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Fred G. Smith scholarships awarded to area students

Twenty-seven graduates from four area high schools have been awarded the Fred G. Smith Scholarship to attend Bloomsburg University during the 2018-19 academic year. A total of nearly $45,000 was awarded.

Smith, who owned and managed Nesbitt’s Cut Rate Drug Store in Shenandoah and Mount Carmel, bequeathed $3 million to the university in 1985. A resident of Shenandoah, Smith’s intention was to help students from his community and the surrounding area afford college. The scholarships have been awarded to nearly 1,000 area high school students for the past 14 years. The fund is administered by UNB Bank.

Fred G. Smith Scholarship

Iconic landscapes serve as textbook for field study course

It began like any normal college course with a classroom dotted by groups of students led by a professor’s lecture. A week later, the class ended up traveling more than 1,000 miles to spend a few nights camping under the stars and closely study some of the country’s most picturesque geological sites. In the end, it was anything but normal.

“This class was definitely a highlight of my college career,” said Myra Nethery, a senior environmental geoscience major. “I made so many new friends, as well as created great relationships with my professors. If anything, this class has made me more passionate about my major and proud to be a part of the EGGS department.”

EGGS Field Study Course

International business program earns distinctive membership

Bloomsburg University's Zeigler College of Business has been granted full membership in the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE).

CUIBE was established in 2003 to promote, enhance and foster innovations in the delivery of international business education. Full members are academic institutions that have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to undergraduate international business education through the development of an academic program (degree, major or concentration) in international business. Full membership is attained by successfully completing a review process that includes an evaluation of the institution’s international business programs and an on-campus visit conducted by two members of CUIBE’s Membership Committee.

Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education

BOG approves second smallest tuition increase in decade

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education recently approved the second smallest tuition increase in more than a decade for the 2018-19 academic year. The $112-a-semester increase — less than 3 percent — was possible largely because of a fourth consecutive year of increased state funding for the System combined with expected healthcare and energy cost savings. An additional $20 million in budget reductions by the universities still will be necessary.

“I continue to be impressed with how our universities are able to offer an excellent higher education experience at a cost that is so much lower than other universities,” said Board of Governors Chairwoman Cynthia D. Shapira. “Providing high-quality, high-value education is our mission. Ensuring student success is our top priority, and we are also committed to the success of each of our institutions. Today’s action underscores our commitment to all of that.”

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Three with ties to Bloomsburg University earn PCPA awards

The Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) recently announced the winners of its 2018 awards for their contributions to the organization. All three individuals honored have connections to Bloomsburg University.

Faculty member Mindy Andino, Ed.D., was named the 2018 Award winner of the Joseph Merkle Award for Outstanding Contribution to PCPA; alumna Tamika Austin is the 2018 recipient of the PCPA Outstanding New Professional Award, while Frederick Douglass Fellow Kristin Austin ’02 received the 2018 PCPA Ronald Lunardini Mentoring Award. The trio will be recognized next spring at the American College Personnel Association annual conference in Boston and PASSHE/PCPA student affairs conference.

Employee of the Month

Master of Science in Information Technology gets approved

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in accordance with Board of Governors policy has approved an online Master of Science in Information Technology as a degree program at Bloomsburg University.

The online graduate degree program within the Zeigler College of Business responds to the rapid and dynamic technology changes and challenges that businesses encounter. This 30-credit-hour program focuses on the practical theories (knowledge), skills, and abilities of how information technology affects corporate strategy and operations.

Targeted students for the degree program can have a wide variety of academic backgrounds and professional experience. Some technology students may enter into the program to continue their education or update their existing technology skills to gain a rapid competitive advantage to quickly advance from an entry-level to a higher-level information technology related job.

Information Technology

Elizabeth Stauder named July's Employee of the Month

Elizabeth Stauder, clerk typist in the office of mass communications, has been named Employee of the Month for July 2018. She was nominated by Jason Genovese, Ph.D., associate professor of mass communications and chair of the department.

“Anyone who has been a part of a program such as our own understands how vital the administrative assistant is to the proper functioning of the department. Liz is the engine that makes this thing hum. Where I think her biggest contributions lie is with our scheduling and registration process. We pre-register our students to ensure they are getting the courses they need, specifically in our major, to graduate on time. The College of Liberal Arts has recognized her skill in this area and has asked her to coach other department secretaries on the process.

Employee of the Month

STEM Adventure Camps leave lasting impression

Handmade catapults, balloon shooters and hurricane-proof structures were among the many creations taking centerstage at Bloomsburg University’s annual STEM Adventure Camps this summer.

“Getting to see that ‘ah-ha!’ moment — seeing the smiles and laughs when singing songs — or just laughing at me because I said something goofy was what really made me realize why I do this,” said Carolann Green, a senior early childhood education major. “I’ve found the career that brings out the best of me.”

“Some of my favorite highlights were getting to work hands-on with students and getting to see how excited they were to be on a college campus,” said Serena Sacher, a senior early childhood education major. “Many of them told me how they want to come here when they get older, which showed me how enthusiastic they were for the STEM camp and just for learning in general!”

STEM Adventure Camps

Faculty attend conference on designing effective teaching

Bloomsburg University faculty attended the Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching in Bethesda, Md., from May 31 to June 2, courtesy of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center (TALE). (L-R) Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus, Mary Jo Larcom, Dina Clark, Melissa Cheese, Rodger Benefiel, Kristy Sands and Cassandra Sachar.

Lilly-Bethesda is part of the overall Lilly Conference Series. For nearly 40 years, Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning have provided opportunities for the presentation of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Faculty and administrators at various stages in their academic careers come from across the United States, representing nearly every discipline found in higher education.

Lilly Conference

First responder service to now count for general education

Bloomsburg University will now recognize students who serve their communities as a first responder by enabling them to count their service toward their general education requirements. Students who are first responders, such as volunteer firefighters, EMTs, or fire police, can register for a co-curricular learning course that counts toward BU’s citizenship general education requirement.

Coinciding with National EMS Week, May 20-26, BU’s new “First Responder” course was approved May 21. While counting towards general education requirements, the course has zero academic credits, so the student-first responder does not have to pay tuition or fees. BU has roughly 15 students who volunteer with the Bloomsburg Fire Department, according to Scott McBride, Bloomsburg Fire Department chief who is also BU’s Fire and Safety Coordinator.

First Responder Credit


Faculty Scholarship

Michael Patte

Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning and a child life specialist, offered two presentations, "The value of open-ended materials in promoting play across community and educational settings in Trinidad and Tobago" and "The creation of a minor course of study in playwork – One university’s story," at the 44th Annual Conference of The Association for the Study of Play in Melbourne, Beach, Fla.

Julie Vandivere

Julie Vandivere, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Honors Program, had her essay, "Defining Life in Essays and Reports: Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” and the "Government Reports on Infant Human Mortality" selected for publication in the Selected Papers of the 26th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (University of Liverpool Press, 2018).

Michael Borland

Michael Borland, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was among a select few to receive a SOT Faculty Grant to boost undergraduate toxicology research. Borland will use the funds to support the junior-year research project of Taylor Runkle as part of a collaborator two-semester Honors Research Project with Ellen Kehres, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Specifically, the grant will help purchase cell culture supplies, ligands, and luminescent assays to reactive oxygen species.