News from March 2010
Students lend hand for The Big Event
BU students came together on March 27 for The Big Event, a community service project sponsored by the Community Government Association as a way to give back to the Town of Bloomsburg. Students tackled winter clean-up projects around town.
Student programmers put to the test
More than 175 students representing 40 teams from regional high schools competed March 30 in the 15th Annual High School Programming Contest, hosted by BU’s mathematics, computer science and statistics department in the Kehr Union Ballroom.
Student teams tackled a series of computer programming problems with varying difficulty. Winning teams were determined by how many problems they solved within three hours. Photo gallery
Printmaking research on display
Marilee Salvator, assistant professor of art, presented research in the Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conference, Philadelphia with students Jessica Chappell, Marcy Geyer and Racheal Graham, who presented during open portfolio sessions.
The students participated in a portfolio exchange that was exhibited at Moore College of Art. Salvator was one of 11 professional artists to exhibit research in an exhibition titled Vast Intransitive Arts.
Using empty bowls to fight hunger
Hundreds of students and town citizens joined forces for SOLVE’s annual Empty Bowls Banquet, an annual Bloomsburg Food Cupboard fundraiser on March 28 in the KUB Ballroom. More than 100 student volunteers coordinated the event, including hand-painting the bowls.
In addition, scores of community volunteers, faculty and staff, and local restaurants stepped forward to create the soups, bread and organize live entertainment for the event. More ...
Outstanding BU women honored
A Women's History Month reception, sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women, will be held on March 24 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The commission will recognize BU's Outstanding Women, who were nominated for their achievements and service.
Special recognition went to those holding crystal vases, Rosemary Huber, Marlyse Heaps and Deb Barnes. Also honored were three students, Lauren Heidelbaugh, Leisl Driver and Christina Adenuga.
Students clean up local riding trails
BU’s Geography and Planning Society recently helped clear and prepare horse riding trails at EOS Therapeutic Riding Center, Bloomsburg, for the upcoming season. EOS is a non-profit organization where kids and adults with special needs can ride horseback and develop skills and friendships.
Legacy scholarship recipients recognized
BU's Alumni Association Board of Directors hosted a luncheon for the recent Alumni Legacy Scholarship student recipients. Students are eligible to receive the Alumni Legacy Scholarship if one or both of their parents are BU alumni.
Twenty students received $700 Alumni Legacy Scholarships for the semester. Alumni may apply for a legacy scholarship for their student by contacting the alumni office at (570) 389-4058. Learn how to support BU scholarships.
Bienvenue au Canada!
Members of BU’s French Club spent part of Spring Break in Montreal and Québec City, experiencing French-Canadian culture first-hand and touring historical spots such as Old Town Montreal. Among the participants were five of BU’s 26 French majors and five French minors.
Pictured in front of Montmorency Falls in Québec are (L-R) Rachel Awan, Anastasia Maniotis, Kristen Beach, Brian Welch, Nicole Sensinger, Chelsea Zoltowski, John Drake and Jeff Stefankiewicz. Not pictured but with the group are Lauren Foster and Renee Wadsworth.
Migration of ‘Circassians’ discussed
M. Safa Saracoglu, assistant professor of history, presented “Cattle Thieves?: Understanding Nineteenth Century Circassian Refugees in their Socioeconomic Environment” in the next ICS Environment and Culture Lecture series on March 30 in the Schweiker Room of Andruss Library.
Saracoglu’s presentation focused on the local aspects of the forced migration of “Circassians” from Russian to the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the 19th Century. Lecture series
Students land several press awards
Spectrum magazine students recently won several awards in the 2010 Pennsylvania Press Club competition, competing against other college publications. This is the 24th year for Spectrum, which has garnered more than 175 staff and individual awards.
The magazine is one of only five college magazines inducted into the Magazine Hall of Fame, hosted at the University of Minnesota. Editor-in-chief is Walter M. Brasch, professor of mass communications. More ...
Students earn Harrisburg internships
Matthew Miller, a senior accounting and finance major, and Joan Bradbury, a junior social work major, were selected to attend The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program. Miller will attend in the fall, while Bradbury is slated for the spring.
The program is a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, providing students an opportunity to work in all areas of state government for a full semester. Contact Sheng Ding by e-mail or visit the Web site for more information.
Early childhood learning taking shape
Molly Marnella, assistant professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, supervises Desiree Eddins, student teacher, as she discusses the weather with Apurva Upadhyay and Everett Chappell. Eddins’ experience in the child center began in spring ‘08 as an early learning practicum field experience and is ending with her student teaching experience.
Judy Coleman Brinich, director of Campus Child Center, and Michael Patte, associate professor of educational studies and secondary education, designed the project.
Dean highlights campus radio show
Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, gives a glimpse of what can be heard on his monthly campus radio show on WBUQ in this latest episode of BU’s podcast series. Marande will be featured regularly in the podcast series, including offering insight what can be seen in the night sky. Listen
Campus hosts regional teacher's fair
BU hosted the 28th annual North Central PA Education Consortium on March 23 with Bucknell, East Stroudsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Susquehanna universities and Lycoming College, attracting hundreds of recruiters from more than 50 school districts to interview candidates.
The districts represented a variety of states including Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Roughly 600 students and alumni attended.
Students explore Holocaust Museum
Students with the Honors Seminar in the Humanities: Literature of the Holocaust recently visited the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. to work on their course projects. Students from the Civic Engagement Living and Learning Community joined the group.
Conducting research were Brittany Bohach, Damaris, Bybee, Meghan Duell, Kieren Hooper, Brittany Martin, Vanessa Martin, Kelsey Paulsen, Timothy Sheehan, Jessica Smith, Sarah Szczepanski and Derek Weicht. The field trip was sponsored by the Living and Learning Communities.
Preschoolers delve into dental health
Campus Child Centers’ preschool is all smiles during Dental Health Month in February. Larson Kocher, Mikel Salas-Warner, Kamille Sullivan, aide, Celia Sondheimer, Lauren Barnes, Hannah McCready, Katie Berger, volunteer, Jace Diehl, Ashley Weaser, teacher, and Ian Davis shown making a collage.
PA Early Learning Standards on Health and Safe Practices were covered in the learning unit. Preschoolers made a bulletin board with pictures of their smiles, as well as learned how to properly floss and brush their teeth.
Dean sheds light on the night sky
Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, gives a glimpse of what can be seen in the night sky with the unaided eye in this premiere episode of BU’s new podcast series. Marande will be featured regularly in the podcast series, including offering insight into his own campus radio show on WBUQ. Listen