You are here
News from September 2012
News from September 2012
Welcome back Huskies
I am pleased to welcome you back for 2012-2013, a year I am certain will be productive for each of us at Bloomsburg University. At the end of this fall’s welcome video, I call this university “A great place to be you.” To me, these words define the essence of Bloomsburg University as an exceptional work environment and an outstanding institution for learning and getting involved. It is a place where each member of the community aspires to excellence while demonstrating the highest personal and professional standards. 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
Unleash your Inner Husky!
It started with All Eyes on the Quad on Thursday, Sept. 6, when students, faculty and staff gathered on the Academic Quad for a high-energy launch of Unleash your Inner Husky showcasing the Husky Pride that runs through the university community. It’s the spirit that shows why Bloomsburg University really is a great place to be you.
What is your inner Husky?
Your inner Husky is pride in BU and your drive to excel and achieve. It’s challenging yourself to explore all possibilities. And it’s personal, told through the life stories of individuals such as Maddy Rodriguez, Scott Inch, Brian Johnson and Ashley Wallace who believe BU’s education and support enriched their personal and professional lives. All Eyes on the Quad was just the beginning. Tell us: how do you Unleash Your Inner Husky?
And the winners of Husky Pride Day II are …
First place: Admissions; Second place: BU Foundation; Third place: Student Affairs. Don’t forget to show your Husky Pride all weekend long with the men’s soccer on Friday, Sept. 7 against Pitt-Johnstown at 7 p.m., and then with the field hockey on Saturday, Sept. 6, facing Seton Hill at 1 p.m. along with the football team hosting Edinboro at 1 p.m. with free admission for all to the football game.
BU reacts to Middle East violence
WNEP News visited campus Thursday, Sept. 13, to get reaction from BU's political science program on the recent riots in the Middle East. Peter Doerschler, assistant professor, and several political science majors were among those giving WNEP their take on the uprisings.
Bucknell biologist visits BU to discuss research
BU's College of Science and Technology will present a seminar, "Whiteout: Understanding How and Why White-nose Syndrome Kills Bats" by DeeAnn Reeder, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Bucknell University, on Friday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Hartline Science Center G38. Refreshments will be provided by the Biology Club. Reeder's bat expertise has attracted media attention. She has become one of the leading researchers on white-nose syndrome, a disease that has been causing massive die-offs of bats in North America since 2006. First discovered in New York, the disease appears to be caused by a fungus that infects bats while they are hibernating in caves.
Student leaders and Town police working together
Leo Sokoloski, Town of Bloomsburg police chief, recently invited student leaders to discuss student involvement in the town and how to continue to better relationships over the coming year. Representatives included the Community Government Association, Residence Life, Off Campus Housing, Dean of Student Office, Multicultural Center and Greek Life. Student participants were Brigid Sullivan, Marcus Fuller, Lauren Neer, Ashley Wallace, Marcus Bruce, Billy Stumpf, Christina Hingston, Tom Kelly, Danial Haverstock, Luke Betley, Michele Kurtz, Stacey Green, Andy Bradfield and Derek Croissette.
PPL pledges its annual support for Celebrity Artist Series
PPL Regional Community Relations Director Teri MacBride (center) presents a check for PPL’s continued support of BU’s Celebrity Artist Series to President David Soltz (left) and Director of Performing Arts Facilities and Programming Randall Presswood. PPL has supported the series since the inception of the sponsorship program 25 years ago. Celebrity Artist Series is celebrating its 27th season featuring 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. Ranked among the best companies for customer service in the U.S., PPL delivers electricity to about 1.4 million customers in 29 counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania. PPL employs nearly 2,300 people and maintain 50,000 miles of power lines — enough to circle the globe twice.
Student researchers to showcase work
Three students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will give presentations on Friday, Sept. 21, at 3:15 p.m. in Hartline G42. Each presentation will cover the individual research they conducted over the summer. The campus community is invited to research presentations.
- Franklin Rodemer — presenting, “Influence of the Oneida #3 Acid Mine Drainage and Passive Limestone Treatment System on Little Tomhicken Creek in Luzerne County PA – Department Summer Research.” His research sponsor: Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept. Summer Scholars Program.
- Gene Tunney — presenting, A”nalysis of Gun Shot Residue using a Handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF).” His research sponsor: Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept. Summer Scholars Program.
- Jacob Powell — presenting, “Determination of the Equivalent Conductance of Lanthanum Chloride Solutions at 25, 50 and 75 °C and 0.7 MPa.” His research sponsor: URSCA.
Anthropology major takes on THIS
Gabrielle Vielhauer, a junior anthropology major, is working for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by PASSHE. She is one of 15 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. THIS invites students from each of the 14 PASSHE universities to participate. Vielhauer will attend several academic seminars during the internship and will complete an individualized research project as part of the program’s requirements.
