News from September 2011
Husky Pride becomes contagious
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.
A little Greek stroll into the fall semester
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
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.
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
Your vote counts!
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
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, 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 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
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
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.
CGA wants you!
BU’s Community Government Association (CGA), the student governing body, manages the Kehr Union, Rec Center, the University Book Store, Honeysuckle Student Apartments, and funds more than 200 campus clubs and organizations.
Senate election petitions are due Thursday, Sept. 8. Yellow petition forms can be picked up at the Community Activities office ( KUB 428) or at the Information Desk in the Kehr Union. Elections are Sept. 14 and 15, so be sure to start seeking votes now!
Looking to find your niche here at BU?
Do you want to meet new people, learn how to become a leader and get involved in your community? Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity that instills leadership, friendship and service in all its members, may be exactly what you are looking for. On top of that, students can pledge your freshmen year. Come see what we are all about on our rush dates, Sept. 13 at KUB 409, Sept. 14 at Monty’s and Sept. 15 in the KUB Ballroom at 9 p.m.