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Economic Impact Study

Economic impact goes beyond students

In just one year, Bloomsburg University added more than $350 million to the economy of Northeastern Pennsylvania, but that figure only scratches the surface of the school’s true value.

The vibrations from the economic and opportunity engine created by the university go far beyond the spending and positive social impact of its approximately 10,000 full- and part-time students and 1,000 faculty and staff, according to a study by Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists International. From helping to create a more productive workforce to being a magnet that attracts new businesses and industry, BU’s benefits touch every corner of the state.

Campus hosts 25th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference

Virginia Woolf

Nearly 250 scholars will attend the 25th annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf hosted by Bloomsburg University from Thursday through Sunday, June 4 to 7. Following the theme Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, the conference will include a number of events open to the public, including:

  • An international art exhibit at the Greenly Center, 50 E. Main St., displaying about 50 works, opening with a reception Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge.
  • A fiction reading by British novelist Maggie Gee and a poetry reading with Cynthia Hogue Thursday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Main and Iron Streets. Open to the public free of charge.
  • A theatrical reading of “Septimus and Clarissa” by Ellen McLaughin by members of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and the playwright Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St. A Mrs. Dalloway Party, based on one of Virginia Woolf’s best-known novels, will be held at the theatre following the reading. Attendees are invited to wear costumes for the evening’s party. A fee will be charged for the reading and party.

The first international conference held at BU, the event will feature 150 research papers presented by professors and scholars from around the world. Among the scholars attending will be 22 Bloomsburg and Berwick high school students, as well as 30 students from BU. Students from 10 universities from across the country will present research papers on Saturday.

Three plenary dialogues, roundtable discussions, poetry and fiction readings, an art exhibit, and the launch of a new journal, Feminist Modernist Studies, are some of the highlights of the conference. The finale will be a Saturday evening banquet with Cecil Woolf, the nephew of Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard. Also attending the banquet will be Jean Moorcroft Wilson, biographer, literary critic and wife of Cecil Woolf.

Great STEM Adventure Camp set for campus

Math and Science Summer Experience

Adventure awaits young science enthusiasts at Bloomsburg University’s summer camp for middle and high school students, specializing in the exploration and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The camp will run from June 22 to 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $150 per person. Lunch and snacks are included. Scholarships are available.

The Great STEM Adventure Camps will offer three programs for middle through high school students, focusing on the different aspects of STEM. BU students and faculty members Scott Inch, professor of digital forensics; Cynthia Surmacz, professor of biological and allied health sciences; and Kevin Williams, associate professor of biological and allied health sciences, will lead sessions.

  • Campers entering fifth and sixth grades will explore the basics of geography and the environment with hands-on learning activities. They will work with the environment around them, both in the lab and field, as well as gain experience using data loggers and other scientific equipment to examine plants and their chlorophyll to learn about photosynthesis.
  • Campers entering seventh and eighth grades will investigate the human brain and human DNA using mathematics and science skills. Participants will work with fingerprinting and brain wave activity, as well as becoming involved with environmental biology.
  • Campers entering ninth and 10th grades will use computer and mathematical skills to learn programming, criminal investigation, and how to decrypt code. These activities are designed to hone the campers’ math skills to better prepare them for high school studies.
  • Local art students win BU scholarships

    High School Art Winners

    Danville Area High School student Hadley Wiktor won first prize in a portfolio review by faculty from Bloomsburg University’s Department of Art and Art History. As first-place winner, Wiktor received a $1,500 tuition scholarship to BU to major in art.

    Other winners in the portfolio review were:

    • Linda Yang, also of Danville Area High School, second prize, a $1,000 scholarship to study art at BU
    • Vincent Kuhar, Bloomsburg Area High School, third prize, a $500 tuition scholarship to BU

    Receiving honorable mention were Rachel Snyder and Ahlena Davies, both from Danville Area High School; Olivia Greene, Southern Columbia Area High School; and Evie Allport, Bloomsburg Area High School.

    Other participants in the portfolio review were Kayley Dillon and Breanna Fowler, both from Bloomsburg Area High School; Lexus Mordan and Briana Wakefield, both from Millville High School; Julia Shipe, Danville Area High School; and Savannah Scherer, Southern Columbia Area High School.

    Artwork by all of the participants in the portfolio review will be on display in BU’s Haas Gallery of Art until June 15, and in the Stairwell Gallery of The Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg from June 29 to Aug. 14.

    The portfolio review and tuition scholarship program is possible thanks to the generosity of a Bloomsburg community donor who was inspired by First Columbia Bank’s Teen Star Competition.

    Huskies shine in Douglass Debate Society competition

    Douglass Debate Society

    Nearly 20 students representing Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Millersville and Shippensburg competed this past spring in a Douglass Debate Society daylong debate at Bloomsburg University. The society, a component of the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative, encourages students to apply critical thinking skills, hone their ability to craft arguments and to consider topics in their full complexity — all key to responsible and engaged citizenship.

    Students engaged in policy debate through cross-examination rounds designed to encourage them to consider all sides of an issue, develop their abilities to listen attentively, and reinforce the importance of critical thinking and analysis of arguments and evidence.

    Dinah Haywood and Hope Foy, of Millersville University, advanced through the field and were crowned debate champions. BU’s Stefon Brown and Jordan Kennedy finished second. Individual speaker awards were given to Feben Whitaker and David Canady, of East Stroudsburg University.

    Beta Gamma Sigma recognized as an outstanding chapter

    Beta Gamma Sigma

    Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was recently awarded the 2015 Outstanding Chapter-Honorable Mention Award. This past year, the chapter inducted six faculty, a MBA student, 21 seniors and 43 juniors.

    With its award, the chapter receives a $500 scholarship for its members. The chapter was one of two Honorable Mention awardees chosen out of 500-plus collegiate chapters worldwide.

    Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

    Faculty promotions and tenure

    Faculty Promotions

    These faculty have been granted promotion effective Fall 2015.

    Faculty Promoted to Professor — Clay Corbin, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Sheng Ding, Political Science; Heather Feldhaus, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice; Victoria Geyfman, Finance; Jason Godeke, Art and Art History; Christian Grandzol, Management and Marketing; Paul Loomis, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics; Steven Rier, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline, History; Thomas Starmack, Teaching and Learning.

    Faculty Promoted to Associate Professor — Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Exceptionality Programs
    Todd Campbell, Music, Theatre and Dance; David Heineman, Communication Studies; Doreen Jowi, Communication Studies; Molly Marnella, Teaching and Learning; Michael Stephans, Math; Anna Turnage, Communication Studies; Jennifer Venditti-Roadarmel, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Jennifer Whisner, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences.

    These faculty have been granted tenure effective Fall 2015: Anna Turnage, Communication Studies, and Jennifer Venditti-Roadarmel, Biological and Allied Health Sciences.