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2016 Fall Senior Exit Show
Bloomsburg University’s fall Senior Exit Show opened last week in Haas Gallery or Art with a reception and a series of lectures from the exhibiting student artists. The on-campus show runs through Friday, Dec. 16.
Student Presenters — Amber Martin, art history major; Ellen Brennan, art studio major; Paul Gonzalez, art studio major; Emmalee Harris, art studio major; Lisa Kamarzel, art studio major; and Khairi Potter, art studio major.
The Exit Show is a senior’s final capstone requirement for graduation and includes a selection of their best works and research.
One step closer to graduation
One step closer for these Class of 2016 members as they were honored Tuesday night during the First World Graduation Ceremony by Bloomsburg University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
The bi-annual First World ceremony is celebrated each December and May to congratulate the achievements — academic and leadership roles — of BU’s multicultural students at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels.
Those honored were: Tyeriah Smith, KhaDeidra R Stuckey, Linda Ngohe Ehabil, Ajee Johnson, Raijene Dreuitt, Shirley Neequaye, Nana Yaw Effah, Khadijah Convington, Akia D. Williams, Irenes Sanchez, DuPrese Northern, Michael Morton-Brown, Ceirra Evans, and Daneisha Williams.
FOCUS concludes fall semester with campus service
Bloomsburg University’s Office of Cultural Affairs/ Student Support Services will be hosting Martin Harris, Sr., pastor of F.O.C.U.S. Young Adult Ministry at Bethel Deliverance International in Philadelphia for an on-campus church visit on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center for fellowship and Finals Week and holiday blessings. Free breakfast starting at 10:45 a.m. If you would like to take part in the program please contact Marcei Woods at 570-389-4091 for details.
Tri-Sigma set to "Take My Hand" in NYC
Lena Kaback has always been deeply impacted by the sight of homeless people on the street. Aware of how lucky she is to have a roof over her head and food to eat, the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority sister has always offered whatever she can to these individuals when she sees them. Kaback took her desire to help the homeless a step further this year by involving her sorority, which also strongly believes in giving back to those who are less fortunate.
“Being in college, having a roof to live under and having the support system we have as a sisterhood are all things we as a sorority are beyond grateful for,” Kaback said.
Through this philosophy of giving back, Kaback created the Take My Hand event. This event is a clothing and food drive to assist shelters and homeless people in New York City. The Tri-Sigma sisters will be taking a bus into Manhattan on Monday, Dec. 19, and walking all over the city to donate warm clothes, blankets, water, food, and care packages. If any supplies are left over from the donations collected, it will be given to the Covenant House, which is a shelter for kids and young adults that have suffered abuse, human trafficking, or abusive parents.
“This event gets us into the holiday spirit for a simple reason. Giving,” Kaback explains. “Giving will always be better than receiving.”
Marketing majors shine at AMA regional competition
Competing against the likes of Penn State, Maryland and Temple, teams of Bloomsburg University marketing majors showcased their talents placing second and third this fall at the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) fourth Annual Regional Case Competition at Johns Hopkins University.
The conference theme was “Play-By-Play of Sports Marketing.” As part of the conference, the students were challenged to create an advertising plan with a $5,000 budget for the sports app, TeamBuildr, which coaches and trainers use for all age groups to help develop and disperse workouts.
“We were asked to target the high school coaches in order to get more of them on board with purchasing the product,” said Sammi Maloof, junior marketing major, AMA social media chair. “Each group came up with different ideas and different plans.”
AMA Competing Groups
- Group 1: Lauren Falkow, Joshua Gross and Matt Cotter
- Group 2 (second place): Sammi Maloof, Nikki Slivka, Becka Mull, and Stef Haley
- Group 3: Lorraine Piccirillo, Katrina Eicholtz, and Lawren Harris
- Group 4 (third place): Matt Starcher, Sam Payson, and Vince Delucy
Nursing students help assess Montour County
Portions of Montour County are a little healthier now thanks to the work of a few Bloomsburg University nursing students, who spent this fall conducting a semester-long health promotion project.
“We identified health problems in those areas through intensive data analysis, key-informant interviews, and windshield surveys,” said Amanda McIntyre, senior nursing major concentrating in gerontology. “After all data was collected and organized, we developed a formal teaching plan based on community needs.”
McIntyre said this semester’s experience helped her and fellow nursing majors prepare for the nursing field by showing them how to identify health needs in specific populations, such as vulnerable populations (children, elderly, disabled), and rural community populations.
“As future nurses, we will be sure to assess the demographics of our patients and identify further needs related to health care beyond just disease process,” McIntyre said. “Part of being a competent, compassionate nurse is caring for the whole patient, the whole picture, rather than just treating illness.”
The senior nursing class will present their health promotion projects on Monday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. in the KUB Ballroom.
