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News from April 2009
News from April 2009
Anthropology students inducted into honors society
Seventeen students were inducted into the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society in Anthropology in April. Guest speakers were new inductees Sean Martorelli and Katrina Arduino, who presented their archaeological field and laboratory research on the Ohio Hopewell under the direction of DeeAnne Wymer in the summers of 2007 and 2008. Faith R. Warner is Advisor for the Zeta Chapter of Pennsylvania and Representative of the East on the Lambda Alpha National Executive Board. Inductees include the following students: Ren Frattone, Angela Sterling, Michael Kennedy, Matthew Nickels, Aileen Elliott, Gregory Harrison, Christopher Guise, Mary Mensch, Lauren Demberg, Katrina Arduino, Jennifer Baney, Shaina Rae, Nicole Lemieux, Sean Martorelli, Jessica Force, Elizabeth Graboski and Gregory Bradley.
Computer team wins STRIVE Award
A team of staff from Technology Support Services have been recognized with the quarterly STRIVE (Staff and Team Recognized in their Valuable Efforts) Award. Dave Celli Janice Philips and Melanie Mills were nominated for the award by Valerie Moyer from the Kehr Union. Moyer praised the team for creating the Helpdesk and ticket system for handle problems, assigning skilled student tech support across campus, and handling cramped temporary offices last year in McCormick Center with aplomb. Shown from left are Mills, Phillips, BU president David Soltz, and Celli.
STRIVE Award recipients receive a plaque, fleece vest, gift cards for merchandise at the University Store and local businesses, Aramark lunch coupons and Celebrity Artist Series tickets. The STRIVE Nomination Form can be found in the public "BU Documents" folder on the "S:" Drive. Questions regarding the STRIVE Committee's award programs can be e-mailed to STRIVE@bloomu.edu.
BU has blog, FaceBook, Twitter presence
Social media continues to alter how we communicate. To enhance our communication efforts, BU is now using social media tools to distribute and receive information, including Facebook, Twitter and the addition of blogs to our Web site. For regular commentary on events or issues that impact the BU community, visit President Soltz's blog at bupresident.blogspot.com. Also visit BU's Facebook fan page and sign up to follow us on Twitter.
BU's athletics are represented on Twitter and Blogger as well.
BU Health Center posts info on Swine Flu
BU's Student Health Center has posted information about the "Swine flu" in Mexico and the U.S. This flu has been confirmed in New York, California, Texas, Kansas, Ohio and New Jersey with no deaths or serious complications reported. It's thought that the US cases can be traced to recent travelers to Mexico or from contact with someone in the U.S. who has recently traveled to Mexico. Details. / Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
U. Store contributes to Campus Green Initiative
Anikka Brill from the University Store (right), donates money to professor Claire Lawrence of the Campus Green Initiative organization on campus (left), from the money they have collected from their wooden nickel drive. The check was given as part of an Earth Day event on campus. The plastic bag costume Lawrence is wearing was created by Jordan Cerra of the Global Awareness Society International.
SLED contributes to Camp Hero
SLED (Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf) have donated $600 to Camp Hero, which will support three deaf or hard of hearing children this summer at the camp, which is part of Camp Victory. The philosophy and goals of Camp HERO are to promote the social growth, creativity, self expression and self confidence of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children through camp activities and access to appropriate Deaf/Hard of Hearing role models. More information about SLED. Shown from left are: Kimberly Springman, SLED Historian/PR; Baylie Sappir, SLED Fundraising Coordinator; and Katelyn Rutt, SLED Treasurer.
Students exhibit digital art in Old Science
Artworks created by students in Sue O'Donnell's Advanced Digital Art course are on exhibit in the Old Science lobby. The exhibition consists of a collection of large scale work created by students using the computer as an art making tool. Students represented are: Kyle Ale, Darryl Bickell, Tim Branagan, Brandon Brown, Michelle Croissant, Heather Day, Heather DeFrancesco, Jon Dibble, Nina Gandolfo, Marcy Geyer, Kim Krieger, Pilar Mediavilla Sala, David Mills, Brittany Orlando, and Kelly Whatmore (whose work is shown at right).
