affinity and institutional groups that foster an ongoing system-wide.

Flood Buddies groove for flood relief

BU’s Flood Buddies
A Halloween-themed Zumba event sponsored by BU’s Flood Buddies generated another surge of money for flood victims. Nearly $500 was raised by an up-beat Halloween-themed Zumba fitness event on Oct. 31 at the Rec Center. Participants jived to spooky Halloween songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “The Adams Family” theme song, as well as sweated their way to fitness for a good cause.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Global Awareness Society International
BU’s Global Awareness Society International (GASI) recently raised more than $400 for UNICEF with a Trick or Treat campaign using collection containers placed throughout residence halls and donation tables on campus. Robbie Soltz, wife of President David Soltz, volunteered at the collection table with students on Halloween.

 

The money will be applied to a School in a Box, a mobile classroom that contains all the educational materials a school would need to teach children. Thank you to the Office of Residence Life, ARAMARK, the SOLVE Office and the BU community for their support.

DPE helps raise money for Geisinger charity

Delta Phi Epsilon
Delta Phi Epsilon played an active part in the most recent Light Up the Night at Geisinger Medical Center on Oct. 6, which raises money for research while also providing a remembrance service for victims of blood cancers. #BUServes

Spectrum receives national honor

Spectrum The National Federation of Press Women has honored Spectrum Magazine, which ceased publication at the end of summer 2010. Founding editor-in-chief was Walter Brasch, professor emeritus of journalism.

In its citation, the NFPW noted: “The 375 students who were fortunate enough to be challenged as staff members during the past 24 years are the envy of every college student across the country. Spectrum was a fabulous publication whose editor wasn’t afraid to tackle and cover a wide range of topics, many of which higher education officials might have preferred to censor. [The NFPW] acknowledges Spectrum for setting the bar for other college-produced magazines.”

The last executive editor of Spectrum was Megan Angstadt, who earned bachelor’s in journalism and English, and an master’s of Education. Managing editor was Kim Courtney, who earned a bachelor’s in journalism. Art director was Nicole C. Martinez who earned a bachelor’s in art studio and a master’s in IT. Other senior staff included Brandi Furman, Martha Harris, Alyssa Pierce, Alyssa Wernham, and Sammie Weisbeck.

A tree grows in Bloomsburg

BU Rugby Team
More than 30 BU students, including 15 members of BU’s Rugby Team, turned out earlier this month to dig 28 holes for the soon-to-be planted trees along Town streets. Volunteers are welcome to help plant the trees once they arrive in early November. Contact Cristina Mathews, Bloomsburg’s Shade Tree Commission, or Amy Seamans, Bloomsburg Town Hall, at (570) 784-7123.

Building math muscles, turning out Mathletes

Math Partnership
Greenwood Friends School in Millville capped another successful Math Partnership session with BU students from in Frank D’Angelo’s Teaching Mathematics classes, who worked one-on-one with Greenwood students in (K-8) for one hour, four days a week. BU students have also facilitated Mathletes, an after-school enrichment club.

See digital art cover to cover

Digital Art BU's Advanced Digital Art students are participating in the “Cover of a Cover” exhibition in downtown Bloomsburg, opening on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main St, through Nov. 10. The exhibition, sponsored by local business “Endless Records,” was open to all to redesign or reinterpret an existing vinyl album cover. Meet the artists and see the work of students, faculty, and the community.

Ready to discuss World Water Wars?

Blue Gold: World Water Wars
The Columbia County Conservation District screened the award-winning film "Blue Gold: World Water Wars," which examines environmental and political implications of the planet's dwindling water supply, and posits that wars in the future will be fought over water. The film also highlighted some success stories of water activists around the world, and makes a strong case for community action.

The film, which was open free to the public, preceded a discussion led by a Columbia County Conservation District representative and BU faculty Patricia Beyer, John Bodenman, and Jennifer Whisner.

PCM lends hand to flood victims

Protestant Campus Ministry
BU’s Protestant Campus Ministry volunteered this month with Wesley United Methodist Church to serve meals to flood victims. (Front) Nicole Shuman, Christina Flaherty, Mandi Siegfried, Erin Schumaker and Chelsea Zoltowski. (Back) Jason Janezic, Chris Perez, Angie Rock, Jess Stevenson and Meghan Ruland.

Mansfield helps BU flood relief

Toys for Flood
Mansfield University sent students from their social work classes to help hand out toys earlier this month to children affected by the flood. The groups gave out toys to 50 children. It was sponsored by BU and Toys for Tots.

Roundtable gets its own Rock ’n Roll tribute

Supervisory Roundtable
BU’s Supervisory Roundtable, well known for its elaborate Homecoming parade floats, took first place in the recent Homecoming float competition with its thorough Kiss tribute. Judy Ohl, roundtable member, decided to inform the legendary band itself of the recognition — and in turn — saw the campus group received its online tribute!

Homecoming Award Winners

Residence Hall Window Painting

  • First place — Northumberland Hall
  • Second place — JKA/MOA/MPA/Kile/Trinity
  • Third place — Lycoming Hall
  • Fourth place — Schuylkill

Parade Non-Float Entries

  • First place (tie) — Sigma Sigma Sigma | Program Board
  • Third place — Columbia Hall

Parade Floats

  • First place — Supervisory Roundtable
  • Second place — Delta Epsilon Beta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Third place — Northumberland Hall
  • Fourth place — Theta Tau Omega, Kappa Sigma

Banner competition winner

  • Husky Ambassadors

Faculty honored with Provost's Award

Provost Award
Four faculty members were honored at the close of the spring semester with the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity.

Shown, clockwise, are Christian Grandzol, associate professor of management; Deborah Stryker, assistant professor of exceptionalities, deaf/hard of hearing; Jeffrey Brunskill, associate professor of envionmental, geographical and geological sciences; and Shen Ding, associate professor of political science.
Each award winner received $1,000 for travel or other faculty development activities and a plaque.
Nominations of untenured faculty are made by each dean and evaluated by Dean's Council based upon publications, presentations and other scholarly work.

Equestrian Team turns in impressive showing

BU Equestrian Team
BU’s Equestrian Team tied for Reserve High Point Team at its recent intercollegiate horse show at Briarwood Farms in New Jersey, co-hosted by BU and BU alumni. Keep track of the team online this season!

Ice Hockey opens season with a pair of wins

Ice Hockey
BU Ice Hockey opened its Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference season recently with two wins, a 7-3 victory over Rutgers Camden and a 21-2 win over Centenary College of New Jersey. The week prior, BU helped raise more than $375 for the Bloomsburg Flood Relief (AGAPE) and Central Susquehanna Disaster Relief Fund with a preseason tournament with Bucknell and Susquehanna universities.

BU Foundation gift winners announced

Tuition Raffle
Tauheed Smith, of Philadelphia, recently won $3,000 after participating in the Bloomsburg University Foundation sponsored raffles this summer where students and parents could win the equivalent of one semester’s tuition in cash. The annual raffles support the General Athletic Scholarship Fund. Other winners, each receiving $75 gift cards to the University Store, were:

 

Brian Bagnole, Long Valley, N.J.; Carmen Gonzalez, Philadelphia; Laura Smith, Elkland; Janet Kipp, Newport; Ernest Meisel, Marysville; Kathy McMaster, Bellefonte; Gracian Rodemer, New Oxford; Dave Ciccanti, Norristown; Kristine Macort, Lansdal; Megan Malizia, Collegeville.

Be heard … share your experience

Campus Climate
BU is currently conducting focus groups to gain a better understanding of how individuals experience BU. If you’re asked to participate in one of these focus groups, please do so. Your opinions will be used to develop a campus-wide climate survey. Contact Sheila Dove Jones, interim director of planning and assessment, at (570) 389-4027 for more information.

Campus Child Center toddlers get into shape

Campus Child Center
BU's Campus Child Center's young toddler teacher Kahla Snyder is pictured with her class, which recently spent two weeks learning their shapes. The children learned two shapes a day and finger painted the pages, then bound them into a book to take home and share with their families. (L-R) Ceana Simpson, Hannah Magill, Maliyah Kearney, Kahla Snyder, Teacher, Livia Wagner, and Gus Bauman.

Senior's research in national spotlight

Brian Culp
Brian Culp, a senior geology and planetary geoscience science major, attended the Geological Society of America 2011 National Meeting in Minneapolis, where roughly 6,000 geoscientists from around the world were in attendance. Culp demonstrated his research to the audience, focused on estimating the mode of minerals in a hand sample.

Culp’s trip was supported by the College of Science and Technology, Department of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences, and the White Fund. Read the abstract of Culp’s research

October is Fire Prevention Month

Safety Preparedness
In recognition of Fire Prevention Month, BU’s Public Safety and Police Department offers some tips on how to keep your place safe from fire, as well as some identity theft and online crime prevention tips.
Identity Theft Prevention | Fire Prevention Tips

Working together to save schools $80,000

Children’s Choices Initiative
Philip Tucker, associate professor of special education, in his role as coordinator of Region I of the Children’s Choices Initiative, recently coordinated a book drive of roughly 4,000 children’s books to local participating schools systems. Tucker has been working with five BU alumni who are employed in schools in the region to distribute multiple copies of 700 different books published in 2011.
 
Retail value of these books is estimated at approximately $80,000; thus providing a significant resource to these participating schools. This initiative distributed approximately 3,200 books in 2010-11 under the same program. #BUServes

Eight toddlers meet "The Three Bears"

Campus Child Center
The BU Campus Child Center's older toddler group enjoys story time with Kathy Johnson, assistant director, listening to "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" a classroom favorite.
(L-R) Cerick Austin, Jameson Lapos, Shahad Alshrari, Brianna Kolk, Noah Wilson, Liam Berger, Landen Guffey, and Dylan Culp.

Liberal Arts dean salutes excellence

 Salute to Excellence Awards
James Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, presented the college’s annual Salute to Excellence Awards for 2010-11. The award pays tribute to faculty who excel and particularly the few who are exceptional based on the yearly performance evaluations on teaching effectiveness, scholarly growth, and service.
Pictured: Provost Ira Blake; President David Soltz; recipients, Kara Shultz, communication studies; Michael Sherry, English; Peter Doerschler, political science; Dean James Brown; Julie Petry, music theatre and dance; Winona Cochran, psychology; and Nathalie Cornelius, languages and cultures.

Campus Alert - Saturday, Oct. 29

At approximately 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, a male, non-student, was struck by several unidentified males. The victim reports four white males were involved in the incident, described as between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall , average build. One suspect was wearing a light blue hoodies. The suspects were last seen entering Montour Hall. The victim sustained contusions and abrasions to his face. Any information as to the identity of these individuals should be provided to the BU police at (570) 389-4168.

Husky Pride becomes contagious

Husky Pride Day
With overwhelming success, BU celebrated its first-ever Husky Pride Day as students, faculty, staff and alumni showcased their school spirit in a variety of fashions – all of course covered in maroon and gold. As part of the celebration the best-represented offices were visited by Roongo, who in the end awarded the top two with a prize.

First place: College of Education dean’s office. Second place: Office of Admissions. Honorable mention: College of Liberal Arts dean’s office. Nearly 15 offices were on display and will continue having their décor into next week. See the best Husky Spirit that was on display!

A little Greek stroll into the fall semester

Greek Stroll BU’s culturally based Greek organizations recently hosted a Greek Stroll to highlight fall recruitment and kick off Greek Life’s fall semester of activities and community service. Performing were Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Chi Upsilon Sigma, Mu Sigma Upsilon, Lambda Sigma Upsilon. Additionally, Sigma Gamma Rho helped coordinate the event.

