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Anthropology field goes on full display

Yes, there’s more to anthropology than excavating an archaeological dig. In fact, there are some interesting disciplines like cultural anthropology, language anthropology and even biological anthropology. Each of these will be on display this weekend at the 2015 PASSHE Anthropology Research Conference, hosted by Bloomsburg University this year.

More than 45 research projects will be presented, discussed and on display. Topics include gender equality, perceptions of coal, generational differences on art and technology, as well as cyberethnography. Among the future anthropologists representing BU will be Jasmin Velez, a senior presenting her Cultural Anthropology research.

“I wanted to identify why people drink coffee, including the idea of coffee drinkers having certain characteristics traits that make them predisposed to enjoy and drink more coffee,” Velez said. “I also explored whether avid coffee drinkers cared about the source of where they got their coffee from, including Fair Trade concerns, or if overall they just wanted their coffee.”

Velez plans to continue this undergraduate research in graduate school. Lacy Marbaker, a senior anthropology major, will join Velez in representing BU at the state conference. She researched “Methodological Challenges in Forensic Anthropology: Water Pollution, Decomposition, and Post-Mortem Interval.”

“The research focuses on the challenges currently presented in the field of Forensic Anthropology in water studies,” Marbaker said. “… such as adequate test subjects, assessing the levels of water contamination, testing containment, issues with the by-products of decomposition, contamination of other variables, and proper biohazard disposal after the experimental research.”

Prominent anthropologist headlines state conference on campus

PASSHE Anthropology Conference

Prominent anthropologist Paul Stoller, with more than 30 years of field research experience, will serve as the keynote of this year’s Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Anthropology Conference at Bloomsburg University, which will feature undergraduate research on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, from across the state system.

Stoller, professor of anthropology at West Chester University, will present “Storytelling, Religion, and the Contours of Well-Being” on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in McCormick Center 1303. Stoller’s lecture will evoke the question of possibility. “Is this possible?” is a fundamentally existing question asked throughout the presentation, providing framework for a wide-ranging and narratively contoured discussion of ethics, embodiment, epistemology, religion, storytelling, the future, and our never-ending quest for well-being in the world. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Stoller’s extensive record of research has led him to read and think deeply about the anthropology of religion, visual anthropology, the anthropology of senses, and economic anthropology. In his most recent work, he has focused on the dynamics of wellbeing in the world. His work has resulted in the publication of 11 books, including ethnographies, biographies, memoirs as well as novels.

Renaissance Jamboree

Renaissance Jamboree

Rain for shine, the 37th annual Renaissance Jamboree is set for Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Bloomsburg, featuring non-profit organizations, food, games and information booths. In addition, there will be arts and crafts along with scheduled musical and children’s entertainment. There is free admission and parking, as well as a free shuttle bus from the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

Saturday, April 25

  • Courthouse Stage — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beef (classic rock), Seasoned Sounds (contemporary swing), Joyous (classic Motown, soul and pop), Rutabaga (classic rock), and Darling Run (modern rock)
  • Iron Street Stage — 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., NC Band (contemporary Christian rock), The Loons (classic and current rock), Clickard Consortium (straight ahead jazz), Grand Junction (country and Texas swing), and Jeff Brown (acoustic classic rock)
  • Market Square — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., YMCA Zumba, Flippenout Extreme Aerial Trampoline Team, The Friendship Squares, Crosswinds Martial Arts, YMCA Piloxing, Covered Bridge Cloggers, and DanceWorks by Amber
  • Jefferson Street Children’s Show Area — 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Juggler Rob Smith, Olaf (Frozen) Show, The Magic of Brent Kressler, Doc McStuffin’s Show

In addition, there will be strolling performances by Rob Smith, Olaf, Doc McStuffin’s, and Leo Schott on Bagpipes. BTE will be performing their theatre in the classroom show (William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at 2 p.m. at Box of Light in Phillips Emporium. The show is free.

Pony Party Paradise will be offering pony rides for a nominal charge on Market Street north of the Fountain. Backyard Bouncin’ will be offering two inflatable rides for a nominal charge at Main and West streets.

Renaissance Jamboree is co-sponsored by: Columbia Montour Area Chamber of Commerce, Program Board of Bloomsburg University, Town of Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg University, Renaissance Jamboree Committee, Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.

Tourism ... destroying the world or saving it?

Members of the Bloomsburg community will get the chance to learn whether the tourism industry is destroying the world or saving it, thanks to a documentary being screened by Bloomsburg University’s Green Campus Initiative. The film, “Gringo Trails,” will be shown on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in BU’s Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. The screening will be free and open to the public.

Described as “required viewing for all thoughtful travelers” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, the film shows the environmental, cultural and economic impacts of expanding travel into the most remote parts of the world. The stories told reveal the effects of ever-increasing, unplanned and mismanaged growth in tourism in destinations that include the Bolivian jungle, the party beaches of Thailand, the deserts of Timbuktu, and many other locations.

