Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

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PASSHE Address

State of PASSHE Address

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education is at a crossroads and must become even more creative and innovative to ensure both the viability of the System and to best meet the needs of students and the Commonwealth in the future, Chancellor Frank T. Brogan said today in his second State of the System address.

“We must be willing to challenge every assumption in order to ensure a sustainable future for each of our 14 universities within the System,” Brogan said. “We must innovate and collaborate to achieve greater efficiencies as we work to deliver Pennsylvania’s best value in higher education.”

Brogan highlighted the many successes the State System experienced over the last year, while also outlining the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. He spoke during a luncheon held at the Dixon University Center prior to the beginning of the two-day, quarterly meetings of the State System’s Board of Governors.

“It’s important for an organization — from time to time — to pause and take stock of itself,” Brogan said. “That is what we’re doing here today. We’re here to celebrate our successes of this past year and outline the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for us in 2015-16.”

Literacy Institute features university trainer

Lisa Patrick

Bloomsburg University’s Department of Teaching and Learning will be holding its second Bloomsburg University Literacy Institute event on Thursday, Oct. 8, highlighted by keynote speaker, Lisa Patrick, a university trainer with The Ohio State University’s Literacy Collaborative in Columbus, Ohio.

She also will be giving two presentations on improving literacy in today’s classrooms.

Patrick is an advocate for students’ literacy rights. She has taught a wide range of students, from three year olds to students pursuing their Masters Degree. Patrick earned her Ph.D. in Literature for Children and Young Adults from OSU and is currently working with administrators, teachers, and students at the elementary school level, providing literacy training and support.

The institute will be broken down into three sessions:

  • Introducing the Literacy Collaborative Framework: 1 to 3 p.m., KUB Multipurpose 345
  • Meet and Greet: 4: to 5 p.m., Andruss Library's Schweiker Room
  • Taking A Fresh Look At School Literacy Teams: 6 to 8 p.m., KUB Ballroom

Two days to focus on “Minding your Mind”

Pet Therapy Days

This Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9, the McDowell Institute will be hosting Mental Health Awareness events to include promotion displays outside the KUB and Student Services Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Pet Therapy at the Student Services Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Then also on both days “Minding Your Mind” will be presented, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the KUB Multipurpose A&B. Jaclyn Ricciardi and Kristen Nordeman who are mental health and anti-bullying advocated who will share personal experiences and powerful messages.

Ricciardi has been a mental health and anti- bullying advocate since she was in her early teenage years. She had issues with depression, anxiety, and chronic self-injury starting from when she was six years old. Through her recovery she became the president of a mental health advocacy organization on campus and has organized suicide awareness and mental health awareness concerts.

Nordeman has been working as a youth Support Partner for the past three and a half years, to help youth with mental health disorders. As a young girl Nordeman had come axiety issues and then she started to develop panic attacks. She began to self harm and suffered suiside ideations. When attending college Nordeman was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She is coping with her illnesses and shares her story to help others that may have the same struggles.

ICS shows documentary on food waste

Did you know that Americans throw nearly 50 percent of our food in the trash? Filmmaker Grant Baldwin explores widespread food waste and what can be done about it in the documentary “Just Eat It: A food waste story.”

The documentary, a continuation of ICS's Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium, explores Americans’ obsession with food expiration dates, desire for perfect produce and the resulting waste. The documentary will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall. It is open to the public free of charge.

The documentary is part of the ICS’s Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium, aimed at increasing awareness of this topic and encouraging members of the campus community to become involved in organizing activities during the 2015-2016 academic year. The final film in this fall’s series is “Poor Kids,” which will be screened Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, room G38.

A celebration of diversity and equality

Pride Week

Starting on Monday, Oct. 5, will be the kick off to Pride Week. They will be hosting a fall film series screening of, Lady Valor on Thursday, Oct. 22, starting at 7 p.m. As a part of History Month, there will be a documentary showing, Paragraph 175 on Monday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Lastly, a presentation of The Witching Hour on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.

