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Today's News of 2010
Today's News of 2010
A weekend filled with celebration
Nearly 700 newly minted alumni received bachelor’s or master’s degrees during BU’s three winter commencement ceremonies in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. One hundred sixty-five students received master’s degrees Friday, while 500 bachelor’s degrees were conferred on Saturday.
Another fall semester comes to a close
Winter commencement capped an eventful and productive fall semester at BU, highlighted by academic achievement, classroom innovation, campus growth and a stronger connection to the community.
Relive some highlights of the fall
Student Employee of the Year
Kayla Wolfe, who works in the fine Arts and Humanities Living Learning Community and was nominated by Stephanie Schlitz, won a $500 scholarship provided by the BU Foundation as the Student Employee of the Year.
Tobin Adams (left), who works in Intramural Sports and was nominated by Tony Dreckman, won a $200 gift card to the University Store provided by CGA as the runner-up. Student Employment Appreciation Week will also be celebrated in April 2011.
Nursing students add to holiday cheer
BU’s Nurses Christian Fellowship offered their best recipe for holiday cheer this season by baking and decorating cookies for the local community. The event was sponsored by Wesley United Methodist Church, Salvation Army, Agape Ministries, Journey Mates Ministry.
Students represent BU on national stage
Members of BU’s Model UN Students Organization represented Bloomsburg this fall at the National Model United Nations in Washington, D.C., and then served as advisors on substance and technique to a number of high school students who attended the UN Security Council simulation at BU in December with roughly 40 high school students and teachers in attendance.
Abdullah Albahrani, assistant professor of economics, will serve as the advisor to the BU Model UN Students Organization starting this semester. He will accompany most of these students in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative at the Osgood Center for International Studies, Washington, D.C. in March. Pictured: (front) Guy Snyder, Joel Boyer, Michael Gerber; (back) Matt Albertson, Amro Elansari, Joseph Albanese.
PCM brightens holidays for needy children
Protestant Campus Ministry, in cooperation with residence life, DASL, and Catholic Campus Ministry, participated in Operation Christmas Child — a worldwide project to provide Christmas gifts to children in developing countries.
The groups collected 235 shoeboxes, which were gift-wrapped and delivered to the local collection site. Pictured: PCM members Chelsea Zoltowski, Jess Stevenson and Haley Boyko wrap shoeboxes.
Collaborative work published
Fourteen students in the fall honors course, Introduction to Digital Humanities, taught by Stephanie Schlitz, associate professor of English, collaboratively authored a digital humanities manifesto, which was recently published on the Student Voices section of 4Humanities.
Students were Emily Arcuri, Grace Barry, Keenan Chesnick, Julia Fox, Sarah Gorr, Natalie Greenholt, Allison Huber, Erik Kile, Jordyn Koveleski, Amanda Machey, Katrina Merz, Kenneth Myers, John Shilpetski and Derek Weicht.
Health Physics lends hand to CMAVTS
BU’s health physics program loaned a set of Geiger-Mueller radiation detectors to Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School last semester for a set of lab experiments involving low levels of radiation. Their teacher, James Kofskie, a BU physics graduate, said his students greatly enjoyed the experiments.
Student use of the equipment at Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech is particularly appropriate since this school is the designated monitoring station in the event of a radiological accident at the PPL Susquehanna plant and was recently used as part of the FEMA emergency drill in October.
Student showcases gender equality research
Kristin Kelly, an anthropology and English major, capped a productive fall semester by presenting her anthropological research on gender equality in the U.S. at the annual American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, New Orleans. Kelly intends to pursue graduate studies in legal anthropology.
Additionally Kelly, a Board of Governor's Scholar, has been active on campus as a member of the Frederick Douglass Living and Learning Community, community assistant and serving on the CGA.
Anthropology students in national spotlight
A group of anthropology students participated in the 103rd American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings this fall, where they worked as conference volunteers, served in the press room, placement center, registration and exhibit hall.
Students also attended an all-day event that included an employer expo, graduate school fair and numerous professional development and career planning workshops. In addition, Victoria Schlieder, Eva Yuen and Kristin Kelly, who were supported by a College of Liberal Arts Student Professional Development Grant, presented individual research.
Campus unites to honor Civil Rights catalyst
This month marks the 55th anniversary of the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the catalyst for what became the Civil Rights Movement. For 366 days, thousands of people committed to walking in protest of a segregated public transportation. Their dedication crippled the system, causing a nationwide ripple effect.
In honor of them, BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence held a public Commemorative March on Dec. 6 across campus, from Carver Hall to Waller Administration Building.
Professor discusses trivialization on WITF
Gary Hardcastle, professor of philosophy, was featured on WITF News on Dec. 17, taking a look at the trivial nature of our nation in regards to reality television and infomercials. Hardcastle will also discuss ways society can help “keep civilization on track.”
Holiday Food Drive feeds 36 families
BU’s recent Holiday Food Drive collected enough donations to feed 44 local adults and 46 children. Several departments and individuals sponsored children and provided items such as coats, gloves, hats or clothing. Toys were provided for each child through Toys for Tots. Many students and clubs participated and donated generous quantities of food.
A sincere thank you is extended to the BU community who supported this worthwhile effort. (L-R) Jamie Cotner, Kristina Wood, Audra Halye, Toni Barrile, Traci Boehret, Amanda Frazier, of human resources; Patricia Archey, audiology student organization; Deb Schell, Susan Hayes, Michael John, Civic Engagement LLC; Raylene Brill, Upward Bound/CGA/Chi Alpha Epsilon; Jeremi Ronaldo, BU Iron Club.
Students celebrate advent in style
The 11th Annual Protestant Campus Ministry Advent Banquet was held earlier this month in the Kehr Union Ballroom, where more than 160 guests enjoyed the music of the BU Gospel Choir and guest speaker Reverend Ruth-Aimee Belonni-Rosario from Princeton theological Seminary.
(L-R) Mandi Siegfried and Angie Rock, Protestant Campus Ministry co-presidents with Rev. Ruth-Aimee Belonni-Rosario, guest speaker, and Rev. Dr. Maggie Gillespie, Protestant Campus minister.
A fashionable event for Haiti disaster relief
BU's student dance and modeling organization, Vice Versa, recently showed its flair for fashion with an on-campus fundraiser, Genesis: The Beginning, featuring singing and dance anchored around a full-scale fashion show. All proceeds from the show benefitted the Haitian relief effort in response to the catastrophic earthquake earlier this year. Photo gallery: Relive the Genesis
Students get up-close look at nuclear plant
A group of BU physics students, who have volunteered to serve on the Columbia County Radiological Emergency Response Team, recently got a tour of the PPL Susquehanna power plant, Berwick, to learn more about their roles on the team.
Several of the students participated in a FEMA evaluated exercise at the power plant that evaluated the ability of the local counties to respond to an emergency. BU students have served as volunteers in the program for four years and many have found the experience to be valuable in their careers. (L-R) Colt Greer, Kelsey Everett, Kaitlin Hiller, Meredith Woy, Jarrad Barnhart, Aaron Ohl, Jason Vognetz.
English Club boosts TreeFest efforts
The BU English Club, through their fundraising efforts, recently raised money to sponsor a tree at TreeFest. Students also created handmade ornaments from book pages and collected other reading inspired items for their themed tree, “A Literary Masterpiece”.
After the event, trees and ornaments are donated to a needy family in the area. The English Club’s tree was amongst 140 other decorated trees on display for the past two weekends. Students are already thinking about next year’s TreeFest and possible themes.
Biology students help research fund
Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, contributed $200 to the Ronald Raab Research Fund. The funds were raised from a variety of events. (L-R) Amanda Kaehler, secretary; Megan Dager, VP; Michael Brabander, treasurer; George Chamuris, chair of biological and allied health sciences; Amy Schultz, historian; and Kyle Correll, president.
Dare to bridge this spaghetti gap?
Introduction to Engineering and Technology students recently competed in designing a bridge from cylindrical spaghetti and epoxy/glue with certain specifications. Tony Tran ended up designing the winning bridge, achieving a performance index of 110 (defined as the ratio of maximum load the bridge can support to its mass).
One key lesson students learned is the importance of manufacturability and quality control in an engineering design process.
Graduate students present research
Michael McCormick, Christine McGlinn and Amy Startzel, each special education majors, presented, “Five Primary Areas for Helping Students Transition to Collegiate Studies,” at the 51st Annual Pennsylvania Association of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference at the Penn Stater in State College on Nov. 11 to 12.
Their research focused on providing teachers and university students with an overview of five areas of instruction that may benefit high school students with I.E.P.’s or 504 Plans as they transition to collegiate studies. A personal account of effective strategies that promoted a successful college career was also presented. Maria Pellechio contributed to the presentation.
A heavy metal lesson at the foundry
A group of health physics, engineering technology and physics students toured the 150-year-old Benton Foundry this fall, where they learned technical aspects of gray iron, ductile iron and austempered ductile iron.
The group also received a presentation on CAD drawings, 3D modeling and solidification analysis, as well as a lab presentation on testing and analysis. Joining the trip were Timothy Gildea, Jason Derr, Eric Wieand, Michael Dutko, Juan Castaneda and John Huckans, assistant professor of physics and engineering technology.
CCM students help needy families
BU’s Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) participated in a weekend volunteer service trip this fall to Rochester, N.Y, at a convent with the Sisters of Saint Joseph learning more about Catholic Social Teaching. The group also brought more $800 in toys by the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Danville, to give to children in need.
Half the group volunteered at Bethany House, a Catholic Worker House, which offers temporary residence for homeless women and children. The rest of the group volunteered at Mary’s Place, a drop-in center for refugees. Father Jeff Thoms and Sister Deborah Borneman served as mentors.
Sororities to storm campus dorms
Two nights of food and fun with BU sororities were held in the first-ever Dorm Storm, where students learned more about each sorority and their favorite service project. Dorm Storm is a Panhellenic Council sponsored event where students met members from multiple sororities and got a feel for the uniqueness of each chapter.
Alums gather to celebrate TreeFest
BU alumnae Joanne Berkheiser, ’72, Cindy Arenella , ’71, and Dor Remsen, ’71 decorated the Carver Hall Alumni Chapter’s tree for TreeFest 2010 at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. The theme this year is “Bloomsburg University: A Great Place to BU (be you!).” Ornaments feature photos of hundreds of alumni who attended events this year.
TreeFest continues through this weekend, Dec. 3 to 5. Last year, the Carver Hall Chapter’s tree was chosen for the Tree Fest winner’s circle and was featured at the Bloomsburg Fair, where it took a second place in the fair competition.
Senior art on showcase in Haas Art Gallery
A Senior Exit Art Show will be held from Tuesday, Dec. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Haas Art Gallery featuring the works of Maryam Cristillo, Matt Wynn, Cate Striplin, Thomas Duggan and Steve Martz.
A reception for the artists will be held Tuesday, from 3 to 5 p.m., to kick off the show. Contact Jason Godeke (570) 389-4187 for more information.
Greeks kick off holiday giving season
More than 40 students participated in Theta Tau Omega’s recent leaf raking and clean-up at Town Park, which was followed by Kappa Sigma’s bake sale at Wal-Mart benefitting The Fisher House — a home away from home for military families to be close to loved ones who are hospitalized.
In addition, Sigma Iota Omega helped organize a bingo raffle table at the Orangeville Fire Company to benefit the local public library. Once again, Greek Life has been actively involved with TreeFest in decorating and cleaning the local consistory.
