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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Quad readies for spring commencement
Bloomsburg University will hold three undergraduate ceremonies to accommodate over 1,200 graduates and their guests. Three alumni will deliver the commencement addresses.
Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 9, on BU’s Academic Quadrangle. The first ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the 403 graduates of the College of Business and College of Education. Commencement for the 389 graduates of the College of Science and Technology will be held at noon, and the final ceremony for the 440 graduates of the College of Liberal Arts will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Top Honor Graduates
- College of Business: Gregory Harvey, Benton, bachelor of science in business administration/finance with a concentration in personal financial planning and a minor in accounting.
- College of Education: Rita Marie Pecora, Sugarloaf, bachelor of science in education in early childhood (PK-4) and a minor in education technology.
- College of Science and Technology: Robert L. Riley, Danville, bachelor of science in health physics.
- College of Liberal Arts: Rhett C. Baker, Etters, bachelor of arts in history and a secondary education certification in citizenship; Mary Margaret Campbell McCauley, Mount Carmel, dual bachelor of arts in criminal justice and psychology with a concentration in family, children and youth; Kelsey L. Lerman, Langhorne, bachelor of arts in languages and cultures: French and a music education certification K-12; and Bryan Matthew Savini, Langhorne, bachelor of arts in criminal justice with minors in psychology and communication studies.
TALE honors outstanding teachers
Three Bloomsburg University faculty members have been selected as the Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Outstanding Teachers for the 2014-2015 academic year. The award is bestowed annually by BU’s TALE center to faculty members nominated by students. This year’s winners are Darrin Kass, professor of management; Shiloh Erdley, assistant professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice; and Mary Katherine Waibel-Duncan, professor of psychology.
Kass will be honored at graduate commencement on Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Erdley and Waibel-Duncan will be recognized during the undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m. on the Academic Quadrangle. Each winner will receive a plaque and a $1,000 professional development stipend sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation.
GSM honors its soon-to-be graduates
Gender Studies Minor (GSM) held its Spring 2015 Graduation Reception on Friday, April 24 to celebrate the graduations of six students minoring in Gender Studies:
- Sarah Beam, anthropology
- Jessica Buzink, history
- Abigail Demcher, communication studies
- Albra Wheeler, communication studies
- Thae Mae Jorbina, psychology
- Bryan Molk, Anthropology
Also at the reception, Julieann Gusick, English, was awarded a book as prize for winning the 2014-15 GSM Essay Competition.
The TALE of the tape
For Lauren Mackenzie, going that extra step to help students achieve success outside of the classroom is one of the greatest aspects of being an educator.
And among her latest teaching tools were honed this past winter break via the Bloomsburg University Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center’s Teaching Excellence Academy (TEA), which continues to motivate her to establish significant learning experiences for her students.
“Ever since I started working with TEA, my vision has been to incorporate ideas and activities into the classroom that students will utilize in future internships, work experiences, or while studying abroad,” said Mackenzie, assistant professor of communication studies. “I hope by combining my experiences as well as the insights of my international students from Denmark and France, I will be able to reinforce core concepts that will create significant learning opportunities for students.”
COLA Research and Creative Projects Day
Student scholars from the College of Liberal Arts recently presented their work at Research and Creative Projects Day. Posters were on display throughout McCormick Center from various humanities, social sciences and arts disciplines. One-hour poster sessions were held, as well as students conducted oral presentations and performances.
- The Percussion Ensemble performed “Traditional Middle Eastern Percussion Ensemble."
- The Jazz Band played live music on the Academic Quad at the University Wall of Distinction.
- Art Professor Ron Lambert and the seven students in his Time Sculpture class did an interactive art sculpture, made of precut 2-inch by 4-inch wooden boards, connecting them together with zip ties.
- Digital Video Editing and Advanced Video Editing students streamed videos in the McCormick's Media Hub
- Concurrently the Art and Art History Department held their annual Art History Symposium starting in Centennial Hall. Five students presented research about World War I. The symposium was part of the Institute for Culture and Society Great War Lecture Series.
The day concluded with a lecture at from George A. Reisch, Series Editor of Popular Culture and Philosophy in McCormick Center. His presentation is titled “Teacher, Savior, Philosopher, Spy? On Philosophy and Popular Culture.”
COST Honors Symposium
Bloomsburg University's College of Science and Technology recently held its Honors Symposium, where it recognized six students who will be graduating Summa Cum Laude this spring, 31 graduating Magna Cum Laude and 74 graduating Cum Laude.
COST also handed out individual scholarships and awards.