BU hosts migrant high school students
Twenty Bloomsburg University students served as mentors for migrant high school students for the 12th annual Migrant Education Leadership Day on April 25. The migrant education students (brought to campus as part of the BU Migrant Community Project with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit) came from the Hazelton and Scranton areas. The Migrant Education Leadership event featured a talk about getting into college, tours of campus, lunch, and recreation. The BU student mentors were from professor Susan Dauria's anthropology classes. At right, BU president David Soltz welcomes migrant education students in Warren Student Services Center.
BU faculty present at PASSHE diversity summit
Seven BU faculty made presentations at the Third Annual PASSHE Diversity Summit on Friday, April 24, in Harrisburg. The focus of this year's summit was curriculum change. In the panel, "Frederick Douglass Across the Curriculum: Infusing Diversity in the First Year College Experience" S. Ekema Agbaw, Professor of English, Kambon Camara, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Jeffrey Davis, Associate Professor of History, Kurt Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Faith Warner, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Pamela Wynn, Professor of Management, and Diana Zoelle Associate Professor of Political Science discussed various ways of integrating the 1845 Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass in their different classes. They demonstrated how this interdisciplinary approach offers students the opportunity to understand many aspects of contemporary American life and culture from the vantage point of slavery as represented by Frederick Douglass.
David McCormick to address graduates
David H. McCormick, who literally grew up on BU's campus, will return Saturday, May 2, to deliver the commencement address at the 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. undergraduate ceremonies in the Academic Quadrangle.
Now Distinguished Service Professor of Information Technology, Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, McCormick is the son of Maryan and James H. McCormick, BU's president from 1973 to 1983 and the first chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, now observing its 25th anniversary. As a youngster, David McCormick lived in Buckalew with his parents and brother, Douglas. He graduated from Bloomsburg Area High School in 1983.
Since leaving Bloomsburg, David McCormick has held senior leadership positions in business and government. Details.
Students participate in ESL forum
Three BU students researching English as a Second Language (ESL) topics in Stephanie Schlitz's Structure of English class participated in an ESL Panel discussion on Saturday, April 18. The panel, which brought together ESL teachers, students, faculty, and legal experts, was organized by Schlitz in coordination with Bloomsburg University's month-long Immigration Forum. News coverage of the forum and panel is available here and here. Shown from left are student participants Alicia Artley, Christa Johnson and Megan Domanski.
BU nursing students hold health fair in Lewisburg
Bloomsburg University senior nursing students held at Health fair for the student of Lewisburg High School in the high school gymnasium on Friday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The nursing students provided information on healthy eating, safety, violence, and lifelong healthy habits.
Nursing students inducted into honor society
Theta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing International Honor Society held its annual spring induction on April 19. The following students were inducted into the honor society: Kay M. Blyler, Cindy J. Campbell, RN, Alicia H. Coopersmith, Jessica L. Hendricks, Jessica L. Hudak, Lani L. Kishbaugh, RN, Amanda Kay Knouse, Jessica C. Lenig, Jesica M. Mowery, Whitney A. Peachey, Seth M. Reed, Joycelyn Rising, Amy M. Robinson, Lauren E. Shilling, Nicole R. Slautterback, Brittney R. Stauffer, Regina M. Steppe, Elizabeth A. Stewart, Allegra Stumbaugh, Kara Denise Taylor, Joanne E. Topper, Jeremy J. Vilcheck, Sarah Francesca Vito, Kayla R. Whitmoyer and Morgan Haley Wolf.
Italian-Venezuelan writer speaks to Spanish students
María Luisa Lazzaro, an Italian-Venezuelan writer visited, lectured, and facilitated a workshop on her own creative writing recently in the several Spanish classes. Lazzaro spoke in classes taught by Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesús, Chris Donahue, Jesús Salas-Elorza and Patricia Dórame Holoviak. She also lectured about her family immigrant experience in Venezuela, her experience growing up in Venezuela as the daughter of Italian immigrants, and about the current political situation in the country. As part of the visitation program, students in Hidalgo de Jesús' Spanish 102 translated two children stories: "The Cat and the Begonia" and the "The Dreamer Female Corn Cob." Kaitlyn Lutz, a student from the Spanish American Literature class, guided by Hidalgo de Jesús, edited the translations.
