Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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The Big Event

A big, big ... Big Event

Chilly temperatures and a light coating of snow didn’t hamper Community Government Association’s The Big Event from having another record turnout with more than 2,275 volunteers working 150-plus job sites.

Among the locations included the Bloomsburg Diner, YMCA, Fernville Park and roughly 100 local residences. Student volunteers tackled a host of chores such as raking, painting, gardening, mulching, removing debris, digging and various spring-cleaning duties.

Sponsored by the CGA, the single-day community service event gives students the opportunity to say “thank you" to Bloomsburg area residents and show appreciation for the community we live, learn and work in.

Learn, live … study abroad. Study Morocco!

A study abroad opportunity is available for students to discover North African culture, learn Arabic and enjoy Moroccan food in one of the oldest medieval cities in the world.

Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It is one of only three countries (with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. A historically prominent regional power, Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbors. Its distinct culture is a blend of Arab, indigenous Berber, Sub-Saharan African, and European influences.

Interested? Join this faculty-led program in Fez Morocco this summer, from May 25 to July 3. Students can earn up to nine credits through this six-week abroad program. Contact Yahya Laayouni, assistant professor of languages and cultures, at for more information.

Denmark, England, Spain!

Do you feel drawn to foreign lands? Do you dream about studying abroad? Learn more about opportunities for studying abroad and making your dream a reality by attending a free Professional U program, Study Abroad — Take a Trip! on Monday, April 20, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Fenstemaker Alumni House.

Hear from other students and alumni about their study abroad experiences. Refreshments provided. Pre-registration is required through Husky Career Link! This is a ZIPD approved activity.

The Greenly Center to host guest writer

Crystal Wilkinson

Crystal Wilkinson, short fiction writer and a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, will read from her work Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Greenly Center, 50 E. Main Street. The reading is free and open to the public. Wilkinson helped found the Affrilachian Poets Society in 1991. The society embraces a multicultural influence, a spectrum of people who consider Appalachia to be their home or identify strongly with the trials and triumphs of being of the Appalachian region.

Wilkinson has published a number of works and has received several awards for her writing. Her story, “Blackberries, Blackberries,” won the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature and “Water Street” was a finalist for the United Kingdom’s Orange Prize for fiction and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In addition, Wilkinson won the Danny Plattner Award for Poetry from Appalachian Heritage Magazine and the Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women for the promotion of activism and artistic expression.

Wilkinson’s visit marks the first event to be held in the new Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg. Other cultural events, including art exhibits and gallery receptions, are expected to follow.

Film adds a French perspective to ICS series

ICS Great War Centennial Series

Yahya Laayouni, assistant professor of Arabic and French, provides a different cultural perspective to Bloomsburg University’s Institute of Culture and Society, Great War Series. Following a screening of “Black and White in Color,” Laayouni will lead the discussion, “France in the Great War,” bringing into question the ways in which World War I is remembered. The screening of the film and discussion will be held on Thursday, April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

The film focuses on French colonists in Africa, who after finding themselves at war with Germany, decide that they must fight the Germans as an act of duty to their nation. Recruiting local colonized African natives, the French colonists begin issuing boots and rifles while attempting to teach the locals to be good soldiers. After great difficulties, a young French geographer decides to stick to another rationale, taking over the local war movement.

The film demonstrates how often people forget about the thousands of people that were forced into World War I from surrounding colonies, just because they happen to be colonized. During his discussion, Laayouni will highlight the manner in which these individuals were forced to defend regimes who were oppressing, torturing and dehumanizing them.

Students demonstrate artistic talent

Student Art Show

Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery of Art will highlight the talents of BU art students with the 2015 Juried Student Art Show. The show kicked off this week with an opening reception at Haas Gallery of Art. The exhibit will be displayed until Tuesday, April 14.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. All art students are invited to submit artwork in the medium of their choice. In previous years, the event has drawn 50 to 60 entries, reduced to approximately 30 pieces for final jurying.

