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Fall freshmen preview Husky Life

Bloomsburg University 175th Anniversary

One step closer. A bulk of the Class of 2018 got their first official taste of college life in recent weeks during their campus Preview Day, hosted by the Office of Orientation. On those days incoming freshmen attended workshops, posed for ID photos, got details on their major and an inside scoop from OWLs on what to expect this fall.

The rest of the incoming freshman class has already been on campus getting their feet wet through the Summer Freshman Program and Act 101/EOP in preparation for the Fall 2014 semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 25. #BUClass2018

Quest campers enjoy sustainable picnic via outdoor classroom

Outdoor Classroom

Bloomsburg University’s new Sustainable Food Systems Outdoor Classroom recently got its first group of visitors when several Quest adventure campers stopped for a picnic, where the youngsters enjoyed freshly cut kohlrabi sticks and freshly squeezed kale orange juice.

The outdoor classroom, one of five projects awarded a Presidential Strategic Planning Grant last year, will be a working garden and sustainability education center run primarily by student workers and interns. Located behind Monty’s on upper campus, the outdoor classroom was designed in collaboration with students who also helped build the gardens this past spring.

Currently, there are two students helping John Hintz and Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, professors of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, care for the gardens over the summer. There are 30 raised beds filled with vegetables and herbs. There will be a third student starting work in July on the perennial garden. #BUSustainability #CoCurricularLearning

PPL continues support to growing STEM program

PPL Supports STEM

Representatives of PPL Corporation and affiliates were on campus recently to present a check for $20,000 to provide continuing support for the STEM Magnet program. The company has played an integral part in the formation of the collaborative effort between Bloomsburg University, eight school districts and regional businesses and foundations to serve local high school students in advancing in the science, math, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

PPL leaders provide input on the development of the curriculum and serve as mentors to students in the program in addition to the financial commitment. Pictured (L-R) Michael Munroe, plant manager, PPL Montour; Elizabeth Mauch, dean of the College of Education; Teri MacBride, PPL regional affairs director, Susquehanna Valley; and David L. Soltz, BU president.

College of Science and Technology’s first-ever STE) Magnet program capped its initial year with roughly 40 students from Berwick, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia school districts got a taste of higher education while earning college credits by completing STEM courses on campus this past fall and spring semesters. The program will grow next year, adding students from Benton, Danville, Millville and Southern Columbia school districts, along with Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School. #SenseOfCommunity

Campus Announcements: What you need to know!

Campus News and Events

The Other Woman — showing Tuesday July 22 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, July 24 at 9 p.m. in the Kehr Hideaway. Free admission with a BU student ID all others $1.

Research Prospectus Defense — The Doctorate of Audiology Program within the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Betsy Shaw on Thursday, July 24, at 8 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “Effect of Blunt Force Head Trauma on the Perception of Tinnitus in College Football Players: A Longitudinal Study." Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

Pool Party — Thursday, July 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Town Pool. Catch the bus in front of Elwell beginning at 6:45 p.m. Must have a BU student ID and BU 2014 Summer Town Pool Pass.

Bingo and Pizza — Thursday, July 31 at 9 p.m. in the Kehr Multi B. $250 in Cash Prizes and Free Pizza! Only 25 cents per card! You must be a BU Summer student with paid Summer ‘14 C.A. Fee to play.

Knoebels Discount Tickets — Available all summer for sale in the Student Activities Office, KUB 425. $5 books of ride tickets are available for only $4 with a BU student ID. Tickets will be available all summer.

Student Activities and Involvement Fair — will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m., preceded by the Student Organization Leaders Retreat on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair is designed to give student clubs and organizations an opportunity to recruit new members, and the retreat is an opportunity for club executive board members to network with other club leaders and receive tips to strengthen their overall organization. Registration is free and available online!

Bullying Prevention Symposium — The McDowell Institute will be hosting a Bullying Prevention Symposium on Tuesday, Aug. 26, beginning at 8:15 a.m. with opening remarks by Kathryn Nichols, director of the McDowell Institute, in the KUB Ballroom. The symposium features regional and national experts on bullying. The attached agenda provides details regarding topics and the schedule of our featured speakers. Contact Charlotte Kemper at for further details.