Literary journal Warren is out
Free copies of the Warren Literary Magazine are available through campus. The Warren Literary Magazine features the work of Bloomsburg students at their best. It is a magazine filled with short stories, poems, and photography.
Recyclmania results for Earth Day
Recyclmania results are in: during the ten weeks of the Recyclmania competition, BU recycled 11.86 tons of glass, metal, paper and cardboard. That's compared to last year's 8.76 tons. BU improved in the areas of clear glass, green glass, aluminum cans, newspaper, office paper, cardboard, and magazines. The percentage of clear plastic recycling was down, but only because people are making the environmentally sound and cost efficient choice to use refillable water containers. BU's rankings are still low nationwide however: #276 out of 293 in the per capita classic and #236 out of 293 in the Gorilla prize (Recyclmania subcategories).
Officers from Bloomsburg University Police and Upper Darby Township Police served an arrest warrant in connection with an aggravated assault of a campus visitor Sunday, April 19, at 3:37 a.m. between Lycoming Hall and Scranton Commons. The incident was the subject of a Clery Alert published April 19. The suspect, who is not a BU student, was incarcerated in Columbia County Prison to await a preliminary hearing on the assault charges.
Anthropology students present research
Anthropology students and faculty attended the 22nd Annual 2009 PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Conference, held April 18 and 19 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shown from left Photo from left are, back row: Nicole Matthews, Tyler Powell, Faith Warner, Dan Brown, Matthew Roth and Donna Rosh. Front row: Katrina Arduino, DeeAnne Wymer, Shaina Rae and Sean Martorelli.
Student presentations included:
Sean Martorelli — The Lady's Run Site, Chillicothe, Ohio: Hearth and Home in the Hopewell Heartland
Katrina Arduino and Rebecca Brisson — The Lady's Run Site, Chillicothe, Ohio: Hopewell Moundbuilder Disposal Practices on the Edge of the Sacred
Dan Brown, Shaina Rae, and Matt Roth — Anthropology of the New Millennium: An Assessment of Ends, Trends, and Beginnings Since 2000
Nicole Matthews, Tyler Powell, and Greg Bradley — Who's Who in Anthropology: A Decade by Decade Look at the Major Influences in Anthropology
Jessica Dowsett — State Lines and Tribal Ties: A Comparative Look at Four Native American Tribes and Their Current Socio-Economic Positions
Students from Douglass Institute visit NYC grad center
Twenty-three undergraduate students and three BU faculty and staff members visited the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan, New York City on Sunday, April 5. Students met with with Brenda Henry-Offor at the Office of Educational Opportunities and Diversity Programs who conducted a workshop on the graduate school process and beyond. Faculty and director representatives included Faith Warner, Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, DeeAnne Wymer, Anthropology, and Madelyn Rodriguez, Director of the Multicultural Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs. Also accompanying the students to New York City were faculty members Betina Entzminger, George Agbango, and Caryn Terwilliger.
Student input wanted on Games Room renovation
The Games Room in Kehr Union is slated for a major renovation in the summer of 2010. Student input on the project is essential to determine the services that will be offered. Please complete the 10 question survey and receive a free game of pool with your printed copy. Or come see us on the Quad on Earth Day April 22 and receive a Billiard "Go Green" Card that entitles you to free pool games.
Act 101/ EOP Honoring Excellence
Act 101 / EOP recently celebrated academic excellence at the 1st Awards and Recognition Dinner on April 6. Seventy-three students were recognized for achieving a 3.0 or higher GPA at the end of the Fall '08 semester; twelve students received specific departmental awards recognizing their achievement and leadership, highest grade point average, and non-traditional students with outstanding academic performance; members of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society were also recognized for their academic achievements.
