Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

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Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

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Research unearths potential career path

It’s pretty evident. Cassie McMillian enjoys testing the limits of her curiosity. Where it goes, she follows with enthusiasm.

Her latest academic quest began with a simple cultural anthropology class, then grew into a healthy fascination this summer digging in Ohio at a Hopewell habitation site to ultimately reaching a national stage this month at the 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Denver. McMillian, a senior anthropology and psychology major, has been working with DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, since the spring on the professor’s ongoing research of the Hopewell culture in southern Ohio that existed between about 100 B.C. and A.D. 400.

MAL shines in nation's capital

Model Arab League Trip

Members of Bloomsburg University's Model Arab League (MAL) recently attended the Capital Area Regional Model in Washington, D.C. They represented the Sultanate of Oman and visited the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, where they met with the Ambassador, the Cultural Attache and several other Embassy officials.

The team won a Distinguished Delegation Award, while Eric Pangelinan, Amel Elsheakh, and Shyer Amin won Outstanding Delegate Awards for their representation on the Joint Defense Council and Joint Crisis Committee respectively.

MAL is a student leadership program where students learn, research, debate issues related to the Arab World. Members: Kimberly Martin, Paige Stanley, Rachel Green, Eric Pangelinan, Amel Elsheakh, Thomas Weber, Chad Haney, Dan Pagana, Sadman Mondalib, Shyer Amin, Timothy Shaw, Alexandra Ziegler, Haleigh McDonald, and Emma Holland.

Forensics Team showcases talent at multiple tournaments

Speech and Debate Team

Bloomsburg University’s Forensics Team recently won 25 individual speech and debate awards, including six first places, and fifth place and third place overall finishes at two recent Collegiate Forensic Association Speech and Debate tournaments at Morgan State University and Shippensburg University.

Bloomsburg University placed fifth out of eight schools at Morgan State University, finishing ahead of Liberty University, Lynchburg College, and Lord Fairfax Community College. The team then placed third out of 8 schools at the CFA Holiday Tournament held at Shippensburg University, finishing ahead of Liberty University, West Virginia-Parkersburg, the University of Richmond, Davis and Elkins College, and Lord Fairfax Community College.

Neil Strine, director of the Forensics Team, and alumnus, Jackson Staples ’14, served as speech and debate judges at both tournaments. Timothy Oleksiak, assistant professor of English, and Erin Brummett, assistant professor of communication studies, serve as faculty coaches for the team. Forensics is supported by funding through the Community Government Association. It meets every Monday at 9 p.m. in Bakeless Center 202. New members are always welcome.

Honors research reaches national stage

Honors Research Conference

Seven students from the Honors Program were recently selected to present their Honors Independent Study research projects at the 50th annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) in Chicago. Congratulations to all the students who represented BU very well in their poster sessions. Students in the photo are shown at the NCHC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala on Saturday night. BU students who attended NCHC this year are:

  • Aaron Whitebread, senior, information technology management – A Study of the Incident Response Rate for Security Breaches by PASSHE University with Loreen Powell
  • Abigail Messinger, senior, speech-language pathology and audiology; Spanish – Providing SLP Services to Bilingual Aphasics: A National Survey with Kimberly Cardimona
  • Bethany Lemak, senior, speech pathology and audiology – Effect on Reaction Times for a Prime LD Task When Using a Math Intervenor Between Trials with Pamela Smith
  • Abigail Brown, senior, nursing – Music-Based Interventions to Enhance Behavior in Students with Mindi Miller
  • Olivia Best, senior, psychology – Effects of Chronic Stress on Incubation of Palatable Food Craving: Role of Dopamine D1-Like Receptors with Kevin Ball
  • Nick Cellucci, senior, mass communications – Comparing Current Media Literacy Perspectives from College Students and Older Adults with David Magolis
  • Austin Olson, senior, health physics – Effects of Scatter Radiation on Medical Personnel Wearing Damaged Lead Aprons with David Simpson

Math Night equals fun

Math Night

A group Bloomsburg University dual elementary education/special education majors recently helped roughly 50 students at St. Joseph’s Memorial School in Danville see the fun in math. The education majors got some hands-on classroom experience by creating engaging and standards-based activities to facilitate math topics in an fun fashion.

“I loved observing all of the activities the Bloomsburg Students came up with,” said Chloe Stine, a senior elementary education/special education major, who participated in Math Night last spring as well. “Last semester, I participated by creating an interactive station. This semester I took on a different role and had the opportunity to come back and take pictures.”

