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Special topics course heads to California for field study

There will be a beach but no time for sunbathing or wave jumping. Also included are trips to a national park, a desert adventure and even an island visit. Sounds like a perfect vacation but in fact it’s the itinerary for Bloomsburg University’s unique summer course, Special Topics in Field Geology (EGGS 330).

Ten students and three professors have embarked on a journey to southern California for the next two weeks to study geological anomalies, interesting rock formations and study state and federally owned lands. Some of the sites they’ll visit include Joshua Tree National Park, Crystal Cove State Park, Dana Point, the Anza-Borrego Desert, the Mojave Desert and Santa Catalina Island.

Special Topics in Field Geology

Recent graduate nominated for national rugby honor

Newly minted BU graduate Atalyia Eisenhauer is one of 19 individuals nominated for the 2019 Penn Mutual Life of Significance award. Now it its fifth year, the award highlights how college rugby players demonstrate the values of integrity, respect, loyalty and community in their everyday lives.

Eisenhauer, who recently graduated with history and secondary education degrees, teaches at North Central Secure Treatment Unit, an all-girls juvenile detention center to help educate youth. Last summer, she taught low-income students in Newark, N.J. at North Star Academy Charter School through the Uncommon Schools Organization. On top of her teaching experience, she volunteers for the local ASPCA, Camp Victory, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Friends of the Poor Food Shelter, and as an assistant coach for a teen travel softball team.

Atalyia Eisenhauer

BU holds 150th commencement ceremonies

A total of 1,550 undergraduates received diplomas this spring during BU’s 150th commencement ceremonies at Redman Stadium for the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology and the Zeigler College of Business.

“Each one of you are success stories and are what BU stands for,” Greenstein said. “Be proud of your accomplishments. This is not the end but another beginning.”

“This university has transformed our lives, and we are so incredibly grateful,” said Michael Boguski ‘85. “I believe the Class of 2019 being honored today will be transformative and will represent this university in a manner we can all beam with pride and joy.”

Spring Commencement

Graduate Commencement

A total of 143 graduate degrees were conferred, including 19 doctorate degrees, this spring during Bloomsburg University’s commencement ceremony for the School of Graduate Studies in Haas Center for the Arts.

“Commencement is always a bittersweet event,” said Bashar Hanna, president of Bloomsburg University. “The word ‘commencement’ signifies both a beginning and an end. We understand that for many of you, this ceremony represents the closing of an important chapter in your lives as students at Bloomsburg. You will be saying goodbye to dear friends and a way of life you might never experience again. And yet commencement is the beginning of your next chapter!”

Graduate Commencement

SEKISUI partners with Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University Foundation announces that SEKISUI SPI made a $500,000 gift to construct a state-of-the-art professional experience workspace for students in downtown Bloomsburg.

“For us, it was an easy decision,” said SEKISUI President and Chief Operations Officer Ronn Cort. “We already partner with the university in campus events, panels and professional development opportunities for students. Our deeper connection to BU and the local community is part of our business strategy. We were considering building a space like this at one of our manufacturing campuses, but when we learned of BU’s plans for a Professional Experience Lab at the Greenly Center, we thought it would make perfect sense to help them build it there. This allows us to enhance our partnership with BU while also helping them to better serve students, the community and local businesses.”

SEKISUI

Campus Construction Activity

The attached campus maps show the facilities planning and construction project sites for 2019. The intent of the general map is to identify the locations and dates of areas that will be affected, as well as note a brief project description. As always, some projects will affect pedestrian and vehicular movements more than others. Several of the projects shown are current construction projects that will be ongoing in 2019.

Campus Construction

Phi Sigma Iota inducts new members

During its spring 2019 induction ceremony, Bloomsburg University’s Iota Theta Chapter welcomed nine students to membership in Phi Sigma Iota. The ceremony was conducted by faculty members Jesús Salas-Elorza, Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesús, and Patricia Dórame-Holoviak, faculty advisor.

The following new members were initiated: (L-R) Brittany Goris, Joseph Reed, Steven Lopez, and Jonathan Calcano; (L-R) Adriana Diaz, Elayne Che, Arabeska Cruz, Brianna Belzner, and Ayalibis Cruz. During the 2018-19 academic year, Iota Theta Chapter Senior Presentation Series included the following presenters: Jade A. Hensinger (“Spanish in Medical Care), Michael Quaranto (“Norilsk and Barrow, similar conditions, dissimilar supply chains”), and Nicholas McGuire (“Comparing the Governments of Spain and Argentina”).

International Foreign Language Honor Society

 

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Faculty Scholarship

Michael Martin

Michael Martin, associate professor of English, and Ruth Beerman assistant professor of communication studies at Randolph-Macon College, presented their work "Activism, Persistence, and Identity: Ostomy Selfies as a Form of Resistance to Dominant Body Ideologies" at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Conference in Lake Tahoe. Their work is forthcoming as a chapter in an edited collection of conference papers in a book titled Nevertheless, We Persisted: Living Feminist Politics.

Barry Minemyer

Barry Minemyer, assistant professor of mathematics and digital sciences, recently have a presentation entitled, “Real hyperbolic hyperplane complements in the complex hyperbolic plane” at a joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in Baltimore. AMS supports the mathematical sciences by providing access to research, professional networking, conferences and events, and a connection to a community passionate about mathematics and its relationship to other disciplines and everyday life. MAA is a professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible to undergraduates.

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesús

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesús, professor of language and cultures, participated in the College Board Spanish CLEP standard-setting study as a juror and writing collaborator for the new Writing Exam rubric, ETS Princeton, N.J. She published the article “Concierto para Leah (Mayra Landa): La metáfora de la muerte de una familia judía” in Descifrando Latinoamérica: género, violencia y testimonio., Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos. She also participated as an external promotion reviewer for a Spanish professor seeking promotion at the Oklahoma State University.

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 state and local agencies.

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. PETE&C is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more.