Today's News of 2017

Today's News


Earth Day celebration on the Quad

Reduce, re-use, and recycle! Being environmentally friendly is fundamental to the Husky lifestyle. What better day to love the environment than Earth Day?

Bloomsburg University will be holding an Earth Day festival on Wednesday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students can join the campus-wide event on the Quad while wearing their brightest colors. Enjoy food, music, and learn new ways to be eco-friendly all the while relaxing on our beautiful campus.

Students and community members alike can compete in a Scavenger Hunt, Wheel of Fortune, Are you smarter than a Vegan, a sack race, and more. Prizes and snacks will be available to all participants. Selfies are encouraged at the Earth Day Photo Booth where participants can also pledge their allegiance to keeping the environment thriving.

Anchor Program aids foster children

Centennial Hall

Children aging-out of the foster care system are more likely to end up unemployed or worse yet, in prison, within five years according to numerous studies. A new Bloomsburg University initiative, the Anchor Program, aims to engage youth, ages 15-18, to help change those statistics.

The Anchor Program will give children in the foster care program a chance to explore their academic interests and talents through a multi-year summer residential college life experience program and year-round mentorship opportunities. The inaugural session of the program is scheduled for July 15 to 22. WBRE News Coverage!

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.

The Acapella Company brings engaging learning experience

Discussing how Negro Spirituals portrayed the story of a people, the story of a nation, and the story of humanity, Barry Wilson of The Acapella Company delves into “Portraits of American History: A Chronology of Negro Spirituals” at Bloomsburg University.

The program will be held on Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will engage participants in a learning experience that includes spoken narratives, visual illustrations and live music. Wilson will focus on experiencing the emotions of the slaves and the importance of the spirituals they created.

The biggest Big Event of them all

More than 2,100 volunteers tackling nearly 200 job sites turned the seventh annual #CGABigEvent into the largest one yet.

Sponsored by the CGA, the single-day community service event gives students the opportunity to say “thank you" to Bloomsburg area residents and show appreciation for the community we live, learn and work in.

Among the locations included The First Presbyterian Church, Children’s Museum, Kocher Park and roughly 75 local residences. Student volunteers tackled a host of chores such as raking, painting, gardening, mulching, removing debris, digging and various spring-cleaning duties.

Sophomore wins PASSHE prize

Business Plan Competition

A love of fly-fishing and a desire to improve the delivery of flies to anglers led to Nathaniel Treichler, a sophomore business administration management major, to win the $10,000 first place prize in the sixth annual Student Business Plan Competition sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Treichler has enjoyed the sport of fly-fishing for years and always wanted to start a business around his favorite activity. “I knew the business model had to be different,” says Treichler. “There are hundreds of fly fishing companies, but they focus on a one-time sell. My goal was to build a community of fly anglers who would purchase on a predictable, repetitive basis, which is how the subscription basis model started. After that, I simply designed The Fly Crate's Members' Club.”

Block Party restrictions for this weekend

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.

CAS presents veterans tribute

A Juilliard graduate and former member of Twyla Tharp’s troupe THARP!, Lang's choreography is in demand worldwide. In 2014, just three years after creating her own dance troupe, she received the dance equivalent of an Oscar, the Bessie Award. The company’s Celebrity Artist Series performance will feature her work Thousand Yard Stare, a piece designed to honor wounded veterans and those affected by war set to Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15, Opus 132.

Jessica Lang Dance will appear on the Mitrani Stage on Friday April 14, at 7:30 p.m. and will present a workshop and discussion on “Creating wardrobe and costuming for live dance, discovering inspiration from non-traditional sources,” as she speaks about her process for creating Thousand Yard Stare. This discussion — open free to the public — will be presented in the upper lobby of Haas Center from 5 to 6 p.m.

Team of seniors win regional nurse challenge

Regional Nurse Challenge

A team of six Bloomsburg University senior nursing majors recently won the Geoffrey Allen Walp Memorial 14th Annual Student Nurse Challenge at East Stroudsburg University. The challenge is based on the College Bowl program where teams compete in a quiz style competition.

The teams answered questions similar to what will be asked on the NCLEX-RN exam, which all nursing graduates will take upon completion of the program to become licensed as registered nurses.

Nursing students from seven different schools of nursing in Northeast Pennsylvania competed in the challenge. Brining home trophy for BU were Rachel Garraway, Samantha Bailey, Nicole Walsh, Rachel Toter and Amy Jo Zimmerman.

A celebration of cultural diversity

International Festival

Join the International Students Association, International Education Services (IES), the Dean of Students Office and Center for Diversity and Inclusion for Bloomsburg University’s annual International Diversity Festival on Friday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom.

The festival will feature opportunities to explore cultural diversity from around the globe. It’s sponsored by the Community Government Association and the Campus-Wide Committee on Human Relations.

IES promotes intercultural exchanges throughout our campus and local communities by organizing and hosting popular diversity activities.

Solo show opens at Haas Gallery of Art

Blake Conroy Exhibit

Artist Blake Conroy opened his solo show at Haas Gallery of Art on Tuesday, March 28. The show runs from through May 3.

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.

Visiting artist helps highlight PADME showcase

Personal Adornment and Makeup Extravaganza

Bloomsburg University will showcase wearable art, avant-garde fashion, performance, and theatrical makeup at the Personal Adornment and Makeup Extravaganza on Thursday, April 13, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. The event is sponsored by the Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the public with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.

PADME visiting artist Leisa Rich will hold an artist lecture on Thursday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as well as a “Basic Fosshape Workshop” from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Old Science Hall, room 311. Admission is free and open to the public.

The workshop will consist of methods when working with heat activated composite material and heat activated fabric for theatre, costumes, millinery, mask or armor making, puppetry, props, cosplay, craft work, model making, set design, and more. Preregistration for the workshop is required by Wednesday, April 12.

Former White House social secretary gives address

Deesha Dyer

Former White House Social Secretary to the Obama administration Deesha Dyer will be giving a keynote address at Bloomsburg University on Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Dyer will share her personal journey on how she paved her way to becoming the White House Social Secretary under the Obama Administration. Her keynote address will focus on how she climbed using determination and hard work, not where she landed.

After graduating from Milton Hershey School, a private philanthropic boarding school in Hershey, college seemed inventible for Dyer until financial hardships made her return home. After years of determination while working at the Pennsylvania Real Estate Invest Trust, Dyer returned to school at the Community College of Philadelphia. While there, Dyer became an intern at the Office of Scheduling and Advance at the White House. This one internship paved the way for various positions under the Obama administration until Dyer ultimately became the White House Social Secretary.

Paws for a Cause

More than 15 dogs will be ready to play on Monday, April 10 from noon to 4 p.m. The Students Saving Shelter Animals (SSSA), BUnow and The Pet Therapy organizations are teaming up to host the “Paws for a Cause” event.

The event will be held on the Academic Quad and the patio of the Student Services Center, to raise money for shelter animals and create awareness of the SSSA and Pet Therapy organizations. Students who attend will get to meet shelter dogs available for adoption and rescued pet therapy dogs. The event will feature other activities, like a kissing booth that features dogs instead of people and anyone can have their photo taken while getting a kiss from the dogs. There will also be student representatives from SSSA able to answer questions about adoption.

Husky Career Road Trip to WepageFX

WepageFX

Are you passionate about Internet marketing, web design or web development? Do you get jazzed about learning new tricks of the trade? Are you all about having fun while working hard? If so, here’s Husky Career Road Trip for you to WebpageFX on Wednesday, April 12 in Harrisburg. Hear about this fast-paced, ever-evolving industry directly from Internet marketers, social media specialists and content marketers.

This trip is recommended for juniors and seniors but any student, in any major, can sign up. The bus departs from the Alumni House at 1 p.m. and returns to campus at 8:30 p.m. There is no cost but hurry to save your spot on the bus with your RSVP via Husky Career Link.

Alumna joins women’s national rugby team

Nikki Snyder

Watch the U.S. Women’s National Rugby Sevens team play and you may see a familiar face.

Nikki Snyder, a recent Bloomsburg University nursing graduate and Women’s Club Rugby team player, is competing professionally with the Eagles, recently in the HSBC Women’s Elite Sevens Series in Las Vegas. She helped me place fourth out of 12 teams in the world. Recruits discovered Snyder during her years of playing on BU’s club rugby team, which reached the National DII Rugby Tournament each of the last three years, including its first-ever trip in 2014. After receiving several invitations to private USA rugby camps, Snyder was selected to play for the Eagles team.

“The transition from Bloomsburg to international competition was a change,” Snyder said. “When you play at a club sport level, you are playing against individuals, like yourself, who have just started learning about the sport. In international competition, you face individuals who have been playing the sport for years and understand the rules on how to play the game.”

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.

“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.”

Pioneering journalist offers empowering message

Joann Lublin

Joann Lublin, the first female reporter for the Wall Street Journal and book author, spoke at Bloomsburg University regarding Women’s History Month. Lublin shared her personal struggles while being a woman in the 1970s work force, along with other woman’s stories, referencing her book, “Earning it: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World.”

“When you enter the work force, you earn it,” Lublin said. “Earn the pay you deserve, earn credibility, and earn power in your job by taking on a risky role.“

In just her twenties, Lublin joined the Wall Street Journal, identifying herself as one of first few female reporters. She moved from Chicago to Washington where she covered labor issues and urban affairs and by 1987, she became deputy bureau chief of The Journal’s important London bureau, its first run by a woman. To take her career even further, Lublin moved to New York and opened her own advice column known today as “Your Executive Career,” previously named “Managing Your Career.”

