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Difficult, but not impossible
On Sunday, April 24, Boenell Kline, a senior communications studies major, Rang the Carver Hall Bell to celebrate the impact of the scholarships she has received through the It's Personal Campaign. Kline shared her story at the 2016 Scholarship Luncheon:
"On paper, I would not have been someone that most would have chosen to invest in. I struggled academically through high school, scored borderline disabled on my SATs, and had to go to my high school guidance counselor 11 years after graduating because I did not know how to fill out a college application. Despite my academic disadvantage, Bloomsburg University took a chance and allowed me the privilege to become a Husky."
Kline added, "Because of my academic struggles, I was placed in developmental classes as a freshman, and it was not long before I began to fall behind in my math class. But, I was blessed to have an amazing instructor who noticed me struggling and made it a point to help."
Communications Studies class turns project into awareness campaign
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a group of Bloomsburg University students decided to paint the Town of Bloomsburg teal throughout April.
Students studying Communication for Business Professionals worked with local businesses to enhance their internal and external communication methods. One group of students worked with the Women’s Center, Inc. in Bloomsburg to help them spread awareness of the “Paint the Town Teal” campaign.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to publicize this, the students painted the window fronts of businesses downtown teal with hand prints, ribbons, and acronyms. They also took awareness posters into local businesses in order for them to post them within their restrooms.
Nursing students help Montour County with healthy habits
To cap their Public Health and Community work this semester, a group of Bloomsburg University nursing majors recently helped Montour County become a little healthier.
The semester project involved a health promotion initiative specifically targeting older adults. The class chose Montour County and studied county data to determine the biggest health issues for the community.
As a result, the student nurses designed a health fair to education older adults on heart health, exercise and nutrition — taking them to Vintage Knolls Assisted Living Community and the Danville Area Community Center.
Professional sales one of nation’s best
Bloomsburg University is named among the top North American schools in the 2016 Sales Education Foundation’s (SEF) listing of the best universities offering professional sales education. BU is one of only four Pennsylvania institutions included in the listing.
Monica Favia, chair and assistant professor of marketing, said SEF recognizes institutions for elevating the sales profession through university education. “This recognition will help our students to secure professional sales positions,” she said. BU’s professional sales in marketing specialization began in 2015.
According to SEF, while employment rates remain flat for recent college graduates, many university sales programs report placement rates above 95 percent for their sales students, with some reporting 100 percent placement. Starting salaries for professional sales representatives average over $60,000.
Digital forensics recognized for excellence
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s digital forensics program has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The designation by the National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education is valid for five academic years.
This recognition indicates BU’s digital forensics program has met stringent criteria related to curriculum, faculty and research. It demonstrates an institution-wide commitment to information assurance practices and education. Sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, CAE programs promote higher education and research to increase the number of professionals with information assurance expertise and reduce U.S. infrastructure vulnerability.
History major's research leads to URSCA, study abroad opportunity
Elizabeth Miller, a history and Arabic major who is minoring in Middle East Studies, recently presented her paper “Deciphering Osama bin Laden’s Radicalization based on United States Actions, Policies and Presence in Saudi Arabia 1990-2001” at CERIS’s undergraduate symposium at Duquesne.
Miller recently received an URSCA grant to expand her research on this topic during summer of 2016, which will commence following her return back from the Arabic study abroad program in Morocco. She believes these suggestions will be helpful in expanding her research project.
Also representing Bloomsburg University was M. Safa Saracoglu, professor of history, who will supervise Miller’s URSCA project over the summer. Saracoglu delivered the keynote address for the symposium, “Debating the Syrian Refugee Crisis.”
THIS internship works for social work
An internship based in Harrisburg learning the dynamics of state government seems perfectly suited for a political science major. How about social work?
Yes, according to Bloomsburg University’s social work program that has seen several of its students participate in Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) in recent years.
“Social workers have a unique perspective to bring to the government,” said Cassandra Hourlland, a senior social work major. “They have a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be used in multiple situations. Social workers can educate people in office on certain issues while advocating for the rights and safety of at risk populations.”
Hourlland has spent this spring interning in the Department of Human Services in the Policy Development office. She has had the opportunity to tag along to all different meetings, helped draft and read over bills, attended press events and policy summits and researches.
“The best thing about being an intern, is everyone is willing to talk to you,” Hourlland said. “I have had the pleasure to meet and talk with a lot of amazing individuals. The way the office is set up, everyone takes different program offices that deal with different issues and populations.”
Accounting alumni score high on CPA exam
Congratulations to Bloomsburg University accounting alumni Michael P. Gimino '14, '15, and Michael R. Rosten '14. They were among the top 15 scorers on the CPA exam for 2015, according to National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
The top scorers are those individuals whose combined scores on all four sections of the CPA exam were the highest of all Pennsylvania exam takers last year. These young professionals have passed the CPA exam with distinction, completed their 150 credit hour requirement, and will soon complete their year of experience to become certified as public accountants in the state of Pennsylvania.
While reflecting on excellence, the past two cohorts in the BU Master of Accountancy program have distinguished themselves on the audit portion of the CPA exam. Fifty percent, 10 of 20 reported, passed the audit section with scores in the 90 percentage range, with an average of ninety percent for the entire group of 20. What an impressive result — a reflection of the students’ hard work under the tutelage of Mike Shapeero. In fact, three M.Acc. students passed the CPA section with scores of 99, the highest possible score. Those three are Michael P. Gimino '14, '15, Eric Hiser '14, '15, and Brandon J. Arizini '15, '16.