Campus rallies for blood drive

Greek Life Blood Drive
BU’s recent blood drive on Sept. 20 to 21 brought in 372 units of blood, which included 58 for double red cells. The impression collection was greatly needed for the American Red Cross in the wake of the 2011 Bloomsburg Flood.

The drives, sponsored by Greek Life, drew in 153 first-time donors. The next campus blood drive will be Dec. 7 to 8.

Sabbatical Announcements for 2012-13

This year’s list of sabbatical approvals have been announced with 21 faculty receiving sabbatical leave, effective for the 2012-13 academic year.

"Welcome Back"

Huskies in Action
BU will seem the same as it did before our closure, but the lives of many in our town will never be the same. Many local residents have expressed their appreciation for the assistance our studentshave provided during flood recovery efforts. I am incredibly proud of these student volunteers whose actions exemplify our core values.
 
I encourage you to lend a hand in any way you can to the tremendous recovery effort now under way. — David L. Soltz, President Huskies in Action! | Football an afterthought ... | #HuskyPride

Your vote counts!

Vote
CGA Student Senate Elections will start at midnight and will be running until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22. Voting tables will be set up at the Student Service Center from 2 to 4 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, and in the Kehr Union from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Take a minute and save a life

Campus Blood Drive
Greek Affairs is sponsoring two campus blood drives this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 20 and 21, in the KUB Ballroom, from 1 to 7 p.m. Appointments to donate blood may be made online at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Volunteers are also needed — call the Student Activities Office at (570) 389-4346 to sign up.

Senior taking advantage of THIS opportunity

Caitlin Jones
Caitlin Jones, a senior political science major, is working for state Sen. Michael Stack, of Philadelphia, as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by PASSHE. She is one of 14 students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester’s worth of credits. She and the other interns will attend several academic seminars this fall. Each will also complete an individualized research project as part of the program’s requirements.

Hawks for Heroes event this week

Kappa Sigma
Kappa Sigma will be giving free Mohawks on Friday, Sept. 23, starting at 10 a.m. on the Lycoming Lawn to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation, a private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. Kappa Sigma will also be selling T-shirts, wristbands and conducting a raffle. Joining the brothers will be BU's Competition Dance Team at 6 p.m.

BU Players kickoff season with 'Proof'


The curtain rises on Bloomsburg University Players' 2011-12 season with "Proof" by David Auburn. The play, directed by Kaitlyn Ide, a BU senior from Nescopeck, will be presented in the Theatre Lab at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 to 24.

"'Proof' follows the journey of Catherine as she struggles to navigate her way through a new world without her father," said Ide. "She clings to her past as she tries to find the answer to the question that has been plaguing her for years: is she just like her father?"

September is National Preparedness Month

Safety Preparedness You can make your own emergency preparedness supply kit. Some basic emergency preparedness supplies include food, fresh water, clean air and warmth. Local officials and relief workers will respond after a disaster, but they may not be able to reach everyone right away. That's why it's critical to be prepared to survive on your own for a minimum of three days in the event of an emergency. This may mean providing your own shelter, food, water, first-aid, sanitation and other basic needs. www.ReadyPA.org | www.ready.gov

Crime Prevention Tips

  • Stay in well-lit, well-traveled streets. Walk halfway between curbs and buildings, away from alleys, entries, and bushes. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
  • Try to travel in pairs. It reduces your chance of being a victim of a street crime.
  • Request an on-campus escort from the University Police office at (570) 389-5000.
  • A person who is intoxicated to the point of physical and mental impairment makes him or herself an easy target for a potential attacker.
  • If you ever leave a drink unattended, discard the drink. Someone may put what is referred to as “club or date rape drugs” into your drink without your knowledge.
  • The most basic crime prevention tool is your instinct, trust it!

BU program takes on racism with humor

The Black-Jew Dialogues
Actors Larry Jay Tish and Ron Jones will use comedy to illustrate the absurdity of prejudice and racism in "The Black-Jew Dialogues," being presented Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. The program, open to the public free of charge, is sponsored by the Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE) as part of Communities in Conversation about Race.

Tish and Jones will portray a variety of characters to help audience members understand methods of overcoming "feareotypes" or stereo¬types based on fear and lack of cross-cultural engagement. Through humor, their dialogue will reveal the nature of prejudice and how people are separated by their inability to face bias.

A simple formula equating to summer fun

Math Camp
More than 150 elementary students spent a week this summer exploring math in various ways from group activities to one-on-one mentoring at BU’s annual Math Camp, sponsored by the Department of Exceptionalities. Nearly 30 BU education students were teachers for campers ranging from pre-K through eighth grade.

Among the activities included a shape scavenger hunt, a mapping game and creating wind mobiles. BU has hosted the math camp in cooperation with the local community since 1997.

Earthquake rattles Washington, East Coast

Tremors from a reported 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland were felt in Bloomsburg and across portions of campus. Bloomsburg University sustained no damage or reported injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck Virginia near the town of Mineral.

If you notice any building damage please report it immediately to University Safety and Police (570) 389-4168.

Associated Press Earthquake Coverage | What to do in case of an aftershock

Mike McFarland named new athletic director

Mike McFarland
Mike McFarland has been named director of athletics at Bloomsburg University. McFarland comes to BU after six years as Bucknell University's associate athletic director for facilities and event operations. Prior to Bucknell, McFarland was the Patriot League's associate executive director for five years. He replaces Mary Gardner, who retired at the end of June with more than 30 years at BU, including 23 years as the director of athletics.

Test your skills in a driving simulator

To kick off the year, the Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network (DAWN) is promoting safe driving by bringing a DUI/Distracted Driving Simulator Car to campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, behind the Student Services Center. As students come back to campus, we want to emphasize the dangers of drinking or texting while driving.

The Arrive Alive Tour includes an on-going high-impact video presentation and simulators where students sit in an actual vehicle, put on virtual reality goggles to test their driving skills. A pledge station will be available where students can choose to sign a pledge not to drink or text and drive.

Summer is over, time to the hit the ice

BU Ice Hockey BU’s Ice Hockey Club Team, which won its conference division for the second consecutive season last year, will hold an open meeting about the 2011-12 season at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in KUB 410. The first team practice will be from 8:30 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Revolution Ice Center, Pittston.

CAS to present dynamic new season

Celebrity Artist Series BU’s Celebrity Artist Series is celebrating its 26th season with renowned comedy, music, ballet and theatre performers, including jazz legend Phil Woods and national Broadway tour of The Color Purple. PPL, a long-time supporter of CAS, recently provided support of the upcoming 2011-12 season, which kicks off Oct. 29 with Josh Blue, former winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
 
Accepting the gift from Teri MacBride, PPL regional community relations director, and Michael Munroe, PPL Montour Plant manager, are David Soltz, BU president (left), and Jim Hollister, BU assistant VP, external relations.

TRiO Upward Bound wraps up great summer

TRiO Upward Bound This summer, 35 students of BU’s TRiO Upward Bound program completed the six-week summer academy preparing them for the college atmosphere, highlighted by a Service Day, a TACT performance and a day-trip to the Harrisburg Capitol. TRiO guides first-generation college students to a path of post-secondary possibilities and has a high success rate of the students enrolling in college and finishing with a degree.

Scripting a homegrown success story

Haili Shetler
 
Where ever you find Haili Shetler, odds are you’ll discover a notebook. Creative writing, even simple note-taking, has long been a passion for this Bloomsburg native. And according to Shetler’s footnotes, she has become the quintessential homegrown talent.

Art of the Alumni in the spotlight

Art of the Alumni 2011
A collection of work by 14 studio art alumni is now on display at the Haas Gallery through Friday, Sept. 9. Artists’ comments and bios are also included with each piece. Some art is inappropriate for younger viewers and is intended for mature audiences. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LLC mentors ready for new communities

LLC Mentors
More than 50 mentors representing BU’s 11 Living and Learning Communities recently completed their annual training and team-building activities in preparation for the new class of LLC students arriving on campus this week. Once moved in, students will take part in various activities designed to facilitate interpersonal relationships and a sense of community within the program, BU and the region.

Learn the LLC Life | See the LLC Experience

An epic Quest to the peaks of the Northwest

BU Quest Two BU Quest groups, including six alums and students, spent a part of this summer hiking to the peaks of Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mt. Olympus in Washington, battling the weather elements for 40 miles of backpacking and more than 7,000 feet of climbing. Joining the groups were Brett Simpson, director of Quest, alum ’08, Jeremy Quant ’07, Scott Dustman ’07, Kevin Zuech ’00, Kenny Pallis, a junior, and Jim Shields ’04.

Here's to a healthy school year

Health Tips The 2011-12 academic year is here, and the Student Health Center staff is ready to help you with your health care needs. We encourage all students to visit the health center to become familiar with the location and services we offer.

College is full of exciting new experiences, from meeting new people, living away from home for the first time, and for being responsible for your own decisions, actions and care. Being responsible for your own health care may be one of those totally new experiences for many of you. 2011-12 Immunization Clinics

Financial Management Association

COB student group among nation’s best

BU’s Financial Management Association, which links students with business professionals through on-campus talks and on-site business visits including Wall Street, was designated a Superior Chapter for 2011. It’s the highest honor for a FMA Student Chapter or Honor Society. Of more than 200 active student chapters, less than five percent receive this honor.

BU’s chapter, co-advised by Victoria Geyfman and Jonathan Ohn, has received the Superior Chapter designation every year since 2006. Last year's executive board included Lee Herbert, president; Cory Hardy, vice pres; Brad Ungard, treasurer; Alan Bond, secretary.

BU families enjoy a day at Knoebels

Alumni Day
More than 60 BU alumni and friends attended Alumni Day at Knoebels Amusement Park on July 30, an annual event organized by the Carver Hall Chapter of the BU Alumni Association, which provides opportunities and events to bring together alumni to network and support BU.
Pictured is the Tobey family: Joe ’97, Rachael and Danny, Angela ’98.

KU grad makes history as new chairman

Guido M. Pichini
Guido M. Pichini made history as the first PASSHE alumnus to lead governing body when he was elected chair of the PASSHE Board of Governors in June. As its fourth board chair in 28 years, Pichini is the first to have graduated from one of the 14 state system universities, earning a degree in political science from what was then Kutztown State College in 1974.

BU duo attend national society meeting

Health Physics Society Health physics majors participated in the 56th annual Health Physics Society meeting, West Palm Beach, Fla., where Jason Vognetz (right) presented research done with Geisinger’s Oncology Department and Brian Serencsits (left) was among eight chosen as HPS ad-hoc committee members.
Two BU students majoring in health physics recently participated in the 56th annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in West Palm Beach, Fla., where Jason Vognetz (right) researched done in collaboration with Geisinger’s Oncology Department in Geisinger Medical Center and Brian Serencsits (left) was among eight students in the country elected as Health Physics Society ad-hoc committee members. Their trip was made possible by full travel grants from the society.

African summer experience goes I-Tech

Africa Study Abroad
BU’s partnership with the University of Buea will continue as President David Soltz and Vincent P.K. Titanji, vice chancellor of the University of Buea, signed an addendum to the current Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

 

In addition, BU conducted a three-day instructional technology (IT) seminar to introduce IT as an academic discipline to University of Buea faculty.