“Looking back, the advice I would give to my 20-year-old self would be ‘ask for some time to think about important change in your life. Think first, talk next,’’’ Lublin said.

Awards dinner honors alumni, retiring president

Alumni Awards Ceremony

Retiring President David L. Soltz and Roberta “Robbie” L. Soltz, Ph.D., were named 2017 honorary alumnus and alumna, at the annual Bloomsburg University Alumni Awards Dinner on April 1.

The BU Alumni Association conferred honorary status on the Soltzes in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the university since Dr. David Soltz became the 18th president in January 2008. During his tenure, President Soltz has concentrated on building programs and infrastructure for today’s students and those who will follow. The university’s strategic plan, Impact 2015: Building on the Past, Leading for the Future, was developed in fall 2010 under his leadership and updated as Impact 2017. Many of the initiatives outlined in the plan focused on experiential learning and enhancing opportunities for all students to succeed, personally and professionally, in an increasingly complex global environment.

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 RegisteredNursing.org. 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. RegisteredNursing.org 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.

Library Friends plan author’s dinner

Matthew Lysiak

The Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association will hold their Fifteenth Annual Author's Dinner, on Friday, April 7, beginning at 6 p.m. at Monty’s. Honorees and speakers are journalists Matthew Lysiak and his ten-year-old daughter Hilde.

Matthew Lysiak is a journalist and co-author of the young adult memoir of teen scientist Jack Andraka, Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World and author of Newtown: An American Tragedy. A former reporter for the New York Daily News, he has been a contributor on The Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. Hilde Kate Lysiak is the publisher of the Orange Street News, a print and online newsletter for which she has broken hundreds of stories in her hometown of Selinsgrove. She is also author of the upcoming book series “Hilde Cracks the Case” and recently reached a deal to produce a television series on her life.

For more information, menu options and reservations contact Steven Cohen at drscohen@ptd.net.

Business students put to the test in sales competition

Professional Sales Competition

And it came down to three. Each with 15 final minutes to lay claim to Bloomsburg University’s second annual BU/UPS Sales Competition that featured 18 student competitors, including representatives from Kings College and Wilkes University.

The day — organized and managed by Monica J. Favia, coordinator of Zeigler College of Business professional sales program — started with a competition round where each student had 15 minutes to present and close. Three finalists were chosen, who then had another 15 minutes for their final presentations with the same judging criteria.

Josh Salak, a senior business administration marketing and finance major, won the competition. Fellow finalists were runner-up Alison DiClemente, a senior business administration marketing major, and third place finisher Chris Mekosh, a senior communication studies major pursuing minors in economics and marketing. Judges, who were all industry professionals, also looked at the students’ communication skills and overall performance.

NBS completes four-peat at national convention

It was their final trip with Bloomsburg University’s National Broadcasting Society, the annual spring semester convention that has included visits to Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and recently New York City.

So, of course the contingent of senior mass communications majors wanted to make it count. And they did, winning the On-The-Spot promo competition at the NBS-AERho National Electronic Media Association Convention for the fourth straight time.

On-The-Spot, which itself has several categories, is one of many competitions held at the convention. BU’s chapter has zeroed in successfully on the promo category that calls for students to create a 30-second promo for NBS on sight within two days to film, edit and produce the clip for the judges.

Graduate students published in international journal

Having an article published in the International Journal of Play is not as easy as the word play might make it seem.

Even though most articles are about fun and games the submission process is anything but. However, that did not deter Bloomsburg University education graduate students Kelly Conlon and Ryan Patterson.

“Writing the essay allowed me to look back and recognize important skills I learned from the game and my interactions with my friends, such as problem solving, compromise, creativity, and creating rules as well as abiding by those rules,” Colon said.

“I’ve become excited in exploring the vast potential that different styles of play can provide for learners, especially those in early childhood education,” Patterson said. “I hope to find myself professionally in a program promoting more opportunities for learning outside the current, conventional setting.”

Language major lands competitive CLS award

Cassandra Souza

You’re currently spending the semester abroad and get a chance to stay for an entire year, would you? Cassandra Souza certainly did, not thinking twice about it.

It all began when Souza, a senior, decided to pursue two degrees in linguistics for Spanish and Arabic at Bloomsburg University. Her first study abroad trip took place in summer of 2015 during a six-week program to Fez, Morocco. That was just the start to Souza’s journey.

“Before you study abroad people say ‘culture shock is going to happen,’” Souza said. “It’s very real. You’re going to feel isolated, but I never felt like that. I didn’t have culture shock going in, but when I came home is when I felt it. Reverse culture shock.”

Souza planned to spend the spring semester in Spain but before leaving, her advisors and mentors — Yahya Laayouni, assistant professor of Arabic and French, and Mykola Polyuha, assistant professor of Russian and German — convinced her to apply for the competitive Critical Language Scholarship Program.

Souza is the fourth BU student since 2009 to win a CLS award, which is funded through U.S. Department of State.

“If anything, people hesitate to go abroad,” Souza said. “There’s this barrier where people don’t decide ‘I’m going to do it.’ It’s not as expensive as you’d think. I would just really encourage people travel. Bloomsburg has all of the resources available you just have to want to find them.”

AMA gets up-close look major marketing agency

American Marketing Association

Bloomsburg University’s American Marketing Association regularly takes road trips to sites of potential career options for its marketing majors. One of its first this spring semester was to Marc Advertising Agency (MARC USA) in Pittsburgh. MARC USA is one of the leading advertising agencies in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Miami and Boston. While visiting the Pittsburgh branch, the group received a full tour of the facility and some insights on how the agency runs.

“Overall our experience at MARC USA was amazing and a great way to learn about all the elements that go into a successful advertisement,” said Lorraine Piccirillo, president of the AMA. “This trip was a very educational as well as great way to bond as a group.”

Later the group had some fun and explored the city. They saw a full view of Pittsburgh while riding the Monongahela incline, ate at the Hardrock Café and played arcade games at Dave and Busters. Last semester, AMA went to Baltimore and competed in a marketing case competition at Johns Hopkins University. They also visited D4 Creative Advertising Agency in Philadelphia. In past years, they’ve went to BBDO Advertising Agency and Salvatore Ferragamo, both located in New York City.

“All of our trips are focused on gaining knowledge about the marketing field and getting a glimpse into the daily activities of those within the field,” Piccirillo said. “These trips are also a great way to get our foot in the door for internships or jobs.”

FOCUS helps celebrate Palm Sunday 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, April 9, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center for fellowship and blessings of Siblings' and Children's Weekend on Palm Sunday.

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.

A new cheerleading chapter begins

Cheerleading since she was a little girl, Alex Doughtery was destined to cheer in college. And not only that, she became captain. Dougherty, a senior exercise science major, leads a team of 20 at Bloomsburg University along with her three other captains. She helps teach new stunts, dances and cheers.

“Cheering has helped me with time management skills, leadership skills and meeting a diverse group of people,” Dougherty said. “Cheering has brought a bond within our team."

Cheerleading try outs will be held this weekend beginning with practice on Saturday, April 8, to learn all the material needed for try outs. The practice will be held at Nelson Field House, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Try outs will take place on Sunday, April 9, at 9 a.m.

Three nights to go "Beyond Communication"

Haas Center for the Arts

Beyond Communication, a three-night session of plays entirely written, performed and directed by students will take place from April 5 to 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts. Tickets are free, open to the public but seating will be limited.

Each night will feature a different play by a different playwright in the Advanced Scriptwriting class, and will include a talkback session following the performances in order to allow the audience to give feedback to the artists.

  • Wednesday, April 5 — Creatures of the Night by Jonathan Lewis: It's another normal day for college student Scott Hawthorne as he tries to find his way in life.
  • Thursday, April 6 — F-Bomb by Zach Hueston: Girl is having a grand old time cheating on her boyfriend until he walks into the room.
  • Friday, April 7 — Lily by Nate Stosius: War veteran Miles has the grueling task of meeting with his ex-wife today.

Author featured in Big Dog Reading Series

Justin Torres

Author Justin Torres will be reading his work as a part of Bloomsburg University’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 Big Dog Reading Series, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, hosts regionally and nationally known poets and writers to campus.

LGBTQA presents annual Ally Week

Ally Week

Join Bloomsburg University’s LGBTQA for Ally Week starting Monday, April 3 for a full week consisting of continued trainings, workshops, chances to engage with members of the LGBTQA community, a day of appreciation for those that have gone above and beyond in supporting the LGBTQA community here on campus! All events are open free to the public.

  • Monday, April 3: Trans 101 Workshop KUB Multipurpose Room B, 5 p.m. Trans 101 is a one hour presentation that will briefly review gender, sex, and sexuality. It will focus on what it means to be transgender and how to support Trans identified people.
  • Tuesday, April 4: Bystander Intervention Training KUB Multipurpose Room B, 1 p.m. Looking for ways to confront homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexism, and other forms of harassment? Then look no further! Come and learn specific strategies to combat all forms of oppression! Co-facilitated by the Women’s Resource Center.
  • Wednesday, April 5: Shades of the Rainbow Workshop KUB Multipurpose Room B, 11 a.m. All too often, the experiences of Queer People of Color go unheard of or are simply forgotten. This workshop will allow participants to explore what it means to be a queer person of color and how to appropriately support those individuals.
  • Thursday, April 6: SpeakOut! Panel KUB Multipurpose Room B, 4:30 p.m. Join members of the LGBTQA Community as they share their coming out stories and answer any questions you may have about the community!
  • Friday, April 7: Ally Appreciation Luncheon KUB Fireside Lounge, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us as we celebrate and recognize those individuals that have gone above and beyond to support the BU LGBTQA community for the 2016-17 year. Light lunch will be provided!

