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News from March 2012
News from March 2012
BU's Relay for Life raises nearly $25,000!
Spending time with friends and sharing the experience not only creates a memory, it can help the fight against cancer. More than 575 people on 51 teams participated in BU’s Relay for Life on Friday, March 23, through Saturday, March 24, and raised $24,931 for the American Cancer Society to help fund cancer research and treatment. Thanks in large part to the generous contributions to Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society is saving lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
Students network with COST alumni
More than 50 alumni joined faculty and students for the College of Science and Technology Career Day on Friday, March 2, in the Kehr Union Building. Alumni discussed their work experiences and met in small groups with students, who got an inside look into the career fields of geography, exercise science, computer forensics, math and physics, computer science, engineering, nursing, biology,
COST alumni return for Career Day
BU’s College of Science and Technology is hosting a Career Day on Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom for its students and roughly 50 returning alumni, who will serve as presenters and panelists. John Polhill, assistant dean, says the event is a great opportunity for students to directly network with alumni who are working in prospective career fields for advice, paths to internships and as possible references. Career Day is also an opportune time for students, especially freshmen and sophomores, to get insight on getting the most out of their college experience and getting ready for post-graduate life, including graduate school and research opportunities.
Empty Bowls benefit local food cupboard
BU's annual Empty Bowls Banquet is observing its 10th anniversary of serving soup to draw attention to local hunger. This year’s banquet will be held on Sunday April 1, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Kehr Union Ballroom. This fundraising event benefits the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard and is sponsored by the SOLVE volunteer office. The Empty Bowls Banquet event includes a dessert sale, entertainment and children’s activities. The bowls used to serve the community are handmade by local artists. The minimum donation is $5 for BU students, $10 for adults and free for children under 5.
Nursing students win competition
A group of BU nursing students recently won the Geoffrey Allen Walp Memorial 9th Annual Student Nurse Challenge, based on the College Bowl program. The competition is sponsored by the East Stroudsburg University chapter of the Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) and helps prepare student nurses to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for their registered nurse license.
All schools in the SNAP district, including diploma, associate and baccalaureate programs are invited to participate. BU students won a $500 check for their SNAP chapter and the right to house the trophy until next year’s challenge. (L-R) Ashley Ginther and Amanda Cruz (holding trophy), Allison Maloney (faculty advisor), Jen McCauley, Rachel Crawford, Emily Searfoss, Nikki Cicero, Amanda Nyce, and Mindi Miller (faculty advisor), Jamie Thomas, Kayla Zambiasi, Rebecca Gates and guest Kasey Cicero.
BU hosts Law Enforcement Career Day
Representatives of the FBI, Homeland Security, Federal Air Marshalls and PA State Police will be in attendance at BU’s Law Enforcement Career Day on Thursday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the KUB Multicultural Center. Joining them will be federal corrections, Allentown and Baltimore police, among others.
The day will be highlighted by federal agent, Jay Dobyns, who will discuss his experiences as an undercover agent, including infiltrating the famed Hells Angels, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium. All events are open free to the public and campus community.
In addition, the Baltimore Police Department will be giving the civil service exam and physical agility test at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 31, at the Nelson Field House to start the hiring process to be a police officer. Events are sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice.
Be a part of Leckey Live on Newswatch 16
Unleash Your Inner Husky on Thursday, March 29, from 5 to 9 a.m. as part of a live WNEP broadcast from Nelson Field House. All BU students are invited to join members of CGA, Greeks and student athletes for Leckey Live on Newswatch 16 This Morning. The focus is on fun as BU spreads the word about the March 31 Big Event community service project. Games, prizes and free T-shirts while supplies last. Get up early to show your Husky Pride. Contact Dave Abrams, CGA president, for more information.
A deeper look at local natural gas drilling
BU’s Green Campus Initiative, the Institute for Culture and Society, the Institute for Human Rights and Social Justice, the College of Science and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts are sponsoring a series of lectures and documentaries on the impacts of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. The events, slated for Tuesday, March 20, through Thursday, March 29, will explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of natural gas extraction.
