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News from April 2012
News from April 2012
BU dedicates ‘new’ Sutliff Hall
More than 200 alums and their families joined Bloomsburg University’s celebration Friday, April 27, of the reopening of Sutliff Hall — home of the College of Business, Department of Instructional Technology and Department of Economics. Sutliff Hall reopened in March following a $10 million renovation featuring expanded conference rooms, state-of-the-art classrooms and a Wall Street-inspired financial services laboratory equipped with real-time tickers and a trading wall with market information and stock quotes.
A big success for CGA's The Big Event
A misty rain and chilly temperatures didn’t dampen the #HuskySpirit of more than 700 students who volunteered Saturday, March 31, for the third annual Big Event, coordinated by the Community Government Association (CGA). Students broke out into several groups spread across the Town of Bloomsburg, including large pockets along West 3rd Street, Main Street and Town Park. Among the community projects included painting, raking leaves, pulling shrubs, washing windows, moving flood-related debris and trimming bushes. #CGABigEvent
Take Back the Night with a MTV reality star
Sarah Rice, a former MTV Real World cast member, will discuss the importance of shattering the silence surrounding sexual violence as part of the BU Women’s Center annual Take Back the Night event on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239. She will share her story as a survivor of sexual abuse and provide insight on healing and raising awareness. A candlelight vigil will follow.
On an exclusive sideline with J. Cole
Lauren Grose, a sophomore mass communications and English major, scored an exclusive interview with J. Cole prior to his concert on April 26 at Nelson Field House. Grose, who also photographed J. Cole’s performance from the stage media pit, had 10 minutes with the Grammy nominated hip hop artist to find out what inspires him, his expectations of the music industry and his reflections of being a music artist and a college graduate.
An artful send-off for seniors
BU’s Senior Exit Show reception will be held Tuesday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a student art exhibit that will remain on display in the Haas Art Gallery through spring commencement. At the exit show, art students will give presentations about their work. Participants include Rachel Etzweiler, art history and art studio; Andrew Bull, art history; Megan Koontz, art history; Olivia DeFranco, art studio; Melanie Ortiz, art studio; Lena Kurtz, art studio; Megan Combs, art studio; Brittney Logan, art studio and Kyle Gosson, art studio.
Military Appreciation Day set for the Quad
BU's Student Veteran's Association will honor local veterans, military personnel and their families, including those represented on campus, during its second annual Military Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Academic Quad. The celebration will include guest speakers, a food eating contest with prizes — such as local gift cards — a cookout, raffles, lawn games and team-building activities with BU Quest.
Guest speakers include Allan Schappert, a former B-52 bomber pilot in Vietnam, and Michael Tidwell, dean of the College of Business. A 40-foot recreational vehicle equipped with a sound system, video games and other interactive entertainment will be on site courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Express your gratitude to local veterans, including BU's own, at #BUSVA.
Students showcase fashionable creativity
BU’s eighth annual Personal Adornment Day will be held Thursday, April 26, featuring a lecture, workshop and its much anticipate runway show that showcases students’ creativity through wearable art and makeup. A lecture, from 9:45 to 11 a.m., and workshop, noon to 4 p.m., will be held in Old Science Hall 311. The runway show will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main St.
Jan Myers-Newbury, an internationally known art quilter, will the lecture and workshop. Personal Adornment Day is a part of BU’s new Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Anyone interested in participating in the workshop must contact Meredith Grimsely at (570) 389-4853 to preregister.
Dance students to showcase their talents
"New Heights" is promised with BU's second annual Repertory/Ensemble Dance Minor Concert will be held on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m., and monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts. Concerts will include dance intensity, precision, excitement and creativity. Also featured will be costume, make-up and lighting designs by students and faculty. Choreography will be done by Jenna Introna, Marcedes Kennedy, Michelle Megill, Olivia Naugle, Amber Nicole and Julie Petry. Both concerts are open free to the public.