Kennedy Hilbolt, a senior elementary education/special education major, said the Math Night experience was great affirmation of the teaching skills she is learning through the College of Education.

“Being able to interact with children and plan learning experiences for them is something that we all love and enjoy doing,” Hilbolt said. “Having the opportunity to apply the math skills we are learning with students is something that really benefits our future careers. We all had a great time, and seeing the smiles of all the kids definitely made it all worth it!”

Military students, DKE brothers go the extra mile for veterans


Led by the Bloomsburg University Student Veterans Association and Delta Kappa Epsilon, military students and Greek Life members walked the Academic Quad on Veterans Day to raise money for the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 23 veterans die from suicide each day. This equates to more 8,000 deaths per year, and nearly 20 percent of all suicides in the United States.

For every $23 dollars raised BU’s military students and DKE brothers pledged to walk a mile on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to raise awareness for veteran suicide. The group ended up walking 246 miles, raising more than $3,225. All proceeds benefitted the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide.

Phi Kappa Phi Recognition Awards Ceremony

Phi Kappa Phi

Bloomsburg University’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, recently held an annual award ceremony to recognize students with academic excellence in all disciplines. The chapter awards students yearly based on their academic performance during the student’s freshman year.

This event was conducted by Kevin Ball, chapter president, Phi Kappa Phi, and associate professor of psychology. After beginning, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Ira Blake started the panel discussion, and awards ceremony.

During the award ceremony, 78 students were honored. The ceremony was concluded by Cynthia Surmacz, chapter secretary, Phi Kappa Phi, professor of biological and allied health sciences. Afterwards campus organizations gathered for light conversation with all participating professors and honored students.

What do you know about Hungary?

GASI Conference

Bloomsburg University's Global Awareness Society International is offering the chance to visit Hungary, present your research to an international audience, and interact with scholars and professionals from around the world. Its 25th annual interdisciplinary conference will be held May 26 to 29, 2016, in Budapest Hungary. Whether you choose to present a paper or simply attend our sessions and discussion groups, this conference will raise your awareness of a multitude of global issues.

A post-conference History and Culture of Hungary Program, May 30 to June 4, will introduce participants to Hungarian traditions, cuisine, and modern day customs. Participation in the conference and post-conference activities is open to all. Students are encouraged to pursue GASI scholarship opportunities for travel grants, which offer partial support for the presentation of student research. Details, registration forms, and further information can be received by contacting Jim Pomfret at gasi@bloomu.edu.

Downtown parking permits to go on sale

Downtown Parking Permits

Parking permits valid for Jan. 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016, will go on public sale Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Bloomsburg Police Station, 301 E. 2nd St., during office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Current permit holders may purchase permits ahead of public sale on Nov. 23 to 25, and Nov. 30. Must have old permit and all the following listed below to purchase a permit.

  • Proof of residency (signed leased or current utility bill) with permit holders name and address on it. Lease must have dates of lease and be signed by landlord.
  • Vehicle Registration Card
  • Photo ID
  • Student residents must be present to purchase their permits. Student residents may not purchase for other students. Parents may purchase for students unable to come.

Winter Session Campus Parking

If you are currently attending class for the Fall 2015 semester, your decal will be valid throughout the winter session. As there will be no shuttle service from upper campus, Tan decals will be valid in the Commuter lots (Black and Purple). No decals are needed if you are a new Commuter or Resident for the winter session. If you are a new Commuter student please park in the "Commuter lots." If you are a new Resident student please park in the "First Street (Green) lot." If you park in other lots you may be ticketed. If you have any parking questions, please contact University Police at 570-389-2211.

Spring 2016 Permit Registration

Online vehicle registration will begin on Monday, Dec. 7, for parking permits for commuters and residents for the spring semester. Please apply through bloomsburg.thepermitstore.com. Each student is responsible to pay $3.50 shipping and handling fee when prompted during the ordering process. Please use only your BU Student Email address when applying for a permit. You will need your Student Husky ID number in order to place your order as well. When entering your mailing address for the school; please use the same address that you use in MyHusky.

Your temporary parking permit will allow you to park in the designated area that the permit is approved for. The temporary parking permit is valid for a period of 10 days. If you have not received your actual parking decal in the mail at this point, please contact the Bloomsburg University Police Department at 570-389-2211.