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News from October 2012
News from October 2012
Campus Master Plan: Help shape BU’s future
Have a favorite spot on campus? Have ideas on how to make them even better? How about on-campus places you know can be improved? We want to hear from you!
Planning for BU’s Campus Master Plan is underway, led by Stantec — a professional consulting firm specializing in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, etc. — with the next step focusing on what our campus community has to say about the future of the campus landscape.
Learn more. Share your thoughts
You can check out Bloomsburg Campus Plan 2013 on Facebook and follow #BUCampusPlan on Twitter for the latest and greatest updates and upcoming schedule of events. If you have a thought or idea to share and are not a Facebook or Twitter user, email Mary Prout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Husky Ambassadors: Take your BU experience to a new level
What we do
- Attend Alumni Events and network with BU Alumni
- Give open house tours and usher Celebrity Artist Series
- Develop leadership skills utilized in workplace
- Participate in community service events
BU’s Husky Ambassadors have begun their Fall Recruitment, which continues through Friday. Nov. 9, by 4 p.m. Applications can be dropped off at the Fenstemaker Alumni House. Contact Nate Conroy at 570-389-4215 for more information or with any questions.
Homecoming 2012: Through your eyes!
Bloomsburg University celebrated homecoming weekend with more than an estimated 1,200 alumni returning to campus to participate in activities held throughout Saturday, Oct. 13, joining close to 10,000 current Huskies unleashing Husky Spirit.
Winners for our Homecoming competitions
Homecoming Queen: Anna DiBerardinis, sponsored by Student Nurses' Association
Homecoming King BryanPoepperling, sponsored by Orientation Workshop Leaders
Banner: Husky Ambassadors
Residence Hall Window Painting
First Place - Luzerne Hall
Second Place - North Hall
Third Place - Montour Hall
Fourth Place - Columbia Hall
Non-Float Parade Entries
First Place - BU Players/Alpha Psi Omega
Second Place - North Hall
Third Place - Lycoming Hall
First Place - Supervisory Roundtable
Second Place - Delta Epsilon Beta, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Phi Sigma Sigma
Third Place - Theta Tau Omega, Kappa Sigma
Fourth Place - Alpha Sigma Tau, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta Pi, Beta Sigma Delta
LGBTA Conference presents Ben Singer
ZIPD: A slice of business life
Where can you find nearly 50 alumni sharing their business expertise and insights with current students? From owners and CEOs to presidents and CFOs, successful alumni return to campus as presenters for the second annual Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) Business Conference on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11 and 12, in the recently renovated Sutliff Hall. Sessions on topics such as personal branding, professionalism, entrepreneurship, leadership, job interviews and building a career continue today.
Join the conversation on Twitter at #ZIPD12
ZIPD provides students with the extra tools and skills needed to discover their true career interests and become successful professionals. Learn more about ZIPD, including a story describing how a current student’s accounting career is getting a head start, thanks to a connection with alumnus Mark Thomas, a partner in KPMG.
Do you like volunteering? Making a difference?
Join the new campus organization, Student United Way. The first membership meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 5, in Bakeless 204 at 2:30 p.m. All students are welcome. If you have any questions contact the Student United Way president at email@example.com.
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. We envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. @Bloomu_SUW
Podcast Series: From cell phones to textbooks
How hard is it to balance the use of cell phones, any technology for that matter, with opening up a textbook to study? Robert Marande, dean of the College of the Science and Technology, answers this quandary, as well as sheds light on how students can better handle the addictive nature of technology. Yes, even texting with a friend relating to coursework or an upcoming mid-term is not considered effective studying, according to Marande.
New horizons for PASSHE with Act 132
Chancellor John Cavanaugh visited campus on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to discuss the benefits of the New Higher Education Modernization Law (Act 132). Prior to the enactment of the new legislation, a PASSHE university could market intellectual property created by a PASSHE employee, including faculty and student-workers, using an arrangement with the Penn State Research Foundation to provide technology licensing assistance. Under Act 132 new avenues have been created for the commercialization of products and inventions. Universities are now permitted to enter into license agreements (for the production, distribution and sale of faculty-invented intellectual property) with a company owned by the faculty-inventor or staff-inventor or a company that employs the faculty or staff inventor.
