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News from November 2013
News from November 2013
A philanthropic legacy continued
When Barbara Benner Hudock ’75 spoke to Bloomsburg University’s May 2013 graduates, she shared 11 Lessons for Life from her 38-year career in financial services and her lifetime of community involvement. The commencement address for nearly 1,300 graduates and families not only offered guidelines for success, happiness and fulfillment, it also demonstrated the value the CEO and founding partner of Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources (HMWR) in Williamsport places on the education she received from Bloomsburg University.
The dedication of the Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis in Sutliff Hall reaffirms Hudock’s belief in the quality of a Bloomsburg University education. It also recognizes the history of philanthropic initiatives established by Hudock, joined by her son and business partner, Michael J. Hudock Jr., in their most recent gift to the Bloomsburg University Foundation. #HudockCenter
COST Research and Scholarship Day
Research ranging from pesticides in honey bees to analysis of gunshot residue to efficiency of antidepressants will be on center stage the College of Science and Technology’s Research and Scholarship Day on Friday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in Hartline Science Center. #CollaborativeLearning
More than 15 projects will be on display and presented. Posters include “DNA Sequencing of Different Species of Fish Off the Coast of Mexico” by Leonard Oddo, “Analysis of Pb Concentration in Gunshot Residue by X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry” by Thomas Malirski, “Adventures in Blood Clot Analysis by HPLC” by Kristie Darrah, “Evaluating the Gene AUSYSI for a Functional Iron Transporter” by Brendon Juengst, and “Solar Kiosk Overview” by Jim Capozzoli.
- “Vernal Pool Distribution in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, Virginia” by Sarah Dodgin
- ” The Distribution of Anurans Among Vernal Pools in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, Virginia” by Paola Lunardi
- ”Integrative Biology of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Honey Bees” by Corey Bower
- ” Analysis of Pb Concentration in Gunshot Residue by X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry” by Thomas Malirski
- ”Spectroscopic Analysis of Blood Clot Formation” by Amanda Lacerte
- ”Adventures in Blood Clot Analysis by HPLC” by Kristie Darrah
- ”DNA Sequencing of Different Species of Tuna Fish” by Leonard Oddo
- ” Extraction of Equilibrium Constants and Limiting Conductivities From Conductance Measurements of Unsymmetrical Electrolytes” by Mike Jurbala
- ”Phytosiderophore Affinity for Iron” by Chandra Dewar
- ” Examining the Effects of PPAR Expression on Glucocorticoid-based Melanoma Therapeutics” by Ashley Wagner
- ” Organometallic Synthesis of a Tricyclic Antidepressant Core” by Sawyer Davis
- ” Vinylation as the First Step Toward the Total Organometallic Synthesis of the Core of Clomipramire (Anafranil)” by Ariana Winder
- ” Solar Kiosk Overview” by Jim Capozzoli
FOCUS ministry wraps up semester
Bloomsburg University’s Office of Minority Affairs will be hosting Martin Harris, Sr., pastor of F.O.C.U.S. Young Adult Ministry at Bethel Deliverance International in Philadelphia for an on-campus church visit on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Free breakfast at 10:15 a.m. If you would like to take part please contact Marcei Woods at (570) 389-4091 for details.
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Math contest equates to growth, popularity
In 16 years it’s tripled in size, peaking this fall with more than 300 students representing 24 high schools from across Northeast Pennsylvania. BU’s annual Math Contest has become quite the targeted fall event for many schools, some of which enter multiple teams to compete in brainteasers, quiz bowl, and the popular Game of 24 card challenge.
Along with the Math Club, students and faculty from the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics coordinate and run the all-day contest. The three competitions vary in difficulty and work off a foundation of geometry, trigonometry, algebra, logic and statistics. Adding to the contest’s popularity are several alumni, who once volunteered as BU students, now high school teachers bringing their students back to campus as competitors. #CollaborativeLearning
Students research downtown parking
Led by student researchers, Stephen Staats, a senior criminal justice major, and Tony DiBiase, a junior geoscience major, a group of 30-plus student volunteers are conducting a creative parking study in the Town of Bloomsburg, utilizing mobile GIS devices not for mapping but to monitor downtown parking spaces and collect data to better understand parking tendencies. The hope is to improve Bloomsburg’s congestive parking situation. Success of this study could serve as a model for other municipalities across the country trying to improve their parking efficiency.
