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Senior makes history as Fulbright Scholar

Becoming a Fulbright Scholar has been a dream of Alexandra Miller's since high school. This summer the Bloomsburg University senior languages and cultures major will get to live her dream when she travels to Argentina as part of the Fulbright Scholar program.

After thinking about what she wanted to do after graduation and what she’s passionate about Miller started the application process. Miller, the first BU student to be a Fulbright Scholar, was naturally thrilled when she learned she was selected.

“I could’t believe my eyes when I received the email,” Miller says. “I know that this once in a lifetime opportunity that will change my life for the better and will teach me lessons few people are lucky enough to learn in a lifetime. It is always an incredibly rewarding feeling when you achieve something you have worked so hard and long on.”

Graduating art students showcase work downtown

Senior Art Exit Show

Bloomsburg University’s Department of Art and Art History is holding its Senior Exit Spring Show for its graduating seniors at the Greenly Center through May 12. A reception featuring student artists presenting their exhibits and artist statements officially kicked off the show last week.

  • Art Studio: Michael Brown, Lisa Everswick, Breanna Faull, Devon Haywood, Nicholas Heberling, Krystal James, Sarah Kulaga, Michael Maletesta, Sandi McMinn, Kristin Nalesnik, Wanda Riley, Chris Russo, Ashley Sanchez, Katelyn Shea, Katie Starliper, Fawn Tomlinson and Jonathan Woll.
  • Art History Janet Berger and Wanda Riley.

Honors seniors present independent study projects

Honors Independent Study

The past four years for senior Honors Program students had lead up to their final presentation of their independent research projects. The Honors Independent Study consists of three courses dedicated to research and a year to work alongside a faculty mentor in their field to complete an original research project. Their final work is culminated into a written project, that is open to submission for publication, and an oral presentation that is open to the campus community. Presentations are in the Honors classroom in Luzerne Hall, Room B-9.

  • Tuesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. - Bryan Semon, Laser Beam Profiling with a Smartphone Camera with Ju Xin
  • Tuesday, April 25 at 2:45 p.m. - Steve Vajdic, Profiling a TeachSpin Infrared Laser with Ju Xin
  • Wednesday, April 26 at 4:15 p.m. - Evan Simpson, Product Placement Brands and their Influence on Young Adult Consumers with Kenneth Hall
  • Thursday, April 26 at 2 p.m. - Natalie Roessner, Altering Personalities through Proper Management with Steven Welch
  • Thursday, April 26 at Ellen King, Factors Associated with Disproportionality of Minority Students Receiving Specialized Education Services: A Literature Review with Brooke Lylo
  • Tuesday, May 2 at 2 p.m. - Grace Schueren, Mastery of English Fricatives and Affricates by Spanish-English Speaking Dual Language Learners with Shelley Scarpino
  • Tuesday, May 2 at 2:45 p.m. - Amy Dobson, Percentage of Occurrence of the 8 Most Common Phonological Processes in Bilingual Spanish-English Speaking Children with Shelley Scarpino
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. - Clarissa Hoke, We’re All Getting Old: Interprofessional Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Older Adults with Lori Metzger
  • Thursday, May 4 at 1:15 p.m. - Hanan Ben Nacef, Sedentary Lifestyles Leading to Exercise Induced Hypernea and Tachycardia in University Students with Candice Klingerman
  • Thursday, May 4 at 2 p.m. - Morgan Munyan, Age Variation in American Sign Language with Jessica Bentley
  • Thursday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. - Emily Broadbent, Adoption of a Mouse Model to Study Malignant Melanoma with Angela Hess

FOCUS helps celebrate graduates with campus visit

Bloomsburg University’s Office of Cultural Affairs/ Student Support Services will be hosting Martin Harris, Sr., pastor of F.O.C.U.S. Young Adult Ministry at Bethel Deliverance International in Philadelphia, for an on-campus church visit on Sunday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center for fellowship and blessings of the Class of 2017.

Through culturally relevant activities and events, and biblical discipleship F.O.C.U.S. promotes Godly unity amongst young adults. In addition to activities and events such as F.O.C.U.S Friday (monthly Bible Study) and “Keeping it 100” (a group meeting and safe space for young adult men). F.O.C.U.S is also actively involved in community service and outreach initiatives.

Free breakfast starting at 10:45 a.m. If you would like to take part in the program please contact Marcei Woods, coordinator of minority affairs, at 570-389-4091 for details.

Literature class takes in NYC art exhibits

European Literature

This spring, Christina Francis took her European Literature I class to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City. This trip consisted of viewing Greek and Roman art exhibits and the European Galleries at the MOMA and a new exhibit entitled, “A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 B.C. to 200 A.D.” at the Onassis Cultural Center.

This exhibit was a special treat, according Francis, associate professor of English, because it is only being displayed until June 24.

Before making the trip, the students received a guest lecture from Deborah Walberg, assistant professor of art and art history, on the development of Greek statuary from impact of the earlier Egyptians, to its influence on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Students were told to focus on artifacts that would help them develop a research project on a myth or character of their choosing from among the course’s texts.