BU graduate students land scholarships

Highmark Graduate Scholars
Samantha Post, who is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, and Emily Faber, pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, each recently received a Highmark Graduate Scholarship for individual research and academic excellence within their respective fields.
 
Post, the first BU counseling student to elect to complete a master’s thesis, has special research interests in cyber bullying and sexting in K-12 educational systems. Faber plans to further her education by working with a cleft palate team and eventually work abroad, as well as pursue studies in traumatic brain injury and aphasia.

Annual summer camp shapes future leaders

Middle School Leadership Institute
BU recently hosted another successful week-long summer college camp for middle school students, targeting them as future leaders through enhancement of academic and interpersonal skills.

 

 
The camp, assisted by BU education majors, featured arts-based workshops, guest speakers, field trips, and discussion groups promoting leadership, civic responsibility, communication skills, creative problem-solving, academic and career opportunities and personal development.

Poison ivy - Leaves of three, let them be!

Poison ivy grows in the form of climbing vines and shrubs that trail on the ground and shrubbery. The vine clings to stone and climbs trees and poles. It grows abundantly along fences, paths, and roadways, and is often partly hidden by other foliage. The leaves always grow in clusters of three, one at the end of the stalk, and the other two opposite one another. Poison ivy details and treatment

What is Pink Eye and How can I treat it?

Pink Eye
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” often stirs a sense of panic in many people, who think that they are extremely contagious and will be banned from school/classes or that their vision will somehow be forever altered. However, there really is no need for panic or fear. Please read this information to fully understand the cause, treatment and spread of Pink Eye (medically known as Conjunctivitis). Pink Eye refers to the inflammation of the outer covering of the eye and inner covering of the eyelids, called the conjunctiva. The two most common causes of inflammation of the conjunctiva are: infection and allergies.

Ariana Winder

Chaos and confusion begin the journey

Ariana Winder, a junior biochemistry major, is spending part of the summer in China studying at Shandong University of Technology, learning about Qi culture, Chinese tradition and modernization, and the impact of Confucius philosophy. In this blog, Ariana describes the unexpected delay to the trip.

BU graduate students land scholarships

Highmark Graduate Scholars
Samantha Post, who is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, and Emily Faber, pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, each recently received a Highmark Graduate Scholarship for individual research and academic excellence within their respective fields.
 
Post, the first BU counseling student to elect to complete a master’s thesis, has special research interests in cyber bullying and sexting in K-12 educational systems. Faber plans to further her education by working with a cleft palate team and eventually work abroad, as well as pursue studies in traumatic brain injury and aphasia.

Youths hit pay dirt to begin summer

Camp Sahara Local youths, ages 10 to 16, recently kicked off BU’s summer adventure camp season with Camp Sahara, the first camp Quest has co-sponsored with an academic department. Coordinated with anthropology, the camp featured a daily archeological dig, team-building activities, river-rafting and high ropes course.

Experiencing growth as a future teacher

Meghan Sullivan
Meghan Sullivan, an elementary ed major and Spanish minor, is in the Dominican Republic on a summer teaching practicum, helping an underprivileged community near Santo Domingo learn English. Meghan describes how she is becoming more comfortable as a teacher.

Business students begin Russian journey

Russia Study Abroad
Sarah Geise, a junior, Sean Muldowney, a senior, and Olya Barnett, a sophomore, have begun their Russia summer study abroad experience at Moscow Finance University, where they will study economics, language and liberal arts, as well as immerse themselves in the rich Russian culture.

Sean checks in having already experienced many “firsts,” while Sarah is at a loss for words to describe what she has seen so far.

PASSHE approves new tuition rates

PASSHE's Board of Governors approved a $436 tuition increase Thursday for the 2011-12 academic year. The new annual tuition rate for full-time, PA undergraduate students beginning this fall will be $6,240 — still among the lowest rate of all four-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, and well below the national average among all public institutions.

Audiology students offer hearing screenings

Audiology doctoral students Eight audiology doctoral students advised by Thomas Zalewski gave healthy hearing screenings recently at the 2011 Special Olympic summer games at Penn State University, evaluating 120 Special Olympic athletes and their families.
(L-R): Serena Gibney, Cory Surridge, Nicole Leonzi, and David Flynn. Standing: Jackie Gargiulo, Heather Stone, Erica Miele, Matthew Bonsall, and Zalewski.

Compete in intramurals this summer

BU's Intramurals Department is launching an intramural sports program this summer. The deadline to register is Friday, July 8, for men’s and women’s basketball or co-ed volleyball. Competition will be July 11 to Aug. 5 with all games played on Monday through Thursday evenings.

BU to offer new MSIT program this fall

Instructional Technology BU's Master of Science in Instructional Technology degree program in Application and Management will begin this fall as one of six programs under PASSHE’s Professional Science Master’s initiative, designed to address critical workforce needs in PA by combining rigorous math or science study with professional skills-based coursework in business, management, communications and policy.

Harrisburg students hone skills at BU

Harrisburg Partnership StudentsThirty-four Harrisburg High School students recently honed their academic skills for two weeks at BU through the Harrisburg Partnership Program, a two-week residential program hosted by BU for students beyond 10th grade each summer. The program provides feedback on academic skill levels, builds self-esteem and familiarizes students with university life.
Activities include outdoor challenges, group problem-solving and environmental science courses, as well as creative writing and multimedia production classes. Concepts of adaptation and cooperation are stressed.

Mandel joins BU as purchasing director

Jeffrey Mandel Jeffrey I. Mandel has been named BU's director of purchasing and operation after serving several roles in the state, including the Department of General Services, Bureau of Procurement and as Chief Procurement Officer. Mandel also has nearly 17 years of experience in supply chain and purchasing work across several manufacturing companies in private industry. He holds a M.B.A. and professional certifications in purchasing, production and inventory control, as well as project management.

Valley field school covering all areas

Susquehanna Valley Field School
The Susquehanna Valley Field School recently held several seminars featuring topics of Walkable Communities and Good Work, as well as a door-to-door community health needs assessment and progress workshops of student research, and GIS and GPS technologies.
 
Student field school fellows (L-R) Nicholas Telepak, Shannon Bilder, Andrew Macmillan, Rubin Rhodes, Brandon Vinton, and Ryan Jarvis.

Never to be seen in America

Ariana Winder Ariana Winder, a junior biochemistry major, is spending part of the summer in China studying at Shandong University of Technology, learning about Qi culture, Chinese tradition and modernization, and the impact of Confucius philosophy. In this blog, Ariana describes a unique scene along the road.

Anthropology student researchers on display

Anthropology Research Conference BU hosted the 25th annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research in April, featuring students from five state system schools presenting original research and special projects mentored by anthropology faculty. The conference, supported by College of Liberal Arts and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, featured more than 25 BU students.Student research papers and posters

SOLVE hosts its third annual Spring Summit

Spring Summit
SOLVE recently invited non-profit and governmental organizations to the third annual BU-Community Spring Summit to learn about how to incolve students in volunteer work and other efforts that benefit our neighbors in the region through work with those groups.

New assistant VP for facilities management

Eric Ness Eric Ness, a licensed engineer with more than 25 years of experience in facilities maintenance, planning design, construction, budgeting and management, is BU’s new assistant vice president for administration. Ness has worked at Milton Academy, UMass Amherst, Olin College of Engineering, Babson College, Suffolk University and Springfield Technical Community College. His experience includes facilities in areas like NYC and Boston, as well as Alaska and Africa.

Student veterans give back to campus

Student Veteran's Association
Josh Bentley, of BU’s Student Veteran's Association (BUSVA), recently presented a check to Brett Simpson, executive director of Quest, with proceeds from a coin drive to help fund the wheelchair accessible high ropes course. Funds were used
to add a new zip line, increasing the options for more users.

Quest will be partnering with BUSVA on upcoming projects to serve the campus community and area military veterans.

Firefighting teens, Confucian philosophy

Ariana Winder Ariana Winder, a junior biochemistry major, is spending part of the summer in China studying at Shandong University of Technology, learning about Qi culture, Chinese tradition and modernization, and the impact of Confucius philosophy. In this blog, Ariana takes time to describe the lessons learned in class.

Digging up an enriching field experience

Archeological Field School
DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, is leading a group of BU students on a four-week archeological field school experience in Chilicothe, Ohio, where they're excavating a Hopewell habitation site. The excavation team, relying on new imaging technologies, hope to uncover another living site of the Mound Builders from 2,000 years ago.

Taking in the Dominican culture bit by bit

Meghan Sullivan
Meghan Sullivan, a junior elementary education major and Spanish minor, is in the Dominican Republic on a summer teaching practicum, helping an underprivileged community near Santo Domingo learn English. Meghan tells us in this blog how she is gradually becoming Dominican.

Alumna earns teacher of the year

Lianna Personeus
Lianna Personeus, a 2010 BU dual graduate of special education and elementary education, was awarded Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Council for Exceptional Children in Osceola County, Fla. Personeus is an autism spectrum disorder teacher at Saint Cloud Middle School.

Roh Scholars go global, spread awareness

Roh Scholars
Matthew Kinney, Ana Delgadillo and Salman Haque, recently participated in the Global Awareness Society International (GASI) Conference in Puerto Rico. The Roh Scholarship winners are pictured with BU alum, Hiram Martinez, during a break at the conference.

Adjusting to a new lifestyle and culture

Meghan Sullivan
Meghan Sullivan, a junior elementary education major and Spanish minor, is spending the summer in the Dominican Republic on a teaching practicum, helping an underprivileged community outside Santo Domingo learn English. In this blog, Meghan updates us on her first week of class.

Newly minted graduate heads to Spain

Samantha Bussanich Samantha Bussanich, a Spanish and biology May graduate, has been accepted by the Ministry of Education of Spain to participate in the North American Language and Culture Assistants. As an Auxiliar de Conversación (Conversation Assistant), she will share her knowledge of English and North American culture in public K-12 schools this fall to June 2012.

Alum named CFO of the Year

Michael Gillespie Michael R. Gillespie ’95, chief accounting officer for Hersha Hospitality Trust of Harrisburg, was named a Central PA CFO of the Year for 2011 during a recognition ceremony on June 1. The Central Penn Business Journal award program honors financial executives who contribute to the success of the region’s economic growth and stability. A graduate of BU’s College of Business, Gillespie holds his bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting. He was selected among four nominees to receive the “Growth Specialist Award” by an independent panel of judges based on his career achievements, the impact of his contributions to his company and leadership in other areas. When Gillespie began with Hersha six years ago, the company had 27 hotels, total assets of $256 million and a market capitalization of roughly $100 million. Today, the company boasts 77 hotels, assets of $1.5 billion and a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion.

Zeigler Institute for Professional Development

Alumni couple invest in College of Business

An alumni couple has contributed $1.67 million to the Bloomsburg University Foundation — the largest philanthropic gift in foundation history. Terry Zeigler ’76, president and CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., Chalfont, and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77, are sponsoring the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) within BU’s College of Business. The institute will focus on professionalism and the interconnectedness of functional business areas.

More than 1,200 graduates walk

Spring Graduation A total of 1,122 seniors received bachelor's degrees in two undergrad commencements Saturday in the Academic Quadrangle, while eight doctor of audiology degrees and 147 master's degrees were conferred during Friday's grad commencement in Mitrani Hall.

Kozloff Scholars announced at Research Day

Research Day As part of BU’s inaugural Research Day, six students were awarded Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Grants totaling $11,343 to fund their research ranging from behavioral and physiological responses of honeybees to characteristics of interracial marriage.