National Student Employment Appreciation Week

Bloomsburg will celebrate National Student Employment Appreciation week from April 3 to 7.

Bloomsburg’s 2016-17 Student Employee of the Year is Justin Sharp, a senior secondary education major, who works as a BOLT support student trainer in the Instructional Media and Design Center. Sharp received a $500 scholarship funded by the Bloomsburg University Foundation. Second place finisher is Sarah Bartra, a senior communication studies major, who works in the Learning Communities Office. Bartra received a $200 University Store gift card.

The week’s activities include:

  • Tuesday, April 4 – Student employee and supervisor are invited to participate in the Eleventh Annual Team Challenge, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center.
  • Wednesday, April 5 – Free grilled hot dog and Rita’s Ice for student workers and supervisors at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Warren Student Services Center.
  • Wednesday, April 5 – Student Employee Alumni Panel – Make your Student Employee Experience Shine, 3 to 4 p.m., Warren Student Services Center, room 004.
  • Thursday, April 6 – nominees for 2016-17 Student Employee of the Year will be recognized at a luncheon, Noon in the Kehr Union Building.

Survey seeks opinions of first year students, seniors

NSSE Survey

Take the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and have your voice heard! First-year and senior classes are invited to share opinions about their experiences at Bloomsburg University by completing it by Friday, April 7.

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.

How Professional U can help you!

More than 140 organizations, including health care systems, school districts, and businesses, will be recruiting student applicants for current internship and job positions at the Spring Career Connections Expo on Friday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nelson Field House. Representatives from Bloomsburg University and other graduate schools will also be there. Students may register to attend and learn how to prepare for the expo.

Alumni and Professional Engagement offers at Career Closet of gently used, donated, professional clothing for students. Students may select one complete, free outfit by calling the Fenstemaker Alumni House at 570-389-4060 and making an appointment.

To make the most of the expo and “wow” the recruiters, students are encouraged to attend this upcoming Professional U workshop: Resumania — Tuesday April 4, from 2 to 3 p.m., Andruss Library's Schweiker Room

Student panels explore topics of diversity

Student Diversity Panel

From political correctness to police brutality, diversity has become a key issue in today’s current social climate. Through Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), the “Bloomsburg Explores Diversity” symposium aims to tackle issues relating to diversity from race to gender to religion. In the series’ first student panel, “Race, Ethnicity and Racism,” students discussed what racial diversity means in today’s society.

The diverse student panel — Facia Sirleaf, Aubyn Johnson, Monica Abdalmessih, Alexis Mendoxa, Quadirah Locus and Ian Severson — featured multiple perspectives on complex issues of race and ethnicity. Moderated by communication studies professor Erin Brummett, the panel hit upon several aspects of race and ethnicity through personal experiences and insights.

“It’s important to educate ourselves on things that not only impact ourselves but impact all of us,” Sirleaf said.

Student Panel 4: Religion, Pluralism and Misconception

Tuesday, April 4, moderated by Rev. Jill Young, campus minister, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 201. Panelists: Tony Mercuri, Shair Spaeth, Amen Elshaekh, Darion Nomie. Morgan Adams, Noah Byerly, and Nour Haj Mabrouk.

COST unveils confocal microscope

Having the ability to generate high-resolution micrographs of samples is an important aspect in scientific research.

Confocal Microscope

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.

Harvard Press editor to discuss publishing

Jeff Dean

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 to 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..

Mental health panel discussion

Academic Quad

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.

English professor presents a "Funny" reading

Jerry Wemple

Jerry Wemple, professor of English, will present his recently published essay, “Funny” on Wednesday, March 29, at 5 p.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Student Services Center room 004.

Wemple’s essay was published in the journal, “Full Grown People” and it addresses the idea of ethnic ambiguity, and how different ethnic groups tend to claim Wemple, except for the one to which he is most biologically related. This essay references pop culture (Porter Wagoner), history, (colonial Maryland’s anti-miscegenation laws), ethnography (Cape Verdeans in Massachusetts), and crime (a mass murder) in an attempt to sort out his Wemple’s own complex family tree.

This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and is free and open to the public.

BUEA holds drag show fundraiser

Bloomsburg University's Equality Alliance (BUEA) will hold its biannual Drag Show fundraiser in support of Relay for Life on Tuesday, March 28, at 8 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 student 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. It's 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.

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.

NASA project features BU research

NASA's Psyche Project

Understanding the origins of our solar system will be the focus of a NASA mission and a professor from Bloomsburg University has contributed his research to the project.

Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, studied 16 Psyche, an asteroid selected for the mission that has potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system. Only the 16th minor planet discovered — hence its formal designation, 16 Psyche — is an asteroid located between Mars and Jupiter. Discovered in 1852 by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis, the asteroid’s name comes from the Greek mythological figure Psyche. Shepard investigated the asteroid and developed the 3D model the spacecraft’s mission team is using.

“It’s exciting to contribute to a NASA mission,” said Shepard. 16 Psyche was one of two missions selected from five finalists for funding by NASA. The mission, now in the formation stage, will launch in 2023, arriving at the asteroid in 2030. Scientists believe the mission will provide insight on how planets like Earth may have formed.

Pulitzer-prize winner speaks for Women’s History Month

Joann Lublin

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will recognize Women’s History Month with a keynote speech by Joann Lublin, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, March 23. The speech will be held in Centennial Hall 218 at 2:30 p.m.

The speech is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Zeigler College of Business and the BU Women’s Resource Center. Lublin’s recent book titled Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World chronicles the careers of 50 successful women executives.

Among the first female reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Lublin faced a number of uphill battles in her career. She became deputy bureau chief of The Journal’s important London bureau, its first run by a woman. Now, she and dozens of other women who successfully navigated the corporate battlefield share valuable leadership lessons.

Lublin combines her fascinating story with tales from more than fifty women who reached the highest rungs of the corporate ladder—most of whom became chief executives—in industries as diverse as retailing, manufacturing, finance, high technology, publishing, advertising, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals.

Finalists for presidential search visit campus

Lower Campus

Bloomsburg University's Presidential Search Committee has completed its initial round of interviews. Four highly qualified candidates have been selected to advance in the process and visited campus on the following days:

Faculty, staff, and student open forums will be held on April 4, 7, 11, and 14 in Carver Hall's K.S. Gross Auditorium from 10 to 11 a.m. Alumni are also invited to attend these sessions. Candidate CVs and feedback links will be provided shortly before each candidate arrives on campus. Community leaders have been invited to participate in open forums, which will be held on April 3, 6, 10, and 13.

Strategic reviewers coming to campus

Academic Quad

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has selected the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to conduct a strategic review of the State System’s overall operations. This includes reviewing operations at each of the universities and in the Office of the Chancellor, and making recommendations for changes that may be necessary to help ensure the System’s long-term future

In recent years, NCHEMS has worked with several other higher education systems facing similar challenges. The nonprofit organization will be on campus and has requested to meet with various stakeholders of its choosing on Wednesday, April 26. Their visit to campus will be valuable and critical to the assessment of the system to ensure a thorough review, providing the best outcome for our students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities.

Lecture-Recital by visiting composer

Greg Caffrey

The department of Music, Theatre and Dance will present a guest lecture-recital by visiting composer, Greg Caffrey on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium.

Caffrey is an award-winning composer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is also the Artistic Director of the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, a group that specializes in the performance of contemporary classical music.

Caffrey's presentation will feature live performances of his music by Bloomsburg University guitar professor Matthew Slotkin, including the premiere performance of a new work entitled "Filigree."

This event is funded by a Curricular Enhancement Award from the Bloomsburg University College of Liberal Arts

Get career virtual over Spring Break

Take your professional development home with you this spring break and take advantage of these virtual workshop opportunities. Each workshop is offered online via at Husky Career Link. Brush up on your interviewing skills, develop or fix up your resume and cover letter, learn how to market yourself and communicate with employers through these upcoming virtual workshops:

  • Monday - Interviewing 101
  • Tuesday - Resume and Cover Letters: Your Ticket to an Interview
  • Wednesday - Interviewing: Preparing for Employment Questions
  • Thursday- LinkedIn: Employers EXPECT you to have one. Do You?
  • Upcoming Husky Career Road Trips that are open to students in any major
  • Five companies that will be interviewing students on campus

Apply for PEG by March 30 for summer experiences. Students looking for financial assistance through a Professional Experience Grant (PEG) to help offset the cost of summer 2017 professional experiences are urged to apply by March 30 for best consideration. All full-time degree students may apply.

Bloomsburg University’s professional experience grants, which are funded by BU alumni donors and the Student Success fee, are awarded to assist students with professional learning experiences and help them explore their chosen career paths and work alongside colleagues and faculty members.

To date, 28 students have received monetary awards to participate in faculty-mentored research, academic internships, study abroad, professional conference presentations, service projects and other career-related experiences. The average grant per student was $1,700. For the 2016 Winter Session, 14 awards totaling $19,700 were distributed with students receiving an average grant of $1,400. Seven awards totaling $8,000 were distributed for spring 2017 experiences. The average spring award was $1,000.

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.”

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 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 6th at 7:00 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 7:00 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.

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.

Be the best you at BU

Nathanial Treichler

Bloomsburg University's Office of the Dean of Students B the Best U campaign, notified by the BUPD, recognizes the positive contribution of Nathanial Treichler.

Nate was relaxing in the Commons, having lunch and checking email, when he noticed a fellow student in distress.

Recognizing the signs of choking, and seeing that everyone else around looked unsure, Nate did not hesitate. He used his Eagle Scout CPR training to administer the Heimlich maneuver, and saved a fellow student’s life.

