Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

It has been a tradition at Bloomsburg University to incorporate a Summer Assignment into the orientation events prior to the start of the fall semester. The purpose of the Summer Assignment is to orient new students to our academic community by having a common literacy experience with fellow classmates, faculty, staff, and upper-level students who serve as peer leaders.

During the Preview Days, you will learn about the Summer Assignment. Participation in the Summer Assignment is your first assignment as a Bloomsburg University student!

What are the requirements for this year’s Summer Reading Assignment?

ALL incoming first-year students, including those who took courses at Bloomsburg University during the Summer 2014, will do the following:

  • read an essay about doing good work at Bloomsburg University
  • write responses to a series of questions about a video
  • write a 300 to 500 word essay from a list of choices provided

When will the Summer Reading Assignment be available online?

The assignment will be available on BOLT around mid-July, an email will be sent to your Bloomsburg University email account (

What is BOLT and how do I access BOLT?

BOLT (Bloomsburg Online Learning and Technology) is an online course management system (similar to Blackboard or WebCT) that is used heavily by the faculty and students at Bloomsburg University. The Summer Reading Assignment will be posted to BOLT as a way to orient you to this technology, as you will likely use the BOLT system in most, if not all, of your courses.

Follow this link to access BOLT: You will need the following student login information to access BOLT:

Help is available on the website or you may call 570-389-2888 during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

When is the Summer Reading Assignment due?

All parts of the assignment (as posted on BOLT) must be submitted through BOLT on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 by 4 p.m.

What will happen if I do not complete the Summer Reading Assignment?

If you fail to submit the Summer Assignment by Friday, August 8, at 4:00 p.m., a hold placed will be placed on your record which will prevent course registration and may interrupt your financial support.

Who will see my completed Summer Reading Assignment?

Responses that you provide will be accessible to the Coordinator of New Freshmen Orientation (Mrs. Kristin Austin) and the Bloomsburg University Good Work team under the supervision of Dr. Mary Katherine Duncan and Dr. Jennifer A. Johnson.

If I cannot find the answer to my question here, to whom should I direct my inquiry?

Kindly send your questions to

— Created by the Bloomsburg University Good Work Team