Monday, April 20, 2015

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Monday, April 20, 2015

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Go ahead, make me laugh

Make Me Laugh Showcase

In this class it’s okay to laugh out loud at fellow students, even smirk during the lecture. In fact, it’s encouraged … and applauded.

New to Bloomsburg University’s academic catalog this spring, Make Me Laugh, a freshman seminar course that investigates what makes something funny and the role of stand-up comedy has played as a vehicle for social critique and expression.

Designed and taught by Brian Johnson, academic advisor and part-time Act 101/EOP coordinator, Make Me Laugh is an interdisciplinary study of topical content with a liberal arts focus. Freshmen study the writing process, engage in critical reading and are introduced to research strategies and the use of source materials.

“I was really spurred by Jon Stewart’s (Daily Show) ability to articulate the pain and truth associated with the Michael Brown case in Ferguson. He challenged our society’s thinking, while making the audience laugh. That got me to thinking about the power of comedians. I'm amazed at the things comedians are able to talk about without fear. That is worth studying.”

BU welcomes award-winning Cuban poet

Carlos Pintado

Bloomsburg University will celebrate international poetry and culture on Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, with the help of Cuban poet, Carlos Pintado. On Monday, April 20, Pintado will host an International Poetry Day event at 7:30 p.m.; on Tuesday, April 21, a symposium will be held on Cuba, the French and Spanish Caribbean, and the Hispanic World. All events will take place in Kehr Union, Multicultural Center.

In conjunction with Pintado’s Monday presentation, students and guests may read their poetry or a piece by their favorite author in English or another language. On Tuesday, the symposium will meet in two sessions: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Audiences will have the opportunity to take part in discussions, watch documentaries and films on each of the cultures and participate in a creative writing workshop with Pintado at 11:30 a.m.

Pintado immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. Poet Richard Blanco said, “The urgency and presence in Pintado’s poems feel as if the poet’s very life depended on writing them. They are possessed by a unique, intangible quality that arrests the reader and commands attention.”

Is the Legal Studies Association in your future?

LSA Student Group

It’s back! After a brief hiatus, Bloomsburg University’s Legal Studies Association will be revived for the 2015-16 academic year. No need to wait, learn more about how you can take advantage of this student group on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Bakeless Center 105.

BU’s Legal Studies Association is a student organization that focuses on issues and topics related to the law and furthering an education in law. Starting this fall, iIt will host:

  • practice Law School Admission Tests
  • trips to regional law schools
  • speakers who will discuss law school and contemporary legal issues in society

The LSA will also seek to promote campus-wide awareness of legal issues.

Students present Honors Independent Study projects

Honors students take two three-credit independent study courses where they work with a faculty mentor to complete a year-long research project. The final piece of their assessment is a 30-minute oral presentation along with a written research paper, which is open for submission for publication. Presentations will be held in the Honors classroom in Luzerne Hall, Room B-9. All are open to the campus community.

Monday, April 20

  • 2 p.m. – Bryce Foster, The Differences in Foraging Behavior and Predation of Small Mammals in Human Populated Environments Compared to Wilderness Environments with Marianna Wood
  • 3 p.m. – Hannah Symons, Effect of Added Somatosensory Information During a Unilateral Stance Test with Jorge Gonzalez

Wednesday, April 22

  • 2 p.m. – Alicia Pucci, A Biblical Depiction of Judith: The Study of Gender and Societal Roles of Artists During the Italian Renaissance with William Hudon
  • 2:30 p.m. – Brendon Juengst, An Investigation into a Putative Fe3+ Transporter from Oats with George Davis
  • 3 p.m. – Logan Gorg, Verbing the Noun: From Medieval Inversion to Postmodern Queer as Concepts for Same-Sex Erotic Identity and its Relation to Societal and Christian Tolerance

Thursday, April 23

  • 2 p.m. – Dannielle Rayhon, A Teacher’s Guide and Unit Plan for Language Variation with Angelo Costanzo

