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Students share love of hacking

This Bloomsburg University club is making it cool to be a nerd. Just ask them.

“We’re a bunch really nerdy students, and we like to take our learning beyond the classroom," says Daniel Pany, senior digital forensics major, president of the Bloomsburg Cyber Defense Club (BCDC). BCDC focuses on studying hacking and security techniques, working to hone their skills for cyber defense competitions and their future in digital forensics.

“We get to play with a lot of cool toys and do nefarious acts in a controlled environment,” said Kyle Mumper, senior digital forensics major, club treasurer.

BCDC prepares for competitions like Cyber Seed, Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, and GrrCON, which allows them to build their network with professionals in the industry and also show what they have been training for in the competitions. According to Vincent Phan, senior digital forensics major, club secretary, he has learned things during the competitions that he might have not learned until his senior year.

“When I first started here I didn’t know anything,” Mumper said. “I had basic computer knowledge, but I’ve learned a lot in the classroom and even more through the club.”

Digital Forensics Club takes on GrrCON

GrrCON

This fall, the Bloomsburg Digital Forensic Club attended the GrrCON computer security conference for the third consecutive year with 34 students and an alum joining Phil Polstra, associate professor of digital forensics. It was Polstra’s fifth consecutive year as a speaker at this event.

GrrCON attracts speakers from around the world and features numerous speaking tracks, workshops, villages, and competitions. This year some new villages appeared, including an open hacking village, car hacking village, and Internet of Things (IoT) hacking village.

“My favorite highlight had to be learning at the car hacking village,” said Jesse Mancuso, a senior digital forensics major. “There are a lot of ‘villages’ that allow you to learn things like lock picking, wireless hacking, and car hacking."

As in years past, students spent many hours in these villages learning about new areas in security and forensics.

“This competition really opens your eyes as to how much information is available floating around the internet,” said Matthew Shafer, a senior digital forensics major. “Our society has sacrificed security for convenience, and it’s never more evident than when I can identify a target’s childhood pet’s nickname because one family member with an open social media account left a comment on a photo that was posted years earlier.”

Tri-Sigma set to "Take My Hand" in NYC

Take My Hand

Lena Kaback has always been deeply impacted by the sight of homeless people on the street. Aware of how lucky she is to have a roof over her head and food to eat, the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority sister has always offered whatever she can to these individuals when she sees them. Kaback took her desire to help the homeless a step further this year by involving her sorority, which also strongly believes in giving back to those who are less fortunate.

“Being in college, having a roof to live under and having the support system we have as a sisterhood are all things we as a sorority are beyond grateful for,” Kaback said.

Through this philosophy of giving back, Kaback created the Take My Hand event. This event is a clothing and food drive to assist shelters and homeless people in New York City. The Tri-Sigma sisters will be taking a bus into Manhattan on Monday, Dec. 19, and walking all over the city to donate warm clothes, blankets, water, food, and care packages. If any supplies are left over from the donations collected, it will be given to the Covenant House, which is a shelter for kids and young adults that have suffered abuse, human trafficking, or abusive parents.

“This event gets us into the holiday spirit for a simple reason. Giving,” Kaback explains. “Giving will always be better than receiving.”

Donations and participation in this event are welcomed. Community service hours are available for donations of garbage bags of warm clothing, cases of water, packs of socks, and boxes of snacks. All items are due to the Tri Sigma House, 383 Lightstreet Road, by Monday, Dec. 5.

Bloomsburg University welcomes new Trustees

Dr. Brian O’Donnell

Edward G. Edwards

Two alumni will serve as newly selected members of the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees. Edward G. Edwards, ’73, and Dr. Brian O’Donnell, ’87, were nominated and appointed by Governor Tom Wolf and approved by the Pennsylvania Senate on Oct. 25.

“We are honored to have Mr. Edwards and Dr. O’Donnell join the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees at this important time in the university’s history,” said Council Chairman Patrick Wilson. “Both men bring unique professional backgrounds and are committed to advancing the university’s mission to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment.”

Nursing students help assess Montour County

Community Health Nurses

Portions of Montour County are a little healthier now thanks to the work of a few Bloomsburg University nursing students, who spent this fall conducting a semester-long health promotion project.

