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News from August 2013
News from August 2013
Welcome back Huskies!
"I am pleased to welcome you back for 2013-14, a year I am certain will be productive for each of us at Bloomsburg University. As we begin a new academic year together, I thank you for your contributions to our safe and welcoming campus, your dedication to educational excellence, your continued support of student success and your ongoing commitment to an atmosphere where diverse ideas are exchanged, valued and respected.
I look forward to more initiatives in the year ahead, brought to life through the collaboration and teamwork which characterize Bloomsburg University. Please accept my sincere thanks for all that you do and my best wishes for a productive and fulfilling year ahead."
— David L. Soltz, President
Youngsters explore the creativity of math
More than 30 elementary students in kindergarten through second grade recently explored math through art, physical activity and music as part of BU’s annual Math Camp, which also helped participating education majors learn fundamental themes for math learners. It’s a collaborative benefit, according to Frank D’Angelo, assistant professor of early childhood and adolescent education, who says through the math camp BU’s education program is helping local elementary students get ready for the upcoming school year. Nothing can simulate the actual classroom experience as effectively as working with youngster, D’Angelo says. #CollaborativeLearning
Soaking in the Far East exposure
They hiked 6,000 mountain steps, witnessed an acrobatic kung fu show and visited the birthplace and burial site of Confucius … all in one week. Several other adventures and once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences have ensued since late June.
Ten students from varying majors and a recent alumna are nearing the conclusion of their month-long journey to China, where they have been immersed in the Far East culture while visiting majestic, historical sites and studying at the prestigious Peking University. During their time in Beijing, the China Summer Study Abroad students are earning seven credits in collaboration with the Institute of Chinese as Second Language of Peking University. The program includes intensive training in Mandarin, cultural studies of China’s economic reform and modern day life in the capital city. #HuskySummer
Ready to take your talents to the airways?
WBUQ, a student-run radio station that broadcasts on FM 91.1 from the McCormick Center, is searching for students interested in staff positions, including on-air disc jockey and sound engineers. There are show openings for a variety of music and radio entertainment interests. WBUQ gives students an opportunity to work hands-on with new digital broadcasting equipment.
WBUQ is a 600 watt non-commercial, educational radio station operating with a signal radius of 25 to 30 miles. The station underwent renovations this summer, which includes the capability of now live streaming online. WBUQ is a means of entertainment and information for the student body and community, to serve the public interest, and is an instrument of expression for student, faculty and community opinion, in accordance with the rules of the FCC.
- Program Director: Creates a schedule of programs which is consistent with the philosophy of an independent college radio station.
- News Director: Responsible for all outside news sources and answers to the program director for content originating from his/her department. The primary focus of the news should be BU related.
- Music Director(s): Each music director is responsible for the on-air conduct of the DJs from their respective genre of music (one for rock, one for hip hop, one for classic rock, one for alternative, one for country etc.)
- Production Director: Responsible for all activities that take place in the production room. Creates PSAs, promotional announcements, and station ID materials. Maintain the sound effects library. Assure logs are properly filed and filled out.
- Public Affairs/Marketing Director: In charge of advertising, promotional items, fundraising, and prepares the schedule of events. Aids in the coordination of any concerts. Business Director: Maintains records of WBUQs finances. Aids general manager in budget requests. Fills out requests for purchases and deposits.
Contact Mike Rosten, general manager, at email@example.com for more information.
TALE's New Faculty Institute
BU's New Faculty Institute was sponsored by TALE (Teaching and Learning Enhancement). The institute was a four-day workshop about effective teaching practices. Faculty learned about BU student demographics, syllabi design and content, general education, BOLT basics, bringing diversity to the classroom, and a variety of teaching techniques.
Current BU faculty were actively engaged in sharing their expertise in the workshops and during the Teaching Exchange, a poster session where multiple teaching strategies were shared.
'Bloomsburg 10' represent positive goal
The Philadelphia Education Fund proudly celebrates the success of the 10 Kensington CAPA students featured in the Daily News on June 18, who will attend Bloomsburg University in the fall. To us, these graduating seniors have come to be known as the "Bloomsburg 10." Like many of their peers across the city, they overcame countless hurdles to get to where they are this week: a diploma in one hand and a college acceptance letter in the other. These students arrived at this point because they worked hard and set high expectations for themselves with the support of a community that rallied around them with the right services and supports at the right time. Too often, this is not the case. Well-meaning programs often fail to coordinate their work to meet the needs of students.
