News and Events

IT intern helps create eLearning lessons for NASA

As NASA’s crew on the International Space Station becomes increasingly better at their jobs, a recent instructional technology graduate can take pride in knowing he played a role in that. Patrick Berridge ’17, '19M, spent the past academic year as an intern with the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, working in the Flight Operations Directorate with the Distance Learning Lab. There he helped create eLearning lessons for the International Space Station and crew.

“Honestly, it’s been incredible experience,” Berridge says. “My favorite moments come from touring the facility and getting an up-close look at things like the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and Mission Control. I’m grateful to have met a ton of brilliant people who aspire to advance our knowledge of space.”

NASA Internship

Phi Beta Lambda showcases talent on national stage

Twelve members of Bloomsburg University’s Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda and their advisor, Mark L. Usry, associate professor of business law, joined more than 1,000 other students at the recent PBL National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The students qualified for the conference by placing first or second in their competitive events at the Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference this past spring. Competitive events include analyzing cases in areas such as forensic accounting and entrepreneurship, sales competition, help desk and customer service, impromptu speaking, and competitive examinations.

Phi Beta Lambda

Pre-med major interns in Kenya thanks to PEG award

Allison Sowers developed a deeper understanding of herself and the world she lives in during a recent internship with International Medical Aid (IMA) in Mombasa, Kenya. Sowers, a biology and pre-medical sciences major, spent three weeks in Kenya working with IMA at the Coast Provincial General Hospital.

“My biggest take away from going there might sound cliché, but the IMA internship taught me that heart is more important than privilege, resources, or money,” Sowers said. “My time in Mombasa allowed me to experience Kenya’s healthcare system firsthand and opened my eyes to how underprivileged the public hospitals are in that country. According to IMA, the Kenyan government spends only 24 USD on health care per capita, and only 4.6 percent of the GDP goes towards health expenditures.”

Pre-Med Internship

Trustees approve professional sales and marketing major

BU’s Council of Trustees approved a new major in professional sales and marketing at its recent quarterly meeting. The new major in the Zeigler College of Business will need approval from the PASSHE Board of Governors before it’s offered. The professional sales and marketing major builds upon BU’s professional sales specialization in the marketing major.

The sales program — the only one offered in the State System — prepares students in the art and science of professional selling so upon graduation they may be an immediate contributor toward the improvement of shareholder value of any and all organizations that invite them aboard.

Zeigler College of Business

BU establishes new Honors College

A newly created Honors College at Bloomsburg University — effective Monday, July 1 — launches this summer to significantly enrich the educational and collegiate experiences for high-potential and high-achieving students.

“Our honors experience has been essential to making Bloomsburg University a destination for the most promising students in our region and beyond,” President Bashar W. Hanna said. “With its emphasis on research, scholarship, civic engagement and leadership development, the new Honors College is a testament to our commitment to developing today’s best and brightest students into tomorrow’s leaders.”

Honors College

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


Faculty Scholarship

Kate Beishline

Kate Beishline, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and allied health science, recently had a paper entitled, "Elevated telomere dysfunction in cells containing the African-centric Pro47Ser cancer-risk variant of TP53" published in Oncotarget. This work was a collaboration with individuals from The Wistar Institute and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Kurt Smith

Kurt Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, was recently interviewed by publisher Charles Carlini, a follow up to publishing a book on Descartes, titled Simply Descartes. The book is part of a larger series that focuses on cultural and intellectual giants. Books in the series are geared for the general reader. The hardcopy of the book was released this month — in line with books in the series, they start off as an ebook and then appear in hardcopy form a few months after launch.