The project, funded by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc., is being done in collaboration with several local municipal agencies and university departments, as well as BU’s Center for Community Research and Consulting. #CollaborativeLearning
Campus gets greener with new program
Bloomsburg University has teamed up with the Bloomsburg Recycling Center to change the way BU recycles. Since July 1, BU has used a dual-stream recyclable collection program that has increased the volume of recycled materials and made collection simpler and more convenient. Vince DiLoretto, Bloomsburg University’s custodial services director, and Charles Fritz, Bloomsburg Recycling Center’s environmental services administrator, were two key contributors in the new program.
With this system, the Bloomsburg Recycling Center can collect recyclable materials with as little contamination as possible. New dual-stream bins were placed throughout Elwell Residence Hall. With fewer bins at each site, the dual-stream program allows for more sites on campus, making recycling more available to students and faculty. #BUSustainability
Students present HIS projects
Honors students take two three-credit independent study courses where they work with a faculty mentor to complete a year-long research project. The final piece of their assessment is a 30-minute oral presentation along with a written research paper, which is open for submission for publication. Presentations will be held in the Honors classroom in Luzerne Hall, Room B-9. All are open to the campus community. #CollaborativeLearning
Monday, Nov. 18
- 2 p.m. – Erik Kile, Writing and Illustrating for Children’s Literature with Claire Lawrence
Tuesday, Nov. 19
- 3:30 p.m. – Samantha Smith, Perversion and Melancholia in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye with Stephen Whitworth
- 4 p.m. – Jamie Wagner, Mobile Learning in the English Class with Raymond Pastore
Monday, Dec. 2
- 2 p.m. – Sarabeth Clever, Media Literacy of Pre-Service Teachers with David Magolis
- 2:30 p.m. – Audra Briggs, College Students’ Privacy Awareness on Social Networking Sites with David Magolis
- 3 p.m. – Natalie Greenholt, The Effect of Linguistic Background and Listening Conditions on the Perception of Vowels with Petula Vaz
- 3:30 p.m. – Adam White, Internal Accounting Controls in Non-Profit Organizations with Mark Law
Wednesday, Dec. 4
- 1 p.m. – Stephanie Giannelli-Frey, Methods for Educating the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in America and the Caribbean with Patti Stoudt
- 1:30 p.m. – Brooke Shannon, A Computational Study of the Effects of the Electronic Medical Records System on Patient-Doctor Relationships with Christopher Hallen
- 2 p.m. – Jordyn Koveleski, Do different scoring methodologies alter the results of three non-word repetition tasks (NRT, L8RT, CTOPP) for adults who stutter and their non-stuttering peers with Pamela Smith
- 3:30 p.m. – Brianna Fox, Music Therapy: A Holistic Intervention for Cancer Patients with Mindi Miller
Women empowerment first-hand
A group of Bloomsburg University students recently participated in a unique women-to-women event, attending the 10th Annual Pennsylvania Conference in Philadelphia. Their visit was sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc. and The Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
The conference, one of the largest women’s conferences in the country, featured several nationally recognized speakers who focused on leadership, career advancement, small business entrepreneurship, personal development, social media, health and wellness, personal finance and more.
PASSHE chancellor makes first visit to Bloomsburg
Frank Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), spoke faculty, staff and students at Bloomsburg on Wednesday in McCormick Center. While Brogan acknowledged the fiscal challenges that PASSHE universities are facing, he emphasized the important role that the 14 systems universities have in focusing on high-quality undergraduate education.
Brogan previously was chancellor of Florida’s 335,000-student public university system. He was president of Florida Atlantic University, lieutenant governor of Florida and the state Commissioner of Education. Brogan’s academic career began as an elementary teacher in Martin County, Fla., where he worked his way up through the school system to serve six years as superintendent. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic University respectively.
