News from May 2013
It's never too late to fall in love ... again
COST research and scholarship hit center stage
Research: Providing Lasting Benefits
"It’s a wonderful learning opportunity. Once you start collaborating, there’s a real creative process that takes place. Everybody benefits. Students learn, faculty learn and we’re all engaged in the same problem trying to solve it or trying to learn more,”
— John Hranitz, interim director of research programs.
Students present Honors research projects
Wednesday, May 1
- 5 p.m. – Kiersten Pletscher, iPads and learning in Math Education with Raymond Pastore
- 5:30 p.m. – Kenny Pallis, Mass- and shape- dependent acceleration in birds and a novel method to collect flight performance data in the field with Clay Corbin
Friday, May 3
- 2:30 p.m. – Robert Kusant, An Exploration of the Knowledge and Skills of Small Business Restaurant Owners, Within a College Town, to Prevent Fraud with Mark Law
- 3 p.m. – Ryan Oravec, Finding Characterizations of Condorcet Voting Systems through Programming with Drue Coles
- 3:30 p.m. – Natalie Wagner, How People’s Celebrations Reflect their Culture: A Study of the Milton Harvest Festival with Susan Dauria
Thursday, May 9
- 2:30 p.m. – Paul Gregorowicz, Parallel Programming with CUDA and Ant Colony Optimizations with Erik Wynters
- 4:30 p.m. – George Specht, Utilizing Facebook in the Pennsylvania house of Representatives with Neil Strine IV
Friday, May 10
- 2 p.m. — Kelsey Matthews, Drug Resistance in Candida Glabrata
- 2:30 p.m. – Amanda Sissock, The Effects of Yoga on the Vestibular System Measured by the Computerized Dynamic Posturography with Jorge Gonzalez
- 3 p.m. – Heather Hamilton, Gender Differences and Variations of Sign Production by Users of American Sign Language with Jessica Bentley-Sassaman
- 3:30 p.m. – Amber Shifflett, Female Lacrosse Players Reaction Times and Its Dependence on Physical Fitness with Cynthia Surmacz
- 4 p.m. – Hanna Jarsocrak, The Effect of Musical Training on Literacy Skills with Jennifer Johnson
Graduating art majors showcase final works
The exhibit will continue until Saturday, May 18, and will be open to the public free of charge Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibit will feature a variety of materials and mediums, including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, installation, fabric design, mixed media and printmaking, according to gallery associate Rebecca Morgan.
The opening reception will begin with presentations by art history seniors Holli Trivelpiece, Berwick; Disa Turner, Danville; Mei Yang and Shonda Cobb, both from Bloomsburg; Deanna Barnes, Royersford; Angie Musselman, Millville; and Jill A. Suda, Swoyersville. Topics include “Female Portraits of the Renaissance,” “Into the World of Hancock” and “Cake: Delectable Art,” according to Nogin Chung. associate professor of art history.
FOCUS caps semester with one last visitation
Frederick Douglass descendant highlights FDI Conference
Morris will discuss human trafficking, modern-day slavery and why we must create a new abolitionist movement at 7 p.m. in the KUB Multipurpose B room. His presentation highlights a busy day for on-campus conference sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence and the American Democracy Project. #AcademicExcellence | #CollaborativeLearning | @FredDouglassSon
Thursday, May 2
- 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. — Student Panels, Kehr Union Building
- 4 to 5:15 p.m. — Faculty and Student Panel on Post-Racial America, KUB Multipurpose B
- 7 p.m. — Kenneth Morris, Jr., presents, “History, Human Rights and the Power of One”
Friday, May 3
- 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Student Panels, Kehr Union Building
Post-Racial America: Dream or Reality?
Post-racism is an ideology undermining the issue of race in current intercultural relationships. From this standpoint, President Obama’s election signifies the realization of Martin Luther King’s dream of racial equality. It also signifies that racial barriers in the U.S. no longer exist, which gives Americans more equal opportunities to pursue individual freedom. Post-racism, however, has also been contested in public discourse.
From the standpoint of those who reject the notion of post-racial America, the election of the first U.S. Black president has not erased the disparities between people of color, particularly African Americans, and whites in terms of income, employment and education opportunities, and health benefits. It does not warrant social equality and liberty. Others also view post-racism as the end of white domination in the U.S and, thus, a form of reverse racism. Through this panel, faculty and students enter the public discourse on post-racial America.