Individual events will include:
- An overview of the natural gas extraction and the process of hydrofracking
- A discussion of natural gas drilling and the disposal of frackwater in Ohio
- A screening of the documentary "Crude"
- A discussion of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s role in the regulation of natural gas drilling and the disposal of frackwater
- A screening of the documentary “Gasland”
- A discussion of impacts of Marcellus natural gas development on housing in Pennsylvania
- A discussion of the social impacts of population influx associated with tar sands mining in Alberta, Canada
- And a Screening of the documentary “Petropolis”
The 10 day event will conclude on Thursday, March 29th with a panel discussion on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale with representatives from industry, academia and government. All events are open free to the public.
CGA leaders lend hand to Katrina relief
BU’s Community Government Association Executive Board recently spent time in New Orleans for an American Student Government Association conference, as well as community service in the form of rebuilding a house damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The house was severely damaged during the hurricane and is still in the demolition phase. The executive board spent time working hard to continue the process.
CGA's work included taking out light fixtures, removing walls and tearing down cabinetry. After eight hours of work, the demolition phase was nearly complete. Work will continue to be done on this house for several months until it’s in livable condition. The CGA partnered with the St. Bernard Project, a non-profit organization located in New Orleans. #BUServes
Paying respect to a pioneering Husky
BU alum George “Chubb” Young ’51 passed away Wednesday, March 21, at the age of 88 in his hometown of Danville. Young, a World War II veteran, was the first African-American male to graduate from Bloomsburg, when in 1951 he earned a bachelor’s in education from what was then Bloomsburg State Teachers College. He spent the next 39 years as an elementary teacher and principal in East Orange, N.J. Although not the first African-American to attend Bloomsburg, he set the standard that many additional young men and women over the past 60 years have equaled and made their Alma Mater proud. A memorial service with military honors will be held Friday, March 30, in Danville where Young will be laid to rest in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
“Blinking Nebula” research gets published
Nada Jevtic, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and engineering technology, and Peter Stine, Ph.D., professor and chair of physics and engineering technology, recently had their research, “Stochastic Brightness Variations in the Central Star of Planetary Nebula NGC 6826” accepted for publication by the Astrophysical Journal. NGC 6826 is commonly known as the “Blinking Nebula.” The research paper deals with a novel application of nonlinear time series analysis to Kepler Space Telescope light curve data. The Astrophysical Journal is one of the most eminent journals for astronomy and astrophysics.
What a strong China Means to the U.S.
Sheng Ding, associate professor of political science, was recently interviewed by China Radio International about his perspective on U.S.-China relations and Vice President Xi Jinping’s ongoing visit to the U.S. Jinping is set to become the next President of China and Secretary General of Chinese Communist Party this fall. China Radio International is one of the three state-owned media in China. It has broadcasts 1,520 hours of programs each day all over the world in 61 languages.
Investing: Risky business, like it or not
Using the words investing and risk in the same sentence makes some cringe. Risk, however, comes hand in hand with investing if you want to accumulate assets — of course, some decisions carry more risk than others. In this interview with Bankrate.com, Rand Martin, Ph.D., professor finance discusses risk, accumulating retirement assets, diversification and common mistakes that investors make.
Professional mountain climber discusses "Leadership in the Mountains"
Mountain climber and guide Craig John, of Freeport, Maine, will offer a multimedia presentation about leading and guiding worldwide at Columbia Hall on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. on his “Seven Competencies of Leadership.” John uses the seven competencies — passion, organization, creativity, support and learning, reliability, competency and recognition — to build teams that work together to achieve a common goal and problem solve effectively. He will discuss his ascent of the North Ridge of Mount Everest, as well as expeditions to mountains such as Kilimanjaro, Denali and Cho Oyu, and how the lessons he’s learned on the mountains apply to becoming stronger, more competent individuals in daily life.