ICS honors faculty for scholarly contributions
BU’s Institute for Culture and Society is hosting its 2012 Awards Presentations on Thursday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. in McCormick 1316 where it will honor Betina Entzminger with the Outstanding Scholarship Award, Steven Ekema Agbaw with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Jason Godeke with the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Award.
- Entzminger, associate professor of English, is being recognized for her scholarly excellence exhibited with through published works.
- Agbaw, professor of English, is being recognized for his continuous professional contribution to scholarship and professional work inside and outside of BU.
- Godeke, associate professor of art and art history, receives a four-week residency for creative research in art and writing.
Future diplomats get a taste of international relations
BU’s Model United Nations recently hosted more than 120 high school students for a conference simulating a real United Nations, where the students discussed various international topics from the view of difference countries. Topics included:
- Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects
- Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East
- Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children
- International Drug Control
In addition, the students learned about the UN process and met George Agbango, professor of political science who in 1981 was a delegate of Ghana in the UN. (L-R) Matt Albertson, Kelly Murray, Tim Crossett, Jesse Gomez, Dave Yael, Jessica Martin, Eric Petrozino, Abbi Grabowski, Jaimie Hoffman, Chris Gsell, Danielle Rodriguez, Emma Worrall, ASM Tuhin and Ladashia Maxwell.
Audiology major wins Cynthia Schloss Graduate Student Award
Nicole Leonzi ’10, a graduate student working toward a doctoral degree in audiology, is the 2011-12 recipient of The Cynthia Schloss Graduate Student Award. Leonzi, of Summit Hill, was described as the student “who most exemplifies the qualities that Dr. Schloss held most dear.”
To be eligible for the Schloss Award, students must be enrolled in special education, reading, education of the deaf/hard of hearing, speech pathology or audiology graduate programs. Students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits with a GPA of at least 3.5. The $1,000 award is given annually during the spring semester in honor of Schloss, who was a faculty member in BU’s exceptionalities department. #HuskyPride
Student honors research on display
Twenty-three Honors students will showcase their independent research projects through presentations in the coming days in the Honors Lab within Luzerne Hall, beginning Tuesday, April 17, through Thursday, May 3. Honors students take two three-credit independent study courses at BU 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. Presentation Schedule | #BUResearch
Student lands Washington D.C. internship
Ryan Ammermann, a computer forensics major, was recently selected as one of the recipients of The Washington Center’s Motorola Scholarship. This $5,000 award is funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and BAE Systems, and competitively awarded to students in The Washington Center’s Science, Technology and Society Program who are pursuing degrees in the STEM majors. Priority consideration is given to students who intern in the public or nonprofit sector.
BU hosts Biology Honor Society convention
BU’s Rho Chi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Honor Society, recently hosted the Northeast District 2 Convention with more than 80 students and faculty representing 13 institutions spanning four stats. Participants enjoyed a day of oral and poster presentation and workshops. The keynote address, CSI:Ancient Egypt, was delivered by Stephen Phillips, from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Meghan Duell, a senior biology major, won the Frank G. Brooks Award, the first place prize in the oral presentation category. Duell is eligible to compete next month at the National Tri-Beta Convention in Puerto Rico. Her presentation “Honeybee Stress: Behavioral & Physiological Implications of Flumethrin Treatment.” John Hranitz, professor biological and allied health sciences, is her mentor.
Brandon Dunbar, a senior biology major, received second prize in the poster category. He presented “Effect of Composted Materials on the Incidence of Pythium splendans induced-root rot disease.” His mentors are Barry Nolt, assistant professor, and Judith Kipe-Nolt, professor of biological and allied health sciences.