The juror for this year’s show is Kerry Kolenut, visiting assistant professor. Kolenut, who teaches graphic design at BU, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has taught photography and design in undergraduate programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and China.

Andruss Library project begins

Lower Campus Construction

Contractors will be working the Andruss Library site Monday, March 30, to start setting up fencing for the library addition. There will be changes to the pedestrian and vehicular routes in and around this area, which will be on the East (Swisher Parking Lot) side of the building.

The entrance to the Swisher Parking Lot will only be accessed and exited at the Northeast corner near the Buckingham Maintenance Center during the First Phase of construction which will last most of the summer. The Waller East Parking Lot (between Waller and Buckalew Place) will be kept in operation during construction with minimal interruptions.

The entrance at the Southeast corner to Swisher Parking Lot (near Chestnut Street) will be closed. We will have pedestrian signage around the site along with routes (shown on attached Phase 1 Drawing) to help elevate any confusion. Please expect some disruption until everyone gets used to the changes, and note there will be a loss of parking stalls. Allow extra time to find an alternate location which could be as far as upper campus commuter lots. Use caution while walking and traveling in this area.

Spring Semester Projects

  • Andruss Library (March 9 to Nov. 30, 2015) — addition for telephone center and University Police
  • Lower Campus (March 23 to April 17, 2015) — medium voltage infrastructure
  • Student Recreation Center (June1 to Aug. 21, 2015) — lighting upgrade
  • McCormick Center (June 1 to Aug. 28, 2015) — vivarium lab
  • Quad Fountain (June 15 to July 30, 2015) — donor walls
  • Medium Voltage Infrastructure Upgrade (March 30 to Aug. 14, 2015) — infrastructure upgrade along East 2nd Street from Centennial to Lycoming Hall

Student Employment Appreciation Week

During Student Employment Appreciation Week, the nominees for the 2014-15 Student Employee of the Year are recognized at a luncheon. This will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at noon in the Kehr Union Building.

Bloomsburg’s 2014-15 Student Employee of the Year is Julieann Gusick, a senior English major, who works as a student secretary in Exceptionality Programs and as a Writing Center assistant. Gusick receives a $500 scholarship funded by the Bloomsburg University Foundation. Second place finisher is Christian Tloczynski, a senior history major, who works as an interlibrary loan student assistant. Tloczynski receives a $200 University Store gift card.

  • Wednesday, April 8 — teams of student employees and supervisors are invited to participate in the Ninth Annual Team Challenge, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Student Rec Center. A spirit of competition is all you need for fun and creative activities. One lucky team will win a free luncheon worth up to $100, courtesy of John Loonan, vice president of administration.
  • Friday, April 10 — at 11:30 a.m., all student workers and their supervisors are invited for a free grilled hot dog and Rita’s Ice on the patio in front of the Student Services Center.

Novel discussion previews author's visit

Francesca Segal

In preparation for a visit from award-winning author Francesca Segal, Ferda Asya, professor of English, will lead a reading and discussion of the novel, “The Innocents,” on Tuesday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Bakeless Center 306. Segal’s visit will be held on Thursday, April 16. She will deliver a lecture, “Tea and Sympathy: On Being a British, Jewish, Woman Writer,” at 7:30 p.m. in McCormick Center 2303.

Earlier in the day, Segal will conduct a question-and-answer session in Student Services Center 004, from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Segal joined her father, Eric Segal, author of the classic “Love Story,” as an accomplished novelist in 2013 when she published her debut novel, “The Innocents.” The book’s awards include the Costa First Novel Award, National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Betty Trask Award. As a journalist, Segal’s work has appeared in Granta, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Vogue UK and Vogue US.