Biologists gather on campus
The Bloomsburg University chapter of the biology honor society Beta Beta Beta is hosting the Northeast District 2 Convention in Hartline Science Center on Saturday, March 24. More than 75 students and faculty from 13 regional colleges and universities will attend. Welcoming remarks will be delivered at 9 a.m. by BU President David Soltz and Dean Robert Marande. This will be followed by nearly 30 research posters and oral presentations. Also included is a workshop entitled "How to Succeed in Graduate and Medical School" that will feature a panel of alumni from the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences (Jason Nolt, Michael Busada, and Laura McCourt). The keynote address, "CSI-Ancient Egypt,” will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in Hartline room 108 by Dr. Stephen R. Phillips from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.
Professor discusses philosophy of religion
Jack Call, Ph.D., an author and philosophy professor at Citrus College (Calif.), will be giving a free public talk on Monday, March 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in SSC 004. His talk cover the philosophy of religion involving his book, “God is a Symbol of Something True: Why You Don't Have to Choose Either a Literal Creator or a Blind, Indifferent Universe.” Call has published essays on the relations between philosophy, religion and social science in The National Social Science Journal and authored, "Cloning Human Beings," in The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties.
Not your typical Gen Ed ... it’s MyCore
BU’s new general education program, MyCore, was recently highlighted during the AASCU winter meeting. BU’s innovative program adopts a new model that emphasizes the connectedness of disciplines, knowledge and skills, and recognizes the achievement of general education outcomes outside the traditional classroom. Its biggest change is the adoption of a point system, independent of the academic credit system that allows any course or co-curricular activity to contribute to gen ed outcomes. MyCore, which emphasizes student ownership of the way they achieve gen ed goals, will go in effect for summer and new freshmen.
Now THIS is how government works
George Specht, a junior political economics major, is one of 14 PASSHE students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program this spring. Specht is getting the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester’s worth of credits. Specifically, he is working for the state House of Representatives Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, for the next 15 weeks. Additionally, he and the other participating students will attend several academic seminars and complete an individualized research project.
More than 500 students have participated in THIS since the program began in 1989, each gaining valuable insight into the workings of state government at the policy-making level. Interns have worked with dozens of state agencies, as well as in the offices of the governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the attorney general. For more information on THIS opportunity contact Sheng Ding at (570) 389-4336.
Greek Life leads Fishing Creek clean up
Greek Life recently helped clear the areas surrounding flood-ravaged Fishing Creek along with several other BU organizations and volunteers. Students picked up everything from roof shingles to smashed televisions, broken glass, pipes and flood-related house damage Collectively, the volunteers filled more than 10 trash bags with debris and organized larger pieces, such as large metal pipes, for collection.
Among the more than 125 volunteers included Chi Sigma Rho, Phi Sigma Sigma, Kappa Sigma, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Phi Omega, Honors Program, Biology Club, Helping Professions LLC, Health Sciences LLC, Social Justice and Sustainability LLC and several other students volunteering on their own. #BUServes
Senior to perform research project
Natasha Willis, a senior theatre performance major, will present “Black Voices: A Timeline of Black Life in America” on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Willis will present her Senior Capstone project with an evening reading authentic slave narratives and self-written monologues. The characters of each reading piece will be representing the African American experience in America at different points in history, ranging from pre-colonial West Africa to Post Civil Rights America circa 1975.
German Club brings traveling photo exhibition
A touring photo exhibition, White Rose, will visit campus from March 19 through March 30 at the KUB Multicultural Center. The exhibition chronicles the brief yet intense bloom of the White Rose (Weisse Rose) resistance movement against the Nazi regime. The White Rose was formed by a small group of university students in 1942-43 in Munich, Germany. This group actively fought against the oppression of civil liberties and the persecution of Jews, and demanded an end to the war.