So on behalf of B the Best U, the division of Student Affairs, and the Bloomsburg University Police Department we thank Nate for his quick thinking action and being a positive bystander.

TALE Center to host active learning workshop

Michael Prince

Implementing active learning methods in the classroom will be the focus in Bucknell University professor Michael Prince’s “Active Learning for Busy Skeptics (and True Believers)” on Wednesday, March 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Multipurpose B, Kehr Union. This workshop is open to all faculty.

This workshop is relevant to all instructors, focusing on practical examples of how to use active learning in all courses. Instructors will be given time and coaching to develop techniques they can use in their own classrooms. By the end of the session, participants will be able to define active learning and the various methods of it while learning when to utilize each method to make teaching more engaging and effective.

Deadline for reservation is Friday, March 17. Reservation is required for a certificate of attendance.

Prince is a professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University and co-director of the National Effective Teaching Institute. He was actively involved in the establishment of Bucknell University’s Teaching Learning Center and works extensively with the center to support faculty development needs. He is the author of several education-related papers for engineering faculty, focusing on active and inductive teaching strategies. Prince has received the ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Outstanding Teacher Award as well as Bucknell University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Pulitzer-prize winner speaks for Women’s History Month

Joann Lublin

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will recognize Women’s History Month with a keynote speech by Joann Lublin, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, March 23. The speech will be held in Centennial Hall 218 at 2:30 p.m. The speech is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Zeigler College of Business and the BU Women’s Resource Center. Lublin’s recent book titled Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World chronicles the careers of 50 successful women executives.

Among the first female reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Lublin faced a number of uphill battles in her career. She became deputy bureau chief of The Journal’s important London bureau, its first run by a woman. Now, she and dozens of other women who successfully navigated the corporate battlefield share valuable leadership lessons.

Lublin combines her fascinating story with tales from more than fifty women who reached the highest rungs of the corporate ladder—most of whom became chief executives—in industries as diverse as retailing, manufacturing, finance, high technology, publishing, advertising, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals.

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 presents lent their time to present to student such as the Drug Alcohol and Wellness Network who spoke on the Good Samaritan Law and spotting dangerously 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.

In addition, 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, was kind enough to bring some crew members to allow students to have a hand on learning experience with properly 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.

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.

President Soltz receives higher education award

Higher Education Award

David L. Soltz, president of Bloomsburg University, was honored with the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) Presidents’ Award on Friday, Feb. 24 in Pittsburgh. The conference, first convened in 1971, was organized by Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Rep. K. Leroy Irvis, his aide Mary Davis Baltimore, and black educators from across the state. Soltz was recognized for his policies and actions that demonstrate commitment and dedication to enhancing the mission of the PBCOHE.

Under Soltz’s leadership, the university increased enrollment of under-represented minority students from 10 percent to more than 17 percent. In addition, there has been an increase in the number of administrators, faculty, and staff of color hired and retained at BU during his tenure. He supported student participation in the PBCOHE Student Leadership Development Institute as well as faculty and staff participation in the Educational Management and Leadership Institute.

Soltz will retire from Bloomsburg University in June 2017, after nine and a half years. As president, he has served on the board of directors of the American Association of State College and Universities (AASCU) and as vice chair of AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee; led accreditation site team visits for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; served as chair of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference; and was the State System of Higher Education presidential representative in the collective bargaining negotiations with the Association for Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF).

Collaborative artists to 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 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.

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.

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.

Be a part of something bigger

More than 2,000 volunteers, the Community Government Association's annual The Big Event has become the largest community service events Bloomsburg University holds. Each spring, student volunteers venture to more than 100 job sites across town and in local neighborhoods tackling a variety of needs fro raking, painting and cleaning.

Sponsored by the CGA, the single-day community service event gives students the opportunity to say “thank you" to Bloomsburg area residents and show appreciation for the community we live, learn and work in.

CGA Election Results

The results are in! Congratulations to your newly elected 2017-18 CGA Executive Committee Officers.

  • President - Joar Dahn
  • Vice President - John Thomas
  • Treasurer - Austin Devlin
  • Secretary- Sarah Rhineer
  • BU adds women's volleyball

    Women's Volleyball

    Bloomsburg University will add women's volleyball as a varsity sport to begin competitive play in the fall of 2018. The addition of the program will provide Huskies' student-athletes with more opportunities to compete, and succeed, in 10 men's varsity programs and 11 women's varsity programs at the University.

    "We are very excited about the addition of women's volleyball as an intercollegiate sport," said Bloomsburg University President Dr. David L. Soltz. "Volleyball fits with the mission of the University and aligns with the sports offered in our student recruitment area. I believe it will greatly enhance the student experience at BU."

    A nationwide search to hire a full-time women's volleyball coach will commence immediately.

    "The addition of women's volleyball will continue to bolster our recruitment efforts across the entire region," said Bloomsburg University Director of Athletics Dr. Michael McFarland. "We are privileged, with this announcement, to be able to provide another opportunity for women to play an intercollegiate varsity sport, and complement our existing sports, here at BU."

    Make-A-Wish CEO headlines summit

    Bloomsburg University will hold its 11th annual Husky Leadership Summit on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Kehr Union Building, led by keynote speaker David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    The event is sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association, the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and the Community Government Association. The Husky Student Leadership Summit is an annual leadership conference presented by BU alumni, faculty, staff and student leaders. The leadership summit is an opportunity for students to network with BU alumni, enhance their leadership skills, learn more about ways to get involved in campus life and engage in workshops for their CLE Leadership Certification.

    With a focus on professional development, participants will get the chance to engage in mock interviews, resume review sessions, personal branding consultation meetings, professional head shots, panel discussions, a career fair and a networking leadership luncheon.

    Daughter of Charleston church shooting victim speaks

    Sharon Washington Risher

    After dealing with the tragedy of losing loved ones to gun violence, Rev. Sharon Washington Risher will be discussing loss, faith and forgiveness in, “Tattered Pieces: A Charleston Daughter Explores” on Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

    After the Charleston, S.C., shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in 2015, Risher was rushed into the spotlight after her mother - the church’s sexton- Ethel Lee Lance, two cousins, a childhood friend and five others were killed. Since the tragedy, Risher has been outspoken on the nation’s gun laws, becoming the national spokesperson for grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense.

    In her talk, Risher covers her personal experiences with losing loved ones to gun violence from this tragedy as well as racism and hate in America. She also discusses the path to forgiveness and hope for tomorrow.

    Risher graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and would later earn a Master of Divinity degree from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas. She has appeared multiple times on CNN and has been interviewed by Time Magazine, Marie-Claire, Essence, the Guardian and others. Risher has visited Barack Obama at the White House on several occasions and has been a guest speaker for several Martin Luther King Jr. memorial events. Currently, Risher travels the country as an activist and guest speaker.

    This event is presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Office of Diversity and Retention.

    Gain a professional edge through the Husky Summit

    Husky Summit

    From participant to a presenter, senior Sarah Bartra has worked towards becoming a professional through the annual Husky Student Leadership Summit. Bartra, a dual communication studies and biological allied health major with a Spanish minor, is an active leader as vice president of Community Government Association (CGA).

    Bartra first attended the Husky Summit her sophomore year and this year she will be presenting a panel alongside her fellow CGA student leaders. Besides having the honor to present, she wants to use all the tools available from the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience (CPDCE) to students at the summit.

    During her experience last year, Bartra had a more workable resume and utilized the networking and professional opportunities available at the summit. Being able to mock interview with alumni in her prospective field and receive their feedback was beneficial to Bartra. Networking with student leaders and BU alumni was also helpful. Last year’s keynote speaker Hoan Do, motivational speaker from American Ninja Warrior, was a memorable moment for Bartra.

    “His speech was energizing,” Bartra says. “It set the tone for the rest of the day.”

    The 11th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring BU alumni David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish foundation, as the keynote speaker.

    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.

    New KUB Project

    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 this week, along with voting for the CGA Executive Board. Meet the Candidates!

    CGA exec elections underway

    CGA Elections

    Bloomsburg University’s Community Government Association (CGA) is holding its 2017-18 Executive Committee Elections this week. In addition to voting on a new student 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

    Centennial Hall

    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

    Ongoing campus film series continues Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Hartline Center's Kuster Auditorium with 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.

    The 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. Contact M. Safa Saraçoglu associate professor of history, at msaracog@bloomu.edu for more information.

    We make it personal

    It's 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.

    President Soltz receives higher ed award

    David Soltz

    David L. Soltz, president of Bloomsburg University, was honored with the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) Presidents’ Award on Friday, Feb. 24 in Pittsburgh. The conference, first convened in 1971, was organized by Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Rep. K. Leroy Irvis, his aide Mary Davis Baltimore, and black educators from across the state. Soltz was recognized for his policies and actions that demonstrate commitment and dedication to enhancing the mission of the PBCOHE.

    Under Soltz’s leadership, the university increased enrollment of under-represented minority students from 10 percent to more than 17 percent. In addition, there has been an increase in the number of administrators, faculty, and staff of color hired and retained at BU during his tenure. He supported student participation in the PBCOHE Student Leadership Development Institute as well as faculty and staff participation in the Educational Management and Leadership Institute.

    Soltz will retire from Bloomsburg University in June 2017, after nine and a half years. As president, he has served on the board of directors of the American Association of State College and Universities (AASCU) and as vice chair of AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee; led accreditation site team visits for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; served as chair of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference; and was the State System of Higher Education presidential representative in the collective bargaining negotiations with the Association for Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF).

