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Chancellor to Visit Campus on Thursday

Chancellor Daniel Greenstein will visit campus on Thursday, April 25. An open forum to include students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and elected officials, will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. Read the chancellor’s latest blog about the importance of these campus visits.

Daniel Greenstein

Collaborative research gets published in widely read math journal

James Sharpe, a senior mathematics major, and Chris Lynd, an associate professor of mathematics, recently had their research published in the latest edition of The American Mathematical Monthly. This is the most widely read math journal in the world, according to Lynd. Their paper is titled, “Sequences Generated by Powers of the kth-order Fibonacci Recurrence Relation.”

Lynd said James used his computer programming skills to perform computer simulations of sequences generated by Fibonacci recurrence relations. Modifying the computer program allowed him to experiment with Fibonacci recurrence relations of higher order and allowed him to experiment with different exponents in the equation, Lynd added.

Research published in The American Mathematical Monthly

New guidelines for bags allowed at commencement

Bloomsburg University is announcing guidelines for the size and type of bags to be permitted at its 2019 spring commencement ceremonies at both the Haas Center for the Arts and Redman Stadium on May 10-11. The guidelines are being instituted to help provide a safer environment for students, family members and guests and to expedite entry into the facilities for the commencement ceremonies.

Prohibited bags/items include, but are not limited to large purses, strollers, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, diaper bags, wrapped gifts, computer bags and camera bags. Seat cushions and seatbacks are also not permitted. Items needed for babies and small children must be in a clear bag.

Spring Commencement

Sigma Tau Delta inducts new members

loomsburg University’s Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society recently inducted 18 new members during a gathering of inductees and members. Sigma Tau Delta celebrates students in all English tracks whom have demonstrated good scholarship and commitment to their chosen path in an English discipline. The ceremony was presided over by current president, Jose Gamboa.

(L-R) Bryant LeBeau, Katie Cassidy, Isabella Ligenza, and Clayton Newton; 2nd row: Lindsay Cocker and Angela Montano; 3rd row: Kristin Boyles, Riley McSorley, and Anna Olivieri; 4th row: Sherri Boyles and Joseph Peters, Last row: Allison Reed and Alexis Mucci. Not pictured: Marcus Morrison, Aaron Albertson, Samantha Bergen, Dana Rodriguez, and Kayleigh Shovlin.

Sigma Tau Delta

Steph Pettit to be awarded honorary doctorate

Bloomsburg University will award an honorary doctor of humane letters to Steph Pettit ’89 on Saturday, May 11, at the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts at Redman Stadium. Pettit graduated with a degree in mass communications and was a four-year member of the Huskies football team. He was part of the 1985 Huskies football team that won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title and was the first team in school history to win 12 games.

“Steph Pettit has been a wonderful friend to Bloomsburg University over the years,” said Bashar W. Hanna, university president. “Through his generous support, so many of our students have achieved the dream of a college degree.”

Steph Pettit Honorary Doctorate

Chi Alpha Epsilon honors six new inductees

Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society recently hosted an induction ceremony for six new members, as well as additional honors for current members with stellar academic performance.

At the ceremony the NU Chapter recognized Act 101/EOP students who earned a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in two consecutive semesters, as a full-time student, and a current member who earned a pin upgrade due to an increase in their cumulative grade point average.

Chi Alpha Epsilon

Sales Team leaves mark on National Collegiate Sales Competition

After three long days of competing, Bloomsburg University's sales team recently finished off an impressive performance at National Collegiate Sales Competition hosted by Kennesaw State University in Georgia. BU placed fourth out of 75 national and international colleges and universities.

Carly Gregg finished second overall out of 150 students, while Anna Hershey reached the semifinals. In the graduate competition, Austin Collins won first place in round one and the graduate team of Austin Collins and Kim Oaster won third place overall. It was BU's best ever showing, according to Monica J. Favia, sales program director. NCSC is the oldest sales competition in the nation, now in its 21st year, Favia said.

National Collegiate Sales Competition

Husky Dog Pound draws largest field yet

More than 650 young entrepreneurs making up 70-plus teams were put to the test at Bloomsburg University’s third annual Husky Dog Pound — a Shark Tank-inspired business pitch competition hosted by the Zeigler College of Business with $20,000 in prizes.

The Husky Dog Pound competition gives students in middle school, high school and BU students of all majors a chance to pitch business ideas to teams of judges with the winning middle school/high school team taking home $1,000. Second place won $750, followed by $500 for third and $250 for fourth through 10th place. University winners took home $3,500 for first place, $2,500 for second, $1,700 for third, $1,300 for fourth, and $1,000 to round out the top five.

Husky Dog Pound

Women's History Month Book Club

In recognition of Women's History Month, Melissa Cheese, assistant professor of reading, sponsored a book club for undergraduate and graduate female students. The book selected was "Becoming Me by Michelle Obama." The sessions were designed to empower women by providing a safe space for talk around various themes revealed in the inspiring memoir.

As First Lady, Obama was the first African American to serve in that role and helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.

Women's History Book Club

Competition provides sneak peek into professional sales

It came down to 15 minutes. That’s what each of the three finalists of the annual Bloomsburg University/UPS Sales Competition were left with to land their final scenario of professional sales, face-to-face with a UPS role player. In total, 34 students put their sales talents to the test.

Britny Keyes, a senior, won the competition after finishing second last year. Alexandra Bukowski took home second place, and Jaclyn Hatton was the other finalist. In addition, the competition offered four different professional development sessions and a career far, as well as a networking event with industry professionals to include UPS, Tom James and Gartner.

Professional Sales Competition

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

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


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Faculty Scholarship

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 at the undergraduate level.

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.

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. The book will be titled Nevertheless, We Persisted: Living Feminist Politics.