There will be a seminar on the White Rose on Tuesday, March 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. Students from Luke Springman's German courses will be giving presentations. While the exhibition is on campus the German Club will be showing two related films, "Die Weisse Rose" and "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days."
Art studio student designs thoughts into “Words”
Lena Kurtz was the latest art studio major to showcase work at Old Science Hall. Kurtz described her installation, “Words,” as “one of those moments when someone says something to you and you aren’t really sure what it means, and a million ideas of what it meant fly into your head.” According to Kurtz, the installation represented her mind processing words and how one word’s meaning can change in her head until she can’t decide what the person who spoke it really meant. Look for more student art to be displayed on campus this spring semester.
Campus blood drive to save more than 800 lives
Nearly 60 first-time blood donors were drawn to BU’s latest campus blood drive (Feb. 14 and 15), adding to the 271 pints of blood collected for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. According to organizers, 813 lives will be saved by this recent campus blood drive. BU will host its next blood drive on Tuesday, April 17, from 1 to 7 p.m., in the KUB Ballroom. #BUServes
Forensic Team continues success
Mary Pellant and Erika Mohr, senior political science majors, recently won the Parliamentary Debate at the Pennsylvania Forensic Association’s 2012 Championship Tournament at Cedar Crest College. Overall, BU won the fifth place sweepstakes trophy and second place in the President’s sweepstakes at the state tournament. Dan Clark and Nicholas Foreman also competed at the PA State Championship tournament for BU, while Neil Strine, director of forensics, served as a judge at the tournament.
Most recently, the Forensics Team captured the sixth place team award at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Annual Beach Tournament in Ocean City, Md. Clark, a sophomore English major, won the Single Dramatic Interpretation of Literature. Three additional members won a total of eight individual speaking and debate awards.
Management students get up-close look at supply chain field
Management students studying supply chain management recently attended the Congress for Progress 36 Conference in Harrisburg, which offered attendees the opportunity to listen and learn from experts in the field, covering topics such as inventory management, manufacturing flows, “green” purchasing, and value stream mapping. Students networked with professionals during the luncheon. Coordinated by Christian and John Grandzol, management faculty, this was the third consecutive year BU had the largest student presence at this conference. Recognition of our Supply Chain Management Career Concentration and career opportunities for students continue to grow as a result.
Immediately following the conference, the group toured the Exel Distribution Center in nearby Palmyra. This facility is the exclusive packager and distributor of Hershey’s chocolate. Students heard about and then witnessed first-hand the capital investment, human resource management, and technology required to operate a facility that processes more than 200,000 pallets of Hershey’s candy per year to retail customers all over the world. The tour was led by 2011 BU graduate Joe Bertuola, now working as a facility supervisor.
Professor talks Marcellus Shale drilling
Jeff Brunskill of Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences appeared on WKOK's On the Mark on March 21 to talk about a series of programs at Bloomsburg University, exploring the social, economic and environmental impacts of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. The series is called “Natural Gas Extraction in Marcellus Shale: Evaluating the Impacts.”
Campus Alert: Sunday, March 25
A female student presented herself at the Bloomsburg Hospital today (Sunday, March 25) at about 2 p.m. She reports she was sexually assaulted at approximately 1:30 a.m. today In Northumberland Hall. No further information is available. 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. 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.
Campus Alert: Sunday, March 4
Bloomsburg Town Police report a robbery occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. today (March 4) near the green lot. A male student walking near the green lot stopped to assist a female who claimed she got into an argument with her boyfriend and threw her phone over the parking lot fence into a wooded area. She asked the victim to help her find the phone. When the victim walked into the woods, he was jumped by several white males and black males who punched and kicked him and robbed him of $20. The female was described as a black woman who was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. All male assailants were wearing dark clothes. After robbing the victim, the assailants and female ran toward Lightstreet Road.
Bloomsburg Town Police are investigating the incident. Any information regarding the identity of this individual should be provided to the Bloomsburg Police at (570) 784-4155.
Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. 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.