News and Events

Discussing teaching and research as activism

Bloomsburg University’s Office of Global Multicultural Education and the Department of Communication Studies are sponsoring “Teaching and Research as Activism,” a talk by Shuzhen Huang, Ph.D., on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218.

The talk will celebrate the International Women’s Day theme, #PressForProgress, that focuses on gender parity and inclusiveness. Huang, assistant professor of communication studies, is trained in journalism, gender studies and communication studies, will discuss her engagements with activism towards gender and sexual equality as a teacher and scholar.

Shuzhen Huang

Healthy Husky initiative hosts mental awareness speaker

Bloomsburg University of will present speaker Jordan Burnham from Minding Your Mind on Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in the Kehr Union Building Fireside Lounge.

Burnham will share the story of his struggle with depression and attempted suicide in hopes to convey the importance of awareness and stigma reduction. Along with sharing his story, he will conduct an informative session on suicide, mental health and disorders. This presentation is sponsored by the Healthy Husky initiative and is free and open to the campus community.

Jordan Burnham

Nobel Prize physicist talks “Science, Faith, and Calling”

Bloomsburg University's Department of Physics and Engineering will present two lectures featuring William D. Phillips, Ph.D., 1997 Physics Nobel Laureate, on Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30. Phillips’ first lecture titled “Science, Faith, and Calling” will take place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium. His second lecture titled “Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe” will be in Hartline Science Center’s Kuster Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Friday.

William Phillips

Drone Wars to be held on campus

Bloomsburg University’s Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences and the United States Army will host the first Drone Wars competition during BloomCon on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. Weather permitting the event will be held on the academic quad or in the case of rain Centennial Hall.

The competition requires high school and college teams to hack, take over and command a Wi-Fi controlled “quadcopter” drone. The team that hacks into the drone and flies it through an obstacle course in the shortest amount of time wins.

Drone Wars

Registration begins for The Big Event

Spring is here and so is the Big Event held by the Community Government Association (CGA)! The Big Event is BU's largest single-day community service event held by students. This event gives Huskies a chance to give back to the town they call home nine months out of the year. This is also a great chance for students gain community service hours and bond with their peers in a specific organization or as a university.

This year's Big Event will be held on Saturday, April 7. Registration forms must be filled out front and back with all participants' signatures returned to the Community Activities Office in KUB 428 by March 27. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Community Activities Office at 570-389-4462.

The Big Event

Economics senior switches major, lands job offer

Bloomsburg University senior Drew Bryant began college with aspirations of becoming an electrical engineer. However, that plan got short-circuited sending Bryant towards a new career goal. Bryant chose BU to take part in the electrical engineering 3 + 2 program with Penn State. After getting two-and-a-half years into the program at BU, his desire for working in that field disappeared.

Bryant decided to switch to a major in economics and a minor in math due to his interests in accounting, finance and marketing. “I started from scratch spring semester of my junior year and decided if I’m going to do this, I’m going to go all in,” Bryant states.

Most would worry about fitting in the classes needed to graduate on time, but for Drew, switching majors led him to his job offer at Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., the largest aftermarket automotive distributor in the United States.

Economics Major

AMA gets inside look at DiD Agency, Wells Fargo Center marketing

A trip to the City of Brotherly Love with Chickie and Pete’s for lunch can be memorable day for anyone; but add in a private tour of the Wells Fargo Center and a presentation followed by an open panel discussion by the DiD Agency, it can be an unforgettable day. At least it was for Bloomsburg University’s American Marketing Association.

“The experiences our club offers is unmatched, and the individuals you meet are even more amazing,” said Samantha Maloof, president of BU’s AMA chapter. “This organization has provided me with tons of networking opportunities to meet professionals.”

Maloof added, “(Philadelphia) was such an interesting experience to be able to see the arena and all its parts up close and personal, while getting a background of the day-to-day activities at the facilities."

American Marketing Association

Trustee LaRoy G. “Lee” Davis passes away

It is with great sadness we inform you that former Trustee LaRoy G. “Lee” Davis, of Feasterville, passed away on Feb. 28. Lee was past member of BU's Council of Trustees, serving for 37 years, being the longest-serving trustee in school history and the second longest serving trustee in the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education. He will be missed by his beloved wife Hedy (nee Fuchs) Davis, one son, Glenn J. Davis and his wife Amy of Steamboat Springs, Co. and grandson Grayson Davis.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 19, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home, Bensalem. Receiving will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a memorial tribute at 11:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow at Bensalem Country Club, 2000 Brown Ave., Bensalem. In honor of Lee, please wear your Bloomsburg, Eagles, Phillies or golf attire or colors.

Trustee Lee Davis

Husky Dog Pound ready to launch new crop of entrepreneurs

Bloomsburg University’s annual Husky Dog Pound competition is taking place Thursday, April 26, and is open to all current BU students and high school students from across Pennsylvania. Participants must register by Friday, March 9. The event is sponsored by the Zeigler College of Business. The second annual ‘Shark Tank’ inspired student entrepreneurship competition requires students to pitch their business plans to BU alumni and professors. Presentations have a chance to win $25,000 in prizes.