    Soltz earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

    The Voice lands six awards at Gold Circle competition

    The Voice

    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

    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

    Wilderness First Aid

    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

    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.”

    STEM project advances to Governor’s competition

    STEM Projects

    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. BU's Gospel Choir will be performing at Campus Church.

    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.

    CAS presents The Ballroom Thieves, The Suffers

    Boston alternative folk band, The Ballroom Thieves, will be the opening act for The Suffers on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artist Series.

    The Ballroom Thieves, a three piece alternative folk/pop band describes themselves as “having a certain sound at the moment, but a sound that is constantly evolving; and (we) hope it keeps doing that.” The Thieves exhibit a blend of acoustic styles that explore the basics of folk and pop music while at the same time rejecting their restrictions.

    Guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters and drummer Devin Mauch discovered right away that life on the road for a burgeoning band is easily glamorized from the joy of playing a show, the wonder of encountering new places and people and the stories that amass. However, the lifestyle can also be trying: the isolation of a van, the misery of being separated from home and loved ones and the unspoken grievances that stack tensions high. For The Ballroom Thieves, this theme became their album.

    Educator to headline Sankofa

    Educator and motivator Jamal Johnson will be the keynote speaker at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s annual Sankofa Conference. Presented by BU’s Multicultural Center, the conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in KUB Ballroom. Also, a “Survivor’s Guilt” workshop will be presented by Muhibb Dyer.

    Sankofa

    Working in the field of education for the past 16 years, Johnson serves now as the Assistant Director for Mentoring and Retention at his alma mater. After graduating from the College of New Jersey in 2001, he began his career as an elementary school teacher in the East Orange and Plainfield Public School Systems. In higher education, he has worked in Residential Education, Admissions, and Multicultural Recruitment.

    Dyer, a community activist, poet and co-founder of Flood the Hood Dreams, has performed throughout the United States and was a finalist in 2002 at the National Poetry Slam.

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Sankofa Conference, grew out of the need for students to learn, understand, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent. It has developed as a way to promote unity and understanding among students, providing a forum for discussion and learning.

    Are you the next student trustee?

    Carver Hall

    Bloomsburg University's Council of Trustees is accepting applications for the position of student trustee now through Feb. 17. Students applying for the position should be a full time undergraduate student who is at least a second semester freshman and no more than a second semester junior. Candidates must be in good academic standing and be able to serve through May of 2018.

    As a student trustee, the selected student has a unique opportunity to represent his/her peers in all Council of Trustees meetings and Community Government Association, executive and senate, meetings. The student trustee aids the Council of Trustees, President, and Chancellor in making decisions regarding the University’s student life, academic programs, admissions, budgets, and university relations.

    Katherine Mullen, the outgoing student trustee, is a junior chemistry major. As the student trustee for the last two years has provided Mullen with many experiences, connections, networking opportunities, and privileges that has helped her grow, not only as a BU student but as a person as well. Student Trustees have opportunities to speak at graduation ceremonies, attend donor dinners and award ceremonies that add to their college experience.

    Mullen says about her fellow trustees, “I personally love listening to fellow trustees ask questions at meetings,” said Mullen. “All of them have years of professional experience that I, as a 21-year-old, cannot relate to. However, I am able to gain bits of wisdom by recognizing the experiences behind the questions they ask. Each time I interact with the trustees I walk away smiling. They are excited about the path I have chosen in life and are supportive of what I intend to do after I graduate.”

    Students interested in being a student trustee should contact Jennifer Williams in the President’s office at (570) 389-4523 or jwilliam@bloomu.edu. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb.17.

    Gain a professional edge through the Husky Summit

    Husky Summit

    From participant to a presenter, senior Sarah Bartra has worked towards becoming a professional through the annual Husky Student Leadership Summit. Bartra, a dual communication studies and biological allied health major with a Spanish minor, is an active leader as vice president of Community Government Association (CGA).

    Bartra first attended the Husky Summit her sophomore year and this year she will be presenting a panel alongside her fellow CGA student leaders. Besides having the honor to present, she wants to use all the tools available from the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience (CPDCE) to students at the summit.

    During her experience last year, Bartra had a more workable resume and utilized the networking and professional opportunities available at the summit. Being able to mock interview with alumni in her prospective field and receive their feedback was beneficial to Bartra. Networking with student leaders and BU alumni was also helpful. Last year’s keynote speaker Hoan Do, motivational speaker from American Ninja Warrior, was a memorable moment for Bartra.

    “His speech was energizing,” Bartra says. “It set the tone for the rest of the day.”

    The 11th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring BU alumni David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish foundation, as the keynote speaker.

    11th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit

    This free day-long student leadership conference with alumni is sponsored by Alumni and Professional Engagement, CLE and CGA. This year’s theme is “Leaders United.” Keynote speaker — David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation — is a 1981 accounting graduate and former member of the men’s tennis team.

    Throughout the conference, students are encouraged to attend various CLE leadership certification program workshops, roundtable discussions with alumni, the leadership networking luncheon and CPDCE, where they can get a professional headshot taken, engage in a mock interview, have resumes reviewed, discuss post grad opportunities and learn ways to brand themselves as a leader and a rising professional. To register, visit the Husky Summit portal on Husky Sync!

    Job shadow brings career options into focus

    Catherine Garrity

    Catherine Garrity loves the creative edge marketing brings out in people and saw that firsthand through her recent job shadowing experience at Altitude Marking, an integrated B2B marketing agency in Emmaus.

    “I love working with others to combine interests and ideas,” explained Garrity, a junior business management major with a minor in marketing.

    Garrity was introduced to Altitude Marketing through her dad, owner of Compass Point, a consulting company for small businesses. Altitude Marketing was a past client of his, so she reached out to Andrew Stanten, president of the company.

    “He spoke very highly of his business and employees, and I could feel his passion for both,” Garrity said. “This was my first experience shadowing with an advertising agency, so it was something I was particularly excited about.”

    According to Garrity, the job shadow actually opened her eyes to an added career aspect to marketing. After speaking to Altitude’s public relations team, she began to envision a career path involving PR. She spent the day around several projects the team had worked on, including social media and writing.

    Through BU’s business program and the American University of Rome, a study abroad program, Garrity believes the courses she has completed have challenged and prepared her for the future in more than one way. She has developed strong writing and creativity skills, and has learned new limits.

    “This program has required me to step out of my comfort zone and do things I didn’t think I could do, such as creating marketing plans and advertising products for different companies,” said Garrity, adding through job shadowing her future career path is coming into focus.

    FOCUS celebrates Black History Month 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, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center for fellowship and blessings in honor of Black History Month.

    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.

    CAS to begin spring performances

    Music’s biggest night of the year, The Grammy Awards, aired live last night on CBS. Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series congratulates upcoming campus performer Blind Boys of Alabama on their two Grammy nominations.

    One of the most recognized gospel roots music groups in the world, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been performing for 70 years and have already won five Grammy’s. Their current song “Mothers Children Have a Hard Time” was nominated for Best American Roots Performance. They were also nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album for their contributions to the various artist album, “God Don’t Ever Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson."

    The Blind Boys of Alabama will take the stage for CAS on March 25. Preceding them on Sunday, Feb. 26, will be the Houston based ‘fusion-funk’ band; The Suffers along with opening artists; Ballroom Thieves.

    Tickets are available online at www.cas.buzz, at the Haas Center Box Office or by calling 570-389-4409.

    FDI hosts “Dare to Ask” founder to speak

    Phillip Milano, founder of Y? The National Forum on People’s Differences, will present “Dare to Ask”, a lecture on how to love and respect others by learning everything about them on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

    Milano believes, curious students are better students, and encourages people to ask unflinching, politically incorrect questions about racial, cultural, and sexual differences. This helps individuals overcome fears of offending and gain greater understanding of one another. Milano, a 30-year journalist and 25-year newspaper veteran, has been featured on CBS, CNN, BET, BBC, and numerous newspapers such as, The Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today. He is the author of the book, “I can’t Believe You Asked That!” and a writer for the newspaper column, “Dare to Ask.”

    The, “Dare to Ask” lecture is sponsored by the Fredrick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence.

    A memorable learning experience for Douglass LC

    Learning Communities foster a unique learning environment for students with similar majors, interests and goals living together on campus and experiencing a variety of learning opportunities in and out of the classroom.

    One of the more active communities is the Frederick Douglass LLC, which regularly takes educational trips. This past fall, they traveled to Virginia to visit Belle Grove Plantation — an authentic late 18th-century plantation house and estate. For one student with a special connection to the LLC, the overnight trip left a lasting impression.

    “My uncle did research and found out we were related to Frederick Douglass,” said Marqueshay Tomlinson, a freshman nursing major, admitting she really wants to learn more about her ancestry.

    Tomlinson said this trip stuck out to her the most when she saw the list of LLC activities early in the semester given to her by her advisor, Brian Johnson, director of BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence. Tomlinson’s initial reaction was, “Wow… a slave plantation, oh my goodness!”

    BUSVA discovers new potential via NatCon experience

    Student Veterans National Conference

    For the first time ever, Bloomsburg University achieved silver level as a Military Friendly School this fall from Victory Media. It’s a status the BU Student Veterans Association (BUSVA) not only takes pride in but is working to do even better.

    This past winter break a group of BUSVA members started doing just that by attending the 9th annual Student Veterans National Conference — the largest annual gathering of service members, veterans, advocates, thought-leader, stakeholders, and supporters in higher education in the world.

    “It is a gathering of all these individuals for the common purpose of improving the transition of students from the military to college, keeping military students in college, and creating the best possible opportunity for student veterans after college,” said Matthew Haberle, president of BUSVA, who along with fellow members were among more than 1,500 conference participants.

