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News from September 2013
News from September 2013
Campus celebrates Husky Pride Day
With the start of a new school year upon us and the fall sports season kicking off this week, we're going all out … all maroon and gold to celebrate the third annual Husky Pride Day. Show us your best school spirit and “Inner Husky” as we kick it up a notch for the fall semester.
Congratulations to the Student Health Center, which was chosen as the winner of the Husky Pride Day contest. Its staff wins lunch at Balzano's courtesy of the University Foundation. Congratulations to the Development Center, which was chosen as runner up. Its staff will receive free tickets to an upcoming Huskies football game courtesy of the Athletics Department. #HuskyPride
Taking whatever life throws at you
Juan Jimenez’s educational journey hasn’t followed the easiest of paths. However, according to those who know him best, this laid back influential Husky wouldn’t want it any other way.
Jimenez, a senior accounting and finance major, is on target to graduate from Bloomsburg University with not just one but two bachelor’s degrees. He will also walk across the graduation stage with a job offer already in hand — a position with the prestigious accounting firm Deloitte Touche, one of the “big four” firms in the world with PricewaterHouseCooper, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. #HuskyUnleashed
U.S. News ranks BU among the best
Bloomsburg University is again listed as one of the best universities in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. In data released this week, U.S. News lists BU as number 95 of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, tied with Eastern University and the University of St. Joseph. Bloomsburg is fifth among institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Last year, U.S. News rated BU at 104.
Best Regional Universities ranks institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral degrees. The 621 universities in the category are ranked against their peer group in one of four geographic regions – north, south, midwest and west.
Cameroon Scholars Lecture Series
One of the four visiting professors from the University of Buea in Cameroon will be presenting a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Hartline Science Center 108. Samuel Ayonghe, professor environmental geology and associate dean of faculty of science at University of Buea, will present, "Climate Change and Natural Hazards in Africa: The Case of Cameroon."
Environmental science is one of the key aspects of the experiential learning component of BU's winter study abroad program in Cameroon-Ethiopia. Ayonghe's lecture is sponsored by the President's Office, College of Science and Technology and the Global Education Office. #BUSpeakerSeries
Do you want to make a difference on campus?
BU’s Dean of Students Office is searching for mentors. Do you have 24-plus credits? Is your grade point average 2.50 or higher? Then our Peer Assisted Student Success (PASS) mentor program may be a perfect fit.
PASS is looking for students who are interested in making a positive impact here at Bloomsburg University by working with first year students, students in need of positive support, or students that are required to participate as mentees through the Dean of Students Office. If you are interested in being a mentor with the PASS program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bloomu.edu/dean-students-pass for more information and how to sign up!
Cameroon Scholars Lecture Series
One of the four visiting professors from the University of Buea in Cameroon will be presenting a public lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room. Justine Ayuk, lecturer from the University of Buea's Gender Studies Department, will present "Gender and Development in Cameroon."
Gender Studies is one of the key aspects of the experiential learning component of BU's winter study abroad program in Cameroon-Ethiopia. Ayuk's lecture is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. #BUSpeakerSeries
History professor to appear on TLC
Jeanette Keith, professor of history, will appear on the Tuesday, Sept. 10, episode of TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” featuring Emmy-winning actor Jim Parsons of TV’s “The Big Bang Theory.” The documentary-style series pairs celebrities with history experts to discover their ancestral roots. Keith indicated she will appear on the show, which will air at 9 p.m., however she could not reveal more details.
Cameroon Scholars Lecture Series
Two of the four visiting professors from the University of Buea in Cameroon will be presenting public lectures at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, in McCormick Center 2303.
- Martina Zinkeng, assistant professor of educational psychology, will present “Bilingual Instruction in Cameroon.”
- Ekoka Molindo, assistant professor of educational leadership and vice dean,” will present “Multicultural Education in Cameroon.
There will be a question and answer session immediately following the lectures. The event is sponsored by the College of Education.
Phi Beta Lambda showcases talent over the summer
This summer, Bloomsburg University’s business club, Phi Beta Lambda, sent several students to the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. While there, Nicole Jubin, a Junior accounting major, was elected as Treasurer to the State Chapter. Carol Bachman '13, Business Education, placed third in Future Business Educator at States and seventh at the Nationals. John Katona '13, Accounting, placed second in Accounting for Professionals at States and went on to place seventh at Nationals.
Also, Bloomsburg University’s chapter took two awards at Nationals as well. Phi Beta Lambda took ninth in the “Big Ten” National Chapter Membership Competition and also took an award for being the Second Largest Local Chapter in the Eastern Region of National Phi Beta Lambda. This was the second year for members of our club to receive awards at Nationals and the first year for our Chapter to receive awards. #GetInvolved
Husky Unleashed: Yes, you could move like Usher!
Continuing to unleash my inner husky I decided to create open hip hop dance classes for students at Bloomsburg University every Friday. After my experience over the years in amazing organizations such as the dance ensemble, vice versa, and the dance minor I am excited to work with more Bloomsburg peers!
I visited Los Angeles over the summer where I took celebrity choreographer classes that have worked with artist such as, Usher, T pain, Black eyed Peas, and Jason Derulo. As well as TV shows Shake it up Chicago, Glee, ABDC etc. inspired by the things I have learned and the feed back choreographers such as Laurie Anne Gibson gave me I would love to pass my knowledge and techniques to others. My dance classes are open to anyone who wants to dance, love to dance, or just want to have a good workout. “I know as college student sometimes you don’t have the time to be dedicated to an organization” so this is open for students to come when ever they want on a Friday.
F.O.C.U.S. returns for first fall semester church visitation
Get off to a God start this semester as BU’s Office of Minority Affairs hosts Martin Harris, Sr., pastor of F.O.C.U.S. Young Adult Ministry at Bethel Deliverance International in Philadelphia for an on-campus church visit on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Free breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Campus shuttle available for upper campus residents. Come be part of the service. Contact Marcei Woods at (570) 389-4091 for more information.
BU upgrades campus heat and power system
The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved a $2 million grant for Bloomsburg University for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system. The Authority approved the grant under the Alternative and Clean Energy program, according to state Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) and Rep. David Millard (R-109). The University will provide the remainder of the funding for the $10 million project.
“The University plans to install a gas boiler system and turbine generator, which will enable it to eliminate all coal fuel use and reduce energy consumption by 2.5%,” said Senator Gordner. The reduction in energy consumption will reduce the University’s reliance on the local electrical substation and will enable the University campus to serve as a shelter for the local community in the event of a regional power outage, such as occurred during the September 2011 flood.
“Bloomsburg University’s existing coal boilers are old and in poor condition, and have been in the process of being phased out over recent years,” said Rep. Millard. Two years ago, the University began utilizing a biomass boiler system to reduce its energy footprint.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to be used by for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state.
Campus Alert: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Update 5:30 p.m.: Upon further investigation it was determined that the reported assault in the area of Kehr Union did not occur.
In a report today (Sept. 12) to Bloomsburg University Police, a female reported a sexual assault by two unknown males between 2 and 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the area of the Kehr Union Patio. Anyone with information is asked to contact BUPD at (570) 389-4168. 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.
Also, consider carrying a whistle. While there are limitations to the effectiveness of a whistle against all threats, it could work well in a difficult situation as students would first blow into the whistle to attract help and then use a cell phone to call for help. For your safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If you are in town and need help call 911. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.