IT professor lands $250k grant for testing simulation
Karl Kapp, professor of instructional technology, in partnership with Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, and the National Office of Project Lead the Way has recently been awarded a three year $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program. The project is to create and disseminate an open source, online virtual tensile strength testing simulation. Materials created from this project will be utilized by undergraduate engineering technology students and pre-engineering high school students in the Project Lead the Way network of 4,215 schools nationwide. #CollaborativeLearning
Health Physics gets endorsement from PPL
PPL Regional Community Relations Director Teri MacBride (center) presents a check for PPL’s support of BU’s health physics program to David Simpson (right), associate professor of physics and engineering technology and coordinator of the health physics program, and President David Soltz. PPL’s financial support is just one of several collaborative efforts between the corporation and BU’s health physics undergraduate program and its students. BU offers the only baccalaureate degree program in health physics in Pennsylvania. There are few health physics graduates and yet the demand for them is great — in hospitals, in nuclear power plants, in homeland security and in environmental protection. Many BU health physics graduates have gone on to obtain masters and doctoral degrees.
Adding up to a great end to the summer
Nearly 200 elementary students spent a week at the end of the summer exploring math in various ways from group activities to one-on-one mentoring at BU’s annual Math Camp, sponsored by the Department of Exceptionalities. Nearly 30 BU education students were teachers for campers ranging from pre-K through eighth grade. Among the activities included a water-balloon activity, sidewalk art, bouncing ball race, Hopscotch and a classroom store activity. BU has hosted the math camp in cooperation with the local community since 1997.
FMA named among the best in nation
BU’s Student Financial Management Association received a superior chapter award for 2011-12 academic year — for the seventh consecutive year. Past presidents who continue to stay involved with the student organization include Tim Harris, Lee Herbert, and Cory Hardy, among others. Past and present faculty co-advisors include Todd Shawver and Jonathan Ohn, who work closely with students and industry practitioners in organizing chapter's guest lectures and industry visits, and the support of the dean's office. As indicated in the award notice, this is a much-coveted award earned by less than five percent of all organizations in the nation.
Year-long research reaches international stage
Kimberly Bollinger, a recent graduate of BU’s masters of education program, presented her collaborative research on, “Evidence Based Practices in Special Education,” this past summer at the the Division of International Special Education for the Council of Exceptional Children Roundtable held at the Innisfree International College and Conference Center in Sligo Ireland. The research — done in support by Brooke Kodish, graduate student, and Barbara Yingling Wert, associate professor of Exceptionality Programs, was accepted to this peer reviewed event along with approximately 60 other global participants. Bollinger was a student in Wert’s Research Methods course, as well as her graduate assistant for the year prior to the roundtable. Attendees and presenters shared research projects from a variety of nations including South Africa, United Kingdom, Belgium, Israel, Palestine, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, and the United States. PASSHE was represented by participants from Clarion, IUP, West Chester, and BU along with other U.S. participants from universities in California, Utah, and Texas.
Kappa Delta Rho receives national charter
BU’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity chapter, Zeta Gamma, recently received its official national charter after completing a nearly two-year provisional period. KDR begins the fall semester with 43 initiated brothers. Founded in 1905, the national organization has more than 25,000 initiated members and 35 active chapters. KDR has developed educated gentlemen who promote human dignity, positive relationships among men, and moral excellence of the highest ideals. Interested in joining?
- Contact Joe Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our newest Huskies
One is admittedly opinionated and loves to laugh; the other hails from a small town she says is "interesting ... to say the least." Each of the these bloggers bring a unique collection of talents and personality to this year's freshman class, which recently began the first chapter of its Bloomsburg University experience.
Through their eyes …
Their conversation began nine months ago following their acceptance, then continued through the summer with excitement for orientation, roommate assignments and move-in. Knowing these Huskies, the conversation will remain strong, energetic and colorful for the next four years! See what we mean -->
Campus welcomes Pi Lambda Phi
Pi Lambda Phi fraternity is joining Bloomsburg University’s community as the first non-sectarian fraternity founded upon the idea of equality. Members are selected based upon a person’s character and values, without regard to race, religion or lifestyle choices. If you’re interested in having a positive impact on BU’s campus and community, contact Patrick Spanner at (509) 554-6634 to learn more about Pi Lambda Phi.