A glimpse of Saudi Arabia old and new
Madalyn Goss, a junior political science major and Middle East Studies minor, will soon get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Saudi Arabia firsthand. Goss was recently selected to participate in the Saudi Arabia Exchange Fellowship, which is sponsored by the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations and is open to students who have participated in the Model Arab League (MAL).
Goss will engage in a variety of activities during the 2013-14 academic year and will have the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia on an all-expense paid study visit over winter break, from Dec. 27, 2013 to Jan. 8, 2014. She is currently BU’s head delegate for the MAL Conference in November. #CoCurricularLearning
Business LLC in the Big Apple
Members of BU’s Business Living and Learning Community (LLC), which included mentors and a group of invited international students, recently spent a day in New York City. Participants each received a comprehensive booklet on NYC and learned about the business of art; partnerships between business, governments and non-governmental organizations to solve world issue; fine points of diplomacy; reflections on Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the golden bull of Wall Street and, the business of Broadway.
Highlights of the trip were a tour of the United Nations Headquarters, and briefing on UNICEF (Trick or Treat for UNICEF will be the LLC fall fundraiser); lunch and discussion groups at Battery Park; a guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art permanent collection (the students noted that several items in the collection had been used as illustrations in their textbooks), and, finally attending one of three Broadway musicals — Chicago, Newsies or Rock of Ages.
Faculty advisors for the LLC is Mark L. Usry, associate professor of business law, and Michael Martin, assistant professor of English, who are coordinating certain aspects of their courses — Introduction in Business and English 101 — into the student learning community.
Psi Chi initiates eight new members
Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, recently held an initiation ceremony and dinner for its newest member. Requirements for membership are at least a 3.2 overall grade point average and a 3.5 or higher psychology grade point average. The honor society is advised by Jeffrey Leitzel and Kevin Ball, joined by student officers Jose Calvo, president; Lauren Heller, vice president; Laura Iacono, secretary; and Jacqueline Zeiber, treasurer and fundraiser chair.
Welcome to Psi Chi …
- McKayla Balliet
- Kaitlyn Barnett
- Andrea Green
- Kirsten Guldin
- Lindsay Mays
- Janine Mensch
- Jesse Rothweiler
- Justin Wolfe
Campus welcomes Frederick Douglass scholars
BU is hosting five new visiting Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year, ranging from interpreting to school counseling to intercultural communication. The program is intended for individuals who are seeking academic experiences to help them further develop the skills needed to be successful university faculty members and scholars.
Participants in the program typically teach full time (negotiable) and conduct scholarly research during an agreed upon combination of Summer, Fall, and Spring sessions. Scholars are mentored by senior faculty members and are expected to participate in campus activities. Scholars may also be requested to work with the Frederick Douglass Institute to develop and implement multicultural programing on campus.
- Bridget Klien, Ph. D. candidate in anthropology at American University in Washington D.C. She teaches in the ASL/English Interpreting program.
- Mindy Andino, Pd.D. candidate in education at Rutgers University. She teaches school counseling and student affairs.
- Diane Cardenas Elliott, Ph.D. in education administration from New York University. She teaches school counseling and student affairs.
- Kathryn Hobson, Ph.D. in communication and culture from University of Denver. She works with the Frederick Douglass LLC and teaches intercultural communication.
- Jeni Rodriguez, Ph.D. candidate in interpretation at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. She teaches in the ASL/English Interpreting program.
Forensics Team showcases talent
BU’s Forensics Team recently won the second place team sweepstakes award at the 18th Annual Morgan State University Invitational Forensics Tournament held the Morgan State University campus in Baltimore. BU also won the first place Pi Kappa Delta Team Award for universities with a chapter of this National Speech and Debate Honor Society.
Twelve students competed at the tournament with seven students winning 13 individual speaking and debate awards.
