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Per-credit tuition pricing pilot initiated

Bloomsburg University undergraduate students will pay a fixed, per-credit tuition fee starting in fall 2015 under a plan approved by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Board of Governors at the Jan. 22 meeting.

The new tuition pricing structure, being introduced under a two-year pilot program, will charge all undergraduate Pennsylvania resident students $284 per credit and all undergraduate non-resident students $568 per credit during academic year 2015-16. Previously, the university charged full-time undergraduate students enrolled in 12 to 18 credits a flat tuition rate.

BU’s Council of Trustees recommended Board of Governors’ approval for the pilot program during the December 2014 meeting. The plan will allow the university to structure its tuition revenue, the largest portion of revenue, in a more sustainable way and support several long-term strategic enrollment management goals. The Board of Governors previously agreed to similar tuition pricing plans at Millersville and Clarion universities and 17 additional flexible tuition- and fee-pricing plans for institutions across the State System. A per-credit pricing plan for Indiana University of Pennsylvania also was approved at the Jan. 22 meeting.

The new per-credit-hour tuition pricing brings Bloomsburg in line with many higher education institutions across the country and is guided by two elements of the institution’s strategic plan – enrollment management and fiscal sustainability.

Class of 2015 leaders to hold class meeting

Class of 2015 Leaders

For most of Bloomsburg University’s Class of 2015, this is it. One last semester to make it count, leave your mark and soak in one final taste of Husky Life! The first step will be taken this month with a class meeting to discuss student concerns, fundraising and the class gift.

Seniors are asked to attend one of these meetings:

  • Monday, Jan. 26: KUB Hideaway, 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27: KUB Ballroom, 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28: KUB Multicultural Center, 8 p.m.

“We want to involve our entire class in the decision-making processes leading up to graduation,” said Sibel Rasim, president of the Class of 2015. “It'll be a very informal, ‘chill’ atmosphere to inform fellow seniors on fundraising ideas and how to get more involved, options on what to do with the money to leave something behind for BU, any student concerns that we can help address or fix.”

Rasim said the other class officers, Bryan Savini, vice president, JP Hohenshilt, treasurer, and Caron Merine, secretary, will be on-hand at all three sessions to address any question or concern from fellow seniors.

New season. New teams. A new sport! You in?

Get your intramural teams ready, because registration is open! Intramural sports are a great way to get active and have fun at the same time. The deadline to register your team is Tuesday, Jan. 27. Go online to register before time runs out.

Sports offered this session include:

  • extreme dodgeball
  • basketball
  • indoor soccer (new!)
  • volleyball

Go abroad? Yes it can be done!

Summer Study Abroad

Learn more about this summer’s Africa study abroad program on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 9 p.m. in Bakeless Center 107. Earn three to six credits toward graduation exploring this culturally rich and geographically diverse continent.

Students will have the opportunity to study, from May 10 to June 8, at the University of Buea in Cameroon and visit historic, cultural sites in Ethiopia. The University of Buea is located at the foot of Cameroon Mountain — the highest peak in West Africa. It’s the only English-speaking university in this bilingual country.

Contact S. Ekema Agbaw, professor of English and program director, at sagbaw@bloomu.edu for more information.

How Professional U can help you

Professional U Experience

Pre-registration is required for all events. View complete details and register, at Husky Career Link. Log in with your BU student username and password. Must bring student ID for check-in!

The REAL DEAL Resume

  • Monday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in 1303 MCHS
  • Thursday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in Multi-A
  • Monday, Feb. 2, from noon 12:50 p.m. in Alumni House (Register ASAP - Space is very limited!)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Alumni House (Register ASAP - Space is very limited!)

Whether you need to update your resume or are just getting started, this workshop will help you make that all-important positive first impression on employers! We'll give free materials, lots of examples, and answers to common questions:

  • What format and font works best for me and my educational background?
  • What categories should I include?
  • How can I make a part-time job sound related to my field?
  • Why do employers care about my extracurricular activities?
  • Should I use bullets or paragraphs

Slam Dunk That Interview!

  • Monday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in MCHS 1303
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 5:50 p.m., KUB Ballroom

Maximize your face-to-face time with potential employers by learning how to:

  • introduce yourself in that all-important 30-second pitch
  • dress for success and demonstrate your professionalism
  • answer questions to give you the lead over other candidates
  • conduct your own mini-interview to find out what you need to know

CPEC Job and Internship Fair

Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill. Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC). Meet directly with recruiters from a wide variety of companies and organizations who are seeking to fill full-time and internship positions.

No fee for BU students and alumni. Professional dress required. Bring plenty of resumes, including a resume for admission. For resume help, visit bloomu.edu/careers.

