News from September 2010
BU students are introducing children to French and Spanish in Bloomsburg Area School District’s Memorial and Evans elementary schools this fall. Nearly 100 children in second through fifth grade are participating in the afterschool clubs run by five French and three Spanish students.
BU students, majoring and minoring in French and Spanish, are teaching in a one-credit practicum directed by Nathalie Cornelius, associate professor of French, and Bloomsburg superintendent Cosmas Curry.
Greeks “Show-Off” moves for new students
Several BU Greek organizations hosted a “Show-Off” to usher in the new semester, followed by a free dance “Show-Out” for all students at the Kehr Union. Participants included Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Chi Upsilon Sigma and Mu Sigma Upsilon. They were joined by fellow students, alumni and friends of the BU chapters. Greek Life
Explore Africa next summer
Next summer, BU students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Buea, Cameroon, visit historic and cultural sites in Ethiopia and experience a real safari in the Waza Park, Cameroon. The University of Buea is located at the foot of the Cameroon Mountain — the highest peak in West Africa. It's the only English speaking university in Cameroon.
Living and learning a BU experience
See what makes BU’s Living and Learning Communities special, as we follow them on a journey of forming friendships, bonding with faculty, giving back to the community and discovering new learning opportunities.
Maryland professor leads BU seminar
Bill Gasarch, a University of Maryland computer science professor, gave the first talk of BU's Mathematics and Computer Science fall seminar series on Sept. 14 in McCormick Center 2314. Gasarch presented, “When can you color a grid and not have any monochromatic rectangles?” The seminar is open free to the public and campus community.
A freshman experience caught on camera
As a new season of The Freshmen Experience begins taping with two new students, relive the adventures of four BU freshmen from the Class of 2013 who learned the ropes of college life in front of our cameras last year.
Career workshop for business students
Accounting majors and MBA students are invited to a Career Networking Workshop on Friday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m., hosted by the BU Alumni Association in KUB Multipurpose 345 A&B. Students will have opportunities to expand their professional network, land an internship and job interviews.
Alumni presenters include partners from KPMG and Ernst & Young, as well as business executives from the finance and accounting industry. Students are encouraged to wear business attire and bring their resume. The Career Development Center staff will be on-hand for individual resume reviews and answer questions. Contact Nate Conroy, assistant director of alumni affairs, by e-mail or (570) 389-4215 for more information.
Beginning a new chapter in a new home
Liesl Driver, a recent Spanish and anthropology graduate, spent the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver not only enjoyed an once-in-a-lifetime experience but discovered a new calling to stay in Mexico.
Get in tune with the BU choirs
Students who enjoy singing and meeting new people are encouraged to audition with two of the four BU choirs, which include a 50-voice Concert Choir under the Alan Baker and the 16-voice Chamber Singers under the direction of Wendy Miller.
Students are also welcomed to participate in the non-auditioned Women’s Chorale Ensemble directed by Miller and the non-auditioned Husky Singers directed by Baker. Contact Baker, Miller or senior music major, Michael Adams, for information about auditioning or joining these choirs. Also visit the BU choirs Facebook page for details on the ensembles and audition times.
BU crew excavates 1,700-year-old site
DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, and Paul Pacheco, of SUNY-Geneseo (pictured center) worked with a group of BU and SUNY-Geneseo anthropology students this summer on an archaeological fieldschool in Chillicothe, Ohio. The group helped excavate a newly discovered Moundbuilder community of circa A.D. 300.
BU students included Rachel Awan, Laura Baker, Keith Ball, Beth Boston, Michael Davis, Caitlin Foley, Patrick Kaiser, Jonathan Kostic, Karissa Monica, Joshua Stoner, Brieann Wolfe, Melanie Yoduck, and Eva Yuen. Photo gallery
Faculty group publishes research
BU’s Faculty Learning Community recently published an article, "Developing a Culture of Assessment through a Self-formed Faculty Learning Community," in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The article describes how a diverse, interdisciplinary team of faculty formed a topic-based faculty learning community.
Collaborating on the article were Stephanie Schlitz, Margaret O’Connor, Yanhui Pang, Deborah Stryker, Stephen Markell, Ethan Krupp, Celina Byers, Sheila Jones, and Alicia Redfern.