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BU hosts research symposium

The sixth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium (SVURS) will be held Wednesday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Kehr Union. The symposium is sponsored jointly by Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University and the Geisinger Center for Health Research.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jennifer K. Wagner, associate director of bioethics research at Geisinger Health System. A practicing attorney specializing in genetics rights, Wagner was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow.

During the symposium, undergraduates will present their scholarship during a poster session, and awards will be presented for outstanding submissions. Abstracts are judged in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, biological sciences and clinical/translational.

Phi Beta Lambda showcase talents at national conference

Phi Beta Lambda

Twenty-three Bloomsburg University students attended the Phi Beta Lambda-Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Atlanta this summer.

During the conference, students attended many professional development sessions. They also competed in the competitive events portion of the conference. To qualify to compete at the conference, they were required to place either first or second at the state-level competition.

In these competitions, students were provided with a case study that they had to research and present to a panel of judges. Speaking to many of the judges and advisors from across the country, the competition was one of the most competitive in recent years, and included many top-rated institutions across the United States.

National Leadership Conference Winners

  • Third Place — Accounting for Professionals: Erin Ditro
  • Third Place — Project Management: Grace Rogers
  • Fourth Place — Management Analysis & Decision Making: Courtney Kane, Jacob Wilcox, and Joshua Matz
  • Sixth Place — Marketing Analysis and Decision Making: Samantha Wetzel, Matthew Starcher, and Evan Simpson
  • Seventh Place — Forensic Accounting: Brinley Fromm and Clare Rowley
  • Seventh Place — Economic Analysis and Decision Making: Geoff Matz, Jacob Mosebrook, and Joseph Kinek
  • Seventh Place — Human Resource Management: Raquel Strauss, Kennedy Barner, and Edward Fetterman
  • Seventh Place — Accounting Analysis and Decision Making: Miranda Silfee, Pietro Colella, and Ryan Kassees

“They simply could not have done it without the hard work of the faculty and staff of the College of Business,” Todd A. Shawver assistant professor of accounting, faculty advisor of Phi Beta Lambda, said. “Please join me in congratulating the students of Phi Beta Lambda for their great work!”

BOG approves contract extension for President Soltz

David L. Soltz

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education announced a contract extension for Bloomsburg University President David L. Soltz, during its quarterly meeting on July 14. The board approved the extension through June 30, 2019.

Soltz became BU’s 18th president in January 2008. This is the eighth contract extension since his arrival. Soltz currently is the longest-serving president in the State System.

Since his inauguration, Soltz has led BU through a successful strategic plan. He has overseen the establishment of numerous academic programs and initiatives, including the creation of MyCore, BU’s new general education program, Center for Supply Chain Management, BU’s Institute for Concussion Research and Services, Professional U initiative, Zeigler Institute of Professional Development, McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Center for Leadership and Engagement, Center for Healthy Aging and Center for Earth and Environmental Studies. Additionally, he established the university’s first official presence in downtown Bloomsburg with the creation of the Greenly Center.

Under his leadership, Bloomsburg is nearing the successful completion of the first major fundraising campaign: It’s Personal: The Campaign for Bloomsburg University. Launched in October 2015, the campaign set an initial goal of $50 million. More than $46 million has been raised to date.

Board of Governors approves tuition increase

Pell Grant Program

Continuing efforts by the universities to contain their costs, combined with a second straight year of increased investment by the Commonwealth, helped enable the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to approve the smallest percentage tuition increase in more than a decade.

The $89-per-semester increase approved today by the Board for the 2016-17 academic year will set the base tuition rate for most full-time Pennsylvania residents—who comprise about 90 percent of all State System students—at $3,619 per semester, or $7,238 for the full year. Even with the modest increase, the State System universities will remain the lowest-cost option among all four-year colleges and universities in the state.

The 14 State System universities have eliminated nearly $300 million in expenditures from their combined operating budgets over the last decade in order to balance their budgets and to help hold down student costs. The Commonwealth, meanwhile, has boosted funding to the State System by about $31.5 million over the last two years, after seven straight years of flat or reduced general fund appropriations.