More than 200 students participated in the campus-wide Research Day, which showcased research for each of the four colleges.

2011 Kozloff Scholars

  • Meghan Duell — Integrating Behavioral and Physiological Responses of Honeybees to Pesticide-Induced Stress
  • Kathryn Young — Social Stories and Video Modeling Viewed Via an Apple iPod for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Katherine Zimmerman — Honors Independent Study – Camp Counseling 101: A Guide to Understanding and Managing Your Campers’ Behavior
  • Erika Quinter — Gum Bichromate
  • Eona C. Young Harrison —l Interracial Marriage: Comparison of Common Characteristics
  • Cory Hardy — Community Seminars on the Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Investments

BU football scholarship campaign launched

Jerry Frey '71 (co-chair), Dr. David Soltz, Head Coach Danny Hale, Jahri Evans '07, Steph Pettit '89 (co-chair) To build on “118 years of true grit on the football field,” the Bloomsburg University Foundation has announced “First and Goal,” a $2 million endowed scholarship campaign to benefit the Huskies football program. The campaign is more than halfway to its goal thanks to a leadership gift of $500,000 from Jahri Evans '07, former All-American and current NFL All-Pro.
 
For details on the “First and Goal” campaign, contact the Foundation at (570)-389-4524 or visit www.bloomufdn.org/firstandgoal.

Exercise Science research goes regional

Exercise Science Mark Yankowski, who received the Student Investigator Award at the recent Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Harrisburg, was among the exercise science students and faculty representing BU at the annual conference that featured more than 600 sports medicine, exercise science, and nutrition professionals and students. Yankowski presented, “A Positional Comparison of Pre-season Physical Fitness Characteristics in DIII Baseball Players,” along with Charles Brightbill presenting, “Comparison of EMG Responses to Strength Training Exercises with and without Nintendo Wii Guidance,” Josh Fleming presenting, “Running Economy is Not Related to Jumping Performance,” Christina Rasnake presenting, “A Comparison of Pre-season Physical Fitness Profiles Between Positions in a Division II Men’s Soccer Team,” (mentor Andrea Fradkin, Ph.D.) and Matthew McMahon presenting, “Electromyographic and Mechanomyographic Responses of the Biceps Brachii and Vastus Lateralis During Isokinetic Exercise” (mentor Swapan Mookerjee, Ph.D.).

No more holding back: I’m studying in China

Ariana Winder Ariana Winder, a junior biochemistry major and professional writing minor, is spending part of the summer in China studying at Shandong University of Technology, where she will learn about Qi culture, Chinese tradition and modernization, and the impact of Confucius philosophy.

A life changing Caribbean experience

Meghan Sullivan Meghan Sullivan, a junior elementary education major and Spanish minor, is spending the summer in the Dominican Republic on a teaching practicum, where she is helping a poor community outside Santo Domingo learn English to help them position themselves to find work. She is sharing her experience with a blog.Join Meghan’s journey!

A geological look at the Appalachians

Appalachian Transect Students A group of Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences students spent 10 days this spring on an intensive camping trip across North Carolina into Tennessee for their Appalachian Transect class. The group studied the geology of the different regions of the shoreline of North Carolina to the Appalachian Plateau northeast of Knoxville, Tenn.
 
Stops included quarry visits to Vulcan Materials Company operations, a tour of Reed Gold Mine, gem mining in Spruce Pine, N.C., stops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other geologic points of interest. Faculty instructors were Brett McLaurin, Cindy Venn and Stephen Whisner. Students were: Philip Anzelmo, Katie Daud, Sheri Dube, Lynnette Eichenlaub, Ted Grimm, Logan Haga, Richard Hampson, Shane Levengood, Samantha Pfister, Steve Shorter, Kerry Treacy, Jaclyn Yamrich and Eva Yuen.

Former Spectrum staff earns awards

Spectrum Four former Spectrum Magazine staff members have earned statewide honors in the annual Pennsylvania Press Club competition against professional newspapers and magazines in the Keystone State.

  • Megan Angstadt, executive editor 2008-10, earned first place in news reporting for her article, "The Bunchers," which looked at puppy mill abuses. The article first appeared in Spectrum. Angstadt earned a B.A., summa cum laude in journalism and English, and an M.Ed.
  • Danielle Lynch, executive editor, 2006-07, earned second place in special series reporting for a first-hand report, "Live From Boot Camp," that appeared in the West Chester (Pa.) Daily Local. She is now the Delaware County Times senior reporter for politics.
  • Nicole C. Martinez, who had been on Spectrum for five years as an art major and then as a graduate student in instructional technology, was first place winner for art direction of a four-color magazine, and second in page layout for designs she created for Spectrum.
  • Kimberlee Courtney, managing editor 2008-10, took first in the collegiate competition division in feature writing against Pennsylvania college newspapers and magazines for her story, "Twirling the Night Away," and honorable mention in news writing for "I Just Like to Ride." Courtney is now with Pools and Spa magazine in Philadelphia.

Walter M. Brasch, Spectrum's editor-in-chief for 23 years, and retired BU professor, also earned several awards in competition against statewide newspapers and magazines. Brasch took first place in features/personality profiles; second in environmental writing; and second for his syndicated newspaper column, Wanderings. In addition, Brasch and his wife, Rosemary, took second place in specialty articles.

Taking higher education to a new level

Teaching Excellence Academy BU’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Center recently hosted a Teaching Excellence Academy with 11 faculty exploring how to design or redesign courses, as well as backward design, active learning, teaching writing, instructional technology, formative assessment, understanding student intellectuals and emotional development.

Each faculty member received a small faculty professional development grant for participating, and in the next academic year, they will meet twice more to discuss the progress and challenges they have encountered implementing their course design/redesign. The academy was co-sponsored by the Instructional Media and Design Center.

Newly minted graduate heads to Spain

Samantha Bussanich Samantha Bussanich, a Spanish and biology May graduate, has been accepted by the Ministry of Education of Spain to participate in the North American Language and Culture Assistants. As an Auxiliar de Conversación (Conversation Assistant), she will share her knowledge of English and North American culture in public K-12 schools this fall to June 2012.

James Brown returns to BU as dean

James Brown
A former interim dean at BU will return on July 11 as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. James Brown, currently dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Mansfield University, served BU for five years as assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Anthropology honors its highest achievers

Anthropology Honors Society BU’s anthropology program recently honored its 2011 Lamba Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society in Anthropology Zeta of Pennsylvania inductees, as well as Victoria Schlieder for receiving the Charles R. Jenkins Certificate of Distinguished Achievement and being a finalist for the National Lamba alpha Senior Scholarship Award.

The 2011 inductees include Morgan Fornwald, Karissa Monica, Alexa Rose, Meredith Womer, Eva Yuen, Jennifer Culeman, Ashley Zantene, Morgan Fornwald, Shannon Bilder, Jennifer D’Amico, Kirstin Kelly, Kristy Turnbull, Brittany Vaszlavik, Melanie Yodock and Tracy Byrne.

Vice president for student affairs named

Dione Somerville
Dione Somerville, dean of students at Iowa State University, has been selected as BU’s new vice president for student affairs. When she arrives at BU in late July, Somerville will fill a vacancy that has existed since the death of Preston Herring two years ago. Jeff Long, assistant vice president for student affairs, has led the division since 2009 as interim vice president.

Senior receives prestigious internship

Katie Daud Katie Daud, a senior majoring in political science as well as geoscience and planetary science, will spend 10 weeks this summer in Washington D.C. with the Space Studies Board of National Academy of Sciences on a Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship and learn how space research policy is crafted.See why Daud spent last summer in Washington D.C.

Student’s article in national spotlight

Hill Wire
Paul Kartachak, a computer forensics major, had his article, “Space and China’s Energy Future,” recently published in The Capitol Hill Wire, which is one of the essential sources for daily news and analysis of the people driving the political world, according to Sheng Ding, associate professor of political science.

His article provides a thoughtful look at China’s space program and the nation’s energy future. “It’s an exemplar accomplishment for our undergrad student to publish his views on such complicated issues in a national media outlet,” Ding says. “As a rising economic power, China’s technology development and energy future are related to America’s vital interest.”

Professor honored for outreach efforts

Michael Pugh
Michael Pugh, professor and chairperson of chemistry and biochemistry, was recently presented with the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society Joseph Priestley Service Award for his work in community involvement and outreach activities.
Pugh helped initiate SVSACS’s participation in the International Chemistry Olympiad since 1985, served as the Section’s ICO coordinator from '85-90 and '92-99, was SVSACS Education Committee chair from '85-88; a SVSACS Education Committee member from '88-91; and SVSACS chair in '91.

Undergrad research reaches state spotlight

Capitol Event Research
BU students Justin Idzenga and Kathleen Paiva were among 27 Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences majors across the state to present research at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Event in Harrisburg, which was sponsored by the URC-PA Organizing Committee and the Legislative Office for Research Liaison.

Idzenga presented “The Pine Forest Acid Mine Drainage Treatment System, St. Clair, Schuylkill County, PA: An Anoxic Limestone Drain with an Oxygen Problem,” while Paiva presented “Development of Touch Maps to Aid the Visually-Impaired in Developing Spatial Awareness of Oceanographic and Geographic Features,” co-authored by Martha Harris, mass comm major.

Coin collection nets $900 to help Japan

Japan Fundraiser
During the final weeks of the spring semester, a group of BU students led by Anh Tran worked with SOLVE and residence life to raise money for the American Red Cross to help victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Through 14 cans, the students raise $911.55 mostly penny by penny.

GPS conducts extensive tree research

Geography and Planning Society BU’s Geography and Planning Society, led by senior Josh Prosceno, researched, designed and printed seven tree benefit tags that were hung from Main Street trees during the recent Renaissance Jamboree in honor of Arbor Day (April 28). The dollar amount on each tag reflected the current size of the tree and increasing returns over ten years as the tree continues to grow.

The students used data from the USDA's i-Tree software to estimate benefits. Each tree benefit tag identified the tree species and explained tree benefits, including: stormwater mitigation, CO2 storage, air quality improvement, energy offset, electricity savings, and increased property value. The Geography and Planning Society also completed a tree inventory in the Town Park this academic year and has prepared maps and tree benefit analyses for the park. It plans to display these data at the park.

Letting their voices be heard

Three additional $50 gift certificates to the University Store were awarded after a random drawing for freshmen and seniors who completed the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) between April 6 to May 1. The winners include Clarissa Coffay, a freshman secondary education/English major from Ashley; Marc Derhammer, a freshman computer science major from Laurys Station; and Courtlyn Stone, a senior sociology major from Philadelphia.

2011 Faculty Promotions and Tenure

More than 20 BU faculty members have received promotions effective the fall 2011 semester. Also, 21 faculty were granted tenure effective fall 2011.

See the list!

Model UN connects with local students

Model United Nations Club BU’s Model United Nations Club recently hosted 140 high school students from five local schools for a model simulation — following strict procedure and working on resolutions for some the most serious international problems. The day also served as an outlet for students to learn more about the UN’s procedure, as well as for BU’s Model UN to reach the community.

Pictured front (L-R) Rhea Margelewicz, Danielle Rodriquez, Carly Hustedt, Jaimie Hoffman, followed by Matt Albertson, Michael Gerber, Amro Elansari, Kevin Lavelle, followed by Joseph Albanese, Jonathan King and Abdullah Al-Bahrani (faculty advisor).