To start off the festivities, the Pride week will have a Potluck in the Multipurpose Room B, located in the Kehr Union Building on campus. If you don’t have an appetite, then put your pride gear on for Spirit Day, all day Tuesday. The week rolling with a game night located in Luzerne followed by a move night at the Greenly Center in town. Free admission for anyone attending the showing of “Sexy Baby”. To wrap up the week, there will be an open mic for fresh talent in the Multicultural Center on Friday night.

  • Screening of Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Greenly Center. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.
  • Screening of Paragraph 175 on Monday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218 with a discussion led by Lisa M. Stallbaumer-Beishline to follow. The film chronicles the lives of several gay men and one lesbian who were persecuted by the Nazis. The gay men were arrested by the Nazis for the crime of homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code, dating back to 1871.
  • Hosting the events will be many on campus organizations and resource centers. They include, Bloomsburg University Equality Alliance, LGBTQA Student Services, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Women’ Resource Center. These centers and groups welcome students despite any difference they may feel they have. All events being held are open to any campus members. They hope to help raise awareness of diversity and equality within our community through different events on campus while corresponding with History Month.

    Fall concert tickets sale underway!


    Bloomsburg Student Concert Committee has booked Rae Sremmurd as this year’s fall concert on Friday, Oct. 30, in Nelson Field House. The show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    The Atlanta based hip-hop artists Rae Sremmurd is composed of two brothers, Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jimmy” Brown, are known for their platinum singles “No Flex Zone” and “No Type."

    Both of these hits appeared on the Billboards Top 100. They have appeared on “Wild Out Wednesdays” and “106 and Park on the BET channel. They have also featured in songs with Nicki Minaj and Young Thug in “Throw Sum Mo.” They have been nominated once for the Billboard Music Awards and three times for the BET awards, coming home with a Best Group award.

    BU students pre-sale will be one day only on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in KUB 350. Only BU students can purchase tickets on Oct. 6, and the price will be $20 per ticket. Starting Oct. 7, price for BU students will be $25 and public tickets will be $30. All tickets are general admission.

    CAC brings Color Run to upper campus

    CAC Color Run

    This year’s Color Your World with Hope 5k, hosted by Bloomsburg University’s Colleges Against Chapter, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11, on upper campus, beginning at noon with registration at 10:30 a.m. The color run is a 5K run for cancer.

    “Cancer hits very close to home for me as many of my friends and family have battled through the disease,” said Page Herto, chapter president. “I decided when I became president I wanted to try and do a big event in the fall semester since Relay for Life is in the spring semester. I decided on a color run, because I though the different colors went great with representing the different types of cancer.”

    This will be the third annual Color Run. Last year, about $12,000 was raised with close to 700 participants. This year, CAC is hoping to raise more money and have a bigger turn out due to having the 5k on campus.
    “It means a lot to me to be a part of a club like this because a few of my family members have been effected by cancer,” Laine said. “To see all these people who want to help out, donate, or just want to be a part of a cause for such a terrible disease is really heart-warming thing.”

    Join WRC at PA women’s conference, featuring Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba

    Selected Bloomsburg University students will have an opportunity to attend the annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia on Nov. 19, courtesy of the Women’s Resource Center.

    According to Monica Johnson, WRC coordinator, the annual conference hosts thousands of woman for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development, and personal growth.

    The impartial, nonprofit conference will have featured keynote speakers such as Jessica Alba, Carli Lloyd, and breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media, and professional development.

    ”The conference is a great opportunity to network, learn about current issues and trends for professional women,” Johnson said. “It also provides an opportunity to learn valuable and inspirational lessons about work and life from speakers and through workshops.”

    The WRC, located on the side of Schuylkill Hall, is asking interested students to complete a short questionnaire. Those selected will go to the conference all fees and transportation paid for.