Scholarships and Awards
Highest Academic Achievement Award; Digital Forensics; Laura Peiffer, Highest Academic Achievement Award; Computer Science; Thyme Greenfield, James Pomfret Award; Highest Academic Achievement Award-Mathematics.
Provost honors faculty excellence
The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarly Activity was established in 2006 to recognize and encourage continuing scholarly achievements of probationary faculty. Each academic dean nominates a faculty member within their college.
In addition to each dean’s nomination letter, annual evaluation materials serve as supporting documentation for consideration by the Academic Affairs Leadership Council. Each award recipient receives a plaque and $1,000 to be used for travel or other faculty development activities. This year’s recipients:
Don’t stress the test
Classes can be stressful, especially at the end of a semester. Great timing for finals, huh? As a sophomore now I feel better knowing more through experience how to conquer the stress of tests … well that’s what I think. When it comes down to it I do the same thing every time. I procrastinate.
Procrastination is the worst enemy to any student. We all do it, because we know that once we start studying there are two options … we understand the concept and pass the test or we FREAK OUT because we have NO CLUE what is going on and have a MENTAL BREAK DOWN and nothing good comes out of it. Let me be the first to say don’t freak out!
We all have to go through the same thing. So first step, get a buddy to study with and things will run a lot smoother, they will be able to explain to you what you don’t understand and you could do the same for them. The second step is finding a place to study… either the library, Monty’s, JKA, or your bed. But sometimes you need a different place, a new atmosphere to get the ball rolling. Some spots that you would never think of is going to include Dunkin Donuts on Route 11, Flog and Flame on Main Street and Panera Bread by Wal-Mart. This will give you new scenery to look at and maybe get more work done.
The last thing to do is to actually study. You need to make sure no distractions are around. So if you are easily distracted don’t go out side, because you might see a butterfly and go… “Oh look there’s a butterfly.” Turn off your phone or put it on silent and make sure all social media is disconnected from its notifications. Make sure you are comfortable in your environment and get going. Now, go out and conquer the stress of the test!
- — Samantha Gross, telecommunications major
Looking for an alternate place to study?
New Finals Week study locations specially reserved for you to prepare for finals, starting Saturday, May 2, through Friday, May 8, at the KUB Fireside Lounge, KUB Ballrooms, KUB Hideaway, KUB Multipurpose A&B, KUB Conference Rooms (226, 410, 411), Monty's Assembly Room, and JKA Conference Room and Lobby. Also, special room-by-room hours for these locations!
Extended study hours at Andruss Library
This week and during Finals Week, Andruss Library is open extra hours on the weekends. Sunday through Wednesday until 2 a.m. you can study in the Gathering Place and Schweiker Room. Specifically, the library will be open until midnight during the week, Monday through Thursday, and until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, May 3, the library will be open 10 a.m. to midnight, and on Friday, May 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
New enforcement of Second Street parking
Bloomsburg Town Police will enforce parking regulations on both sides of Second Street, beginning Tuesday, May 5. The change means that any driver who parks a vehicle illegally along Second Street will pay fines to Town Police, rather than Bloomsburg University Police. This change will not affect faculty and staff with university hangtags or motorcyclists who park legally in marked spaces along Second Street. The green lined areas will continue to be used for university service vehicles.
Summer College … catch up or get ahead!
It’s time to think summer with Bloomsburg University’s summer session. Classes are concentrated in six-week sessions with on-campus and online options offered in three convenient sessions:
- Session I — May 18 to Aug. 7
- Session II — May 18 to June 26
- Session III — June 29 to Aug. 7
For college students, it’s a great way to catch up or get ahead. High school students can take advantage of the 75 percent reduced tuition and fees under the ACE Program. For details, call 570-389-4824.
Summer Student Downtown Parking Permits
For students living in the downtown parking area for summer sessions, valid from May 11 to Aug. 14. Permit is valid in all zone areas of the parking lots excluding the Zone G: Library Lot. Not valid at a metered spot. Permits ($70) go on sale Friday, May 1, at the Bloomsburg Police Department, 301 E. 2nd St. between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Must have the following to obtain a permit: BU student ID, current signed lease or utility bill, vehicle registration card.
Ready to close out the semester?
All residence halls and apartments will close on Saturday, May 9, at noon, while 24 hour quiet hours are in effect beginning Friday, May 11 at 9 p.m. until closing on Saturday, May 9 at noon.
Before you leave for summer make sure ...
- Your room/apartment is cleaned and restored to move-in condition.
- Residence Halls: Microfridges have been unplugged, defrosted, cleaned, and dried out.
- Apartments: Refrigerators have been defrosted, cleaned, and plugged back in.
- Windows are closed and locked.
- Window shades have been left open.
