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News from March 2009
News from March 2009
Students spend spring break repairing New Orleans homes
Students and staff members in the NEPA Alliance Against Homelessness at BU are spending spring break in New Orleans helping families who were affected by Hurricane Katrina repair their homes. Shown above are, back row: Megan Gleason, Jodi Fahy, Katherine Carl, Sharon Fedder, Kim Schmitz, Monica Olsen and Kurt Nystrom. Front row: Sarah Stevens, Annelise Chayka, Ali Miller, Bridgette Bonner and Megan Domanski. At right, Annelise Chayka and Katherine Carl work to clean out the burned interior of a home. More photos from the Alliance website.
Students attend Black Graduate Students conference
Wazi Apoh, assistant professor of anthropology, accompanied students Alexis Frederick, Terrell Garrett, Katherine Hutchison, Adreeonah Mundy, Nicole Faulks, Aleema Skerrett, and Colleen Smith to participate in the 21st Annual National Black Graduate Students Conference held in Houston from March 11-15. The students presented a papers and posters on "The Role of Frederick Douglass Institute Mentors in Student Development and Retention on Campus: Bloomsburg University Experience" (Frederick and Mundy); "Black, White, Red and Green: Angela Davis and the Scottsboro Boys' Trials in Retrospect" (Faulks); "The Black Male Experience in the Majority University" (Garrett); and "Mentoring Diversity through the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence" (Hutchison, Skerrett, Smith). Students were also mentored by Faith Warner, associate professor of anthropology, and Williams Obiozor, assistant professor of exceptionality programs. The trip was sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute, The ACT 101 Program, the Department of Anthropology, The College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of Academic Affairs. Shown from left are: Apoh Wazi, Alexis Frederick, Colleen Smith, Terrell Garrett, Katherine Hutchison, Aleema Skerrett, Nicole Faulks, Adreeonah Mundy, and Ivan Turnipseed, a former Frederick Douglass Scholar.
Historian to discuss childhood in the '30s
Kriste Lindenmeyer, historian and author, will give a speech entitled "The Greatest Generation Grows Up: American Childhood in the 1930s" on Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the McCormick Center room 1303. Lindenmeyer's speech is based on her book of the same name, which explores how experiences of depression-era children can help society understand the 1930s as well as the history of American childhood. Lindenmeyer's lecture is funded by the College of LIberal Arts through the Curricular Enhancement Committee. For more information contact Jeanette Keith, professor of history, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 389-4167.
Film to show BU students learning Leadership on the Edge
A video crew recently captured 11 BU students climbing Maine's Mount Katahdin as part of Quest's Leadership on the Edge program. A film of their ascent will premiere Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The students climbed Mount Katahdin during Labor Day weekend 2008 for training in BU's master of business administration program. Darrin Kass, associate professor of management, said the climb is an option for students in his organizational behaviors class. Details on the Arts Page.
BU students place first in math conference
Four BU students placed first at the PA-SSHEMA 2009 Annual math conference on March 20-21 at Mansfield University. Two students also presented papers. Xianrui Meng (advised by William Calhoun) presented a paper titled "Perfect Distance Star" and Jason Elsinger co-presented a paper with faculty member Paul Loomis titled "The Probability that a Group is Abelian." Seventeen teams from the 14 state universities participated. Shown from left are Fen Qin, Jason Elsinger, Xianrui Meng, Alex Paoletti and professor Youmin Lu, adviser to the team.
Forum endorses policies
Two new policies were endorsed at the meeting of the University Forum on Wednesday, March 25. The policies were a revised "PRP 4802 Student Code of Conduct" and "PRP 4955 Identification Card Policy." Details.
Preschool Counselors complete food program
Graduate counselors, Kelly Alexander and Tara Robuck recently completed a six week unit on health and nutrition in the Campus Child Center's pre-k classroom. The counselors worked as a team to plan, organize and implement the 6 week unit using the Pa Early Learning Standards as their guide. Seated, Cameron Lenner, Marci Rajkowski, preschool teacher, standing, from left, Kelli Alexander, Larson Kocher, Dominic Valentino, Jax Foresman, Mikel Salas-Warner, Dillan McCloskey and Tara Robuck. The graduate counseling program in the child center is supervised by Dr. Fran Kendris, Program Coordinator, MA of Ed in Counseling and Judy Coleman Brinich, Center Director.
