Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

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Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

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Per-credit tuition pricing pilot initiated

Bloomsburg University undergraduate students will pay a fixed, per-credit tuition fee starting in fall 2015 under a plan approved by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Board of Governors at the Jan. 22 meeting.

The new tuition pricing structure, being introduced under a two-year pilot program, will charge all undergraduate Pennsylvania resident students $284 per credit and all undergraduate non-resident students $568 per credit during academic year 2015-16. Previously, the university charged full-time undergraduate students enrolled in 12 to 18 credits a flat tuition rate.

BU’s Council of Trustees recommended Board of Governors’ approval for the pilot program during the December 2014 meeting. The plan will allow the university to structure its tuition revenue, the largest portion of revenue, in a more sustainable way and support several long-term strategic enrollment management goals. The Board of Governors previously agreed to similar tuition pricing plans at Millersville and Clarion universities and 17 additional flexible tuition- and fee-pricing plans for institutions across the State System. A per-credit pricing plan for Indiana University of Pennsylvania also was approved at the Jan. 22 meeting.

The new per-credit-hour tuition pricing brings Bloomsburg in line with many higher education institutions across the country and is guided by two elements of the institution’s strategic plan – enrollment management and fiscal sustainability.

Campus Announcements

Campus Announcements

Student Trustee Position Available — Applications to be a student member on the Council of Trustees are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 13, in the Office of the President, Carver Hall. Candidates need to be a full-time undergraduate student and in good academic standing. A second semester freshman may apply. Contact Jen Williams by email at for details.

CGA Budget Request — 2015-2016 budget request forms are due in the Community Activities Office, KUB 428, by 4 p.m., Feb. 2. If you have any questions regarding this information or pertaining to the preparation of a budget request, please contact the Community Activities Office at 389-4463.

HOST Fall 2015/Spring 2016 — If you want to live on campus again for next school year, Jan. 31 is the last day to complete the first step, ApplyOnline for Fall 2015/Spring 2016. Have questions? Contact Michele Stout at If you do not complete ApplyOnline by the deadline, you will not be permitted to live on campus for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Financial Aid Refund Processing — BU’s Bursar Office will begin processing financial aid on Thursday, Jan. 29. Students who have signed up for financial aid refund direct deposit via the ISIS portal will have their refunds deposited to their designated account within two business days of the email notification. For those students who have not signed up for direct deposit, financial aid refund checks will be mailed to the student’s registered home address. Students will be notified by email of their disbursement. There is still time to enroll in the direct deposit option by logging into your ISIS account.

English writing awards open to all majors

English Writing Awards

Bloomsburg University's Department of English is accepting applications for its annual writing awards offering prizes of $150 in each of four categories. Students from any major may submit to the Fuller Fiction Award, the Peters Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Baillie Award for the Critical Essay, and the Savage Poetry Award. In addition to a cash prize, students are recognized at the spring College of Liberal Arts awards ceremony, and the winning work is published in Warren, the student-run literary and art journal.

To enter the Fuller, Baillie, or Peters awards submit two copies of the work to be considered to Jerry Wemple, professor of English. Clearly label the submission category and include name, email address, and phone number on a cover page. For the Savage award, writers should submit four copies each of up to three poems, with name, email address and phone number on a cover page to Terry Riley, professor of English.

The deadline for submissions is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13. The awards are considered by a panel of judges from the English Department. Winners are announced a few weeks after the deadline. Entries in multiple categories allowed. Entrants need not be English majors, but entries for the Baillie Award must have stemmed from an assignment in an English department course.

ICS Great War Lecture Series explores Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

Brion White, instructor of communications studies, will present his research as part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s The Great War Centennial Lecture Series. White’s lecture, “Boardwalk Empire, PTSD and the Great War” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

White’s lecture brings discussion of World War I to “America’s Playground” Atlantic City. His lecture will present selections from the television series “Boardwalk Empire” and discuss the program's handling of the legacies of the Great War, with special attention to its treatment of shell shock, known today as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

White, who teaches public speaking and interpersonal communications, pursues research in media and militarism, especially during the Obama presidency. His most recent publication is an essay on peace activists Dorothy Day and Petra Kelly. All lectures in the series, sponsored by BU’s College of Liberal Arts, are free and open to the public.

