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Confocal Microscope

COST unveils confocal microscope

Having the ability to generate high-resolution micrographs of samples is an important aspect in scientific research. With the acquisition of a state-of-the-art laser scanning confocal microscope at Bloomsburg University, researchers like Jennifer Venditti and Angela Hess, associate professors of biological and allied health sciences, have innovative technology to advance their research.

The Zeiss LSM 800 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope utilizes lasers to sequentially scan samples labeled with different types of probes and generate high-resolution images. Applications for this microscope include fixed cell as well as live cell imaging. With this microscope, researchers have the ability to acquire high-resolution images using Zeiss’s patented Airyscan technology.

“It can be used to image anything from individual cells to sections of tissue,” says Hess.

Researchers can optically section through their samples and create Z-stacks. These image slices are then reassembled and can be rotated to provide 3D views. This technology allows researchers to more accurately visualize the location of structures within a cell.

Block Party restrictions announced

Town of Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg University and the Town of Bloomsburg, Town/Gown Relations Committee, will implement two initiatives to increase security related to the annual spring event known as "Block Party."

The new initiatives include:

  • Parking Restrictions – Bloomsburg University will temporarily close the Lightstreet Road Parking Lot and the ATM Parking Lot to all vehicles and temporarily restrict access to the First Street (Green) Parking Lot to permit-holders only from noon Friday, April 21, through noon Sunday, April 23.
  • Residence Hall Visitation Restrictions – Bloomsburg University will temporarily restrict overnight guests in the residence halls to one visitor per student for the evenings of Friday, April 21, Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23. A professional security company firm will assist in managing guest registrations and enhance front door security.

FOCUS begins spring season 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 26, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center for fellowship and blessings of the new spring season. BU's Gospel Choir will also perform.

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.

Survey seeks opinions of first year students, seniors

NSSE Survey

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.”

Green Campus Initiative hosts screenings, activities

After the Spill – The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill changed parts of the Gulf of Mexico forever after 200 million gallons of crude oil were poured into the ecosystem over a period of weeks. This documentary explains how the worst ecological disaster in North American history, just five years after massive destruction from Hurricane Katrina, devastated the coast of Louisiana, all as coastal erosion continues to eat it away at an alarming rate.

Cindy Venn, professor of environmental, geographical, geological sciences, will help bring the problems of oil spills such as the BP spill or the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska into focus with explanations and discussion associated with the film. After the Spill is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Kuster Auditorium, Hartline Science Center. And in coming weeks more films are being screened; activities and speakers as well are being scheduled.

  • Overburden, the second spring film focuses on coal and the complicated holds it has on Appalachian communities that can be harmed by mining and sustained by it. Overburden is scheduled for April 6 at 7 p.m. in Kuster Auditorium, Hartline Science Center.
  • BU’s Earth Day observance is being planned and will be held on April 19 with details to be released as plans solidify. And Green Campus Initiative plans to screen spring’s third film, Merchants of Doubt, that evening at 7 in Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall.
  • Being planned for April 27: Performing artist, Petersen Tascano, will enlighten the audience on climate change and a host of other topics as he weaves them together with comedy.

All of the programming is being sponsored by the Green Campus Initiative, some with additional partners.

Mental health panel discussion

A Mental Health and Substance Abuse panel discussion will take place at Bloomsburg University on Thursday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in KUB Multipurpose Room A. The discussion is free to the public and encourages open discussion to work towards solutions together.

Mental health challenges may increase the use and abuse of illegal substances. Abuse of drugs and alcohol can increase the complexity of mental health issues. This creates a vicious, complex cycle among individuals. Come out Thursday and help to stop the cycle!

This is a “Think about it Thursday” event: a BU Health and Wellness collaboration with the Departments of Nursing and the College of Education, along with the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support.

IFA Scholarship Announcement

Bloomsburg University International Faculty Association is currently accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The value of the scholarship is $250 which may be used towards academic expenses. To qualify, applicants must be full time Bloomsburg University students with good academic standing and with genuine interest in fostering globalism and internationalism on campus and the community. Students from all colleges and all majors are encouraged to apply!

The application package includes:

  • Resume
  • An essay of maximum 500 words to describe the student’s contributions to international relations and community activities

The complete application package should be prepared as one PDF file and must be submitted electronically to Naz Afarin Fallahian, chair of the scholarship committee of the International Faculty Association, The application deadline is Monday, April 3 at 5 p.m. The winner will be honored and awarded a check during the International Student Festival on April 14.

Literacy Night tradition continues for local schools

Literacy Night

For the last eight years, Bloomsburg University’s education graduate students have participated in the literacy nights at W.W. Evans, Beaver Main and Memorial Elementary schools in Bloomsburg.

