Monday, Feb. 8, 2015

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Monday, Feb. 8, 2015

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Empowerment specialist takes on racism

Eraka Rouzorondu, empowerment specialist, will speak on “The Good News about Racism” Monday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Multicultural Center. This presentation, focuses on the history of racism in society, is open to the public free of charge. It is co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and BU’s Multicultural Center.

Rouzorondu is an educator, poet, producer, director, performance artist and author. As the executive director of Ascension Productions, she presents personal, cultural and spiritual workshops. She has spoken to national organizations, universities, and major corporations, as well as individual personal clients over the past 25 years.

“The first step to solving a problem is gaining a clear understanding of what created it,” Rouzorondu said. “The ‘good news’ is that we know exactly how racism against African Americans got started and exactly how and why it is being perpetuated — that means we know exactly what to do about it.”

Researcher discusses racial disproportionality

Kent McIntosh

Research shows that children from underrepresented minorities are exposed to more frequent and harsher disciplinary procedures than their white counterparts, similar to higher rates of arrests and incarceration for adults from racial minorities.

Kent McIntosh, who has done extensive research in positive behavior support, school systems change and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, will discuss this racial and ethnic disproportionality in a free lecture sponsored by Bloomsburg University’s McDowell Institute of Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Associate professor at the University of Oregon’s College of Education and director of the Educational and Community Supports research unit, McIntosh will present a multiple component approach, based on five interrelated steps, in “How Can We Reduce Racial Disproportionality in School Discipline?”

McIntosh’s research focuses on implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions, reducing discipline disparities, and integrated academic and behavior support. He is lead author of more than 50 publications and principal or co-investigator of research supported by more than $20 million in federal grant funding. In the past, he has worked as a school psychologist, teacher trainer and teacher in both general and special education.

Judge Mathis to discuss political empowerment

Judge Greg Mathis

Nationally known for his advocacy campaigns and popular reality courtroom television show, Judge Greg Mathis will visit campus Tuesday, Feb. 16, as part of Bloomsburg University’s 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Celebration.

Mathis will present, “Political Empowerment: Maintaining and Building Your Community,” at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hal.

His inspirational life story of a street youth who rose from jail to Judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on the award-winning television court show Judge Mathis each day.

In addition, his weekly newspaper column brings social and political insight to readers throughout the country. Mathis’s visit is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

CNN commentator to headline Sankofa Conference

Marc Lamont Hill

As one of the leading intellectual voices in the country and a popular BET News and CNN personality, Marc Lamont Hill will be the featured speaker of Bloomsburg University’s annual Sankofa Conference.

Hill will lead a discussion on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the KUB Ballroom, kicking off the daylong conference. Hill’s visit is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Hill is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and the inaugural host of Huff Post Live, as well as a former political contributor to Fox News Channel.

An award-winning journalist, Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University.

‘The Clothesline Muse’ comes to Carver Hall

The Clothesline Muse

“The Clothesline Muse,” recreating an American tradition, gives voice to untold stories on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall at Bloomsburg University as a part of the Celebrity Artist Series. “The Clothesline Muse” is a theatrical production conceived as dance and developed into an evening-length, multidiscipline theatrical piece by Kariamu Welsh, scholar of cultural studies and performance.

Six-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon lends her talents to this work. Through dance, music, spoken word and video, Freelon as “The Muse” and a cast of artists give voice to the untold stories of African-American washwomen and other domestic workers.

The stories of these laborers, still relevant today, are part of the economic history of our country. Welsh’s choreography turns simple wash movements into poetic dance, celebrating the passion of traditional “women’s work.” Projections and still images provide a glimpse into the world created when people listen to one another.

Celebrity Artist Series

  • Don Quixote” — The Moscow Festival Ballet, founded by Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, will perform the most enduring adaptation of “Don Quixote” by choreographer Marius Petipa to music by composer Ludwig Minkus. Friday, March 18, 8 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.
  • Koresh Dance Company — The dance troupe, with guest performers from local and regional dance studios, will perform works set to Middle Eastern and classical music, dipping into repertory vaults in celebration of the 25th anniversary in 2016. Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.
  • Allison Miller: Boom-Tic-Boom — The percussionist from New York City is a drummer, composer and teacher who has been named a Rising Star Drummer and Top 20 Jazz Drummer in Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll. Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

New level of realistic art on display

Shelby Shadwell

Shelby Shadwell creates images so real that it is nearly impossible to believe that they were drawn with a pencil. Shadwell’s works are on display in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery through Thursday, March 10. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Shadwell is an associate professor in the art department at the University of Wyoming. Born in Springfield, Mo., he earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, where he studied printmaking and drawing as a Kenneth E. Hudson Scholar. He accepted a full fellowship to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale and went on to graduate with a Master in Fine Arts in printmaking and drawing.

Shadwell exhibits across the nation and was the recipient of the first-place prize in the International Drawing Annual 9 from the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had a solo show in February 2013. He participated in two small group exhibitions, “Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing” at the Parkland Art Gallery in Champaign, Ill., and “Shades: Contemporary Drawing” at the John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Shadwell received first place for his work in the Texas National 2014 Exhibition at the Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches.

Student group offers tax-filing help

Tax-Filing Assistance

Bloomsburg University's Student Accounting Association is again providing free tax help to low- to moderate-income individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax preparation with electronic filing to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and others who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

There is a new location this year. Assistance will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Feb. 8 to April 6 at The Greenly Center, 50 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. The site will be closed March 7, 8 and 9 for Spring Break. Also new this year, assistance will be available on two Saturdays — Feb. 27 and March 19 — at Wesley United Methodist Church, 130 W. Third St., Bloomsburg.

Volunteers, trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), will prepare and e-file federal, state and local income tax returns at no cost for eligible taxpayers. Volunteer training included the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, Education Credits, and the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

Survey seeks opinions of BU freshmen, seniors

NSSE Survey

Each member of Bloomsburg University’s first-year and senior classes is invited to share opinions about his or her experiences at BU 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 15.

In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey by April 15 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 43 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 985 students responded. Based on this estimate, the odds of winning are 1 in 19. The Web version of the survey is available at

“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 4,000 BU students have been invited to participate. A total of 541 U.S. colleges and universities and 315,000 first-year students and seniors participated in the 2015 survey.