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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Seizing the opportunity to unleash
There’s a special dynamic to Bloomsburg University enabling it to cater to just about any student. It’s a comfortable, slow-paced community for some, while a bustling, city-like atmosphere for others.
And for Courtney Dunn, an English major from Mifflintown, she represents the perfect fit — a small town girl fully enjoying BU’s world of opportunities. Among her extracurricular activities include DASL (Developing Ambitious Student Leaders), The Voice and Psychology Association. This is the third year she has been involved in the psychology’s program work with Brain Awareness Week, which extends into the local community schools. #HuskyUnleashed
Now THIS is an excellent internship opportunity
Bloomsburg University is now seeking applicants for The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program for the Fall 2014. If you have an interest in any aspect of state government and can make a semester in Harrisburg part of your academic program, we encourage you to compete for this opportunity. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 14.
Each applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and have earned at least 45 undergraduate credit hours at the time of application for placement during the junior or senior year. THIS welcomes students with any academic major. Every effort is made to tailor the student’s internship placement to the academic major.
The selected student will earn a total of 15 semester credit hours for the internship experience. Nine credit hours are for the internship placement experience, three credit hours for completing an individualized directed project involving substantial research and analysis, and three credit hours are earned for participation in a weekly, rigorous seminar.
IFA presents language scholar
William Ndi, assistant professor of English and Foreign Languages at Tuskegee University, will discuss “The Illusion of Academic Freedom: Cameroon, Past and Present,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. His lecture is open free to the public.
Ndi is the recipient of a Post-doctorate Fellow at Cergy-Pontoise University in Paris from 2001-13, as well is a dual Ph.D. in English and French. His area of studies are translation, contemporary civilization vs. internationalism, peace, Quaker studies and conflict resolution. Ndi’s campus visit is sponsored by the International Faculty Association and the Offie of the Provost. #BUSpeakerSeries
Campus Announcements: What you need to know!
China Study Abroad Deadline Postponed! — The deadline for China PKU summer program is postponed to Monday, March 24. Students can make their first payment to Bursar through ISIS account or in person. Please notify Cathy Hadesty email@example.com at the Bursar Office of your intent of online payment, so an account will be generated for you. Please submit the registration form online immediately. Students do not need to complete credit transfer form and other forms at this time.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — showing Wednesday, March 12, Wednesday March 26, Friday, March 28, and Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Hideaway. Free admission with BU ID. All others $1.
Professional U Workshops — Students are strongly encouraged to attend a Financial Literacy Workshop on Thursday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m. at the Alumni House. Representatives from PSECU and Liberty Mutual will cover topics including: Budgeting, Insurance & Liability Coverage, Building Healthy Credit, Identity Theft and more. Refreshments provided. Registration required.
Help Plan Concerts — Be a part of the Bloomsburg Student Concert Committee of CGA. Applications are available at the Kehr Union Main Desk. Completed applications must be returned by March 24 at 10 p.m.
Earn Extra Cash— by delivering newspapers for The Voice across campus. The Voice is looking for a circulation director to deliver papers this semester. Must be free between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Pay is $20 per week to do main campus and upper campus. Car needed for upper campus deliveries. Job may be split between two people at $10 each or done by a single person for $20 per week. If interested, contact editor in chief Gabby Vielhauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington D.C. Bus Trip — Sunday, March 30. Departs BU Hospital lot at 6 a.m. Departs D.C. at 6 p.m. $30 per person with BU student ID and paid Spring ’14 Activity fee. $35 for those with BU student ID only and guests. Sign up in Student Activities Office. Sign up for optional D.C. photo scavenger hunt (teams of 2-5), top prize $100 in Husky Gold.
Cheerleading Tryouts — will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Centennial Gymnasium 140, as well as Sunday, April 6, from 8 to 11 a.m. Any questions can be answered by the cheerleading advisor, Heather Yohnke, at email@example.com.