Time to take action Class of 2015

Bloomsburg University's graduating Class of 2015 has teamed up with the Bloomsburg University Foundation for a commencement challenge, trying to get 20.15 percent of students in the Class of 2015 to participate against faculty and staff.

Students can participate online and donate $20.15 to any organization of their choosing on campus, including Greek Life, Club Sports, academic organizations or student life groups. For their donation, students will receive philanthropy cords to wear at graduation.

NBS hosts alumni round table

Alumni Round Table

Bloomsburg University's National Broadcasting Society held their annual alumni round table discussion on Friday, April 17, featuring alumni from the Department of Mass Communications who came to talk about their jobs in the media business and what current students can do to help their future career.

Featured Alumni

  • Nicole Fountain, senior manager of public relations and communications at Metlife Stadium
  • Ted Hodgins, senior director of customer experience and change management at Comcast
  • Enrique Josephs Jr., voice over acting and PA announcer
  • Joe Fisher, reporter and digital journalist at WAVY-TV 10
  • Kevin Amerman, city editor for Citizens’ Voice

Students develop PR plans for United Way agencies

United Way PR

Administrators for 10 local non-profit agencies affiliated with the Berwick Area United Way recently visited the Greenly Center to learn more about public relations, as part of the curriculum enhancement grant administered by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Mass Communications.

Ten public relations students, working under the guidance of Kristie Byrum, assistant professor, presented their strategic communications plans to the agencies.

Participating Agencies

  • Berwick Mural Project
  • Agape
  • S.M.I.L.E.
  • The Women’s Center, Inc.
  • The Ber-Vaughn pool
  • Downtown Business, Inc.
  • For the Cause
  • Columbia Child Development Center
  • Your Loving Choices
  • Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine

Phi Beta Lambda among the state's best

Phi Beta Lambda

Bloomsburg University’s Phi Beta Lambda recently competed well at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, where 18 members competed in a number of events and attended several professional development sessions. The students won a number of events and placed high in several others, competing against more than 25 schools from across the state such as Penn State University, Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh.

State Competition Winners

  • First Place – Accounting Analysis and Decision Making: Nicole Jubin and Kara Meyer
  • First Place – Personal Finance: Tyler Rutt
  • First Place – Management Analysis and Decision Making: Ryan Kassees, Evan Simpson and Jacob Wilcox
  • Second Place – Forensic Accounting, Nicole Jubin and Kara Meyer
  • Second Place – Economic Analysis and Decision Making: Jordan Duke, Brinley Fromm and Evan Marx
  • Third Place – Business Communications: Nicollette Anderson
  • Third Place – Cost Accounting: Ryan Kassees
  • Third Place – Marketing Analysis and Decision Making: Courtney Kane and Jacob Wilcox

Nine students qualified to compete this summer at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago. In addition, BU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda received a second place Gold Seal Award of Merit. This award is given to the chapters that most fulfill the three pillars of Education, Service and Progress. To cap the successful conference, Todd Shawver was named the 2015 Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda Advisor of the Year.

ACM students take second in Edinboro Programming Contest

ACM Students

Five students from Bloomsburg University’s ACM student chapter recently competed in a test of computer programming skills at Edinboro University.

Computer Science senior Landan Cheruka and sophomores Brian Fekete and Daniel Pany took second place among seventeen teams, solving four problems in the Collegiate Programming Contest of the PACISE 30th Annual Conference.

Seniors Jared Hallick and Aleks Hartzler also competed, along with teams from seven of the thirteen PASSHE schools. Team members are part of the programming-contest group in the Bloomsburg Student Chapter of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

COST students take road trip to Sanofi Pasteur

Husky Road Trip

Students and faculty from the departments of biological and allied health sciences and chemistry and biochemistry toured Sanofi Pasteur U.S. in Swiftwater on a recent Husky Career Road Trip, which was spearheaded by alumnus Richard Wisniewski ‘82, the company’s deputy director of strategic industrial planning.

The Swiftwater location is the vaccine division of Sanofi Pasteur, a global leader in vaccines with 13,000 employees worldwide. The students met with company administrators and human relations staff, learned about the organization’s history and potential career opportunities. The students’ visit also included a panel discussion with nine BU graduates who currently work at Sanofi Pasteur and a networking lunch.

Husky Career Road Trips, part of the university’s Professional U initiative, provide students an opportunity to visit organizations, meet professionals and learn about employment opportunities in specific career fields.

Summer College … catch up or get ahead!

Summer College

It’s time to think summer with Bloomsburg University’s summer session. Classes are concentrated in six-week sessions with on-campus and online options offered in three convenient sessions:

  • Session I — May 18 to Aug. 7
  • Session II — May 18 to June 26
  • Session III — June 29 to Aug. 7

For college students, it’s a great way to catch up or get ahead. High school students can take advantage of the 75 percent reduced tuition and fees under the ACE Program. For details, call 570-389-4824.