Soledad O’Brien brings 'real conversation' to campus

Soledad OBriend

Soledad O’Brien, critically acclaimed journalist and notable CNN personality, presents Black in America on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Haas Center for the Arts. Her presentation, which includes civil rights leader Benjamin Jealous and labor economist Julianne Malveaux, will begin at 6 p.m.

O’Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and television personality. At the forefront of the biggest breaking news stories of the past two decades, O’Brien is one of the most sought-after journalists of current day.

Jealous is the former president and CEO of the NAACP. He stepped down from his post at the end of 2013. The youngest president in its history, he began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. She is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Malveaux has been described by Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” A native San Franciscan, she is the Founder and Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Judge Mathis headlines 22nd annual MLK celebration

Judge Greg Mathis

Civil rights activist and noted television personality Judge Greg Mathis will present “Political Empowerment: Maintaining and Building Your Community” on Monday, Feb. 16, as part of Bloomsburg University’s 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration.

Mathis, a national figure known for his advocacy campaigns for equal justice, will speak at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium. His visit is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

His inspirational life story as a street youth who rose from jail to judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on his award-winning television court show each day. In addition, his weekly newspaper column brings social and political insight to readers throughout the country.

Let's see how Professional U can help you

Professional U Experience

Pre-registration is required for all events. View complete details and register, at Husky Career Link. Log in with your BU student username and password. Must bring student ID for check-in!

The REAL DEAL Resume

  • Monday, Feb. 2, from noon 12:50 p.m. in Alumni House (Register ASAP - Space is very limited!)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Alumni House (Register ASAP - Space is very limited!)

Whether you need to update your resume or are just getting started, this workshop will help you make that all-important positive first impression on employers! We'll give free materials, lots of examples, and answers to common questions:

  • What format and font works best for me and my educational background?
  • What categories should I include?
  • How can I make a part-time job sound related to my field?
  • Why do employers care about my extracurricular activities?
  • Should I use bullets or paragraphs

Slam Dunk That Interview!

  • Monday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in MCHS 1303
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 5:50 p.m., KUB Ballroom

Maximize your face-to-face time with potential employers by learning how to:

  • introduce yourself in that all-important 30-second pitch
  • dress for success and demonstrate your professionalism
  • answer questions to give you the lead over other candidates
  • conduct your own mini-interview to find out what you need to know

CPEC Job and Internship Fair

Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill. Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC). Meet directly with recruiters from a wide variety of companies and organizations who are seeking to fill full-time and internship positions.

No fee for BU students and alumni. Professional dress required. Bring plenty of resumes, including a resume for admission. For resume help, visit

Speed Networking and Reception

Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Pine Barn Inn, Danville. Bus transportation will be provided for students! Hosted by the BU Alumni Association and Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. Hors d'oeuvres compliments of the BU Alumni Association. Cash Bar - Students must be 21 years of age to purchase alcohol. State photo ID required. (Students under 21 may attend but will not be permitted to purchase alcohol.) Business casual attire required.

Husky Student Leadership Summit

Inviting all students to participate in the 8th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit on Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Kehr Union Building for a free day-long conference presented by BU alumni, faculty, staff and student leadership. Register today! This summit is a great opportunity to:

  • network with alumni and enhance your leadership skills
  • participate in mock interview and resume review sessions
  • attend a professional career fair and have a professional headshot taken
  • improve your personal brans and engage in CLE Leadership Certification

Andruss Library undergoing some changes this spring

Andruss Library Construction

You’ll notice some changes at the Andruss Library in 2015. As part of the Bloomsburg University’s campus construction plans, an addition to house the University Police and a data center will be built at the side of the library facing the Student Recreation Center.

During construction:

  • Andruss Library will maintain normal business hours
  • library resources and tools will remain accessible
  • library research assistance will be uninterrupted

Campus and library staff will work to make this go smoothly for everyone, but we also know there will be disruptions along the way. Since construction is slated to begin this spring semester, some preparations will be made over winter session and at the start of the semester.

  • study spaces on first and second floors will remain available, but there will be some shifting of the furniture
  • headphones are available at the Circulation Desk if any of the noise affects your study
  • some library staff and faculty offices will be in new temporary locations within the building

The campus and library staff will work to make this transformation as comfortable as they can for everyone. Please let them know if there are problems during this time.