Students kick up support for Haiti
BU’s Biology and Allied Health Sciences Club contributed $300 to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti, from funds raised through a kickball tournament. (L-R) standing: Katrina Rohr, Stephen Paliswiat, Heather Ressler and Gina Grasso. Kneeling: Megan Dager, Michael Stipanovic and Heather Kinney.
Behrent honored with STRIVE Award
Dale Behrent, of facilities management, was honored with a STRIVE (Staff and Teams Recognized in their Valuable Efforts) Award for the second quarter for his determination, work ethic and ability to bring out the best in everyone to get the job done efficiently and effectively.
Behrent was nominated by Catherine Wagner, Nancy Miller, Jackie Fowler and Kathy Valovage, who said, “He encourages everyone to work to the best of their ability and they step up. His skills in dealing with groups of individuals down to a one-on-one relationship shows he also possess the leadership (lead role). His demeanor and caring shows through every time he works with you. Whether it is a request for help with a tear-down or set-up of an event, he is there to lend a hand.”
Campus Alert Update: Dec. 14, 2010
Bloomsburg University Police arrested two suspects in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, in front of Elwell Residence Hall. Both suspects were committed to Columbia County Prison. Police have not ruled out other arrests in connection with the incident.
The Voice chosen among the nation’s best
BU’s student newspaper, The Voice, has been recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association with 11 Gold Circle Awards for 2010. These national awards are given annually to individual student journalists for excellence in writing and design. This year’s competition attracted 9,460 entries from college, university, and secondary school newspapers, magazines, and online media sites throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Students honored for academic excellence
During its recent annual Freshman Awards Ceremony, BU's chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Ira Blake, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, recognized more than 80 sophomores who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement during the 2009-10 academic year. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The society's mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.
Husky Spirit reaches Maryland third-graders
Third-graders at Port Towns Elementary School, Bladensburg, Md., were introduced to Husky Spirit, thanks to the efforts of BU education majors, who “adopted” two classrooms. BU’s Education House LLC launched a partnership with the school to send pencils, pennants, mugs and mascot stuffed animals to be used as “reading buddies.” BU students also sent notes, inviting each of the third-graders to become a pen pal.
Students enjoy Al Pacino's work on stage
A group of students in Todd Borlik’s Shakespeare class went to New York City this fall to see A Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino at the Broadhurst Theatre. They say Pacino had a dominating stage presence and dynamic delivery, which brought his complex character to life.
Prior to the trip, students read the play and watched the 2004 film. Afterwards, they agreed the theatrical version, due to immediacy of its intolerance and violence, was as powerful as the film.
Preschoolers learn new language
To recognize Deaf Awareness Week this fall, Jennifer Harned's preschoolers welcomed a special guest, Nicole Laszczynski, a BU deaf education graduate student who is also deaf. Laszczynski taught the Campus Child Center preschoolers what it’s like to be deaf, signed stories and then taught them some American Sign Language (ASL).
BU veterans lend hand to disabled vets
BU's Student Veterans Association donated more than $1,200 to the Wounded Warrior Project from a successful coin drop fundraiser last spring. The group conducted another coin drop collection on Nov. 11 at the Lightstreet-Main Street intersection to help support various projects and programs for BU's student veterans.
(L-R) Jocelyn Kerr, National Guard, assoc. treasurer; Ebony Taylor, NG; Nina Dacey, Mark Bauman, faculty advisor; Shelby Maly, Jeff Long, interim VP of student affairs; Jeniffer Kobe, assoc. VP, Jared Ramsey, NG; Jill Reed, assoc. secretary, Todd Bucher, retired Marine Corps; Gina Grasso, social coordinator; Joshua Bentley, NG; Jake Kenney, NG, assoc. president, BU President David Soltz.
Influential business thinker visits BU
Harvard professor Howard Gardner recently presented, “Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons and the Promotion of Good Work,” in Mitrani Hall, continuing his work as the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and senior director of Harvard Project Zero. Best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, Gardner has written extensively on creativity, leadership, professional ethics and the arts.
Become a Kozloff scholar
BU students are invited to apply for the Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Grant competition, which is open to students who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the research is conducted. Each student must have a faculty sponsor. Awards may range from $500 to the equivalent of one semester's tuition at BU.
Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Centennial Hall, by 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2011. Recipients will be notified no later than the first week in April. Contact Jerrold Harris, director of research and sponsored programs, (570) 389-4129 for more information.
Students show talents in Model Arab League
BU’s Arabic Club recently participated in the Model Arab League (MAL) in Washington, D.C., which gave students an opportunity to acquire and develop practical leadership skills related to the U.S. and one of the world’s most vital regions. Students learned about social, economic, cultural and political issues facing Arab leaders and ordinary citizens.
Alum gives real world lesson on campus
Christopher D. Root, a ’06 graduate of BU’s Electronics Engineering Technology program, recently presented his work experience to the students in Intro to Engineering and Technology class taught by Biswajit Ray, prof. of physics and engineering technology.
Root, an engineer with ArcelorMittal Steelton, Rolling Mills, is responsible for maintaining and modernizing electrical systems for steel production for the U.S. market. Root spoke on his engineering and managerial experience relating to various projects, including energy efficiency improvement, man-machine interface upgrade, rail test simulator and hardening improvement.
Bucknell team to showcase math skills
BU’s Mathematics and Computer Science seminar series continues Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 3:30 p.m., with a presentation by the Math Modeling Contest team from Bucknell University. Joined by their faculty advisors, the Bucknell team will present their solution to a problem from the national COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The problem: Develop a method to aid local police in their investigations of serial criminals, using at least two different schemes to generate a geographical profile.
Lecture on Muslim-American Experience
Pakistani-American writer and commentator Rob Asghar will discuss his experiences as a Muslim-American during a lecture Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in McCormick Hall 2303. The event is open free to the public. Hosted by the Frederick Douglass Institute and the Helping Professions LLC, the lecture aims to inform the public about struggles in the Middle East and how Muslim-Americans have been treated since Sept. 11, 2001.
Main Event captures “Abraham Stories”
Protestant Campus Ministry, together with Hillel and the Muslim Student Organization, recently hosted an evening program on “Abraham Stories.” The event focused on sharing stories from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions about Abraham and his descendants. Main Event will next be Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., SSC 140.
In the spirit of autumn
Students in BU’s Honors Program recently spent time together to carve pumpkins in celebration of Halloween and the autumn season. Students also recently visited New York City and navigated Rohrbach's Hayride and Cornmaze.
Forensics Team places well in competitions
BU’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently won awards at two speech tournaments, taking seventh at the Keefe Memorial Speech Tournament on Oct. 9 to 10 at West Chester and fourth at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Fall Tourney on Oct. 15 to 16 at Randolph-Macon College, where every BU student won at least one speaking award.
Scott Kenyon placed sixth in Editorial Impromptu at the Keefe tourney followed by winning Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking at the CFA tourney. There, BU also had award winners from Joe Wright, Daniel Barry, and Mary Pellant. Kayla Vollmer and Nakita Rager also competed for BU at the Keefe tourney.
International Studies LLC Lecture Series
The final lecture in BU’s fall 2010 International Studies Living and Learning Community Lecture Series will be “Who Are the Arabs? The Lost Narrative.” The free lecture will be given by Nawal Bonomo, assistant to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, on Monday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in Hartline Science Center room G42. For details, contact Ferda Asya, associate professor of English and director of International Studies LLC, at (570) 389-4433.
Tennessee professor presents seminar
BU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is hosting Mark Dadmun, professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee, who will be speaking on “Designing Better Plastics: Understanding and Improving Polymer Mixtures,” at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, in Centennial Hall 108. Refreshments will be served at 1:45 p.m.
Exceptionality professor honored by NERA
Darlene Perner, professor of exceptionality programs, recently received the Leo D. Doherty Memorial Award at the 2010 Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) conference in Rocky Hill, Conn. Perner, noted for her outstanding leadership and service in special education, has participated in numerous organizations worldwide, with intent of bettering special education.
Not only is Perner dedicated to NERA, she is also involved in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) at the state and national levels, and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
SLED fundraiser to support Camp HERO
Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf (SLED) is selling sweatshirts for $20 to benefit Camp HERO, an annual week-long summer experience at Camp Victory, Millville, for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. All profits go towards sending a deaf child to Camp HERO. Contact SLED for details on how to get a sweatshirt.
A festive Homecoming celebration
Alumni, students and university friends embarked on campus this past weekend to celebrate BU’s 2010 Homecoming, which was kicked off by a festive parade and capped by the Huskies football team overpowering West Chester, 42-12. At halftime, Lisa Lapina was crowned Homecoming Queen and James Kearns was named Homecoming King.
In addition, students and campus groups held several friendly Homecoming competitions. Winners were — Residence Hall Window Painting: Elwell Hall; Banner: Program Board; Parade Non-Float Entries: Elwell Hall Council; and Parade Float Entries: Supervisory Roundtable.
Breast cancer fundraiser sets record
BU’s annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run, coordinated by the Multicultural Center, turned in its best year ever with more than $11,000 raised by more than 450 participants for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. Photo gallery
Delta Pi Sigma alums award scholarship
BU’s Delta Pi Sigma Pi Alumni Association awarded a $1,000 scholarship during its Homecoming celebration to Mark Brajer, a senior secondary education and history major, who has been a fraternity brother for three years and is currently its president. The DPSPAA Scholarship was established by the alumni of Delta Pi to help brothers in their educational pursuits.
Alumni brothers see this as a great way to ensure the success and longevity of one of the oldest social fraternities on campus (founded in 1967), while at the same time give back to the university. Joining Mark at the presentation was Nick Burk, the 2009 recipient of a $1,000 scholarship, and Chuck Ranck, 1968, vice president of DPSPAA and founding brother of Delta Pi, and Earl Roger Lowry, 1978, president of DPSPAA.
Theta Tau Omega honored for volunteerism
BU’s Theta Tau Omega sorority was honored by the Ronald McDonald House at Geisigner Medical Center for 10 years of volunteer service to the “home away from home” for families of children patients at Geisinger. The sorority has prepared dinner for the residents once a week, sometimes twice a week for the residents.
Theta Tau Omega also initiated the annual volunteer awards reception at the Ronald McDonald House, now in its sixth year.
Bringing the sports headlines to BUTV
Jock Talk Sports, featuring Tim Hipszer, Jesse Betar and Justin Teles, kick off BUTV’s prime time programming each week with their weekly show Monday, 9 p.m., on local Service Electric Channel 8, covering national headlines and special interviews with BU athletes.
The crew also takes questions and predictions from its Facebook and Twitter followers. This week, the guys will be talking early season reviews of the NBA, the San Francisco Giants domination in the World Series and previewing the 2010 Huskies men's basketball team.
Zumba for Breast Cancer Awareness
Students took a rest between classes recently to break a sweat and raise money for BU’s 8th Annual Breast Cancer 5k Walk/Run to be held on Oct. 24. Community assistants from Elwell Hall organized the Zumba fitness event, which raised more than $200 in less than an hour. Video | Photo gallery
‘Be You at BU Summit’ a big success
BU’s Office of Diversity and Retention sponsored a “Be You at BU Summit: A Toast to Community,” event on Oct. 19 in the KUB Hideaway, facilitated by Alicia Redfern, retired associate professor of psychology, who spoke on guiding campus leaders to understanding the value of diversity.
Through this summit, leaders of various campus organizations committed to promoting the recognition, appreciation and acceptance of all students both in and out of the classroom.