- Dan Clark, team president – first in poetry, fifth in impromptu speaking, sixth in single dramatic interpretation
- Abe Freet – third in extemporaneous speaking, fourth in impromptu speaking, sixth in parliamentary speaker, second place in parliamentary debate with Zach Moore
- Zach Moore – second in parliamentary speaker, fourth in extemporaneous speaking, second in parliamentary debate with Abe Freet
- Joshua Hooks – second in after-dinner speaking
- Abbey Porambo – fourth in poetry
- Taisha Martinez – fourth in persuasive speaking
- Anna Scott – top, non-advancing novice in prose
Other students competing included Stephanie Kaminski, Delaney Hellman, Arrista Voorhees, Madalyn Goss, and Jaylene Alvarado. Rubin Rhodes, a graduate student in BU’s master’s degree program in school counseling, and Neil Strine, director of forensics, served as judges at the tournament.
BU's Forensics Team meets every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Bakeless 202. The program is supported by funds from the Community Government Association. All interested students are welcome to join and no previous experience is necessary. Interested students should contact Strine at firstname.lastname@example.org. #HuskyUnleashed| #CoCurricularLearning
Re-imagining the student experience
Faculty and students from the School Counseling and College Student Affairs program attended the annual conference of the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association in Mechanicsburg on Oct. 20 to 22. Mark Bauman, Denise Davidson, Mindy Andino, Diane Elliott, faculty in the program, and Mary Klebon, April Garland and Ebony Taylor, graduate students, presented five different programs at the conference.
Colleges and universities are under constant pressure to find new and meaningful ways to better engage students. Moreover, the need to justify funding and its usage is at an all-time high. College and university administrators, faculty members and students are actively encouraged to reexamine policies and practices to ensure a robust student experience. The 2013 PCPA Conference Committee is sought proposals to re-imagine the student experience through:
- Learning outcome development and assessment;
- Encouraging growth;
- Advocating change; and
- Delivering results
Pictured (L-R) Mark Bauman, Mindy Andino, Denise Davidson, Keashla Marengo. Front Row: Serina Bolinsky, Ellen Socket, April Garland, Mary Klebon. Presentations included "What can a fellowship do for you?" by Andino, "Building relationships that enable student success" by Andino, Hoover, and Garland, “It’s not you. It’s me: Leaving your job In the first year," by Davidson, Bauman and Klebon, "Reimagining professional preparation," by Bauman and Davidson, "Got my mind on my money and my money on my mind," by Elliott and Taylor. #CollaborativeLearning
Campus makes green changes
Energy and financial savings are the goal of campus upgrades completed as part of Bloomsburg University’s facilities management department’s energy reduction plan.
“We are working to implement Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) with short paybacks and large energy savings so we can start showing movement toward the goal,” says John Holtzman, assistant director of energy and environmental. The plan aims to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent.
One ECM now underway is the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting in the lower parking area and stairwells of the tri-level garage next to Elwell Residence Hall. BU facilities staff will install LED lighting fixtures purchased through a sustainability account initially funded by energy rebates from PP&L Electric. This project will pay for itself in 18 months. The same type of LED lighting was installed by BU facilities staff in areas within Redman Stadium. #BUSustainability
COB looks to students for suggestions
BU’s College of Business has established the Student Advisory Board to provide a better educational experience for students. The board, made up of students from a variety of business majors, was established in spring 2013.
The Student Advisory Board meets with George Ebbs, dean of the College of Business, to discuss upcoming events for business majors and provide feedback for recent programs. After this year’s Ziegler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) Conference, for example, the board suggested changes for future conferences to promote a broader range of experiences.
“The Student Advisory Board benefits students because our ideas, as students, are being heard,” says board member Erica Harte. “This allows for more activities that will truly benefit the students.”
A major project for the board this year will involve updating the College of Business Student Handbook.