50 Shades of Green leading up to Earth Day

Earth Day Initiative

For many, climate change seems like a remote problem, but the reality is that it’s already affecting people, animals and places across the globe. A change needs to be made. Earth Day provides an opportunity to focus on strategies for living more sustainably. In recognition of the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, Bloomsburg University invites students, faculty, staff, and the community to create awareness about sustainability matters through eco-friendly activities on Wednesday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to assist in turning the campus 50 shades of green on April 22 by wearing their favorite shade of green. During the event participants can engage in free Earth Day activities such as a scavenger hunt, human Zorb bowling, and recyclable basketball, DIY green crafts table including tie-dye, a recycling extravaganza, and a carbon sock display. There will also be snacks and giveaways for attendees.

Earth Day at Bloomsburg University is sponsored by the Green Campus Initiative and coordinated by the Communication Studies Leadership and Event Planning classes.

Prominent anthropologist headlines state conference on campus

PASSHE Anthropology Conference

Prominent anthropologist Paul Stoller, with more than 30 years of field research experience, will serve as the keynote of this year’s Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Anthropology Conference at Bloomsburg University, which will feature undergraduate research on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, from across the state system.

Stoller, professor of anthropology at West Chester University, will present “Storytelling, Religion, and the Contours of Well-Being” on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in McCormick Center 1303. Stoller’s lecture will evoke the question of possibility. “Is this possible?” is a fundamentally existing question asked throughout the presentation, providing framework for a wide-ranging and narratively contoured discussion of ethics, embodiment, epistemology, religion, storytelling, the future, and our never-ending quest for well-being in the world. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Stoller’s extensive record of research has led him to read and think deeply about the anthropology of religion, visual anthropology, the anthropology of senses, and economic anthropology. In his most recent work, he has focused on the dynamics of wellbeing in the world. His work has resulted in the publication of 11 books, including ethnographies, biographies, memoirs as well as novels.

Renaissance Jamboree

Renaissance Jamboree

Rain for shine, the 37th annual Renaissance Jamboree is set for Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Bloomsburg, featuring non-profit organizations, food, games and information booths. In addition, there will be arts and crafts along with scheduled musical and children’s entertainment. There is free admission and parking, as well as a free shuttle bus from the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

Saturday, April 25

  • Courthouse Stage — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beef (classic rock), Seasoned Sounds (contemporary swing), Joyous (classic Motown, soul and pop), Rutabaga (classic rock), and Darling Run (modern rock)
  • Iron Street Stage — 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., NC Band (contemporary Christian rock), The Loons (classic and current rock), Clickard Consortium (straight ahead jazz), Grand Junction (country and Texas swing), and Jeff Brown (acoustic classic rock)
  • Market Square — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., YMCA Zumba, Flippenout Extreme Aerial Trampoline Team, The Friendship Squares, Crosswinds Martial Arts, YMCA Piloxing, Covered Bridge Cloggers, and DanceWorks by Amber
  • Jefferson Street Children’s Show Area — 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Juggler Rob Smith, Olaf (Frozen) Show, The Magic of Brent Kressler, Doc McStuffin’s Show

In addition, there will be strolling performances by Rob Smith, Olaf, Doc McStuffin’s, and Leo Schott on Bagpipes. BTE will be performing their theatre in the classroom show (William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at 2 p.m. at Box of Light in Phillips Emporium. The show is free.

Pony Party Paradise will be offering pony rides for a nominal charge on Market Street north of the Fountain. Backyard Bouncin’ will be offering two inflatable rides for a nominal charge at Main and West streets.

Renaissance Jamboree is co-sponsored by: Columbia Montour Area Chamber of Commerce, Program Board of Bloomsburg University, Town of Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg University, Renaissance Jamboree Committee, Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.

BU will defer per-credit tuition pricing

Per-Credit Tuition Pilot

We are encouraged by the renewed commitment to higher education funding from Governor Tom Wolf. It is refreshing to be part of a discussion that may bring a level of funding Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education has not experienced in many years.