Siblings and Children’s Weekend — April 4 through 6. Friday, April 4, Registration, Balloon Sculptures, Photo Booth, Magician Adam Trent, Movies: Toy Story and Monsters University. Saturday, April 5, Pankaraoke, Carnival on the Quad, Movies, Bingo, and Prize Drawings. Siblings are allowed to stay with you or someone else in a residence hall as long as they are registered. Parents are also invited.
Audiology Thesis Defense — Courtney A. Van Doren a doctoral student in the department of Audiology and Speech Pathology will be presenting her thesis defense, “Effect of an additional visual stimulus on the perception of verticality utilizing subjective visual vertical testing,” on Monday, April 7, at 9 p.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The university community is welcome to attend.
Krewella — Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m., in the Nelson Field House. BU student presale March 11-13, $25, must have valid BU ID, 2 tickets per ID, 4 ID maximum per student. Friday, March 13 student price increases to $35, public tickets are $40. All tickets are general admission. There is a $3 per ticket convenience fee for credit card orders.
Putting Careers into Professional U
A recent survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA found that 84.7 percent of students attend college to obtain a well-paying career in a field they love. Bloomsburg University established Professional U to help our students reach this goal by enhancing their excellent academic preparation with practical experience. We are now building upon this initiative by bringing the Career Development Center, in addition to academic internships, into Alumni and Professional Engagement under the leadership of Lynda Michaels.
Professional U brings together students, talented alumni and organizational partners in a variety of fields to offer a distinct advantage for our students. In a relatively short time, Professional U has established a network of opportunities for our undergraduates, including career road trips, job shadowing and academic internships, while providing support and activities to customize experiential learning within each of the four colleges. #ProfessionalU
NSSE seeks opinions of freshmen, seniors
Each member of Bloomsburg University’s first-year and senior classes is invited to share opinions about their 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. The Web version of the survey is available at nssesurvey.org.
In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey by April 14 will be entered automatically into a random drawing to win one of two Amazon gift cards valued at $150, one of four Amazon gift cards valued at $100, one of two Amazon gift cards valued at $50 or one of 78 Bloomsburg University insignia prizes worth $5 to $30. A student’s chances of winning depends on how many students complete the survey; the last time this survey was administered about 623 students responded. Based on this estimate, the odds of winning are 1 in 7. The Web version of the survey is available at 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 4,300 BU students have been invited to participate. A total of 568 U.S. colleges and universities and 335,000 first-year students and seniors participated in the 2013 survey. For more information, contact Jones at 570-389-4027 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about NSSE, visit nsse.iub.edu.
Cultural enrichment experience for Act 101/EOP students
Melissa Cheese, interim director of Bloomsburg University’s Act 101/Educational Opportunity Program, and nearly 30 students recently went on a bus trip to Hershey, where they saw the Broadway musical Sister Act and went to other area attractions such as Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Hershey Outlets.
Participating students included Glorinette Calderon, Jeremy Carrington, Mary Carrington, Naiomi Cayo Nelson, Kahdeejah Cook, Olivia Corner, Nam Dang, Raijene Dreuitt, Deborah Flippen, Brianna Johns, David Johnson, Daniel Mason, Alonna Mayo, Tyneshia McNeil, Shirley Neequaye, Sang Nguyen, Breanna Nicholson, Christopher Patterson, Sheila Pica, Mya Pipkin, Jha-Keara Porter, Simone Rhoads, Farida Saka, Justin Mcleod, Mike St. John, Octavia Williams and Jahkere Wilson. #HuskyUnleashed
Living and Learning Communities honor high achievers
Living and Learning Communities held their annual Academic Achievement Reception, recognizing LLC students who achieved a GPA of a 3.0 or higher for the Fall 2013 semester. More than 60 people were in attendance at this reception, including mentees, mentors and directors. Across the ten LLCs, approximately 63 percent of LLC students (212) were recognized for the academic success.
The LLCs are shaped by the collective mission of the University and the Residence Life Office. A LLC is a group of freshmen students who share common academic interests, live together in a residence hall, participate in activities together, and are also enrolled in a cluster of related courses. By integrating faculty with the undergraduate residential experience, faculty, staff, and students develop a sense of interconnectedness and a mutual concern for the enrichment of their collegiate experience. In addition, LLCs provide students with quality studying, meeting, and lecture/discussion space within the residence halls.
