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Exercise science begins two-year project

A unique performance heath research opportunity has come to campus, resulting in a collaborative project for the Department of Exercise Science through the fall of 2017. Performance Health Systems, LLC awarded Swapan Mookerjee, professor of exercise science, a two-year research contract that provides more than $20,000 worth of equipment and logistical support to the department’s physiology laboratory along with the provision for a graduate assistantship, which was made possible with matching funds from the university.

“This project provides us a unique opportunity to conduct research, which will culminate in faculty-student collaborative presentations, papers and masters theses,” Mookerjee said. “The equipment is currently mainly available in clinical sites across the country.”

Graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in all the research projects, according to Mookerjee, who added these types of collaborative projects typically result in conference presentations, papers and thesis projects.

Voice photographer to be featured on PNA cover

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Cole Kresch, photography editor of The Voice, was recently named the winner of the 2015 Pennsylvania News Association News Media Directory cover shot contest. His photo, “Sunset Over Center City Philadelphia” was chosen out of numerous submissions throughout the commonwealth.

Kresch, who also serves as a community assistant for Columbia Hall and member of the Obiter yearbook staff, took the photo while visiting his girlfriend at Thomas Jefferson University. He found the shot after leaning out of the window of a 19th floor apartment.

"I noticed this amazing sunset, and as a photographer I'm always thinking of cool photo opportunities," Kresch said. "You need to sometimes put your equipment in danger for a great photograph. So I hung my camera out the window and took this sunset cityscape photograph."

The environmental planning and geography major learned of the contest from Mary Bernath, the faculty adviser for BU’s student newspaper. Also a wedding photographer in his spare time, Kresch took advantage of the opportunity for the recognition.

“I’m trying to get my name out there so people know who I am,” Kresch said. "I just love to be involved and help people! I truly love photography."

Campus food drive assists 13 local families

Campus Food Drive

Bloomsburg University 's 2014 Holiday Food Drive was a huge success! A big thank you goes out to everyone for their donations and support.

The Living and Learning Communities held a food donation competition, which yielded two carts full of food! Other important student involvement in this food drive were Chi Theta Pi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Tau Omega and individual students in the residence halls. Two boxes of food were provided for each of the 13 families.

The Human Resource Office personnel donated presents for the children. In addition AGAPE, Bloomsburg, Catawissa and Orangeville Food Cupboards will receive food donations. Pictured (L-R) LLC students Jonathan Miller, Lindsay Tosh, Vincent Pierce, and Octavia Williams. Also included are Debbie Chamberlain, Becky Musselman and Audra Halye.

A tradition of giving continues

Giving Tree Project

Bloomsburg University's 2014 Giving Tree Project was a huge success. More than 12 different schools and agencies will be receiving gifts provided by our faculty staff and student body. A special thank you to our student volunteers from the fraternities and sororities, which distributed more 200 wishes to our campus community to fulfill.

The annual campus-wide Giving Tree Project is designed to reach out into the community and help those in need, and give back to those who've helped others.

Greek Life serves the community in many ways, as the work they do for the community promotes positive student involvement throughout the region. At 27 organizations, the Greek community here at BU works hard to give back to the Town of Bloomsburg by volunteering at some of the largest campus organized community service projects including events such as The Big Event, Bocce Bash, the annual Breast Cancer Walk and RedCross blood drives to name a few.

Graduate student earns NASPA recognition

Sarah Matter

Sarah Matter, a student in Bloomsburg University’s Master in School Counseling and College Student Affairs program, was recently selected as a Graduate Associate by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Matter is currently working as a graduate hall director at Columbia Hall. She is also a part of the Center for Leadership and Engagement, where she works as a graduate intern and supporting student organizations and educational workshops.

Matter has fulfilled many roles working with college and high school students, taking on the position of community assistant and early intervention teaching assistant. She has been awarded recognition for her outstanding works within the college community including the award for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, a one year of service award through CSIU, and various certificates of recognition in IMPACT programming model for residence life.

As a graduate associate, Matter will will have the opportunity to serve on an unofficial graduate student council, providing another perspective for NASPA student membership.

Economics students explore nation's economic engine

Economics Washington D.C.

A group of Bloomsburg University economics students got an up-close look at the country’s economic system this fall in the heart of the nation’s capital. The recent trip to Washington D.C. for this Honors class opened the doors — and their eyes — to the World Bank, Washington Center, Federal Reserve and cultural treat at several local destinations.

  • World Bank – students received a detailed explanation how the bank worked, specifically how it helps underdeveloped countries through low interest loans and economic advice.
  • Washington Center – students networked for possible internship opportunities, as well as received information on its program and services.
  • Federal Reserve – students learned about its operations and its role with the Board of Governors play in adjusting the money supply, controlling inflation and helping to stimulate the economy.

Among the cultural spots the students visited included Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space, Museum of Natural History and the Washington Monument.

Social work majors complete Quest for leadership training

Social Work Leadership Day

Bloomsburg University’s social work program teamed up this semester with BU Quest for a leadership module, Leadership Day. Part of the daylong experience included team-building through obstacles on land and air.

“You just don’t know what your capable in life until you try,” said Mario Moreno, social work major, adding the highlight of Leadership Day was the time spent on Quest’s high ropes course on upper campus. “I remember climbing a wooden pole that felt like it was two stories tall and trying to find a way to stand on top of it. For some reason, when I heard the voices of certain classmates cheering for me when I was struggling up there, it gave me the extra courage to keep being focused to stand up on this slender pole and balance.”

He added, “I remember shaking nervously. But with a big surprise, I made it even with some feelings of doubt about being able to do it. I held my arms in the air to keep balance and shouted “I believe I can fly!” trying to make fun of the situation.”

According to Moreno, the Quest experience gave him an even better focus for his internship with Lycoming County United Way, which donates directly to 32 human service programs and positively impacting more than 25,000 people in need every year.

Career goals reinforced by regional conference

Student Affairs Conference

Seven students in Bloomsburg University’s Master in School Counseling and College Student Affairs program, joined by two recent alumni, recently attended the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers Conference.

There, they participated in multiple educational sessions and networked with professionals from their targeted career field from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., discussing best practices for college campuses.

“It gives them the opportunity to test it out, to learn more about how other Universities are running their residence life,” said Julia Layman, graduate student.

One of the conference highlights, according to the students, was when the keynote speaker used Disney movie clips to show how people work together. For example, he used the clip in the Lion King where Muffassa is guiding Simba, like an advisor would guide a student, according to Layman.

“His speech solidified that I really enjoy what I am doing in the profession,” said Layman, adding there were other interesting sessions like bridging academic and social acceptance, engaging students who have disabilities and fundraising on campus.

Gusick named Student Employee of the Year

Juliann Gusick

Juliann Gusick, a student worker with the Department of Exceptionality Programs and BU Writing Center, has been selected as the 2014 Student Employee of the Year.

In her position with exceptionalities, Gusick has assisted in the development of signage and bulletin boards, established a log book for students workers as a way to help transition new workers to the office and recently helped the office’s new secretary adjust to her role, while assisting freshmen with scheduling and related departmental needs

In her position with the writing center, Gusick is serving as its assistant director and plays a key role in interview all prospective writing consultants.

Gusick, shown with her supervisors, Darlene Perner and Ted Roggenbuck, receives a $500 scholarship provided by the Bloomsburg University Foundation. The second place finisher, Christian Tloczynski, nominated by Andrea Schwartz, received a $200 University Book Store gift card. In all, 20 students were nominated across campus for the 2014-15 Student Employee of the Year.