News and Events

BU celebrates Black History Month

Bloomsburg University is hosting several events in February as part of Black History Month to include in the coming week a lecture on “Black History 365 Days…Being Critically Conscious and Socially Responsible,” a discussion about racism in our community, “Beyond the Fountain,” and the annual Sankofa Conference featuring Kevin Powell.

The next week, the LGBTQA Resource Center will present Queer People of Color "Through the Ages" followed by the final program for Black History Month featuring a lecture by Frederick Douglass Scholar Ralph Godbot on “From W.E.B. DuBois to Rick Ross: Exploring the Concept of the Talented Tenth in the Age of Hip-Hop.”

MLK Commemorative Celebration

Ambivert personality research hits national stage

Rebecca Slutsky has a chameleon-like personality, an extrovert one minute and then introverted the next … all depending on the situation. Coincidently, fellow Bloomsburg University College of Students Affairs graduate student Michael Sloboda considers himself the same. So it made perfect sense the two would team up for research, which they will showcase on a national stage this spring at the NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

“We started this research because we wanted to see what else is out there,” Slutsky said. “This ties into my professional interest, because I’m always interacting with students who are either introverted or extroverted. I did not know there was a grey area to these personalities. With this research, I will be able to understand and best help students who are ambiverts, along with be a support to them while they are in college.”

College Student Affairs

Ready to discover, explore and experience?

Bloomsburg University’s Office of Global and Multicultural Education is hosting a study abroad fair on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. in KUB Multi-A. The fair will have discussions on the types of study abroad programs including, exchange, faculty-led trip, third-party study abroad, and direct enrollment programs. There will also be information on locations offered to students who study abroad and available scholarships.

“Being here is not only allowing me to strengthen those characteristics, but also gain more of a global awareness I would have not been able to attain by staying in the states,” says Jordann Marie Seasock, international business management major.

England Study Abroad

WVIA and BU host a daytime student Civic Engagement Fair

WVIA Public Media will partner with Bloomsburg University to host two special events inspired by AMERICAN CREED, a new documentary featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy and Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, a native of Hazleton. Featured is a segment on Hazleton and the Hazleton Integration Project.

Students from high schools in and near Bloomsburg will participate in workshops based on the documentary in a Civic Engagement Fair on the university campus Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many of the discussions will be led by university students, including those preparing for careers as teachers.

American Creed

Military students receive ROTC scholarships

Bloomsburg University’s ROTC Military Initiatives Scholarship Committee awarded eight Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) students the ROTC Scholarship at the annual welcome lunch for new and returning military students. The 2018 recipients are Jovan Garrison, Jacob Coombe, Deanna Lupia, Bailey Rohrer, Luke Shriver and Megan Peck from Army ROTC; and Colin Calpin and Brandon Webber from the Air Force ROTC.

The ROTC Military Initiatives Scholarship Committee selected the 2018 recipients for the $1,250 scholarship based on their grade point average, physical fitness score, ROTC involvement, leadership evaluation, branch height and weight compliance and standing in the ROTC program.

ROTC Scholarships

BU to host third annual Bloom Boulder Bash

Bloomsburg University is hosting the third annual Bloom Boulder Bash competition on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center for wall climbers of all skill levels. Registration, which begins at 10 a.m., is $20 for BU students and $25 for the general public. Proceeds will benefit the Sherpa Education Fund, which helps provide funding for education initiatives for children in Nepal.

“We wanted our proceeds to go somewhere where others could truly benefit from it,” said Amanda Klinger, Bloom Boulder Bash competition coordinator.

Bloom Boulder Bash

Chi Sigma Rho helps Ronald McDonald House fulfill ‘Wish List’

Thousands of families of ill children stay at the Danville Ronald McDonald House each year, creating a need for basic household supplies to help them through a stressful and challenging time. It’s a cause Bloomsburg University’s Chi Sigma Rho sorority has been passionate about and supportive of over the years, including once again to kick off the spring semester.