This semester, the literacy night took place at W.W. Evans. Students worked with the administrators and faculty to provide a fun night of games, while providing instructional strategies and tools to help parents work with their children at home.

Pictured: graduate students working with parents and children, as well as a group photo of students with Principal Tabor and reading specialists Jennifer Casella and Ashley Gregory, both alumni.

Students find ‘honor’ in annual Jamaican mission trip

Honors Mission Trip

A mission trip abroad isn’t typically part of a college curriculum, but Bloomsburg University’s Honors Program makes sure its students have just that opportunity.

Each year, honors students travel to Jamaica to build houses for underprivileged families and communities. This trip gives students the chance to expand their world views, learn more about Jamaican culture, and see what it’s like in a developing country.

Rachel Yenney, a junior physics major, was among eight students on the mission trip this winter — the program’s first outside of spring break, which enabled this group to stay longer and engage in Jamaican culture more. It was Yenney's second mission trip out of the country but first with the Honors Program.

“You can learn about poverty and other cultures in a classroom, but you will never truly understand a culture or their living conditions until you completely immerse yourself in it,” said Yenney, adding she was humbled by how happy most Jamaicans were despite their lack of food, available water, and stable housing. It opened her eyes to how fortunate she is and how people need to focus more on living life with others, rather than just obsessing other the material things.

Ice hockey caps Division II climb with league title

Ice Hockey Club

Two years ago, Bloomsburg University’s Ice Hockey Club took a step up in competition and not only has proven its worth — it’s now champion.

In just their second season competing in the Greater Northeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference as part of the Division II American Collegiate Hockey Conference the Huskies recently took home the league’s championship trophy by defeating Kutztown University.

“Being with the team for four years and working so hard to get the program back on track, it’s great to end my final season with a championship and seeing all the work pay off,” said Matt Mastrogiovanni, senior forward.

The last few seasons have been building years. The club competed independently in Division III and during their 2015-16 season the team was noticed for being successful, ultimately invited to compete up a level in Division II. The Huskies continued their success into this season despite the heightened competition, defeating teams such as Bucknell University, University of Maryland and Le Salle University. The Huskies finished 18-4 overall and 11-1 in conference.

“These past four years have been a roller coaster ride for our program,” said Kyle Gallen, senior defensemen. “It has been amazing seeing where were freshman year and ending our senior year as league champions! I couldn’t be more proud of the boys and our coaches for such a successful season.”

KUB staff conducts safety training

KUB Safety Training

Bloomsburg University's Kehr Union Building operations staff held a safety training recently for student workers.

Numerous presenters such as the Drug Alcohol and Wellness Network, lent their time to give to students information on the Good Samaritan Law and spotting intoxicated students. The Bloomsburg University Police also sent Officers Bachinger and Lawton to teach student staff how to properly respond to and report disturbances in the Kehr Union Building.

Also, Safety Coordinator Scott McBride spoke to student workers about smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. McBride, who is also the Deputy Sheriff of the Bloomsburg Fire Department, brought some crew members to allow students to have a hands on learning experience with using fire extinguishers.

Nursing program ranked as most affordable in PA

Nursing Degree

A nursing degree from Bloomsburg University is ranked by College Choice as the most affordable nursing degree in Pennsylvania. Schools were ranked in each state by increasing value of the sum of the published in-state tuition and mandatory fees.

The rating places BU’s nursing program above six sister institutions in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education: West Chester, second; Edinboro, third; Slippery Rock, fourth; California, fifth; Indiana, sixth; and Clarion, seventh.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. They publish rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

Nursing program ranked third in state

BU's nursing program is ranked third in the state by BU’s program is the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) school ranked in the top 10.

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. Among the factors surveyed was the pass rate for the NCLEX-RN exam, used by all state boards of nursing in the United States to help assess a student's competency for licensure. wrote that BU’s programs are rigorous and demanding but offer real world clinical labs, patient-based theory and supportive faculty. Nursing graduates are prepared for professional life in an array of situations.

The ranking is the second time this year the Bloomsburg University Nursing program has received statewide recognition. In late February College Choice ranked a BU nursing degree as the most affordable nursing degree in Pennsylvania.

Shark Tank-style entrepreneur competition

Zeigler College of Business

More than 70 young, aspiring teams of entrepreneurs have registered to be part of Bloomsburg University’s inaugural Husky Dog Pound competition, a Shark Tank-like battle for $50,000 in prize money, on April 18. The event is sponsored by the Zeigler College of Business, Microsoft, and Allan Darr from ProAct LTD.

The competition is open to Bloomsburg University students, Bloomsburg University Alumni, community members from Columbia and Montour counties, and high school students from across Pennsylvania.