Monday, April 20
This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.
At approximately 3:37 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2009, an individual was struck in the face with a pair of brass knuckles. The assault took place on university grounds between Lycoming Hall and the Scranton Commons. The male subject is described as being a white male of average to muscular build, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with no facial hair and short dark hair. The subject was wearing a black Michael Jordan shirt with yellow lettering on the front and a yellow symbol on the back at the time of the incident. Bloomsburg University Police is investigating the incident. Any information as to the identity of this individual should be provided to the Bloomsburg University Police Department at 389-4168.
In case of an emergency, students should call 389-4168. For student safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If students are in town and need help, they should call 911.
This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.
At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2009, a female student was robbed at gunpoint between the Old Schoolhouse Apartments and the annex building located at 34 East Ridge Avenue. The male subject was wearing a mask and demanded the woman's purse. The subject, of undetermined race, is described as being of average build, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and wearing a dark hooded shirt and blue jeans at the time of the incident. The Town of Bloomsburg Police Department is investigating the incident. Any information as to the identity of this individual should be provided to the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department at 784-6779.
The university recommends that students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible. Also, consider carrying a whistle. While there are limitations to the effectiveness of a whistle against all threats, it could work well in a difficult situation as students would first blow into the whistle to attract help and then use a cell phone to call for help. In case of an emergency, students should call 389-4168. For student safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If students are in town and need help, they should call 911.
A proposal in song
Tim Karnes proposed to Jenna McDowell Thursday night at the Spring Choral Concert held in Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall. He, along with the Husky Singers, performed an original piece "Still Here," written and composed by Karnes for McDowell. As the song was concluding, Tim left the stage and proposed and she accepted. Karnes will graduate Magna Cum Laude on May 2 with a Bachelor of Arts in music with a concentration in audio-visual recording. McDowell is a special and elementary education major.
Supervisors serve coffee to students
The BU Supervisory Roundtable held its annual "Just Because Coffee" Wednesday morning, serving coffee to student, faculty and staff. In the left photo, President David Soltz (center) joins Roundtable members Bob Wislock and Jeanne Fitzgerald at the coffee station in front of Centennial. In the right photo, Fitzgerald serves coffee and treats. The Bloomsburg University Supervisory Roundtable is committed to providing quality training programs for supervisors and coordinates numerous campus and community service activities. Organization Web site.
Student Employment Appreciation Week
Student Employment Appreciation Week is April 13 through April 17
Bloomsburg University's 2008-09 Student Employee of the Year is Sheila Martin, a senior Elementary Education major. Sheila worked as an office manager/museum assistant in the Children's Museum, through the off campus work study program, and receives a $500 scholarship funded by the Bloomsburg University Foundation.
The second place finisher is Matthew Pettengill, a senior Psychology major. Matthew also works through the off campus work study program, as the Compeer Group Homes Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for the Mental Health Association/Compeer Program. As runner up he received a $200 gift certificate from the University Book Store.
Sociology honor society inducts new members
The BU chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociological Honor Society recently inducted new members. New inductees for spring 2009 are: Serina Bolinsky, Nichole St. Pierre, Jakob Plocinski, Kimberly Hughes, Nancy Ayllon- Ramirez, Ryan Hynson, Fallon Farber, Matthew Roth, Christopher Meehan, Victoria Cole, Adam Smith, Douglas Clapp, Deja Hill, Devin Bownes, Michele Francisco, Ali Miller, Norman Cooper, Lisa Decorso. Also pictured are Ed Natale and Jamie Longazel. Both are alumni and current graduate students in doctoral programs who returned to talk with BU students about graduate school and attend the AKD banquet. AKD members Robert Cohick and Kirbryl James joined the banquet as well.
Library Friends to hold dinner with author Beth Fantaskey
The Friends of Bloomsburg University Library Association will hold their annual Author's Dinner on Saturday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fenstemaker Alumni House. The featured author will be Beth Fantaskey, author of "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side." Fantaskey will be sharing her stories about the process of writing? and also sign copies of her book. Cost is $25 per person (which includes a gourmet dinner and drinks). Reservations are required before Wednesday, April 22. Contact Mary Nicholson at email@example.com or call 389-4940?for information and reservations additional information at the Library Friends website.