Students rally for justice in Martin slaying
BU students joined in nation-wide rallies on Monday, March 26, for slain Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, as rumors his shooting was racially motivated continue to fuel anger. Police in Florida say Martin was shot and killed after some sort of confrontation with 28-year old George Zimmerman, who is a crime watch volunteer in that gated community. Students say they are upset by how this case is being handled. “The issue that we have going on in today`s society where the difference between a black man wearing a hoodie in today`s society and white, Latino, Asian man wearing a hoodie,” said Marcus Scales, graduate student, according to WNEP's news report. #TrayvonMartin
Chi Theta Pi helps families of hospital patients
Chi Theta Pi recently collected 10 pounds of soda can tabs to help aid the Ronald McDonald House at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, which provides a home-away-from-home for families of children being hospitalized or receiving outpatient care at area hospitals. It’s a place of comfort and stability offering families the opportunity to relax and be together as a family unit during a time of great uncertainty.
The Ronald McDonald House collects soda can tabs instead of entire aluminum cans, because it's more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier. The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support the Ronal McDonald House and know they are making a difference for families and children. Pictured is Sara Kaufman, of Chi Theta Pi. #BUGreekLife
Inch honored by TechQuest
Scott Inch, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, recently was named TechQuest Pennsylvania’s 2012 Technology Educator of the Year. Winners were recognized in 11 categories during a ceremony in Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center for the Arts and Sciences. More than 100 statewide organizations and individuals submitted over 200 nominations for this year’s Pennsylvania Tech Awards. Inch’s award, Technology Educator of the Year, was presented by Gannett Fleming, and finalists were Andy Petroski, director of learning technologies at Harrisburg University, and Lisa Butler, Spanish techbook creator and Hershey Middle School Spanish teacher.
Inch developed and teaches the courses in BU’s bachelor’s degree in computer forensics program. The program prepares students for careers extracting and analyzing information from computers, cell phones and similar devices involved in criminal activity. As computer forensics specialists, they may be employed with law enforcement, homeland security agencies, law firms or private companies. #HuskyPride
Senior among finalists for PASSHE award
Katherine Zimmerman, a senior elementary and special education major, was recently named a finalist for the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, awarded by the PASSHE Board of Governors’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee.
Zimmerman earns a $500 scholarship along with recognition during the April meeting of the Board of Governors. David Walton, a Millersville student, won the award and earned a $1,000 scholarship, along with a commemorative medallion. Ali-Zaidi, a charter member of PASSHE’s Board of Governors, established the award to inspire and honor System students who excel in the pursuit of knowledge.
Students add voice to local Town Hall meeting
Students from George Agbango's "Nations, States, and Government" course comprised the bulk of the audience at the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s new congressional district Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 17, at the Alumni House. Discussing the local congressional issues were guest panelists: Pedro Anés, president/CEO of the Latino American Alliance of Northeastern PA; Bill O’Boyle, reporter for the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader; Borys Krawczeniuk, of the Times-Shamrock Newspapers; and Neil Strine, chair of BU’s political science department. See how well the political science students represented BU and their department by interacting with the panel!
Senior a finalist for PASSHE competition
Andrew Milner, senior business management major, was selected as one of the six finalists for the PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition, which was created last year through a Keystone Innovation Grant. Jonathan Weber, of East Stroudsburg, was chosen as the winner.
The competition gives a new generation of business an opportunity to advance their entrepreneurial business plans with support from the PA Community and Economic Development fund and PASSHE institutions.
The competition was open to the 120,000 students enrolled in the PASSHE system. A total of 236 students submitted business ideas and of those entries, 25 business venture profiles were selected as semi-finalists. Judges from all across the state reviewed the 25 semi-finalists and selected six finalists. #HuskyPride
Wear blue for World Autism Awareness Day
BU’s chapter of Autism Speaks U is coordinating a group photo Monday, April 2, at 1 p.m. on the Academic Quad. The campus community is encouraged to participate. The goal is to get at least 200 participants to “Light It Up Blue.” Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. The prevalence of autism is about 1 to 2 per 1,000 people worldwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report 11.3 per 1,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
FOCUS ministry highlights siblings service
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, April 15, at 10:45 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Free breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Bring your siblings along for the service! Church visitation shuttle will be running a continuous loop on lower and upper campus from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Contact Marcei Woods at (570) 389-4091 for more information.