Forensics Team caps semester with Holiday Tourney
Bloomsburg University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently won the fifth place Team Sweepstakes award at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Annual Holiday Tournament held at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. BU competed against Brooklyn College, Davis and Elkins College, Florida College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College, Shepherd University, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and the University of Richmond.
A group of 12 students competed at the Holiday Tournament, including seven of whom won individual awards:
- Abbey Porambo: second in Poetry; fifth in After Dinner Speaking; fifth in Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado
- Jayleen Alvarado: second in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; third in Communication Analysis; fifth in Dramatic Duo with Abbey Porambo; sixth in Pentathlon
- Anna Scott: third in Informative; fifth Declamation
- Tarah Kelley: second in After Dinner Speaking; sixth in Declamation
- Alisa Evans: first in Best Parliamentary Debate Speaker
- Cameron Ostrowski: fifth in Single Dramatic Interpretation
- Deanna Campion: sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking
Theresa Clark, Tobias Sonnenberg, Stijn Gillaerts, Amy Bitar, and Thomas Weber also competed at the CFA Holiday Tournament.
Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV, director of forensics and chair of the Department of Political Science, served as a speech and debate judge at the competition. Four BU alumni — Delaney Hellman, Dan Pagana, Jackson Staples, and Charles Humphrys — also judged events at the tournament. Erin Brummett, assistant professor of communication studies, and Timothy Oleksiak, assistant professor of English, assist Strine with coaching students on the BU team.
Students share love of hacking
This Bloomsburg University club is making it cool to be nerdy. Just ask them.
“We’re a bunch really nerdy students, and we like to take our learning beyond the classroom," says Daniel Pany, senior computer science and digital forensics major, president of the Bloomsburg Cyber Defense Club (BCDC). BCDC focuses on studying hacking and security techniques, working to hone their skills for cyber defense competitions and their future in digital forensics.
“We get to play with a lot of cool toys and do nefarious acts in a controlled environment,” said Kyle Mumper, senior computer science and digital forensics major, club treasurer.
BCDC prepares for competitions like Cyber Seed, Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, and GrrCON, which allows them to build their network with professionals in the industry and also show what they have been training for in the competitions. According to Vincent Phan, senior digital forensics major, club secretary, he has learned things during the competitions that he might have not learned until his senior year.
“When I first started here I didn’t know anything,” Mumper said. “I had basic computer knowledge, but I’ve learned a lot in the classroom and even more through the club.”
Digital Forensics Club takes on GrrCON
This fall, the Bloomsburg Digital Forensic Club attended the GrrCON computer security conference for the third consecutive year with 34 students and an alum joining Phil Polstra, associate professor of digital forensics. It was Polstra’s fifth consecutive year as a speaker at this event.
GrrCON attracts speakers from around the world and features numerous speaking tracks, workshops, villages, and competitions. This year some new villages appeared, including an open hacking village, car hacking village, and Internet of Things (IoT) hacking village.
“My favorite highlight had to be learning at the car hacking village,” said Jesse Mancuso, a senior digital forensics major. “There are a lot of ‘villages’ that allow you to learn things like lock picking, wireless hacking, and car hacking."
As in years past, students spent many hours in these villages learning about new areas in security and forensics.
“This competition really opens your eyes as to how much information is available floating around the internet,” said Matthew Shafer, a senior digital forensics major. “Our society has sacrificed security for convenience, and it’s never more evident than when I can identify a target’s childhood pet’s nickname because one family member with an open social media account left a comment on a photo that was posted years earlier.”
Philadelphia’s Best Value: Center City MBA
As emerging robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality intensifying global and national competition, the Philadelphia region needs to rapidly work together to prepare its infrastructure, workforce and entrepreneurs for exponential change. The Philadelphia Acceleration Summit was part of Philadelphia’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week across 190 countries.
Bloomsburg University’s Center City MBA program was showcased by Jeffrey Krug, Dean, Zeigler College of Business, Bloomsburg University.
“More than ever, higher education needs to differentiate and produce measurable results for students and parents,” said Krug. “The MBA market is highly competitive. Our strong value, brand, flexible-offerings combined with our 50 percent lower tuition make Bloomsburg’s Center City MBA the best value in Philadelphia.”
Krug’s remarks highlighted the Center City MBA’s flexible offerings for students juggling busy jobs, families and responsibilities. The Bloomsburg Center City MBA programs are offered at 701 Market Street in Philadelphia and online.
“Bloomsburg means business,“ added Krug. "We are rapidly adjusting our programs to meet changing needs. Yes, our brand is strong, our programs are strong. But we are continually working with business leaders, alumni and friends of the University to make our programs even stronger."
Legacy of Leadership Awards
Bloomsburg University’s Dr. H Preston Herring Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate the former administrator’s most important leadership qualities, which include service, modesty, and commitment.
Hannah Breckinridge, a junior speech-language pathology major, represented just that last semester, earning the scholarship and a special recognition at the upcoming third annual Legacy of Leadership Awards.