A key to the success of the sorority’s effort are the additional donations it receives from campus and local Bloomsburg community, according to Marisa Russo, Chi Sigma Rho’s chapter philanthropy chair. “Items like these are the reason the Ronald McDonald House is still there,” Russo said. “Families pay little to nothing in order to stay there, and these supplies are for families going through a rough time.”

Chi Sigma Rho

NatCon experience sets BUSVA up for more success

BUSVA may see some new twists this year thanks to the Student Veteran Association (SVA) National Conference in San Antonio. A group of BUSVA members recently attended the SVA’s National Conference to be among the largest annual gathering of student veterans, advocates, leaders, stakeholders and supporters in higher education in the world. They came away with a lot of new ideas to bring back to campus, according to Raul Santana, president of BUSVA.

“I was very happy to be able to call myself a contributor of an organization that is doing its best to help those who have served succeed,” Santana said. “Many of us obtained internship opportunities, job offers and life-changing advice that I want to expand to anyone else who is interested.”

National Student Veteran Conference

LCCC and Bloomsburg University sign nursing program agreement

Luzerne County Community College and Bloomsburg University have entered into a new agreement which will help LCCC nursing graduates transfer from the community college to Bloomsburg University to complete their bachelor’s degree.

The Guaranteed Admissions Agreement is designed to facilitate the transfer of LCCC nursing graduates from The Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. School of Nursing and Health Sciences to the BU online nursing program. LCCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into BU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) online degree program with third year (junior) status.

LCCC Nursing Partnership

Professor named one of LinkedIn's Top 10 Voices in Education

Bloomsburg University's instructional technology professor Karl Kapp, Ed.D., has been recognized by LinkedIn on its Top 10 Voices in Education list for 2017. The Top Voices list, based on LinkedIn users’ influence and reach to other members, annually recognizes ten standouts who are transforming education around the world.

Kapp, who ranked ninth on the 2017 list, is a well-known professional in the instructional technology and eLearning industry. As a professor, Kapp introduces concepts from his experience as an author of courses for LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as, to his classroom, emphasizing the need for educators to create engaging learning experiences.

Karl Kapp

Career Intensive Boot Camp begins this weekend

Once again, Bloomsburg University’s Center for Professional Development and Career Experience (CPDCE) is hosting a Career Intensive Boot Camp this weekend at the Greenly Center where nearly 60 students will be participating in a variety workshops to include salary and benefit negotiation, office communication and adapting to change.

Nadine De Jesus '17, marketing coordinator for Duck Donuts Franchising Company, will serve as the keynote speaker. De Jesus graduated in May as the College of Liberal Arts honors graduate, majoring in mass communication with a minor in business management. While at BU, she was an OWL, a tour guide, a member of the National Broadcasting Society, a Board of Governors Scholar, member of the dance ensemble and communications assistant with the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Career Intensive Boot Camp

NSSE seeks opinions of students

Members of BU’s first‐year and senior classes are invited to share opinions about their experiences by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey reveals students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities. Results are used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.

Students will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win one of 85 prizes: a $150 Amazon gift card, a $100 Amazon gift card, one of nine $50 Amazon gift cards, one of four $25 Amazon gift cards, one of 12 BU drawstring bags, one of 10 BU iPod armband holders, one of 25 BU spirit flags, one of 20 BU smartphone power banks, or one of three BU travel mugs.

NSSE Survey


Faculty Scholarship

Michael Patte

Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning and a child life specialist, along with colleagues have a new text The Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education to be published by Routledge in 2018. The handbook provides a groundbreaking compilation of research from distinguished experts in early childhood education, child development, and cultural and cross-cultural research in the psychological sciences from Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, America, and Canada.

Sue O'Donnell

Sue O'Donnell, MFA, associate professor of art and art history, presented at the annual SECAC Conference last fall at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Entitled Microscopes & Megaphones, the conference brought together educators, scholars, administrators, and independent artists from around the country. Her paper "Finding Your Narrative (and Making it Stick)" was selected for the panel "Tell Me a Story: Tapping the Power of Narrative in Graphic Design." Her research referenced a NY Times bestselling book called "Made to Stick" written by Chip and Dan Heath.