How is this new?
The State Adverse Interest Act previously prohibited any “agreement” between the university and its employees. Act 132 specifically allows economic development agreements between the university and employees. Other agreements between the university and an employee that do not qualify as economic development transactions continue to be prohibited by the State Adverse Interest Act.
Statistical analysis to predict largest possible future flood in Bloomsburg
BU’s Department of Mathematics Seminar Series presents Reza Noubary, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, who will discuss “Hazard Assessment of Bloomsburg Floods” on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Hartline G40. Noubary says floods continue to be the most frequent and damaging natural disaster in Pennsylvania, having caused many emergencies both in state and federal levels. In recent years flooding has become a problem of even more concern in areas such as Bloomsburg.
For example, Noubary says the flood of 2011 showed despite all the preparations the extreme floods can occur in this part of Pennsylvania and could result in significant damages. Recognizing this, historical floods are studied and investigated by both experts and the authorities and as a result many lessons are learned and recommendations are made to lower their negative effects. Noubary plans to present a statistical analysis of Bloomsburg floods with a view towards their use in hazard assessment. Some new methods will be introduced and their relevance to hazard assessment of floods will be discussed. The methods will be applied to Bloomsburg historical flood data. His analysis includes estimation of the largest possible future flood in Bloomsburg.
TV host, national columnist visits campus
Keith Boykin, a commentator for MSNBC, CNBC and CNN, will present “For Colored Boys: Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Isn’t Enough” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, at the KUB Multicultural Center. Boykin is a host of the BET television show My Two Cents, a New York Times best-selling author of three books, and a frequent political commentator on CNN.
Educated at Dartmouth and Harvard, he attended law school with U.S. Senator Barack Obama and served in the White House as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton. He is a veteran of six political campaigns, including two presidential campaigns, and he was named one of the top instructors when he taught political science at American University in Washington. Boykin’s visit is presented by the LGBTA and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
FOCUS ministry visits campus
BU’s Office of Minority Affairs is hosting Martin Harris, Sr., pastor of F.O.C.U.S. Young Adult Ministry at Bethel Deliverance International in Philadelphia for an on-campus church visit on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 10:45 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Free breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Come be part of the service! There will be a shuttle bus to pick up students who live on upper campus from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Contact Marcei Woods at (570) 389-4091 for more information.
Body image expert visits campus
Robyn Silverman, an award-winning writer, will present, “Media Masquerade: 10 Ways Media Impacts Girls, Women Body Esteem and Confidence,” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Silverman is known for her no-nonsense, yet positive approach to helping young people. Her ground-breaking research at Tufts University on young women is the foundation for her new book, “Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It.” Her visit is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.
First Lady Corbett hosts poetry reading
Jerry Wemple, a professor of English, along with students Melanie Simms and David Bauman will take part in The Commonwealth Poetry Reading takes place at noon on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the East Wing Rotunda of the state capital building in Harrisburg. First Lady Susan Corbett is scheduled to introduce the readers. Joining them will be Marjorie Maddox, director of the Creative Writing program at Lock Haven University, and Nathaniel Gadsden, the former poet laureate of Harrisburg. The readings will feature poetry celebrating the places of the Keystone State. Wemple and Maddox co-edited a poetry anthology entitled “Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania.”
Wemple, a regional native, has published two collections of poetry. Among his awards are the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize, the Word Journal Chapbook Prize, and a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Simms is a senior creative writing major who lives in Sunbury. A nontraditional student, Simms has published more than 160 poems in magazines, journals, and newspapers. She is the author of the poetry collection “Waking the Muse.” She is the recipient of numerous awards for poetry including a Sophie Award, A Vermont Writer’s Studio Scholarship, and a finalist in the Richard Savage Award from Bloomsburg University. She served with distinction as Poet Laureate of Perry County.