Students organize Hacky House fundraiser
BU's Student Council for Exceptional Children is hosting a Hacky House supply drive across campus. The house is used during the day for a life skills class from Danville High School. Boxes will be placed throughout campus to collect household items such as; hair dryers, towels, wash cloth’s measuring spoons and dish towels etc.
Hacky House is a house owned by the Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville. Used as a meeting place for the youth of the church, it was named in memory of David Hackenberg, a Sunday school teacher and youth group advisor. Hacky House is now also being used during the day by the life skills class from the Danville High School. The staff and students have been working hard to transform Hacky House into a real home where the students can better learn the skills they will need in the future.
Phi Beta Lambda has impressive showing
BU’s Future Business Leaders, Phi Beta Lambda, recently sent 10 members and one adviser to the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Gettysburg. All attendees competed against other chapters of Phi Beta Lambda throughout the state. Jeremy Rhen won first place in Business Law. Bryce Liggins won first place in Marketing Concepts. Carol Bachman won second place in Future Business Teacher, and Tim Smeltzer won third place in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making. The club’s advisor, Edward Pitingolo, was awarded Advisor of the Year.
Pre-Med March Madness
BU’s Pre-professional Advisory Committee is hosting a series of workshops in the coming weeks for students interested in careers in various medical-related professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and optometry. Workshops will be held at 5 p.m. in the Living Learning Community Room in Columbia Hall.
- Wednesday, March 21 — We’ll guide you through the rigors of applying to professional schools, including AMCAS. Students will share their experiences with the admissions process.
- Wednesday, March 28 — Creating an Appropriate Resume: Sure you have a resume, but is it appropriate for your application? Come to this workshop with a print out of your resume for break-out sessions of peer and advisor review. It is OK if the resume is kind of rough. Sophomores are especially encouraged to attend.
- Wednesday, April 4 — Telling Your Story in the Personal Statement: Writing about yourself is probably the most difficult part of the application. For that reason, applicants tend to procrastinate in writing this important document. Come to this workshop with a printed rough draft of your personal statement, or at least some ideas on paper for break out sessions of peer and advisor review. Juniors are especially encouraged to come.
New bachelor's program formalized
BU President David Soltz and Donald Snyder, president of Lehigh Carbon Community College, signed an agreement Thursday, March 29, formalizing BU’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership, which will be offered at LCCC’s campus starting this fall. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership, the first in PASSHE, addresses the growing demand for technical skills combined with professional skills. A student who has earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from a community college will build upon that degree with courses in information technology, communications studies, accounting, business education, information and technology management and general education. The program also will be open to those already in the workforce.
FDI Conference seeks student participation
Students are encourage to submit research ideas for the Frederick Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference, which will be held from April 19 to 20, focused on the theme, “Consumption.” Students may interpret this in a variety of ways and approach it from any discipline, such as consumption of natural resources, consumerism and economics, as well as consumption of images and media. Students should submit a description of their project, a title, and their contact information to Tina Entzminger at any time before Monday, April 2. Students may read papers, give PowerPoint presentations, give talks, or participate in a poster session.
BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence is collaborating with the Campus Green Initiative and its Earth Day activities for the conference. In addition to keynote speaker, David Guggenheim, the conference will host several other Green topic presentations and speakers.
Hope for Hanna approaches $1,500 goal
Hanna’s Helpers, students from Richard Ganahl’s Public Relations: Cases and Problems class, recently raised $1,090.16 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For their final project, they teamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and are working towards raising $1,500 to help send their wisher, Hanna, to Hawaii. Hanna is an 11-year-old girl from New Hope who has been diagnosed with Pilocytic Astrocytoma. She likes the color green, Titanic, monopoly, drawing, cookies, Macy's, Blues music, Food network, tennis, fishing, and zombies! She cannot wait to go to Hawaii.