“We identified health problems in those areas through intensive data analysis, key-informant interviews, and windshield surveys,” said Amanda McIntyre, senior nursing major concentrating in gerontology. “After all data was collected and organized, we developed a formal teaching plan based on community needs.”

McIntyre said this semester’s experience helped her and fellow nursing majors prepare for the nursing field by showing them how to identify health needs in specific populations, such as vulnerable populations (children, elderly, disabled), and rural community populations.

“As future nurses, we will be sure to assess the demographics of our patients and identify further needs related to health care beyond just disease process,” McIntyre said. “Part of being a competent, compassionate nurse is caring for the whole patient, the whole picture, rather than just treating illness.”

The senior nursing class will present their health promotion projects on Monday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. in the KUB Ballroom.

Fall 2016 Senior Exit Show

Senior Exit Show

Thursday, Dec. 1, at Haas Gallery, the 2016 Fall Senior Exit Show will open with a reception and artist lectures from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Show runs from Dec. 1 to commencement on Dec 16. Lectures by students will be given throughout the reception.

Exhibiting and lecturing are Art History Major: Amber Martin, Art Studio Majors: Ellen Brennan, Paul Gonzalez, Emmalee Harris, Lisa Kamerzel, and Khairi Potter. The Exit Show is a Senior’s final capstone requirement for graduation and includes a selection of their best works and research.

The show is valuable for the artists and attendees in that it allows the artists to bring their various studies throughout their tenure here at BU, and give their peers and attendees the chance to see and hear where their interests and pursuits have brought them and where they might take them when they graduate and are in the world beyond school.

Always enlightening and well attended, try to get over to the gallery to see the work and congratulate these fine students.

FOCUS concludes fall semester with campus service

Bethel Deliverance International

Bloomsburg University’s Office of Cultural Affairs/ Student Support Services will be hosting Martin Harris, Sr., pastor of F.O.C.U.S. Young Adult Ministry at Bethel Deliverance International in Philadelphia for an on-campus church visit on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center for fellowship and Finals Week and holiday blessings. Free breakfast starting at 10:45 a.m. If you would like to take part in the program please contact Marcei Woods at 570-389-4091 for details.

Forensics Team caps semester with Holiday Tourney

Forensics Team

Bloomsburg University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently won the fifth place Team Sweepstakes award at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Annual Holiday Tournament held at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. BU competed against Brooklyn College, Davis and Elkins College, Florida College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College, Shepherd University, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and the University of Richmond.

A group of 12 students competed at the Holiday Tournament, including seven of whom won individual awards:

  • Abbey Porambo: second in Poetry; fifth in After Dinner Speaking; fifth in Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado
  • Jayleen Alvarado: second in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; third in Communication Analysis; fifth in Dramatic Duo with Abbey Porambo; sixth in Pentathlon
  • Anna Scott: third in Informative; fifth Declamation
  • Tarah Kelley: second in After Dinner Speaking; sixth in Declamation
  • Alisa Evans: first in Best Parliamentary Debate Speaker
  • Cameron Ostrowski: fifth in Single Dramatic Interpretation
  • Deanna Campion: sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking

Theresa Clark, Tobias Sonnenberg, Stijn Gillaerts, Amy Bitar, and Thomas Weber also competed at the CFA Holiday Tournament.

Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV, director of forensics and chair of the Department of Political Science, served as a speech and debate judge at the competition. Four BU alumni — Delaney Hellman, Dan Pagana, Jackson Staples, and Charles Humphrys — also judged events at the tournament. Erin Brummett, assistant professor of communication studies, and Timothy Oleksiak, assistant professor of English, assist Strine with coaching students on the BU team.

Philadelphia​’s ​Best Value: Center City MBA

Center City MBA

As emerging robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality intensifying global and national competition, the Philadelphia region needs to rapidly work together to prepare its infrastructure, workforce and entrepreneurs for exponential change. The Philadelphia Acceleration Summit was part of Philadelphia’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week across 190 countries.

