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STEMing the learning curve

Bloomsburg University 175th Anniversary

From courses in human biology to object-oriented Java programming to calculus, Bloomsburg University College of Education’s first-ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet program recently capped its initial year without a hitch.

Roughly 40 students from Berwick, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia school districts got a taste of higher education while earning college credits by completing STEM courses on campus this past fall and spring semesters. The program, which recently received a $30,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation, is designed to help address the need for college graduates in science, health science, technology, engineering and mathematics. #CollaborativeLearning

PPL continues support to growing STEM program

PPL Supports STEM

Representatives of PPL Corporation and affiliates were on campus recently to present a check for $20,000 to provide continuing support for the STEM Magnet program. The company has played an integral part in the formation of the collaborative effort between Bloomsburg University, eight school districts and regional businesses and foundations to serve local high school students in advancing in the science, math, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

PPL leaders provide input on the development of the curriculum and serve as mentors to students in the program in addition to the financial commitment. Pictured (L-R) Michael Munroe, plant manager, PPL Montour; Elizabeth Mauch, dean of the College of Education; Teri MacBride, PPL regional affairs director, Susquehanna Valley; and David L. Soltz, BU president.

College of Science and Technology’s first-ever STEM Magnet program capped its initial year with roughly 40 students from Berwick, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia school districts got a taste of higher education while earning college credits by completing STEM courses on campus this past fall and spring semesters. The program will grow next year, adding students from Benton, Danville, Millville and Southern Columbia school districts, along with Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School. #SenseOfCommunity

Quest campers enjoy sustainable picnic via outdoor classroom

Outdoor Classroom

Bloomsburg University’s new Sustainable Food Systems Outdoor Classroom recently got its first group of visitors when several Quest adventure campers stopped for a picnic, where the youngsters enjoyed freshly cut kohlrabi sticks and freshly squeezed kale orange juice.

The outdoor classroom, one of five projects awarded a Presidential Strategic Planning Grant last year, will be a working garden and sustainability education center run primarily by student workers and interns. Located behind Monty’s on upper campus, the outdoor classroom was designed in collaboration with students who also helped build the gardens this past spring.

Currently, there are two students helping John Hintz and Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, professors of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, care for the gardens over the summer. There are 30 raised beds filled with vegetables and herbs. There will be a third student starting work in July on the perennial garden. Additionally, Jean Downing of SOLVE was a co-author of the grant and has been fundamental in getting it going. Leeann Bowman, a SOLVE graduate assistant, has been among the key student support. #BUSustainability #CoCurricularLearning

Campus Announcements: What you need to know!

Campus News and Events

Bingo and Pizza — Thursday, July 31 at 9 p.m. in the Kehr Multi B. $250 in Cash Prizes and Free Pizza! Only 25 cents per card! You must be a BU Summer student with paid Summer ‘14 C.A. Fee to play.

Knoebels Discount Tickets — Available all summer for sale in the Student Activities Office, KUB 425. $5 books of ride tickets are available for only $4 with a BU student ID. Tickets will be available all summer.

Student Activities and Involvement Fair — will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m., preceded by the Student Organization Leaders Retreat on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair is designed to give student clubs and organizations an opportunity to recruit new members, and the retreat is an opportunity for club executive board members to network with other club leaders and receive tips to strengthen their overall organization. Registration is free and available online!

SEL Program opens doors of Comcast for business student

SEL Program

Mariam Sarkessian, a management major, recently completed a two-week job shadow with Comcast’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia through Bloomsburg University’s Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Program. The program, designed to give students an opportunity to see their potential career field first-hand, enabled Sarkessian to witness the daily activity of the country’s largest cable company and Internet service provider. Sarkessian described her experience as enlightening and richly memorable.

In addition to a possible internship opportunity, Sarkessian says her SEL experience provided her with many more business contacts. She also may have discovered a new career track.

“Being able to help out with (the Lab Week project) even though I was just shadowing was an exciting experience and opened my mind in looking for ways to make processes more efficient,” Sarkessian says. “Most importantly, … I had not known that project managing could be a career. Now I’m eager to pursue and get the right qualifications for it.” #ProfessionalU #CoCurricularLearning

PASSHE Board of Governors approves $198 tuition increase

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The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved a modest $198 tuition increase — $99 a semester — on Tuesday, July 8, for the 2014-15 academic year, virtually assuring the 14 State System universities will remain the lowest-cost option among all four-year colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. The Board also approved nine new flexible pricing plans for six universities beginning either this fall or in fall 2015, bringing to 18 the number of proposals that will be implemented on a pilot basis over the next two years, and a new Associate of Arts in sustainability studies degree program to be offered by Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania beginning this fall. The Board also extended the contracts of 10 university presidents through June 30, 2017, and re-elected its officers for the 2014-15 year.