Free cookout to benefit Camp HERO
BU's Student Veterans Association hosted a free cookout in front the Student Services Center to benefit Camp HERO, an annual week-long summer experience at Camp Victory, Millville, for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The free cookout featured open-grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks.
A sweet fundraiser for Haiti
Vice Versa held a bake sale on campus as one of many fundraisers this semester to raise money for Haiti, which is still suffering from the effects of a massive earthquake nine months ago. The student group is offering cupcakes, brownies, cookies and candy, among other sweets.
Pulling together for a better environment
More than 50 students from several BU organizations , including Political Science Students Association, H.O.P. E (Help Our Planet Earth), Geography and Planning Society, Acacia, LLL, nursing students, took part in a global effort on Oct. 10 to help reduce the carbon footprint in wake of last year's International Day of Climate Action.
Students joined Hemlock Township residents to continue work begun in the summer by BU community assistants in Fernville Park, planting more than 30 trees and shrubs. The worldwide effort became the largest single-day environmental event in history. Photo gallery
International Studies LLC Lecture Series
M. Safa Saraçoğlu, asst. professor of history, will give the third lecture of the Fall 2010 International Studies Living and Learning Community Lecture Series on “Yunus Emre: How a ‘Cosmopolitan’ Sufi Poet Became a Ploy for ‘International’ Recognition.” Saraçoğlu, a native of Turkey, has been teaching courses in Islamic and Middle Eastern History at BU since 2006. The lecture, today at 6 p.m., McCormick 2303, is open free to the public.
A message to the campus community
With recent campus visits by external groups, it's apparent the freedom of expression guaranteed in the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution is alive and well. And so it should be. As an open, public campus, BU welcomes the free exchange of ideas so integral to both a democracy and a flourishing institution — by invited speakers and others who choose to use our campus as their platform.
A festive celebration of Oktoberfest
BU’s German Club recently held its annual Oktoberfest celebration with German food and music, as well as participation from BU’s German exchange students. The celebration was one of several events the club has planned this semester, including a German film night. Oktoberfest video
BU families enjoy fun-filled weekend
Hundreds of parents and family members of BU students converged on campus recently to enjoy a full schedule of fun activities, such as miniature golf on the Academic Quad, live music, Quest's climbing wall, three home sporting events and the Celebrity Artist Series. The 40th annual Parents and Family Weekend was sponsored by the CGA, Program Board and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.
Campus festival spotlights cultural diversity
Students were treated to a wealth of cultural diversity on campus during the recent International Festival, which featured a belly dancing workshop, Latino cooking demonstration and several student organizations showcasing different ethnic delicacies and artifacts from around the globe.
A story about a life changing experience
Lisa Lapina, who researched the effects of poverty on the education of at-risk children in Zambia, Africa, this summer, will discuss her experience Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. during the Pennsylvania State Education Association meeting, KUB Multi-345A. Lisa will also share ways BU students can help the orphan children she taught and cared for this summer.
CGA hosts student forum with BU president
BU President David L. Soltz was an invited guest of the CGA Senate meeting on Oct. 18 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. Soltz was be on-hand to answer student questions and concerns. Students were encouraged to attend and ask as many questions as they like.
LLC students explore Washington D.C.
Students from the International Studies Living and Learning Community spent the day in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24, where they were given a guided tour of the Capitol, visited the Embassy of France and spoke with the Counselor for European and Eurasian Affairs of the Embassy of France.
The Capitol visit gave students an understanding of the working and function of the U.S. legislature. The Embassy of France talk enhanced their knowledge about France and European Union. Pictured: Students, after the talk, with the Counselor and the Embassy staff at the Embassy of France.
Corporate veteran to offer job tips
Andy Teach, a 30-year corporate veteran who was recently vice-president of Network & Cable Research in Los Angeles, will present, “How to get and keep a job in Today’s Tough Economy,” on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. Teach’s presentation, sponsored by the Career Development Center, will include tips on resumes, networking, interviewing, how to deal with difficult people, dating at work, the dress code, how to stay organized, the Internet/e-mail/telephone etiquette and more.
Spectrum collection preserved online
During its 24 years under Walter Brasch, professor of journalism, Spectrum became one of only five college magazines inducted into the national collegiate magazine Hall of Fame at the University of Minnesota, was an All-American magazine 21 of its 24 years, and won more than 175 awards.
Spectrum ceased publication at the end of spring 2010. Reasons are noted in a special "Behind the Lines" in the final issue. The collection is now available online, following a digitization project under the direction of Bob Dunkelberger, BU archivist.
Students discuss work with visiting poet
Students in Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus’ Hispanics in the U.S. course met with Mariposa, a Puerto Rican poet, following her poetry recital “Boricua poet” at the Multicultural Center, on Sept. 15, where they reflected on her poetry and compared her identity themes with specific Mexican-American, Puerto Rican (Newyorikan), and Peruvian American Jew poets.
A message from Chancellor Cavanaugh
Among the most important roles of PASSHE is the creation of a welcoming culture of inclusion on our campuses. Harassment of any kind — whether face-to-face or online — cannot be tolerated. The recent suicide of a Rutgers University student, the cyber attacks on the student government president at the University of Michigan, and other tragic incidents that have occurred on college campuses have brought national attention to the issue of cyber bullying.
Campus bloodmobile exceeds goal
BU’s recent blood drive benefitting the Bloomsburg American Red Cross drew 332 pints of blood from campus donors, exceeding a goal of 308 units. The drive received great support, including the Greek organizations, the SOLVE Office for providing the snacks, and Aramark for donating the beverages and paper products. Next campus bloodmobile is Dec. 1 and 2.
Discovering who you want to be in a LLC
See how students in BU’s Living and Learning Communities find their niche, become leaders and make a difference on campus and in the community, as we continue our journey to see how LLC students form friendships, bond with faculty and discover new learning opportunities. Reality Series: Episode 2
Preschoolers study the cycle of life
BU's Campus Child Center's preschool teacher Jennifer Harned recently implemented a new unit on metamorphosis in her classroom. While learning about the life cycle of the butterfly, her students watched actual monarch caterpillars spin their chrysalis and later turn into butterflies.
Raffle generates $21,000 for scholarship fund
Kerri Kessler, of Halifax, mother of Sydney Yarnell, a freshman public relations major, recently received a $2,500 check as the winner of this year’s Bloomsburg University Tuition Raffle, which annually benefits the Bloomsburg University General Athletic Scholarship Fund.
More than $21,000 was raised from the recent raffle that sold more than 5,000 tickets for a chance to win the equivalent of one semester’s tuition.
Duo showcases anthropological research
Caryn Terwilliger, assistant professor of education, and Susan Dauria, professor of anthropology, presented a paper, “Teaching Anthropological Methods Through Community Involvement,” at The American University Annual Public Anthropology Conference in Washington D.C., on Oct. 17.
Their research focused on the long-term creative collaboration that created the Bloomsburg University Migrant Community Project. The conference theme was "Revolutions! Building Emancipatory Politics and Action."
International Studies LLC Lecture Series
“Forensic Anthropology, Population Admixture, and the Increasing Difficulties in Finding ‘Race’ ” is the second lecture in BU's fall 2010 International Studies Living and Learning Community Lecture Series. Conrad Quintyn, assistant professor of anthrology, will present the free lecture on Monday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in McCormick 2303.
At approximately 6:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, a white male wearing dark clothes was reportedly trying to gain entry into a residence on Rose Ave near the Kile Apartments. The suspect was described as being in his late teens or early 20s with dark hair. The suspect was carrying something, possibly a hand gun. The suspect fled to an area near the Tri-Level Garage.
BU students are introducing children to French and Spanish in Bloomsburg Area School District’s Memorial and Evans elementary schools this fall. Nearly 100 children in second through fifth grade are participating in the afterschool clubs run by five French and three Spanish students.
BU students, majoring and minoring in French and Spanish, are teaching in a one-credit practicum directed by Nathalie Cornelius, associate professor of French, and Bloomsburg superintendent Cosmas Curry.
Greeks “Show-Off” moves for new students
Several BU Greek organizations hosted a “Show-Off” to usher in the new semester, followed by a free dance “Show-Out” for all students at the Kehr Union. Participants included Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Chi Upsilon Sigma and Mu Sigma Upsilon. They were joined by fellow students, alumni and friends of the BU chapters. Greek Life
Explore Africa next summer
Next summer, BU students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Buea, Cameroon, visit historic and cultural sites in Ethiopia and experience a real safari in the Waza Park, Cameroon. The University of Buea is located at the foot of the Cameroon Mountain — the highest peak in West Africa. It's the only English speaking university in Cameroon.
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Maryland professor leads BU seminar
Bill Gasarch, a University of Maryland computer science professor, gave the first talk of BU's Mathematics and Computer Science fall seminar series on Sept. 14 in McCormick Center 2314. Gasarch presented, “When can you color a grid and not have any monochromatic rectangles?” The seminar is open free to the public and campus community.
A freshman experience caught on camera
As a new season of The Freshmen Experience begins taping with two new students, relive the adventures of four BU freshmen from the Class of 2013 who learned the ropes of college life in front of our cameras last year.
Career workshop for business students
Accounting majors and MBA students are invited to a Career Networking Workshop on Friday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m., hosted by the BU Alumni Association in KUB Multipurpose 345 A&B. Students will have opportunities to expand their professional network, land an internship and job interviews.
Alumni presenters include partners from KPMG and Ernst & Young, as well as business executives from the finance and accounting industry. Students are encouraged to wear business attire and bring their resume. The Career Development Center staff will be on-hand for individual resume reviews and answer questions. Contact Nate Conroy, assistant director of alumni affairs, by e-mail or (570) 389-4215 for more information.
Beginning a new chapter in a new home
Liesl Driver, a recent Spanish and anthropology graduate, spent the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver not only enjoyed an once-in-a-lifetime experience but discovered a new calling to stay in Mexico.
Get in tune with the BU choirs
Students who enjoy singing and meeting new people are encouraged to audition with two of the four BU choirs, which include a 50-voice Concert Choir under the Alan Baker and the 16-voice Chamber Singers under the direction of Wendy Miller.
Students are also welcomed to participate in the non-auditioned Women’s Chorale Ensemble directed by Miller and the non-auditioned Husky Singers directed by Baker. Contact Baker, Miller or senior music major, Michael Adams, for information about auditioning or joining these choirs. Also visit the BU choirs Facebook page for details on the ensembles and audition times.
BU crew excavates 1,700-year-old site
DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, and Paul Pacheco, of SUNY-Geneseo (pictured center) worked with a group of BU and SUNY-Geneseo anthropology students this summer on an archaeological fieldschool in Chillicothe, Ohio. The group helped excavate a newly discovered Moundbuilder community of circa A.D. 300.
BU students included Rachel Awan, Laura Baker, Keith Ball, Beth Boston, Michael Davis, Caitlin Foley, Patrick Kaiser, Jonathan Kostic, Karissa Monica, Joshua Stoner, Brieann Wolfe, Melanie Yoduck, and Eva Yuen. Photo gallery
Faculty group publishes research
BU’s Faculty Learning Community recently published an article, "Developing a Culture of Assessment through a Self-formed Faculty Learning Community," in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The article describes how a diverse, interdisciplinary team of faculty formed a topic-based faculty learning community.
Collaborating on the article were Stephanie Schlitz, Margaret O’Connor, Yanhui Pang, Deborah Stryker, Stephen Markell, Ethan Krupp, Celina Byers, Sheila Jones, and Alicia Redfern.
