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Distinguished Professor Award

Local couple establishes professorship

Mary Katherine Duncan, professor of psychology at Bloomsburg University, has been named BU’s first Joan and Fred Miller Distinguished Professor of Good Work. The Millers, Danville residents, established the distinguished professorship with a blended gift of $500,000 to the Bloomsburg University Foundation. Joan Miller is a BU professor emeritus of nursing; her husband is a physician specializing in dermatology.

“Young people entering professional life all aspire to do good work, but they find challenges,” said Joan Miller. “The distinguished professor will creatively choose options that will enhance student and faculty learning and experiences, enabling faculty to advance as educators and encouraging students to advance as leaders in a chosen profession.”

Joan Miller, who recently retired from BU’s faculty, has been involved in the Good Work Initiative at BU, a project focused on student excellence, ethics and engagement. She coordinates global research related to good work in nursing and has made presentations regionally at Geisinger and Hershey medical centers and at international conferences in Sweden and Australia. Duncan, originator of the BU Toy Library and a member of the BU Honors Program Advisory Committee, also is part of the BU Good Work Initiative.

Are you on the next CGA ballot?

CGA Senate Elections

Interested in becoming involved with the Bloomsburg University student body at an executive level? Bloomsburg University’s Community Government Association is seeking students interested in running for the CGA Executive Committee of Officers. CGA encourages diversity in all its efforts and seeks to inspire all university constitutions to be involved in the governance process.

According to Bryan Molk, CGA historian, serving on the executive board during his time as a student at Bloomsburg University has acted as a foundation for the beginning of his professional career.

“For the past three years, serving on the CGA exec board has been the most fulfilling and honorable role in my time as a student at Bloomsburg University,” Molk said.

CGA provides students with an opportunity to govern themselves in a democratic manner. As an executive board member, students will oversee all Community Activities, Kehr Union, the University Store, the Student Recreation Center and Honeysuckle Student Apartments. Moltz’s involvement with CGA started his sophomore year when former CGA president Ashley Wallace contacted him about open executive board positions. For Molk, right from the get-go CGA provided him with many opportunities to make important campus decisions.

“I hit the ground running, attending a student government conference at Texas A&M University,” said Molk. “By serving on the executive board, I have been able to directly interact with and influence the decisions of key administrators on campus.”

BU hosts 'A Taste of the Arts'

A Taste of the Arts

Taste of the Arts, an afternoon of art and entertainment by Bloomsburg University students and faculty, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg.

Students and faculty in theatre, music, dance, art, mass communications, English and art history departments will showcase their talents throughout the afternoon with performances taking place every 10 minutes. Taste of the Arts will feature music by the Jazz and Percussion ensembles, Concert Choir, Sax Quartet, Guitar Ensemble, Women’s Chorale and Husky Singers, theatrical and dance performances, and poetry readings, along with fine arts exhibitions, demonstrations and talks.

Under the mentorship of associate professor Julie Petry, dance minor students will perform “New Beginnings,” a contemporary-style modern dance focusing on the universal human experience of relationships that end. Student performers and choreographers are Brianna Reinhard, Wescosville; Jenna Strain, Feasterville;  Jenny Cornell, Mercersburg; and Dedrea Becker, Bethlehem.

Mass communications students Benjamin Moore, Jim Thorpe; Cailley Breckinridge, Lykens; Margaret Korell, Cressona; Brittany Chubirka, Union Dale; and Andrew Turnure, Harleysville, will present short films or music videos and art history students Olivia Bene, Hazleton; and Carleigh Allison, Carbondale, will present their research throughout the afternoon.

Creative writing and theatre students will stage two readings of 10-minute plays inspired by BU’s history, including “The Bell Tolling,” written by Arielle Brown, Lebanon; directed by Bry Kifolo, West Milton; and featuring Dreland Goar, Folcroft; Maddie Okuniewski, Downingtown; and Jon Schultz, Fleetwood.

