Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Mascot Madness

Keep the momentum going!

Mascot Madness Voting

Who's the best mascot in the State System? We know the answer, and now it's time to make sure everyone else does! The State System is holding a competition among our school mascots in honor of March Madness.

With more than 80 percent of the vote last week, Roongo convincingly advanced into the next round. It's time to keep the momentum going. Voting begins today! Roongo is matched up with Kutztown's Avalanche in Round 2, and it's up to you to ensure our lovable Husky reaches the Final Four. Vote here!

Victim’s Right Advocate brings story of survival to campus

Beverly Gooden

To honor Women’s History Month, the Bloomsburg University Women’s Resource Center and the Multicultural Center invited Beverly Gooden, Victim’s Rights Advocate and Creator of the Viral Hashtag #WhyIStayed, to speak to the university community on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in KUB Multicultural Center. Gooden will discuss:

  • Her experience as a survivor of domestic violence
  • The myths and misunderstandings of domestic violence
  • Challenging the question “Why did she/he stay?”
  • How the current way we interact with survivors of domestic violence is “a house of cards”

ICS Series looks at life of immigrant WWI soldiers

ICS Great War Lecture Series

Nancy Gentile Ford, professor of history, will discuss the training and treatment of immigrant soldiers in World War I during her lecture, “Americans All!  Immigrant Soldiers in the U.S. Army in the Great War.” The lecture, part of BU’s Institute of Culture and Society Great War Series, will take place Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

With the outbreak of World War I, nearly half a million immigrant soldiers were drafted into the U.S. Army, making up almost 20 percent of the military force. These immigrants came from 46 nationalities, according to Ford’s book, “Americans All!: Foreign-Born Soldiers in World War I,” and challenged the military’s training techniques, as well as long-held cultural, linguistic and religious traditions.

While some historians would describe this experience as involuntary assimilation for the immigrant soldiers, Ford describes a period of respect and sensitivity to the traditions of the immigrants. The resulting challenge for military officials was to build American patriotism while also building individual morale.

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 kicks off Thursday, March 26, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Haas Gallery of Art. The exhibit will remain on display 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.

Celebrate cultural diversity with ISA

ISA Diversity Festival

Bloomsburg University’s International Student Association (ISA) is hosting its annual International Diversity Festival on Friday, March 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. The festival is organized by the ISA, International Students Services, Community Government Association and the Office of the Dean of Students.

There are limited seats. Please confirm your attended via by Tuesday, March 17. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Empty Bowls to help fill local Food Cupboard

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Empty Bowls 2015, hosted by Bloomsburg University’s Center for Leadership and Engagement, aims to fill the empty bowls of individuals around the community who are in need of food. The event will be held on Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom.

A minimum donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students is requested for unlimited soup tasting.

At the event, guests are invited to taste a variety of soups donated by local chefs and community organizations. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase hand-crafted, clay bowls created by local artists. All proceeds of BU’s Empty Bowls 2015 will go to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard to end hunger in the local area.

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.

Documentary shows the ugliness of plagiarism

Mass Communications Documentary

It is the worst crime a writer can commit, it happened at one of the country’s most revered news publications and it is the focus of the documentary, “A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times.” The film will be screened on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s McCormick Center 1303. The event will be free and open to the public.

In 2003, Jayson Blair, a reporter for the New York Times, stole the work of other journalists and fabricated details in dozens of stories. The documentary includes interviews with New York Times executives, one of Blair’s victims of plagiarism and Blair himself.

While the documentary is specific to journalistic plagiarism, Pat Trosky, mass communications instructor at BU, points out that the topic of plagiarism is universal in all curricula and occupations. “Imagine medical, pharmaceutical or engineering journals taking information from other sources and claiming it is their own? Worse yet, what if the information used eventually was found to be wrong?” she said.

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.

Upcoming campus construction activity

Lower Campus Construction

Both lower campus and upper campus will undergo a series of construction projects this spring leading into summer. Included here are a series of campus plans showing this semester’s more significant construction activity occurring across lower and upper campus.

As always, some projects will affect pedestrian and vehicular movements more than others. Those projects will be supplemented with additional phasing and traffic plans. As projects progress, larger more detailed maps will be posted to communicate details in advance of the changes.

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