Overcoming Adversity: As a person with disabilities

Paul Wichanksy

Bloomsburg University's Disability Advisory Committee, along with the Office of Social Equity and the College of Education, are brining Paul Stuart Wichanksy, Ph.D., to Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Paul was born with cerebral palsy and hearing loss. Recognizing that these disabilities are gifts in disguise, Paul has worked hard to transform these obstacles into unique opportunities for self-improvement, and delights in showing others how they can also do the same. Since he was ten years old, Paul has hosted motivational programs where he shares valuable insights that have allowed him to triumph over cerebral palsy and, at the same time, develop the courage and confidence to conquer any other challenge that comes his way.

“Dr. Paul,” as he is popularly known among family and friends, shares those experiences that have allowed him to reach a simple dream he had many years ago — to be able to walk. He shares uplifting stories with humor designed to help instill the hope, energy, and inspiration that motivates his audiences to realize their own goals and dreams. At the same time, Dr. Paul emphasizes that it’s perfectly okay to be different; our differences should always be celebrated rather than ridiculed.

Survey seeks opinions of freshmen, seniors

NSSE Survey

First-year and senior students are being asked to share opinions about their experiences at Bloomsburg University by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). According to Sheila Dove Jones, assistant vice president for planning and assessment, answers to the online survey will reveal students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Results will be used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.

Jones said several email messages containing a link to the survey will be sent to BU’s freshmen and seniors in February and March. She encourages students to respond by April 6. In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey by April 6 will be entered automatically into a random drawing to win one of two Amazon gift cards valued at $150, one of four Amazon gift cards valued at $100, one of two Amazon gift cards valued at $50 or one of 78 Bloomsburg University insignia prizes worth $5 to $30. A student’s chances of winning depends on how many students complete the survey; the last time this survey was administered about 909 students responded. Based on this estimate, the odds of winning are 1 in 10.

“All student responses are valuable for helping us compare the experiences they report with those of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities,” Jones said. “The results will also indicate important trends in undergraduate education. More voices will make the results more valid.”

Approximately 4,300 BU students have been invited to participate. A total of 622 U.S. colleges and universities and 355,000 first-year students and seniors participated in the 2014 survey. For more information, contact Jones at

Inaugural Girls In STEM event draws rave reviews

Girls In STEM

Bloomsburg University’s Regional STEM Education Center recently hosted roughly 100 Junior Girl Scouts from 21 regional troops for its first-ever GI-STEM: Girls In Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Day, where the scouts explored the world of STEM through 11 different hands-on stations directed by early childhood education and exceptionality majors, along with the Computer Science Club.

The event attracted troops came from as far as State College, Williamsport, Scranton, and Chalfont. GI-STEM was created to encourage girls to look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes and to become natural scientists.

Following a welcome from Robbie Soltz, who holds a doctorate in biology and is the wife of BU President David Soltz, scout troops worked with education majors and the Computer Science Club on activities such as “Storm Troopers,” “Full of Hot Air,” “Ooo-Bleck,” “Explosion Central” and “Fun with Computers.”

Students from the President’s Leadership Program helped to plan the program and were also on hand during the event to assist with registration, parking, and logistics. Lunch was provided and the scouts left with materials to help them reflect on what they have learned in order to apply it toward their badges.

Annual consortium puts future teachers ahead of the curve

Education Consortium

With graduation soon approaching for many Bloomsburg University education majors, the job search is becoming more and more prominent as the semester is coming to an end. But with opportunities like the 33rd Annual North Central PA Education Consortium, education students from all over Pennsylvania were given the chance to make connections, set up interviews, and practice communicating with professional recruiters.

Sponsoring institutions at the consortium included education students from Bloomsburg, Bucknell, East Stroudsburg, Lycoming, Mansfield, and Susquehanna University. According to Lauren Thew, a Bloomsburg University senior early childhood and special education major, the consortium gave her the opportunity to see a room filled with possibilities.

“Before today, I never really thought about applying out of state,” Thew said. “But with the ability to sit down and talk to each of the recruiters without restricting myself, I was able to gain many fitting contacts and which could turn into job offers.”

