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Ready to vote?
This week, Bloomsburg University will be conducting a student referendum to reinstate the Student Union Building Fee and to ascertain their support for beginning the process to build a new student union.
A potential new student union would be built on campus at the present site of the Warren Student Services Building. A new student union will provide space and facilities that enhance the out-of-classroom experiences that are hallmarks of a BU education. The design and functions of the building will encourage students and the campus community to utilize the building as a gathering hub and allow for dynamic programming.
A Student Engagement Survey conducted spring semester, 2016 revealed only 5.6 percent of students believe Kehr Union Building meets their needs. The results of the survey align with the results of the University Facility Master Planning process completed spring semester, 2014 and with the Student Union Mini-Feasibility Study completed spring semester, 2012. The student referendum will take place February 28, March 1, and March 2, along with voting for the CGA Executive Board.
Open forum held tonight
Have questions? CGA is hosting two open forums this week regarding the upcoming referendum for the new student union. Voice your opinion and get your questions answered tonight at 6 p.m., KUB Ballroom.
CGA Senate elections underway
Bloomsburg University’s Community Government Association (CGA) is holding its 2017-18 Executive Committee Elections this week. In addition to a new executive board, students will also vote on a referendum relating a new student union project. Voting will take place online, Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 28 to March 2.
Sarah Bartra, a senior and CGA vice president, joined the organization as a freshman and encourages other students to as well. The organization not only made the transition into college easier but also turned into a family for her.
“I didn’t know what I was getting myself into starting out, but once I got involved it was such a cool experienced to be immersed in everything going on within the university,” Bartra said. “Being able to speak up as a student and have people actually listen was great.”
Through CGA, Bartra gained a rich learning experience by working with the administration and on committees with professionals. Most importantly, she was able to voice other people’s opinions and allow them to be heard.
“As vice president, I never knew I would have as much responsibility as I do now,” Bartra said. “There are always going to be challenges, but I feel like I’ve grown a lot since I’ve taken this position. I’ve learned how to take on situations that are social, personal and professional.”
Student panel to discuss race, ethnicity and racism
Bloomsburg University's Institute for Culture and Society would like to welcome you to a Student Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Racism next Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 201 as part of the “Bloomsburg Explores Diversity” symposium.
This event will be the first in a series of student panels over the next several weeks that will explore various topics of diversity and will engage the panelists and audience members in important conversations about diversity and difference.
Moderator: Erin Brummett (Department of Communication Studies). Participants: Facia Sirleaf, Johnson Aubyn, Monica Abdalmessih, Alexis Mendoza, Quadirah Locus, Ian M. Severson.
Film series continues on security and surveillance
Join us Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Hartline Center's Kuster Auditorium for the screening of (T)ERROR, the first documentary shot during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Saeed Torres, a former Black Panther who became a paid FBI informant gathers intelligence on Khalifah al-Akili, an American convert to Islam from Pittsburgh. Winner of several awards including the Special Jury Prize in Sundance Film Festival (2015), (T)error was hailed as “One of the best documentaries of 2015” by Newsweek.
This is the third documentary in a series of screenings that focus on political economy of security and surveillance. The series aims to initiate a discussion on the intended and unintended consequences of policy decisions in our current environment dominated by fear. This fear becomes particularly obvious in our efforts to identify and eliminate “threats” abroad and here. Unfortunately, identifying and eliminating is not easy and laden with uncertainties with serious consequences.
Our first screening, The Fight for Yemen focused on the difficulty of separating “the good people” from “the bad ones” abroad. The second screening, Barzan, explored the same challenge in the case of an Iraqi refugee—which refugees should we let in? (T)ERROR, the third screening, looks at the highly charged issue of domestic terrorism. Our fourth and fifth documentaries, National Bird on March 30 and The Lab on April 20 will explore how we and the rest of the world deal with these challenges and threats through weapons.
Please come watch the documentary and join the debate and encourage your students and friends to attend. We will provide sign-in sheets for faculty who would like to encourage students with bonus points.
Thanks to the generous support of the Department of History, this screening is free and open to public.
We make it personal
As we enter the homestretch of our university’s largest ever capital campaign, we are calling on you, our faculty and staff, to help us finish strong by participating in the We make it Personal Faculty and Staff Campaign.
It is now easier than ever for faculty and staff to support the area of our university about which you are most passionate. Every gift — no matter the size — makes a difference.
Bloomsburg University prides itself on providing educational experiences that transform lives. Our graduates — many first-generation college students from across Pennsylvania and beyond — point to their experiences at BU as setting the course for future accomplishments.
There is an amazing momentum at BU. We’re different than we were even a decade ago: greater in number, broader in programs, more engaged with our community and world. Still, we passionately hold on to who we are and remain committed to what we do best: preparing students for personal and professional success.
BU Players present production of “Harvey”
The Bloomsburg University Players will premiere their spring season with Mary Chase’s comedy “Harvey.” The play, directed by assistant professor of theatre David Miller, will run Wednesday, March 1, through Sunday, March 5, at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Show time on Wednesday-Saturday is 7:30 p.m. with show time on Sunday is 3 p.m.
“Harvey” follows Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey, a seemingly invisible anthropomorphic six-foot-one-and-a-half-inch rabbit. Not everyone is happy to have Harvey around, including Elwood’s social climbing sister Veta Louise, who is determined to commit him to a sanitarium. “Harvey” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945.
The 12 member cast includes Emily Henderson, Carly Carman, Titus O’Neil, Kayla McGarry, Kendall Baird and Kate Mochnacz. Also, Josué Nieves, Nate Stosius, Jonathan Schultz, Madeline Okuniewski, Austyn Redwinski, and Chris Thorne.