    FOCUS brings fellowship to Homecoming Weekend

    Bethel Deliverance International

    Bloomsburg University’s Office of Minority Affairs will be 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. 18, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center to join its Homecoming celebration. Free breakfast starting at 10:45 a.m. If you would like to take part in the program please contact Marcei Woods at 570-389-4091 for details.

    Now THIS is an internship

    Amber Somershoe

    Each semester Bloomsburg University students are offered a chance to see state government work in real-time through an internship where they are placed in one of the state offices to help with research, reporting, speech writing and program design.

    This semester, Amber Somershoe is that Husky.

    Somershoe, a political science and Russian major with a minor in economics, is participating this fall in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS), a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education sponsored internship program.

    “(With my majors and minor) an internship with the state government definitely piqued my interest,” Somershoe said. “However, to be honest my Russian professor, Mykola Polyuha, contacted me while I was in Moscow, Russia, encouraging me to apply for this internship. I am grateful I was pushed in this direction.”

    By involving students in the public policy practice, THIS provides an important and enriching academic experience. Students learn the dynamics of state government in new and powerful ways through direct involvement in report and speech writing, research, and program design and evaluation. In turn, policy makers benefit from the fresh points of view of these outstanding students.

    Professional U takes students on the road

    Husky Career Road Trip

    One recent Husky Career Road Trip gave students an opportunity to gain professional connections with Comcast, one of the largest broadcasting and largest cable companies in the world.

    A bus of students from different majors including, mass communications and business, made their way to Center City that morning to get an exclusive tour of the Comcast Headquarters. This tour gave the students inside access to Studio C, the Xfinity One TV room, “CIM City” and other working spaces.

    While the tour came to a close, the students had a chance to sit and meet with a panel of Comcast professionals. According to Kendyll Galbraith, a junior mass communications major, the group was able to network with a large group of BU alumni and learn about different career paths. This opportunity allowed the students to ask questions about the requirements, culture, and working style that Comcast has to offer.

    “The trip to Comcast was great!,” said Devin Taggart, senior mass communications major. “They provided me with a very insightful look into what the world after school looks like.

    Other information about internships, resumes and job openings were also asked.

    “They gave great advice for how to get your foot in the door and get noticed after you progress into the professional world,” Taggart said.

    Theta Zeta leads a Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    Alzheimer's Walk

    Another successful Walk to End Alzheimer’s is in the books with the help of Theta Zeta, Bloomsburg University’s Nursing Honor Society.

    The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, including Bloomsburg, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

    ”Our chapter has been around for 10 years and has been active in the walk ever since,” said Carissa Pupo, team captain.

    Pupo said Theta Zeta became involved in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, because some faculty members have dealt with Alzheimer’s personally.

    “It also provided us with a community service activity for the fall semester, as we are required by Theta Zeta to complete a minimum of two activities per semester,” Pupo said.

    Donations for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being accepted through Nov. 1 and can go directly to the Theta Zeta team via, selecting Bloomsburg. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

    SHARE seeking new mentors

    CLE Tutors

    Have good advice? On top of your study skills? Why not SHARE it?

    Bloomsburg University’s Center for Leadership and Engagement is looking to add to its SHARE tutoring and mentoring program. According to Alesha Emery, a SHARE program coordinator, the program is open to any major who appreciates assisting youths in achieving their academic goals.

    “The support given by students can be academic, social or simply giving life advice,” Emery said. “The SHARE program allows BU students to become involved in the Bloomsburg community, particularly with the local area students. It is very rewarding seeing the positive impact you can make on a child who looks up to you.”

    Emery said there are certain education courses that require a certain amount of tutor-like hours. The availability of the program allows the education majors to benefit. Emery also ensures us that, “BU students gain valuable skills in the SHARE program.”

    Through the SHARE program, according to Emery, students learn different ways of thinking, how to be a good listener and the ability to be open to new perspectives. Students also use valuable knowledge gained from past personal experiences to help the local students of this community, she added.