Bloomsburg University’s Center City MBA program was showcased by Jeffrey Krug, Dean, Zeigler College of Business, Bloomsburg University.

“More than ever, ​higher education needs to differentiate and produce measurable results for students and parents,” said ​Krug. “​The MBA market is highly competitive. Our strong value, brand, flexible-offerings combined with our 50 percent lower tuition make Bloomsburg’s Center City MBA the best value in Philadelphia.”

Krug’s remarks highlighted the Center City MBA’s flexible offerings for students juggling busy jobs, families and responsibilities. The Bloomsburg Center City MBA programs are offered at 701 Market Street in Philadelphia and online.

Bloomsburg means business,“ added Krug. "We are rapidly adjusting our programs to meet changing needs. Yes, our brand is strong, our programs are strong. But we are continually working with business leaders, alumni and friends of the University to make our programs even stronger."

Legacy of Leadership Awards

Hannah Breckinridge

Bloomsburg University’s Dr. H Preston Herring Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate the former administrator’s most important leadership qualities, which include service, modesty, and commitment.

Hannah Breckinridge, a junior speech-language pathology major, represented just that last semester, earning the scholarship and a special recognition at the upcoming third annual Legacy of Leadership Awards.

“I felt very honored to receive this scholarship based off of how I perceive myself in my personal essay and through the volunteer work I have done throughout my time at Bloomsburg,” Breckinridge said. “I think I have gained so many leadership skills through attending workshops for CLE leadership certification, delivering workshops for my job at The Writing Center, and through my involvement with various clubs.”

The Dr. H Preston Herring Scholarship was founded as a tribute to Herring who served as vice president of student affairs for 15 years before passing away due to a battle with cancer in 2009. Ginny Herring created this scholarship in 2014 to honor her husband. She wanted to show that students like Breckinridge and the past recipients are appreciated and that they have not been overlooked. Nominations are being accepted until Jan. 22, 2017.

Career boot camps set for spring semester

Career Boot Camp

In today's competitive job market, employers are looking for more than just good grades. They want a clean, concise resume, an applicant who shows up prepared and confident, someone who articulates why they are a good candidate for the organization and an employee who performs in a professional manner.

Seniors and juniors can learn how to leverage skills and experiences to be successful in the transition from student to professional by attending a Career Intensive Boot Camp on Feb. 10 to 12 or March 3 to 5. Attendees will participate in 20-plus unique sessions, including: Compensation Considerations, Debunking the "Career Path" Myth, The Shocking Truth of Getting Hired, Making Connections on LinkedIn, 3 Mock Interviews, Office Communications, a Professional Etiquette Dinner and more.

There is also the opportunity to network with more than 60 alumni, organization representatives, faculty and staff. Sessions are held at the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg. Shuttle from campus is available. Space is limited.

Survey seeks opinions of freshmen, seniors

NSSE Survey

Each member of Bloomsburg University’s first-year and senior classes is invited to share opinions about his or her experiences at BU by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). According to Sheila Dove Jones, assistant vice president for planning and assessment, answers to the online survey will reveal students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Results will be used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.

Jones said several email messages containing a link to the survey will be sent to BU’s freshmen and seniors in February and March. She encourages students to respond by April 7.

In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey by April 7 will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win one of these 84 prizes: one $150 Amazon gift card, one of two $100 Amazon gift cards, one of nine $50 Amazon gift cards, one of three BU tailgate folding chairs, one of three BU stadium blankets, one of six BU travel mugs, one of five BU smartphone power banks, one of seven BU drawstring bags, one of 20 BU spirit flags, or one of 28 BU iPod armband holders. A student’s chances of winning depend on how many students complete the survey; the last time this survey was administered, 635 students responded. Thus, a student’s odds of winning are roughly 1 in 8. The Web version of the survey is available at www.nssesurvey.org.

“All student responses are valuable for helping us compare the experiences they report with those of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities,” Jones said. “The results will also indicate important trends in undergraduate education. More voices will make the results more valid.”

Approximately 4,000 BU students have been invited to participate. A total of 560 U.S. colleges and universities and approximately 322,500 first-year students and seniors participated in the 2016 survey.