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Conversations for the Common Good

Bloomsburg University presents “Conversations for the Common Good,” taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. “Conversations” is a civil discourse, civic engagement, and interdisciplinary event to promote dialogue that unites and bridges political and social divides featuring keynote speakers Lata Nott, Dave Janoski, Kara Schultz, and Joar Dahn. Event co-sponsor, WVIA-TV, will record the event for broadcast at a later date.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. It prohibits any laws that establish a national religion, impede the free exercise of religion, abridge the freedom of speech, infringe upon the freedom of the press, interfere with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibit citizens from petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted into the Bill of Rights in 1791.

Conversations for the Common Good

Welcome to a different world

Moving to a city as large and fast-paced as Washington, D.C., for a semester can be a huge leap for any college student but for Deanna Campion, it was a welcomed challenge. Campion, a senior dual political science and communication studies major, is interning with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice this fall through The Washington Center — a nonprofit organization affiliated with Bloomsburg University that provides immersive internships and academic seminars in Washington, D.C.

I chose this internship, because their views on social justice issues align closely with mine,” Campion said of the coalition, which works to prevent juveniles from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when they to enter the justice system. “I would be proud to work for an organization that fights for people who may not be able to do so on their own.”

Deanna Campion

Keystone Auto internship program leads to job opportunities

Walk the halls of Keystone Automotive in Exeter and there is a good chance you’ll bump into a Bloomsburg University graduate or a current student. That’s because just in the past year 12 students have landed internships and full-time jobs with Keystone Automotive. Adam Schultz, a 2016 graduate and data analyst for the company, is in charge of the warehouse internship program. “We mainly recruit supply chain students but are open to all business students.” Schultz says, “It’s very flexible. We’re looking for students who want to be leaders, are ambitious, and self-starting.”

Keystone Automotive offers a full-time internship experience in the summer and winter for students. These individuals get the opportunity to experience various aspects of the warehouse management including inventory control, human resources, report creation and many more.

Keystone Automotive Internship Program

Ready to see the world

Elayne Che is ready for her “Lizzie McGuire” moment. The junior Bloomsburg University psychology major is also set to see the world. Well, first it will be Europe this fall while studying abroad at the University of Essex in England.

“I was scared at first but glad I’m finally doing it,” said Che, also a Board of Governors scholar and orientation workshop leader. “I want to see the world, and the opportunity has presented itself.”

Che is joining three other BU students this fall in England taking college classes and exploring different parts of Europe to include Germany, Italy and Spain. Specifically, she plans to continue work on her Spanish minor, study sociology, race and gender, as well as possibly a course in trauma in groups and organizations.

England Study Abroad

CSA student presents educational session on Anchor Program

Emily Bruno, M.Ed. ’19, a student in the College Student Affairs graduate program, will present an educational session at the annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers in Erie.

“Summer Bridge Programs: Connecting Foster Youth to Higher Education” will provide information about BU’s Anchor Program, which engages youth, ages 15 to 18, involved in the Pennsylvania foster care system in a week-long summer residential college life experience on the Bloomsburg campus. Bruno will highlight the key concepts in a summer bridge program for foster youth and explore the success rates of students attending these types of programs.

Emily Bruno

IT intern discovers new corporate career option

An internship with PPL Electric Utilities opened the eyes of Bloomsburg University ITM senior to alternate career opportunities and helped her prepare for the semester ahead. For Laura Bruaw, summer mornings kicked off at sunrise in PPL's IT department helping users with technical issues involving Office 365 — monitoring emails, calls, a Teams site where users can report issues and met with the Office 365 team to receive updates on the status of upgrading users from Office 2010 to Office 365.

“I feel like I grew so much professionally over the course of this internship, which will definitely help me in the future,” she said. “At first, I was uncomfortable in the corporate environment, but I now feel as though I am more confident, especially in my business communication skills which will be helpful no matter where I go from here.”

Information Technology Internship

Chinese majors find home in China

Two former Chinese majors have discovering professional opportunities related to their previous study abroad experiences in the Far East. Ann Cimera and Ashabria Mangum have landed teaching positions, one at English First International Company and the other a language teacher at a high school. The alumnae express how crucial it is to have a Chinese background.

Whether it’s living in China or traveling, Chinese is everywhere and there is a time when you will need it, they said. Going through culture shock and having that background makes the life after college simpler.

Starting a new career in China was nervous for both of them but when they started their jobs they felt relieved thanks to the help from BU’s Chinese program. Studying Chinese helped them get into something they never had thought of before!

China Study Abroad


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Faculty Scholarship

Barry Minemyer

Barry Minemyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematical and digital sciences, will have a research paper published in "London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series," October 2018. According to Cambridge University, "This volume consists of eleven peer-reviewed papers on some of the most recent developments at the interface of topology and geometric group theory. The authors have given particular attention to clear exposition, making this volume especially useful for graduate students and for mathematicians in other areas interested in gaining a taste of this rich and active field." A wide cross-section of topics in geometric group theory and topology are represented, including Minemyer's paper, "Intrinsic Geometry of a Euclidean Simplex".

Brian C. Johnson

Brian C. Johnson, Ph.D., instructor of academic enrichment, Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellow, recently had his latest book, “Reel Big Bullies: Teaching to the Problem,” with James Vines published by Brill. Using clips from Hollywood blockbusters like Knocked Up, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Benchwarmers and others, Reel Big Bullies is designed to help students, administrators, teachers and counselors create a safer school environment for all students. It’s also intended to help all students understand the terrible toll bullying can take on its targets, and to encourage students to stand up for their classmates who are being bullied.

Kathy Kollar-Valovage

Kathy Kollar-Valovage, MS, MSIT, CCEP, BU Testing Center coordinator, co-presented an educational session, “Creating Your Ideal Test Center” at the National College Testing Association Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.. Presenters were chosen based on experience with facility renovation and relocation. This past summer the Testing Center was appointed to serve on the NCTA’s test center certification committee. As part of the Professional Services Division of NCTA, this committee focuses on the promotion of professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs. By encouraging self-study and adherence to professional standards, test center certification is designed to assist test centers in improving their testing processes and their service to examinees. It takes an institution six months to a year to complete the test center certification process.