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The Big Event (April 1, 2017)

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Make-A-Wish CEO headlines summit

Bloomsburg University will hold its 11th annual Husky Leadership Summit on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Kehr Union Building, led by keynote speaker David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The event is sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association, the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and the Community Government Association. The Husky Student Leadership Summit is an annual leadership conference presented by BU alumni, faculty, staff and student leaders. The leadership summit is an opportunity for students to network with BU alumni, enhance their leadership skills, learn more about ways to get involved in campus life and engage in workshops for their CLE Leadership Certification.

With a focus on professional development, participants will get the chance to engage in mock interviews, resume review sessions, personal branding consultation meetings, professional head shots, panel discussions, a career fair and a networking leadership luncheon.

Gain a professional edge through the Husky Summit

Husky Summit

From participant to a presenter, senior Sarah Bartra has worked towards becoming a professional through the annual Husky Student Leadership Summit. Bartra, a dual communication studies and biological allied health major with a Spanish minor, is an active leader as vice president of Community Government Association (CGA).

Bartra first attended the Husky Summit her sophomore year and this year she will be presenting a panel alongside her fellow CGA student leaders. Besides having the honor to present, she wants to use all the tools available from the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience (CPDCE) to students at the summit.

During her experience last year, Bartra had a more workable resume and utilized the networking and professional opportunities available at the summit. Being able to mock interview with alumni in her prospective field and receive their feedback was beneficial to Bartra. Networking with student leaders and BU alumni was also helpful. Last year’s keynote speaker Hoan Do, motivational speaker from American Ninja Warrior, was a memorable moment for Bartra.

“His speech was energizing,” Bartra says. “It set the tone for the rest of the day.”

The 11th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring BU alumni David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish foundation, as the keynote speaker.

We make it personal

It's Personal

As we enter the homestretch of our university’s largest ever capital campaign, we are calling on you, our faculty and staff, to help us finish strong by participating in the We make it Personal Faculty and Staff Campaign.

It is now easier than ever for faculty and staff to support the area of our university about which you are most passionate. Every gift — no matter the size — makes a difference.

Bloomsburg University prides itself on providing educational experiences that transform lives. Our graduates — many first-generation college students from across Pennsylvania and beyond — point to their experiences at BU as setting the course for future accomplishments.

There is an amazing momentum at BU. We’re different than we were even a decade ago: greater in number, broader in programs, more engaged with our community and world. Still, we passionately hold on to who we are and remain committed to what we do best: preparing students for personal and professional success.

CAS presents The Ballroom Thieves, The Suffers

Boston alternative folk band, The Ballroom Thieves, will be the opening act for The Suffers on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artist Series.

The Ballroom Thieves, a three piece alternative folk/pop band describes themselves as “having a certain sound at the moment, but a sound that is constantly evolving; and (we) hope it keeps doing that.” The Thieves exhibit a blend of acoustic styles that explore the basics of folk and pop music while at the same time rejecting their restrictions.

Guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters and drummer Devin Mauch discovered right away that life on the road for a burgeoning band is easily glamorized from the joy of playing a show, the wonder of encountering new places and people and the stories that amass. However, the lifestyle can also be trying: the isolation of a van, the misery of being separated from home and loved ones and the unspoken grievances that stack tensions high. For The Ballroom Thieves, this theme became their album.

BU Players present production of “Harvey”

The Bloomsburg University Players will premiere their spring season with Mary Chase’s comedy “Harvey.” The play, directed by assistant professor of theatre David Miller, will run Wednesday, March 1, through Sunday, March 5, at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Show time on Wednesday-Saturday is 7:30 p.m. with show time on Sunday is 3 p.m.

“Harvey” follows Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey, a seemingly invisible anthropomorphic six-foot-one-and-a-half-inch rabbit. Not everyone is happy to have Harvey around, including Elwood’s social climbing sister Veta Louise, who is determined to commit him to a sanitarium. “Harvey” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945.

The 12 member cast includes Emily Henderson, Carly Carman, Titus O’Neil, Kayla McGarry, Kendall Baird and Kate Mochnacz. Also, Josué Nieves, Nate Stosius, Jonathan Schultz, Madeline Okuniewski, Austyn Redwinski, and Chris Thorne.