SEL Program opens doors of Comcast for business student

SEL Program

Mariam Sarkessian, a management major, recently completed a two-week job shadow with Comcast’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia through Bloomsburg University’s Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Program. The program, designed to give students an opportunity to see their potential career field first-hand, enabled Sarkessian to witness the daily activity of the country’s largest cable company and Internet service provider. Sarkessian described her experience as enlightening and richly memorable.

In addition to a possible internship opportunity, Sarkessian says her SEL experience provided her with many more business contacts. She also may have discovered a new career track.

“Being able to help out with (the Lab Week project) even though I was just shadowing was an exciting experience and opened my mind in looking for ways to make processes more efficient,” Sarkessian says. “Most importantly, … I had not known that project managing could be a career. Now I’m eager to pursue and get the right qualifications for it.” #ProfessionalU #CoCurricularLearning

CO2 research at Yale University hits final stages

Carbon dioxide is often considered a by-product of fossil fuel consumption — and not a useful one, either. But what if carbon dioxide could be turned into something useful or even an energy source? Jocelyn Legere, a junior chemistry major, worked on a project at Yale University this summer to do just that.

Legere, who is concentrating on nanotechnology, conducted group research on catalysts and their effectiveness in converting carbon dioxide into useful material as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the past eight weeks.

The summer program focused on graduate-level research and methods of professional research. #BUMagazine | #CollaborativeLearning

Huskies study abroad in Argentina

Argentina Study Abroad

A group of Bloomsburg University students recently completed a study abroad experience at the Universidad del Centro Educativo, Rosario, Argentina, where they visited historical and culturally significant and studied the Spanish language and literature.

Participating were Spanish and secondary education majors Mallie Culpepper, Adriana Berlin, Kelly Mason and Abigail Messinger, a Spanish and speech pathology major. Specifically they visited Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Misiones and Montevideo, Uruguay.

At Misiones they visited a Guarani village and the Iguazú Falls. In Buenos Aires they attended a Tango Night, besides touring the city and Caminitos, the Italian Argentina barrio were Maradona, famous Argentina world soccer player, was born. They also visited the stadium where he played. #CoCurricularLearning #HuskySummer

Math and Science Summer Experience

Math and Science Summer Camp

From exploring digital forensics to deciphering secret computer codes to testing chemical reactions to examining the difference between human and animal bones, Bloomsburg University’s Math and Science Summer Experience recently opened several impressionable eyes on campus.

More than 50 local middle and high school students participated in the week-long camp, where they got a taste of digital forensics, computer science, human and biological forensics.

The annual camp — hosted by the College of Science and Technology — is designed to broaden the participants’ interest in math and science, along with enhancing their skills and understanding to bridge the summer break gap. Their classroom exploration included hands-on labs and exercises, presentations and demonstrations. #CollaborativeLearning #HuskySummer

Interns help prepare Habitat for Humanity project for re-opening

Summer Accounting Interns

Eight ParenteBeard summer accounting interns recently helped Habitat for Humanity of Berks County ReStore prepare for their grand re-opening slated for July. In addition to the accounting work the summer interns are performing and observing, for the first time, the firm’s summer interns are demonstrating ParenteBeard’s mission to serve the communities where team members live and work by participating in charitable community service activities in central Pennsylvania.

Tara Boyd, of Bloomsburg University; Eric Hiser, of Bloomsburg University; Guy Lewis, of Penn State; Katelyn Macbeth, of Messiah College; April Maschke, of Albright College; Shaunna Nesmith, of York College; Jordan Sallavanti,. of Kutztown University; and Kayla Snyder, of West Chester University, assisted the store’s executive director, Tim Daley, by cleaning, painting, redecorating, reorganizing, rebuilding and moving furniture. #CoCurricularLearning #HuskyUnleashed

PASSHE Board of Governors approves $198 tuition increase

Get Connected with PASSHE

The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved a modest $198 tuition increase — $99 a semester — on Tuesday, July 8, for the 2014-15 academic year, virtually assuring the 14 State System universities will remain the lowest-cost option among all four-year colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. The Board also approved nine new flexible pricing plans for six universities beginning either this fall or in fall 2015, bringing to 18 the number of proposals that will be implemented on a pilot basis over the next two years, and a new Associate of Arts in sustainability studies degree program to be offered by Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania beginning this fall. The Board also extended the contracts of 10 university presidents through June 30, 2017, and re-elected its officers for the 2014-15 year.