Order of succession established for BU
The Council of Trustees approved a resolution establishing Bloomsburg University’s order of succession during a brief special meeting on Nov. 8. In accordance with PASSHE Board of Governors policy, the Trustees identified the members of the executive management team who would act on behalf of the president in his absence or if he is temporarily unable to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
At BU, the order of succession is:
- Ira Blake, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs
- John Loonan, vice president for administration and finance
- Dione Somerville, vice president for student affairs
- Erik Evans, vice president for university advancement
Amish, Mennonite photo essay on display
The photo essay “Plain: Old Order Amish and Mennonites of the Central Susquehanna River Valley” will be on display in Bloomsburg University’s Kehr Union, Multicultural Center, from Nov. 1 to 30. This photo essay by Gary F. Clark, BU professor emeritus of art, contains 70 images of the Old Order Amish and Mennonites in everyday life.
Opening receptions and talks by Clark will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be open during regular building hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
“I have always felt an urge to understand other people and to see life from their various perspectives. This is the basis of my art,” said Clark. “Seeking to understand those that appear to be furthest from me — those who live in worlds far from mine, worlds where different norms and rules prevail — informs and inspires my photographic art.”
Yes, I want to become an OWL!
Are you ready? Perfect! We’re ready to show you how on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 9:30 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. Join us for an open interest meeting where we’ll talk about all of the fun and leadership opportunities we’re involved in year-round, as well as how you can apply and interview to be an OWL in 2014!
Wait, what’s an OWL?
Orientation Workshop Leaders, or OWLs as we affectionately refer to them, are highly trained student leaders whose job is to help you adjust to life at Bloomsburg University. There are more than 75 spirited and talented OWLs who will serve as your personal hosts and share their experiences, tips and strategies for success. OWLs range from sophomores to seniors and cover nearly every major offered at BU. They live on and off-campus and are each involved in an average of at least three other student organizations on campus.
In addition to hosting you during your orientation experience, OWLs are also a highly active student organization on campus. At any given time, OWLs are:
- participating in fun community service activities
- recruiting new OWLs
- going on group outings, such as amusement parks
- participating in leadership training
- and traveling to conferences
Scientist addresses ocean drilling
Alberto Malinverno, of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, will discuss potential energy sources and factors in global climate change at Bloomsburg University on Thursday, Nov. 7. Malinverno will speak about methane hydrates in the deep sea in a public lecture at 7 p.m. in Hartline Science Center 108. Later, he will meet with the environmental, geographical and geological sciences department.
Malinverno, one of this year’s distinguished lecturers supported by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, sailed as a logging scientist on research expeditions in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. He will speak about deposits of methane that are trapped in ice in the deep sea, which are both a potential source of energy and a possible factor in global climate change, as methane is a very powerful greenhouse gas. He will review past studies and new directions on the subject. Malinverno’s visit is supported by BU’s Campus Green Initiative. #BUSpeakerSeries
F.O.C.U.S. helps welcome in November
BU’s Office of Minority Affairs is hosting Martin Harris, Sr., pastor of F.O.C.U.S. Young Adult Ministry at Bethel Deliverance International in Philadelphia for an on-campus church visit on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Free breakfast at 10:15 a.m. Campus shuttle available for upper campus residents. Come be part of the service. Contact Marcei Woods at (570) 389-4091 for more information.
Gender Studies research hits center stage
Students working toward a minor in Gender Studies will present their research on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room. The presentations are free and open to the public. The purpose of the Gender Studies Minor, which offers cross-listed courses in sixteen departments across campus, is the study of social, cultural, and historical constructions of gender and its intersections with other constructions such as race, class, nation, and sexuality.
The program investigates gender relationships and inequalities in a variety of societal contexts and strives to provide co-curricular experiences to enhance the Gender Studies Minor curriculum and raise awareness about issues of gender.
- Michelle Mattar, Anthropology Major “Digging Deeper: Why Does Archaeology Continue to Struggle with Gender?”.
- Venyamína McIvor, Psychology Major “Transmisogyny: The Assumptions We Make about Female Bodies, and How They Subjugate Our Sisterhood”
- Karli Miller , English Major “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Progression of LGBTQ Rights in the World”.
- Katelyn Shoemaker, Anthropology Major “Women in Politics”.
- Albra Wheeler, Communication Studies Major “The Wonderbra: Oppression versus Liberation in Capitalistic Patriarchal Society”.