David Bauman grew up in Lock Haven and now lives in Northumberland. He completed his studies for bachelor's in English and will be awarded his degree in December. His was twice a recipient of the Savage Poetry Award.
Wemple and Maddox will also read at 7 p.m. that evening at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg. The reading will be recorded for podcast by WITF-FM, the local PBS affiliate.
Activist to discuss Native American justice
Suzan Shown Harjo, a poet, journalist and activist for Native American rights and culture, will present “Justice For All; Except for Native American People” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the KUB Multicultural Center. Harjo is president of The Morning Star Institute, a non-profit cultural rights and arts advocacy group; served on the Native American Policy Committee for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and as an Advisor to the Transition in 2008-2009; and is currently the Guest Curator and General Editor for the National Museum of the American Indian’s upcoming exhibit and publication on Treaties.
Harjo has dedicated her life to help Indigenous people but knew in totality she could do very little; however she did make great strides on issues like gaming and repatriation. Her advice was with negative energy people can make a change, because everyone can do something about something and she suggested that we started by dedicating the work that we do to those who had so much promise but had passed away. When taking on causes we must be aware that enemies we never knew existed will try to stop us and this must be met with courage and eliminating our own vulnerability. Harjo’s visit is presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Housing policy expert to discuss homelessness
Steve Berg, vice president for programs and policy, National Alliance to End Homelessness, will speak on National Best Practices for Building a Homeless System from the Ground Up, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the KUB Multipurpose Room. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Theresa Singleton from Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and Jane Vincent, regional administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and featuring Martha Hanson, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Ed Geiger, Department of Community and Economic Development; and Bryce Maretzki, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
The program is open to anyone interested in issues associated with homelessness. Berg’s visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, American Democracy Project, SOLVE Office, and Center for Community Research and Consulting, Columbia Montour County Homeless Task Force, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, First Columbia Bank and Trust, First Keystone Community Bank, and Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.
Victim's rights advocate to tell her story
Liz Seccuro, victim’s rights activist and author, will present “My Story: The Journey from Sexual Assault Victim to Survivor to Activist,” on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. Engaging and wry, Seccuro puts a riveting but hopeful face on the devastating crime of rape and its aftermath without sparing any of the ugly details, so that others may come to “know” her a friend. Seccuro is a victim’s rights advocate and spends time lobbying for important legislation to help support sexual assault victims in the United States. She also founded STARS (Sisters Together Assisting Rape Survivors) to help fund programs assisting rape victims and their families who are seeking justice and looking to heal their mind, body and soul. Her visit is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.
A conversation on school budgeting and finances
Thomas Starmack’s School Law and Finance class will be hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with a local school superintendent, a business manager, and either a school board member or administrator who will be discussing the budgetary process of school finances with a focus on internal and external factors that impact budgetary decisions. The panel will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in McCormick 1316 and is open to other classes on a first come first serve basis. There will be approximately 50 seats available.
Starmack, associate professor of educational studies and secondary education, will facilitate the panel with the following structure:
- The panel will give an overview (45 to 60 minutes) of the PK-12 Budgetary process, including internal and external factors that impact budgetary decisions.
- The second hour will be Q&A from the audience with Starmack’s students having the first questions, as this is essential to our course objectives.
- Then the floor will be opened for additional questions.
If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, class, and number of students. Once we reach the 50 seat capacity, reservations will be closed.
This is not for students to ask about their chances of getting a job based on school finances, but rather to gain a deeper understanding on the budgetary process and factors that are considered to make difficult and creative budget decisions.
