News from July 2010
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.
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