“I felt very honored to receive this scholarship based off of how I perceive myself in my personal essay and through the volunteer work I have done throughout my time at Bloomsburg,” Breckinridge said. “I think I have gained so many leadership skills through attending workshops for CLE leadership certification, delivering workshops for my job at The Writing Center, and through my involvement with various clubs.”
The Dr. H Preston Herring Scholarship was founded as a tribute to Herring who served as vice president of student affairs for 15 years before passing away due to a battle with cancer in 2009. Ginny Herring created this scholarship in 2014 to honor her husband. She wanted to show that students like Breckinridge and the past recipients are appreciated and that they have not been overlooked. Nominations are being accepted until Jan. 22, 2017.
Bloomsburg University welcomes new Trustees
Two alumni will serve as newly selected members of Bloomsburg University's Council of Trustees. Edward G. Edwards, ’73, and Dr. Brian O’Donnell, ’87, were nominated and appointed by Governor Tom Wolf and approved by the Pennsylvania Senate on Oct. 25.
“We are honored to have Mr. Edwards and Dr. O’Donnell join the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees at this important time in the university’s history,” said Council Chairman Patrick Wilson. “Both men bring unique professional backgrounds and are committed to advancing the university’s mission to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment.”
Ed Edwards served as the president and CEO of Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth for 31 years. During much of that time he also served as an administrator of the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority. Edwards was instrumental in the recruitment of new businesses and assisted in the expansion of pre-existing industries in Columbia County. He secured more than $3 million in funding to create the Columbia County Business Park and obtained over $4 million in state and federal funding to create the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center in 2005.
Edwards served as chairman of the Industrial Modernization Center, which serves seven counties in Central Pennsylvania, and was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Council. A past chairman of the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, Edwards was one of the founders of the Chamber’s leadership development program, Leadership Central Penn, serving Columbia and Montour counties. Edwards graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and was honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005.
An optometrist serving the Wilkes-Barre area, Brian O’Donnell, O.D. received his master of science degree in audiology from Bloomsburg in 1987 and a doctorate of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1992. The founder of New Era Eye Care in Shavertown, O’Donnell is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. He serves his local community as a member of several boards and founded the Gift for Sight program, which aids underprivileged people with vision problems in three Northeastern Pennsylvania counties by having eye doctors donate a portion of their eyeglass sales.
O’Donnell has been in private practice for over two decades. He and his wife Marcy, who is also a Bloomsburg University graduate, have one son and reside in Luzerne County.
The Council of Trustees meets quarterly to review the administration, fiscal management and the physical plant of the university. Members are nominated by the governor with the approval and consent of the state senate.
Career boot camps set for spring semester
In today's competitive job market, employers are looking for more than just good grades. They want a clean, concise resume, an applicant who shows up prepared and confident, someone who articulates why they are a good candidate for the organization and an employee who performs in a professional manner.
Seniors and juniors can learn how to leverage skills and experiences to be successful in the transition from student to professional by attending a Career Intensive Boot Camp on Feb. 10 to 12 or March 3 to 5. Attendees will participate in 20-plus unique sessions, including: Compensation Considerations, Debunking the "Career Path" Myth, The Shocking Truth of Getting Hired, Making Connections on LinkedIn, 3 Mock Interviews, Office Communications, a Professional Etiquette Dinner and more.
There is also the opportunity to network with more than 60 alumni, organization representatives, faculty and staff. Sessions are held at the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg. Shuttle from campus is available. Space is limited.
Survey seeks opinions of freshmen, seniors
Each member of Bloomsburg University’s first-year and senior classes is invited to share opinions about his or her experiences at BU by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). According to Sheila Dove Jones, assistant vice president for planning and assessment, answers to the online survey will reveal students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Results will be used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.
Jones said several email messages containing a link to the survey will be sent to BU’s freshmen and seniors in February and March. She encourages students to respond by April 7.
In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey by April 7 will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win one of these 84 prizes: one $150 Amazon gift card, one of two $100 Amazon gift cards, one of nine $50 Amazon gift cards, one of three BU tailgate folding chairs, one of three BU stadium blankets, one of six BU travel mugs, one of five BU smartphone power banks, one of seven BU drawstring bags, one of 20 BU spirit flags, or one of 28 BU iPod armband holders. A student’s chances of winning depend on how many students complete the survey; the last time this survey was administered, 635 students responded. Thus, a student’s odds of winning are roughly 1 in 8. The Web version of the survey is available at www.nssesurvey.org.
“All student responses are valuable for helping us compare the experiences they report with those of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities,” Jones said. “The results will also indicate important trends in undergraduate education. More voices will make the results more valid.”
Approximately 4,000 BU students have been invited to participate. A total of 560 U.S. colleges and universities and approximately 322,500 first-year students and seniors participated in the 2016 survey.