Does diagnostic testing work? BU professor reveals surprising answer
Reza Noubary, professor of math, computer science and statistics, will present “Do Diagnostic Tests Do What They Are Supposed To Do?” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room. Noubary will discuss how often do diagnostic tests detect the presence or absence of medical conditions or drug use? In some cases, the answer to this question surprises both doctors and the patients, according to Noubary. The presentation, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts’ Institute for Culture and Society, is open to the public free of charge. Refreshments will be served.
A conversation on Islam
Engy Abdelkader, vice president of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and legal Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, will present, “Islam: Popular Myths and Misconceptions,” on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in McCormick 1303. Abdelkader, an award-winning attorney and scholar, will also lead a campus workshop on the U.S. Constitution and Shari’ah from 3 to 5 p.m. in McCormick 1316. Her presentation is open free to the public. This is the first of several talks on world religions this academic year. Abdelkader’s visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Middle East Studies Minor and Protestant Campus Ministry.
Diversity educator says “Be the Change”
Jessica Pettitt, who has worked in nearly every area of student affairs before becoming the diversity educator your family warned you about, will be on campus Monday, Oct. 1, for a workshop on “Gender This!” at 4 p.m. in Columbia Hall and a public lecture on “Be the Change” at 7 p.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. Her visit is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence.
Nominated for two years by Campus Activities Magazine for Best Diversity Artist, and Hot Pick for 2011, Pettitt’s programs are direct, customized, and highly interactive. Her workshops, trainings, and keynotes take participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and storytelling with large doses of humor reminiscent of George Carlin and Wanda Sykes. Participants will be laughing, and she promises no drum circles, guilty tears, or finger pointing. This will be a highly interactive program that will leave participants with actual action steps to make real change in their lives.
BU recognized as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Merit
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recently recognized BU's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Merit. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. The Chapter of Merit distinction is a part of the Society’s Chapter Recognition Program, which acknowledged 73 chapters with recognition this year, including 54 as a Chapter of Merit. Thirty-two chapters received chapter recognition in 2011.
“The sharp rise in the number of chapters that have achieved recognition this year is impressive. It shows our chapters aspire to live Phi Kappa Phi's mission to recognize academic excellence, starting on their own campuses,” said Society Executive Director Mary Todd. “Chapter officers are volunteers with a deep commitment to Phi Kappa Phi — they are to be commended for their tireless effort on behalf of students.”
By receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, the Bloomsburg University chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select scholarships, grants and fellowships.
"The faculty, staff and student members of the Bloomsburg University Phi Kappa Phi chapter were honored to receive a 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Merit Award,” said Chapter President Michael C. Hickey. “The chapter's members and officers are proud of the chapter's long and distinguished record of achievements, and we look forward to developing and expanding Phi Kappa Phi’s contributions to the BU campus and community."
Chapters achieving the Chapter of Merit distinction receive:
- a commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration
- special recognition on the Society’s website and publications
- specially designed logo for use in chapter communications
- recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals
- $100 award
Student teaching, clinical work, practicum or internship this fall?
Are you taking a course that requires a service learning experience or some other experiential project? Are you engaged in community outreach or volunteer work on your own or with a student club or organization? Located in the SOLVE office, the BU Toy Library is here to support your academic work, professional development, and personal interactions with individuals of all developmental ages and abilities.
The BU Toy Library is the first-of-its-kind play and literacy resource center in Central Pennsylvania. It serves professionals and paraprofessionals within our community as well as BU faculty, staff and students who are engaged in activities such as, but not limited to:
- volunteer work
- service learning
- internship and practicum
- clinical work
Visit us in SSC 224 to see how we have grown into a play and literacy resource center through the support of several internal and external awards including a Presidential Strategic Planning Grant.
Former neo-Nazi turns away from hate
T.J. Leyden, considered one of the nation’s most powerful spokespersons for tolerance, will present, “Turning Away from Hate,” on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. After 15 years as a neo-Nazi white supremacist activist and recruiter, Leyden experienced a profound change of heart, turned away from hate and began teaching tolerance. Today he works for the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles as a member of their anti-hate task force and has been featured in Time Magazine, an episode of CBS’s 48 Hours and several episodes of the Gangland series on the History Channel. His visit is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence and Greek Affairs.