Exercise science majors conduct school testing program
A team of exercise science majors comprised of graduate students David Hopkins and Manisha Shresta and undergraduate students Brittany McNeil, Kelsy Husk, Sierra Witmer, Laura Makuta, Felicia Chin, Elizabeth Alvord and Michael Bartolomucci, conducted body composition assessments on athletes at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury on March 25. In response to a request from Shikellamy High School, Swapan Mookerjee, professor of exercise science, coordinated the testing which was conducted as part of a Health Education class project on body composition and health.
PR expert guest speaker for Spectrum magazine
Steve Lubetkin, managing partner of Lubetkin and Associates, one of the nation's leading new technology PR agencies, spent Monday as a guest lecturer with the students of Spectrum Magazine. Lubetkin also discussed the PR profession with Walt Brasch's senior seminar students. Lubetkin's agency specializes in podcasting, videocasting, and social network consulting for both mid-size and large corporations. He is also active as a volunteer with the South Jersey Jewish Federation. Lubetkin is a former vice-president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a fellow of PRSA, the professional society's highest honor. Prior to founding his own agency, Lubetkin was a newspaper reporter, radio anchor, PR director for Conrail, and VP for public relations/marketing for Bank of America. During the mid-1970s, he was one of the first reporters to use what was at that time known as acoustic modems to transmit stories from the field to the newsroom. His first story was about a Grateful Dead concert.
Exercise Science agreement signed
Representatives of BU and Luzerne County Community College formally signed the exercise science articulation agreement Friday, March 27, at LCCC's President's Room. The agreement allows students who earn associate's degrees in exercise science-fitness leadership from LCCC to move seamlessly into BU's exercise science bachelor's degree program. Shown in the accompanying photo, left to right are, front row: Dana Clark, LCCC provost and vice president of academic affairs; Thomas P. Leary, LCCC president; and Jonathan Lincoln, BU assistant vice president for academic affairs; back row: Joan Bush, LCCC associate dean of counseling and student support services; Tim McConnell, chair of BU's exercise science and athletics department; Tom Martucci, assistant chair of BU's exercise science and athletics department; and Robert Marande, dean of BU's College of Science and Technology.
English honor society inducts members
Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, inducted new members and recognized graduating members at its spring Initiation Dinner on March 15. Shown from left are, front row: Kelly Petritsch (new member), Ashley Kilmer (graduating), Andy Stout (new member & graduating), Casey Jackson (graduating), Lauren Zsolnay (graduating), Katelyn Skowronski (new member), Ali McCrossin (new member); (back row, left to right) Jason Pomeroy (graduating) and Megan Stanton (new member).
BU women honored
The Women's History Month reception and the Outstanding Women of BU program was held Tuesday, March 24. There were 48 faculty, staff and women nominated and there were six special awards given. Award recipients were, from left: Outstanding Service- Melissa Cheese and Lynette Luckers; Woman of the Year- Sharon Swank; Outstanding Leader- Darlene Perner; Outstanding Scholar- Amanda Dabashinksy; and Outstanding Courage- Paula Novak. At the reception, Kate Campbell Stevenson of Women Back to the Future portrayed Bessie Coleman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rachel Carson through song and performance.
Sociology students, faculty participate in conference
Students, as well as faculty, from the department of sociology, social welfare and criminal justice, participated in the Eastern Sociological Society 79th Annual Meeting in Baltimore from March 19 to 22. Shown from left are student participants Sarah Burkhardt, Nancy Ayllon-Ramirez, Matthew Fleming, and Doug J. Clapp. Details.
Voice staff wins eight awards
In this year's national Gold Circle competition sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, editors and writers on The Voice netted eight individual awards for their page design and writing in News, Sports, Features, Arts, and Opinion. These awards were announced just last week at the annual College Media Convention in New York City, which was attended by 15 staff members and their faculty adviser, Mary Bernath. Details.
Geoscience students travel to Arecibo radio-telescope
Five BU geoscience students just returned from a 3-day trip to the Arecibo radio-telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. During their trip, they toured the facility, talked with astronomers, and analyzed a radar data set of a near-Earth asteroid with their adviser, Michael Shepard, professor of envionmental, geographical and geological sciences. Their results will be submitted for publication in an upcoming issue of Icarus, the International Journal of Solar System Studies. In the photo, students are at the edge of the giant radio-dish which is about 1,000 feet in diameter. From left are Gurvinder Singh, James Hill, Eddie Ryan, Courtney Nissley and Paul Krasner.
