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Husky Safe at BU

Safety app

Bloomsburg University is adding one more tool to enhance campus safety for students, faculty and staff, an app nicknamed Husky Safe. The Husky Safe app primarily serves as an emergency communication tool between the campus community and Bloomsburg University Police. Features of the app, produced by 911Cellular under the name 911Shield, include:

  • Indoor Positioning System – IPS works off wireless access points on campus to pinpoint the location inside a building where help is needed and notify BUPD. IPS works in conjunction with GPS.
  • Emergency Calling – Users can access emergency services from BUPD at the push of a button on their cell phone.
  • iReports – Users can send text messages along with a photo or video directly to BUPD to alert them of any suspicious activity. The feature may be used anonymously.
  • Friend Watch – This peer-to-peer safety service allows app users to alert anyone in the contacts list when they feel the need for extra safety, such as returning from a class late at night.

Tom Phillips, director of BUPD, said Husky Safe is designed for use on campus only. BUPD will redirect calls received from beyond the campus’ borders to the appropriate 911 center. For emergency assistance in the Town of Bloomsburg or beyond, members of the campus community should call 911.

The free app may be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play by searching 911Shield, selecting Bloomsburg and the appropriate group and following the prompts. For information, contact BUPD at 570-389-2211.

Celebrity Artist Series awarded three grants

CAS 2016

Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artists Series received $15,000 in grants and allocations from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in support of programming for the 2016-2017 season, which includes a new film series, Mostly Mondays at the Movies.

“All grants were competitive and awarded based on the merit of the program and artistic value of the presentations,” said Randall Presswood, BU’s executive director of performing arts and programming.

The grants are:

  • Arts CONNECT, providing $8,000 to cover a portion of the cost for “Nufonia Must Fall Live,” Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Scratch disc jockey Kid Koala will present a multidisciplinary adaptation of a graphic novel featuring media, puppetry and live music.
  • Jazz Touring Network, $3,000 in support of this season’s only Pennsylvania performance by the new soul-fusion band, The Suffers. The program, on Feb. 26, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall, will be offered in celebration of Black History Month and is co-sponsored by BU’s Multicultural Center. BU has presented 18 Jazz Touring Network grant-funded artists since becoming a member of the network in 2002.
  • On Screen/In Person, $2,400 to help fund the screening of six new independent films and presentations by the filmmakers. All films, part of CAS’s new Mostly Mondays at the Movies series, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Additional funding from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation offsets expenses related to choosing tours and artists for the upcoming Celebrity Artist Series, Presswood added.

A special message from Chancellor Brogan

Chancellor Frank Brogan

As we prepare for the start of the new academic year all across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, we want to ensure you have tools to help you stay informed about the State System and our 14 public universities.

You are one click away from the State System’s Fact Center, which is an online resource for information about:

  • Benefits of higher education
  • Collective bargaining
  • Economic impact
  • Faculty and staff data
  • Financial data
  • Points of pride
  • Student data
  • System overview
  • University fast facts

Through the Fact Center, you can also choose to “subscribe” for updates on many of these topics. As public universities, we are committed to providing the public with easy access to information that is relevant and useful. We hope the Fact Center is a resource that will help everyone better understand our universities. Now, let’s have a great year!

Unleashed over the summer

From Fez, Morocco, to the Chincoteague Bay Field Station to Beijing, China, to Lake Michigan, students covered a lot of ground this summer through field experiences, internships, undergraduate research, study abroad and practicums.

They were just as busy on campus with multiple residential camps, orientation, adventure camps and a regional research symposium. Among the student summer highlights include:

New Waller planned

WAB Announcement

A $37.5 million project will bring a new Waller Administration Building to the Academic Quad and extend the lifespan of the current Waller by as much as seven years.

BU’s Trustees recently approved a plan to construct a new Waller on the site of the Centennial Hall parking lot. Previous discussion centered on relocating personnel housed in Waller across both the upper and lower campuses, demolishing the existing structure and rebuilding on the current site. The new plan calls for constructing a new building as the home to Waller’s current occupants, academic departments now in Old Science Hall, registrar, admissions, bursar and financial aid. After new Waller is complete, old Waller will house occupants of the oldest portion of the McCormick Center while renovations take place. Old Waller will then be demolished to make way for a staff parking lot. Duplicating and Receiving will remain in old Waller until its last days.

During the special Trustees meeting, both BU President David Soltz and John Loonan, vice president for administration and finance, emphasized the cost savings associated with the new plan. The earlier plan, they said, would disrupt office functions and be inconvenient for students, campus visitors and faculty and staff.

Built in 1972, the current Waller has been on the list of approved construction projects for the past four years. The contract for the new Waller is expected to be awarded in November 2018, with construction to begin in 2019 and move-in in 2021. Also planned is construction of a parking area near the Mitchell House to be completed next summer in conjunction with the major improvements to the intersection of Country Club Road/Lightstreet Road/Swisher Circle. The lot will replace spaces lost to the Waller construction.

Career Connections Expo

Career Connections Expo

No matter what major or stage of future planning, land a connection at Bloomsburg University’s Career Connections Expo on Friday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nelson Field House.

More than 100 organizations representing all types of industries will be on-site recruiting students for full or part-time jobs, internships, job shadowing experiences, as well as graduate programs opportunities.

Why sweat the search?

The friendly atmosphere of a campus job fair event, such as this, makes it easy to explore career options and talk to representatives, because they are eager to talk to you. They are coming to campus because they know the value of hiring BU graduates!

Here's what attending can do for you, by …

  • exposing you to industries and employers even if you aren't ready to graduate yet
  • helping you gain confidence by allowing you to practice talking with hiring reps
  • giving you the chance to talk about yourself and be more than a paper resume
  • allowing you to make industry contacts and build a professional network

Register early to save your spot!

Faculty promotion and and tenure

Faculty Tenure Promotions

The following faculty members have been granted promotion effective Fall 2016:

  • Faculty promoted to professor — Kevin Ball, psychology; Nathalie Cornelius, languages and cultures; John Hintz, environmental, geographical, and geological sciences; Claire Lawrence, English; Eric Stouffer, psychology; Mark Tapsak, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Faculty promoted to associate professor — Michael Borland, chemistry and biochemistry; William Coleman, biological and allied health sciences; Monica Favia, management and marketing; Jason Genovese, mass communications; Joseph Hazzard, exercise science; Kathleen Heitzman, athletics; Mary King, communication studies; Michael McFarland, athletics; Matthew Slotkin, music, theatre and dance
  • Faculty promoted to assistant professor — Tara Diehl, academic enrichment

The following faculty members have been granted tenure effective Fall 2016:

  • Michael Borland, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Kimberly Cardimona, audiology and speech pathology
  • William Coleman, biological and allied health sciences
  • Michael McFarland, athletics
  • Matthew Slotkin, music, theatre and dance