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Checkin'-in with Husky Nation on mental health and wellness

Healthy Husky will host next week Fresh Check Day — a concept created by The Jordan Porco Foundation to bring the campus community together to "check-in" on the mental health and wellness of college students. Fresh Check Day will take place on Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in KUB Multipurpose A&B in collaboration with the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support. The check-in will feature interactive exhibits combined with food, prizes, and giveaways. The booths feature peer-to peer messaging in a positive, community-focused setting.

That night Scott Prendergast, of Minding Your Mind, will join us at 6:30 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom to discuss depression and mental health. He will discuss his own personal experiences with depression throughout his high school and college years and how he turned his world around by incorporating positivity into his life.

Fresh Check Day

NSSE: Tell us what you think

Freshmen and seniors complete the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement online survey by April and be entered into a drawing to receive one of these gifts: $100, &50, $25 Amazon gift cards; BU cell phone card holders; BU coffee mug; BU drawstring bags; BU iPod armband holders; BU koozie can holders; BU lanyards, PopSockets cell phone grips; BU smartphone power banks; BU spirit flags; BU travel mug.

Through its student survey, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

NSSE Survey

CATCH draws nearly 50 hiring school districts to campus

BU’s College of Education in collaboration with Professional U recently hosted its annual Collaborating to Assist Teacher Candidate Hiring (CATCH) Conference for nearly 130 current student teachers. More than 100 education professionals representing 45 school districts — some as far away as Alaska — were on hand recruiting the soon-to-be graduates.

In addition, the conference offered a morning panel with administrators followed by three tracks of alumni teacher panels, focusing on early childhood/elementary, middle level and secondary level. Students then prepared for the Education Expo through round table discussions: How to “sell” your experience to recruiters.

CATCH Conference

Frisbee club player enjoys “Ultimate” mission trip

Danielle Hoover discovered a passion for helping people on her first-ever mission trip as a 12-year-old. It’s been a love of hers ever since. Interestingly, after a few years between missions an important aspect of Hoover’s life at Bloomsburg University played a useful role in her latest trip.

“It’s one thing to hear about the struggles of a country like Haiti, but it’s completely different to experience it,” said Danielle Hoover, a junior English major. “One experience that really stuck with me, is serving the community meals. The way the members of the community asked us to serve them is to serve their children first. If we were to run out of food before all of the adults were served that was okay to them, because their children got to eat that day.”

Haiti Mission Trip


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Michael Ruffini

Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., professor of educational technology, presented a poster and presentation "Flipped Classroom and Camtasia” at The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology hardware, software and integration strategies in education. The conference was held from Feb. 10 to 13 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

Cheryl Jackson

Cheryl Jackson, assistant professor in nursing, gave a presentation on implicit bias and its effect on delivery entitled, "Bias. Who Me?" at the 16th annual Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Conference. PCNP is the state organization that promotes and protects the practice of over 12,400 Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) in Pennsylvania.

Mehdi Razzaghi

Mehdi Razzaghi, professor of of mathematics and digital sciences, published a paper entitled, “Bayesian Model Averaging for Benchmark Dose Analysis in Developmental Toxicology”, in Applied Mathematics and Information Sciences. This work was done in collaboration with a mathematician at University of Bahrain, the largest public university in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Jennifer Haney

Jennifer Haney, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental, geographical, and geological sciences, recently received recognition from the International Association of Emergency Managers as a certified emergency manager, a designation currently held by fewer than 2,000 people. Emergency managers are professionals who help plan for and take action during natural disasters and man-made emergencies. This certification will help Haney and the department develop closer ties with emergency managers in Columbia County and other agencies.