Greek Life ‘springs’ into action

Greek Life BU’s Greek organizations kept busy this spring with numerous volunteer service projects, including lending a hand in The Big Event and helping Relay for Life raise more than $25,000. Fraternities and sororities also put time into education seminars on hazing, team building with Quest and let loose in the Greek Olympics.

There is HOPE in a Powershift

Powershift
Last month, members of Help Our Planet Earth (H.O.P.E.) attended a clean energy conference in Washington D.C. Powershift is considered the nation's largest youth grassroots training conference with 10,000 committed environmentalists from across the nation.

 

BU students participated in trainings for two days, then put into practice all that they learned, with a day of action by marching the Capitol and White House to advocate clean energy and green jobs.

Faculty team wins distance learning award

Sam Slike A four-member team headed by Sam Slike, professor of exceptionality programs, received the platinum award for distance education during the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Long Beach, Calif. The award, the organization’s highest, recognized the team’s success using Wimba, now known as Blackboard Collaborate, for online courses in education of the deaf/hard of hearing and speech pathology.

Roundtable giving back in many ways

Supervisory Roundtable The University Supervisory Roundtable presented checks to the BU Foundation for $3,250 toward an endowed scholarship fund, a $250 to a student scholarship, a $250 donation to Camp HERO at Camp Victory, and a $250 check to the Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg. The university group has continually sponsored two annual student scholarships and is endowing a university scholarship.

(L-R) Judy Ohl, roundtable member; Susan Trimmer, director of Development, Bloomsburg University Foundation; Sam Slike, representing Camp HERO; Bob Wislock and Kim Schmitz, roundtable members.

Communications students present research

Communication Studies Research Patrick Griffin, Grace Crispell and Holly Baruch, comm studies majors, recently presented their research, “College Students, Deployment Phases, and Family Communication: How College Students Communicate with their Families during the Deployment Phases” at the inaugural James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Arlington, Va.

GSA attend equality forum and summit

Gay and Straight Alliance BU’s Gay and Straight Alliance recently joined the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition for a fun and educational experience at the Equality Forum: The Global LGBT Summit in Philadelphia. Luis Medina, a graduate student, Baylie Sappir, a senior, and Ben Deivert, a junior, attended workshops and the International Equality Dinner at the Constitution Center of Philadelphia.

First Lt. Dan Choi and Daniel Hernandez were honored that night for their valuable contributions to the LGBT civil rights movement, as well as announced the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC) has become the first statewide LGBTQ youth-led organization in the nation. Pictured: Sappir, Medina, Jason L. Goodman, PSEC executive director, and Ben Deivert.

Student to work in federal lobbyist office

Nicole Pagliaro
Nicole Pagliaro, a junior political science major, will spend the summer on a full-time, co-op position in PPL’s Federal Government Relations Office in Washington D.C., where she will handle many lobbying duties, such as managing the director’s budget and schedule.

Pagliaro will also have an opportunity to communicate directly with legislators and other influential individuals involved with the office, as well as attend key fundraisers and planning meetings.

DAWN displays message of DUI impact

DAWN Every 20 minutes an American dies because of an alcohol related automobile accident. In celebration of DUI Awareness Month, BU’s Drug Alcohol and Wellness Network (DAWN) office has a wrecked car display on campus, transported with the help of Welsh Towing and the Espy Fire Department. The car flipped four times and suffered heavy damage while driving on the freeway.

The purpose is for BU students to get a first-hand visual experience of the effects of driving drunk. This strong message will hopefully help students understand drunk driving is not only dangerous but also preventable, according to Alexander Rae, of the Husky Paws office. “Only time can get you sober. Myths like cold showers coffee or eating are exactly that - just myths. As students go home this summer, we can only hope the car sends an effective message, and they are able to return next semester safely.”

Sigma Pi Sigma inducts new members

Sigma Pi Sigma
BU’s physics and engineering technology department recently honored the four newest members inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society. (L-R) Emilee Snyder, Mike Tomashefski, Meagan Robinson and Timothy Gildea.

Education advisor to speak at graduation

Eduardo M. Ochoa
Eduardo M. Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education of the President Barack Obama administration, will be the keynote speaker of BU’s undergraduate commencement Saturday, May 7, on the Academic Quad. Ochoa serves as the secretary’s chief advisor and administers more than 60 programs of nearly $3 billion annually designed to provide financial assistance to eligible students of higher education.

Undergraduate Commencement Information

COST faculty and students honored

Spring Honors Symposium
BU’s College of Science & Technology honored its students and faculty during its Spring Honors Symposium in March, where more than 135 students, faculty, staff and family members were on hand to recognize honors students for graduation and various outstanding departmental scholarships and awards.

Spring Honors Symposium Pictured (left) are faculty honored for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service for 2010-11: Biswajit Ray, professor of physics and engineering technology, Melissa Snyder, Department of Nursing, Robert Marande, Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Angela Hess, assistant professor of biological and allied health sciences, Michael Shepard, professor of Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences. Not pictured: Helmut Doll, professor of instructional technology. (Right) President David Soltz with soon-to-be Doctorate of Audiology graduates.

History major sees PA government in action

Rep. David Millard Internship
Matt Loscalzo, of Devon, served as an intern this semester in the Bloomsburg office of state Rep. David Millard (R-Millville). Loscalzo is pictured with Rep. Millard and Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong), speaker of the state House of Representatives.

 

As a constituent outreach specialist, Loscalzo handled many responsibilities, including attending meetings on the Rep. Millard’s behalf, handling constituents’ questions and concerns, processing PennDOT and state forms and conducting basic legislative research.

Get a sneak peek at Textbook Buyback

Textbook Buyback
University Store’s Textbook Buyback has begun and will continue through Saturday, May 7, at the store on lower campus and for the second time at Monty’s on upper campus. Check the live video feed of the line at the University Store from the convenience of your apartment or dorm room to coordinate the best time to arrive.

GWS minor honors its graduates

Gender and Women’s Studies
BU’s Gender and Women’s Studies minor program recently honored its graduating students and the two winners of its inaugural essay contest, Taylor Roberts, who wrote “The Passing Problem,” and Joshua Stoner, who wrote “Homosexuality in the Middle East.”

 

(L-R, standing) Emily Borlick, Diana Zoelle, Christina Francis, Faith Warner, Nicole Defenbaugh, Eva Yuen, Holly Czwakiel (graduate). (Sitting) Taylor Roberts, Joshua Stoner (graduate), Ferda Asya and Hannah Long. (Not pictured) Kara Shultz, Leilani Kupo and Debra McCracken (graduate).

English majors explore Yale archives

Yale University A group of BU students recently became the first undergraduates outside of Yale students to extensively study in the Yale University library archives, which includes the Guttenberg Bible, during their three-day trip to pursue research. BU students met with the library curator and examined highly restricted documents.
 
The students also called up and examined original documents, many of which have never been published, some may never have been seen before by anyone except the author. They hope to help produce, with Julie Vandivere, Ph.D., associate professor of English, a volume of previously unpublished modernist texts. (L-R) Kristin Kelly, Janae McDaniels, Jackie Klein, Hannah Long, Vandivere, Adam James and Kyle Martin.

TALE Outstanding Teachers of 2011

Outstanding Teaching Award
Christian Grandzol, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, and Pamela Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of audiology and speech pathology, will be recognized at commencement Saturday, May 7, for their outstanding teaching as TALE's Outstanding Teachers of 2011.

Senior Tea honors soon-to-be graduates

BOG Senior Tea
BU seniors were recently recognized at the Board of Governor’s (BOG) Senior Tea for their coming graduation. Hiram Martinez, former BOG student from BU’s Class of 2000 (far left), highlighted the event as its guest speaker.

FDI Conference draws large crowd

FDI Conference
Approximately 90 students from Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Mansfield and West Chester universities presented at the 11th Annual Frederick Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference on April 14 and 15, hosted by BU. Approximately 250 other students attended presentations and the keynote address.

ICS presents its annual faculty awards

Institute for Culture and Society
BU’s Institute for Culture and Society recently recognized its 2011 Award for Outstanding Achievements in Faculty Scholarship winners. Those honored were James Dalton for Lifetime Achievement, Todd Borlik for Outstanding Scholarship, and Kurt Smith for Outstanding Scholarship.

Senior Art Exit Show opens at Haas Gallery

Senior Art Exit Show
BU’s Department of Art and Art History in celebrating the work of graduating seniors in studio art at a reception today, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Haas Art Gallery. Students will be giving presentations about their artwork during the reception. The student art exhibition will be up through Saturday, May 7.

 

Graduating seniors: Kyle Ale, Jessica Chappell, Dominique Filiziani, Kristin Hein, Courtney Martin, Nemi Moyer, Devon Oberkircher, Lauren Robinson, Kristin Stephens, Hilary Trainer, Ashley Willis and Annamarie Wojton.

BU hosts campus-wide Research Day

Research Day
More than 200 students are involved today with BU’s inaugural Research Day, being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Andruss Library, Haas Center for the Arts and McCormick Center, showcasing research from all four colleges.

Students caring to walk for Thalassemia

are Walk for Thalassemia
BU’s Public Relations Cases and Problems class is sponsoring a Care Walk for Thalassemia on Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Student Recreation Center. The class has already raised more than $2,000 and is expecting close 200 walkers. The event is being held in memory of Ian Wiles, who lost his battle with Thalassemia in December.

See how you can help!

Students tour innovative research facility

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Eight BU physics students toured the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, N.J., which is at the forefront of deuterium-deuterium and deuterium-tritium fusion research. The group saw a segment of a state-of-the-art stellarator that keeps 200 million degree plasma moving stably without touching the inner walls of the vacuum chamber.

Joining John Huckans, assistant professor of physics and engineering technology, were David Moyer, Jason Vognetz, Kelsey Everett, Eric Wieand, Michael Kerrick, David Dancho, Kaitlin Hiller and Juan Castaneda.

Student programmers converge on campus

High School Programming Contest More than 200 students from 44 teams from regional high schools competed in the 16th annual High School Programming Contest, hosted by BU’s mathematics, computer science and statistics department. Teams tackled a series of programming problems with varying difficulty. Winners were determined by how many problems they solved in three hours.

LLC students study impact of coal removal

West Virginia Mountaintop RemovalBU’s Social Justice and Sustainability LLC recently traveled with BU’s H.O.P.E. to West Virginia to learn about mountaintop coal removal. The group toured mine sites, met with local groups about the environmental cost of mountaintop removal.

Pictured with the students and Julie Vandivere, director of LCC, is Larry Gibson, an environmental activist. His home, Keefer Mountain, has been in his family for eight generations and remains a spot of beautiful green among the devastation of mountaintop removal.

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GWS minor honors its graduates

Gender and Women’s Studies
BU’s Gender and Women’s Studies minor program recently honored its graduating students and the two winners of its inaugural essay contest, Taylor Roberts, who wrote “The Passing Problem,” and Joshua Stoner, who wrote “Homosexuality in the Middle East.”

 

(L-R, standing) Emily Borlick, Diana Zoelle, Christina Francis, Faith Warner, Nicole Defenbaugh, Eva Yuen, Holly Czwakiel (graduate). (Sitting) Taylor Roberts, Joshua Stoner (graduate), Ferda Asya and Hannah Long. (Not pictured) Kara Shultz, Leilani Kupo and Debra McCracken (graduate).

English majors explore Yale archives

Yale University A group of BU students recently became the first undergraduates outside of Yale students to extensively study in the Yale University library archives, which includes the Guttenberg Bible, during their three-day trip to pursue research. BU students met with the library curator and examined highly restricted documents.
 