BU students participate in Power Shift summit
Forty-five BU students participated in the Power Shift 2009 summit in Washington D.C. on Feb. 27. It's estimated that On Monday March 2, over 300 congressional districts were lobbied directly by Power Shift attendees and the message of youth wielding power resounded through the halls of congress. Bloomsburg students spoke with Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski about natural gas drilling, coal mining and the development of 'Green Infrastructure' in north central Pennsylvania.
Students spend spring break doing service projects
Campus Catholic Ministry traveled to Pittsburgh to assist the homeless and needy. Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance Against Homelessness journeyed to New Orleans where they helped Hurricane Katrina victims rebuild their homes. Students from both groups spent spring break in service to others.
"This trip was a blessing and a great learning experience," said Gina Connolly, a senior speech pathology and audiology major from Carlisle. Connolly and Michelle Jansen, both members of CCM, began planning the Pittsburgh trip in September as "an alternative spring break."
Mass Comm Speaker
Elliot Ratzman, visiting professor of theology and religion at Swarthmore, was a guest of the Department of Mass Communications, Monday. Ratzman was a guest in the two senior seminars, discussing the inter-relationship between journalism and world issues; he also spent several hours with Spectrum magazine students (pictured). He discussed the Jewish magazine culture and his role as a contributing editor for HEEB magazine. Ratzman, who has several major publications, did graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, and is finishing a Ph.D. at Princeton. Among his mentors are Cornell West, Peter Singer, and Elie Weisel.
Wind Ensemble members invited to state band
Four members of the Wind Ensemble were chosen for the 62nd Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. It is the longest running intercollegiate band festival of its kind, and it features the best musicians from Pennsylvania colleges and universities. The students performed on Sunday, March 14, at Allegheny College under the direction of Colonel Timothy Foley, USMC Retired. This year's band was composed of students from 25 colleges and universities throughout Pa. The students, pictured left to right, are T.J. West, Dominique Filiziani, Caitlin Tevis and Timothy Miller.
Take the Eco-Quiz
As part of Recylcemania on campus, the SOLVE Office is sponsoring a weekly eco-quiz. This week's question is:
Each year, Americans throw away how many Styrofoam cups? Don't buy Styrofoam-it can't be recycled!
Individuals can e-mail answers to email@example.com or can drop off answers at the SOLVE Office before 4:30 p.m. Friday. Name, e-mail, and phone number should be included with the answer. All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing and one person will be randomly chosen to claim the prize, which is a $10 gift certificate to Quizno's for this week.
The winner of the $10 gift certificate to Bloomin' Bagels for last week is Amy Tycenski. The correct answer to the question about what material can never be recycled is Styrofoam.
Aaron Klinger Memorial 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament
In memory of student Aaron Klinger, who was recently in a fatal car accident Jan. 18, there will be a 5-on-5 basketball tournament on Sunday, March 28. The event will be at 11:15 a.m. at the Bloomsburg University Recreation Center. All proceeds will go to the Aaron M. Klinger Memorial Scholarship Fund and Campus Child Care Center. The tournament is sponsored by the Student Parent Association and by the Aaron M. Klinger Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in supporting the cause, visit The Aaron Klinger Memorial 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament on Facebook.com or at www.jtwofilms.com. For more information, please contact Jerica Laylon.
Ferda Asya, director of the International Studies Living and Learning Community took a group students from the Community on a field trip to Harrisburg on Friday, March 13. The students visited the State Capitol and had a guided tour arranged by the Office of Senator John R. Gordner. The group spent part of the afternoon at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Shown with the statue of the man reading the newspaper on Front Street, Harrisburg, are (in the back row, from left to right): Sarah Ben Ayed, Ferda Asya, Hao Yang, Corey Lombardo, Megan Green, and (in front, from left to right), Iulia Sunda, Megan Sinton.