Alumnus takes charge of PA prison system reform
Considered one of Governor Tom Corbett’s most dynamic cabinet members, this Husky is spearheading the effort to streamline Pennsylvania’s $1.8 billion prison system that houses more than 51,000 inmates — the sixth-largest in the nation. Part of the job, according to John Wetzel '98, is to change the fundamental approach to corrections. “Would you rather spend money on corrections or treatment?” according to Wetzel, who during his tenure as warden in Chambersburg implemented a number of innovative efforts were instituted such as a day reporting center, the use of peer specialists and a jail diversion program. "I'm interested in developing leaders, and I demand results," he said in an interview with philly.com. "No one wants to brag about a 40 percent recidivism rate."
Diversity and Inclusion Center established
Three campus entities that serve underrepresented populations are now united as part of BU’s Diversity and Inclusion Center. The center includes Multicultural Affairs, the Women’s Resource Center and LGBTQA Student Services.
“Through cross-cultural programming and opportunities for social interaction, we hope to enhance student learning and personal development, in addition to creating an environment that is supportive and welcoming to all students,” Donald Young said. “These are all parts of the same program. The center is built on understanding and respecting differences and similarities.”
Key to the Diversity and Inclusion Center’s success is leadership of the three units. Matthew Barcus became BU’s first coordinator of LGBTQA Student Services Aug. 1. He earned a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota, where he was a graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity, and a bachelor’s degree from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa.
Young said a search is underway for a coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center with hopes of filling the position this fall. Madelyn Rodriguez continues to serve as director of Multicultural Affairs. The Diversity and Inclusion Center is part of BU’s Dean of Students Office, now located in the lower level of Kehr Union 101.
Florida higher education leader selected as next PASSHE chancellor
The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has selected Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, to serve as PASSHE’s next chancellor. He will assume the position on Oct. 1. The selection of Brogan to serve as the fourth chancellor in PASSHE’s nearly 31-year history comes at the conclusion of a six-month-long search that attracted interest from several hundred potential candidates.
“We were humbled with the level of interest in the chancellor’s position,” said Board of Governors Chairman Guido M. Pichini, who chaired the search committee. “We received several hundred inquiries from individuals throughout the United States and even some from outside the country. It demonstrates the high regard with which our system is held.”
The chancellor search focused on recruiting an “experienced leader who, from day one, can guide the System through the rapidly changing higher education landscape,” Pichini said. “We were looking for a strong administrator and a transformational leader who will collaborate with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders representing divergent views on what is best for our students and their families.
Prior to serving as chancellor of Florida’s 335,000-student public university system, Brogan was president of Florida Atlantic University, lieutenant governor of Florida and Florida’s Commissioner of Education.
“I am excited to join PASSHE in its commitment to provide high-quality, affordable higher educational opportunities for Pennsylvania’s families. Balancing quality and accessibility has been my top priority in Florida and should be the mission of every good public university,” said Brogan.
Taking big steps to explore a small world
BU’s Nanotechnology Exploration Camp, hosted by the College of Science and Technology, featured eight high school students spending a week (July 22 to 26) learning about nanotechnology — the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.
The students studied nanotechnology through hands-on experimentation and model building in the chemistry lab. Some of the labs included rock crystals being formed, nanobugs being built and a group brainstorming session being held on how to remove harmful gases from the atmosphere.
There are multiple majors that could lead to a career working with nanotechnology such as physics and engineering. At the end of the week Peter Stine, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Engineering Technology, gave the students an in-depth look at what it takes to become a physics or engineering major with a tour of the physics and engineering labs.
PPL renews support of Celebrity Artist Series
Teri MacBride, PPL Regional Affairs Director, presents a check to Bloomsburg University President David Soltz for PPL’s support of the Celebrity Artist Series for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Also representing PPL, one of the original sponsors of the series now in its 28th year, is Meg Welker, Manager for Education and Public Outreach. Soltz is joined by Jim Hollister, university assistant vice president for external relations.
BU’s Celebrity Artist Series celebrated its 27th season this past season featuring a Broadway comedy, Grammy Award winning music and renowned high energy dance, along with a distinguished circus troupe, award winning folk duo and a quirky Vaudeville-inspired show.
Campus Alert: Saturday, Aug. 31
An armed robbery occurred at 5:15 a.m. today (Aug. 31) at Mount Olympus Apartments. Three black males, all wearing black clothing, knocked on an apartment door and were admitted by the residents. They took wallets and cell phones and fled.
Suspects described as:
- A light-skinned black male with a goatee, 5'7" 170lbs, age late teens to early 20s, wearing tan camo cargo shorts
- A dark-skinned black male with a long beard 6'2"-6'3" 180 lbs., age late teens to early 20s, wearing an Adidas hoodie and armed with a handgun
- Black male, brown skin 5'8" 180lbs, age late teens to early 20s
Anyone with information should call BUPD at (570) 389-4168.
Always be vigilant of your surroundings, do not walk alone and be careful about whom you allow into your residence. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation, do not hesitate to notify police. The university recommends students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.