    According to Haberle, they attended NatCon to learn how to improve veteran benefits on campus and how BUSVA can better themselves by working with other student organizations and bring in new information about jobs and post-graduate opportunities for veteran students.

    "Early America" exhibit in Haas Gallery

    Early America

    Sculptor Lewis Colburn will launch the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania spring art exhibition series with his work titled “Early America” at the Haas Gallery of Art from Wednesday, Feb. 8, through Thursday, March 9. There will be an opening reception on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

    Colburn’s “Early America” show focuses on how objects can be used to re-tell and re-interpret the past through current experience. Colburn is interested in how we choose and neglect narratives through historical replications and how the act of re-telling the past can manifest itself as the object.

    Colburn earned bachelor’s degrees in studio art and Russian language at St. Olaf College and received a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Syracuse University. His work has exhibited across the United States in places like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and throughout upstate New York. Colburn is a member of NAPOLEON, an artist-run project space in Philadelphia’s Rollins Building.

    Forensics Team kicks off spring season

    Speech and Debate Team

    Bloomsburg University’s Forensics Team kicked off its spring season with a fourth place finish out of seven teams at the Annual Collegiate Forensic Association’s Speech and Debate Tournament in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

    Five of the 13 forensics competitors won speech and debate awards. Among them was Jayleen Alvarado, a senior political science major, who is also studying pre-law.

    “I enjoy having a platform where I can speak professionally about issues that plague this country,” said Alvarado, adding the forensics team great fit for students who enjoy traveling, meaningful conversations, and good friends. “I enjoy hearing perspectives that I am not familiar with and may not align with my own. I do not believe ignorance is bliss, if there is an opinion that is based on reason that supersedes my own, it is worth listening to; it is worth discussing.”

    Alvarado was proud of the team’s performance in Florida. According to her, the team has provided her with the professional development skills necessary to compete in highly competitive work fields upon graduation. Public speaking was never a fear — but her oral, written, and research skills have heightened substantially regardless.

    Annual CFA’s Speech and Debate Tournament

    • Abbey Porambo: 1st Poetry; 1st Informative Speaking; 1st Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado; 2nd After Dinner Speaking; 2nd Best Parliamentary Debate Speaker; 5th Single Dramatic Interpretation; 3rd Pentathlon
    • Lucelis Ortega: 6th Poetry; 6th Declamation
    • Anna Scott: 2nd Persuasive Speaking
    • Jayleen Alvarado: 1st Dramatic Duo with Abbey Porambo; 5th Parliamentary debate with Tobias Sonnenberg; 6th Communication Analysis
    • Tobias Sonnenberg: 5th Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado

    Wilkes University Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

    • Deanna Campion: 5th Parliamentary Debate with Cameron Ostrowski; 6th Prose
    • Cameron Ostrowski: 5th Parliamentary Debate with Deanna Campion; 6th Best Speaker Award in Parliamentary Debate
    • Katarina Solovey: 5th Declamation; 6th Informative
    • Amy Bitar: 2nd Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado; 3rd Declamation; 5th Best Speaker in Parliamentary Debate
    • Jayleen Alvarado: 2nd Parliamentary Debate; 3rd Best Speaker in Parliamentary Debate

    New scholarship search launched

    Scholarship Application Process

    Students will no longer need to scroll through a long list of scholarships and complete multiple paper applications that need to be turned into each department. Instead complete ONE application to automatically apply to multiple scholarships.

    Deadline for current students to complete the 2017-18 Scholarship Application online is March 1. Incoming freshman have until April 1.

    Students can find the application instructions on the scholarship website’s main page before logging in. Students can find the link to the scholarship website on their MyHusky account under the To Do List.

    Department committees will be provided with detailed instructions and training in the near future. Committee members will see a list of scholarships they are responsible for awarding upon logging on. Each scholarship will display a spreadsheet of eligible applicants including their answers from the scholarship application and data imported from MyHusky. Committee members will be able to sort and rank applicants and select recipients online.

    The financial aid office and BU Foundation, Inc., will view the selected recipients online, a list of recipients does not need to be emailed or put in campus mail anymore. The scholarship awards will be posted to student’s financial aid records and the students will receive an email notification of the award.

    Financial aid processing

    BU’s Bursar Office will begin processing financial aid on Thursday, Feb. 2. Students who have signed up for financial aid refund direct deposit via their student account will have their refunds deposited to their designated account within two business days of the email notification from the Bursar Office.

    For those students who have not signed up for direct deposit, financial aid refund checks will be mailed to the student’s registered home address. There is still time to enroll in the direct deposit option by logging into your MyHusky account.

    Students will be notified by email of their disbursement.

    A symbolic arrival for a final semester

    Rachel Cimera

    Rachel Ann Cimera is a senior Chinese major with a minor in political science who is spending her final semester as a undergraduate this spring studying abroad at the renowned Beijing Normal University, a public research university in China with strong emphasis on basic disciplines of humanities and sciences.

    "My arrival will be after one of the major holidays in China, the Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival. This happens during what is called the春运 Chunyun period, which occurs 15 days prior to the Lunar New Year. Fortunately for all of the Rooster born individuals, their year, 2017 has come."

    Discover. Explore. Experience!

    • Thinking about study abroad? — discover your path at the upcoming Study Abroad Open House on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., KUB Multipurpose B. Let us help you get started. Making the memories is up to you!
    • Celebrate the Chinese New Year — Sunday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom with food, dance and music. Sponsored by the Chinese Student Association, the Chinese Club, and the Office of Global and Multicultural Education.
    • Study in China this summer! — May 21 through June 11, explore Beijing, visit major cultural and historic sites including Forbidden City, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, traditional and modern neighborhoods, gift stores and more. Taste authentic Chinese foods, learn Taichi, cooking and martial arts in cultural lectures. Learn Chinese and communicate with Chinese students and people on the streets! Earn 6 credits toward graduation in Chinese 101 and Chinese 211 Foundations of Chinese Civilization (carrying 3 GEPs). Both courses satisfy Chinese Minor requirement.

    Travel grant scholarship for student research

    BU's Global Awareness Society International is offering, on a competitive basis, $500 travel grant scholarships to students who wish to present their re-search at the 26th Annual Conference in Heredia, Costa Rica, from May 25 to 27, with optional educational programs May 28 and May 29. Requirements are:

    • Student must be a BU student or a May 2017 graduate.
    • Individual paper presentations are given top priority.
    • Paper can be in any discipline and should be related to the conference theme, Global Inequity and Human Rights
    • First time applicants are given preference.
    • Student must submit at abstract to the GASI office in 128 Andruss by Feb. 15
    • Awards are made at the Awards Dinner on May 27 at the conclusion of the conference. Contact James C. Pomfret, Andruss Library 128, at gasi@bloomu.edu.

      Wilderness First Aid Offered

      Wilderness First Aid

      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.

      Immigration documentary to be screened

      With immigration policies in the news recently, Bloomsburg University will show the documentary “Barzan” on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Kuster Auditorium in Hartline Science Center. The screening is open free to the public.

      "Barzan” is a documentary that brings light to the complex struggle of asylum-seeking individuals from the Middle East. An Iraqi refugee was a model citizen until he was connected to a high-level Al-Qaeda member through his childhood nickname, “Barzan.” The story embodies the controversial issues of immigration, xenophobia and the price of modern security as a man and his family get torn apart by government suspicion.

      This is the second 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 the current environment dominated by fear.

      CVPA hosts annual ‘Taste of the Arts’

      Taste of the Arts

      Featuring works by students and faculty, Bloomsburg University’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts will host its annual Taste of the Arts event on Saturday, Feb. 11. There will be an afternoon of art and entertainment from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. This event is free and open to the public.

      A Taste of the Arts features art exhibitions and demonstrations as well as live performances from the music, theatre and dance department. Mass communications students will display their video editing projects and creative writing students will read their original works throughout the afternoon. Visitors can attend any portion of the three-hour program. Light refreshments will also be served.

      Bloomsburg University departments involved include art and art history, English, mass communications, music, theatre and dance. This event is sponsored by the Center for Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Liberal Arts. The annual Taste of the Arts event is intended to share the work of the Center of Visual and Performing Arts with the community.

      Are you career ready?

      In today's competitive job market, employers are looking for more than just good grades. They want a clean, concise resume, an applicant who shows up prepared and confident, someone who articulates why they are a good candidate for the organization and an employee who performs in a professional manner.

      Seniors and juniors will learn how to leverage skills and experiences to be successful in the transition from student to professional by attending a Career Intensive Boot Camp this weekend at the Greenly Center. Attendees will participate in 20-plus unique sessions to include Compensation Considerations, Debunking the "Career Path" Myth, and The Shocking Truth of Getting Hired. Craig R. Shuey, chief operating officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and an alumnus, will be the keynote speaker at the career boot camp.

      Putting the you in Professional U

      • CPDCE Open House — Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Let what you love be what you do." A great quote but how do you get there?
      • Career Intensive Boot Camp — March 3 to 5. A weekend experience for seniors, juniors and recent graduates to learn how to leverage your skills and experiences to get a job.
      • Career Connections Expo — April 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All majors seeking job opportunities for all industries in one location at Nelson Field House, along with internship and job shadowing opportunities.

      "Early America" exhibit in Haas Gallery

      Early America

      Sculptor Lewis Colburn will launch the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania spring art exhibition series with his work titled “Early America” at the Haas Gallery of Art from Wednesday, Feb. 8, through Thursday, March 9. There will be an opening reception on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

      Colburn’s “Early America” show focuses on how objects can be used to re-tell and re-interpret the past through current experience. Colburn is interested in how we choose and neglect narratives through historical replications and how the act of re-telling the past can manifest itself as the object.