- Lights are turned off.
- All air conditioning/heat units are off.
- Apartments: Water is shut off tightly.
- If you do not want to pay cleaning fees, return your room or apartment to move-in condition.
- EVERY student is required to check out by placing their mailbox key or apartment key(s) in the Express Check-Out Envelope, signing the envelope, and depositing it in the designated area.
- Express Checkout — This checkout method should be used by the majority of students. This is a specialized version of the checkout procedure designed to streamline your departure. With express check out you do not need to check out with a staff member. With Express Check Out each student living on campus will receive a yellow envelope. Be sure to read all of the information on the envelope and provide the required information; place your mailbox key (or apartment key(s) for Kile/Trinity Students) in the envelope, seal it, and return to your residence hall lobby or the JKA Community Building if you live in an apartment. If you choose to utilize Express Checkout you waive your right to appeal damage charges that may be assessed upon final inspection of your apartment.
- Traditional Checkout — If you have special circumstances, you may make an appointment with a Graduate Hall Director (GHD), and the GHD or designee will physically check you out of your room or apartment and complete all check out paperwork. To make an appointment, please see your GHD. Graduate Hall Director offices are located in each residence hall lobby. If you live in the apartments, please make an appointment with the GHDs in the JKA Community Building.
- Distinguished Service: John Chapin ’85, Aliquippa, professor of communications at Penn State University and a professional and personal advocate for victims of domestic violence. He serves as president of the board of directors of the Women’s Center of Beaver County and as a volunteer at Allegheny County’s Crisis Center North, Pittsburgh.
- Distinguished Service: Gary Williams ’78, Kissimmee, Fla., a retired special agent for the State of California and recipient of numerous awards and commendations for fighting gang violence during his 28-year career in law enforcement. He was the lead agent and instructor contracted by the U.S. Department of State for training police, prison staff and federal prosecutors.
- Maroon and Gold Excellence Award: Greg Bowden ’01, Collegeville, a financial adviser and vice president of wealth management for UBS Financial Services. A past president of the BU Alumni Association Board of Directors, he is an active volunteer and advocate for the university and his Greek community, Alpha Chi Rho.
- Maroon and Gold Excellence Award: Craig Evans ’03, Abington, a certified public accountant and manager of audit and accounting at Kreischer Miller, Horsham. He is an active volunteer and advocate for the university.
- William T. Derricott Volunteer of the Year: Ted Hodgins ’89, Schwenksville, senior director of customer experience for Comcast. A BU Alumni Association Board member since 2009, Hodgins has volunteered in numerous capacities in support of the university and alumni association in the past year.
- Outstanding Alumni Career Connectors: Brian Case ’83, human resources manager, human resources and corporate services, PPL Corp., Allentown; Stephen Carr ’97, manager, audit and accounting, Kreischer Miller, Horsham; and Crystal Skotedis ’03, director, Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants, Camp Hill. All have provided career and professional development experiences to current students through the university’s Professional U initiative.
Residence Hall Students – look for the Express Check Out location in the lobby at the front desk. All Apartment Students – must drop Express Check Out envelopes at the JKA Community building
Nine honored with Alumni Awards
James Cole, professor emeritus of Bloomsburg University’s Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, was named an honorary alumnus during an Alumni Awards dinner on Saturday, April 25. Eight graduates were recognized for significant contributions to their professions or the university.
Cole, of Bloomsburg, began his tenure at BU as an associate professor of biological sciences in 1968, retiring after 33 years. He was instrumental in expanding the Department of Biological Services to include Allied Health Sciences. He also served the community as a member of the board of directors for Columbia/Montour Home Health for 32 years, holding positions as president and treasurer.
Student help AGAPE through clothing drive
Students collected more than 60 bags of clothes, totaling more than 700 pounds to help serve clients at AGAPE's free monthly clothing giveaway. Assisting the clothing collection were Greek Life, Club Golf Team and the Hazelton Area High School.
Pictured (L-R) Eric Faggioli, Andrew Pfender, and collection coordinator Lawrence Sidari.
AGAPE is a non-denominational, faith-based mission to serve the people in our area. Our goal is to “fill in the gaps” which currently exist between people in need, and the community services available to assist them. We refuse to allow good people to fall through cracks in the systems that were designed to help them.
PSECU, your on-campus credit union
Members of this not-for-profit financial cooperative pay few, if any, fees and have access to low loan rates. Because you work at Bloomsburg University, PSECU has a special membership deal for you. When you join PSECU and satisfy the promotion requirements, you can receive up to $250 in bonuses. Visit their on-campus location to get all the promotion details and apply for membership. PSECU is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Equal Opportunity Lender.