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Fall 2016 Student Move-In

Students will be returning to campus beginning Monday, Aug. 22. To facilitate move-in, it will be necessary for faculty and staff to park in the Swisher Circle lot east of the Andruss Library. Employees starting work before 6:30 a.m. may park in the Lightstreet lot (hospital lot), or the lot east of Andruss Library.

The following lots will be roped off for student return: All three levels of the Tri-Level parking garage, Old Science lot, Lot west of Navy, Lot west of Haas, Spaces west of Bakeless, Lot east of Columbia, Second St. from Penn St. to Laubach Dr.

One-Way Traffic Patterns (August 22, 23, 24, and 25): Laubach Dr. heading North, Second St. heading West from Laubach Dr. to Penn St. University Police will enforce student return parking.

Downtown parking permits for new academic year

Residential parking permits — valid from Sept. 2, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2017 — go on sale Monday, Aug. 22, for off-campus students at the Bloomsburg Police Station, 301 E. 2nd St. If a student moves back early for sports, band, campus job, etc. they may get permit when they move in.

Residents must bring photo ID, vehicle registration, lease or current utility bill. There is a $10 annual fee required for each vehicle permit (two per address). There is a $20 annual fee for the Visitor Permit (one per address). In no case shall there be more than three permits (two vehicle and one visitor) issued per residential unit.

There are signs on streets designating the area for the restricted residential permit parking. The ordinance is in effect all year long. Failing to display a parking decal during the hours and days designated results in a $40 fine.

University Store

Visit our Spirit Shop located in the fireside lounge, 200 Kehr Union Level for all your BU apparel and Gifts. Back to School Sale, Monday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Sept. 2 — 20 percent off clothing, insignia gifts, posters, backpacks, general books, classroom materials. In store only! No other discounts apply!

Helping me become a Husky

Shawn Page

Shawn Page, an incoming freshman student and member of the Huskies football team, rang the Carver Hall bell Tuesday, Aug. 16, to celebrate the impact of the scholarship he received through the It's Personal campaign.

As a highly coveted offensive line prospect from Upper Darby, Page was heavily recruited by a number of Division II college programs in Pennsylvania, including West Chester and Lock Haven. He was also given the opportunity to join the football team as a preferred walk-on at the University of New Hampshire, a Division I program.

Page chose Bloomsburg University, because of the rich tradition of the Huskies football program and the effort with which he was recruited, along with being offered the Robert J. Kenney '84 Annual Football Scholarship.

“When I came here for my first visit with my father, and saw the campus and met with the coaches, I knew right away that this was the place for me,” Page said. “Knowing that I was being offered this scholarship and would also have the opportunity to attend a great state school with smaller classes that were best for my learning style made Bloomsburg the right choice.”

Celebrity Artist Series awarded three grants

CAS 2016

Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artists Series received $15,000 in grants and allocations from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in support of programming for the 2016-2017 season, which includes a new film series, Mostly Mondays at the Movies.

“All grants were competitive and awarded based on the merit of the program and artistic value of the presentations,” said Randall Presswood, BU’s executive director of performing arts and programming.

The grants are:

  • Arts CONNECT, providing $8,000 to cover a portion of the cost for “Nufonia Must Fall Live,” Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Scratch disc jockey Kid Koala will present a multidisciplinary adaptation of a graphic novel featuring media, puppetry and live music.
  • Jazz Touring Network, $3,000 in support of this season’s only Pennsylvania performance by the new soul-fusion band, The Suffers. The program, on Feb. 26, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall, will be offered in celebration of Black History Month and is co-sponsored by BU’s Multicultural Center. BU has presented 18 Jazz Touring Network grant-funded artists since becoming a member of the network in 2002.
  • On Screen/In Person, $2,400 to help fund the screening of six new independent films and presentations by the filmmakers. All films, part of CAS’s new Mostly Mondays at the Movies series, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Additional funding from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation offsets expenses related to choosing tours and artists for the upcoming Celebrity Artist Series, Presswood added.

A special message from Chancellor Brogan

Chancellor Frank Brogan

As we prepare for the start of the new academic year all across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, we want to ensure you have tools to help you stay informed about the State System and our 14 public universities.

You are one click away from the State System’s Fact Center, which is an online resource for information about:

  • Benefits of higher education
  • Collective bargaining
  • Economic impact
  • Faculty and staff data
  • Financial data
  • Points of pride
  • Student data
  • System overview
  • University fast facts

Through the Fact Center, you can also choose to “subscribe” for updates on many of these topics. As public universities, we are committed to providing the public with easy access to information that is relevant and useful. We hope the Fact Center is a resource that will help everyone better understand our universities. Now, let’s have a great year!

