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Allentown Partnership Alumni

Summer bound, Allentown to Bloomsburg

Among the benefits the Act 101/Equal Opportunity Program provides is the opportunity for selected Bloomsburg University freshmen to get a jump-start on college life prior to the fall semester. As they near the end of their Act 101 summer experience Mia Medina and Francisco Rivera both agree. However, they got their first true taste of BU last year.

They were among a group of rising seniors on campus with the Bloomsburg-Allentown Partnership, an annual two-week residential program designed to excite and prepare high school students for college. Each say the partnership was a big help to them in not only getting focused for college but choosing the right fit.

“Last summer was real nice,” said Rivera, a biology/pre-medicine major. “It introduced us to the professors and others on campus who provide support to the students. It’s been great seeing those same professors and support system in place for us this summer.”

Allentown Partnership Program

Medina, a criminal justice major, added, “From the first time I stepped foot on campus, it felt like home. I knew I would be comfortable, so seeing what it was like for two weeks made sense. I connected well with everyone last summer. It made my decision easy.”

Partnership provides path to college

A group of rising seniors from the Allentown School District got a sneak peek at college life through the virtual eyes of a Bloomsburg University student, participating in workshops and hands-on learning activities while also living in the dorms. Their campus experience was made possible by the Bloomsburg-Allentown Partnership, an annual two-week residential program designed to excite and prepare high school students for college.

BU students are key components to the partnership serving as program assistants, mentoring the high-schoolers throughout the experience to include their time in the dorms and in between academic activities. The mentors are trained prior to address basic health and safety issues, personal growth and to promote friendship among the entire group.

Jazz Ensemble takes on Europe

Jazz Ensemble Montreux

Bloomsburg University’s Jazz Ensemble — made up of 25 musicians — is performing at the 49th annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland this month. Led by Stephen Clickard, professor of music and director of BU’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Jazz Ensemble features students majoring in music and other disciplines.

“I just experienced the best performance of my life at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy,” said Samantha Paszkiel, music education major. “The energy between the band and the audience was awe inspiring. If I could do that every night of my life I would.”

To earn the invitation to perform at the festival, Clickard submitted a 20-minute recording of the group performing.

“When I decided to go back to school, my wildest dreams didn’t include this,” said Debbie Skripkunis, music major. “One word doesn’t began to describe what I felt last night, so I’ll settle for incredible!”

New deans arrive on campus

College Deans

New deans assumed leadership of two colleges at Bloomsburg University this summer. Robert Aronstam (left) came to campus on July 1 as dean of the College of Science and Technology. Jeffrey Krug (right) became dean of the College of Business on June 1.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Krug and Dr. Aronstam,” said BU President David Soltz. “Their leadership will ensure our graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce or continue their education in graduate programs. I look forward to working with them as part of the academic leadership team.”

A native of State College, Krug came to BU from Loyola University New Orleans, where he held the Jack and Vada Reynolds Chair in International Business and served as associate dean of graduate programs.

“I am truly impressed by the dedication of faculty to their students, the beauty of the campus and the Bloomsburg area,” said Krug. “I see many opportunities for improving program quality, increasing awareness of the BU brand, and elevating the stature of Bloomsburg’s College of Business.”

Aronstam came to BU from Missouri University of Science and Technology where he was professor and chair of the department of biological sciences and director of Missouri S&T cDNA Resource Center, a non-profit service that provides clones of human proteins.

“Bloomsburg University is filled with creative, productive and caring people,” Aronstam said. “Bloomsburg offers a challenging and supportive academic community that values learning, discovery and service, and is vitally concerned with the success of its students, faculty and staff. I am very, very happy to be here, and proud to be a member of this community.”

Fall 2015 campus parking permit registration

Fall Parking Permits

Online vehicle registration will begin on Monday, Aug. 3, for parking permits for commuters and residents for the spring semester. Please apply through bloomsburg.thepermitstore.com. Each student is responsible to pay $3.50 shipping and handling fee when prompted during the ordering process.

Please use only your BU student email address when applying for a permit. You will need your Student Husky ID number in order to place your order as well. When entering your mailing address for the school; please use the same address that you use in ISIS.

Once your permit application has been approved, a temporary parking permit is made available for immediate parking privilege. Please print the temporary permit and place it on the dash of your vehicle while your permit is in transit. You should receive your parking permit via US Mail within five to seven business days.