Dianne Mark accepts Coastal Carolina post
Dianne Mark, BU's dean of the College of Professional Studies, has been named dean of the Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C. Mark's new position begins June 15. Mark's accomplishments during her two years at BU include: submitting Chapter 49.2 proposals, governing changes in teacher certification, to the Pennsylvania Department of Education; leading efforts resulting in National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation of initial programs in teacher education; promoting the implementation of an early childhood education 2+2 completion program with Harrisburg Area Community College; and maintaining similar collaborations with Luzerne County and Lehigh Carbon community colleges.
At Coastal Carolina, Mark will lead the development of academic programs, oversee Spadoni College's operations, foster collaborative relationships and participate in external fundraising. She will leave BU in mid May.
BU students participate in Model Organization of American States
BU students, under the direction of Mark L. Usry from the Department of finance and Legal Studies Department, recently returned from five days of representing the country of Barbados in the 29th Annual Model Organization of American States held in Washington, DC. Thirty-three other universities participated this year (13 from outside the US) in sessions where the delegates research and debate topics of concern for the Western Hemisphere. The key to success in the model is coalition building, consensus building and diplomacy. Shown from left at the Embassy of Barbados in Washington, DC after a briefing by embassy staff are Josh O'Brien, Mr. Ricardo Kellman (First Secretary and Alternative Representative, Embassy of Barbados), Seth Hackenberg, Ms. Donna Michelle Forde (Counselor and Alternative Representative, Embassy of Barbados), Dominick Paraschak, Lauren McLaughlin and Justine Melone.
Arts and Humanities LLC hosts middle school students
The Fine Arts and Humanities Living and Learning Community (FAH LLC) hosted Danville Middle School students for a day of arts and mentoring at BU on Saturday, April 4. During the event, the students received a photography lesson from Vera Viditz-Ward, professor of art and art history, and spent the day participating in a "photography scavenger hunt" designed to encourage them to capture images in response to questions about college and college life. The photographs will be on display in Haas Gallery on Saturday, April 25 during the program's exhibit and reception. The program is coordinated by Stephanie Schlitz (FAH LLC director, English Department), FAH mentors Erin Delong and Kayla Wolfe, and students participating in the FAH LLC. The program is made possible with support from the FAH LLC and the College of Liberal Arts.
Phelan accepts supervisory position
Matt Phelan, assistant director of University Safety and Police, is leaving BU to accept a supervisory municipal police position and a criminal justice instructor position. Phelan's full-time employment at BU will end May 4, but he will stay on part-time until late August to complete a number of initiatives he's already begun, including a standard operating procedure manual and a new hiring process.
Students to present papers on U.S. challenges
BU students attended the Leadership in a New Era program sponsored by the Osgood Center in Washington, DC. (www.osgoodcenter.org) in January. During their stay in DC, they had approximately 30 hours of briefings with representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the Pentagon, various ambassadors and other policymakers on the challenges facing the new administration. Since their return, they have been writing papers reflecting what they learned from the experience in the context of their own disciplines. They will present their papers on Tuesday, April 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Andruss Library Schweiker Room. The session is open to the public. Shown from left are: Austin Brunson, Ashley Caliguire, Raeesa Khan, Tina Piquet (behind), Lauren McLaughlin (foreground) and Wyatt Mosley. Their travel was supported by the President's Academic Initiative Fund, American Democracy Project, the Political Science Department and SOLVE.
History students present research
Four BU history students presented their research at the regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference on Saturday, April 11, at Millersville University. Anrew Wakelee presente "'Improving the Social Qualities of Future Generations': The Aims and Methods of Eugenics Education at the University Level, 1914-1940." John M. Kubik presented "Christopher Newport, John Smith, and the Development of Anglo-Native RElations 1607-1608." Nathan Richie presented "The Sawdust War: Integrity Begets Support." Leah Hilliard presented "The Doctrine of Predestination." Wakelee, Kubik and Richie's research had grown out of their Research and Writing courses (42.398) and Hilliard's began in her History of Christianity course. Shown from left are: Wakelee, Richie, Hilliard, and Kubik. BU will sponsor the regional conference in spring 2010.