In conjunction with the State System Board of Governors' vote to freeze tuition for 2015-16, Bloomsburg University will defer our per-credit tuition pricing pilot for the coming year. As the governor's proposed budget makes it through the state legislature, we remain committed to providing our students with a high-quality, affordable education and the support services that will facilitate timely graduation.

Phi Beta Lambda among the state's best

Phi Beta Lambda

Bloomsburg University’s Phi Beta Lambda recently competed well at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, where 18 members competed in a number of events and attended several professional development sessions. The students won a number of events and placed high in several others, competing against more than 25 schools from across the state such as Penn State University, Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh.

State Competition Winners

  • First Place – Accounting Analysis and Decision Making: Nicole Jubin and Kara Meyer
  • First Place – Personal Finance: Tyler Rutt
  • First Place – Management Analysis and Decision Making: Ryan Kassees, Evan Simpson and Jacob Wilcox
  • Second Place – Forensic Accounting, Nicole Jubin and Kara Meyer
  • Second Place – Economic Analysis and Decision Making: Jordan Duke, Brinley Fromm and Evan Marx
  • Third Place – Business Communications: Nicollette Anderson
  • Third Place – Cost Accounting: Ryan Kassees
  • Third Place – Marketing Analysis and Decision Making: Courtney Kane and Jacob Wilcox

Nine students qualified to compete this summer at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago. In addition, BU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda received a second place Gold Seal Award of Merit. This award is given to the chapters that most fulfill the three pillars of Education, Service and Progress. To cap the successful conference, Todd Shawver was named the 2015 Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda Advisor of the Year.

ACM students take second in Edinboro Programming Contest

ACM Students

Five students from Bloomsburg University’s ACM student chapter recently competed in a test of computer programming skills at Edinboro University.

Computer Science senior Landan Cheruka and sophomores Brian Fekete and Daniel Pany took second place among seventeen teams, solving four problems in the Collegiate Programming Contest of the PACISE 30th Annual Conference.

Seniors Jared Hallick and Aleks Hartzler also competed, along with teams from seven of the thirteen PASSHE schools. Team members are part of the programming-contest group in the Bloomsburg Student Chapter of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

SCORE one for educational leadership

SCORE Conference

While working closely with outside agencies, Bloomsburg University educational leadership graduate students and participating local high school counselors were given an opportunity through the 2015 SCORE Conference to connect with high school students and gain real-life, hands-on experience in dealing with teen issues that can impact learning.

SCORE (Self-esteem, Communication, ♂ & ♀, (gender signs), Respect, and Equality) has a mission to raise awareness and create open communication between high school students on various topics related to many teen issues today involving their emotional, physical, and mental well-being. This year, the SCORE conference invited more than 100 regional high school students from five local schools ranging from freshman to seniors to campus, providing BU graduate students with practical experience interacting closely with teens, giving them a proper preview of their future careers in education.

For Shelby Crawford, blended counselor and outreach coordinator at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, her second year assisting in the SCORE conference offered her another chance to aid young students in need. By leading small group discussions and activities with the participating teens assisted by graduate students, Crawford along with several other local school counselors were able to create a fun and comfortable atmosphere for the high school students.

Become a global citizen as a Model student

Global Citizens

To be a global citizen you have to be aware of respecting others cultures, religion and beliefs. That is what Kate Seravalle does in Bloomsburg University’s Model Arab League.

“It’s good to be aware of global issues that are happening around us,” said Seravalle, senior speech-language pathology/audiology major and Middle East studies minor. “It inhibits us from jumping to conclusions about people. It makes you want to be proactive and a better person.”

Seravalle explains that being in the Model United Nations, Arab League, or European Union makes you a multifaceted person. It not only helps you become more involved in world news, but it also adds a bit more to your resume that not every student has, she says. “Being in Model Arab League it has helped me meet a lot of unique and intriguing people,” Seravalle said. “I was intimidated to join at first because there were many international students involved, but they became my good friends.”

Time to take action Class of 2015

Bloomsburg University's graduating Class of 2015 has teamed up with the Bloomsburg University Foundation for a commencement challenge, trying to get 20.15 percent of students in the Class of 2015 to participate against faculty and staff.