Fulbright scholar discusses research
Olivia A.T. Frimpong Kwapong, a visiting scholar in BU’s political science department, will present, “Gendered Factors for Literacy Education,” on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in McCormick 2303. She will discuss the driving forces for women in a developing African country. Kwapong’s research and teaching interests have been enriched through knowledge-sharing with the academic and public policy communities in Ghana and internationally. Her teaching, research, outreach and publications have focused on education of women, urbanization, governance and the use of information technology for women’s empowerment and poverty reduction. Her presentation, including following reception, is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Phi Kappa Phi.
Campus joins EPA air testing system
Bloomsburg University has been selected by the state and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close the gap in the state’s radioactive air monitoring system. A RedNet Air Monitoring System was installed on top of the Andruss Library on Oct. 11. The station uses air filters collected and sent to the EPA by BU staff and student assistants to test the air for radioactivity. It will be one of about 130 across the nation and the final one installed in Pennsylvania, ensuring that all areas across the state are being tested.
BU volunteers lend hand to local 211 launch
Making the 211 service operational was a very large endeavor because it requires contacting all service providers, creating a listing of every program they offer including details such as hours of operation, eligibility requirements, and specific services available and then matching those services to Dewey-decimal style code numbers that allow the computer system to search for specific information accurately.
For Columbia County, the SOLVE Office took the lead in learning the index system and collecting data from agencies via email, open houses, and one-on-one office visits. Jean Downing, director of the SOLVE Office, Heather Feldhaus, assistant dean for the College of Liberal Arts and director of the Center for Community Research and Consulting, and multiple graduate students — Natasha Whipple, Leann Ickes, Drew Shaner and Mary Klebon — and undergraduate students — Samantha Tew and Max Reyes — assisted with the data collection and entry.
West Nile virus still in season
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause encephalitis, a brain inflammation. Infected mosquitoes pass the virus onto birds, animals and people. West Nile virus cases in Pennsylvania occur primarily in the midsummer or early fall, although mosquito season is usually April to October.
It is not necessary to limit any outdoor activities, unless local officials advise you otherwise. However, you can and should try to reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. In addition to reducing stagnant water in your yard, make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair.
- If possible, schedule your activities to avoid the times when mosquitoes are most active (around dawn and dusk).
- Take normal steps to prevent insect bites.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time or when mosquitoes are most active.
- Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors. Wash all treated skin and clothing when returning indoors.
- Place a large fan on your deck to hinder mosquito mobility (mosquitoes are weak fliers).
- Light decks using General Electric yellow "Bug Lights" (these lights are not mosquito barriers per se, but do not attract mosquitoes as much as other incandescent lights).
Go to the CDC’s website for the latest information on the use of DEET in Insect Repellent Use and Safety.
Remember, electromagnetic and ultrasound devices and Vitamin B are not effective in preventing mosquito bites.
How to help the environment by drinking coffee
BU Dining Services/ARAMARK introduced Eco-Grounds, an environmentally and socially responsible coffee brand in the University’s Roongo’s Café, located in the Warren Student Services Center. The Eco-Grounds program was launched by California based coffee company Java City, and is an extensive line of coffees promoting a myriad of social and environmental issues, including improvement of farmers’ and workers’ standards of living, sustainable agriculture and rainforest preservation.
Roongo’s Café converted all of the locations coffee offerings to Eco-Grounds. Featured flavors include: Utopian Blend, a Fair Trade Certified full flavored brew with hearty spice and smoky aftertaste, Vanilla Bean, also a Fair Trade Certified coffee with exotic vanilla flavor and decaf Café Verde.
“We are pleased to debut Eco-Grounds on Bloomsburg’s Campus and are excited to offer students responsible coffee options that will work for environmental, economic and social betterment,” said Dave Giron, district manager of dining services.