FOCUS ministry continues spring visitation

Bethel Deliverance International

Bloomsburg University’s Office of Minority Affairs 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 1, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center to continue its spring semester church visitation. Free breakfast starting at 10:45 a.m. If you would like to take part in the program please contact Marcei Woods at 570-389-4091 for details.

Campus hosts dean candidates

James White

Bloomsburg University will be holding open forums for the campus community to meet the candidates for the College of Business and College of Science and Technology. Forum schedule is as follows:

  • James White, academic dean and teacher of science and mathematics at Linden Hall — Monday, March 2, Open Forum, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., KUB 345 A

Upcoming campus construction activity

Lower Campus Construction

Both lower campus and upper campus will undergo a series of construction projects this spring leading into summer. Included here are a series of campus plans showing this semester’s more significant construction activity occurring across lower and upper campus.

As always, some projects will affect pedestrian and vehicular movements more than others. Those projects will be supplemented with additional phasing and traffic plans. As projects progress, larger more detailed maps will be posted to communicate details in advance of the changes.

Spring Semester Projects

  • Andruss Library (March 9 to Nov. 30, 2015) — addition for telephone center and University Police
  • Sutliff Hall Lot (March 30 to Aug. 14, 2015) — infrastructure upgrade along East 2nd Street from Centennial to Lycoming Hall
  • Elwell Hall (May 4 to Aug. 28, 2015) — mailroom relocation
  • Kehr Union Building (April 6 to Sept. 18, 2015) — Husky Lounge
  • Kehr Union Building (May 1 to Dec. 4, 2015) — University Store relocation
  • Steph Pettit Stadium (March 1 to April 10, 2015) — stadium press box

Huskies get up-close look at healthcare profession via Geisinger

Geisinger Jan Plan Program

Geisinger Medical Center, one of the most highly integrated health systems in the country and among the region’s most valuable resources, invited Bloomsburg University students to participate in this year’s Jan Plan program. The program brings students interested in healthcare into the hospital for a nine-day interactive experience, providing them with the opportunity to learn and collaborate with medical students, residents and physicians.

Representing Bloomsburg University at this year’s Jan Plan were biology and allied health sciences majors Jennifer Young, Justin VanderMolen, and Shaidy Moronta. While reflecting on their experience, they all agreed Jan Plan offered them an excellent opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about the medical profession.

Jennifer Young, junior health science major, saw Jan Plan as a great chance to represent the university and also gain insight into whether or not this was a career she wanted to continue working towards.

“As someone who wasn’t 100 percent sure that an occupation in medicine was what I wanted to do, being able to see in depth what life would be like working as a physician was crucial,” Young said. “This experience really opened my eyes to the different aspects of being a doctor, helping me to better understand everything that goes into this type of profession.”

With the opportunity to see what life is like as a doctor as opposed to observing physicians actions from a patients standpoint, Jennifer gained a firsthand look into all aspects of their work.

“My involvement with Jan Plan really benefitted me in that it allowed me to see doctor’s interactions with patients, as well as how much paper work and collaboration goes into caring for the people.”

GASI seeking student research for international conference


Global Awareness Society International is seeking individual student research papers from all academic areas on topics of global or international interest for its 24th annual international conference in Philadelphia, from May 21 to 23. Paper presentations are usually 15 minutes in length and presented in sessions with four to five other presentations.

An alternate possibility is to present research in a poster presentation. Through a grant from the Dr. and Mrs. Chang Shub Roh Global Awareness Scholarship fund, travel grant scholarships of up to $400 are available to help with the cost of participating in the conference. To submit a proposal, send a title and abstract of your talk to along with your name, major, and contact information. Deadline to apply for those seeking this scholarship is March 15.

Interested students are encouraged to discuss the possibility of presenting at this conference with their academic advisor and with GASI Executive Director James C. Pomfret by email or by visiting Andruss Library 128 any day between 9:30 a.m. and noon.

