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ZIPD takes you from backpack to briefcase

This week, the College of Business will be host its 4th annual Zeigler Institute for Professional Development Business Conference covering topics ranging from leading global marketing strategy to interpersonal growth and leadership to non-profit management. The ZIPD conference is focused on helping students cultivate professional skill sets and a deeper understanding of how business’ functional areas interrelate. Nearly 100 alumni are expected to return to campus this week to help lead many of the informative lectures, panel discussions and roundtable networking events.

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ZIPD is a comprehensive educational experience designed to build the personal and professional capacities necessary for career success through training and education in business etiquette, professional attire, interviewing, networking and resume writing. Through ZIPD students ...

  • learn about careers early on to see where their true interests lie
  • gain insight into the interconnectedness of the primary areas in business: marketing, management, accounting and finance
  • systematically prepare for success in the business world across all four years
  • increase knowledge about opportunities and expectations for a better understanding of career exploration and management
  • expand their awareness of current conditions and what it means to be a professional in their field of interest or major
  • eet themselves apart by acquiring the tools to be a successful professional: business etiquette, professional attire, interviewing, networking and resume writing

Manufacturing leader shares business insights

Business Presentation

Bloomsburg University’s chapters of APICS, Phi Beta Lambda, and the Society for the Advancement of Management, along with the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of APICS recently hosted Don Wagner, newly retired vice president of operations at Lycoming Engines.

Wagner was a key leader in the transformation of Lycoming from a company in a serious fight for its life into a Shingo Award Gold winner. He was treated to a reception that included students, faculty, alumni, and other local business professionals from NEPA APICS.

Wagner then shared his perspectives on leadership and building a culture of respect and empowerment with a crowd of about 150 people. He demonstrated the power of the leadership enablers used at Lycoming by sharing the before and after metrics for safety, quality, cost, and customer response. The highlight of the presentation was Wagner’s emphasis on the purpose for lean manufacturing at Lycoming Engines: to grow the business, which allowed it to not only keep, but to grow the number of good-paying jobs in this area.

Huskies shine at recent forensics tournaments

Forensics Speech and Debate

Bloomsburg University’s Forensics Team recently placed fourth at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Annual Holiday Tournament at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Va., finishing ahead of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Fayetteville State University, the University of Richmond, Shepherd University, Wilkes University, Davis and Elkins College.

The team finished behind Lord Fairfax Community College, while Florida College and Randolph-Macon College tied for second place.

Individual Winners

  • Stephanie Kaminski (Team President): first in Poetry; first in Persuasion; second in Extemporaneous Speaking; fifth in Informative, fifth in Improvisational Pairs with Madalyn Goss; second in Pentathlon; sixth in Best Speaker Award in Pariliamentary Debate
  • Delaney Hellman: first in Communication Analysis; second in After Dinner Speaking; third in Impromptu Speaking, third in Pentathlon, fourth in Improvisational Pairs with Abbey Porambo
  • Abbey Porambo: third in Poetry, sixth in Informative; fourth in Improvisational Pairs with Delaney Hellman
  • Jayleen Alvarado: second in Parliamentary Debate with Madalyn Goss; fifth in Dramatic Duo with Brook Reichenbach
  • Brook Reichenbach: fifth in Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado; fifth in Communication Analysis
  • Madalyn Goss: second in Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado; fifth in Improvisational Pairs with Stephanie Kaminski

Chanty Gbaye also competed for Bloomsburg University. Additionally, the Forensics Team recently placed fourth at the 19th Annual Morgan State University Speech and Debate Tournament in Baltimore.

Individual Winners

  • Stephanie Kaminski (Team President): third in Informative Speaking; fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking; sixth in Poetry; sixth in Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado; fourth in Pentathalon
  • Abraham Freet: first in Extemporaneous Speaking; third in Impromptu Speaking; fourth in Parliamentary Debate Best Speaker; fourth in Parliamentary Debate with Arrista Voorhees
  • Arrista Voorhees: second in Poetry; fourth in Parliamentary Debate with Abraham Freet; sixth in Impromptu Speaking
  • Jayleen Alvarado: sixth in Parliamentary Debate with Stephanie Kaminski

Joshua Hooks competed in Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Declamation for Bloomsburg University. Neil Strine, director of forensics, served as a speech and debate judge at the tournament. Strine is assisted by Timothy Oleksiak, of English, and Dan Bloomingdale, of communication studies, as faculty coaches for the BU Forensics team. The Forensics Team is supported by funding from the Community Government Association.

Gender studies graduates ready for the next step

Gender Studies Graduates

Bloomsburg University’s Gender Studies Minor program recently honored its soon-to-be graduates at Andruss Library’s Schweiker Room with a reception that included a presentation of green graduation cords they will be wearing during December’s commencement services.