Phi Beta Lambda shines at state leadership conference
Nearly 40 Bloomsburg University business students recently participated in the Pennsylvania State Phi Beta Lambda Competitive Events held at the Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Harrisburg.
At the conference, students were required to compete in a number of competitive events, which required on the spot preparation and presentation of topics ranging from all business and economics disciplines. They competed against many "top" schools around the Commonwealth, including Penn State, Temple, Drexel, University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne.
Participating students also had the opportunity to attend many professional development sessions, according to Todd A. Shawver, assistant professor of accounting.
Ryan Kassees was also elected as new Treasurer of the Pennsylvania State Phi Beta Lambda Chapter. BU’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter also earned second place as the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit/Outstanding Chapter.
Political Science announces Prateek Goorha award winner
With dreams of becoming Secretary of State one day, Kimberly Martin is eyeing a long career in government and politics. So the Bloomsburg University junior knew majoring in political science would be a significant first step.
“Political science has really helped me build the solid foundation of knowledge necessary to start on my career path,” says Martin, who is also majoring in communication studies and pursuing a minor in Arabic. “I want to pursue a career with the U.S. Department of State and work on creating foreign policy and developing diplomatic relations with other countries.”
She adds, “I am more than confident I will achieve all of my goals, in part because of the skills I have learned in the political science major.”
Martin was recently named the winner of the Prateek Goorha Best Research Paper Award from Fall 2015 for her paper “Marriage, Careers, and the Voting Woman,” which took a look at understanding what influences women’s voting habits.
Sekisui leaders offer insight into manufacturing industry
Ronn Cort, a local business executive, recently visited with several student groups and faculty from Bloomsburg University’s College of Business to discuss, “Polymers—Grown in Central PA.” His presentation focused on positioning Sekisui SPI, a Bloomsburg manufacturer of specialty thermoplastics, for future growth and good-paying manufacturing careers.
“(The presentations) showed us what we should be looking for,” said Garret Werkheiser, vice president of BU’s student chapter of Association for Production and Inventory Control Systems (APICS). “Companies now-a-days aren’t looking for profit, looking to better help community.”
Cort, president and Chief Operating Officer of Sekisui SPI, emphasized his firm’s commitment to cause, employees, sustainability, and customers. More than 200 students and faculty attended the presentation.
Prior to his presentation, Julie Salnicky, an alumna and Special Projects Manager at Sekisui SPI, presented a workshop for students and faculty on the Keystone Innovation Zone opportunities Sekisui is pursuing.
Students shine at Kutztown PACISE Conference
A group of Bloomsburg University students recently participated in the PACISE Annual Conference at Kutztown University, where they presented on a panel discussion and competed in a computer programming contest.
Ember Baker, a senior computer science major, and Irenes Sanchez, a senior information and technology management major, were members of a discussion panel on “Enrolling Women into Computing and Information Technology Majors.”
They were joined by Loreen Powell, associate professor of information and technology management, and faculty and students from four other PASSHE schools. The panel was moderated by Robert Montante, associate professor in mathematical and digital sciences.
The conference also featured a four-hour programming contest. Computer science majors Jake Daniel, Brian Fekete, Brett Logan, Lucas Liberacki, Tim Caulfield, and Rio Weber competed as two teams in a field of 14 teams from PASSHE schools. Daniel, Fekete, and Logan took 2nd Place as team “Men in Computing.”
Theta Zeta celebrates 30th anniversary, inducts new members
Theta Zeta, Bloomsburg University’s Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, recently held its induction ceremony at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville.
Families, friends, faculty and member of Theta Zeta were present to honor the 34 undergraduate and graduate students who were inducted into this prestigious society.
Sigma Theta Tau is the only honor society for nursing. Theta Zeta also celebrated its 30th anniversary with a honoring of past and the current president occurred as part of the induction ceremony.
Sigma Theta Tau membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership:
- STTI has more than 135,000 active members.
- Members reside in more than 85 countries.
- 39 percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
- There are roughly 500 chapters at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
- STTI communicates regularly with more than 100 nurse leaders who have expressed interest in establishing chapters globally, including those in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, Jordan, New Zealand, and Spain.
Cannon named honorary BU alumna
Maria Baron Cannon, vice president of channel marketing for TE Connectivity and Bloomsburg University Foundation Board member, was named honorary alumna during BU’s alumni awards dinner on Saturday, April 23.
Four graduates also were recognized for their contributions to the university and their professions, including Crystal Skotedis, CPA and director with Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants, who received the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award.
Cannon, San Jose, Calif., is the daughter of two BU graduates, the late Charles Baron ’52 and Margaret Suchy Baron ’49. In accepting the award, Cannon, who describes herself as a “Husky by choice,” said her parents met after graduating from Bloomsburg and instilled in her a passion for the university. After her father’s death, the family established a scholarship in his name.
In addition to the Foundation Board, Cannon serves on the College of Business Advisory Board. She has participated regularly in career programs for students offered as part of the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD). Prior to joining TE, she was at the helm of Cisco’s Worldwide Distribution Operations Organization, serving in various vice presidential roles. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
Downtown summer parking permits
Students living downtown this summer can purchase their downtown parking permit starting Monday, May 2, at the Bloomsburg Police Department, 301 E. 2nd St., between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Permits, which cost $70, will be valid through Aug. 12.
Students must have a valid BU student ID, current signed lease or utility bill and vehicle registration card. Permit will be valid in all zone areas of the parking lots except Zone G (Library Lot).
New accelerated four-week online only courses from May 16 to June 10 this summer!
- Session I — May 16 to Aug. 5
- Session II — May 16 to June 24
- Session III — June 27 to Aug. 5