Nonresident, undergraduate tuition also will increase by 2.5 percent and will range from $10,858 to $18,096 for the 2016-17 academic year. The technology fee will be $448 for full-time resident students, and $682 for full-time nonresidents. The resident, graduate tuition rate will be $483 per credit, an increase of $13. The nonresident, graduate tuition rate will increase by $20 per credit, to $725.

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

EGGS group continues field study

Lake Michigan Field Study

Their textbook is Lake Michigan.

And for the group of Bloomsburg University students who are spending two weeks in the field exploring different geoscience and environmental aspects of the Michigan Basin, they wouldn’t want it any other way.

The unique summer course, Special Topics in Geology, is being led by faculty Matt Ricker, Jen Whisner and Chris Whisner, of the Department of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences faculty. During their two-week field experience students are learning field study techniques and how to analyze field observations that will culminate in student-directed field presentations.

"Some things we’ve been doing. By today, (Day 6) we’re running like a well-oiled machine — the students know how to work together to put up and take down camp, divide up the dish washing, cook potatoes in the fire for dinner, set up and put away lunch, etc. They’ve discovered the joy of soils (there’s a lot more information below your feet than you might think!) and started to get a feel for how soils develop on different parent materials and in different climates (It’s a LOT colder in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!)."

Scholarships deliver study abroad

China Study Abroad

Anastasia Timofeeva, a junior engineering and Chinese major, is wrapping up her studying abroad in China at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, courtesy of several scholarships earned this past year.

Timofeeva received a Professional Experience grant from Professional U, a grant that has been designed for students seeking to get involved in their career path or learn more about the world. She also received an International Faculty Association scholarship dedicated to students with interest in fostering globalism and internationalism on campus and the community. Moreover, she received College of Liberal Arts study abroad scholarship and one for good academic standing from the university.

  • First impressions of China"Just yesterday our history professor took us on a trip to the Tiannamen square and told us about the different stages of the palace during each dynasty’s rule. I cannot wait for many more trips we will have with IES to other historic places."
  • 17 days in Beijing"It was about a 30-minute hike up the very steep stairs. I did not expect to be as difficult as it was, but everybody in our group made it up to the Wall. Seeing the mountains surround the Great Wall was one of the most beautiful scenic spots I have ever experienced."
  • Traveling in China"Just last weekend our whole program traveled to Xian for four days. One of my favorite parts about the trip was a 13-hour overnight train ride. Since we came as a big group, it was really fun to just play card games and talk."

Allentown Project provides pathway to college

Allentown Pathways Project

From interactive presentations to hands-on learning activities to living in dorms, a group of rising seniors from Allentown School District got quite the taste of Husky Life over the last two weeks.

Their summer campus experience was made possible by the Allentown Educational Pathways Project, an annual two-week residential program designed to excite and prepare high school students for college.

BU students are key components to the partnership serving as program assistants — many of whom participated in the Allentown Project themselves — mentoring the high-schoolers throughout the experience to include their time in the dorms and in between academic activities. The mentors are trained prior to address basic health and safety issues, personal growth and to promote friendship among the entire group.

Among the hands-on academic activities included learning how to use the scientific method, understanding microscope theory and acquiring basic microscope skills, and exploring Mendelian genetics and the principles of inheritance, according to Angela Hess, associate professor of biology. In addition, Hess said the Allentown students learned about anatomical terminology and mammalian organ systems, as well as being engaged in a medically related research project. This, according to Hess, culminated in a poster presentation to their program assistants.

ESSE Program wraps up first summer experience

ESSE Summer Progam

One of Bloomsburg University’s newest summer programs recently concluded its two-week experience, capping a unique outreach opportunity for area Latino high school students.

The English-Spanish Summer Enrichment (ESSE) Program — among the recent President’s Strategic Planning Grant initiatives — featured students from Berwick, Hazelton, Lancaster and Reading living on campus while attending courses designed to improve their English language skills, as well as nurturing their appreciation for their cultural and linguistic heritage.

In addition, the ESSE project provided learning and leadership opportunities for BU students spanning majors in English, Teaching and Learning, Spanish, and working with the ESOL Institute.

The ESSE Program was coordinated through a collaborative effort between the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Department of Teaching and Learning, Department of English, Department of Languages and Cultures, Office of Admissions, ESOL Institute and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Downtown parking permits for new academic year

Downtown Parking Permits

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.