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Freshman Move-In Day

Welcome to campus Class of 2018!

Bloomsburg University 175th Anniversary

Bloomsburg University’s incoming freshmen start moving onto campus on Monday, Aug. 18, and continue through Friday, Aug. 22, according to their assigned times and residence halls. Most of the upperclassmen begin their return to campus and to town on Friday, Aug. 22, in preparation for the first day of fall classes on Monday, Aug. 25

The campus shuttle service will operate on a special condensed move-in schedule, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., then Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight. Wal-Mart runs will be done Friday and Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m. to the return at 9:15 p.m.

Welcome Week Activities

  • Monday, Aug. 18 — Outdoor Movie: Maleficient, 9 to 11 p.m., on Lycoming Lawn
  • Tuesday, Aug. 19 — Taste the Thrills featuring the Big Baller inflatable and Velcro wall, 6 to 10 p.m., on Lycoming Lawn. Plus, free Rita’s water ices!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 20 — Community Carnival featuring a PhotoBooth, airbrush tattoos and cotton candy, 6 to 9 p.m., on Lycoming Lawn. Additional features include sand art, Phantom Rock ‘n Roller and a mechanical riding shark.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 — Quest Rock Wall, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., on upper campus across from Nelson Field House. Husky Welcome Spirit Fest where the first 100 Huskies receive free BU gear, 6 to 6:30 p.m., on the Academic Quad. Mocktails and Mayhem, 10 p.m., in KUB Ballroom, followed by Late Night Weiner, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the KUB patio.
  • Friday, Aug. 22 — BUSTED Musical Comedy Show, 9 p.m., KUB Ballroom. Late Night Tacos, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., on KUB patio.
  • Saturday, Aug. 23 — Student Organization Leaders Retreat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Kehr Union Building. Hypnotist Show, 9 p.m., in Haas Center for the Arts.
  • Sunday, Aug. 24 — Activities and Involvement Fair, 3 to 5 p.m., on the Academic Quad.

Campus Parking for Move-In Week

Campus Announcements

Students will be returning to campus beginning Monday, Aug. 18, and ending Sunday, Aug. 24. During this time the following lots have been designated for move-in parking only:

  • The top level of the Tri-level Parking Garage
  • Old Science lot
  • The lot west of Navy
  • The lot west of Haas
  • The lot east of Columbia
  • 2nd St from Penn St to Laubach Drive

To facilitate move-in, it will be necessary for faculty and staff to park in the Swisher Circle lot east of the Andruss Library.
Staff, starting work before 6:30 a.m. may park in the Lightstreet lot (hospital lot), or the lot east of Andruss. Aramark employees may park in the Tri-level Parking Garage, bottom or middle levels. University Police will enforce student return parking. Your cooperation and support will be greatly appreciated. University Police can be contacted at 570-389-2211 or 570-389-4168.

Sad News

Nick Housenick

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that former Trustee Charles “Nick” Housenick passed away Saturday morning. He spent his last days at the place he loved, his summer home in Eagles Mere, with his wife, Nancy, their two daughters and grandchildren. Nick, a Bloomsburg native and a member of the Bloomsburg State Teachers College Class of 1960, was a kind person, generous with his time, who held great affection for his hometown and his college. A memorial service is planned for Thursday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 345 Market St., followed by a gathering on campus at Monty's on upper campus. He will be greatly missed.

David L. Soltz, President

New school year welcomes new CGA president

CGA President

Justine Albright, a senior majoring in public relations and digital forensics, will serve as president of the Community Government Association (CGA) during the 2014-15 academic year. As president, she hopes to further improve communication between students and administrators.

In pursuit of that goal, Albright planned BU’s first “Meet the President,” an event that offered students the opportunity to speak with BU President David Soltz in an informal setting. According to Albright, the Sept. 4, 2013, event was a success, with a continuous stream of students eager to talk to the president for two hours. Questions focused on a variety of topics, including campus life, BU courses and Soltz’s responsibilities as university president.

Albright, who is from Allentown, made her CGA debut as an on-campus senate representative during her freshman year. She served as executive assistant and CGA secretary and in summer 2013 completed an internship in BU’s Office of Student Affairs. There, she learned the internal structure of the university and worked with administrators. It was through her internship that the idea for “Meet the President” was born.

Impactful summer for Upward Bound

TRiO Summer STEM Academy

From team-building exercises with horses to an engaging drug and alcohol panel discussion with local court officials to a children’s activities fair with the community, it was another busy and productive summer for Bloomsburg University’s TRiO Upward Bound Program. It was also a summer of celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the federal grant program and its 37th year on campus.

