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Friday, May 29, 2015

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Economic Impact Study

Economic impact goes beyond students

In just one year, Bloomsburg University added more than $350 million to the economy of Northeastern Pennsylvania, but that figure only scratches the surface of the school’s true value.

The vibrations from the economic and opportunity engine created by the university go far beyond the spending and positive social impact of its approximately 10,000 full- and part-time students and 1,000 faculty and staff, according to a study by Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists International. From helping to create a more productive workforce to being a magnet that attracts new businesses and industry, BU’s benefits touch every corner of the state.

Campus hosts 25th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference

Virginia Woolf

Nearly 250 scholars will attend the 25th annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf hosted by Bloomsburg University from Thursday through Sunday, June 4 to 7. Following the theme Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, the conference will include a number of events open to the public, including:

  • An international art exhibit at the Greenly Center, 50 E. Main St., displaying about 50 works, opening with a reception Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge.
  • A fiction reading by British novelist Maggie Gee and a poetry reading with Cynthia Hogue Thursday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Main and Iron Streets. Open to the public free of charge.
  • A theatrical reading of “Septimus and Clarissa” by Ellen McLaughin by members of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and the playwright Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St. A Mrs. Dalloway Party, based on one of Virginia Woolf’s best-known novels, will be held at the theatre following the reading. Attendees are invited to wear costumes for the evening’s party. A fee will be charged for the reading and party.

The first international conference held at BU, the event will feature 150 research papers presented by professors and scholars from around the world. Among the scholars attending will be 22 Bloomsburg and Berwick high school students, as well as 30 students from BU. Students from 10 universities from across the country will present research papers on Saturday.

Three plenary dialogues, roundtable discussions, poetry and fiction readings, an art exhibit, and the launch of a new journal, Feminist Modernist Studies, are some of the highlights of the conference. The finale will be a Saturday evening banquet with Cecil Woolf, the nephew of Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard. Also attending the banquet will be Jean Moorcroft Wilson, biographer, literary critic and wife of Cecil Woolf.

Great STEM Adventure Camp set for campus

Math and Science Summer Experience

Adventure awaits young science enthusiasts at Bloomsburg University’s summer camp for middle and high school students, specializing in the exploration and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The camp will run from June 22 to 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $150 per person. Lunch and snacks are included. Scholarships are available.

The Great STEM Adventure Camps will offer three programs for middle through high school students, focusing on the different aspects of STEM. BU students and faculty members Scott Inch, professor of digital forensics; Cynthia Surmacz, professor of biological and allied health sciences; and Kevin Williams, associate professor of biological and allied health sciences, will lead sessions.

  • Campers entering fifth and sixth grades will explore the basics of geography and the environment with hands-on learning activities. They will work with the environment around them, both in the lab and field, as well as gain experience using data loggers and other scientific equipment to examine plants and their chlorophyll to learn about photosynthesis.
  • Campers entering seventh and eighth grades will investigate the human brain and human DNA using mathematics and science skills. Participants will work with fingerprinting and brain wave activity, as well as becoming involved with environmental biology.
  • Campers entering ninth and 10th grades will use computer and mathematical skills to learn programming, criminal investigation, and how to decrypt code. These activities are designed to hone the campers’ math skills to better prepare them for high school studies.