A productive summer comes to a close
A new academic year kicks off Monday, Aug. 30, with the start of classes for the fall 2010 semester. This weekend caps one of BU’s busiest and most productive summers, which featured students studying abroad and others completing prestigious internships along with the campus staying active with numerous summer camps and guest speakers.
Fulbright scholar studies art of play
Michael Patte, associate professor of education, spent the summer teaching and researching playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K., on a Fulbright fellowship. Since April, Patte has made presentations at various play conferences throughout Europe, taught a variety of course sessions and visited a variety of venues where playworkers practice their crafts.
Retirees served BU for more than 500 years
Twenty-two BU staff members and managers with more than 500 years of service retired this summer under the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program. The program, approved by the PASSHE Board of Governors as part of the workforce planning effort, was offered to employees who are at least 60 or have 35 years of service.
Getting a taste of the Mallorca Islands
Luis Medina, a recent anthropology graduate, spent part of the summer studying at a field school in the Mallorca Islands, Spain, where he learned the history and prehistory of the island through lectures and direct contact with villagers.
Medina also planned projects, visited markets and other villages, toured archaeological and tourism sites, as well as integrated himself into the local life. Photo gallery
Student leaders lend hand to neighbors
Nearly 150 BU students and their staff trainers volunteered recently to perform various community service activities across Bloomsburg and its neighboring communities, including a Rails-to-Trails clean-up at Fisher Creek and painting the Berwick McBride Library.
Students also helped with the YMCA summer program, landscaped the Children’s Museum and painted the Bloomsburg Theatre entrance. Residence Life organized the training program with SOLVE to help prepare CAs to plan service projects with their hall residents this academic year.
Math Camp adds fun to summer
Nearly 200 local elementary students recently spent a week exploring math in various ways from group activities to one-on-one mentoring at BU’s annual Math Camp, sponsored by the Department of Exceptionalities. More than 30 BU education students participated as teachers for campers ranging from pre-k to eighth grade.
Among the activities included applying geometry to measuring baked brownies, using statistics in a game of tag on the Academic Quad and basic math of measurements to create snacks for a picnic. BU has hosted the summer math camp in cooperation with the local community since 1997.
Camp HERO makes lasting impression
BU’s Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program recently wrapped up its ninth year of Camp HERO, an annual week-long summer experience at Camp Victory, Millville, for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Campers, who range in age between 6 to 17 years, spent the Olympics-themed week learning about different foreign countries and practicing communication skills through a series of activities, crafts and group challenges. Camp HERO in action
U.S. News' ranking lists BU among the best
Bloomsburg University is once again listed as one of the best universities in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. BU is listed as No. 88 of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region.
Anthropology student digs into mall
Victoria Schlieder, a senior anthropology and geography major, recently took a different approach to anthropology by researching the behavior and concerns of shoppers as opposed to researching culture or evolution. Her work will be featured this fall at a national conference.
Having the courage to try something new
Katrina Bradley, a junior Spanish and secondary education major, spent the summer in Xalapa, Mexico, comparing how language professors at BU and Universidad Veracruzana assess language learning in the classroom and address multiple learning styles. Bradley reflects on her experience and reveals how it will impact her future.
Faculty attends Princeton seminar
Kurt Smith, associate professor of philosophy, recently returned from a four week summer seminar at Princeton University conducted by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was one of only 15 early modern scholars selected to participate in the seminar, which focused on philosophical topics in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Smith is pictured in a doorway of Princeton's famous 1879 Hall, which houses the university's philosophy department.
Discovering a new creative spirit to writing
Hannah Jones, a creative writing and history major, and Siobhan Lyons, an English and creative writing graduate, participated in the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst this summer, an annual writing institute featuring workshops in poetry, fiction and memoir with faculty and authors.
Cyber crime internship done remotely
The profusion of computers in the business world allows employees to complete assignments without traveling to the office. The next logical step in today’s technology is enabling a BU junior to complete a computer forensics internship with a branch of the federal government ... without leaving BU’s campus.
Honors student explores ancient ruins
Meghan Duell, an honors student, visited the Akropolis ruins of ancient Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey), where she is conducting her honors thesis research while studying in a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Her research is also supported by BU's Honors Program.
Wrapping up a successful summer
BU’s Act 101/EOP program recently celebrated another successful summer program with a picnic at Bloomsburg’s Town Park, where nearly 200 students shared their celebration with Bloomsburg Chief of Police Leo Sokoloski, Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr and BU President David Soltz.Photo gallery
A traveling experience like no other
Adam Wendoloski, a criminal justice major, is spending part of the summer studying Arabic at Qalam wa Lawh School for Arabic Language Studies in Rabat, Morocco. Adam describes his latest experiences navigating the Moroccan taxi system, riding camels in the Sahara and exploring Merzouga.
Faculty discuss oil spill on WKOK radio
Cindy Venn, associate professor of envionmental, geographical and geological sciences, and Tom Klinger, professor of biology and allied health sciences, were featured on WKOK’s (News Radio 1070) Roundtable discussion on Aug. 1, hosted by Mark Lawrence. Venn and Klinger, along with Julie Ambler, of Millersville University, discussed the environmental impact of the Gulf oil spill.
Graduate student researching in Greece
Jonathan E. Bobek, a graduate biology student, is conducting research with undergraduate students in a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Bobek, whose research and travel is funded by a BU Margin of Excellence grant, is shown evaluating the invasive yellow star-thistle.
Nursing students study at Oxford University
A group of BU nursing students recently visited St. Edmund Hall courtyard, where they're studying family nursing. The students are sitting with St. Edmund of Abingdon, believed to have lived and taught there in the early 13th Century. The students also visited Oxford Brookes University, where they learned the British perspective of family nursing.
Exploring juchiteco baseball, Guiengola ruins
Liesl Driver, a senior Spanish and anthropology major, is spending the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver got a taste of juchiteco baseball, the Guiengola ruins, Zapotec pottery and a new dish, fish belly buttons.
Celebrity Artist Series gets $2,500 gift
PPL Corporation, a corporate sponsor of the Celebrity Artist Series, recently contributed $2,500 for the 2010-11 season that begins on Sept. 18 with the Jeanne Ruddy Dance Company, followed by the Boogie Wonder Band on Oct. 9 in Haas Center for the Arts.
The Celebrity Artist Series is celebrating its silver anniversary season with sounds of disco, rock and jazz, along with a Celtic Christmas and the brassy sounds of New Orleans. Accepting the gift from Teri MacBride, PPL regional community relations director, are David Soltz, BU president (left), and Jim Hollister, BU assistant vice president.
Alum’s artwork showcased in Harrisburg
Several paintings by BU alum Steve Wetzel, '78, are on exhibit at the Pennsylvania Governor's residence in Harrisburg through September. Wetzel will also be painting outside the home for Gallery Walk Day on Sept. 12, when the Governor's residence is open to the public.
An accomplished cartoonist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers, Wetzel paints with The Seven Lively Artists. He also has four works in the Cape Cod Museum of Art through Aug. 15.
Senior studies geological activity of the Moon
Katie Daud, a planetary studies and political science major, is interning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., in the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, where she is helping to analyze and catalogue images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Senior relishes foreign learning experience
Jordan Weckerly, a senior psychology major, recently spent a month in Madrid, Spain, studying the culture and getting hands-on experience with the Spanish language. Weckerly also visited plazas, museums and parks, while enjoying the World Cup and local food. Jordan's perspective
Local teens get taste of college life
Nearly 50 high school students in Columbia, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties recently began their TRiO Upward Bound experience at BU, where they will spend six weeks taking classes, living in residence halls, learning time management and study skills, as well as visiting other universities.
This summer’s educational theme, “Invest U,” addresses financial literacy and will guide the group in the classroom, summer projects, community service initiatives and field trips. TRiO Upward Bound is a federally funded grant program through the U.S. Department of Education serving first generation college students.
Campus Alert Update
An update has been issued to the campus alert made in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990 for the robbery incident at the Hospital Lot on Sunday, Aug. 8.
Further investigation by BUPD officers found the robbery victims were specifically targeted due to an incident that occurred off campus and through a continuing course of conduct ended on campus. This was not a random act and the perceived threat to the campus community has diminished. The investigation will continue. Campus Alert Details
Alum reaches top of Mount Titlus
Felix Yerace, a BU alum ’05, recently took a group of his students to Europe, where they traveled 10,000 feet up the Swiss Alps to visit the top of Mount Titlus. Yerace is a social studies teacher at South Fayette High School in McDonald, Pa.
Andruss Library faculty collaborate
Kathryn Yelinek, Linda Neyer, Darla Bressler, Michael Coffta, and David Magolis, faculty in Andruss Library, have collaborated on an article in College & Research Library News titled, “Using LibGuides for an information literacy tutorial.” The article explains the importance of information literacy and the implementation process librarians at BU experienced to create a Web 2.0 tutorial for students.
A "peak" at the Cascade Mountains
BU’s Quest recently returned from its hiking trip to the Cascade Mountains, where the group climbed Mount St. Helens and South Sister, as well as spent a day rock climbing at Smith Rocks and touring Crater Lake. Next year, Quest is planning a trip to the North Cascades of Washington.
Pictured at the summit of Mount St. Helens are back row (L-R) Brett Simpson, alum; Neal Benowitz, Todd Butler, Thom Fantaskey, alum; and Scott Dustman, alum. Front row (L-R) Morgan Benowitz-Fredericks, Kevin Zeuch, Monica Beistline and Jeremy Quant, alum.
Meeting an architect of success
Shenandoah native Jerry Wolman, former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Flyers, shared his rags-to-riches story on July 29, at BU with high school students in TRiO Upward Bound’s summer program.
Wolman concluded his visit with an extended Q&A discussion before signing autographs, taking photos, even exchanging e-mail addresses.Photo gallery | Podcast
Management student wins scholarship trip
Howard Sodano, a senior management major, will serve as a student assistant this fall at the Council of SCM Professionals’ annual Global Conference in San Diego, Cal., after recently winning its scholarship competition. Howard was given the option of a $1,500 scholarship or an all-expenses-paid trip to the international conference.
In his winning paper, Sodano addressed issues in supply chain management and how it can address green sustainability initiatives through logistics and transportation. Learn more about the College of Business's supply chain management concentration option.
Counseling team publishes work in journal
William Harrar, director of the Center for Counseling and Human Development, and Eric Affsprung, counselor for the Center for Counseling and Human Development, along with Jeff C. Long, interim VP of student affairs, had an article, “Assessing Campus Counseling Needs,” published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.
PASSHE approves new budget, tuition rates
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors recently approved a $1.5 billion budget, which includes a $250 tuition increase and dedicated funding for environmental/science initiatives and greater opportunities for students to study abroad and engage in research.
A future starts to come into focus
Katrina Bradley, a junior Spanish and secondary education major, is spending the summer in Xalapa, Mexico, comparing how language professors at Bloomsburg University and Universidad Veracruzana assess language learning in the classroom and address multiple learning styles.
Bradley reveals how her plans for graduate school are coming into focus after visiting a high school economics class and speaking with several local economics professors. Latest blog post | Photo gallery
Nanotechnology students on track
Jackie North and Andrew Sibley, seniors in the chemistry and biochemistry department, are completing 18 credits this summer at Penn State University as part of BU’s new nanotechnology track. Nanotechnology is the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Program details
Alumni reconnect, raise money for Act 101
BU’s Alumni Association recently hosted a Multicultural Alumni Networking Reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia, organized for multicultural alumni living in the Philadelphia area to receive updates from several multicultural programs at Bloomsburg University. More than 40 alumni helped raise $760 to support the ACT 101 Book Loan Fund.
