Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

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Experiencing environmental education

Bloomsburg University 175th Anniversary

A new hands-on feature to the environmental, geographical and geological sciences curriculum is now in place thanks to the Sustainable Food Systems Outdoor Classroom on upper campus. The working garden and sustainability education center provides students unique experiential learning opportunities through its raised garden beds, interactive interpretive signage, composting site and perennial planting.

Additionally, the outdoor classroom offers a co-curricular impact through its combination of environmental education, food production, sustainability planning, business and public relations. Its products are also one of several offerings at the weekly Farmers Market between Navy Hall and Bakeless Center.

Weekly Farmers Market

The last Friday before the beginning of autumn is providing a preview of fall with a chill in the air as well as an impressive harvest:

  • Bloomburg University Outdoor Classroom — The Classroom will be offering organic salad greens, turnips heirloom tomatoes, and kale as well as other vegetables.
  • Hen Farm — In addition to the fresh, organically-grown vegetables Dancing Hen is famous for, there will be eggs and free-range chicken on Friday.
  • Rohrbach’s Farm Market — The fruit that Rohrbach’s is known for will return and some late summer sweet corn will be there, along with autumn ornamental favorites such as gourds and possibly a pumpkin or two.
  • Endless Mountains Farmstead — Carrots, basil, leeks, cucumbers, chard and kale will be available.

Endless Mountains Farmstead will offer a hands-on lecture at 11 a.m., as they discuss medicinal herbal teas at their table. The market is held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. between Navy Hall and Bakeless Center. And once again! ... get your free reusable dining containers, courtesy of BU’s Green Campus Initiative.

Emergency notification system testing Tuesday, Sept. 23

Emergency Notification System

All components of BU’s emergency notification system – email, voice mail, text messages and campus sirens — will be tested on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. All BU students and registered faculty and staff will receive a test email message on Tuesday. Test voice mail and text messages also will be sent to those who opted to receive notification in these formats. For instructions on how to sign up or opt out of the text message component, see where information can be updated at any time

The sirens, installed on Elwell Hall, McCormick Center for Human Services and on the upper campus, will alert the campus community when vital emergency information is available via email, voice mail and text message. Anyone who is on campus Tuesday at 2 p.m. but does not hear the sirens is asked to notify Belinda DeLeon, safety administrator, at BU tests the emergency notification system once each semester.

Dynamic diversity presentation headlines upcoming speakers

From redefining diversity to motivational fitness to cultivating literacy, the series of upcoming invited campus speakers covers a wide spectrum of impactful topics.

  • Diversity has lost its meaning and Justin Jones Fosu has figured out how to talk about some of the basics of diversity but not excluding how complex it actually is. He discovered it’s all about learning to hug an elephant and kiss a giraffe. Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Kehr Union Ballroom Fosu presents, "Hug an Elephant, Kiss a Giraffe: Redefining Diversity in Everyday Life." By using music, movement and a substance-packed presentation, it brings the experience to life.
  • From the son of a Philadelphia police officer to a career in military education to now a U.S. Congressman, Patrick J. Murphy will be coming to Bloomsburg to discuss media and politics in the 21st century. Sponsored by the Mass Communications department, the host of MSNBC’s “Taking the Hill” will be at McCormick Center 1303 on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Former NFL player and Super Bowl winner, Anthony Trucks will be coming to BU’s Multicultural center Monday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. In this lecture, “Trust you Hustle” Trucks, a published author and motivational youth speaker, will discuss his knowledge and understanding of the mind and body as it relates to all aspects of fitness and sports.
  • Kelly Hastings, the superintendent of the Keystone Central School District will have a lecture series on Thursday, Oct. 9. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Kehr Union Multipurpose 345B, Hastings will discuss “10 Literary Habits to Cultivate in Your Classroom- No Matter What you Teach!” Followed by a reading center demonstration with student teachers and children from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in McCormick reading center room 2225. She will give a final presentation from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Kehr Union ballroom about, “Quick and Dirty ways to Improve Literacy in your School Today!”
  • The word conquer has changed meaning for Bryan Anderson. As a U. S. army sergeant in Iraq, it meant taking down the enemy. After becoming the Iraq War’s fourth triple amputee from a roadside explosive, what he had to conquer got a bit more personal. Anderson will present, “No Turning Back,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Haas Center for the Arts' Mitrani Hall, covering his inspirational story of courage, hope and determination. His presentation is open free to the public. Despite grueling surgeries and rehabilitation, his goal has always been bigger that simply walking again. Making the most of life, he went for it, learning how to snowboard, water-ski, rock climb, and snowboard with his condition – even winning himself some gold medals to place next to his Purple Heart.

Take your leadership skills to a new level

BU's Center for Leadership and Engagement is offering a three level Leadership Certification program, open to all students for free.