TALE Faculty awards announced
The BU Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center is has announced the following recipients of the 2009 Teacher-Scholar Awards.
Joan Miller, Department of Nursing — A longitudinal study to evaluate the effectiveness of the GoodWork Toolkit in promoting good work in nursing.
San Bolkan and Alan Goodboy, Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts — Behavioral indicators of professors' transformational leadership: A cross-cultural study of leadership and learning.
Christian Grandzol and John Grandzol, Department of Management — Enhancing students' knowledge of supply chain management practices.
Noah Wasielewski and Tracy Spigelman, Department of Exercise Science — E-Portfolio development for athletic training.
David Walker, Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education — Extending Turning Point technology offerings to Bloomsburg University Satellite Campuses.
Tara Diehl, Department of Developmental Instruction — Structured Learning Assistance for developmental math instruction.
System chancellor speaks on campus
Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, John C. Cavanaugh, visited BU Thursday. At an open forum for faculty, staff and students, Cavanaugh discussed the impact economic conditions and the federal stimulus package may have on the State System. Cavanaugh also spoke at the All Day Dialogue sponsored by Democracy Matters on Thursday in the amphitheater outside of the Scranton Commons Cavanaugh encouraged students to get involved. "Make your opinions known, that's how change happens," said Cavanaugh. Other events included a student panel on how to become a part of campus activities, which included representatives from University Democrats and College Republicans. Keynote speaker, Terry Griffin, also urged students to get involved with politics and be tactful when trying to create reform.
Students in Free Enterprise rank high
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) BU chapter was awarded 1st Runner-Up position in the SIFE regional competition held at Tarrytown, N.Y. on Friday, April 3. They also won the Finalist position on the Environmental Sustainability project (among 40 regional institutions). SIFE BU team completed 9 projects under 7 judging criteria of the competition during the current academic year. A panel of judges selected from the fortune 500 companies (who sponsor SIFE-USA) review team performance for awards. Shown are BU students who presented at and attended the regional competition. M. Ruhul Amin, professor of management, is the primary faculty adviser of the group and a Sam Walton Fellow of SIFE- USA.
Spanish students take trip to Philly
Spanish majors and minors enrolled in professor Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus' Spanish American Literature and Hispanics in the US: Culture and Literature attended a Graduate School orientation at Temple University. They also participated in a cultural field trip sponsored by the Liberal Arts Curriculum Enhancement Project and the Department of Languages and Cultures. Shown from left are: Alejandra Martinez, Carlos Sura, Dr. Hidalgo de Jesus, Karisa Hite, Hannah Mael, Angel Davila, Kaitlyn Ferguson, and Lauren Sones.
DASL students support Ronald McDonald House
DASL (Developing Ambitious Student Leaders) organized a floor by floor residence hall competition called "Tab Wars" from late February through early April. In support of Recyclemania 2009, students collected tabs from aluminum cans and educated students about recycling initiatives on campus. A grand total of 82,722 aluminum tabs were collected and will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The winning residence hall floor who contributed a total of 34,273 tabs was Schuylkill second floor. BU students shown counting some of the tabs include from left: Ashley Crossland, Dion Crommarty and Jessica Albright.
BU riders qualify for regional competition
Katie Heller, president of the BU Equestrian Team (BUET) will heading to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Nationals from April 23 to 26. Heller was high point rider in the western division for IHSA Zone 3, Region 4. Emily Wohl and Beth Dinich from the BUET western team were also in the top ten riders for Region 4 and made it to Semi-finals. Meghan Bullock qualified for western Regionals. On the BU English team, eleven riders qualified for IHSA Regionals. Shown from left are, front, coach Amie Wolfinger, Alyssa Wernham, Mallory Eroh, Sonia Kudalsky, Stacy Brussell, Lyndsey Michelle Gibson. Back: Rachel Wyszynski, Holly Peters and Adria Wyszynski. Missing from picture but also qualified for Regionals were: Jenna Breitinger, Jordan Schrock and Jaclyn Smith. Alyssa Wernham progressed to zones where she took fifth place in her class.