Chemistry students visit Sanofi Pasteur

Chemistry Road Trip

Sixteen Bloomsburg University students accompanied by Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members Barry Nolt and Eric Hawrelak toured Sanofi Pasteur U.S. in Swiftwater on a recent Husky Career Road Trip, which was spearheaded by alumnus Richard Wisniewski ‘82, the company’s deputy director of strategic industrial planning.

The Swiftwater location is the vaccine division of Sanofi Pasteur, a global leader in vaccines with 13,000 employees worldwide. The students met with company administrators and human relations staff, learned about the organization’s history and potential career opportunities. The students’ visit also included a panel discussion with nine BU graduates who currently work at Sanofi Pasteur and a networking lunch.

Husky Career Road Trips, part of the university’s Professional U initiative, provide students an opportunity to visit organizations, meet professionals and learn about employment opportunities in specific career fields.

Lambda Chi Alpha returns to campus

Lambda Chi Alpha

For 106 years, Lambda Chi Alpha has strived to make a positive impact on university campuses and in the communities that surround them. Today, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, is one of the largest fraternal organizations in North America with more than 290,000 members. They also have roughly 200 active chapters at colleges and universities throughout North America. Lambda Chi Alpha was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging in the early 1970s, and remains as one of the most progressive in the North-American Interfraternity Conference to address challenges facing today’s collegiate student.

Lambda Chi Alpha was originally installed at Bloomsburg University in 1972 and was deemed inactive by the fraternity's Board of Directors in 1990. During their time on campus, Lambda Chi Alpha initiated 494 men into their bond. If you are interested in finding out more information about this exciting opportunity, please email Erik Silvola at

If you see the men of Lambda Chi Alpha walking around campus, please give them a big welcome home to Bloomsburg University. Greek Life looks forward to years of positive interaction with their staff, alumni and members.

SCEC bowls a "perfect day" with Special Olympics athletes

SCEC Community Event

Bloomsburg University’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) recently teamed up with the local Special Olympics athletes for a day of bowling fun at Midway Lanes in Danville. SCEC’s Peer Mentor Program Chair, Dana Gambale was in charge of hosting and making the event possible in collaboration with Special Olympics coordinator, John Bressler.

A total of 53 participants took part in the event along with several others who showed up for support. The athletes and members of SCEC had a great time hanging with familiar faces, bowling a game or two, and enjoying pizza and refreshments from Bloomsburg’s local pizzeria, O.I.P.

“It was nice to see the athletes having such a good time with their friends and members of the club who they are used to working with on a daily basis,” explained SCEC’s Dana Gambale. “It really gave everybody the opportunity to come together and enjoy themselves and even build new friendships with some new faces. The event seemed to be so successful the first time that I am definitely trying to organize this again sometime in the future.”

Graduate students lend hand to Lackawanna College student affairs

School Counseling Program

Twenty graduate students in Bloomsburg University’s School Counseling and College Student Affairs program assisted the Lackawanna College division of student affairs with their effort to promote a safe and comfortable living and learning environment.

The students interviewed staff from residence life, student affairs, and campus police, met with Lackawanna College undergraduates, and conducted an informal campus audit. The day concluded with informal presentation of recommendations for change and improvement on the Lackawanna campus.

Throughout the day-long visit to the Lackawanna campus, Bloomsburg graduate students applied concepts learned in “Foundations and Functions of College Student Affairs” and “Legal, Ethical, and Leadership Issues in College Student Affairs.”

Student-centered initiative guides path to degree

Student Success Collaborative

Bloomsburg University is enhancing its student support services and success by joining the Student Success Collaborative. BU became part of the Education Advisory Board — Student Success Collaborative (SSC) last June, along with four other member institutions in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education: Shippensburg, Clarion, Slippery Rock and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The goal of the partnership is to identify issues that slow down students on their way to graduation and find the pathways and support services that most effectively enable student success.

“SSC is a software platform that will help us analyze past student retention, performance and graduation data and facilitate questions that lead to an understanding of the factors that hinder success,” said Tom Fletcher, vice president for enrollment management. “The data SSC provides will give advisers the information they need to help students navigate course selections, choose majors and earn their degree.”

