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News from February 2012
News from February 2012
Gift establishes McDowell Institute
A $2 million commitment to the Bloomsburg University Foundation supports an initiative to give teachers the tools and strategies they need to effectively teach all pupils in their classrooms. Philanthropist Susan McDowell’s gift — largest in the history of the BU Foundation — establishes the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support in the College of Education. The institute will help teachers identify pupils’ social, emotional and behavioral issues so all children may learn.
Greek Life takes on leadership challenge
Through the guidance of BU Quest, more than 150 fraternity brothers and sorority sisters recently participated in the annual BU Greek Olympics, where new members of 23 different Greek chapters completed numerous leadership training activities. The challenges were designed to enhance the communication and problem-solving skills of the students. Shawn Rosler ’00 ‘02M, Delta Kappa Epsilon alum, and Greta Rosler ’02, Chi Theta Pi alumna, kicked off the Olympics with a leadership presentation.
Forensics team showcases its talents
BU’s Speech and Debate (Forensics) Team has finished strong in two recent speech and debate tournaments — fifth out of eight schools at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s annual winter tournament at the College of Charleston, S.C., and won nine individual awards at the Harold Cox Invitational Events Speech Tournament at Wilkes University.
In South Carolina, every team member brought home an award. They were: Dan Clark, second in Single Dramatic Interpretation of Literature; Mary Pellant, sixth in Persuasive Speaking; Erika Mohr, earned a sixth place Speaker Award in Parliamentary Debate; Joshua Hooks and Clark, fifth in Parliamentary Debate; as well as Pellant and Mohr, fourth in Parliamentary Debate.
In Wilkes-Barre, Pellant won Single Dramatic Interpretation of Literature and Impromptu Speaking; placed second in Best Overall Tournament Speaker and Prose Speaking; and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and Persuasive Speaking. Mohr was third in Extemporaneous Speaking, fourth in Best Overall Tournament Speaker and Single Dramatic Interpretation of Literature and fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
Pictured at Fort Sumter National Monument (L-R) Joshua Hooks, Dan Clark, Erika Mohr, Joe Wright, Mary Pellant and Neil Strine. Contact Strine, forensics director, for details about joining the team, which meets every Wednesday, 5 p.m., Bakeless 208. No experience necessary.
Performance artist visits campus
Al Letson, an accomplished playwright, performance poet, actor and public radio host, will present, “Bayard Rustin: The Untold story of a Civil and Gay Rights Pioneer” at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27 at the Multicultural Center. Letson’s visit is part of BU’s Black History Month Speaker Series. Letson’s distinctive voice, insightful prose and unique vision have garnered national acclaim and inspired a growing number of fans and followers.
Faculty member shares Poland experience
Faculty member Margaret O’Connor will speak on “Teaching Entrepreneurship in Poland, 2011” Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Services Center 004. The event is a part of BU’s Institute for Culture and Society. O’Connor is associate professor of business education and information and technology management. During her talk, she will share her perspective as an American professor abroad and the challenges she faced while teaching an entrepreneurship course at the University of Warsaw. Contact Christina Francis, associate professor of English, for more information. This lecture, part of the ICS lecture series, is open free to the public.
Upward Bound student receives scholarship
Dakota Milo, a participant in BU’s TRiO Upward Bound, recently received a Horatio Alger Scholarship. Nationally, she is one of 50 recipients of the $5,000 award. The Horatio Alger Pennsylvania Scholarship provides assistance to students who have “exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.” Among the requirements, eligible students must have plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree, demonstrate financial need and participate in school-related and community activities. Milo is a senior at Berwick High School and has been a TRiO Upward Bound at participant for three years. BU’s TRiO Upward Bound program assists area high school students gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in a college environment. The program strives to help students improve academically, educates participants about college admission and financial aid procedures and offers year-round college-readiness preparation.
Innovation from inside the classroom
One of the main objectives of the BU’s Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) program is to provide the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in the state of art electronics engineering. Students are trained to think critically and thoroughly to innovate and provide solutions for real world electronics engineering problems. One of the important EET courses is the Capstone Senior Design Project. Its aim is to culminate the undergraduate experience, where knowledge gained in the classroom is applied to a major design project. The course was developed and supervised by Ghassan Ibrahim, associate professor of physics and engineering technology, to encourage EET students to be thinkers and problem solvers.
Huskies honor breast cancer survivors
BU's athletic department hosted breast cancer survivors on Saturday, Feb. 11, as part of “Hooping for a Cure" before its game with West Chester. Hooping for a Cure is the PSAC's awareness and fundraising effort that is a part of the WBCA's Play 4Kay, which was formerly known as the WBCA Pink Zone.
