News from March 2011
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.
Joe Rado Lobby named in donor’s honor
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
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
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.
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
A new kind of Hersheypark experience
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.
Student journalists leave mark on NYC
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.
BU senior enjoying THIS opportunity
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.
Jock Talk tips off March Madness Tourney
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.
Students network at regional job fair
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
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 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
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.
Students attend national conference
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
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.
Join the family, spread your Husky spirit
Put your leadership skills into action and begin networking with 60,000 members of BU’s alumni network. The BU Husky Ambassadors are accepting applications for new members to join its student leadership organization, which plays a key role in making the Celebrity Artist Series, Homecoming and Open House events successful.
Applications are due to the Fenstemaker Alumni House by 4 p.m., Friday, March 18. E-mail us with questions or to request an application.
Always a great time to SHARE
BU's SHARE (Students Helping Adolescents Reach Excellence) program is seeking tutors for the spring semester to work with local elementary, middle and high school students — students who have shown need socially and/or academically.
It's a win-win situation for the student and mentor, as the student receives one-on-one guidance while the mentor gains hands-on volunteer experience. Contact Lauren Healy, SHARE coordinator, at (570) 389-4788 for more information.
Internship molds student’s future
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.