The students also called up and examined original documents, many of which have never been published, some may never have been seen before by anyone except the author. They hope to help produce, with Julie Vandivere, Ph.D., associate professor of English, a volume of previously unpublished modernist texts. (L-R) Kristin Kelly, Janae McDaniels, Jackie Klein, Hannah Long, Vandivere, Adam James and Kyle Martin.

GPS lends hand to local riding center

Geography and Planning Society
BU’s Geography and Planning Society helped clean up the trails at the EOS Therapeutic Riding Center last month. Volunteers included Matt Braun, Max Goldstein, Lauren Robinson, Sandi Kehoe-Forutan, faculty advisor, Jacqi Signs and Kyle Nicholas.

A rewarding Husky family affair

Alumni Weekend
Nearly 140 alumni and guests attended the Alumni Awards Luncheon in the Kehr Union Ballroom earlier this month, where several notable alumni were honored. (L-R, front) Richard Agretto,'77, Distinguished Service Award; Beverly Donchez Bradley, '71, Distinguished Service Award; Dorothy Derr Tilson, '40, Distinguished Service Award; Lynda Michaels, ’88, Alum Director.

Alumni Weekend (L-R, back) President David Soltz, Dr. Jim Pomfret, 2011 Honorary Alumnus, Brian Kovatch, '96, Maroon and Gold Excellence Award; Alumni Association President Greg Bowden, ’01.

Isabel Olah Horvath, ’41, was one of the oldest graduates at the Alumni Weekend reunion for the classes of the 1930s and 1940s. She is pictured (left) with Erik Evans, VP for University Advancement.
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Former Spectrum staff earns awards

Spectrum Four former Spectrum Magazine staff members have earned statewide honors in the annual Pennsylvania Press Club competition against professional newspapers and magazines in the Keystone State.

  • Megan Angstadt, executive editor 2008-10, earned first place in news reporting for her article, "The Bunchers," which looked at puppy mill abuses. The article first appeared in Spectrum. Angstadt earned a B.A., summa cum laude in journalism and English, and an M.Ed.
  • Danielle Lynch, executive editor, 2006-07, earned second place in special series reporting for a first-hand report, "Live From Boot Camp," that appeared in the West Chester (Pa.) Daily Local. She is now the Delaware County Times senior reporter for politics.
  • Nicole C. Martinez, who had been on Spectrum for five years as an art major and then as a graduate student in instructional technology, was first place winner for art direction of a four-color magazine, and second in page layout for designs she created for Spectrum.
  • Kimberlee Courtney, managing editor 2008-10, took first in the collegiate competition division in feature writing against Pennsylvania college newspapers and magazines for her story, "Twirling the Night Away," and honorable mention in news writing for "I Just Like to Ride." Courtney is now with Pools and Spa magazine in Philadelphia.

Walter M. Brasch, Spectrum's editor-in-chief for 23 years, and retired BU professor, also earned several awards in competition against statewide newspapers and magazines. Brasch took first place in features/personality profiles; second in environmental writing; and second for his syndicated newspaper column, Wanderings. In addition, Brasch and his wife, Rosemary, took second place in specialty articles.

PASSHE Advocacy Days

Giving PASSHE a voice in Harrisburg

A delegation from Bloomsburg University recently attended the PASSHE Advocacy Days in Harrisburg to educate the legislature about the vast opportunities, benefits and significance PASSHE brings to Pennsylvania. Among the group were members of the Husky Ambassadors, Community Government Association, Trustee Nancy Vasta and President David Soltz.

The group spent Monday and Tuesday, April 4 to 5, meeting face-to-face with state representatives, senators and legislative staff about PASSHE, which upholds its mission across 14 universities in offering a quality
higher education at the most affordable cost among all four-year institutions in the Commonwealth.

BU Research Day 2011

Emily Whisel Emily Whisel, a senior biology pre-vet student, will present her research on the weight gain benefits to calves at BU’s inaugural Research Day on Friday, April 29. Whisel, who spent two months measuring calves that were fed probiotics, will study large animal medicine.

Students end spring by “winning”

Grad Finale Winner
Kayla Vollmer, a May graduate, was the Alumni Association’s Senior Grad Finale Grand Prize winner, receiving a 32-inch Vizio LCD high-definition television. Earlier in April, students competed during the Siblings' & Children's Weekend and Alumni Weekend Carnival for the most creative kids game.

  • First Place — Elwell West for "Feed the Dragon"
  • Second Place — Lycoming Hall for "Dragon/Princess Race"
  • Third Place — Kappa Phi for "Princess Crowns, Face Painting, Hair Braiding and Nail painting"
  • Kid's Choice — Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society for "Luckie Duckie's Enchanted Pond"

See the Camp HERO impact

Toddler Playground
BU students, faculty and staff are joining forces this week, Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1, to build one of the area’s first toddler playground in Bloomsburg next to Kidsburg at Town Park. Volunteers are still needed for different shifts over the four days.

 

Citing research about play being essential for young children’s development, the local volunteer group, helped led by BU instructor Pam Brunskill, raised more than $10,000 to develop the unique playground designed specifically for young children. Contact Tiffany Hall for details about volunteering.

Keeping a strong Husky connection

Capital Area Network About 100 BU alumni from the Greater Harrisburg Area attended a reception hosted by the Capital Area Network with BU President David Soltz in Camp Hill this spring. More alumni gatherings are planned for this summer. (L-R): Chris Ballentine ’00, of Clipper Magazine, David Soltz, and Gene Robison ’97, communications director for PA Association of School Retirees.Find your alumni event!

Alumni participate in Health Symposium

Health SymposiumBU alumni representing a variety of health fields participated in a panel discussion this spring with current students during BU’s Health Symposium. In total, eight alums joined the effort to connect with students on campus and in the classroom.
(L-R) Dr. Kathy Baylor '83, a physician with Bloomsburg Family Care Associates; Kathleen Riley '81, an audiologist with the Delaware School for the Deaf; Joseph Agostinelli '04, a wellness and exercise technician with Pro Rehabilitation Services, Moosic; Dr. Douglas Thran '77, a Clark Summit orthodontist; Dr. Matthew Thran '84, an anesthesiologist at Rhode Island Hospital; Peggy Snyder '84, a speech pathologist with BU's Dept. of Audiology and Speech Pathology; Annette Shalongo '83, an infusion nurse case manager with Vitaline Infusion Pharmacy Services, Danville; Dr. Frederick Maue '76, a psychiatrist with Maue Health Inc., Sunbury.

CCM lends hand to inner city needy

Catholic Campus Ministry
Recently eight BU students from the Campus Catholic Ministry participated in a weekend service learning immersion experience to Philadelphia, a community service opportunity coordinated by Gina Fanelli, a senior mass comm major.

 

The group served the homeless and hungry at Old First Reformed Church, Fourth and Race Streets, then also distributed clothing.

A winning chance for being heard!

Nicholas Ragazzo
Nicholas Ragazzo, a freshman business administration/management major from Berkeley Heights, N.J., is one of three students who won $50 gift certificates to the University Store for taking the National Survey of Student Engagement survey between Feb. 9 to April 5. Three more certificates will be randomly awarded for freshmen and seniors who complete the survey between April 6 to May 1.

BU's first Brain Awareness Week a success

Brain Awareness Week
As part of the international campaign to raise awareness about neuroscience, 30 volunteers from BU's Psychology Association visited two local schools (Memorial Elementary and Berwick High School) to present interactive activities to elementary and high school students about the brain.

 

In addition, more than 300 people attended a panel discussion sponsored by the Psychology Associated entitled "Understanding the Brain throughout Life", which featured talks by faculty members from the departments of Psychology and Speech Pathology. Psychology Association will sponsor the event again next year (March 12 to 18, 2012).

BU Research Day 2011

Jonathan Busada
Jonathan Busada, a biology graduate student, will present his research on the migration rates of melanoma cells at BU’s inaugural Research Day on Friday, April 29. Busada will next pursue a doctorate degree in anatomy and cell biology at East Carolina University in the fall.

Russian educator to speak on campus

Anna Abalkina Anna Abalkina, Ph.D., professor of economics at Finance University in Moscow, Russia, will present, “Russia’s Transition to Market Economy and Its Competitiveness in the Global Marketplace,” on Wednesday, April 20, at 2 p.m., McCormick Center 2303. BU and Finance University have a double-degree program affiliation, which to date has had more than 100 Russian students earn business economics degrees at BU. The program also allows BU students to earn degrees from Finance University.

A very successful relay against cancer

Relay for Life More than 700 people forming 55 teams combined to raise $25,314 for the American Cancer Society in the BU College Against Cancer’s recent Relay for Life event at the Student Rec Center. Pictured (L-R) Mandi Ritter, Tess Bieber, Heather Mines and Carly Hustedt. Colleges Against Cancer meets on Sunday, 6:30 p.m., McCormick 1316.

BU students go global in Washington, D.C.

Global Awareness Society BU’s Global Awareness Society recently participated in the Mode Organization of American States conference in Washington D. C. Model OAS is the intergovernmental organization of the Americas and the Caribbean. Students from seven countries (U.S., Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Guyana and Ecuador) represented more than 30 Western Hemisphere countries.

This year BU sent students from various disciplines to include Ali Alshammary, Mitchell Younger, Felipe Alarcon, Aaron Griffin (back row), Chika Murakami, Cynthia Lose, Ryan Geiger (back row), Anh Tran, Kamilla Andersen, and Manuel Hoffman (missing from photo). Ryan Geiger was also elected to serve as vice president presiding over the 2012 MOAS in Washington, D.C.

BU's international students give thanks

International Student Association

More than 250 people attended the BU International Student Association’s annual Cultural Diversity Festival, which included university and Town of Bloomsburg leaders. Bloomsburg is home of hundreds of international student from every corner of the world.

Anthropology researchers converge on BU

Anthropology Research Conference Anthropology students from six PASSHE universities will be participating in 25th Annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference, supported by BU’s College of Liberal Arts and BU’s Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, on Saturday, April 16, beginning at 1 p.m., and Sunday, April 17, beginning at 10 a.m., in the Kehr Union Building. The conference, open to the public, is hosted by the Anthropology Club and Lambda Alpha Honors Society in Anthropology, Zeta of PA.

Ira Blake appointed university provost

Ira Blake
BU President David Soltz recently announced the appointment of Ira Blake as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. This appointment was made in consultation with Soltz's executive staff, APSCUF leadership, and the Office of the Chancellor of PASSHE, as well as informal discussions with many members of our university community.

More on Ira Blake's appointment

Student's film help leads to academic honor

Raeesa KhanCave Raeesa Khan, a political science and philosophy major, was recently selected as a runner-up for Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, giving annually to a graduating senior at one of the 14 PASSHE universities. It recognizes outstanding academic achievement and participation in extra- and co-curricular activities. The award was established by Syed R. Ali-Zaidi, a founding member of the PASSHE Board of Governors.

The public will have a chance to see Thursday, April 14, some of Khan’s best work, “Pakistan’s Cave,” at 7 p.m., McCormick Center 2303. The documentary directed by Khan parallels the history of Pakistan with the life of her father, Saleem Khan, BU professor of economics and a native of Pakistan. The screening is open free to the public.

Guest speaker to discuss public interest law

Garry Wamser, an attorney at North Penn Legal Services, will speak about the benefits and challenges to practicing public interest law Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Bakeless Center. Wamser has devoted his professional life to representing low-income clients in areas of landlord-tenant-public benefits, consumer law and family law. In addition, students will learn about the special loan programs and tuition rebates available to law graduates who enter area of law practice. Contact Jon Liguori, president of the Legal Studies Association, for more information.