- S. Ekema Agbaw (Professor, Department of English, Bloomsburg University)
- Christopher F. Armstrong (Professor, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, Bloomsburg University)
- Jacob Neiheisel (PhD candidate in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Amy Okalemajani (Senior student in Political Science, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania)
- Conrad Quintyn (Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bloomsburg University)
- David Hanley-Tejeda (Moderator- Adjunct Faculty, Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University and Ph.D. candidate at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale)
BOG students extend helping hand to Haiti
Donations are being accepted at various locations the rest of this semester to include Student Services Center, Andruss Library and lower campus residence halls. Project Haiti is being sponsored by the BU’s Board of Governors scholarship program along with the Office of Minority Affairs. Contact Carson Merine at email@example.com for details.
BUSTED presents season finale
BUSTED is an ongoing musical comedy series about college life. Meet the new and returning cast as they close out their latest season with a brand new storylines and musical performances. BUSTED is sponsored by the Office of Residence.
Be Hope to Her this weekend
Be Hope to Her is a nationwide event designed to raise awareness about the need for clean water. But don’t expect to just hear about the issue of clean water — get ready to experience it first-hand. With a bucket on your head, you’ll journey to a water source, fill your bucket and walk back as if you were providing a day’s worth of water for your family — just as millions of women and girls do across the globe every day.
More than 884 million people across the globe don’t have access to safe, clean, drinking water. Women and girls in these communities are usually charged with the daily task of gathering the water for their families. It doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, you can be part of the generation that stands up and says enough is enough, and chooses to make a difference. For more information on how to participate, donate, or learn more about this event, please contact Lizzie Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s book author visits Campus Child Center
The children then illustrated their own story about an animal in their own backyard and with help wrote their very own stories! (L-R) Breanna Frattarelli, Sammy Frattarelli, Taylor Chikotas, Seraphim Kramarz, Ryan Derr, Cerick Austin, Donna Rae Green, Quinn Yachimowski, Hannah Magill, Callie Ulmer, Bjork Millard and Alaina Scott.
Anthropology majors shine at Society for Applied Anthropology meetings
Students presented posters on research, internship, and applied projects. They also attended a roundtable organized by Faith Warner with DeeAnne Wymer and Gabrielle Vielhauer as discussants where they learned about preparing for graduate school from representatives of the leading graduate programs in applied anthropology. #CollaborativeLearning
Car show helps provide support for cancer charity
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. Komen is the boldest community fueling the best science and making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer. Since then, almost $2 billion has been raised to fulfill the foundation’s promise, working to end breast cancer through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries.
Get a sneak peek at Textbook Buyback
The University Store buys books back during the last week of every semester. As long as a professor has ordered that book, we will pay approximately 50 percent of the new price until we have enough copies to stock our shelves. This is usually when you get your best price.
Campus Announcements: What you need to know ...
Council of Trustees: Resolution Passes — BU will apply for a $2 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to offset some of the cost of upgrading the steam plant. In a brief May 3 meeting conducted by conference call, BU’s Council of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing university staff to prepare and submit an Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant application by the May 10 deadline. The Trustee’s action was required for the application to be submitted.
Previously approved by Trustees, the $10 million project will upgrade and reconfigure the central steam plant to a combined heat and power plant with a combination of biomass and natural gas boilers. The design work is expected to begin this fall with construction to start in 2015, according to Eric Ness, assistant vice president for facilities.
Students Enrolling in the Summer 2013 Session — The spring semester ends on Friday, May 17, and the first summer sessions (Session 1 and Session 2) begin on Monday, May 20. For returning students wishing to apply for financial aid for the summer session, please note that aid will not be processed until after the spring grades have been posted on Thursday, May 23. Consequently students attending the first summer sessions should be prepared to purchase their books when classes begin. If summer financial aid exceeds summer costs a refund will be generated. See bloomu.edu/aid/availability for when refunds will be available. More details: bloomu.edu/aid/guide/summer.
» Summer Hours Declaration Effective Monday, May 20, university office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch periods reduced to one half-hour, except as otherwise specifically communicated. The specific date and the use of 24 hour time are dictated by the SAP payroll system. This change in schedule does not alter the need to maintain regular services throughout the campus.
Personnel who will be changing their hours to the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. time with one half hour for lunch or the 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one hour for lunch must consult with their supervisor for approval. Please be advised that the supervisor (not employee) must submit the complete list of these changes to Dolores Sponseller prior to April 30, 2013 in order to meet a deadline established by the system office. The regular schedule of office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will resume on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Phil Amarante at ext. 4039 or Dolores Sponseller at ext. 4938.
» Summer 2013 Vehicle Registration — Online vehicle registration has begun for parking permits for commuters and residents for the summer semester(s). Please apply through bloomsburg.thepermitstore.com. Select ‘Buy Permits’ and follow the on screen steps to begin the registration process. Each student is responsible to pay $4.95 shipping and handling fee when prompted during the ordering process. Please use only your BU Student Email address when applying for a permit. You will need your Student Husky ID number in order to place your order as well. When entering your mailing address for the school; please use the same address that you use in ISIS.