Husky Dog Pound’s first winner was business management major, Nathaniel Treichler, who won $1,000 for his business Fly Crate. This is a subscription-based fly-fishing service that sends flies directly to anglers. Since winning the Husky Dog Pound, Treichler’s business has grown to over $70,000 per year in sales.

Husky Dog Pound Business Competition

Celebrating Women's History Month

Bloomsburg University will be hosting several events over the coming weeks in celebration of Women's History Month. The Women's Resource Center began our celebration with Feel Good Friday, followed by the Vagina Monologues this past weekend.

This week, the Office of Global Multicultural Education and Department of Communication Studies are sponsoring, "Teaching and Research as Activism," talk to celebrate the International Women's Day theme, #PressForProgress. Later this month, Zeta Psi, Tri Sigma and the Women’s Resource Center will host a 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament to benefit the Women’s Center of Bloomsburg and the TIME’S UP movement.

Women's History Month

Kappa Alpha Psi treats youth ministry to a day of college

It wasn’t your average College Day. It was a “Kappa Kollege Day!” Bloomsburg University’s Lambda Alpha chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi recently hosted 11 members of the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Wilkes Barre’s Youth Ministry for a day on campus, complete with a college presentation, a tour, lunch at the Scranton Commons and a Huskies basketball game.

“We brought them as a chance to give young students a better understanding of the importance in furthering their education after high school,” said Deandre Wright, KAP member. “Whether it be at a university or another means of higher education.”

“This also was a great chance for us to show the positives of Greek Life and the work we do with the community,” added Maurice Robinson, KAP vice polemarch.

Kappa Alpha Psi

The Voice lands five Gold Circle Awards

Bloomsburg University’s student newspaper, The Voice, brought home five awards from the recent Gold Circle Awards national competition, including a first and two second place prizes. Their work was chosen by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association from among 4,166 entries submitted by colleges and universities from across the United States.

Taylor Ploeger, editor in chief, won a first-place award for her personal opinion piece on vanity sizing. News editors Rachel Wright ’17 and Bitania Yemane teamed with writer Nicole Kelly for a second-place award for their news package, “Let’s Talk About Race.” The Voice staff as a whole was runner-up in Headline Writing. Certificates of Merit were awarded to Joshua Lloyd, arts editor, for his review “Logan’ Runs Deep” and Evin Hartsock, managing sports editor, for sports page design.

The Voice

Ambivert personality research hits national stage

Rebecca Slutsky has a chameleon-like personality, an extrovert one minute and then introverted the next … all depending on the situation. Coincidently, fellow Bloomsburg University College of Students Affairs graduate student Michael Sloboda considers himself the same. So it made perfect sense the two would team up for research, which they will showcase on a national stage this spring at the NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

“We started this research because we wanted to see what else is out there,” Slutsky said. “This ties into my professional interest, because I’m always interacting with students who are either introverted or extroverted. I did not know there was a grey area to these personalities. With this research, I will be able to understand and best help students who are ambiverts, along with be a support to them while they are in college.”

College Student Affairs

NSSE seeks opinions of students

Members of BU’s first‐year and senior classes are invited to share opinions about their experiences by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey reveals students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities. Results are used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.

Students will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win one of 85 prizes: a $150 Amazon gift card, a $100 Amazon gift card, one of nine $50 Amazon gift cards, one of four $25 Amazon gift cards, one of 12 BU drawstring bags, one of 10 BU iPod armband holders, one of 25 BU spirit flags, one of 20 BU smartphone power banks, or one of three BU travel mugs.

NSSE Survey


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Michael Ruffini

Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., professor of educational technology, presented a poster/presentation "Creating POWTOON’s for Your Classroom” at The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology hardware, software and integration strategies in education. The conference was held from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

Kristie Byrum

Kristie Byrum, Ph.D, APR, an assistant professor of public relations, was invited by the Institute for Public Relations Research (IPRR) to speak at the Institute’s Inaugural Bridge Conference this spring in Washington, D.C. The two-day “bridges” professional practice and public relations academia, allowing Byrum to present her peer-reviewed scholarly work to attendees comprised of senior level public relations executive and university professors. Byrum will present, “Gateway to better Leadership: Innovative strategic communication curriculum for MBA students and others in non-traditional graduate degree programs.”

Denise L. Davidson

Denise L. Davidson, Ph.D., assistant professor of teaching and learning, recently co-presented an ACUHO-I research grant-funded study webinar, "A Comparison Study of Resident Students' Sense of Community." This webinar shared findings from research that included students’ sense of community in a comparative analysis of campus residence halls to public private partnership (P3) developed and managed student housing. Data was collected from upperclass students through both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and included multiple site selection with representation from both the east and west coast of the U.S.