  • Margo Cottone, communication studies major — “I felt by having this minor, it would broaden my way of thinking and learn how to be open to other people. I also felt very strongly about equality.”
  • On her future: “This minor will give me an edge when I do attend graduate school for emergency management. The minor taught me to be open-minded about people and their cultures, and applying that for when disasters do strike will give me a greater understand of their perspective and understanding where their values may come from.”

  • Keara Hozella, English major — “I believe in equality for all people and being a part of the GSM helps me to further my knowledge about how to be all-inclusive to people of all genders, identities, and ways of life through the classes I take, and through conversing with other like-minded GSM students.”
  • On her future: “The GSM courses have opened my eyes to many issues I would not have otherwise known about and have not talked about in my other classes. The fact I have a GSM will be particularly useful when applying to graduate school, as I want to focus on British literature and Shakespeare’s works, and how these texts show gender performativity and gender roles throughout history. The issues that the GSM courses relay to students are definitely still relevant in today’s society, and can be used to research and discuss literature from the past.”

  • Rachel Wagaman, anthropology major — “I wanted to have a better understanding about gender, since I did not know much about it when I first chose it. I have learned so much about gender and about women than I thought I would and it has gave me a different view on how to perceive the world, especially through reading fiction and understanding history of women and other genders, because of it.”
  • On her future: “I would like to eventually get into graduate school and get a masters in gender studies or women's studies. I want to help women and others conquer the world, where they feel they cannot and make them feel that they are important and safe from what and who they consider monsters.”

Phi Kappa Phi spotlights academic excellence

Phi Kappa Phi Honorees

Phi Kappa Phi recently hosted a recognition awards ceremony honoring students who earned a 3.8 GPA or higher during their freshman year. In recognizing nearly 100 outstanding freshmen, Phi Kappa Phi hopes to encourage them to live by its philosophy embodied by “let the love of learning rule humanity.”

Theme of this year’s ceremony, “Enriching the College Experience: Conversations about Achievement,” brought five students to present briefly on how they have enriched their college experience through undergraduate research or study abroad programs.

The five presenters were Khadija Abdullahi, psychology major and sociology minor; Olivia Edelman, secondary education and English major; Bryce Foster, environmental biology and anthropology major; Sean Hartzell, biology major; and Rachael Rapella, political science and Russian and Easter European studies major.

International students share their global perspective

PASSHE International Summit

Recently 10 international students participated in a panel discussion titled “Perception of International Students: An Analysis” led by Madhav Sharma, director of international education services. Students participating in the panel shared their personal stories of adjusting at Bloomsburg University as an international student including their successes and challenges. At the end of the session students engaged in a lively Q&A session where they shared their opinion regarding best practices of dealing with international students in PASSHE institutes.

Panel participants

  • ASM Tuhin
  • Ikechukwu Ukonze
  • Javier Navas
  • Khalid Almaghlouth
  • Khalid Alshehri
  • Michael Adane
  • Mohamed Abouelfotouh
  • Nyi Nyi Tun
  • Shyer Amin
  • Yousef Alshammari

Campus Announcements

Thanksgiving Break Closing Procedures — Residence halls will close on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. Before you leave for Thanksgiving make sure your trash is emptied, windows are closed and locked, window shades are pulled down, lights are turned off and nothing is left “on” except for refrigerators. Your room will be checked by residence life after the residence hall closes. Residence halls will re-open at noon, Sunday, Nov. 30.

Campus Announcements

Before you leave your apartment for Thanksgiving Break, you must empty your trash, lock windows and make sure all shades and blinds are closed, make sure water is not dripping from faucets and toilet has stopped filling with water, turn off lights, leave your heart on at 68 degrees and make sure your front door is shut tightly.

All university apartment communities will close on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at noon and will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 30, at noon. There will be no mail delivery during this time. If you have any problems, emergencies, or maintenance issues between these times, you must call University Police at 570- 389-4168 or the on-call staff person at 570-336-8551.

For safety purposes, if you are staying in your apartment over the Thanksgiving holiday, you must notify us by completing the interim housing form. Your name and apartment number will be forwarded to the University Police who will be conducting rounds while the University is closed. Once this form is completed, your roommates will be notified of your intent to stay and any guests you may have.

If you do not let us know that you will be staying, and lights are seen in your apartment, University Police will enter the apartment to investigate. If you have any questions about closing, please feel free to contact us at 570-389-2900.

Blue Lot Update — BU's Police Department would like to inform all Blue Lot parking permit holders and anyone who may be parking in the Blue Lot that the lot will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7p .m. The lot will remain closed until Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. If you have intentions on using your vehicle during this time period it is suggested that you move your vehicle to the lower campus, where there will be “open” parking, for that time period. You will be required to move your vehicle to the Blue Lot after 10 a.m. Parking enforcement, (relating to permits) for the lower campus will resume on Monday, Dec. 1, at 2 a.m. If you have any questions about this please call 570-389-4168.

Prospectus Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Kaitlin Kelly on Monday, Nov. 24, at 3:15 p.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “The Relationship Between Perceived Tinnitus Annoyance And Big Five Personality Traits In Normal Hearing Participants With Simulated Tinnitus.”