    “This type of opportunity is a great way to become a role model within the community,” Emery said.

    To get involved with SHARE, contact the CLE Office (lower level of Northumberland Hall) at or 570-389-3867.

    Students see first-hand the impact of audiology profession

    Audiology Clinicians

    Christi Moncavage, clinical supervisor within the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, is helping students prepare for their futures inside and outside the lab. Recently, audiology doctorate students participated in a workshop to create earmold impressions.

    These types of earmolds can be used as hearing aids, swim plugs, custom stage monitors and even musicians earplugs, according to Moncavage. The students also had the chance to visit a hearing aid manufacturing company, where they took a tour and followed the process of an earmold turning into a proper hearing aid for patience.

    These types of learning experiences with has helped many students gain knowledge, she added.

    “I would like other students to know we offer a variety of services to the public,” said Moncavage, adding including speech and language evaluations/therapy, hearing and balance evaluations, central auditory processing and tinnitus evaluations, English as a second language classes, hearing aid fitting/repairs and Interoperative monitoring.

    BU’s audiology department has many opportunities to gain hands-on skills and to network with a growing community, according to Moncavage.

    Student United Way provides community connection

    Student United Way

    The United Way agencies that cover Union, Snyder, Columbia, Montour, Lycoming Sullivan counties recently hosted its first United Way Day at Knoebels Grove, thanking its many supporters.

    “Our region has had the privilege of strong local United Ways for many years,” Nazeer Curry, president of Bloomsburg University’s Student United Way said. “We all work autonomously on critical issues that face our communities, yet have one mission and that is to positively impact our community.

    "We have worked together to create the nation’s only regional Women’s Leadership Council, and we have been meeting regularly for more than 30 years.“

    Last year the regional group of United Way agencies raised more than $3.4 million for its communities, according to Curry, adding the agencies helped more than 280,000 people.

    “Working together on big issues, makes the regional group successful and necessary for forward movement within our organization and communities,” Curry said. “Facing difficult issues and collaborating with government, business and nonprofit groups alike, we are the community catalyst driving lasting change in our communities.”

    Newly minted teacher uses COE foundation for success

    Nick Ciambrone

    A distant job fair journey sparked by a love for NASCAR led this recent Bloomsburg University graduate to his first full-time job, along with a solid foundation of classroom teaching forged by the College of Education.

    “All that practice for resume writing, interviews and what I learned in the classroom had boiled down to one week!,” said Nicholas Ciambrone ‘15, a full-time teacher at Piedmont IB Middle School in Charlotte, N.C.

    As the spring semester came to a close with May graduation looming, Ciambrone said he decided to branch out to a job fair in Charlotte. Southern charm and the love of racing attracted him to the area. After applying for numerous jobs, Ciambrone said he quickly knew Piedmont middle school was the place for him. Prior to walking the graduation stage on the Quad he had his first full-time job under his belt.

    “When you’re a teacher, you become so much more,” said Ciambrone, reflecting on the fact having his own classroom has been a big transition from college life. “I thought to myself, I know Bloomsburg has taught me well, I can do this. And I was right.”

    Connecting in Cameroon

    Cameroon Training

    A relationship between two universities that began seven years ago with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding provided the seed for interactive digital forensics training expected to begin in January 2016.

    Undergraduate students from Bloomsburg University have studied at Cameroon’s University of Buea since 2009 and BU President David Soltz accompanied the group in 2011. But it was faculty from BU’s Institute for Interactive Technology who linked Bloomsburg with online training for Cameroonian judges, police officers and lawyers.

    The training was created by Scott Inch, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, in partnership with Michael Grube ’13/’15M. Inch developed most of the courses in BU’s bachelor’s degree program in digital forensics. Grube earned his bachelor’s degree in digital forensics, an evolving field that teaches students to retrieve information from computer hard drives, cell phones, tablets and other devices, and his master’s degree in interactive technology.