Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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The Big Event

A big, big ... Big Event

Chilly temperatures and a light coating of snow didn’t hamper Community Government Association’s The Big Event from having another record turnout with more than 2,275 volunteers working 150-plus job sites.

Among the locations included the Bloomsburg Diner, YMCA, Fernville Park and roughly 100 local residences. Student volunteers tackled a host of chores such as raking, painting, gardening, mulching, removing debris, digging and various spring-cleaning duties.

Sponsored by the CGA, the single-day community service event gives students the opportunity to say “thank you" to Bloomsburg area residents and show appreciation for the community we live, learn and work in.

CGA gets jump-start on The Big Event

CGA New Orleans

Community Government Association’s Executive Board got a jump-start on The Big Event when they traveled to New Orleans to help with the St. Bernard Project while they were down in the Big Easy for a student government conference.

A previous CGA executive board participated with the organization years ago and highly recommended it. It was also special, because when CGA's does The Big Event (which will be held Saturday, March 28), it's busy directing everyone else and doesn't get to go to a job site. The St. Bernard Project gave it one, putting up dry wall in a house The St. Bernard project was building from the ground up.

The American Student Government Association’s conference was great, according to the executive board, because it gave them a chance to network with a number of other colleges and universities. All of CGA execs tried to split up when choosing workshops so they were exposed to everything the conference offered.

Andruss Library project set to begin

Lower Campus Construction

Contractors will be working the Andruss Library site Monday, March 30, to start setting up fencing for the library addition. There will be changes to the pedestrian and vehicular routes in and around this area, which will be on the East (Swisher Parking Lot) side of the building.

The entrance to the Swisher Parking Lot will only be accessed and exited at the Northeast corner near the Buckingham Maintenance Center during the First Phase of construction which will last most of the summer. The Waller East Parking Lot (between Waller and Buckalew Place) will be kept in operation during construction with minimal interruptions.

The entrance at the Southeast corner to Swisher Parking Lot (near Chestnut Street) will be closed. We will have pedestrian signage around the site along with routes (shown on attached Phase 1 Drawing) to help elevate any confusion. Please expect some disruption until everyone gets used to the changes, and note there will be a loss of parking stalls. Allow extra time to find an alternate location which could be as far as upper campus commuter lots. Use caution while walking and traveling in this area.

Spring Semester Projects

  • Andruss Library (March 9 to Nov. 30, 2015) — addition for telephone center and University Police
  • Lower Campus (March 23 to April 17, 2015) — medium voltage infrastructure
  • Student Recreation Center (June1 to Aug. 21, 2015) — lighting upgrade
  • McCormick Center (June 1 to Aug. 28, 2015) — vivarium lab
  • Quad Fountain (June 15 to July 30, 2015) — donor walls
  • Medium Voltage Infrastructure Upgrade (March 30 to Aug. 14, 2015) — infrastructure upgrade along East 2nd Street from Centennial to Lycoming Hall

Students demonstrate artistic talent

Student Art Show

Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery of Art will highlight the talents of BU art students with the 2015 Juried Student Art Show. The show kicked off this week with an opening reception at Haas Gallery of Art. The exhibit will be displayed until Tuesday, April 14.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. All art students are invited to submit artwork in the medium of their choice. In previous years, the event has drawn 50 to 60 entries, reduced to approximately 30 pieces for final jurying.

The juror for this year’s show is Kerry Kolenut, visiting assistant professor. Kolenut, who teaches graphic design at BU, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has taught photography and design in undergraduate programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and China.

Novel discussion previews author's visit

Francesca Segal

In preparation for a visit from award-winning author Francesca Segal, Ferda Asya, professor of English, will lead a reading and discussion of the novel, “The Innocents,” on Tuesday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Bakeless Center 306. Segal’s visit will be held on Thursday, April 16. She will deliver a lecture, “Tea and Sympathy: On Being a British, Jewish, Woman Writer,” at 7:30 p.m. in McCormick Center 2303.

Earlier in the day, Segal will conduct a question-and-answer session in Student Services Center 004, from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Segal joined her father, Eric Segal, author of the classic “Love Story,” as an accomplished novelist in 2013 when she published her debut novel, “The Innocents.” The book’s awards include the Costa First Novel Award, National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Betty Trask Award. As a journalist, Segal’s work has appeared in Granta, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Vogue UK and Vogue US.

Documentary shows the ugliness of plagiarism

Mass Communications Documentary

It is the worst crime a writer can commit, it happened at one of the country’s most revered news publications and it is the focus of the documentary, “A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times.” The film will be screened on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s McCormick Center 1303. The event will be free and open to the public.

In 2003, Jayson Blair, a reporter for the New York Times, stole the work of other journalists and fabricated details in dozens of stories. The documentary includes interviews with New York Times executives, one of Blair’s victims of plagiarism and Blair himself.

While the documentary is specific to journalistic plagiarism, Pat Trosky, mass communications instructor at BU, points out that the topic of plagiarism is universal in all curricula and occupations. “Imagine medical, pharmaceutical or engineering journals taking information from other sources and claiming it is their own? Worse yet, what if the information used eventually was found to be wrong?” she said.