A winning chance for being heard!

Morgan Billman Morgan Billman, a senior speech pathology and audiology major from Dillsburg, is one of three students who won $50 gift certificates to the University Store for taking the National Survey of Student Engagement survey between Feb. 9 to April 5. Three more certificates will be awarded after a random drawing for freshmen and seniors who complete the survey between April 6 to May 1.

Student’s research in national spotlight

Brian Culp Brian Culp, a geology and planetary geoscience science major, will present his research on “Integration of Quickbird Satellite Imagery and GIS to Map Subzones within a Salt Marsh near Wallops Island, VA” in Washington, D.C., on April 12 to 13. His research was one of 74 chosen out of more than 700 reviewed for the Council of Undergraduate Research “Posters on the Hill” event.

The purpose of Culp’s research is to highlight the importance of undergraduate research, which he will have an opportunity to promote first-hand this week meeting face-to-face with several Congressional legislators. Cynthia Venn and Michael Shepard, of the Department of Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences, were co-authors on Culp’s research, which will be among the many student research projects featured in BU's inaugural Research Day on April 29.

See Culp's researching skills in action!

Empty Bowls raises record amount

Empty Bowls BU's annual Empty Bowls banquet capped its most successful event ever Sunday, April 2, with more than $5,000 rasied for the Bloomsburg Food Cupbooard. The ninth annual banquet sponsored by BU's SOLVE office has targeted addressing an ever-increasing problem of hunger in local surrounding communities.

A winning chance for being heard!

Janet Fletcher Janet Fletcher, a freshman from Philadelphia, is one of three students who won $50 gift certificates to the University Store for taking the National Survey of Student Engagement survey between Feb. 9 to April 5. Three more certificates will be awarded after a random drawing for freshmen and seniors who complete the survey between April 6 to May 1.

Intramural basketball sweeps tourneys

Women's Intramural Basketball The BU women’s and men’s intramural basketball team recently completed a clean sweep of the PIRSA Basketball Tournament, which was open to all colleges in Pennsylvania. The men went 4-1 to win the tournament, while the women successfully defended their state championship with a 4-0 tournament.

Men's Intramural Basketball
The women’s team included (L-R) Erin Knox, Jocelyn Schultz, Giselle Lara, Lauren Healy, Steph Rankin, Monica Dennison, Erica Desmond and Ashley Kratochvil. The men’s team featured (L-R) Abe Hughes, Kenny Marcus, Joey Britto, Colton Corey and Ruben Britt.

 

BU mourns the loss of two faculty

The BU community is mourning the loss of two respected colleagues and friends. Gary Wassmer, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and allied health sciences, and Gilbert Darbouze, Ph.D., emeritus professor of languages and cultures, passed away over the weekend.

Darbouze was a valued member of the Department of Languages and Cultures and was a mentor, teacher and friend to thousands of students. Wassmer, who specialized in entomology, recently spent a semester in Uganda as a Fulbright scholar teaching entomology and conducting research. Both will be missed greatly by all.

Health Care Alumni Perspectives

Several BU alums from the health care field will be on campus Friday, April 8, as part of the 2011 Health Sciences Symposium to host an Alumni Panel Discussion and Networking Social, from 1 to 2 p.m., KUB Ballroom. The event is open to the campus community.

Joining the panel will be:

  • Dr. Matthew Thran ’84 – anesthesiologist at Rhode Island Hospital, Jamestown, R.I.
  • Dr. J Douglass Thran ’77 – orthodontist at J. Douglas Thran, DMD, Dalton.
  • Dr. Kathy Baylor ’83 – physician at Bloomsburg Family Care Associates, Bloomsburg.
  • Dr. Fred Maue ’76 – owner, psychiatrist at Maue Health Inc., Danville.
  • Kathleen Riley ’81 – audiologist at Delaware School for the Deaf, Wilmington, Del.
  • Joseph Agostinelli ’04 – strength and conditioning specialist at Pro Rehabilitation Services, Dickson City.
  • Annette Shalongo ’83 – infusion nurse case manager at Vitaline Infusion Pharmacy Services, Danville.
  • Peggy Snyder ’84 - clinical supervisor and speech pathologist at Bloomsburg University.

Campus Alert: Sunday, April 24

Bloomsburg University Safety and Police were notified this evening of an assault that occurred Sunday, April 24, at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the area of 4th Street and Strawberry Ave. A male student reported being approached by a group of unknown males.

While being distracted by one of the unknown suspects, he was punched in the head by another male. He was then knocked to the ground and assaulted by four or five of the unknown males. No weapons were seen. The suspects fled the scene.

The Town of Bloomsburg Town Police Department is investigating the incident. Any information regarding this incident should be provided at (570) 784-4155. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.

Campus Alert: Sunday, April 17

At approximately 4 a.m., Sunday, April 17, a home invasion occurred at an off campus student residence, 202 Penn Street, where an individual was struck in the head with a pistol. The other residents fled, then reported missing property upon their return. The suspects, who also fled, were described as five black males all wearing dark clothing and hoodies. One was described wearing green cargo pants.

Any information as to the identity of these individuals should be provided to the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department at (570) 784-4155. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

Jesse Jackson headlines MLK celebration

BU welcomed the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., an advocate for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality and economic and social justice, to campus on Wednesday, March 2, as keynote speaker for the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Banquet. In his speech and following Q&A, he discussed the civil rights movement and its relationship to economic empowerment. Jackson was in Memphis, Tenn., with King when he was killed on April 4, 1968.

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Joe Rado Lobby named in donor’s honor

Joe Rado with President David Soltz


BU recently recognized an alumnus’ generosity by naming a lobby in his honor. The renovated Sutliff Hall’s Joe Rado Lobby pays tribute to Joe Rado, president and CEO of WORLD electronics in Reading, a manufacturer of industrial controls.
A 1963 BU graduate, Rado is supporting the ongoing efforts of the College of Business with a donation of $250,000 to the BU Foundation. Sutliff Hall, home to BU’s College of Business, will be completed in August.

Local radioactive iodine possibly from Japan

David Simpson and Naz Fallahian
BU physics and engineering technology faculty David Simpson and Naz Fallahian found trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 (I-131) in recent rainfall collected in Danville. A three-liter sample of rain was collected in Danville on Wednesday, March 23, and the Iodine-131 was detected after several hours of testing the next day.

Because I-131 has a half-life of eight days and is not normally found in the environment, its source is most likely the Fukushima reactor in Japan.

Seeing literature come to life in Paris

Paris Trip
Students from Ferdâ Asya’s American Expatriate Fiction in Paris class and the International Studies LLC spent spring break in Paris. The group saw the homes of the American writers who lived and wrote in Paris in the 1920s and sat in the cafés these writers frequented.

 

The students also met with American writer Diane Johnson, one of the writers whose fiction they are studying, in her 18th century apartment.

See where else in Paris the group visited!

Remembering Quad’s bronze bell artist


Toshiko Takaezu, ceramist and sculptor who cast the Academic Quad's bronze bell, recently passed away in Hawaii. She cast the bell, Endless Circle, on campus in 1987. She created it, her first in North America, by throwing a clay bell on a pottery wheel, then making a mold from the clay piece for casting.
 
Takaezu visited campus in fall of 2007 to visit art professor Emeritus Karl Beamer and see a show of his works, and again in the fall of 2008, when she gave a lecture on campus

See more of Toshiko's story

A new kind of Hersheypark experience

Lauryn Gibson Lauryn Gibson, a management major, completed an internship with the Hershey Entertainment Complex. There, she got a “behind the scenes” look at the amusement park and was directly involved with the processes implemented to make Hersheypark operate on a daily basis and assisted with hiring and rehiring employees for the 2010 summer season.
 

See more of Lauryn’s internship story

Student journalists leave mark on NYC

BU Now editors- and advisors
Twenty BU student journalists and their advisers traveled to New York City from March 13 to 15 to join more than 1,200 college journalists for the annual College Media Convention at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square. There, they had their pick of more than 200 sessions by professional journalists, advisers and students.

Five of these sessions were presented by BU students and faculty!

BU senior enjoying THIS opportunity

Joan Bradbury
Joan Bradbury, a senior social work major and art studio minor, is working for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the Office of Conservation Science as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by PASSHE. Bradbury is one of 14 students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program.
 
THIS provides students an opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester’s worth of credits. Bradbury and the other interns will attend several academic seminars during their spring semester internship. Each of the students also will complete an individualized research project as part of the program’s requirements.

Joan's personal perspective

Jock Talk tips off March Madness Tourney

BUTV's Jock Talk Jock Talk Sports is hosting a NCAA men’s basketball tourney Selection Special at 8 p.m., BUTV Channel 9, where the crew will do a full bracket breakdown, as well as Final Four picks. Tim Hipszer and Jesse Betar, with a special guest, will predict the winners. Viewers can fill in their brackets alongside these experts.

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Students network at regional job fair

Career Development
Several BU students took advantage of the opportunity to attend the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) Job & Internship Fair in Camp Hill last month. BU’s Career Development Center is a member of the consortium that coordinates the annual fair.

 

More than 70 employers met with candidates regarding internships and jobs. Pictured (L-R): Gerard Barile, Ashley Dunlap, Michael Sandler, Heather Goldstein, and Jeffrey John.

Kappa Sigma lends a hand to BU neighbors

Kappa Sigma
BU’s Kappa Sigma fraternity has kept busy outside of the classroom this semester helping a local Habitat for Humanity project. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry that pulls volunteers together to build and repair affordable houses.

 

The ongoing humanity project is one of the fraternity’s many volunteer service efforts and one of numerous ways how BU serves the community.

Ice Hockey ends season with four All-Stars

BU Ice Hockey
BU Ice Hockey players Dimitri Pahides, Chris Kocher, Matt Loscalzo and Zach Gower recently played in the DVCHC's All-Star Game, where they teamed up with top players from West Chester, Richard Stockton of N.J., Neumann, Shippensburg, Widener and Lehigh.

The Huskies helped defeat the opposing All-Star team of Alvernia, Rutgers Camden, Penn State Brandywine, Rowan, ESU 1, and ESU 2) 15-4. Senior Goaltender, Matt Loscalazo posted a shutout, stopping 13 shots in his period between the pipes. Freshman, Zach Gower, had 2 goals in the victory. Huskies coach, Alexander Hosage, also earned a spot into the All-Star game and coached the team to victory.

Relief efforts for Japan tsunami victims

Japan Relief Efforts
BU international students and the SOLVE office are collecting donations on campus to help earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The donations will be made through the American Red Cross. Students will be accepting donations Tuesday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Center.
 
Donations will also be accepted on Friday, March 25, beginning at 5 p.m. during the International Festival banquet, KUB Ballroom. (L-R) Joao Acevedo, Agnieska Ch, Chika Murakamia, Tripti Tiwari and Felipe Alarcon. Bottom: Manuel Hoffman, Julia Camaro, Tran Tuh Anh and Ryan Geiger.

More ways to help

Students attend national conference

Model UN BU’s Model UN Students Organization recently attended the 2011 National Model Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference in Washington, D.C., where they got a hands-on experience and introduction to economic and development topics in the Asia-Pacific region. The delegation represented the economic interest of Indonesia.