Hanna’s Helpers were able to raise $375 by selling flowers and taking cash donations at the Dance Ensemble Spring Show on March 22, followed by $715.16 on March 23 at its second show by selling flowers and Make-A-Wish bracelets. Hanna’s Helpers include Richard Ganahl, David Abrams, Jenna Castrovillari, Ashley DeBaro, Elisha Garcia, LaShae Green, Andrew Greer, Ashley Kuenzie, Maurya Matylewicz, Alexandra Palmeri, Olivia Plantholt, Alethea Ramsey, Allison Ray, Paul Rosa, Sean Roth, Carl Shultz, Devin Simmons, Kelsey Steen, Megan Tatge, Sarie Tocket, Lindsey Ulmer, Peter Vaughn, and Rebecca Vernon. Contact Richard Ganahl for details, including how to donate.
How do you see BU?
As we strive to meet the goals of our Strategic Plan: Impact 2015, the marketing and communications team has been meeting with students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni to formulate a singular vision and specific messages to ensure success. As the next step, we are inviting you to provide your opinion of BU’s mission, core values, strengths and strategic direction via this short web-based marketing survey.
The survey is 14 questions and takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The information collected will help us to better understand the university’s reputation, strengths and weaknesses; enhance our current recruitment and branding strategies; and create a solid baseline of research for the future. With this data we will be better able to:
- Communicate more effectively with elected officials, our peer institutions and opinion leaders
- Enhance institutional and alumni pride
- Support our Strategic Enrollment Management efforts to attract the best and brightest students
More information about our branding efforts can be found at www.bloomu.edu/Inner_Husky. Thank you for your support and participation.
2012 Presidential Grant Recipients
Six projects were announced Thursday, April 12, by President David L. Soltz as recipients of $113,725 in 2012 Presidential Grant Awards as part of the ongoing initiatives of Impact 2015: Building on the Past, Leading for the Future.
- Ned Greene, professor of physics and engineering technology, and John Holtzman, assistant facilities director for energy and environment — $25,000 for campus-wide energy monitoring and efficiency initiative
- Tom Fletcher, associate dean of extended programs, Steve Kokoska, director of Honors Program, and Irvin Wright, associate dean of academic achievement — $25,000 for The Educational Pathways Initiative
- John Hranitz, professor of biological and allied health science — $24,680 for initiation of a Center for Undergraduate Research and Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Heather Feldhaus, chairperson of sociology, social work and criminal justice, and Christopher Podeschi, assistant professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice — $23,915 for the Center for Community Research and Consulting
- John Polhill, assistant dean of College of Science and Technology, and Jennifer Venditti, assistant professor of biology — $10,000 for Summer STEM Enrichment Program
- John Huckans, assistant professor for physics and engineering technology — $5,130 for environmental impact assessment of the Bloomsburg WindJET
Share your experiences and be heard!
BU’s campus climate survey was distributed via email last week to all members of the campus community. Responses to the survey will help us to understand the issues important to a broad cross section of students, staff, faculty and administrators. The goal is to build an inclusive climate and, to do so, we need your input! Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your experiences with and perceptions of diversity on our campus.
- — David L. Soltz, President
Campus Alert: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Update: The suspect in this incident is known by the name “Maine.” Anyone with information should contact BU Police at (570) 389-4168.
A rape occurred at Mount Olympus Apartments at about 4 a.m. today. An unknown black male, described as being in his early 20s with a thin build, approached the victim at the front door of her apartment and asked to use a cell phone charger. The victim let the man inside the apartment and, once inside, he raped the victim. No weapons were seen. A suspect has been preliminarily identified, but is not in custody. The incident was reported to BU Police today at about 10:30 a.m.
Always be vigilant of your surroundings, do not walk alone and be careful about whom you invite into your apartment or room. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation do not hesitate to notify police. The university recommends students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible.
Also, consider carrying a whistle. While there are limitations to the effectiveness of a whistle against all threats, it could work well in a difficult situation as students would first blow into the whistle to attract help and then use a cell phone to call for help. For your safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If you are in town and need help call 911. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.