      Colburn earned bachelor’s degrees in studio art and Russian language at St. Olaf College and received a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Syracuse University. His work has exhibited across the United States in places like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and throughout upstate New York. Colburn is a member of NAPOLEON, an artist-run project space in Philadelphia’s Rollins Building.

      University book read for Women's History Month

      University Read

      To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Zeigler College of Business and Women’s Resource Center will sponsor a keynote speech on March 23 by Joann Lublin, a journalist with the Wall Street Journal. Joann’s recent book titled Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World chronicles the careers of 50 successful women executives.

      Three faculty — Laura Davis (business law), Megumi Omori (sociology), and Victoria Geyfman (finance) — will hold a “university read” for interested faculty, staff, and students. Participants will meet several times before March 23 to share what they have learned about the author, book, and key issues about women at work.

      Those who participate in the “university read” will be invited to a personal lunch with Joann Lublin and her husband before the keynote speech. Joann will personally sign books at the luncheon and after her talk. Participants can pick up their copy on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in McCormick Center 3237. There will be a brief introduction to the book, handout some questions to consider while reading the book.

      Sankofa Conference

      Sankofa

      Bloomsburg University's annual Sankofa Conference will feature Jamal Johnson, educator and motivator, along with Muhibb Dyer, community activist, poet and co-founder of Flood the Hood Dreams, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom.

      Established the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Sankofa Conference grew out of the need for students to learn, understand, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent. The conference has developed as a way to promote unity and understanding among students and to provide a forum for discussion and learning.

      Johnson who has worked in the field of education for the past 16 years, will serve as the keynote speaker presenting, "Just Like Music." Dyer, who has performed throughout the United States and was a finalist in 2002 at the National Poetry Slam, will lead a workshop with students on “Survivor Guilt.”

      In higher education Johnson has worked in residential education, admissions, multicultural recruitment and now serves as the assistant director for mentoring and retention at his alma mater, The College of New Jersey. He recognizes the call on his life to empower others and applies the famous words of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King to everything he does.

      “If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain," Johnson says. "If I can do my duty as a Christian ought, if I can bring salvation to a world once wrought, if I can spread the message as the master taught, then my living will not be in vain.”

      The conference is free for students but registration required by Friday, Feb. 10, at the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

      Forensics Team kicks off spring season

      Speech and Debate Team

      Bloomsburg University’s Forensics Team kicked off its spring season with a fourth place finish out of seven teams at the Annual Collegiate Forensic Association’s Speech and Debate Tournament in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

      Five of the 13 forensics competitors won speech and debate awards. Among them was Jayleen Alvarado, a senior political science major, who is also studying pre-law.

      “I enjoy having a platform where I can speak professionally about issues that plague this country,” said Alvarado, adding the forensics team great fit for students who enjoy traveling, meaningful conversations, and good friends. “I enjoy hearing perspectives that I am not familiar with and may not align with my own. I do not believe ignorance is bliss, if there is an opinion that is based on reason that supersedes my own, it is worth listening to; it is worth discussing.”

      Alvarado was proud of the team’s performance in Florida. According to her, the team has provided her with the professional development skills necessary to compete in highly competitive work fields upon graduation. Public speaking was never a fear — but her oral, written, and research skills have heightened substantially regardless.

      Annual CFA’s Speech and Debate Tournament

      • Abbey Porambo: 1st Poetry; 1st Informative Speaking; 1st Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado; 2nd After Dinner Speaking; 2nd Best Parliamentary Debate Speaker; 5th Single Dramatic Interpretation; 3rd Pentathlon
      • Lucelis Ortega: 6th Poetry; 6th Declamation
      • Anna Scott: 2nd Persuasive Speaking
      • Jayleen Alvarado: 1st Dramatic Duo with Abbey Porambo; 5th Parliamentary debate with Tobias Sonnenberg; 6th Communication Analysis
      • Tobias Sonnenberg: 5th Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado

      Wilkes University Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

      • Deanna Campion: 5th Parliamentary Debate with Cameron Ostrowski; 6th Prose
      • Cameron Ostrowski: 5th Parliamentary Debate with Deanna Campion; 6th Best Speaker Award in Parliamentary Debate
      • Katarina Solovey: 5th Declamation; 6th Informative
      • Amy Bitar: 2nd Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado; 3rd Declamation; 5th Best Speaker in Parliamentary Debate
      • Jayleen Alvarado: 2nd Parliamentary Debate; 3rd Best Speaker in Parliamentary Debate

      BUSVA discovers new potential via NatCon experience

      Student Veterans National Conference

      For the first time ever, Bloomsburg University achieved silver level as a Military Friendly School this fall from Victory Media. It’s a status the BU Student Veterans Association (BUSVA) not only takes pride in but is working to do even better.

      This past winter break a group of BUSVA members started doing just that by attending the 9th annual Student Veterans National Conference — the largest annual gathering of service members, veterans, advocates, thought-leader, stakeholders, and supporters in higher education in the world.

      “It is a gathering of all these individuals for the common purpose of improving the transition of students from the military to college, keeping military students in college, and creating the best possible opportunity for student veterans after college,” said Matthew Haberle, president of BUSVA, who along with fellow members were among more than 1,500 conference participants.

      According to Haberle, they attended NatCon to learn how to improve veteran benefits on campus and how BUSVA can better themselves by working with other student organizations and bring in new information about jobs and post-graduate opportunities for veteran students.

      Speaker to confront fear in upcoming talk

      Lisa Bryant

      Consultant Lisa Bryant will tackle the topic of fear in “Get the ‘F’ (Fear) Out of Here” at Bloomsburg University on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Multicultural Center starting at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

      In this interactive session, various techniques are used to explore the effects of fear and intimidation on leadership and all who follow them. Attendees will examine the differences between fear and intimidation, identify the symptoms as well as gain strategies to combat them. Bryant is the president and CEO of LBAFG Consulting and co-owner of His Vision Productions, LLC. She earned a B.S. in liberal studies with a music education minor from West Chester University. She also holds a B.A and M.A. in theology from Jameson College and is an ordained pastor.

      With more than 30 years of experience working with Greek life culture and 26 years of professional experience in training and education, she has shared her expertise with various organizations including the Vanguard Group, PNC Bank and AIG. She was a certified trainer at Verizon Communications, has provided financial education and coaching to families and also spearheaded Head Start and Title I programs in schools.

      Her interests lie in consulting, leadership and a desire to empower people to change. The Multicultural Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring the lecture.

      COT accepting applications for new student trustee

      Carver Hall

      Bloomsburg University's Council of Trustees is accepting applications for the position of student trustee now through Feb. 17. Students applying for the position should be a full time undergraduate student who is at least a second semester freshman and no more than a second semester junior. Candidates must be in good academic standing and be able to serve through May of 2018.

      As a student trustee, the selected student has a unique opportunity to represent his/her peers in all Council of Trustees meetings and Community Government Association, executive and senate, meetings. The student trustee aids the Council of Trustees, President, and Chancellor in making decisions regarding the University’s student life, academic programs, admissions, budgets, and university relations.

      Katherine Mullen, the outgoing student trustee, is a junior chemistry major. As the student trustee for the last two years has provided Mullen with many experiences, connections, networking opportunities, and privileges that has helped her grow, not only as a BU student but as a person as well. Student Trustees have opportunities to speak at graduation ceremonies, attend donor dinners and award ceremonies that add to their college experience.

      Mullen says about her fellow trustees, “I personally love listening to fellow trustees ask questions at meetings,” said Mullen. “All of them have years of professional experience that I, as a 21-year-old, cannot relate to. However, I am able to gain bits of wisdom by recognizing the experiences behind the questions they ask. Each time I interact with the trustees I walk away smiling. They are excited about the path I have chosen in life and are supportive of what I intend to do after I graduate.”

      Students interested in being a student trustee should contact Jennifer Williams in the President’s office at (570) 389-4523 or jwilliam@bloomu.edu. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb.17.

      Gain a professional edge through the Husky Summit

      Husky Summit

      From participant to a presenter, senior Sarah Bartra has worked towards becoming a professional through the annual Husky Student Leadership Summit. Bartra, a dual communication studies and biological allied health major with a Spanish minor, is an active leader as vice president of Community Government Association (CGA).

      Bartra first attended the Husky Summit her sophomore year and this year she will be presenting a panel alongside her fellow CGA student leaders. Besides having the honor to present, she wants to use all the tools available from the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience (CPDCE) to students at the summit.

      During her experience last year, Bartra had a more workable resume and utilized the networking and professional opportunities available at the summit. Being able to mock interview with alumni in her prospective field and receive their feedback was beneficial to Bartra. Networking with student leaders and BU alumni was also helpful. Last year’s keynote speaker Hoan Do, motivational speaker from American Ninja Warrior, was a memorable moment for Bartra.

      “His speech was energizing,” Bartra says. “It set the tone for the rest of the day.”

      The 11th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring BU alumni David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish foundation, as the keynote speaker.

      11th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit

      This free day-long student leadership conference with alumni is sponsored by Alumni and Professional Engagement, CLE and CGA. This year’s theme is “Leaders United.” Keynote speaker — David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation — is a 1981 accounting graduate and former member of the men’s tennis team.

      Throughout the conference, students are encouraged to attend various CLE leadership certification program workshops, roundtable discussions with alumni, the leadership networking luncheon and CPDCE, where they can get a professional headshot taken, engage in a mock interview, have resumes reviewed, discuss post grad opportunities and learn ways to brand themselves as a leader and a rising professional. To register, visit the Husky Summit portal on Husky Sync!