Students can participate online and donate $20.15 to any organization of their choosing on campus, including Greek Life, Club Sports, academic organizations or student life groups. For their donation, students will receive philanthropy cords to wear at graduation.

COST students take road trip to Sanofi Pasteur

Husky Road Trip

Students and faculty from the departments of biological and allied health sciences and chemistry and biochemistry toured Sanofi Pasteur U.S. in Swiftwater on a recent Husky Career Road Trip, which was spearheaded by alumnus Richard Wisniewski ‘82, the company’s deputy director of strategic industrial planning.

The Swiftwater location is the vaccine division of Sanofi Pasteur, a global leader in vaccines with 13,000 employees worldwide. The students met with company administrators and human relations staff, learned about the organization’s history and potential career opportunities. The students’ visit also included a panel discussion with nine BU graduates who currently work at Sanofi Pasteur and a networking lunch.

Husky Career Road Trips, part of the university’s Professional U initiative, provide students an opportunity to visit organizations, meet professionals and learn about employment opportunities in specific career fields.

Local cub scouts get inside look at audiology

Audiology Cub Scouts

Bloomsburg University’s Doctorate of Audiology program recently hosted local Cub Scout Pack 24 from St. Columba Catholic Church for a disabilities awareness event, where graduate students taught the cub scouts about what an audiologist is and does, hearing loss, hearing aids, healthy hearing habits, and balance.

The students used ear plugs to simulate a hearing loss, let the scouts listen to different hearing aids, and experience several balance assessments including the rotational chair. In addition, the scouts also learned how to test each other's hearing using the portable audiometers.

Lambda Chi Alpha returns to campus

Lambda Chi Alpha

For 106 years, Lambda Chi Alpha has strived to make a positive impact on university campuses and in the communities that surround them. Today, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, is one of the largest fraternal organizations in North America with more than 290,000 members. They also have roughly 200 active chapters at colleges and universities throughout North America. Lambda Chi Alpha was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging in the early 1970s, and remains as one of the most progressive in the North-American Interfraternity Conference to address challenges facing today’s collegiate student.

Lambda Chi Alpha was originally installed at Bloomsburg University in 1972 and was deemed inactive by the fraternity's Board of Directors in 1990. During their time on campus, Lambda Chi Alpha initiated 494 men into their bond. If you are interested in finding out more information about this exciting opportunity, please email Erik Silvola at

If you see the men of Lambda Chi Alpha walking around campus, please give them a big welcome home to Bloomsburg University. Greek Life looks forward to years of positive interaction with their staff, alumni and members.

SCEC bowls a "perfect day" with Special Olympics athletes

SCEC Community Event

Bloomsburg University’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) recently teamed up with the local Special Olympics athletes for a day of bowling fun at Midway Lanes in Danville. SCEC’s Peer Mentor Program Chair, Dana Gambale was in charge of hosting and making the event possible in collaboration with Special Olympics coordinator, John Bressler.

A total of 53 participants took part in the event along with several others who showed up for support. The athletes and members of SCEC had a great time hanging with familiar faces, bowling a game or two, and enjoying pizza and refreshments from Bloomsburg’s local pizzeria, O.I.P.

“It was nice to see the athletes having such a good time with their friends and members of the club who they are used to working with on a daily basis,” explained SCEC’s Dana Gambale. “It really gave everybody the opportunity to come together and enjoy themselves and even build new friendships with some new faces. The event seemed to be so successful the first time that I am definitely trying to organize this again sometime in the future.”

Summer College … catch up or get ahead!

Summer College

It’s time to think summer with Bloomsburg University’s summer session. Classes are concentrated in six-week sessions with on-campus and online options offered in three convenient sessions:

  • Session I — May 18 to Aug. 7
  • Session II — May 18 to June 26
  • Session III — June 29 to Aug. 7

For college students, it’s a great way to catch up or get ahead. High school students can take advantage of the 75 percent reduced tuition and fees under the ACE Program. For details, call 570-389-4824.