Once in a lifetime research opportunity

Undergraduate Bee Research

With the help of the Bloomsburg University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, an experience of a lifetime is available this summer to students interested in a mixture of research and travel. BU’s research program is accepting applications for a unique experience where students will have the opportunity to study bees and pollination systems in the Republic of Turkey and Greece.

With the research program approaching its 10th active year, the research team has collaborated with several universities in western Turkey and eastern Greece. Bloomsburg University’s John Hranitz, interim director of research programs, believes the success of the program stems from the diverse skills and interdisciplinary approaches by their team of U.S. researchers from University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa University, and University of Kansas.

The funding from the National Science Foundation to the University of Central Oklahoma supports the students, so they can devote their entire effort in the summer to their research.

“Students will develop projects with a team of mentors who are experts in molecular biology, behavior, ecology, and taxonomy,” said Hranitz. “The funding from the National Science Foundation supports the students, so they can devote their entire effort in the summer to their research.”

Why get involved with Professional U?

Professional U

At Bloomsburg University, interactive learning opportunities are everywhere for students to take advantage of outside the classroom. According to three students who have attended Professional U events in the past, they believe their progression in Professional U has undoubtedly guided them down the path to success in their future careers.

Amanda Kuzmak, junior accounting major, said being a part of Professional U has been the best stepping stone she could have asked for at Bloomsburg University.

“I began my journey with Professional U by attending workshops, which gave me great insight into what I could do to reach my goals in an efficient way,” she said.

Although some events are specific to certain majors, Kuzmak said that Professional U doesn’t gear every program toward any major in particular.

“Any student at Bloomsburg University can find a Professional U event that will help them in their college experience,” Kuzmak said. “The workshops are geared towards giving academic knowledge to any student’s career path.”

Kuzmak believes a student’s success is based on them.

“Many students get into their senior year and realize they are not prepared for their job search or the workforce,” Kuzmak said. “I started my interaction with Professional U early in my college career, and I already feel that I am prepared for the real world.”

BOG program honors high achievers

Board of Governors Scholars

Bloomsburg University’s Board of Governors Scholars Program began its Spring 2015 semester with the Initial Meeting/Welcome Back Dinner, which included an overview of upcoming and exciting social events, workshops that promotes social and academic success and expectations within the scholarship program.

Also, Board of Governors scholars were awarded for their outstanding academic progress during the fall semester, achieving 3.5 GPA or above and 3.0 to 3.49 GPA.

The Board of Governors Tuition Scholarship targets students who excel academically including students of various races, and students majoring in liberal arts science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Recipients are required to participate in a structured program dedicated to the enhancement of retention and graduation rates.

Survey seeks opinions of freshmen, seniors

NSSE Survey

First-year and senior students are being asked to share opinions about their experiences at Bloomsburg University by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). According to Sheila Dove Jones, assistant vice president for planning and assessment, answers to the online survey will reveal students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Results will be used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.

Jones said several email messages containing a link to the survey will be sent to BU’s freshmen and seniors in February and March. She encourages students to respond by April 6. In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey by April 6 will be entered automatically into a random drawing to win one of two Amazon gift cards valued at $150, one of four Amazon gift cards valued at $100, one of two Amazon gift cards valued at $50 or one of 78 Bloomsburg University insignia prizes worth $5 to $30. A student’s chances of winning depends on how many students complete the survey; the last time this survey was administered about 909 students responded. Based on this estimate, the odds of winning are 1 in 10.

“All student responses are valuable for helping us compare the experiences they report with those of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities,” Jones said. “The results will also indicate important trends in undergraduate education. More voices will make the results more valid.”

Approximately 4,300 BU students have been invited to participate. A total of 622 U.S. colleges and universities and 355,000 first-year students and seniors participated in the 2014 survey. For more information, contact Jones at

Shifting Paradigm or Shifting Sands?