Forensics team takes fourth place
The BU Forensics Team won fourth Place at the Annual Collegiate Forensic Association's Beach Tournament held March 6-7, in Ocean City, Md. BU students won first place trophies in three speaking events. Joe Wright and Joshua Trusty defeated Randolph-Macon College for first place in Parliamentary Debate. Kylene McClarren and Scott Kenyon won first place in Dramatic Duo and Ashley Fuoco won first place in Dramatic Interpretation of Literature. In addition to these first place awards, the BU Team won other individual speaking awards:
- Joe Wright—2nd Place Best Speaker Award, Parliamentary Debate, 6th Place Prose Interpretation, 4th Place Extemporaneous Speaking
- Miles Cole—2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking and 5th Place Parliamentary Debate (with Emily Kinkead)
- Emily Kinkead—5th Place Parliamentary Debate (with Miles Cole)
- Scott Kenyon—5th Place Impromptu Speaking, 6th Place Extemporaneous Speaking
- Ashley Fuoco—3rd Place Parliamentary Debate (with Chaz Britton)
- Chaz Britton—3rd Place Parliamentary Debate (With Ash Fuoco) and 3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking
- Michael McGee—4th Place After Dinner Speaking and 6th Place Impromptu Speaking
In addition to these speaking awards, the Collegiate Forensic Association recognized the outstanding graduating seniors on the BU team: Kristy Westbrook, Emily Kinkead, Amanda Geschwindt, Chaz Britton, Michael McGee, Joshua Trusty, Kylene McClarren, and Ashley Fuoco. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr and Mr. Jaime Fenstermacher, alumni of the BU Forensics program, served as volunteer speech judges for the Bloomsburg team at the tournament. Dr. Neil Strine, Director of Forensics, also served as a judge at the competition. The Bloomsburg University Forensics Team will travel next to Shreveport, Louisiana from March 17-22 to participate in the Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate Tournament.
BU art students exhibit in Williamsport
The Bald Eagle Art League in Williamsport invited senior art students from Bloomsburg University, Lycoming College, and Penn College to exhibit and speak about their artwork during the League's March meeting held Thursday, March 5. Shown from left are: Jason Godeke, assistant professor of drawing and design, participating art majors Tory Utt, Brandon Brown, and Amber Erdman, and Sue O'Donnell, assistant professor of digital art. Missing from the photo is art major Nadeen Roberts. The event was at capacity. The student exhibition will remain on display in the Community Room on the second floor of City Hall in Williamsport until March 25.
Art exhibit in Haas
Anne Mondro and Donovan Widmer are exhibiting works in the Haas Gallery of Art on the second floor of Haas Center. The exhibit, "Being Mortal," will be installed in Haas through March 27. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and closed Sundays.
Retirements announced at Trustees meeting
The following actions were formalized at the Wednesday, Feb. 25, Council of Trustees meeting: Emeric Schultz, who retired as director of the honors program and a chemistry faculty member, was honored with faculty emeritus status.
The following retirements were announced: Dianne Angelo, professor, audiology and speech pathology, Jan. 2; Steven Cohen, professor, psychology, May 22; Gunther Lange, assistant professor, physics and engineering technology, May 22; Thomas Meeker, equipment operator, facilities management, Feb. 16; Geoffrey Mehl, publications director, communications office, March 1; Kathy Mulka, assistant director, admissions, Dec. 31, 2008; Bill Sponseller, fiscal technician, financial aid, Feb. 27; John Stockalis, clerk typist, admissions, Feb. 27; and Sharon Swank, teacher certification coordinator, College of Professional Studies, July 17.
Community Survey results available
A Powerpoint presentation given by President David Soltz on Feb. 25 to the Forum summarizes a Campus Community Survey and is now available for download (Powerpoint, 200k).
BU Trustees endorse Middle Level Degree Program
BU's Council of Trustees endorsed a bachelor's degree program for teachers of fourth through eighth graders during the Feb. 25 meeting. In his presentation to the Trustees, Charles Starkey, chair of the early childhood and elementary education department, said the certification addresses a Pennsylvania Department of Education requirement. Pending approval from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, BU will offer the Bachelor of Science in Education in middle level education.
BU in week five of RecycleMania contest
BU is in the 5th week of the 10 week nation-wide RecycleMania contest, which encourages colleges to compete to recycle the most waste per person. Right now we are 266th out of 287 colleges participating in the country and 28th out of 30 in Pennsylvania. We recycle only .61 pounds of cumulative recyclables per person, which is only about 5% of our waste stream. Millersville, Bucknell, Wilkes, Susquehanna and Slippery Rock are all doing far better than we are. Let's turn it around, Bloomsburg! Recycle your paper, newspaper, cans, bottles, cardboard and magazines. Learn more about the competition.
Dining services conducting survey
Campus Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand your campus dining preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus dining experience. This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential. One student from Bloomsburg University will win the iPod Touch, two second place winners will receive a Best Buy gift card. Take the survey.