Why get involved with Professional U?

Professional U

At Bloomsburg University, interactive learning opportunities are everywhere for students to take advantage of outside the classroom. According to three students who have attended Professional U events in the past, they believe their progression in Professional U has undoubtedly guided them down the path to success in their future careers.

Amanda Kuzmak, junior accounting major, said being a part of Professional U has been the best stepping stone she could have asked for at Bloomsburg University.

“I began my journey with Professional U by attending workshops, which gave me great insight into what I could do to reach my goals in an efficient way,” she said.

Although some events are specific to certain majors, Kuzmak said that Professional U doesn’t gear every program toward any major in particular.

“Any student at Bloomsburg University can find a Professional U event that will help them in their college experience,” Kuzmak said. “The workshops are geared towards giving academic knowledge to any student’s career path.”

Kuzmak believes a student’s success is based on them.

“Many students get into their senior year and realize they are not prepared for their job search or the workforce,” Kuzmak said. “I started my interaction with Professional U early in my college career, and I already feel that I am prepared for the real world.”

How Professional U can help you!

Understanding the Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Job Shadowing Program

  • Monday, April 13 — 5 to 5:30 p.m., Student Services Center 004

Summer College … catch up or get ahead!

Summer College

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.

The Voice takes on NYC

The Voice Editors

The Voice just returned from its annual trip to New York for the College Media Convention. Seated: Angela Hess, Samantha Kern, Felicia Carey, and Lyndsay Bartos. Standing (left to right): Matt Healy, Cole Kresch, Mary Bernath, Kathryn Saulinas, Adina Evans, Jessie Napkora, Vanessa Giedosh, Ioannis Pashakis, Alexandra Mullen, and Tyler Gentzel. All are current editors on The Voice.

At this College Media Convention were more than 1,200 editors and advisers from across the U.S., and we attended 250-plus sessions by media professionals and fellow advisers and editors over three days from March 12 to 14. The Voice presented a session entitled "The Editor's Edge: How to Use It to Land a Job" based on research we have done with past editors from The Voice, whose experience on the paper has helped them overwhelmingly in their job searches. Presenters were Jessie Napkora, editor in chief; Kathryn Saulinas, news editor; Adina Evans, contributing editor; and Mary Bernath, adviser.

WRC honors outstanding women on campus

Outstanding Women

Bloomsburg University’s recent Outstanding Women Awards ceremony, presented by the Women Resource Center, honored eight women from 33 nominees from across campus.

Donna Murphy, of Professional Development and Career Experience, was awarded the most Outstanding Woman of the Year.

Other awardees were:

  • Molly Alexander
  • Boenell Kline
  • Shell Lundahl
  • Amber Pitt
  • Madelyn Rodriquez
  • Jasmin Velz
  • Diana Zoelle

BU well represented at Governor’s Pennsylvania STEM Competition

STEM Conference

Two Bloomsburg University professor and five STEM Magnet Program students recently participated in the inaugural Governor’s Pennsylvania STEM Competition at the CSIU in Milton. The competition was established to enable high school students to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers while also addressing a real-world problem through the design, building, and presentation of a device that would improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania residents.

Michael Sheppard, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences, and Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor teaching and learning, were part of the panel of four judges. Their role in the competition was to evaluate the device created by the students along with judging two additional components to the competition, a presentation on a local STEM industry and a critical thinking team project.

The team from the STEM Magnet Program consisted of Stephen Eyerly, Noah Wood, Megan Sumner, Claire Woodward, and Sebastian Shaffer, all from Central Columbia High School. Although they came in third in the competition, their device, a pencil eraser that could also be used as a stylus for students whose schools use iPads for instruction, intrigued the judges. They also presented information on Kawneer Alcoa, Bloomsburg, and worked as a team to drop an egg from a 10’ ladder without breaking it using only items provided by the CSIU.