Thesis Prospectus — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the thesis prospectus of Michelle E. Tewell on Monday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. in Centennial Hall 301 as part of the requirements for the degree. The prospectus is entitled “The Effects of Compressions Socks on an Individual's Somatosensory System.”

BUSTED: Naughty or Nice? — The cast of BUSTED presents their holiday show, Episode # 69 “Naughty or Nice?”, on Monday, Dec. 1, at 9 p.m. in KUB Ballroom. Follow the lives of 20 college characters through comedy and music as they navigate their way through college life. Free admission and free giveaways. Sponsored by Residence Life.

Students Recital — Monday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall featuring Rachel Lipski on piano and Luke Nolan on guitar.

Program Board General Meeting — Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 9:15 p.m. in the KUB Multi B. Wear your ugly Christmas sweater. All students are welcome.

Free Head-Neck-Shoulder Massage — Tuesday, Dec. 2, Wednesday Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 4, from noon to 5 p.m. in the KUB Fireside Lounge. Sign up in advance at the Kehr Main Desk for a 10 minute slot. Walk-ins will be welcome if available.

Tuba Christmas — Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts.

Elf — showing on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Friday Dec. 5 at 9:30 the Kehr Hideaway. Free Admission with a BU student ID and a paid fall Community Activities fee, all others $1.

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas — showing on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 p.m. and Friday Dec. 5 at 7 the KUB Hideaway. Free Admission with a BU student ID and a paid fall Community Activities fee, all others $1.

Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program like to announce the thesis defense of Erica Miele on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301 as part of the requirements for the degree. The defense is entitled “The effect of head position on the vestibulo-ocular reflex during trapezoidal rotations.” ​

Safe Sex Bingo — Friday, Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. in the KUB Multi A & B. Free with a BU ID and paid fall Community Activities fee, all others $3. $250 in cash prizes plus free refreshments.

Midnight Pizza — Friday, Dec. 5 midnight to 1:30 a.m. in the Kehr Multicultural Center and Fireside Lounge. Free with a BU student ID and paid fall Community Activity Fee, others $3.

Comedy Night featuring Roy Wood, Jr. — Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Kehr Ballroom. Free with a BU ID and paid fall Community Activity Fee, others $3.

Carols by Candlelight Concert — Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 345 Market St., Bloomsburg. No admission fee but tickets are required. Available at the Mitrani box office (389-4409).

Looking for an alternate place to study? — Check out these new study locations available Friday, Dec. 5 to 12, 8 a.m. – midnight: KUB – Fireside Lounge, Ballrooms, Hideaway, Multi A & B, Conference Rooms (226, 227, 340, 343, 409, 410, 411) Monty’s – Assembly Room, JKA – Conference Room and Lobby.

New York City Bus Trip — Saturday, Dec. 6, departs the Hospital Lot at 7 a.m. and departs NYC at 8 p.m. Sign up in the Student Activities Office, KUB 350.

Jazz Ensemble Concert — Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts.

Get published! — Warren, BU's art and literary journal, is accepting submissions in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, critical essays, art, and photography. Submissions may include up to five pieces of poetry and two works of prose. Prose must not exceed 10 pages. Submissions should not have been previously published. Attach a cover sheet with name, email and submission category. Email submissions to Deadline is Sunday, Dec. 21, at 11:59 p.m. Contact the editors, Katherine Sager at or Courtney Dunn at, for more information.

Winter College Scheduling — is underway! Winter College will run Dec. 15 to Jan. 16 this year. Students can schedule up to 7 credits from among 19 online and 20 face-to-face courses. For a complete list of courses click on Search outside of ISIS (Quick and Easy) under Course Scheduling. Contact Karen Murtin at 570-389-4824 or at for more information.

W2 Tax Form — Students and staff can now enroll to receive their W2 tax form electronically through Employee Self Service (ESS). Electronic enrollment is very beneficial because, once enrolled, copies of your W2 can be printed at any time by accessing the ESS portal if you need a copy to reference for financial aid purposes, loans, etc. Deadline to enroll is Dec. 22. Your enrollment will stay in force until you either separate employment or request to revert back to paper.

Spring 2015 Parking Registration — Online vehicle registration will begin on Dec. 8 for parking permits for commuters and residents for the spring semester. Please apply through Select ‘Buy Permits’ and follow the on screen steps to begin the registration process. Each student is responsible to pay $4.95 shipping and handling fee when prompted during the ordering process. The decal charge of $75 for residents and $37 for commuters will be added to the student account.

Downtown Parking Permits — will go on sale Monday, Dec. 1, for those that do NOT currently have a permit. Current Permit Holders can renew Monday, Nov. 24, to Wednesday, Nov 26. Permits can be purchased the Bloomsburg Police Station, 301 E. 2nd St., between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Permits are valid from Jan. 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015. Call 570-784-6779 with questions.