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SLP grad program among nation’s best

Bloomsburg University’s speech-language pathology graduate program has been ranked among the top programs in the country. The master’s degree program ranked 16th in data gathered between Sept. 1, 2012, and March 31, 2015. More than 70,000 students representing roughly 1,600 graduate programs nationwide rated and reviewed speech-language pathology programs for Graduate Programs. reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries and social media platforms. It evaluates graduate programs in 15 categories, covering topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

Great STEM Adventure Camp set for campus

Math and Science Summer Experience

Adventure awaits young science enthusiasts at Bloomsburg University’s summer camp for middle and high school students, specializing in the exploration and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The camp will run from June 22 to 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $150 per person. Lunch and snacks are included. Scholarships are available.

The Great STEM Adventure Camps will offer three programs for middle through high school students, focusing on the different aspects of STEM. BU students and faculty members Scott Inch, professor of digital forensics; Cynthia Surmacz, professor of biological and allied health sciences; and Kevin Williams, associate professor of biological and allied health sciences, will lead sessions.

  • Campers entering fifth and sixth grades will explore the basics of geography and the environment with hands-on learning activities. They will work with the environment around them, both in the lab and field, as well as gain experience using data loggers and other scientific equipment to examine plants and their chlorophyll to learn about photosynthesis.
  • Campers entering seventh and eighth grades will investigate the human brain and human DNA using mathematics and science skills. Participants will work with fingerprinting and brain wave activity, as well as becoming involved with environmental biology.
  • Campers entering ninth and 10th grades will use computer and mathematical skills to learn programming, criminal investigation, and how to decrypt code. These activities are designed to hone the campers’ math skills to better prepare them for high school studies.
  • Works by 13 high school artists on exhibition

    High School Art Winners

    Artwork by 13 area high school students will be exhibited in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery of Art through June 15. Faculty from BU’s Department of Art and Art History selected the works based on portfolio reviews at the end of the spring semester. Included in the exhibition are works by:

    • Evie Allport, Kayley Dillon, Breanna Fowler and Vincent Kuhar, all from Bloomsburg Area High School
    • Lexus Mordan and Briana Wakefield, both from Millville High School
    • Ahlena Davies, Julia Shipe, Rachel Snyder, Hadley Wiktor and Linda Yang, all from Danville Area High School
    • Savannah Scherer and Olivia Greene, both from Southern Columbia Area High School

    Three were selected for tuition scholarship awards to BU. This portfolio review and tuition scholarship program is possible thanks to the generosity of a Bloomsburg community donor inspired by First Columbia Bank’s Teen Star Competition. The high school art show will also be displayed in the Stairwell Gallery of The Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg from June 29 to Aug. 14.

    Pictured (L-R) Rachel Snyder, Danville, Honorable Mention; Olivia Greene, Southern Columbia, Honorable Mention; Ahlena Davies, Danville, Honorable Mention; Linda Yang, Danville, Second Prize ($1,000 BU tuition scholarship); Hadley Wiktor, Danville, First Prize ($1,500 BU tuition scholarship); Vincent Kuhar, Bloomsburg, Third Prize ($500 BU tuition scholarship); and Evie Allport, Bloomsburg, Honorable Mention.

    Communication Studies professor wins innovation award

    TALE Award

    Bloomsburg University’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center (TALE) awarded the 2015 TALE Teaching Innovation Award to Mary King, assistant professor of communication studies. She received $500 for professional development.

    The award recognizes innovation that promotes significant or meaningful learning by changing the way a lesson, subject or course is traditionally taught. King required students in the special topics course, Health Communication Campaigns, to develop and implement a campaign to reduce underage and dangerous drinking at BU.

    For the campaign, “BUResponsibly,” students researched and gathered data about college students’ drinking behaviors and developed, implemented and evaluated a peer-to-peer campaign. King will share her teaching innovation through TALE during the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Huskies shine in Douglass Debate Society competition

    Douglass Debate Society

    Nearly 20 students representing Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Millersville and Shippensburg competed this past spring in a Douglass Debate Society daylong debate at Bloomsburg University. The society, a component of the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative, encourages students to apply critical thinking skills, hone their ability to craft arguments and to consider topics in their full complexity — all key to responsible and engaged citizenship.

    Students engaged in policy debate through cross-examination rounds designed to encourage them to consider all sides of an issue, develop their abilities to listen attentively, and reinforce the importance of critical thinking and analysis of arguments and evidence.

    Dinah Haywood and Hope Foy, of Millersville University, advanced through the field and were crowned debate champions. BU’s Stefon Brown and Jordan Kennedy finished second. Individual speaker awards were given to Feben Whitaker and David Canady, of East Stroudsburg University.

    Beta Gamma Sigma recognized as an outstanding chapter

    Beta Gamma Sigma

    Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was recently awarded the 2015 Outstanding Chapter-Honorable Mention Award. This past year, the chapter inducted six faculty, a MBA student, 21 seniors and 43 juniors.

    With its award, the chapter receives a $500 scholarship for its members. The chapter was one of two Honorable Mention awardees chosen out of 500-plus collegiate chapters worldwide.

    Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

    Faculty promotions and tenure

    Faculty Promotions

    These faculty have been granted promotion effective Fall 2015.

    Faculty Promoted to Professor — Clay Corbin, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Sheng Ding, Political Science; Heather Feldhaus, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice; Victoria Geyfman, Finance; Jason Godeke, Art and Art History; Christian Grandzol, Management and Marketing; Paul Loomis, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics; Steven Rier, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline, History; Thomas Starmack, Teaching and Learning.

    Faculty Promoted to Associate Professor — Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Exceptionality Programs
    Todd Campbell, Music, Theatre and Dance; David Heineman, Communication Studies; Doreen Jowi, Communication Studies; Molly Marnella, Teaching and Learning; Michael Stephans, Math; Anna Turnage, Communication Studies; Jennifer Venditti-Roadarmel, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Jennifer Whisner, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences.

    These faculty have been granted tenure effective Fall 2015: Anna Turnage, Communication Studies, and Jennifer Venditti-Roadarmel, Biological and Allied Health Sciences.