The program — with the help of a mentoring and support staff of BU students — provides a wide range of services to prepare its participants to succeed in college. They include weekly tutoring, test preparation, college application and financial aid form assistance, cultural enrichment programs, field trips and a summer academic program. #SenseOfCommunity #TRiO50

Faculty research disputes accepted learning theory

Beth Rogowsky

Learning style does not matter. That is the conclusion of Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor of education, based on research conducted with two colleagues and recently published in the Journal of Educational Psychology’s “Online First.” Rogowsky said 94 percent of educators believe students at all levels perform better when they receive information in their preferred learning style — auditory, visual or tactile — and offer classroom instruction following this theory. However, she added, there is no research to support this nearly universal practice.

Rogowsky and colleagues Barbara Calhoun, Vanderbilt University Brain Institute, and Paula Tallal, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, and Center for Human Development, University of California, San Diego, investigated the effect of learning style preference on college-educated adults.

“Results demonstrated no statistically significant relationship between learning style preferences and learning based on instructional method,” she said. “We believe our findings may have considerable theoretical as well as practical implications to the field of education psychology.”

LLC directors gearing up for incoming freshmen

Living and Learning Communities

Directors of Bloomsburg University’s 10 Living and Learning Communities recently shifted their preparations for the 2014-15 academic year into high gear with a productive retreat on campus. The group discussed key topics involving the university’s unique residential program to include goals, outcomes and assessment.

In addition, they shared best practices and strategies from their diverse disciplines like science, business, leadership and performing arts for engaging students socially and academically, so that their first year on campus is a successful one.

Living and Learning Communities begin moving in on Tuesday, Aug. 19, followed various events — such as Quest team-building activities — leading up to the Welcome Weekend and the first day of classes. #BackToHuskyLife

Faculty complete online educator training

Certified Online Educator Program

A group of College of Education faculty recently completed Bloomsburg University's first Certified Online Educator Program: 4-Week Online Course offered by the Instructional Media and Design Center and facilitated by Regina Bobak, instructional technology specialist. They included: Mindy Andino, Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Denise Davidson, Robin Drogan, Diane Elliott, Kali Fedor, Cherie Roberts, Beth Rogowsky, Tom Starmack, Caryn Terwilliger, Philip Tucker, Johan Van Der Jagt, David Walker, Maureen Walsh, and Craig Young.

The Certified Online Educator Program (COEP) provided faculty a chance to experience online learning as a student. Participants became aware of the importance of community building, communication and interactions through participation in course activities. Participants had the opportunity to learn and apply strategies for designing quality distance education courses. This online course was comprised of 4 units:

  • Unit 1: Overview of Distance Education
  • Unit 2: Instructional Design
  • Unit 3: Quality Matters
  • Unit 4: Teaching in an Online Environment

Bloomsburg well represented at SVURS

Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium

With research ranging from face detection and recognition technology to Susquehanna River flooding impact to abdominal aortic aneurism risk factors, the fourth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium recently showcased the work of more than 80 students from Bloomsburg, Bucknell, and Susquehanna universities along with Geisinger Health System.

The symposium, which launched in 2010 with 20 participating students to spotlight summer research work, was held at Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research. Of the nearly 90 projects displayed and voted on, more than half were from Bloomsburg undergraduates — many of whom conducted research this summer through URSCA. Undergraduates from all disciplines were invited to present their research that was evaluated in three categories: Clinical and Translational Research, Social Sciences and Humanities and Natural Sciences and Engineering. CCN8-TV Coverage! #CollaborativeLearning

Couple supports BU with $1 million gift

Michael and Beth Boguski

Michael ’85 and Beth Boguski have committed $1 million to the Bloomsburg University Foundation to support university initiatives including Professional U, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet School and the Henry Carver Fund, Bloomsburg University’s annual fund.

“Bloomsburg University is a very special place,” said Boguski, president of Eastern Alliance Insurance Group and a member of the BU Foundation Board of Directors. “I had a great college experience and received an outstanding and affordable education. Beth and I are extremely pleased to support the university with this financial commitment.”

Through this gift, the couple established the first Professional U Endowed Capstone Experience Scholarship, which will support internships, travel abroad and research projects for students each year.

“Experiential learning opportunities are an important part of the student experience,” said President David Soltz. “Often students are offered these opportunities, but cannot take advantage of them due to the cost. Through this gift, Mike and Beth have made it possible for Bloomsburg students to gain the real-world experience that gives them a competitive advantage.”

New season of Celebrity Artist Series approaches

The Illusionists

Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artist Series kicks off its 29th season this fall with a nine-time Grammy Award winner and ends this spring with a foot-tapping, hand-clapping act known for fusing together 150 years of American music.

CAS’s stellar bookend performances are matched with an entertaining collection of acts in between, featuring the most awarded vocal group in history, a Broadway Tour and select stars from two hit television talent shows.

Featured performers this season include the incomparable Wynton Marsalis, Take 6, stars from So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent (with local talent, Sean Panikkar), the Broadway hit Jekyll and Hyde and the soon to be Broadway sensation, The Illusionists. Throw in a huge national orchestra from Mexico City, and CAS has got quite the memorable line up this season!