Since their inception in 1996, LLCs have been a forum for the exchange of ideas and information within a residential setting, providing out-of-class interaction between students and their faculty and supporting academic endeavors. #CollaborativeLearning
Alpha Chi Rho teams with military to educate
Alpha Chi Rho and the National Guard presented a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program recently to more than 120 members and leaders of Greek Life. The program, helped led by alumna SSG Karisa L. Marchlinsk, was designed to raise awareness of the far-reaching consequences of such substances can have on a college student’s future. It covered:
- Why it's so hard to avoid
- Effect of drugs and alcohol
- Alternatives for a healthy lifestyle
In addition, the program provided tips for students who want to enjoy their college experience without getting off track due to excessive partying. The program also covered signs of abuse so students could be proactive and helpful if faced with such situations of overuse and abuse. #SenseOfCommunity #HuskyUnleashed
Students gain new perspective of American manufacturing future
Bloomsburg University’s APICS and PBL Chapters proudly hosted Ronn Cort, president of KYDEX LLC, for a presentation on “The Future of American Manufacturing.” Members of the professional NEPA APICS chapter and employees from Autoneum and KYDEX also attended the event, which included a welcoming reception prior to the presentation.
Approximately 165 students attended the lecture, which focused on the potential for an American manufacturing resurgence. Multiple factors for this resurgence were explored, including access to cheaper energy to run factories, cheaper local raw materials such as oil and gas-based feedstocks, increased cost of transportation, and narrowed wage differentials.
Cort emphasized that the primary constraining factor in the next decade will be finding highly skilled employees at all levels of manufacturing organizations. This poignantly highlighted the good work we are doing developing passion, knowledge, and skills in the supply chain field. #CollaborativeLearning
Building a sense of community
From fundraisers for worthy causes, playground cleanups and home repairs for those in need, Bloomsburg University contributes roughly 68,000 hours of service every year, with an estimated value of $1.4 million. Many of those hours come from activities coordinated through student groups and organizations, such as Greek Life and the Community Government Association, and another 15,000 hours come from academic classes in which students work with various nonprofit agencies.
BU’s SOLVE (Students Organized to Learn through Volunteerism and Employment ) office also organizes some of the charitable efforts and serves as a resource to connect students with organizations that need their help. The annual Empty Bowls Banquet, where donated gourmet soups are sold to raise money for the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, and the National Day of Service are good examples of SOLVE’s organized activities
“For the past four years in a row, Bloomsburg has been named in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the amount of community service we do,” says Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator. “I think our students learn important lessons in improving quality of life. They see the difference they can make.” #SenseOfCommunity #GetInvolved
Let’s get involved!
- The Big Event … will be held on Saturday, March 29, coordinated by the Community Government Association.
- Relay for Life … will begin on Saturday, April 5, coordinated by Colleges Against Cancer.
- Campus Blood Drive … will return on April 16, from 1 to 7 p.m., coordinated by the BU American Red Cross Club.
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Commencement
In an effort to benefit students, their families, and the campus community, BU will hold three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, on the Academic Quad. If the weather is inclement, we will implement BU’s Rain Plan, moving the ceremonies to Nelson Field House. Students will receive tickets for their guests to use if the Rain Plan is necessary; an announcement will be made by 5 a.m. on May 10 on bloomu.edu and local TV and radio stations if the Rain Plan is implemented.
Three ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, on the Academic Quad:
- 9 a.m. — College of Business and College of Education
- Noon — College of Science and Technology
- 3 p.m. — College of Liberal Arts
Benefits in having three ceremonies include:
- Students may invite more guests for an outside ceremony
- We are able to offer a larger number of tickets to each student for use in the event of rain
- A ceremony that runs no more than 90 minutes, considerably shorter than previous ceremonies
Faculty may attend all ceremonies but are encouraged to attend the ceremony for their particular College. For more information regarding the ceremonies or the Rain Plan please visit bloomu.edu/graduation.