Tickets are free for BU students with student ID, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Haas Center box office or at the door one hour before curtain time.

The Voice lands six awards at Gold Circle competition

The Voice

Results of the 2016 Gold Circle competition are in, and staff members at The Voice have received have six individual awards for their articles, photos, and page design from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Their work was chosen from among the 6,420 entries submitted by colleges and universities from across the United states. Voice members claimed two First Place awards, two Third Place awards, and two Certificates of Merit.

First Place in Entertainment Reviews went to Joshua Lloyd, current Arts Editor, for his article “Urie Bids Farewell.” First Place in page design for a Cultural Feature Page went to Vanessa Giedosh, former Arts Editor, for her April 14 page design.

Third Place in Personal Opinion Writing, Off-Campus Issues, went to Morgan Mickavicz, current Asst. Opinion Editor, for her political column, “Flush Prejudice.” The Staff as a whole also share a Third Place in Headline Writing for an entry of five of their top headlines.

A Certificate of Merit in Sports Commentary was awarded to Evin Hartsock, current Sports Editor, for his column “Eagles Look to Soar.” Cole Kresch, former Photo Editor, who graduated in 2016, also won a Certificate of Merit for his front-page photo story, “Big Event Cleans House.”

Current editor of The Voice is Ioannis Pashakis. Adviser is Mary Bernath, professor of English.

Columbia Scholastic Press Association, founded in 1925, serves editors who produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and online media from high schools and colleges throughout the United States. Its goal is to foster high standards in student journalism and to recognize quality work. It is owned and operated by Columbia University.

Alumna to speak on social activism

Fatima Maruta

Fatima Maruta virtually returns to Bloomsburg University for International Women’s Day where she will discuss “Start Locally, Act Globally.” on Wednesday, March 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in KUB Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.

Maruta will discuss her journey to establish the Rose of Sharon Welfare Organization in Zimbabwe. The Organization provides shelter, food, education and health care, social amenities and recreation to orphans in need.

Before traveling to the United States of America and graduating with a master’s degree in Business Administration from BU in 1997, Maruta enrolled for a Higher National Diploma in Accounting from Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe. She later matriculated to the University of Zimbabwe where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She held several accounting posts in public and private institutions before joining the University of Zimbabwe where she lectured for six years and chaired the School of Accountancy. She then joined the UNAIDS as Projects Accountant for HIV/Aids Programs. She left in 2005 to form the Rose of Sharon Welfare Organization.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Global and Multicultural Education, the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement, and the Women’s Resource Center.

Wilderness First Aid Offered

Wilderness First Aid

Bloomsburg University’s Quest Outdoor Leadership Program is offering a Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder Recertification course. The two-day class is on Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30 at Monty’s on Bloomsburg University’s upper campus. Registration deadline is Friday, March 10.

This introductory level course is designed to introduce first aid and patient care in remote locations for outdoor leaders, guides, hunters or anyone who spends times in the woods. Topics include, but are not limited to wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems.

Participants will receive a two-year Wilderness First Aid certification through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School after completion of the course. All levels of training and experience are welcome.

Survey seeks opinions of first year students, seniors

NSSE Survey

First-year and senior classes are invited to share opinions about their experiences at Bloomsburg University by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement.

The survey reveals students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Results are used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.

In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win one of 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 the survey was administered, 635 students responded making a student’s odds of winning roughly 1 in 8.

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

STEM project advances to Governor’s competition

STEM Projects

Concepts ranging from a pill dispenser for prescribed medication to a sleep saver app for students to a deer inhibitor device to enhance highway safety were among the creative ideas drawn up by Bloomsburg University’s STEM Magnet Program over winter break.

Their work, which included six small group projects, culminated with a judged campus competition to pick the best idea for the Regional PA Governor’s STEM Competition this week at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) in Milton.

The winner — The Coal Refuse Block: a five-by-nine-inch block used to recycle coal refuse. According to their proposal, the block would be solely made of coal refuse with the exception of its steel mold. The product would be cheap, stable and environmentally friendly.