Your temporary parking permit will allow you to park in the designated area that the permit is approved for. The temporary parking permit is valid for a period of 10 days. If you have not received your actual parking decal in the mail at this point, please contact the Bloomsburg University Police Department at 570-389-4168.

Computer science program preps student for internship

Brian Fekete

No need to wait until your senior year to get an internship on your resume, according to Brian Fekete, a computer science major. In fact, he says the earlier the better … even the summer following your sophomore year.

“My goal was to get an internship as early as possible,” said Fekete, who is interning at the Lincoln Financial Group in Greensboro, N.C., as part of its web hosting team. “This opportunity will help me decide on what career path I want to pursue, whether it’s web system administration or software engineering.”

Fekete is assisting LFG’s web team manage its web systems administration using Puppet and Ruby programming languages. Getting a chance to work directly with two different coding programs in a real-world setting, according to Fekete, was not intimidating because of exposure he already received in the classroom.

“BU’s computer science program taught me how to be proficient in more than one language,” Fekete said. “This gave me the ability to learn new languages faster.”

Writing Center opens door to Reading Partners

Writing Center Program

There’s more to Bloomsburg University’s Writing Center than writing. Its new Reading Partners program is proving just that. Starting this summer the Writing Center expanded its writing assistance to help students learn to work with and better understand reading material. The new program features tutors who help students develop stronger reading comprehension and learn effective reading strategies.

According to Ted Roggenbuck, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center, the reading program uses two methods that were created by student tutors themselves to improve reading comprehension. These methods rely on simple techniques involving active reading and “They say/ I say” techniques to help students learn to dissect and comprehend what they read without the material being spoon-fed to them by the tutors.

Reading Partners is held in the Writing Center, Bakeless 206, Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Updated hours will be scheduled for the fall. Roggenbuck said students are encouraged to make an appointment. However, walk-ins are always welcome.

EGGS major sees future coming into focus with internship

Geography and Planning Internship

Haley Giannone has a passion for the environment and loves to get her hands dirty. So, a summer internship with the Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation near Wilkes-Barre was the perfect match for this geography and planning major.

“I like hands-on learning,” said Giannone, who is assisting EPCAMR in mine map scanning and with several environmental education programs. “Also, I wanted to gain more experience in the environmental field.”

Among her internship activities have included:

  • developing educational materials for programs, such as tie dye workshops
  • working with GIS
  • helping with stream assessments
  • monitoring, creating iron oxide pigment products
  • helping with conferences

“Things I’ve already learned in class I’ve actually used or have come across like my Principles of GIS course and two planning courses,” Giannone said. “So when they talk about certain things at EPCAMR I actually know what they are talking about, or I can give suggestions and participate in the conversation.”

Summer feeding program serves Upward Bounders

Upward Bound Summer Program

Bloomsburg University's TRiO Upward Bound Program — a federally funded program for low income and/or first generation college-bound high school, serving students from Columbia, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties. — provides free meals to eligible students through the U.S.D.A. Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program is designed to provide nutritious meals to eligible students during the summer for those who may not get one because school is not in session. During Upward Bound’s residential, six-week Summer Academy, 27 local high school students are served three meals a day at the Scranton Commons, which is designated as a closed site.

The Summer Academy combines concentrated academic work plus structured and optional recreational activities to help students prepare for college while meeting academic, social or personal needs. During the academic year, TRiO Upward Bound serves 92 participants across eight local high schools including Berwick, Mahanoy, Pottsville, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Milton, Shikellamy, and Shamokin.

TRiO Student Support Services grant refunded

Bloomsburg University's TRiO SSS grant has been refunded for another five-year cycle. TRiO's mission is to contribute to the success of BU students in pursuit of their educational career and life goals. TRiO is committed to increasing retention and graduation through:

  • personalized supportive, proficient and accessible program services and staff
  • quality advising, tutoring, teaching and advocacy
  • acknowledgement and appreciation for individual diversity and resilience

TRiO services provided include:

  • academic tutoring with master tutors in English/writing, study skills, math, sciences, social sciences, business, accounting and more ...
  • individual confidential advisement for academics, personal concerns, financial issues, etc.
  • group preparation for APA formatting, PRAXIS and GRE
  • quiet study areas with computer access