The Husky Dog Pound Competition starts with a preliminary round called the Husky Den where competitors will upload 1-2 minute video presentations about their business idea. Teams moving forward will compete in a second round of the Husky Den requiring a 3-5 minute video presentation further explaining their business, while answering seven specific questions from the judging committee.

Collaborative artists exhibit at Greenly Center

Greenly Center

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 through 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.

Solo show to open at Haas Gallery of Art

Artist Blake Conroy, will open his solo show at Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery of Art on Tuesday, March 28. The show will run from through May 3, 2017. There will be a reception from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the show opening with a Gallery Talk at 1:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Conroy writes that he makes images of nature by cutting holes in the surface of either paper or metal. His subject matter is the minutiae of his environment. His practice is to draw with the intent of cutting material and still make a recognizable image. The image has to hold together on the page as well as hold the paper/metal together. He will draw, then redraw an image, sometimes as many as three or four times. He will layer those images one on top of the other to add dimension to the drawing. His intent is to have his viewers see their surroundings in a new way

Campus construction activity for the spring

Campus Construction

Campus maps show the facilities planning and construction project sites for 2017. The intent of the general map is to identify the locations and dates that will be affected, as well as identify the spring project.

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 provided as needed to communicate details in advance of the changes. The two projects with the most impact on pedestrian and vehicular movements are the new residence hall and bookstore, and the Centennial Hall steam and condensate line replacement.

Annual egg hunt for endometriosis to be held

Spring is officially here and BU will host the 7th annual Egg Hunt for Endometriosis on Saturday, March 25, inside the Nelson Field House gym. The entrance fee is $2 per person with proceeds going to the Endometriosis Association.

Age groups hunting for eggs will be divided into four timed sections: children ages 7 to 12 begin at 2 p.m., newborns to 3 year olds at 2:20 p.m., 4 to 6 year olds at 2:40 p.m. and BU students can participate at 3 p.m. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring a basket or a bag to hunt for eggs and arrive 30 minutes early to register

Endometriosis is a chronic disease that causes pelvic pain and infertility. It affects millions of women and girls worldwide. The goal of the Endometriosis Association is to find a cure for this disease.

The Egg Hunt for Endometriosis is sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and Developing Ambitious Student Leaders (DASL). For more information, contact the CLE at 570-389-4354 or

Author featured in Bloomsburg University’s Big Dog Reading Series

Author Justin Torres will be reading his work as a part of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Big Dog Reading Series on Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Greenly Center lecture room in downtown Bloomsburg. This program is free and open to the public.

A national best seller, We the Animals has been translated into 15 languages and is being adapted to film. “Torres plunges us into the chaotic heart of one family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become,” writes Amazon.

Torres was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. He was named one of 2012’s “5 Under 35” by the National Book Foundation


The Greenly Center is located at 50 E. Main Street, Downtown Bloomsburg. The Big Dog Reading Series, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, hosts regionally and nationally known poets and writers to campus.

Harvard Press Editor to discuss publishing

If academic publishing is a potential project in your future, Jeff Dean, executive editor of the Harvard University Press, will present Getting Published and Publishing Well on Thursday, March 30, from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. Anyone interested in academic publishing should attend this free event.

Dean will discuss the first steps of getting an academic book published and will explain the process and tips to making a book successful. There will be refreshments as well as a chance for questions and answers after the talk.

Dean is the executive editor for physical sciences and technology at Harvard University Press. He has been the philosophy editor at Wiley-Blackwell and the senior publisher at Focal Books. He studied German and philosophy at Oberlin College and went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught courses at the college and high school level in ethical theory, contemporary moral issues, aesthetics and the philosophy of art and environmental philosophy.

This program is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with assistance from the College of Liberal Arts. For more information on the event, contact Steven Hales, professor of philosophy and director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, at

Bloomsburg University Equality Alliance To Hold Fundraiser

The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Equality Alliance (BUEA) will hold its biannual Drag Show fundraiser in support of Relay for Life on Tuesday, March 28, at 8:00 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom.

The show will feature a wide array of performances by students and alumni. Admission is $1 with a BU ID and $2 for all others. Audience members are encouraged to give tips to the performers throughout the show with all the money raised going to BU’s Relay for Life.

BUEA is a student-run LGBT group on campus designed to spread awareness for LGBT-related issues on and off campus, as well as provide students with a positive social outlet and learning environment.

BUEA has been hosting this event biannually for several years. Over the last two semesters, the group has raised money for various organizations, including The Women’s Center, Inc., Broadway Cares, and TransKids Purple Rainbow with more $800 raised at the October 2016 show. For more information, please contact Gina Rodriguez at