Michael Gerber and Carly Hustedt won Outstanding Delegation for their work on the Energy committee. BU’s Model UN student organization and the SOLVE office will host five local high schools on April 28 for the annual High School Model UN. It is expected that 150 high school students will participate this year. (L-R) Amro Elansari (back), Joseph Albanese (middle), Jonathan King, Matt Albertson, Danielle Rodriquez, Jaimie Hoffman, Rhea Margelewicz, Michael Gerber, Kevin Lavelle and Carly Hustedt (front).

Legacy Scholarship winners honored

Legacy Scholarship winners
BU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors recently hosted the winners of 2010 Legacy Scholarships at a luncheon, which included 15 scholarship of $750 each awarded to current BU students of alumni parents. Winners were chosen by random drawing.

 

Pictured (L-R) Rich Uliasz ’97, board secretary; Tarra Combs ’11, Lauren Kreglow ’14, Lynda Fedor Michaels ’87/’88M, alumni director. Back Row (L-R) Trista Musser ’13, Tom Cimaglia ’14, Amy Chronister Scott ’05, board member at large; Greg Bowden ’01, board president; Lynne Rishel Homiak ’83, board treasurer; Meredith Salmon ’14, Kerri Donald Sears ’92, board vice president; Anthony Roslevich ’13.

Internship molds student’s future

Academic Internships
Jasmine Lee, a communication studies major, completed an internship with BU Quest this past summer working with its Summer Adventure Camps. These camps are formed to help build leadership and teambuilding skills in an outdoor and active environment.

 

Throughout her internship, Jasmine created weekly camp schedules filled with games, activities and various initiatives to teach the kids. As part of her weekly plans, Jasmine also incorporated themes of boosting self-esteem and dealing with diversity.

BU Ice Hockey

Playoff run continues for BU Ice Hockey

BU’s Ice Hockey Club team recently won the American Division Championship
of the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference by defeating Widener University 4-1 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Pennsauken, NJ., led by Zach Gower with two goals and Eric Zimmerman with a goal.

The Huskies held off Widener with stifling defense spearheaded by Dimitri Pahides and Joe Parente, along with Matthew Market in goal stopping more than 95 percent of shots he faced. BU, which earned the 8th seed in conference’s National Bracket Playoffs, faces top seeded Penn State Brandywine on Saturday, 2:30 p.m., at the Flyers Skate Zone.

Huskies football team helps set record

Campus Blood Drive Led by the BU Huskies football team, the recent campus blood drive collected a record-breaking 374 units of blood with 163 first-time blood donors. The football team participated in various fashions and numerous players and coaches donating blood themselves (44 units), to make this drive BU’s most successful ever.

Trustees recognize emeritus status of four

Council of Trustees BU's Council of Trustees recognized the emeritus status Wednesday for retired faculty Margaret Till, biology, and Gilbert Darbouze, languages and cultures; Carol Barnett, who retired as director of the Career Development Center; and Roger Hartman, retired carpenter. Luke Springman, associate professor of languages and cultures, represented Darbouze, who was unable to attend the meeting.

BU Ice Hockey gears up for playoff run

BU Ice Hockey BU goalie Matthew Markert stopped every shot in the Huskies recent 7-0 victory over Shippensburg University. Huskies captain, Chris Kocher, earned a hat trick along with goals by Eric Zimmerman, Greg Maisch, Michael Gallagher and John Carr. BU won the American Division of the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference.Photo gallery!

Students showcase art research

14th Annual Student Symposium in Art History BU students Elizabeth Hanrahan, Jessica Chappell, Carol Evans, Brittney Logan, Ralph Hinkle and Annamarie Wojton presented research at the 14th Annual Student Symposium in Art History on Jan. 28 in the KUB Hideaway, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History.
 
In addition, Paul Wilson, of Ithaca College, talked on Esko Männikkö and Bert Teunissen’s Photobooks. Pictured (L-R) Nogin Chung, assistant professor of art and art history, Wilson, Hinkle, Wojton, Chappell, Christine Sperling, professor of art and art history, and Hanrahan.

BU senior gets published in local magazine

Hannah Jones
Hannah Jones, a senior double major in creative writing and history, will have her story, "Getting Warmer," published in the spring edition of the Inside Pennsylvania Magazine. The story is set in Centralia, and had to be written about a Pennsylvania landmark. According to Tricia Pursell, fiction editor at Inside Pennsylvania, Jone's story was chosen because of her writing skills.

"She created believable characters, included some humor and described Centralia by tying in both history and what visitors may experience there today," said Pursell.

CGA Executive Committee election winners

Community Government Association
David Abrams will serve as the Community Government Association’s next president after recently being elected in the Executive Committee 2011-12 election. Kosta Patsiopoulos will serve as vice president, along with Matt Feldstein as treasurer and Ashley Wallace as secretary.

Intramural basketball wins regional tourney

Intramural Men's Basketball BU men’s intramural basketball rebounded from an opening loss in pool play to win the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association's campus championship series regional tournament at Ohio State University. The team, invited to play in the NIRSA championship tournament, defeated Ohio State 51-40 for the championship.

Joe Dilullo, pictured fifth from left in the back row, was selected for the All-Tournament Team. (L-R): Dion Durham, Scott Moodnik, Chris Dilullo, and Ray Steffen. Back Row: John Keiper, Dylan Canavan, Fateem Jackson, Corey Scheeler, Dilullo and Tobin Adams (coach).

Women’s team reaches semifinals

Intramural Women's Basketball BU women’s intramural basketball reached the semifinals of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association's campus championship series regional tournament at Ohio State University last weekend. The team, which lost to the eventual tournament champion, had two players selected for the All-Tournament Team (Monica Dennison and Elizabeth Shober).
 
Front Row (L-R): Emily Brown, Erin Know, Steph Rankin (coach). Second Row: Melissa Balliet, Emily Fredericks, Lauren Healey (coach) and Ann Silverthorn. Back Row: Tara Huber, Erica Desmond, Tanya Siford, Elizabeth Shober and Monica Denison.

Academic Enrichment

BU students making a difference

A group of BU exceptionality students has given students at Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School an added boost this fall tutoring them afterschool, working on reading skills and studying techniques. The afterschool program was funded by a $2,543 grant from TALE (Teaching and Learning Enhancement) center awarded to Maureen Walsh, assistant professor of exceptionality programs.

BU participates in national survey

In conjunction with the National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education, a national survey has been launched at BU where randomly selected students are picked to complete an online survey about stressful experiences. Students who participate will contribute to the campus community by helping researchers understand the issues students face and how students can be supported. Contact Linda Cook for details.

Paul Payne named president of NSCAA

Paul Payne
BU men's soccer coach Paul Payne was recently installed as the president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at its annual meeting in Baltimore. He will serve as president through the 2012 NSCAA convention in Kansas City.
Among his many duties at the NSCAA, Payne serves as a Senior National Staff Coach as well as the Region II Technical Director for the NSCAA. He holds a U.S.S.F. "A" License and a NSCAA Premier Coaching Badge.

A true campus love story

Michael and Christina Wentz Valentine’s Day will forever be extra special for two BU alums. Michael Wentz, ’80, and his wife, Christina Mallozzi Wentz, ‘79/’80, who met on campus as students 34 years ago today and later got engaged at the steps of Carver Hall. They remain happily married and the proud parents of a new Husky alum, their son Drew, who graduated in May 2010.

BU ice hockey takes over first place

Club Hockey BU’s Ice Hockey Team came out strong and swept their first weekend back from winter break as Matthew Markert was hot in net in the Huskies victory over Rowan University 3-1 on Jan. 22 at the Hollydell Ice Rink in New Jersey. Matthew Loscalzo shut down East Stroudsburg University on Jan. 23 during the7-2 win at the Huskies home rink in Sunbury.

BU freshman, Zach Gower, also contributed by scoring back-to-back hat tricks during the weekend sweep. The team is now in first place atop its division in the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey League and has four games left before the playoffs.

Greeks go From Ritual to Reality

From Ritual To Reality Roughly 350 members of BU’s Greek community recently attended an anti-hazing presentation by Mari Anne Callais on “From Ritual To Reality.” Callais, who has worked in higher education for 16 years, is director of development for Tri Delta and speaker for CAMPUSPEAK. She has presented more than 500 workshops on fraternity and sorority values, leadership and team building.

By sharing her experiences and observations, Mari Ann helped fraternity and sorority members explore their values and their reasons for being part of a fraternity or sorority. The Greek students found this presentation both useful and entertaining.

Business student relishes local internship

Academic Internships
Abubakar Sheriff, a senior business information and technology management major, is currently an intern at Rieter Automotive North America Inc., Bloomsburg, working alongside IT professionals. Sheriff says the learning experience has been priceless, adding he has already learned various techniques to troubleshoot problems, install drivers, format hard drives and much more. In addition, Sheriff says improved his critical thinking skills, which will serve him well in the IT career field.

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Sampling culture on a new canvas

Maryam Cristillo
A dream educational trip to Egypt gave Maryam Cristillo more than just an once-in-a-lifetime archeological experience. It opened her eyes to a deep passion for art. The new-found love, along with her commitment to studying culture, led Cristillo in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees at BU in art studio and anthropology.

A unique summer European experience

Europe Study Abroad
Students will have an opportunity to experience Europe this summer through this four-week study abroad program, which includes courses about the European Union, a number of different perspectives on life and work and a chance to see in-person artworks they’ve only seen in books.

 

Students will learn about allegiances, treaties and laws that kept certain families in power for centuries and how churches, mosques and synagogues played a role in that power struggle. In cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest and Prague students will visit museums, tour castles and palaces, be briefed at NATO, The United Nations and the European Union Parliament.

BU leaders participate in Safe Zones training

Safe Zones training
BU administrators showed their support for recognizing diversity on campus by attending a recent Safe Zones training led by Jen Bayer, Safa Saraçoğlu and Gretchen Osterman. The training, an interactive discussion on how to address insensitive language or behavior in order to expand campus safe zones, supplements an online module on basic knowledge of LGBT issues.
In the session, a BU Gay Straight Alliance student panel relayed (mostly positive) anecdotes from their lives on campus as members of the LGBT community. Safe Zones trainings, open free to the campus, will be held this semester on Feb. 21, March 15, March 30 and April 14.

Campus stays busy over winter break

Sutliff Hall Renovation As the campus gears up for the start of the spring semester on Jan. 18, construction crews have kept busy this winter break working on the $10 million renovation of Sutliff Hall, which began in June 2010. The project includes a complete renovation of the existing building, along with the addition of a third floor and main entrance facing the Academic Quad.
The project is expected to be completed by August 2011.

Toys for Tots reaches 4,363 local children

BU’s annual Toys for Tots campaign collected 21,917 toys, which were given as Christmas gifts to nearly 4,400 local children. A big thanks is being given to those in the BU campus community and local community neighbors who donated items and volunteered their time.

Campus smoking policy is in effect

The concerns of nonsmokers and smokers working together in a common work place have resulted in the need for a policy which addresses issues relative to smoking. BU is dedicated to providing a healthy, safe and productive work and educational environment. This goal can best be achieved through ongoing efforts to protect nonsmokers and to help people adjust to restrictions on smoking. In recognition of the health hazards associated with tobacco smoke, smoking is prohibited in:

  • all buildings and facilities
  • all areas within 25 feet of building entrances and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • the academic quad area including the areas contiguous to the following buildings: Waller, Andruss, Centennial, Sutliff, Hartline, Warren SSC, Bakeless, and McCormick

Smoking is permitted on university grounds other than as defined above, and as long as tobacco waste is properly disposed.