Benek-Rivera, Feldhaus new assistant deans
BU’s new assistant deans — Heather Feldhaus, College of Liberal Arts, and Joan Benek-Rivera, College of Business — rely on their teaching experiences in their new positions. Benek-Rivera began teaching at BU in 2001 and served as the chairperson of the Department of Management for more than six years. Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, her research interests include management education and development, and human resource management and related issues. She spent the spring 2012 semester teaching in Abu Dhabi in The United Arab Emirates as a part of a faculty exchange. Benek-Rivera received a doctoral degree in business administration from Texas Tech University. After receiving her doctoral degree in 2002 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Feldhaus came to BU in the fall of 2002 as an assistant professor. In May 2008, she became the chairperson of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. Her work in progress includes membership in the Marcellus Shale Research Collaborative and establishing the BU Center for Community Research and Consulting through which BU faculty and students work with community groups on collaborative research projects.
Senior earns prestigious PASSHE scholarship
Natalie Wagner, an anthropology and mass communications major, was recently among four PASSHE students to earn a William D. Greenlee Scholarship for the upcoming year. The competitive $2,500 scholarship honors the former chair of PASSHE’s Foundation board who had more than 45 years experience in government, public relations and journalism. Greenlee founded Greenlee Associates in 1980, a prominent lobbying and business strategies firm. The recipients of the $2,500 scholarships are:
- Paris Helman, of Chambersburg, a communications/journalism major at Shippensburg University
- Alane Presswood, of Bloomsburg, a communications studies major at West Chester University
- Lauren Turosik, of California, a communication studies major at California University
- Natalie Wagner, of Milton, a public relations and mass communications major at Bloomsburg University
The students were recognized recently at a luncheon held in Harrisburg. Each had the opportunity to speak about her educational experiences and career plans. Helman said she hopes to combine her interests in public relations and the theater to begin a career in New York City’s theater district. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree in integrated marketing. Presswood, who also is minoring in French and film criticism, plans to earn a doctorate in culture and media communications. She said she is interested in studying how social media has impacted communication among people. Wagner also is majoring in anthropology and plans to put her dual major to use working in a museum. A first-generation college student, she said the scholarship “really made it possible for me to complete my degree.” Turosik is currently studying abroad and was unable to attend the scholarship luncheon.
Recent graduate earns writing award for research
Tara Snyder Bloom, a 2012 graduate of the master’s in Guidance Counseling and Student Affairs program, recently received the Grady & Mary Roberts Writing Award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association for an individual research. Bloom is now working at Keuka College (NY) as an assistant director of Field Period Program and Internships. BU's counseling and student affairs program provides a balance of academic and theorectical learning with application through classroom and practical instruction from core faculty and current professionals in the school counseling and college student affairs fields.
Faculty granted sabbaticals for the 2012-13 academic year
- Jeffrey Brunskill, Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences
- Noreen Elaine Chikotas, Nursing
- Carl Chimi, Business Education and Information and Technology Management
- Amy Covill, Psychology
- Mark Decker, English
- Sheng Ding, Political Science
- Christina Francis, English
- Kathleen Heitzman, Athletics
- Zahira Khan, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics
- Timothy McConnell, Exercise Science
- Darlene Perner, Exceptionality Programs
- Mehmet Safa Saracoglu, History
- Yixun Shi, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics
- David Simpson, Physics and Engineering Technology
- Thomas Starmack, Educational Studies and Secondary Education
- Cynthia Venn, Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences
All aboard the “Spirit of BU”
BU’s Supervisory Roundable is now offering the final installment in the “Spirit of BU” train series to benefit student scholarship and Camp HERO. The newest engine, a ¼ scale, comes in four options (2-Rail and 3-Rail options) ranges from $265 to $335 plus $5 shipping and handling fees (off campus only). In addition, there are seven complete sets of “Spirit of BU” still available. Contact Bob Wislock at (570) 389-4529 or Kim Schmitz at (570) 389-5107 for more information or with any questions.
Campus Alert: Sept. 25
A female student reported being chased by a white male in the 100 block of East First Street at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The student was walking alone when she spotted a male crouched behind a vehicle. The suspect began to follow her. As she started to run, he ran after her. The student found safety in an open business downtown. The suspect is described as a white male, in his early 20s, short with a thin build. The incident was reported to law enforcement on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Bloomsburg Town Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bloomsburg Police at (570) 784-4155. Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. 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.
Campus Alert: Thursday, Sept. 13
Update: 9:05 a.m. The two suspects are in custody, according to BU Safety and Police. An armed robbery occurred at approximately midnight in the 300 block of East Second Street near the Newman House. Two male suspects approached the male victim. They displayed and struck the victim with what later was determined to be a toy gun. The suspects got $80 to $100 from the victim, then fled eastward on foot toward campus. No further description is available of the suspects. The incident was reported to Bloomsburg Town Police at about 2 a.m. today. Bloomsburg Town Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bloomsburg Police at (570) 784-4155. Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. 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.