News and Events

Inauguration of Dr. Bashar W. Hanna

The inauguration of Dr. Bashar W. Hanna as the 19th president of Bloomsburg University will be held on Friday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. There will be a processional around the Academic Quad starting at 2 p.m. with the processional ending at the Haas Center. There will be parking restrictions in place for Friday.

The following lots will be closed to faculty, staff and students: Part of the Swisher Circle Commuter Lot (An area in the Swisher Circle Commuter Lot behind the library will be re-designated for Faculty and staff parking.), President’s House, McCormack, Bakeless, Top of the Tri-level, and Faculty/staff spaces between Haas and Columbia Hall. Students displaced on lower campus will continue to be able to use the Stadium and Orange Lots on upper campus and utilize the shuttle buses.

President Bashar Hanna

Geisinger pulmonologist headlines Health Sciences Symposium

Bloomsburg University will host the 27th annual Health Sciences Symposium on Thursday, April 26. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Paul Simonelli, a pulmonologist at Geisinger Medical Center. Simonelli will present his keynote speech titled, “Lung Health – A Population Health Approach to Chronic Lung Disease” at 5:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Art’s, Mitrani Hall.

Simonelli attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he received his medical degree and his doctorate in biochemistry in 1987. Simonelli currently serves as the chair of the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine for the Geisinger Medicine Institute as well as the system-wide director of Geisinger’s Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.

Paul Simonelli

Gearing up for the 40th annual Renaissance Jamboree

The 40th annual Renaissance Jamboree will be held on Sat., April 28 in downtown Bloomsburg, rain or shine. An outdoor event, the Renaissance Jamboree features hundreds of craft vendors and delicious food from non-profit organizations in Columbia, Montour and Lower Luzerne counties. There will be free entertainment, kiddie rides and games, as well as free parking at the Bloomsburg fairgrounds with a shuttle service. Although the event is outside, please leave pets at home.

Bloomsburg University student organizations participating in the Jamboree include the Biology and Allied Health Sciences Club, CGA Class of 2020 and Sigma Tau Delta. The clubs will be selling a variety of products such as plants and flowers, drinks and food.

Renaissance Jamboree

Suite new Center City location

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education unveiled a new academic and classroom suite today at the State System @ Center City with a commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony, which marked the public debut of the newly expanded and renovated university center site. Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney was among several key officials giving remarks.

State System universities at the center have been serving adult learner in Philadelphia since 2012 by providing academic programs that are affordable, flexible and employer driven. Students are able to attend courses at a convenient, Center City location where Bloomsburg and West Chester universities are now offering an expanded array of high-demand degree programs that provide flexible and manageable education for adult learners.

State System at Center City

Chi Alpha Epsilon honors 14 new inductees

Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society recently hosted an induction ceremony for 14 new members, as well as additional honors for current members with stellar academic performance. At the ceremony the NU Chapter recognized Act 101/EOP students who earned a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in two consecutive semesters, as a full-time student, current members who have earned pin upgrades due to an increase in their cumulative grade point average, and two honorary members.

Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria or who utilized enrichment and educational support services.

Chi Alpha Epsilon

Campus Construction Activity

Campus maps show the facilities planning and construction project sites for 2018. The intent of the general map is to identify the locations and dates that will be affected, as well as identify the project. As always, some projects will affect pedestrian and vehicular movements more than others. Those projects will be supplemented with additional phasing and traffic plans. As projects progress, larger more detailed maps will be provided as needed to communicate details in advance of the changes.

Campus Construction Projects

Fraternity hosts Kappa Kulture Week to inspire service

It’s not your average week, though it happens twice a year. It’s interactive. It’s informative. It’s straight … Kappa! James Clark, a senior criminal justice major and president of Kappa Alpha Psi, says Kappa Kulture Week is designed to bring the campus community together, as well as showcase the fraternity’s core objective of inspiring “service in the public interest." To do this, the fraternity hosts five events over five days.

Hoops for Hope: a five-on-five basketball tournament to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Kappa Kickback: students decorate shoeboxes, then fill them with toiletries and inspirational letters and give them the Women’s Resource Center in town. Dress for Success: a co-hosted event with DST to inform fellow students of the proper attire for a business setting and how to be interview ready. Keys to a Stree-Free Life: another co-hosted event (SOL) designed to cover issues of handling the pressures of college and other outside factors. Pie a Kappa: donations are collected with each pie to the face of a fraternity brother.

Kappa Kulture Week

Professor extends geography beyond classroom walls

Geography is more than just knowing where a state capital is or being able to find the Nile River on a map. It’s also knowing things like why the capital of the United States is located in Washington D.C.

“Geography isn’t about learning places as much as it is about learning a technique of how to study something,” stated Bloomsburg University professor of human geography and environmental science, Daryl Wenner.

Wenner takes his geographical knowledge beyond the walls of a classroom by serving as a co-coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee through the National Geographic Society.

Daryl Wenner

Combating Email Phishing

Over the past several years Bloomsburg University and most other universities have been fighting a battle with email phishing attacks. These attacks come in the form of deceptive emails that lure the user into accessing a fake web site that may appear to look exactly like one of the universities’ web pages. The goal of this deception is to obtain the users account and password. Once the account and password have been obtained it’s possible for the perpetrator to access anything the use has remote access to, or use the university email system to send email messages.

Email Phishing

Economics senior switches major, lands job offer

Bloomsburg University senior Drew Bryant began college with aspirations of becoming an electrical engineer. However, that plan got short-circuited sending Bryant towards a new career goal. Bryant chose BU to take part in the electrical engineering 3 + 2 program with Penn State. After getting two-and-a-half years into the program at BU, his desire for working in that field disappeared.

Bryant decided to switch to a major in economics and a minor in math due to his interests in accounting, finance and marketing. “I started from scratch spring semester of my junior year and decided if I’m going to do this, I’m going to go all in,” Bryant states.

Most would worry about fitting in the classes needed to graduate on time, but for Drew, switching majors led him to his job offer at Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., the largest aftermarket automotive distributor in the United States.

Economics Major

CGA Senate Elections

Results from this spring’s Community Government Association (CGA) senate elections are in. Joar Dahn, a junior political science major, won re-election as president, Amayir Capers, a sophomore business administration finance major, as vice president, and Sarah Rhineer, a sophomore secondary education major, as secretary. Newly elected this year was Sita Cherif, a junior communication studies major, as treasurer.

““I’m grateful for all of those who voted for me and my team, thank you all,” Dahn said. “This goes to show that there is always #StrengthInDiversity. It’s going to be a great year.”

"Leadership is not about a title or a designation,” Rhineer said. “It's about impact, influence and inspiration. We must continue to show results for our work, share our passion with others and inspire others to follow in our footsteps."

CGA Senate

 

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Faculty Scholarship

Mindi Miller

Mindi Miller, Ph.D., RN, professor of nursing, and Mary Nicholson, Ph.D., professor of instructional technology, completed an intensive three-week course from Quality Matters (QM) titled “Applying the QM Rubric Face-to-Face Facilitator Certification (AFFC).” They are now certified to offer the QM course “Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)” on campus. Currently, 91 BU faculty have finished the online APPQMR workshop that provides quality assurance guidelines for improving distance education course organization and design.

Michael Borland

Michael Borland, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Education Fellow of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), was recently appointed to a three year term on the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Undergraduate Education Subcommittee. The subcommittee works to increase awareness of the toxicology field to undergraduates and educators, to promote the integration of toxicology principles into undergraduate science curriculums, and to inspire undergraduate students to join the field of toxicology.