Unleashed over the summer

From Fez, Morocco, to the Chincoteague Bay Field Station to Beijing, China, to Lake Michigan, students covered a lot of ground this summer through field experiences, internships, undergraduate research, study abroad and practicums.

They were just as busy on campus with multiple residential camps, orientation, adventure camps and a regional research symposium. Among the student summer highlights include:

New Waller planned

WAB Announcement

A $37.5 million project will bring a new Waller Administration Building to the Academic Quad and extend the lifespan of the current Waller by as much as seven years.

BU’s Trustees recently approved a plan to construct a new Waller on the site of the Centennial Hall parking lot. Previous discussion centered on relocating personnel housed in Waller across both the upper and lower campuses, demolishing the existing structure and rebuilding on the current site. The new plan calls for constructing a new building as the home to Waller’s current occupants, academic departments now in Old Science Hall, registrar, admissions, bursar and financial aid. After new Waller is complete, old Waller will house occupants of the oldest portion of the McCormick Center while renovations take place. Old Waller will then be demolished to make way for a staff parking lot. Duplicating and Receiving will remain in old Waller until its last days.

During the special Trustees meeting, both BU President David Soltz and John Loonan, vice president for administration and finance, emphasized the cost savings associated with the new plan. The earlier plan, they said, would disrupt office functions and be inconvenient for students, campus visitors and faculty and staff.

Built in 1972, the current Waller has been on the list of approved construction projects for the past four years. The contract for the new Waller is expected to be awarded in November 2018, with construction to begin in 2019 and move-in in 2021. Also planned is construction of a parking area near the Mitchell House to be completed next summer in conjunction with the major improvements to the intersection of Country Club Road/Lightstreet Road/Swisher Circle. The lot will replace spaces lost to the Waller construction.

Career Connections Expo

Career Connections Expo

No matter what major or stage of future planning, land a connection at Bloomsburg University’s Career Connections Expo on Friday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nelson Field House.

More than 100 organizations representing all types of industries will be on-site recruiting students for full or part-time jobs, internships, job shadowing experiences, as well as graduate programs opportunities.

Why sweat the search?

The friendly atmosphere of a campus job fair event, such as this, makes it easy to explore career options and talk to representatives, because they are eager to talk to you. They are coming to campus because they know the value of hiring BU graduates!

Here's what attending can do for you, by …

  • exposing you to industries and employers even if you aren't ready to graduate yet
  • helping you gain confidence by allowing you to practice talking with hiring reps
  • giving you the chance to talk about yourself and be more than a paper resume
  • allowing you to make industry contacts and build a professional network

Register early to save your spot!

Beta Gamma Sigma named most outstanding chapter

Beta Gamma Sigma

Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was recently recognized by the Chapter Management System (CMS) with its Highest Honors award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Beta Gamma Sigma is the premier honor society in the field of business, recognizing only those undergraduate (juniors and seniors only) and graduate business students who rank among the highest GPAs at their institution.

"This status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus," said Denise M. Cage, senior manager, Collegiate Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.

As a Highest Honors Chapter, the chapter now qualifies for:

  • one Leadership Scholarship covering the cost of one student registration, including hotel accommodations, for the 2016 Global Leadership Summit (GLS) in Dallas
  • a nomination for the Outstanding Chapter Award
  • a nomination for the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award
  • a nomination for the Dean of the Year Award

At the end of the fall semester, the chapter was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Chapter-Honorable Mention Award for a year where the chapter inducted six faculty, a MBA student, 21 seniors and 43 juniors.

With that award, the chapter received a $500 scholarship for its members. The chapter was one of two Honorable Mention awardees chosen out of 500-plus collegiate chapters worldwide.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Faculty promotion and and tenure

Faculty Tenure Promotions

The following faculty members have been granted promotion effective Fall 2016:

  • Faculty promoted to professor — Kevin Ball, psychology; Nathalie Cornelius, languages and cultures; John Hintz, environmental, geographical, and geological sciences; Claire Lawrence, English; Eric Stouffer, psychology; Mark Tapsak, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Faculty promoted to associate professor — Michael Borland, chemistry and biochemistry; William Coleman, biological and allied health sciences; Monica Favia, management and marketing; Jason Genovese, mass communications; Joseph Hazzard, exercise science; Kathleen Heitzman, athletics; Mary King, communication studies; Michael McFarland, athletics; Matthew Slotkin, music, theatre and dance
  • Faculty promoted to assistant professor — Tara Diehl, academic enrichment

The following faculty members have been granted tenure effective Fall 2016:

  • Michael Borland, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Kimberly Cardimona, audiology and speech pathology
  • William Coleman, biological and allied health sciences
  • Michael McFarland, athletics
  • Matthew Slotkin, music, theatre and dance