Speed Networking and Reception

Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Pine Barn Inn, Danville. Bus transportation will be provided for students! Hosted by the BU Alumni Association and Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. Hors d'oeuvres compliments of the BU Alumni Association. Cash Bar - Students must be 21 years of age to purchase alcohol. State photo ID required. (Students under 21 may attend but will not be permitted to purchase alcohol.) Business casual attire required.

Campus Announcements

Campus Announcements

Student Trustee Position Available — Applications to be a student member on the Council of Trustees are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 13, in the Office of the President, Carver Hall. Candidates need to be a full-time undergraduate student and in good academic standing. A second semester freshman may apply. Contact Jen Williams by email at jwilliam@bloomu.edu for details.

CGA Budget Request — 2015-2016 budget request forms are due in the Community Activities Office, KUB 428, by 4 p.m., Feb. 2. If you have any questions regarding this information or pertaining to the preparation of a budget request, please contact the Community Activities Office at 389-4463.

English writing awards open to all majors

English Writing Awards

Bloomsburg University's Department of English is accepting applications for its annual writing awards offering prizes of $150 in each of four categories. Students from any major may submit to the Fuller Fiction Award, the Peters Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Baillie Award for the Critical Essay, and the Savage Poetry Award. In addition to a cash prize, students are recognized at the spring College of Liberal Arts awards ceremony, and the winning work is published in Warren, the student-run literary and art journal.

To enter the Fuller, Baillie, or Peters awards submit two copies of the work to be considered to Jerry Wemple, professor of English. Clearly label the submission category and include name, email address, and phone number on a cover page. For the Savage award, writers should submit four copies each of up to three poems, with name, email address and phone number on a cover page to Terry Riley, professor of English.

The deadline for submissions is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13. The awards are considered by a panel of judges from the English Department. Winners are announced a few weeks after the deadline. Entries in multiple categories allowed. Entrants need not be English majors, but entries for the Baillie Award must have stemmed from an assignment in an English department course.

ICS Great War Lecture Series explores Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

Brion White, instructor of communications studies, will present his research as part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s The Great War Centennial Lecture Series. White’s lecture, “Boardwalk Empire, PTSD and the Great War” will be held on Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

White’s lecture brings discussion of World War I to “America’s Playground” Atlantic City. His lecture will present selections from the television series “Boardwalk Empire” and discuss the program's handling of the legacies of the Great War, with special attention to its treatment of shell shock, known today as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

White, who teaches public speaking and interpersonal communications, pursues research in media and militarism, especially during the Obama presidency. His most recent publication is an essay on peace activists Dorothy Day and Petra Kelly. All lectures in the series, sponsored by BU’s College of Liberal Arts, are free and open to the public.

Andruss Library undergoing some changes this spring

Andruss Library Construction

You’ll notice some changes at the Andruss Library in 2015. As part of the Bloomsburg University’s campus construction plans, an addition to house the University Police and a data center will be built at the side of the library facing the Student Recreation Center.

During construction:

  • Andruss Library will maintain normal business hours
  • library resources and tools will remain accessible
  • library research assistance will be uninterrupted

Campus and library staff will work to make this go smoothly for everyone, but we also know there will be disruptions along the way. Since construction is slated to begin this spring semester, some preparations will be made over winter session and at the start of the semester.

  • study spaces on first and second floors will remain available, but there will be some shifting of the furniture
  • headphones are available at the Circulation Desk if any of the noise affects your study
  • some library staff and faculty offices will be in new temporary locations within the building

The campus and library staff will work to make this transformation as comfortable as they can for everyone. Please let them know if there are problems during this time.

Faculty gear up for new semester via TALE academy

Teaching Academy

Bloomsburg University’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center (TALE) recently capped its latest Teaching Excellence Academy in preparation for the spring semester. The group spent a week discussing course design principles, working collaboratively on project and completing a jigsaw activity where teaching fellow shared an active learning technique with the group.

The academy offers intensive exploration on the theory and practice of university teaching. Fellows are expected not only to apply what they learn to their own teaching, but also provide leadership and expertise to their colleagues.

Judge Mathis headlines 22nd annual MLK celebration

Judge Greg Mathis

Civil rights activist and noted television personality Judge Greg Mathis will present “Political Empowerment: Maintaining and Building Your Community” on Monday, Feb. 16, as part of Bloomsburg University’s 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration.

Mathis, a national figure known for his advocacy campaigns for equal justice, will speak at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium. His visit is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

His inspirational life story as a street youth who rose from jail to judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on his award-winning television court show each day. In addition, his weekly newspaper column brings social and political insight to readers throughout the country.