New director of safety and police named
Tom Phillips has been named Bloomsburg University’s new director of University Safety and Police after serving as interim director for the past six months. Phillips has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, retiring from the Allentown Police Department five years ago as a patrol sergeant. He served as a campus police officer at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, before coming to BU in fall 2009.
BU alumna earns state honor for leadership
Kristen Lewald, a BU alumna and project director of the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System, has received the Dr. Gary L. Miller Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units. This prestigious award is bestowed annually on an IU employee who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and character by making a significant contribution in the delivery of Intermediate Unit programs and services.
Translating culture through language
Liesl Driver, a senior Spanish and anthropology major, is spending the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver provides an update on her expanding vocabulary, visiting the Oaxacan coast and what it’s like to eat iguana.
National soccer spotlight shines on BU
The National Soccer Coaching Association of America returned to BU for the sixth straight year recently to conduct a series of coaching academies on the upper campus. Roughly 200 soccer coaches from the U.S., Canada, Malaysia, India, Jamaica and England were trained.
‘Doc’ Warren remembered
Robert D. “Doc” Warren, whose connection to BU spans more than 50 years, died in his Danville area home Friday, July 9, at about 11 p.m. Warren, 88, who received honorary alumnus status in 1995, taught history at BU from 1964 to 1983. After his retirement, Warren continued to advise Sigma Iota Omega, the social fraternity he founded. Full obituary
Exchanging stories and dance in Ekonjo
Nine BU students, joined by S. Ekema Agbaw, professor of English, and David Walker, assistant professor of elementary and early childhood education, spent part of this summer studying in Cameroon and Ethiopia. In their latest blog post, the group describes their visit to the Ekonjo chiefdom, where they exchanged stories and dance.
Understanding a lost childhood
Lisa Lapina, who is researching the effects of poverty on the education of at-risk children in Zambia, Africa, for her independent honors research project, is nearing the end of her teaching experience. Lisa describes the harsh realities of third world life her students face at such a young age.
Surviving a theater of World Cup frenzy
Katrina Bradley, a junior Spanish and secondary education major, is spending the summer in Xalapa, Mexico comparing how language professors at Bloomsburg University and Universidad Veracruzana assess language learning in the classroom and address multiple learning styles.
Bradley describes her recent experiences with Mexican theater and watching the World Cup, while rooting for the opposing team.
Summer session 2D design art on display
Students in the summer session Two Dimensional Design course will be displaying their artworks in the Haas Art Gallery from July 1 through July 15. This class included BU students and advanced high school art students from the area.
Exhibiting are Aubrielle Billig, Erin Billig, Ezekiel Conrad, Benjamin Deivert, Alissa DeWalt, Ralph Hinkle, Erik Kile, Jamie Laubach, Brittney Logan, Rockisha Mullings, Candyce Musinski, Shannon Phillips, Tanya Tolton and Ashley Willis. Photo gallery
BU, UCLA team up to study Moon samples
Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, and David Paige, professor of planetary science at UCLA, recently worked together on campus measuring samples of lunar soil collected on the Apollo 16 mission to the Moon in April 1972. The light reflection measurements were done in Shepard’s lab in Hartline Science Center with his goniometer, one of the few machines in the world capable of this type of measurements.
Celebrating the Zapotec way
Liesl Driver, a senior Spanish and anthropology major, is spending the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver gives a glimpse of what it’s like to participate in a Zapotec celebration.
Educating for a positive change
Lisa Lapina, who is researching the effects of poverty on the education of at-risk children in Zambia, Africa, for her independent honors research project, recently expanded her unique classroom teaching experience at another school, which has no electricity or running water.
Yet, Lisa says in her latest update the children’s passion for education filters out the eye-opening images of poverty.
Exploring a virtual world of math and science
Local youths entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades spent June 21 to 24 testing their skills in mathematical problem solving, computer programming and exploring emergence in BU’s annual Math and Science Summer Experience.
Students got a new perspective of math and science through classroom presentations, hands-on activities and demonstrations, ending with them creating their own virtual classroom. Photo gallery
Dancing around the heat in high heels
Katrina Bradley, a junior Spanish and secondary education major, is spending the summer in Xalapa, Mexico comparing how language professors at Bloomsburg University and Universidad Veracruzana assess language learning in the classroom and how they address multiple styles.
Bradley kicked off her first week settling into her apartment, learning the routine of doing laundry and hailing a taxi in Mexico, and beginning her Culture and Civilization Class.
Huskies pick up Super Bowl rings
Bloomsburg University alums Jim Monos, Jr., Lindsey Wyckoff Mitchell, and Jahri Evans, show off the Super Bowl rings they were given as part of the New Orleans Saints recent championship celebration.
Evans, a former Huskies football star, helped the Saints win the Super Bowl in February as a starting offensive lineman. Monos and Mitchell’s husband, Jason, are pro/college scouts for New Orleans. Who got rings?
Class of 2014 previews campus
BU hosted its first flow of incoming freshmen for orientation last week, where newly minted Huskies got an up-close look of campus, met faculty, fellow freshmen and upperclassmen mentors and learned about student activities and support services. Photo gallery
BU honors students explore Egypt
David Moyer and Hannah Jones recently spent two weeks studying “Mapping Cultural and Historical Egypt” as part of the PASSHE Summer Honors Program, where they completed two courses studying and researching the relationship between culture and geography in contemporary and ancient Egypt.
Dampman to chair Council of Trustees
Robert Dampman ’65 will chair BU’s Council of Trustees for the next two years, following action at the Trustee’s Tuesday, June 8, meeting. Charles C. “Nick” Housenick ’60 will serve as vice chair and Marie Conley Lammando ’94 will continue as secretary. More
Faculty honored for scholarly work
Five faculty members were honored with the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity. (L-R) Jonathan Ohn, associate professor of finance and legal studies; Mark Tapsak, asst. professor of chemistry; Barbara Wilson, asst. professor of exceptionality programs; and Jason Godeke, asst. professor of art and art history.
Each award winner received $1,000 to be used for travel or other faculty development activities and a plaque. Nominations of untenured faculty are made by each dean and evaluated by Dean's Council based upon publications, presentations and other scholarly work.
Penn State professor leads colloquium at BU
BU’s Department of Languages and Cultures hosted its fifth annual Colloquium on Teaching and Second Language Acquisition this past spring semester, featuring James P. Lantolf, professor of language acquisition and applied linguistics at Penn State University.
Lantolf conducted an all-day colloquium on, "A Concept-Based Approach to Foreign Language Teaching,” which was attended by professors from Kutztown, Lock Haven, Millersville, and Bloomsburg universities as well as regional high school teachers and students studying secondary education.
Spring semester dean’s list unveiled
More than 1,900 students made the dean’s list for the 2010 spring semester. To qualify for dean's list, a student must earn a quality-point average of 3.5 or higher (based on 4.0) during the semester. Full list
Student showcases landmark program
Hannah Rae Mael, a Spanish major, presented "Memorial Elementary Pilot Spanish Program" on research and practical experience she gained while conducting the first after-school BU program teaching Spanish in local public schools this past semester.
Mael’s presentation included trends in foreign language learning at the elementary level, types of language instruction, the Spanish Club at Memorial Elementary (including teaching methods and learning assessment), along with reflections and suggestions for the future of the program. The presentation was part of Phi Sigma Iota Senior Exit Presentation Series with faculty advisement and internship supervision provided by Patricia Dórame-Holoviak.
Tenure, promotion and sabbatical approvals
This year’s list of tenure, promotion and sabbatical approvals have been announced with 16 faculty receiving tenure, 21 faculty earning promotions and 13 faculty approved for sabbatical leave. Tenure and promotions are effective fall 2010, while sabbaticals are effective for 2011-12. Full list
Unveiling a new location, website
Just in time for the first summer session, BU’s Office of Social Equity and Accommodative Services has a new home, 054 Warren Student Services Center, and a redesigned website, featuring a streamlined layout of information on its services, staff contacts and related links to useful resources.
COST students, faculty recognized
More than 225 students, faculty, staff and family members attended BU College of Science and Technology Spring Honors Banquet, which recognized student scholarly achievements as well as the inducted students into various disciplinary honor societies. The banquet also recognized the excellence in teaching, research and service of COST faculty.
Honored faculty included (L-R) Lori Metzger, nursing; Youmin Lu, mathematics, computer science and statistics; Karl Kapp, instructional technology; Nathaniel Greene, physics and engineering technology; Sandra Kehoe Forutan, envionmental, geographical and geological sciences. (Back) Robert P. Marande, dean; Mark Tapsak, chemistry, and President David Soltz.
Education program nationally certified
BU’s Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing master’s program has received certification by the National Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) for its 10-year accreditation review. BU’s program, which is the only deaf education graduate program in PA and one of 72 in the country, remains among the 37 certified by CED.
Pictured (L-R): Lawrence Fritz, assistant VP and dean of Graduate Studies; Tony Martin, CED site visitor; Elizabeth Mauch, interim dean of College of Education; David Soltz, BU president; Ira Blake, interim provost and VP for Academic Affairs; Sam Slike, professor/curriculum coordinator of Education of the Deaf/HH Program; Zanthia Smith, CED site visitor and Deborah S. Stryker, assistant professor of Education of the Deaf/HH Program.
BU welcomes new class of alums
Completing a unique education experience
Sixty BU elementary and special education students recently completed an intense two-week teaching course in the Bethlehem and Easton school districts. The students conducted classroom instruction, listened to speakers and assisted with community activities.
Three BU faculty members, Frank D'Angelo, Molly Marnella and Cherie Roberts, joined the students for the practicum. Photo gallery
Arnold honored with STRIVE Award
Carol Arnold, administrative assistant in the graduate studies and research office, was recently honored with a STRIVE award. In his nomination, graduate dean Larry Fritz wrote, “Carol has been with Bloomsburg University for over 30 years and yet she maintains the energy and enthusiasm of one new to her position.
"To this energy, Carol adds the wealth of knowledge and institutional memory of someone with so many years of experience,” Fritz added.
Students take education to federal level
BU senior and graduate nursing students recently completed their programmatic requirements relating to public policy and health care advocacy by meeting with local senators and representatives in Washington D.C. Among the legislators was BU commencement speaker, U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski.
Tenure, Promotion and Sabbatical approvals
This year’s list of tenure, promotion and sabbatical approvals have been announced with 16 faculty receiving tenure, 21 faculty earning promotions and 13 faculty approved for sabbatical leave. Tenure and promotions are effective fall 2010, while sabbaticals are effective for 2011-12. Full list
Students earn anthropology honors
Giselle M. Lara, Padraic Costello, Joseph Nebiker, Victoria Schlieder, Kristin Marie Fisher, Stephanie McGilloway, Luis Medina, Joshua Stoner, Hannah Mael, Rachel Awan, James Hill, Sherrol Browne, Cara E. Okey, Liesl Driver, Maryam Cristillo and Laura Baker were accepted into Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society.
Also, Driver received a Charles R. Jenkins Certificate of Distinguished Achievement from the Lambda Alpha Executive Council and was a finalist for the National Lambda Alpha Senior Scholarship Award.
DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, was selected as the 2010 Honorary Faculty Inductee and gave a presentation on, “Mentoring Bloomsburg University Students in the House of a Million Years, Egypt,” to students, faculty, and family members. Faith Warner, associate professor of anthropology, is advisor to the Bloomsburg University chapter and serves as member for the East, of the National Lambda Alpha Executive Council.