Though, many students had difficulty choosing one specific artifact, since each and every one was incredibly unique. Clayton Newton, a sophomore English and secondary education major, was especially awestruck.

“In the Museum of Art it’s hard to stay focused on the Greek art exhibits, because every time you turn your head there is some amazing artifact that pulls you into another room,” Newton said. “What truly became easier was respecting the sculptures and realizing that the naked woman in front of the Andruss Library has nothing on the high quality sculptures of the Greeks.”

Model EU wins award at spring simulation

Andruss Library

Bloomsburg University’s Model European Union attended a sponsored simulation this spring by the University of Pittsburgh where two students brought home the Best Delegate Award.

Nathan Copenhaver, a junior business and economics major, and Shyer Amin, a senior business and economics major, were awarded the 2017 best delegates.

“MEU is a simulation of contemporary real life problems and issues that the world faces today,” Amin said. “First, it makes me informed about things that are happening around the world. Second, it greatly improved my articulation and debate skills. It is important in life to speak persuasively and also eloquently.”

MEU brings people and experiences together for all over. People put aside their differences and achieve a common goal. According to Amin, achieving these experiences and making new connections is some of the benefits of being a part of MEU.

Research showcased at national education conference

SITE Conference

A trio of Bloomsburg University faculty representing the College of Education and College of Science and Technology presented research at the 28th annual SITE conference-Society for Information Technology and Education this spring in Austin, Texas.

SITE promotes the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice knowledge through its conference, books, collaborative projects with other organizations, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

At the conference, the faculty presented:

  • Lynn Hummel, assistant professor of instructional technology — “Pokémon Go for learning: A gamification approach,” which explored methods to learn ways in which Pokémon Go can be transformed into educational lessons on the topics of science, math, and geography.
  • Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor of teaching and learning, and Caryn Terwilliger, assistant professor of teaching and learning — “The Effect of Tech Time in Preschool: A Randomized Controlled Study,” which explored the controversy over the use of technology with our youngest learners. Are computers replacing time children can be learning through play?

Honor Society places in national competition

Phi Omega Pi

Bloomsburg University's chapter of Pi Omega Pi recently placed fifth nationally at the honor society’s national competition in Chicago. Pi Omega Pi is the National Business Education Teacher Honor Society, which has promoted scholarship and service in the area of business education for more than 80 years.

Prior to the national competition, each chapter was required to complete three projects-local, state and national related to furthering the profession. The BU chapter redesigned the national website, volunteered at the Pennsylvania Business Education Annual Conference and served as conference assistants at the PA Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference. In addition, students presented a workshop on "Active Learning."

Professors Christina Force and Maggie O’Connor, advisors to the group, also saw the BU chapter win the Participation Award for being the most active chapter at the competition, the only attending to receive the honor.

Commencement Speakers Announced

Spring Commencement

Bloomsburg University announces commencement speakers at the school’s 148th Commencement ceremony on May 13. Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; Cole Camplese, ’96 M.S, chief information officer (CIO) and associate vice president at the University of Chicago; and Cynthia Shapira, chair of the Board of Governors will address the graduates at ceremonies to be held on the Academic Quadrangle.

  • Brogan will speak to the graduates of the Zeigler College of Business and the College of Education at 8:30 a.m. Brogan became the fourth chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on October 1, 2013. A lifelong educator, Brogan previously served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida, was president of Florida Atlantic University and twice elected lieutenant governor of the state of Florida.
  • Camplese will speak to the graduates of the College of Science and Technology at noon. Camplese is the associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Chicago. He oversees campus-wide information technology decisions and guides the strategic use of technology at one of the nation’s most elite research universities.
  • Shapira will speak to the graduates of the College of Liberal Arts at 3:30 p.m. Shapira is president of the Shapira Foundation and a community activist. She serves as chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. She is a trustee of Brandeis University and board member of the Allegheny County Airport Authority and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Trustees narrow presidential search field

Academic Quad

Bloomsburg University’s Council of Trustees voted unanimously today to advance presidential candidates Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D. and Daniel A. Wubah, Ph.D. to the Chancellor and the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors.

The Trustees made their unranked selection during a special meeting Wednesday, April 26. The process will continue on May 8 and 9 when the Chancellor and PASSHE Board of Governors will interview the candidates in Harrisburg. Bloomsburg University’s next president will be named during a special PA State System of Higher Education Board of Governors meeting that will be held later in May.

From a field of more than 55 applicants, Hanna and Wubah, along with two other candidates, were invited to visit BU earlier this spring for three-day interviews with the campus community.

  • Hanna is a professor of biology and formerly vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. Prior to working at Delaware Valley, Hanna served as associate provost at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. He was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he served as interim provost.
  • Wubah is the senior advisor to the president at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He joined the Washington and Lee administration after his tenure at Virginia Tech where he served as vice president for undergraduate education and deputy provost. At Washington and Lee he was appointed chief academic officer with oversight of two undergraduate colleges and the Law School.