  • Level 1 provides the basic foundations of leadership skills and helps student identify who they are as a leader, how they work with others and how to lead groups.
  • In Level 2, students pursue a specific track of Leadership that is in alignment with their career and personal interests (Student Organizational, Group, Community Engagement or Social Justice).
  • In Level 3, students wrap up their certification through a leadership capstone project experience, coached by the CLE staff.
    • Students can sign up for the Leadership Certification program by visiting the CLE office, located in the ground floor of Northumberland Hall. For more information, please contact

      Campus Announcements: What you need to know!

      Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar — Friday, Sept.19, at 3:30 p.m. in Hartline Science Center G42. Prof. Terry Kuzma from Pennsylvania State University will speak about Nanotechnology Manufacturing and the Nanoscience Program at Penn State.

      Campus Announcements

      Outdoor Movie on the Quad — Maleficent with free snacks, Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Bring your own blanket or chair. Rain location Kehr Hideaway.

      Late Night Hot Dog Cart — Friday, Sept. 19 from 11 p.m to 1 a.m. on the Kehr Patio near Montour Hall. Rain location inside Kehr. Sponsored by Student Affairs.

      Farmers Market — local vegetables, fruits and more are featured each Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Farmers Market adjacent to Navy Hall and Bakeless Center.

      Free Bloomsburg Fair Shuttle — on Friday, Sept. 19. Fair Preview Day 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bus will loop continually from the Hospital Lot to the Leonard Street Gate at the Fairgrounds.

      Discounted Fair Tickets! — Purchase discounted fair admission tickets for only $5 in the Student Activities Office, KUB 350. Discount tickets for students only.

      Football Fan Bus — Sign up in the Community Activities Office or at the Concession stand at the California and Shippensburg Home Football Games! You must sign up before noon on the Thursday before the game. Buses are available for the Cheyney, Kutztown and Lock Haven games.

      Haunted Husky Hollow — There will be a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 9:15 p.m. in Centennial 218 for all students interested in helping volunteer to be a part of the 5th annual Haunted Woods Walk. Haunted Husky Hollow will run on Oct. 23 to 24 at the Quest Team-building Woods Trail and is open to the general public for free admission. For more information,

      Baltimore Bus Trip — sign up in the Student Activities Office (KUB 350). Bus departs the Hospital Lot on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 a.m. and leaves Baltimore at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 with BU student ID and paid Fall ’14 C.A. fee; $35 with ID only and for guests.

      All Greek Dance — Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the Kehr Ballroom. Free admission with BU student ID. First 400 students will be admitted. Doors close at 12:30 a.m. or when the dance reaches capacity.

      Celebrate Bisexuality Day Workshop — Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Multi B.

      Flavors of the World — will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Multicultural Center, from 6 to 8 p.m., along with a special performance by Karen Rodriguez, Latin jazz artist.

      Prospectus Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Kyle Atkins on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research he will be proposing is entitled “A Comparison Between Phonetically Balanced Words and Sentences: Speech Audiometry Stimuli With Older Individuals With Severe High Frequency Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Poor Word Recognition Ability”. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      X-Men Days of Future Past — showing in the Kehr Hideaway Wednesday, Sept. 24, Friday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Free Admission w/ BU student ID and paid fall ’14 Community Activity Fee. All others $1.

      Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Alicia Kittle on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “The Relationship Between The Number Of Years Participated In Organized Football And Auditory Processing Abilities”. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      Prospectus Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Lindsey Wolff on Friday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “The Cochlear Implant "Effect": Does the Presence of a Cochlear Implant Negatively Influence the Observers' Judgment Concerning the Wearer?” Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      Icona Pop — with special guests Five Knives and Lowell Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Nelson Field House. Buy your tickets on Oct. 1 and be entered in a drawing for a meet and greet with Icona Pop. Tickets available for sale at the Student Activities Office, 350 Kehr Union Building.

      Rise of the Planet of the Apes — showing in the Kehr Hideaway Wednesday, Oct. 1, Friday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Free admission with BU student ID and paid fall ’14 Community Activity Fee. All others $1.

      Thesis Defense — Dawn O’Brien Taylor, a doctoral student in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology will be presenting her thesis defense, “A comparison of parent and teacher responses on the Buffalo Model Questionnaire-revised,” on Thursday, Oct. 2, in Centennial Hall 301, at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

      Halloween in Salem/Boston — on this overnight bus trip from Friday, Oct. 31, to Saturday, Nov. 1. Salem, “The Witch City,” will have plenty of Halloween events. Cost, as low as $110, includes two-way coach bus transportation, one night of lodging near Boston and an optional trip into Salem. You’re responsible for securing your own roommates.

      Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Jessica L. Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “Maximizing Word Recognition Scores: A Comparison of Presentation Levels in the Clinical Setting.” Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      NSSLHA Fundraiser — will be hosting a hotdog and hamburger sale on Sunday, Oct. 12. It will be held in the Auto Zone parking lot located on 306 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg. The stand will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The proceeds from this event will be donated to Jackie Lithgow and his family for therapy expenses.

      Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the thesis defense of Heather Stone on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in Centennial Hall 301 as part of the requirements for the degree. The research she will be defending is entitled “Newborn Hearing Screening Refer Rates: Vaginal vs. Cesarean Section Deliveries”. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      NEW Student Sexual Misconduct Policy! — A growing concern on college campuses is the issue of rape/sexual assault/sexual misconduct. This summer university staff worked diligently on updating our resources and policies to better address these areas. Please take the time to review the new Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.

      The policy is also included within The Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process.

      In addition we have created a new website to serve as a place our community members can find out more about the policies, procedures, and resources avail bile both on and off the university campus. Please visit and learn more about how you can help us be a part of a solution to a growing problem plaguing our college campuses. For additional information please feel free to contact The Dean of Students Office at 570-389-4734.

      One Ticket Left! — There is one spot open for Wicked for the Program Board's trip to NYC on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sign up in the Student Activities Office, KUB 350. Bus departs the Hospital Lot on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 a.m. and leaves New York City at 8 p.m. Tickets with option for Wicked, the Broadway musical, range from $30 to $100.

      September is National Campus Safety Month — What You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk Of A Sexual Assault:

      • Practice good personal safety habits. To protect yourself from stranger crime, always lock your door when home or away. Don't admit anyone into your residence hall. Report any suspicious activity to University Police, 570-389-2211. Call for an on-campus walking escort when you are without one, 570-389-5000.
      • Listen to your gut feelings. If you feel threatened, leave the situation and go to a safe place.
      • Avoid guys who do not respect women. Don't hang out with them, and don't invite them into your home.
      • If you go to a party with friends, stay with them and leave with them, especially if you are drinking.
      • If you are going on a first date or if you meet someone while you are out and want to go somewhere else, go with a group of friends.
      • If you think someone is at risk for sexual assault take action to prevent it. Don't wait for someone else to initiate action.
      • When walking, be aware of your surroundings, stay in well-lit areas and walk in a group.

      Majors and Minors Fair — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in KUB Multipurpose B
      Multipurpose Room B. All students welcome! This is an event for students who are interested in changing their major, have not decided on a major, or cannot get into their intended major. All academic departments will be in attendance to discuss their majors with students.

      Faculty Sabbaticals — The following sabbaticals were recently granted by the president: Alana Atchinson, Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice, Fall 2015; William Calhoun, Mathematics, Computer Science, & Statistics, Fall 2015; George Davis, Biological & Allied Health Sciences, Fall 2015; David Heineman, Communication Studies, Fall 2015; Nada Jevtic, Physics & Engineering Technology, Fall 2015; Darrin Kass, Management & Marketing, Spring 2016; Lawrence Kleiman, Management & Marketing, Fall 2015; Thomas Klinger, Biological & Allied Health Sciences, Spring 2015 & Spring 2016; Julie Kontos, Psychology, Fall 2015; Ethan Krupp, Music, Theatre & Dance, Fall 2015; Kenneth Lang, Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice, Spring 2016; Brett McLaurin, Environmental, Geographical & Geological Sciences, Spring 2016; Mindi Miller, Nursing, Fall 2015; Robert Montante, Mathematics, Computer Science, & Statistics, Spring 2016; John Polhill, Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics, Spring 2016; Steven Rier, Biological & Allied Health Sciences, Fall 2015; and Arthur (Jerry) Wemple, English, Fall 2015.

      Do you have an idea for an entrepreneurship?

      PASSHE Competition

      So, do you want to earn money for that idea? Great news … you can!

      Last year students from the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities were invited to participate in the 3nd Annual Student Business Plan Competition. More than 200 student teams submitted their business ideas.

      Two years ago, Bloomsburg University team of Sean Roth and Paul Rosa took home third place in the PASSHE Business Plan Competition — now it’s your turn! The competition is designed to provide students, like you, with an opportunity to pitch original business plans. Roth and Rosa’s idea was to create a social media site to allow fans to share the love of their teams via short vides.

      This year, you can do the same at the PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition. Learn more by attending a meeting in Sutliff Hall 257 on Monday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. for the ELC Committee meeting. Contact Karl Kapp at for more information.

      Consortium brings State System collaboration to campus

      Sarah Kay

      Bloomsburg University is hosting the 2014 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Woman’s Consortium Conference on Sept. 25 to 26. Filled with a wellness room, multiple workshops and Sarah Kay as the keynote speaker; conference fees start at $90 for non-members, $75 for members and students are free.

      The Woman’s Consortium is designed to have woman in the State System collaborate and develop leadership skills. Students, faculty and staff are all invited to participate in these conferences. The Consortium has three institutes they base their conferences off of: Woman’s Student Leadership, Woman’s Faculty Leadership, and Woman’s Staff Leadership. All of these programs strive to better their knowledge and to learn more about each other’s experiences to help support one another.

      The keynote speaker Sarah Kay started poetry when she was 14. She took the stage and competed against more experience poets. She founded Project VOICE, an organizations that uses poetry as an empowerment tool. #CollaborativeLearning