Physics students tour accelerator lab
A group of Physics and Health Physics students from BU toured the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, just west of Chicago, on April 4. FermiLab is home to the country's most powerful particle accelerator, the Tevatron, which is four miles in diameter. Scientists at FermiLab carry out research in particle physics and astrophysics, leading to a better understanding of the nature of the universe from the subatomic world to the big bang. In 2007, more than 100 students received their Ph.D.'s based on work carried out at FermiLab Thomas Kroc, Medical Physicist at the FermiLab, presented a lecture to the Bloomsburg group describing the Neutron Therapy Center, located at FermiLab. This center uses the accelerator to produce neutrons which are effective at treating cancers that are resistant to more conventional radiation treatments. The BU students visiting the lab were, from left: Tina Piquet, Jackie Leslie, Erin Schloyer, faculty member David Simpson, Edward Ryan and Eric Otruba.
Rotaract Club contributes to Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Bloomsburg University's Rotaract Club joined Windsor Foods, First Columbia Bank and Trust and other business, professional and civic organizations from the Bloomsburg community to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies by participating in Bowling for Kids' Sake. Shown from left are: Tony Petrozino, Jess Menkin, Gina Bacola, Shannon Funk, and Blair Staley (faculty adviser). Students from all disciplines are welcome to join the Rotaract club.
Alumni Association names 2009 award winners
H. Preston Herring, BU's vice president for University and Student Affairs, and Chang Shub Roh, BU professor emeritus and founder of the Global Awareness Society International, were named honorary BU alumni at the Alumni Association Awards Luncheon held Saturday, April 4. Two graduates of the Department of Nursing, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jody Ocker '89 and Cheri Bohler Rinehart '79, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC), each received a 2009 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes alumni who have achieved a significant accomplishment in his or her profession, given outstanding service to BU or the Alumni Association and demonstrated a significant contribution to humanity. Ivonne Gutierrez Bucher '91, who held several senior level positions in state government and was the first Hispanic in Pennsylvania history to be appointed a deputy secretary, was chosen as the 2009 Young Alumnus of the Year. She is currently the Governor's Office of Administration Liaison to Pennsylvania's Cost Containment Council/Special Advisor to the Secretary of Public Welfare. Shown from left are: Chris Beadling '94, BU Alumni Association President; Dr. Preston Herring, 2009 Honorary Alumnus; Chang Shub Roh, 2009 Honorary Alumnus; David Soltz, BU President; Ivonne Gutierrez Bucher '91, 2009 Young Alumnus of the Year; Martha and Sid Ocker, Parents of Lt. Col Jody Ocker '89, 2009 Distinguished Service Award Recipient; Eugene Walker '98, Chair of the Alumni Awards Committee.
Students participate in dump site cleanup
Students from the Geography and Planning Society that did a cleanup of an illegal dump site on Back Branch Road near Lightstreet Village in conjunction with PA Cleanways and the Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday, April 4.
Tuesday, April 7
Management students participate in national contest
Four BU students in the Society for the Advancement of Management participated in the National SAM Conference in Las Vegas in March. The students spent months researching the Wynn Resorts and preparing the case. This particular case included a five-year strategic plan for the company and was presented to three very prestigious judges. SAM adviser John Okpara also attended the conference and presented a paper entitled "Corporate Governance in a Developing Economy: Barriers, Opportunities, and Implications for Firms in Nigeria." Shown from left are Matthew Fox, Dyshanna Dozier, Janelle Keister, Brian Welch, John Okpara (adviser).