Diana Zoelle

Bloomsburg University’s ICS Lecture Series presents Diana Zoelle, associate professor of political science, who will discuss “Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness: Paradigm Shift or Shifting Sands?” on Thursday, March 5, at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

The recent economic crisis (2007-08) and the concomitant assertion of rights to be heard by leaders of developing countries have forced a significant change in international development policies and programs. The Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness is a state-centered framework for cooperative development, recognizing participation by both private business and civil society in conjunction with government as essential to the success of future development activities.

This approach to development, also known as the Post-2015 plan, requires micro- rather than macro-economic assessment, including a structure to enable participating countries to gather data at the transaction level of interaction to help ensure transparency at all levels. The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), an idea that was conceived in the mid-’90s under the Clinton administration, is now well positioned to reinforce and assess the operation of the Global Partnership.

Forensics Team continues productive spring

Forensics Team

Bloomsburg University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently won fourth place at the Pennsylvania Forensic Association’s State Championship Tournament at Penn State University, finishing ahead of Penn State and Wilkes University.

Speaking and Debate Award Winners

  • Arrista Voorhees: second in Poetry
  • Samantha Smith: second in Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado, second in Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado, fourth in Rhetorical Analysis, fifth in Informative Speaking, fifth in Individual Sweepstakes
  • Jayleen Alvarado: second in Parliamentary Debate with Samantha Smith, second in Dramatic Duo with Samantha Smith, sixth in Poetry

Andrew Sheats competed in Parliamentary Debate with Arrista Voorhees, Impromptu Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking.

Neil Strine, director of forensics, served as a speech and debate judge at the state tournament. Timothy Oleksiak, of English, and Daniel Bloomingdale, of communication studies, serve as faculty coaches for the Bloomsburg University Team, which is supported by funding through the Community Government Association and provides an opportunity for students to earn college credit towards graduation.

The team meets every Monday at 9 p.m. in Bakeless Center 202. All students are welcome to join the team.

HACC, BU partner on applied science degree

HACC Agreement

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and Bloomsburg University signed a guaranteed admissions agreement this week to make it possible for HACC graduates who have earned an associate degree in applied science to complete BU’s bachelor of applied science degree program in technical leadership at HACC’s Harrisburg Campus.

Employers are searching for professionals who are technically skilled in their fields and have the ability to work collaboratively and effectively in leadership and supervisory roles.

The technical leadership program provides training in areas such as:

  • Business communication
  • Collaboration
  • Team and workgroup leadership
  • Workplace diversity
  • Staff training and development
  • Project management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Intercultural communication

This partnership with Bloomsburg University will provide a new opportunity for HACC graduates to build upon their education without losing credits in the transfer process. By allowing students to complete the program in Harrisburg, HACC and Bloomsburg will help provide the South Central Pennsylvania workforce with qualified technical leaders.

Artist brings Chinese experience to campus

Haas Gallery Exhibit

Visiting artist Leah Schreiber Johnson explores the gap between day-to-day experiences and cultural truths using processes inspired by a recent trip to Wuhan, China, in her show, “Lù ǀ Way,” presented at Bloomsburg University.

The show will be held at Haas Gallery of Art, located on the second floor of Haas Center for the Arts, and will run through Thursday, March 12. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Haas Gallery of Art is closed on Sundays. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

Johnson creates her art using printmaking, collage, pigments, ink and other combined elements. Inspired by China’s rich texture, patterns and ornamental designs, she began working with pigment, ink and water on traditional Chinese calligraphy paper, pouring water and ink onto sidewalks and using the paper to collect the ink and dust. In this way, Johnson’s work acts as an inscription of China’s culture and the experiences offered there. 

An associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Johnson was named Milwaukee Artist Resource Network Protégé in 2010. Her awards include the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Award, the UWM Academic Staff Professional Development Award and the Mobile Learning Grant. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Budapest, Hungary. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in visual art from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in studio art from UWM.