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Spreading the joy of reading
Philip Tucker, associate professor of special education, helps area public schools save up to $80,000 a year in his role as coordinator of Region I's Children’s Choices Initiative. Tucker coordinated a book drive of roughly 4,000 children’s books to elementary schools, teaming with five BU alumni who are employed in those schools to distribute multiple copies of books ... a retail value of roughly $80,000.
Participating schools are allowed to keep the books (at no cost) at the end of the project, thus increasing access of children to books to help literacy endeavors. In 2011, distribution costs for sorting, labeling, as well as transporting the books is being provided through a BU Presidential Strategic Planning Grant of $4,483.
Making an easy decision
Bloomsburg University was a perfect fit for me as an exchange student coming from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, which is also very hilly and surrounded by mountains. Before coming here, I saw how beautiful Bloomsburg was and how much it was like Cayey from pictures. I also know people who attended here and really liked it. I was an easy decision for me!
My biggest goal is to improve my English, since I’m a Spanish-speaking person. I also want to meet other international students and American students from different parts of this country (United States). It’s been great so far. I’ve been here only two weeks, and I’ve made tons friends from many different places in the world. This is AMAZING for me!
Husky Unleashed: A trip on the wild side
After a 15 hour plane ride which I didn't sleep a wink, the plane landed in Johannesburg, South Africa. I went through security, picked up my bag, and found someone who was holding a sign that said "ISV." We all gathered around and there we stood, 23 of us from America and Canada all confused at what we got ourselves into. We met our tour leaders Amy and Tyler, who were going to be leading us for the first two weeks of our adventure.
The Ann van Dyke Cheetah Centre was established in 1971 strictly as a cheetah breeding reservation. Since then a number of different conservation projects have been introduced including a successful African wild dog program. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. our tasks included cleaning out enclosures for animals, going on feeding rounds, building a bridge and gardens, as well as a variety of other things.
We had the amazing chance to learn anything and everything we wanted to about all of the animals on the "farm" (everyone there refers to it as a "cheetah farm"). I will never forget the amazing experience I had being able to interact with the cheetahs, wild dogs, and other wildlife at the farm!