BU to offer new master's in school-based speech-language pathology
A new Master of Education program at BU in school-based speech-language pathology at Bloomsburg University was approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors Thursday. The new program will help meet the need for certified speech-language pathologists in school settings across the Commonwealth. It will utilize a distance-learning format that will include both teleconferencing and web-based conferencing, as well as supervised on-site, field-based experiences. Students enrolling in the program are expected to be able to complete all course requirements in two years while attending part time. Many schools currently use minimally-trained personnel to provide speech and language services under emergency certification.
McCormick named Chancellor Emeritus
The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has conferred the status of Chancellor Emeritus upon founding Chancellor Dr. James H. McCormick, who served the State System as chancellor for its first 18 years. Dr. McCormick began his tenure as interim chancellor on July 1, 1983, the first day of the State System's formal existence. He later was selected by the Board of Governors to serve as chancellor and held the position until June 30, 2001, when he left to become chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. He previously had served for 10 years as president of then Bloomsburg State College. Details from PASSHE.
Students inducted into social work honor society
The Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work celebrated the induction of this year's newest members of Phi Alpha National Social Work Honors Society on Sunday March 26. Thirteen students were inducted at this banquet. Shown from left are Jenna Doyle, Caitlin Shafer, Katelyn Staudt, Miranda Flango, Michelle Shwenk, Brigitte Semerad, Olivia Frymoyer, Sara Gilbert, Laura Burt. Not shown are: Amber Hoffman, Louise Roberts and Denise Sprenkle.
Mass comm students attend National Broadcasting Society Convention
Members of the BU chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) attended this year's 67th NBS National Convention, held in New York City from March 24 to 28. These conventions take place once a year to get chapters from all around the country together and meet professionals from the media industry, as well as to learn more and in depth about the electronic media industry, radio, TV, video, and film. Eight students attended the convention with chapter adviser Maria Teresita Mendoza-Enright. Shown from left are Julia Cámara, Caitlin Maharg, NBS President Bill Dorman, Michael Angeloni, Joseph Digiacomo, Amy Burian, Christopher Caracino, Dr. Maria Tersesita Mendoza-Enright, Joseph Campbell, and Cachete Hird.
BU students attend AMA conference
The BU American Marketing Association attended the 31st Annual American Marketing Association Collegiate Conference in New Orleans from March 25 to 28. The BU AMA chapter was recognized with an award for Outstanding Fundraising. The students were mentored by Bill Neese and Yang Xia. Shown from left to right are Matt Engelhart, Bob Gilbert, Kaitlyn Hamilton, Sarah Wright, Michelle Stabler, Joe Harrigan, Jenn Ziegler, Gwen Wiscount, Amanda Joseph, Kari Bestrycki, Alyssa Abrohms, Jenn Williams, Emily Falk, Allison Martin, Robyn Cartlidge, Julie Philips, Suzann Pancavage, and Nicole Oliveira.
Foundation supports faculty projects
The Bloomsburg University Foundation recently awarded the following faculty members money to assist in programs:
- Elizabeth Mauch, associate professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, $9,000 for Exploring Emergence.
- Caryn Terwilliger, assistant professor of early childhood and elementary education, $6,000 for Middle School Migrant Leadership Institute.
- Bridget Klein, instructor of exceptionality programs, $7,000 for Diversity Enrichment Experience of the Deaf Community.
- Thomas Zalewski, associate professor of audiology and speech pathology, $3,150 for Hearing Aid Training CD-ROM Project Revisions.
- George Davis, associate professor of biology and allied health sciences, $5,963 for using engineered Arabidopsis as a model system in the development of a new intercropping strategy.
- Frank D'Angelo, assistant professor of early childhood and elementary education, $6,150 for the BU/Bethlehem Area School District Urban Practicum.
- Kelly VanGorden, assistant professor of exercise science and athletics, $2,737 for measuring "Exercise and You" course outcomes.
English students trek to Philly
Christina Francis and her class of Arthurian Literature students traveled to Philadelphia on March 25 to visit the medieval art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They also traveled to the Dupont Theatre in Wilmington, DE to attend the on-tour Broadway show Spamalot.