Thailand Rotary group connects with BU
The International Rotary Group Study Exchange team from Thailand recently spent a day at BU touring campus, attending a class and visiting with several university administrators, faculty and campus community.
The group’s itinerary included attending an Introduction to Communication Disorder class, visiting with Robert Marande, Richard Angelo, Ruhul Amin, a tour of the nursing department, the library, upper campus and the admissions office by Madhav Sharma. Anita Wasileski, clinical supervisor of audiology and speech pathology, coordinated the group’s visit.
BU faculty join prestigious group
Leo Barrile, professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, and Sheila Hartung, assistant professor of nursing, were recently inducted in Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Founded in 1897, it's the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.
Phi Kappa Phi chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Philippines. Approximately 30,000 members are annually initiated.
Graduates honored for completing journey
BU's Office of Diversity and Retention acknowledged 30 graduates from the Board of Governors Scholarship Program recently with a senior tea reception. The theme for the event was, "Success Is A Journey ... Not A Destination," with guest speaker, Dr. Melissa N. Smith, BU alum '04.
Preschoolers get in tune with music
Eileen Hower, assistant professor of music education, joined her students from her Elementary Methods and Curriculum in Music class to recently instruct music movement with the preschool in the Campus Child Center. Hower and her class presented the music program throughout April.
Student musicians included (L-R) Adriana Alvarado-Padilla, Jen Stahley, Caitlin Tevis, Michael Adams and Jenna Hyatt.
Russian students relish strong BU connection
Twenty-seven students from the Finance Academy in Moscow, Russia, who are enrolled in BU’s economics program, mingled with President David Soltz, Provost Ira Blake and economics faculty in a reception.
The students exchanged greetings and shared their rich experiences in multiculturalism and international cooperation at BU. The group, who were presented with academic certificates, are excited to keep in touch with BU.
COST honors high achievers
BU's Physics and Engineering Technology Department recently inducted five new members into the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. In order to be considered for Sigma Pi Sigma, students must have at least a 3.2 GPA in upper level physics classes. New members include Jason Vognetz, Tyler Latsha, Eric Otruba, Alex Hallden-Abberton and Aaron Ohl.
Also pictured: Mike Dutko, winner of Outstanding EET student, and Andrew Gerhart, winner of Levi-Gray Scholarship, who were honored at the College of Science and Technology (COST) symposium.
Anthropology students present research
Students from BU’s Department of Anthropology recently presented research at the 2010 PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference at California University of Pa., on topics ranging from a study in retail anthropology to archaeological fieldwork. More ...
Outstanding art students recognized
Elizabeth Hanrahan and Dominique Filiziani were recently recognized as this year’s Outstanding Junior in Art History Award. Besides the recognition they had the highest QPAs in their major courses, both received a check for $250. Christine Sperling, professor of art and art history, instituted the award in 2006 to recognize especially promising students of art history.
Phi Sigma Iota greets new members
BU’s International Foreign Languages Honor Society recently welcomed in 11 new members during its annual Ceremony of Initiation, joined by readers Gilbert Darbouze, Nathalie Cornelius, Luke Springman, Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus and guest speaker Paul Loomis.
New members included Nicole Kloet. Kayla Riccuitti, Nicole Sensinger, and Emily T. Stevens, in French; Steven Balsama, in German; Brittany Bohach, Katrina M. Bradley, Amanda Deloy, Liesl Driver, Elizabeth Lucas, and Kaitlin Moore, in Spanish. The ceremony event was organized by Patricia Dórame-Holoviak, advisor of the Iota Theta Chapter 74. Dashira Gerao, interim chapter president, welcomed the new initiates and read the common belief and obligations they assume as members of the society. Details
Student group honored for community work
Kristina Kachur, Dan Downing, and Lauren Robinson, members of BU’s Geography and Planning Society, accepted a certificate of appreciation from the Town of Bloomsburg at an Arbor Day ceremony for the bare root tree planting the society did last fall. This is Bloomsburg’s 15th year as a Tree City USA. Group photo
The Big Read reaches Danville students
Ferda Asya, associate professor of English and co-project director of The Big Read in Columbia and Montour counties, was invited to Danville High School recently to talk to AP English students about Edith Wharton and her novel, “The Age of Innocence.”
This talk is a part of The Big Read event conducted by Danville High School, a partner of The Big Read project, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.
Exploring global diplomatic issues
Recently nine BU students participated in the Model Organization of American States, Washington, D.C., where 33 universities represented a country in the Western Hemisphere to conduct research and resolve issues of the hemisphere, while gaining a better understanding of being a diplomat.
This spring BU represented Suriname. Pictured in the courtyard of the Organization of American States Building in Washington, D.C. are (front row) Emilie Fourot, Victoria Wood, Melanie Jeske, Danielle Rodriguez, Sonia Boumedjane and (back row) Ryan Geiger, Aaron Griffin, Lauren McLaughlin, Dennis Hartlove. Faculty advisor is Mark L. Usry.
Student research showcased at conference
Members of BU’s National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Research Committee recently presented three research projects at the 2010 PSHA Convention in State College. Faculty advisement was provided by Pamela Smith and Thomas Zalewski.
Students presenting research include Sarah Kitko, Erin Lolley, Stephanie Marcino, Carolyn Novaleski, Leeanna Erway, Chip Benedict, Leeann Koch, Kristin Horan, DJ Tanney, Katlin Fleischut, Stefanie Williams, Stefanie Chaffee, Meredith Pfister, Britani Bartello, Kristi Sekulski, Marian Shovlin, Michelle Griffin, and Carolyn Novaleski. Photo gallery ...
SIFE performs well in regional competition
BU’s SIFE team recently finished second at the Regional Competition in New York, where they made professional presentations about their completed projects in front of 20 judges comprised of CEOs and vice presidents of sponsoring companies. BU’s 62 member SIFE Chapter includes students from the College of Business, along with students from math, exercise science and education.
Students’ generosity helps local charities
Campus Dining’s annual leftover Flex campaign doubled last year’s effort with more than $6,350 donated by BU students, who volunteered extra Flex dollars left on their 2009-10 meal plan to benefit local food banks. (L-R) Joe Marro, operations director for ARAMARK at BU; Tara Lynn, marketing manager for ARAMARK at BU; Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator; and Jim McCormack, associate director of residence life.
CDC receives financial gift for renovation
Enterprise Holdings Foundation recently provided a financial gift to the renovation project in BU’s Career Development Center. Enterprise Holdings employs a number of BU graduates in locations throughout the country.
(L-R) Erica Smith, ’98, HR recruiting manager; Jeffrey Long, interim VP for student affairs; Carol Barnett, director of the Career Development Center; and Dino Lombardo ‘99, area manager for North Central Pa.
Gospelrama evokes powerful message
BU's Gospel Choir held its 19th annual Gospelrama on April 17 in the Kehr Union Ballroom, entertaining a large crowd with its enthusiastic spiritual performance. Photo gallery
Best Buddies enjoy Picnic Palooza
More than 75 student members of Best Buddies, a nonprofit campus organization, enjoyed a picnic with their buddies recently at Bloomsburg Town Park. The group played board games, kickball and enjoyed picnic food.
Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Student to explore Zapotec culture in Mexico
Liesl Driver, who is majoring in anthropology and Spanish, has been selected to receive a Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship in Zapotec Language Studies, where she will study in Oaxaca, Mexico, June 21 to July 30.
Driver, who is also minoring in Latin American studies and ethnic studies in the U.S., will be taught by native Isthmus Zapotec speaker and linguist, Tomás Villalobos Aquino, through the Casa de la Cultura in Juchitán. She will experience a full immersion in Zapotec culture and language.
Senior students artwork on showcase
BU’s Department of Art and Art History celebrated the work of graduating seniors on April 27, featuring Jillian Ash, Amanda Bixler, Kelly Chester, Heather DeFrancesco, Jon Dibble, Ryan Forbeck, Nina Gandolfo, Marcy Geyer, Jessica Green, Caitlin Kohl, Fred Mealia, Steven Patsarikas and Mallory Woll. Photo gallery
Planting the seeds of sustainability
BU kicked off its Earth Day celebration by breaking ground on an organic herb garden prepared by the grounds-keeping crew on upper campus, where seasoning such as oregano and sage will be grown to potentially be used with Aramark recipes at Scranton Commons and Monty’s.
Students help locals maintain health
Students from BU’s adult health development program led exercises recently at the Columbia-Montour Aging Office’s day program at St. Luke’s Church. The course is offered by the department of exercise science and taught by Leon Szmedra.
The course matches BU students as training partners with adults ages 50 and over to help them maintain their strength, flexibility and quality of life. (Pictured) Samantha Oman, an ASL/English interpreting major, lifts weights with her training partner Angela.
Scholastic Book Fair underway
BU’s chapter of Association for Childhood Education International sponsored a Scholastic Book Fair in Andruss Library and Kehr Union, featuring hundreds books for K-8 grades. Shown are Amy Thomas (left), early childhood education major, and Heather Boudwin, early childhood and special education major.
Marketing Association showcases its talent
BU’s Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association recently won best chapter plan at the 32nd International Collegiate American Marketing Association Conference. (L-R) Jason Gurzau, Alicia Smith, Ryan Mosher, Allison Martin, Emily Metzgar, Justin Pierce, Emily Faulk and Christopher Drew.
SLED makes a splash at Jamboree
Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf operated a dunking booth April 24 at the Renaissance Jamboree, sponsored by the Rotary Club. The SLED booth, which featured local celebrities such as Mayor Dan Knorr and Jonny Pass of WHLM Radio, helped raise money to send a deaf child to Camp HERO this summer.
New business research award announced
The Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) Research Award has been established to recognize the best paper in international business by a rising senior business major. The first $500 award will be granted in spring 2011.
Sponsored by CIBER and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the award was established by Dennis Gehris, interim dean of the College of Business; V.H. Manek Kirpalani, director of CIBER; and Jerrold Harris, director of research. Call (570) 389-4129 for more information.
Learning outside the classroom
The perfect spring weather of April 6 invited Frank D’Angelo, assistant professor of early childhood and elementary education, to take his class out to the Academic Quad. D’Angelo’s lecture provided several prospective student tours a prime chance to see BU education in action.
LLC students explore mining impact
BU’s Social Justice and Sustainability Living and Learning Community recently travelled to Whitesville, W.Va., to examine the impact of mountain top removal coal mining. It’s the same area that recently lost 29 miners in a mine disaster.
Students spent three days at the coal sites, weighing the impact loosely regulated industries have on life and the environment. Video | Photos
SAM competes in national competition
Members of Society for Advancement of Management recently traveled to Arlington, Va., to compete in the national case competition, where students created a strategic plan for TomTom and presented to a panel of judges.
Pictured (back row) Kevin Bay, Matt Wenneis, Tom Cook, Bill Philipps, Brian Welch and (front row) Dr. Okpara, SAM advisor, Mary Lou Thomas, Janelle Keister, Benek-Rivera, management department chair. Not pictured is Pamela Wynn, SAM advisor.
Blood drive exceeds goal
There were 186 pints of blood donated Thursday, April 22, at the Red Cross blood drive held on campus, exceeding the goal of 164 pints. The event attracted 58 first-time donors. The next campus blood drive will be held on July 21. Stay informed
Age of Innocence exhibit showcased
Andruss Library's latest exhibit, “The Age of Innocence: Bloomsburg 1870-1902,” created by BU archives intern Robert Shilling II ties into the "Big Read" program of Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence," co-sponsored by BU and the Bloomsburg Public Library. The display gives a local flavor for the time of the novel, covering the Town of Bloomsburg, including the Bloomsburg State Normal School.