Tickets are free for BU students with student ID, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Haas Center box office or at the door one hour before curtain time.
The Voice lands six awards at Gold Circle competition
Results of the 2016 Gold Circle competition are in, and staff members at The Voice have received have six individual awards for their articles, photos, and page design from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Their work was chosen from among the 6,420 entries submitted by colleges and universities from across the United states. Voice members claimed two First Place awards, two Third Place awards, and two Certificates of Merit.
First Place in Entertainment Reviews went to Joshua Lloyd, current Arts Editor, for his article “Urie Bids Farewell.” First Place in page design for a Cultural Feature Page went to Vanessa Giedosh, former Arts Editor, for her April 14 page design.
Third Place in Personal Opinion Writing, Off-Campus Issues, went to Morgan Mickavicz, current Asst. Opinion Editor, for her political column, “Flush Prejudice.” The Staff as a whole also share a Third Place in Headline Writing for an entry of five of their top headlines.
A Certificate of Merit in Sports Commentary was awarded to Evin Hartsock, current Sports Editor, for his column “Eagles Look to Soar.” Cole Kresch, former Photo Editor, who graduated in 2016, also won a Certificate of Merit for his front-page photo story, “Big Event Cleans House.”
Current editor of The Voice is Ioannis Pashakis. Adviser is Mary Bernath, professor of English.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association, founded in 1925, serves editors who produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and online media from high schools and colleges throughout the United States. Its goal is to foster high standards in student journalism and to recognize quality work. It is owned and operated by Columbia University.
Alumna to speak on social activism
Fatima Maruta virtually returns to Bloomsburg University for International Women’s Day where she will discuss “Start Locally, Act Globally.” on Wednesday, March 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in KUB Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.
Maruta will discuss her journey to establish the Rose of Sharon Welfare Organization in Zimbabwe. The Organization provides shelter, food, education and health care, social amenities and recreation to orphans in need.
Before traveling to the United States of America and graduating with a master’s degree in Business Administration from BU in 1997, Maruta enrolled for a Higher National Diploma in Accounting from Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe. She later matriculated to the University of Zimbabwe where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
She held several accounting posts in public and private institutions before joining the University of Zimbabwe where she lectured for six years and chaired the School of Accountancy. She then joined the UNAIDS as Projects Accountant for HIV/Aids Programs. She left in 2005 to form the Rose of Sharon Welfare Organization.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Global and Multicultural Education, the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement, and the Women’s Resource Center.
Wilderness First Aid Offered
Bloomsburg University’s Quest Outdoor Leadership Program is offering a Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder Recertification course. The two-day class is on Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30 at Monty’s on Bloomsburg University’s upper campus. Registration deadline is Friday, March 10.
This introductory level course is designed to introduce first aid and patient care in remote locations for outdoor leaders, guides, hunters or anyone who spends times in the woods. Topics include, but are not limited to wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems.
Participants will receive a two-year Wilderness First Aid certification through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School after completion of the course. All levels of training and experience are welcome.
Survey seeks opinions of first year students, seniors
First-year and senior classes are invited to share opinions about their experiences at Bloomsburg University by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement.
The survey reveals students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Results are used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.
In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win one of 84 prizes: one $150 Amazon gift card, one of two $100 Amazon gift cards, one of nine $50 Amazon gift cards, one of three BU tailgate folding chairs, one of three BU stadium blankets, one of six BU travel mugs, one of five BU smartphone power banks, one of seven BU drawstring bags, one of 20 BU spirit flags, or one of 28 BU iPod armband holders. A student’s chances of winning depend on how many students complete the survey; the last time the survey was administered, 635 students responded making a student’s odds of winning roughly 1 in 8.
“All student responses are valuable for helping us compare the experiences they report with those of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities,” said Sheila Jones, assistant VP for the Office of Planning and Assessment. “The results will also indicate important trends in undergraduate education. More voices will make results more valid.”
STEM project advances to Governor’s competition
Concepts ranging from a pill dispenser for prescribed medication to a sleep saver app for students to a deer inhibitor device to enhance highway safety were among the creative ideas drawn up by Bloomsburg University’s STEM Magnet Program over winter break.
Their work, which included six small group projects, culminated with a judged campus competition to pick the best idea for the Regional PA Governor’s STEM Competition this week at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) in Milton.
The winner — The Coal Refuse Block: a five-by-nine-inch block used to recycle coal refuse. According to their proposal, the block would be solely made of coal refuse with the exception of its steel mold. The product would be cheap, stable and environmentally friendly.
FOCUS begins March 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, March 5, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center for fellowship and blessings of spring.
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.
Collaborative artists to exhibit
Artists Derek Larson and Marc Mitchell will present their seventh collaborative project “Image of a Rind or a Curtain Behind,” focusing on digital patterns, figuration, and outdated avant-garde abstraction at BU. The exhibit will run from Tuesday, March 7 until Wednesday, April 19, at the Greenly Center Gallery on 50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg. Admission is free and open to the public.
Over the past 4 years, Larson and Mitchell have collaborated on projects at venues such as the University of Alabama; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; University of Wisconsin; Laconia Gallery, Boston; REDUX Contemporary, Charleston; and GRIN Gallery, Providence. Their recent exhibition, “Nothing Ritually,” was featured in the Boston Globe, and the 2015 exhibition, “Just Gaming,” was selected as a Critics Pick.
A reception and gallery talk by the artists is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenly Center Gallery. The gallery is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m.