Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Time to take action Huskies!

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 receive philanthropy cords for graduation.

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.

Don’t stress the test

Student Blog Test Studying

Classes can be stressful, especially at the end of a semester. Great timing for finals, huh? As a sophomore now I feel better knowing more through experience how to conquer the stress of tests … well that’s what I think. When it comes down to it I do the same thing every time. I procrastinate.

Procrastination is the worst enemy to any student. We all do it, because we know that once we start studying there are two options … we understand the concept and pass the test or we FREAK OUT because we have NO CLUE what is going on and have a MENTAL BREAK DOWN and nothing good comes out of it. Let me be the first to say don’t freak out!

We all have to go through the same thing. So first step, get a buddy to study with and things will run a lot smoother, they will be able to explain to you what you don’t understand and you could do the same for them. The second step is finding a place to study… either the library, Monty’s, JKA, or your bed. But sometimes you need a different place, a new atmosphere to get the ball rolling. Some spots that you would never think of is going to include Dunkin Donuts on Route 11, Flog and Flame on Main Street and Panera Bread by Wal-Mart. This will give you new scenery to look at and maybe get more work done.

The last thing to do is to actually study. You need to make sure no distractions are around. So if you are easily distracted don’t go out side, because you might see a butterfly and go… “Oh look there’s a butterfly.” Turn off your phone or put it on silent and make sure all social media is disconnected from its notifications. Make sure you are comfortable in your environment and get going. Now, go out and conquer the stress of the test!

      — Samantha Gross, telecommunications major

Looking for an alternate place to study?

New Finals Week study locations specially reserved for you to prepare for finals, starting Saturday, May 2, through Friday, May 8, at the KUB Fireside Lounge, KUB Ballrooms, KUB Hideaway, KUB Multipurpose A&B, KUB Conference Rooms (226, 410, 411), Monty's Assembly Room, and JKA Conference Room and Lobby. Also, special room-by-room hours for these locations!

COLA Research and Creative Projects Day

COLA Research and Creative Projects

Student scholars from the College of Liberal Arts recently presented their work at Research and Creative Projects Day. Posters were on display throughout McCormick Center from various humanities, social sciences and arts disciplines. One-hour poster sessions were held, as well as students conducted oral presentations and performances.

  • The Percussion Ensemble performed “Traditional Middle Eastern Percussion Ensemble."
  • The Jazz Band played live music on the Academic Quad at the University Wall of Distinction.
  • Art Professor Ron Lambert and the seven students in his Time Sculpture class did an interactive art sculpture, made of precut 2-inch by 4-inch wooden boards, connecting them together with zip ties.
  • Digital Video Editing and Advanced Video Editing students streamed videos in the McCormick's Media Hub
  • Concurrently the Art and Art History Department held their annual Art History Symposium starting in Centennial Hall. Five students presented research about World War I. The symposium was part of the Institute for Culture and Society Great War Lecture Series.

The day concluded with a lecture at from George A. Reisch, Series Editor of Popular Culture and Philosophy in McCormick Center. His presentation is titled “Teacher, Savior, Philosopher, Spy? On Philosophy and Popular Culture.”

Nine honored with Alumni Awards

Alumni Association Awards

James Cole, professor emeritus of Bloomsburg University’s Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, was named an honorary alumnus during an Alumni Awards dinner on Saturday, April 25. Eight graduates were recognized for significant contributions to their professions or the university.

Cole, of Bloomsburg, began his tenure at BU as an associate professor of biological sciences in 1968, retiring after 33 years. He was instrumental in expanding the Department of Biological Services to include Allied Health Sciences. He also served the community as a member of the board of directors for Columbia/Montour Home Health for 32 years, holding positions as president and treasurer.

Alumni Honorees

  • Distinguished Service: John Chapin ’85, Aliquippa, professor of communications at Penn State University and a professional and personal advocate for victims of domestic violence. He serves as president of the board of directors of the Women’s Center of Beaver County and as a volunteer at Allegheny County’s Crisis Center North, Pittsburgh.
  • Distinguished Service: Gary Williams ’78, Kissimmee, Fla., a retired special agent for the State of California and recipient of numerous awards and commendations for fighting gang violence during his 28-year career in law enforcement. He was the lead agent and instructor contracted by the U.S. Department of State for training police, prison staff and federal prosecutors.
  • Maroon and Gold Excellence Award: Greg Bowden ’01, Collegeville, a financial adviser and vice president of wealth management for UBS Financial Services. A past president of the BU Alumni Association Board of Directors, he is an active volunteer and advocate for the university and his Greek community, Alpha Chi Rho.
  • Maroon and Gold Excellence Award: Craig Evans ’03, Abington, a certified public accountant and manager of audit and accounting at Kreischer Miller, Horsham. He is an active volunteer and advocate for the university.
  • William T. Derricott Volunteer of the Year: Ted Hodgins ’89, Schwenksville, senior director of customer experience for Comcast. A BU Alumni Association Board member since 2009, Hodgins has volunteered in numerous capacities in support of the university and alumni association in the past year.
  • Outstanding Alumni Career Connectors: Brian Case ’83, human resources manager, human resources and corporate services, PPL Corp., Allentown; Stephen Carr ’97, manager, audit and accounting, Kreischer Miller, Horsham; and Crystal Skotedis ’03, director, Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants, Camp Hill. All have provided career and professional development experiences to current students through the university’s Professional U initiative.

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, an educational association of studens preparing for careers in business, 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 future business leaders 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.

New executive director of performing arts and programming

Randall Presswood has been promoted to executive director for performing arts and programming. In his new role, he will oversee the Celebrity Artist Series programming, artist selection and corporate sponsorships, as well as the Division of Instructional Media Services.

He will manage the performing arts facilities, Mitrani Hall and Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, and work with academic departments and the community to provide educational components to art performances.

Performing Arts Facilities consist of Mitrani Hall, in Haas Center for the Arts, a 2,000-seat proscenium stage with full fly loft and state-of-the-art lighting and sound abilities; and the K.S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall, a 150 year-old, 600-seat Victorian theater with a full component of stage lighting and sound capabilities.