New dean of College of Business named
Michael Tidwell, assistant dean of Clayton State University’s School of Business, has been selected as the next dean of BU's College of Business. Tidwell, also associate professor of management at Clayton State, previously taught at the University of Kentucky, Whitworth and Truman State universities.
"I have many colleagues who are familiar with Bloomsburg University, and they speak very highly both of Bloomsburg and (PASSHE)," Tidwell said. "I’m looking forward to leading the College of Business and working with the larger university team.” More ...
Husky pride in full effect
BU’s Program Board, Alumni Association and other student groups hosted alumni and their children, along with siblings and families of current students on April 10 on the Academic Quad for a fun day filled with carnival games, crafts and inflatable rides. The carnival was part of Sibling’s and Children’s Weekend.
Interim dean lectures on retention models
Elizabeth Mauch, interim dean of the College of Education, presented "Retention Models for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," as part of the International Studies LLC Lecture Series on April 21 in the Living and Learning Community Center, Columbia Hall 119. More ...
Alumni educators give career help to seniors
Alumni teachers and administrators recently participated in an education career workshop and networking reception for education majors. Alumni presenters workshops covering topics from the application and interview process to first year expectations and academic standards.
Mike Bieber, an East Lycoming elementary teacher, is shown talking with students. Visit The Husky Pack for more photos.
Boston Globe reporter to speak at dinner
Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association’s will honor and present Michael Kranish, a political correspondent for the Boston Globe and a Revolutionary War historian, at its annual Author’s Dinner on Friday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Fenstemaker Alumni House.
Kranish will be speaking on his recent book, “Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War,” which utilized research materials found in the Andruss Library Special Collections. Kranish, whose appearance is co-sponsored by the history department, will also be making a presentation to students and the public at 2 p.m. in the Andruss Library’s Schweiker Room.
BU’s Toys for Tots work draws praise
BU recently received the Coordinator’s Award for the sixth consecutive year for its efforts with the annual Toys for Tots holiday fundraiser. BU, which coordinates pick-up and delivery of toys for Columbia County, supplied toys more than 4,300 children in a five county area this past year.
Accepting the award on behalf of a large number of BU employees (current and retired) were (L-R) Norm Manney, Pauline Roberts, Richard Roberts (both from the Marine Corps League), Donna Gillaspy and Kim Schmitz.
Student employees honored
Kicking off Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 12-16, the campus recognized Student Employee of the Year Sultan Riaz, business administration/marketing major and office assistant for Anita Hakim, graduation coordinator. Riaz earned a $500 scholarship from the BU Foundation. Week's activities
A look at life after BU presentation
BU’s diversity and retention, multicultural affairs and alumni affairs offices, along with Air Force ROTC, sponsored a “Getting Better After BU: A Discussion About Post-Graduation” event recently for the juniors and seniors of the Board of Governors Scholarship Program.
Pictured (front) Lisa Marcello, Lynette Luckers, Tracey Schaff, and in (back) Jerrin Martin, Madelyn Rodriquez, Kristin Austin.
Faculty team published in business journal
College of Business and Andruss Library faculty have collaborated on a peer-reviewed article, “E-Discovery: What Future Business Leaders Need to Know,” in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship. Pictured (L-R) David Magolis, Wilmer Leinbach, Mike Shapeero, Blair Staley and Mark Law. Not pictured: Mark Usry.
The article explains the importance electronically stored information to businesses in the discovery process, discusses what business professors and students need to know about e-discovery and offers suggestions on how to integrate e-discovery in a business information literacy curriculum.
Magazine editor works with students
Jenee Chizick, editor of the bilingual magazine, Motivos, was a guest of Spectrum magazine, on April 2. Chizick, who worked much of the day with Spectrum students, also talked with Walt Brasch’s senior seminar classes about job preparation.
Motivos, with a readership of about 75,000, is directed to Hispanic youth and young adults. Chizick has a bachelor’s in biology from Cornell and a master’s in bilingual and multicultural studies from LaSalle.
Honored alumni recall BU roots
Four alumni were honored as part of the Alumni Association annual meeting April 10 for their professional achievements, contributions to society and service to BU. Grace Coleman, ‘86/’87M, and Kathryn Guyer Tuoni, ’82, received distinguished alumnus awards.
Dr. Vincent Urick, ’01, and Bonnie Adams, ’96, received young alumnus awards. Additionally, long-time Quest director Roy Smith received the honorary alumnus award. Details | Alumni Weekend
Student musicians perform in state festival
Caitlin Tevis, clarinet; T.J. West, bass clarinet; and Dominique Filiziani, French horn, were among the select musicians chosen to perform in the 63rd Annual PA Intercollegiate Band Festival at West Chester University, conducted by Dennis Fisher, University of North Texas.
Superintendent leads class discussion
David Campbell, superintendent of the Line Mountain School District, was a guest speaker recently for Frank D’Angelo’s graduate class, Curriculum in the Elementary School. Campbell gave tips on how students can set themselves a part when applying for teaching jobs.
Campbell also answered questions about working with a school staff, leading to a class discussion on curriculum in local elementary schools.
BU set to 'Take Back the Night'
Elaine Pasqua, president of Project Prevent, an organization providing AIDS prevention education to students, spoke at BU’s “Take Back the Night,” on April 7, followed by a silent candlelight vigil that proceeded around the Academic Quad to the steps of Carver Hall. More ...
Students lending skills over tax season
BU’s Student Accounting Association is offering free tax help to qualified residents of Columbia and Montour counties on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday through April 14 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 130
W. Third St., Bloomsburg. More ...
Greeks celebrate brotherhood, sisterhood
BU's Greek organizations recently celebrated Greek Week 2010 with a wing eating contest, Greek Sing event and dodgeball tournament as the Spartans won each event. Each year, BU’s fraternities and sororities come together for a week to celebrate the essence of Greek Life. Photo gallery
Opening new doors for Luzerne students
BU recently signed program-to-program articulation agreement with Luzerne County Community College enabling students earning associate’s degrees in early childhood education to seamlessly transition to BU’s bachelor’s degree program. More ...
Professor to serve state advisory role
Christopher F. Armstrong, professor of sociology, has been appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he will assist the commission with its fact-finding, investigative and information dissemination functions.
Committee members are chosen based on their familiarity with local and state civil rights issues. Armstrong, who is finishing his 35th year at BU this semester, will serve a two-year term.
Physics student lands scholarship
Eric Otruba, a junior physics and health physics major, was recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the local American Nuclear Society chapter.
Otruba, a dean’s list student, is pictured with (L-R) Tim Rausch, chief nuclear officer and senior VP of PPL Susquehanna; David Simpson, health physics program coordinator and associate professor of physics and Jeff Helsel, plant manager for PPL Susquehanna.
Music faculty leaves mark on Asia
Gifford Howarth, assistant professor of music, recently spent nine days on a teaching residency at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, where he worked individually with several percussion majors and sat in on different ensemble rehearsals.
Howarth also worked the St. Joseph's School of Kuching marching band from Malaysia, teaching its percussion section different technical ideas, rehearsal concepts and music ensemble techniques. More ...
Taking the classroom to Paris
Ferdâ Asya, associate professor of English, took students from the International Studies LLC and classes, American Literature II and Literature and Society “American Expatriate Fiction in Paris,” to Paris over Spring Break. A highlight was visiting the apartment of American expatriate writer, Diane Johnson. More ...
Collaborative work presented
Deborah Stryker, of the education of the deaf/hard of hearing program, along with Maureen Walsh, Angela Pang, Williams Obiozor and Barbara Wilson, of special education, presented their research, “Attitudes of University Students Toward Individuals with Exceptionalities: Suggestions for Change” at the 31st Annual International Conference of YAI’s "Decade of Decisions: Moving Forward in Developmental and Learning Disabilities."
This research group, which also includes Sheila Dove-Jones, James Krause, Barbara Wert and Walter Zilz, of exceptionality programs, as well as Eileen Astor-Stetson, of psychology, continues to update their mixed-methods research project that began in spring 2008 and involving more than 2,400 participating BU students.
Nursing students “Hunt for Health”
BU’s Department of Nursing held a health fair at Sullivan County High School, hosted by 37 senior nursing students covering topics based on the needs of the county after conducting a community-wide assessment. Students, 7-12 grade, participated in games, a scavenger hunt and enjoyed healthy food choices.
Senator visits campus, speaks to class
David Argall, state Senator for the 29th District representing Schuylkill County and portions of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton counties, recently visited campus and met with BU president David Soltz, then with faculty and students from the Civic Engagement LLC.
Argall also spoke to Professor George Agbango’s political science. The campus visit was coordinated by Luke Springman, associate professor of languages and cultures.
Students lend hand for The Big Event
BU students came together on March 27 for The Big Event, a community service project sponsored by the Community Government Association as a way to give back to the Town of Bloomsburg. Students tackled winter clean-up projects around town.
Groups concentrated on areas where students and residents are neighbors and public locations, such as Town Park. CGA Message
Student programmers put to the test
More than 175 students representing 40 teams from regional high schools competed March 30 in the 15th Annual High School Programming Contest, hosted by BU’s mathematics, computer science and statistics department in the Kehr Union Ballroom.
Student teams tackled a series of computer programming problems with varying difficulty. Winning teams were determined by how many problems they solved within three hours. Photo gallery
Printmaking research on display
Marilee Salvator, assistant professor of art, presented research in the Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conference, Philadelphia with students Jessica Chappell, Marcy Geyer and Racheal Graham, who presented during open portfolio sessions.
The students participated in a portfolio exchange that was exhibited at Moore College of Art. Salvator was one of 11 professional artists to exhibit research in an exhibition titled Vast Intransitive Arts.
Using empty bowls to fight hunger
Hundreds of students and town citizens joined forces for SOLVE’s annual Empty Bowls Banquet, an annual Bloomsburg Food Cupboard fundraiser on March 28 in the KUB Ballroom. More than 100 student volunteers coordinated the event, including hand-painting the bowls.
In addition, scores of community volunteers, faculty and staff, and local restaurants stepped forward to create the soups, bread and organize live entertainment for the event. More ...
Outstanding BU women honored
A Women's History Month reception, sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women, will be held on March 24 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The commission will recognize BU's Outstanding Women, who were nominated for their achievements and service.
Special recognition went to those holding crystal vases, Rosemary Huber, Marlyse Heaps and Deb Barnes. Also honored were three students, Lauren Heidelbaugh, Leisl Driver and Christina Adenuga.
Students clean up local riding trails
BU’s Geography and Planning Society recently helped clear and prepare horse riding trails at EOS Therapeutic Riding Center, Bloomsburg, for the upcoming season. EOS is a non-profit organization where kids and adults with special needs can ride horseback and develop skills and friendships.
Legacy scholarship recipients recognized
BU's Alumni Association Board of Directors hosted a luncheon for the recent Alumni Legacy Scholarship student recipients. Students are eligible to receive the Alumni Legacy Scholarship if one or both of their parents are BU alumni.
Twenty students received $700 Alumni Legacy Scholarships for the semester. Alumni may apply for a legacy scholarship for their student by contacting the alumni office at (570) 389-4058. Learn how to support BU scholarships.
Bienvenue au Canada!
Members of BU’s French Club spent part of Spring Break in Montreal and Québec City, experiencing French-Canadian culture first-hand and touring historical spots such as Old Town Montreal. Among the participants were five of BU’s 26 French majors and five French minors.