Overcoming Adversity: As a person with disabilities

Paul Wichanksy

Bloomsburg University's Disability Advisory Committee, along with the Office of Social Equity and the College of Education, are brining Paul Stuart Wichanksy, Ph.D., to Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Paul was born with cerebral palsy and hearing loss. Recognizing that these disabilities are gifts in disguise, Paul has worked hard to transform these obstacles into unique opportunities for self-improvement, and delights in showing others how they can also do the same. Since he was ten years old, Paul has hosted motivational programs where he shares valuable insights that have allowed him to triumph over cerebral palsy and, at the same time, develop the courage and confidence to conquer any other challenge that comes his way.

“Dr. Paul,” as he is popularly known among family and friends, shares those experiences that have allowed him to reach a simple dream he had many years ago — to be able to walk. He shares uplifting stories with humor designed to help instill the hope, energy, and inspiration that motivates his audiences to realize their own goals and dreams. At the same time, Dr. Paul emphasizes that it’s perfectly okay to be different; our differences should always be celebrated rather than ridiculed.

Inaugural Girls In STEM event draws rave reviews

Girls In STEM

Bloomsburg University’s Regional STEM Education Center recently hosted roughly 100 Junior Girl Scouts from 21 regional troops for its first-ever GI-STEM: Girls In Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Day, where the scouts explored the world of STEM through 11 different hands-on stations directed by early childhood education and exceptionality majors, along with the Computer Science Club.

The event attracted troops came from as far as State College, Williamsport, Scranton, and Chalfont. GI-STEM was created to encourage girls to look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes and to become natural scientists.

Following a welcome from Robbie Soltz, who holds a doctorate in biology and is the wife of BU President David Soltz, scout troops worked with education majors and the Computer Science Club on activities such as “Storm Troopers,” “Full of Hot Air,” “Ooo-Bleck,” “Explosion Central” and “Fun with Computers.”

Students from the President’s Leadership Program helped to plan the program and were also on hand during the event to assist with registration, parking, and logistics. Lunch was provided and the scouts left with materials to help them reflect on what they have learned in order to apply it toward their badges.

Annual consortium puts future teachers ahead of the curve

Education Consortium

With graduation soon approaching for many Bloomsburg University education majors, the job search is becoming more and more prominent as the semester is coming to an end. But with opportunities like the 33rd Annual North Central PA Education Consortium, education students from all over Pennsylvania were given the chance to make connections, set up interviews, and practice communicating with professional recruiters.

Sponsoring institutions at the consortium included education students from Bloomsburg, Bucknell, East Stroudsburg, Lycoming, Mansfield, and Susquehanna University. According to Lauren Thew, a Bloomsburg University senior early childhood and special education major, the consortium gave her the opportunity to see a room filled with possibilities.

“Before today, I never really thought about applying out of state,” Thew said. “But with the ability to sit down and talk to each of the recruiters without restricting myself, I was able to gain many fitting contacts and which could turn into job offers.”

Student-centered initiative guides path to degree

Student Success Collaborative

Bloomsburg University is enhancing its student support services and success by joining the Student Success Collaborative. BU became part of the Education Advisory Board — Student Success Collaborative (SSC) last June, along with four other member institutions in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education: Shippensburg, Clarion, Slippery Rock and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The goal of the partnership is to identify issues that slow down students on their way to graduation and find the pathways and support services that most effectively enable student success.

“SSC is a software platform that will help us analyze past student retention, performance and graduation data and facilitate questions that lead to an understanding of the factors that hinder success,” said Tom Fletcher, vice president for enrollment management. “The data SSC provides will give advisers the information they need to help students navigate course selections, choose majors and earn their degree.”

Why get involved with Professional U?

Professional U

At Bloomsburg University, interactive learning opportunities are everywhere for students to take advantage of outside the classroom. According to three students who have attended Professional U events in the past, they believe their progression in Professional U has undoubtedly guided them down the path to success in their future careers.

Amanda Kuzmak, junior accounting major, said being a part of Professional U has been the best stepping stone she could have asked for at Bloomsburg University.

“I began my journey with Professional U by attending workshops, which gave me great insight into what I could do to reach my goals in an efficient way,” she said.

Although some events are specific to certain majors, Kuzmak said that Professional U doesn’t gear every program toward any major in particular.

“Any student at Bloomsburg University can find a Professional U event that will help them in their college experience,” Kuzmak said. “The workshops are geared towards giving academic knowledge to any student’s career path.”

Kuzmak believes a student’s success is based on them.

“Many students get into their senior year and realize they are not prepared for their job search or the workforce,” Kuzmak said. “I started my interaction with Professional U early in my college career, and I already feel that I am prepared for the real world.”

How Professional U can help you!

Understanding the Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Job Shadowing Program

  • Monday, April 13 — 5 to 5:30 p.m., Student Services Center 004

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.