Play 4Kay is an opportunity for coaches and teams to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Prior tip-of the game the Huskies introduced and honored breast cancer survivors and those who have lost loved ones to the disease. The Huskies also raffled off themed baskets raising nearly $300 for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, which represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.
Grandson of Mohandas Gandhi to visit BU
Activist, diversity speaker and spiritual leader Arun Gandhi will be among several distinguished speakers and lecturers to visit campus this spring. Grandson of the legendary peace fighter and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi, Arun Gandhi will discuss his grandfather’s legacy and their kinship on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium, as well as will speak on “Lessons Learned from my Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World.” Arun Gandhi, founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, renders a message of integrity, social harmony and peace.
He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, sharing these lessons around the world. His first book, “A Patch of White,” published in 1949, explains the prejudice filling South Africa. He wrote two more books on poverty and politics in India. For details on this event, open free to the public, contact Madelyn Rodriguez, director of BU's Multicultural Center.
Zimmerman helping electric power industry
Greg Zimmerman, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, has been studying aqueous salt solutions at high temperatures and pressures for many years, because of its extreme importance to the electric power generating industry. Specifically, he measures a property called the electrical conductivity which can be used to determine the species in solution as well as how fast these species travel in the high temperature water. While this technique is well over a hundred years old, the instruments required for these measurements at the extreme temperatures and pressures of interest are difficult to construct for several reasons.
Materials must be used that minimize corrosion of the instrument from the solutions; otherwise contamination will render the measurements useless. The instruments have therefore been constructed from platinum, gold, sapphire and diamond. Using a flow-design also minimizes corrosion, so that the solutions enter the hot-zone and are measured as quickly as possible. Leaks around the electrodes, which must be electrically insulated from each other, are the other huge obstacle in making these instruments. The cell with the electrodes is therefore made small. Zimmerman has either built or helped design most of the existing flow electrical conductance instruments in the world today.
National spokeswoman visits campus
A nationally known leader in the fight against domestic violence will deliver the keynote address at BU’s Colloquium on Domestic Violence on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218. Wanda Lucibello has more than 30 years of experience working with domestic violence victims. As chief of New York City’s Special Victims Division, Lucibello is in charge of the prosecutorial coordination of the Brooklyn Felony Domestic Violence Court. She has conducted woman’s groups in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ireland, Mexico and South Africa, all reflecting on family violence. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by BU’s Institute of Human Rights and Social Justice.
Alumna credits BU for her career path
Accounting teacher Jennifer Vest didn't start out as an education major in college. But the Warrior Run High School teacher credits Bloomsburg University for providing her with the opportunity to excel in the most rewarding job she's ever had. "I was three classes from graduating and realized that I did not enjoy the corporate aspect of accounting ... I was thankful that Bloomsburg had business education, it transferred all of my credits and all I needed was my education credits, so it took me five years instead of four," Vest said of her transition to teaching. "It is the best decision I made, I never feel like I'm going to work."
Noted British scholar discusses playwork
Fraser Brown, professor of playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, is the next distinguished speaker to visit campus this spring. Brown will speak on “Children Without Play” on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in McCormick Center 1303. His presentation will include the impact of a playwork project on a group of children in a Romanian pediatric hospital and touch on recent work by the charity Aid for Romanian Children to alleviate poverty and disadvantage of gypsy children in Transylvania.
Author to discuss impact of slave trade
Thomas DeWolf, author of Inheriting the Trade: a Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave Trading Dynasty in U.S. History, will be the latest distinguished speaker to visit campus this spring. DeWolf will read portions of his book and discuss the impact of slavery at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in Kehr Union Multipurpose B. The University Bookstore will have DeWolf's book available for purchase at the event, and DeWolf will sign copies should it be desired.
Taking the blinders off
Spring semester has arrived, and flowers are about to bloom. Why is now an ideal time to start thinking about a minor? Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, explains why it's important for students to expand their academic interests to effectively transition into other areas after graduation.
Campus Alert: Wednesday, Feb. 29
Bloomsburg University Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred between 6 and 7 p.m., Wednesday (Feb. 29). The actor entered a first floor Mt. Olympus residence. Entry was made through an unlocked window. No one was home at the time of the incident. A number of items were reported missing from the residence.
Remember to lock all doors and windows. Do not allow strangers into your residence. Report any suspicious people or activities to BU Police Department at (570) 389-4168. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.