Pictured in front of Montmorency Falls in Québec are (L-R) Rachel Awan, Anastasia Maniotis, Kristen Beach, Brian Welch, Nicole Sensinger, Chelsea Zoltowski, John Drake and Jeff Stefankiewicz. Not pictured but with the group are Lauren Foster and Renee Wadsworth.
Migration of ‘Circassians’ discussed
M. Safa Saracoglu, assistant professor of history, presented “Cattle Thieves?: Understanding Nineteenth Century Circassian Refugees in their Socioeconomic Environment” in the next ICS Environment and Culture Lecture series on March 30 in the Schweiker Room of Andruss Library.
Saracoglu’s presentation focused on the local aspects of the forced migration of “Circassians” from Russian to the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the 19th Century. Lecture series
Students land several press awards
Spectrum magazine students recently won several awards in the 2010 Pennsylvania Press Club competition, competing against other college publications. This is the 24th year for Spectrum, which has garnered more than 175 staff and individual awards.
The magazine is one of only five college magazines inducted into the Magazine Hall of Fame, hosted at the University of Minnesota. Editor-in-chief is Walter M. Brasch, professor of mass communications. More ...
Students earn Harrisburg internships
Matthew Miller, a senior accounting and finance major, and Joan Bradbury, a junior social work major, were selected to attend The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program. Miller will attend in the fall, while Bradbury is slated for the spring.
The program is a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, providing students an opportunity to work in all areas of state government for a full semester. Contact Sheng Ding by e-mail or visit the Web site for more information.
Early childhood learning taking shape
Molly Marnella, assistant professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, supervises Desiree Eddins, student teacher, as she discusses the weather with Apurva Upadhyay and Everett Chappell. Eddins’ experience in the child center began in spring ‘08 as an early learning practicum field experience and is ending with her student teaching experience.
Judy Coleman Brinich, director of Campus Child Center, and Michael Patte, associate professor of educational studies and secondary education, designed the project.
Dean highlights campus radio show
Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, gives a glimpse of what can be heard on his monthly campus radio show on WBUQ in this latest episode of BU’s podcast series. Marande will be featured regularly in the podcast series, including offering insight what can be seen in the night sky.
Campus hosts regional teacher's fair
BU hosted the 28th annual North Central PA Education Consortium on March 23 with Bucknell, East Stroudsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Susquehanna universities and Lycoming College, attracting hundreds of recruiters from more than 50 school districts to interview candidates.
The districts represented a variety of states including Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Roughly 600 students and alumni attended.
Students explore Holocaust Museum
Students with the Honors Seminar in the Humanities: Literature of the Holocaust recently visited the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. to work on their course projects. Students from the Civic Engagement Living and Learning Community joined the group.
Conducting research were Brittany Bohach, Damaris, Bybee, Meghan Duell, Kieren Hooper, Brittany Martin, Vanessa Martin, Kelsey Paulsen, Timothy Sheehan, Jessica Smith, Sarah Szczepanski and Derek Weicht. The field trip was sponsored by the Living and Learning Communities.
Preschoolers delve into dental health
Campus Child Centers’ preschool is all smiles during Dental Health Month in February. Larson Kocher, Mikel Salas-Warner, Kamille Sullivan, aide, Celia Sondheimer, Lauren Barnes, Hannah McCready, Katie Berger, volunteer, Jace Diehl, Ashley Weaser, teacher, and Ian Davis shown making a collage.
PA Early Learning Standards on Health and Safe Practices were covered in the learning unit. Preschoolers made a bulletin board with pictures of their smiles, as well as learned how to properly floss and brush their teeth.
Dean sheds light on the night sky
Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, gives a glimpse of what can be seen in the night sky with the unaided eye in this premiere episode of BU’s new podcast series. Marande will be featured regularly in the podcast series, including offering insight into his own campus radio show on WBUQ.
Husky club hockey defends title
BU’s club hockey team recently won the MICHL league championship for the second straight year, defeating Susquehanna University 5-2 after beating DeSales Univesity 11-1 in the semi-finals.
Pictured: (front) Andrew McDevitt; (second row, L-R) Bill O'Connor, assistant captain, Matt Markert, Chris Ball, Matt Neilson, Brian Murphy, Corey Pappas, Matt Loscalzo, Brandon Settle, Tom Karpinski, captain; (back row) Dimitri Pahides, assistant captain, Derek Groff, Dave Savage, Eric Zimmerman, Joe Parente, Chris Kocher, Dylan Smith, Brandon Lang, faculty advisor and coach, Todd Gies, Ryan Evans and Bryan Paulson.
Bye, bye Blackboard ... hello BOLT
This will be the last semester for the Blackboard learning management system, as BU will switch to a new Desire 2 Learn system, Bloomsburg Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT), starting this summer. Future e-mails will provide information and instructions on how to use BOLT.
In preparation for the change, it's recommended you save all work submitted in Blackboard to your network drive by May 31 as a precaution. Contact Regina Bobak by e-mail or visit Web site for more information.
Student cellist to perform locally
Chan Kim, a BU cello student, will perform works of Bach, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Sammartini and Rachmaninoff on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 123 Market St., Bloomsburg. The recital is open free to the public.
Faculty lecture series kicks off
Michael Martin, assistant professor of English, kicked off this semester's Ervene Gulley Faculty Lecture Series in the Liberal Arts, with "Using Technology to Establish Ethos and Engagement,” on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Bakeless 205. More ...
Trustees honor achievement, approve fees
BU’s field hockey team and retiring coach, Jan Hutchinson, were among those honored Wednesday, Feb. 24,
by the BU Council of Trustees during its quarterly meeting. Hutchinson and her team were honored for its fourth consecutive and 16th overall NCAA Division II national championship
Also honored was Terrell Garrett, a departing student Trustee, for his service to the council. Garrett will graduate from BU this spring. More on
the meeting, including approval of fees for 2010-11.
BU extended its reach
BU, as part of a Pennsylvania coalition recently awarded nearly $100 million in federal funds to develop broadband network, will help create a new fiber optic system linking education, health care and economic development entities across Commonwealth. More ...
New student group to preserve liberty
Young Americans for Liberty, a new student group dedicated to training, educating and mobilizing youth into preserving their natural rights of life, liberty and property, held its first-ever meeting on Feb. 18, Bakeless Center.
BU hosts Chef's Challenge
William Edmondson, executive chef at BU, led a team of culinary experts Wednesday, Feb. 24, in an event modeled after the Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” at the Scranton Commons. BU faced West Chester University in Aramark’s Chef’s Challenge 2010, a competition to create three separate dishes in one hour.
Campus bloodmobile exceeds goal
BU’s recent blood drive (Feb. 17-18) benefitting the Bloomsburg American Red Cross drew 253 pints of blood from campus donors, including 75 first-timers. The Huskies’ football team co-sponsored the drive, volunteering and donating blood.
Call the Student Activities Office at (570) 389-4346 to volunteer for the next campus bloodmobile on April 21.
Lacrosse team honors former captain
Kevin "Kub" Pearsall, a BU student and captain of the men's club lacrosse team, lost his battle against cancer on Feb. 14. In his honor, Pearsall’s teammates have established a fundraiser to sell T-shirts (blue with yellow "ribbon" and words Team Pearsall) to benefit his family. General donations will also be accepted.
ArtWalk-In features more than 50 artists
Several area musicians and local artists, including BU students, faculty and alumni, were featured in the ArtWalk-In on Feb. 18, at the Moose Exchange, Bloomsburg. Final bids for the Huber Fundraiser also took place.
Musicians included BU professors Paul Loomis, Kurt Smith, Mike Hickey and John Huckans. Local groups had art activities for all ages. Gallery ...
Soccer coach represents BU in Australia
Paul Payne, men's soccer coach, is presenting this week at the Football Federation of Australia’s Annual Coaching Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Payne will examine the philosophy of small sided games as a way to develop players technically and tactically, focusing on the National Soccer Coaches Association of American position paper on Small Sided Games.
Payne will be representing the NSCAA as vice-president of education, as well as a senior National Academy staff coach. Other invited speakers and clinicians are from Australia, Holland, England and New Zealand.
Dance team wins regional competition
BU's Competition Dance Team recently placed first in the college jazz and college hip hop division at the Battle of the Northeast, Universal Dance Association competition. This is the third consecutive year the team has placed first in the college division.
BU forensics performs well in tourney
BU's Forensics (speech and debate) Team recently placed fourth out of eight schools at the Collegiate Forensic Association's Annual Winter Tournament held in Charleston, S.C. Neil Strine, director of forensics, participated in the tournament as the Bloomsburg judge. Winners ...
The Main Event covers many topics
Protestant Campus Ministry recently hosted BU student Sultan Riaz for a discussion on Islam. Sultan shared information from the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, to clarify the basic beliefs of the faith. He spoke in depth about women’s rights, use of violence and what Muslims believe about Jesus. PCM hosts The Main Event on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Kehr Union.
Ladies First raise money for Haiti
BU’s Ladies First student organization raised more than $1,000 for the Unicef Fund, which went to help victims of the Haiti earthquake, from their spring semester kickoff celebration, “The Blackout,” on Jan. 23 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The all black-attired event drew people from BU and neighboring college campuses out for a night of good music and good company, all in an effort to raise money for charity.
Ambassadors contribute to scholarships
The Husky Ambassadors recently presented a $500 check to the General Athletic Scholarship Fund from proceeds of a T-shirt fundraiser held during freshmen orientation. Kathy Heitzman, assistant athletic director, accepted the donation.
Alumni Legacy Scholarship Winners
BU's Alumni Association recently announced $14,000 in scholarships were awarded to 20 students as part of this year's Alumni Legacy Scholarships, each receiving $700 toward spring semester tuition costs. Winners were chosen in December by a random drawing from entries collected throughout the year. Alumni whose children are current BU students are eligible to enter the yearly drawing.
Faculty donate art for fundraiser
According to Marilee Salvator, assistant professor of art, all proceeds from the silent auction will go to Rosemary Huber to help defray the costs of medical care and related expenses. Huber began cancer treatment last summer. More ...
Preschoolers get back to work
Children attending BU's Campus Child Care Center returned from winter break to a busy schedule of building blocks, doing crafts and participating in reading circles. Lauren Brubaker, student employee, is pictured building blocks with Gavin Berger, Johan Acri-Turbi, Apurva Upadhyay and Emily Shapeero.
Students celebrate faith over break
Nine BU students traveled to the Appalachian Mountains with Father Don Cramer and Sister Deborah Marie for a week of service and fellowship. Students lived out the Gospel cornerstones of prayer, community, simplicity and service while completing home repairs, farm chores and volunteering at a food pantry.
Faculty work with local law enforcement
Scott Inch (left) and John Riley, professors of mathematics, computer science and statistics, recently conducted workshops for law enforcement. Inch taught cell phone forensics, and Riley taught Linux based computer forensics. The workshops were funded by grants the department obtained from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.
Anthropology students networking
BU's Anthropology Club and Lambda Alpha National Honor Society in Anthropology recently volunteered as part of a student club professional development activity at the American Anthropology Association 108th Annual Meetings in Philadelphia.
BU student takes a closer look at Pakistan
Raeesa Khan, a political science and philosophy major, traveled to Pakistan, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 14, to produce a documentary, "Pakistan's Cave," focusing on the dire need for quality education in Pakistan.
History students present research
Sarah Clemo (right) and Hannah Jones presented research at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention, where they attend numerous sessions. Clemo researched the change in early 20th Century women fashion, while Jones researched historical records to recover Joan of Arc's voice.