      A memorable learning experience for Douglass LLC

      Living and Learning Communities foster a unique learning environment for students with similar majors, interests and goals living together on campus and experiencing a variety of learning opportunities in and out of the classroom.

      One of the more active communities is the Frederick Douglass LLC, which regularly takes educational trips. This past fall, they traveled to Virginia to visit Belle Grove Plantation — an authentic late 18th-century plantation house and estate. For one student with a special connection to the LLC, the overnight trip left a lasting impression.

      “My uncle did research and found out we were related to Frederick Douglass,” said Marqueshay Tomlinson, a freshman nursing major, admitting she really wants to learn more about her ancestry.

      Tomlinson said this trip stuck out to her the most when she saw the list of LLC activities early in the semester given to her by her advisor, Brian Johnson, director of BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence. Tomlinson’s initial reaction was, “Wow… a slave plantation, oh my goodness!”

      Veteran journalist to speak about taboo questions

      Phillip Milano, founder of Y? The National Forum on People’s Differences, will present “Dare to Ask”, a lecture on how to love and respect others by learning everything about them on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

      Milano believes, curious students are better students, and encourages people to ask unflinching, politically incorrect questions about racial, cultural, and sexual differences. This helps individuals overcome fears of offending and gain greater understanding of one another. Milano, a 30-year journalist and 25-year newspaper veteran, has been featured on CBS, CNN, BET, BBC, and numerous newspapers such as, The Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today. He is the author of the book, “I can’t Believe You Asked That!” and a writer for the newspaper column, “Dare to Ask.”

      The, “Dare to Ask” lecture is sponsored by the Fredrick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence.

      Job shadow brings career options into focus

      Catherine Garrity

      Catherine Garrity loves the creative edge marketing brings out in people and saw that firsthand through her recent job shadowing experience at Altitude Marking, an integrated B2B marketing agency in Emmaus.

      “I love working with others to combine interests and ideas,” explained Garrity, a junior business management major with a minor in marketing.

      Garrity was introduced to Altitude Marketing through her dad, owner of Compass Point, a consulting company for small businesses. Altitude Marketing was a past client of his, so she reached out to Andrew Stanten, president of the company.

      “He spoke very highly of his business and employees, and I could feel his passion for both,” Garrity said. “This was my first experience shadowing with an advertising agency, so it was something I was particularly excited about.”

      According to Garrity, the job shadow actually opened her eyes to an added career aspect to marketing. After speaking to Altitude’s public relations team, she began to envision a career path involving PR. She spent the day around several projects the team had worked on, including social media and writing.

      Through BU’s business program and the American University of Rome, a study abroad program, Garrity believes the courses she has completed have challenged and prepared her for the future in more than one way. She has developed strong writing and creativity skills, and has learned new limits.

      “This program has required me to step out of my comfort zone and do things I didn’t think I could do, such as creating marketing plans and advertising products for different companies,” said Garrity, adding through job shadowing her future career path is coming into focus.

      BOG scholars honored for fall achievement

      Board of Governors Scholars

      Bloomsburg University’s Board of Governors (BOG) Scholarship Program celebrated the opening of the spring semester with a welcome back dinner and informational meeting.

      During this time, the BOG students were also recognized for their academic achievements from the fall.

      • BOG students who received a 4.0 for the Fall 2016 semester — Olivia Best, Lauren Bunnell, Nadine De Jesus, Lizmeidy Hernandez, Cassidy Hess, Caleb Jackson, Carter Jackson, Elizabeth Kester, Kyle Mausteller, Oksana Picca, Michaela Raschi, Grace Schueren, Na’Shaun Scott, Megan Shay, Facia Sirleaf, Derek Stahl, and Emily Sweeney
      • BOG students who received a 3.5-4.0 GPA for the Fall 2016 semester — Jennifer Anani , Jasmine Bailey, Selene Bazan, Olivia Best, Augustina Bouduo, Lindsey Boutin, Lauren Bunnell, Damira Caldwell, Elayne Che, Jonathan Cruz, Kahlil Daniel, Nadine De Jesus, Veronica Dejesus, Emily Fazio, Alexander Fuchsman, Kaylynn Gerhart, Dashiyah Green, Damian Guzman, Tirah Hall, Takwan Hargrove, Lizmeidy Hernandez, Cassidy Hess, Riley Hotzman, Caleb Jackson, Carter Jackson, Louis Jenkins, Elizabeth Kester, Haley Kravitz, Kyle Mausteller, John McDonnell, Mary McGonigle, Ashley Mercado, Briannie Miranda, Shaidy Moronta, Kaitlin Muzzy, Amara Nazario, Jared Ortega, Teresa Ortiz, Gary Phillips, Oksana Picca, Taylor Raker, Michaela Raschi, Nathan Reynolds, Marisa Rhodes, Brandon Richardson, Bryan Rudolph, Adelina Sacouto, Grace Schueren, Nashaun Scott, Bryan Semon, Sebastian Shaffer, Megan Shay, Facia Sirleaf, Derek Stahl, Charlene Strange, Megan Sumner, Emily Sweeney, Johncarlos Tavares, Jaliyah Vanguine, Maritza Williams, and Kristin Woodlen
      • BOG students who received a 3.0-3.49 GPA for the Fall 2016 semester — Justine Adams , Ayesha Akther, Joan Ales-Miranda, Beverly Andre, Justin Angco, Erica Arbakov, Parajai Ash, Sarah Bartra, Marcus Bearfield, Derrick Bordner, Diona Brown, Naiya Brown, Cache Catlett, Alexia Claudio, Christiana Cragwell, Dajana Diaz-Colon, Shameriah Diggs-Washington, Gerald Douglas, Mark Drumm, Ashley Ferstermann, Jared Frank, Jose Gamboa, Edgar Garcia, Hadiyah Grove, Christopher Haas, Jahlil Hardy, Juliana Hernandez, Abdul- Qaadir Holloman, Jessica Jones, Kysir King, Crystal Kwashie, Amanda Leamon, Steven Lopez, Ydalini Madera, Amber Maxwell, Nicole McCaffrey, Taylor McCarthy, Liz Medina, Travis Miller, Valerie Mussey, Christopher Mychajluk, Kaleena Ortiz, Alexandria Ostman, Malcolm Pierce-Dandy, Todd Poe, Conrado Ramos, Brook Reichenbach, Shantel Robinson, Justice Rooker, Jonathan Shanley, Shelby Slaughter, Kyla Smith-Brown, Anandah Stephens, Max Strickler, Stephan Vajdic, Joseph Waack, Charlie Wallish, Tanisha Webster, Khadijah Williams, and Ke'yanna Wilson

      New scholarship search launched

      Scholarship Application Process

      Students will no longer need to scroll through a long list of scholarships and complete multiple paper applications that need to be turned into each department. Instead complete ONE application to automatically apply to multiple scholarships.

      Deadline for current students to complete the 2017-18 Scholarship Application online is March 1. Incoming freshman have until April 1.

      Students can find the application instructions on the scholarship website’s main page before logging in. Students can find the link to the scholarship website on their MyHusky account under the To Do List.

      Department committees will be provided with detailed instructions and training in the near future. Committee members will see a list of scholarships they are responsible for awarding upon logging on. Each scholarship will display a spreadsheet of eligible applicants including their answers from the scholarship application and data imported from MyHusky. Committee members will be able to sort and rank applicants and select recipients online.

      The financial aid office and BU Foundation, Inc., will view the selected recipients online, a list of recipients does not need to be emailed or put in campus mail anymore. The scholarship awards will be posted to student’s financial aid records and the students will receive an email notification of the award.

      Financial aid processing

      BU’s Bursar Office will begin processing financial aid on Thursday, Feb. 2. Students who have signed up for financial aid refund direct deposit via their student account will have their refunds deposited to their designated account within two business days of the email notification from the Bursar Office.

      For those students who have not signed up for direct deposit, financial aid refund checks will be mailed to the student’s registered home address. There is still time to enroll in the direct deposit option by logging into your MyHusky account.

      Students will be notified by email of their disbursement.

      A symbolic arrival for a final semester

      Rachel Cimera

      Rachel Ann Cimera is a senior Chinese major with a minor in political science who is spending her final semester as a undergraduate this spring studying abroad at the renowned Beijing Normal University, a public research university in China with strong emphasis on basic disciplines of humanities and sciences.

      "My arrival will be after one of the major holidays in China, the Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival. This happens during what is called the春运 Chunyun period, which occurs 15 days prior to the Lunar New Year. Fortunately for all of the Rooster born individuals, their year, 2017 has come."

      Discover. Explore. Experience!

      • Thinking about study abroad? — discover your path at the upcoming Study Abroad Open House on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., KUB Multipurpose B. Let us help you get started. Making the memories is up to you!
      • Celebrate the Chinese New Year — Sunday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom with food, dance and music. Sponsored by the Chinese Student Association, the Chinese Club, and the Office of Global and Multicultural Education.
      • Study in China this summer! — May 21 through June 11, explore Beijing, visit major cultural and historic sites including Forbidden City, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, traditional and modern neighborhoods, gift stores and more. Taste authentic Chinese foods, learn Taichi, cooking and martial arts in cultural lectures. Learn Chinese and communicate with Chinese students and people on the streets! Earn 6 credits toward graduation in Chinese 101 and Chinese 211 Foundations of Chinese Civilization (carrying 3 GEPs). Both courses satisfy Chinese Minor requirement.

      Travel grant scholarship for student research

      BU's Global Awareness Society International is offering, on a competitive basis, $500 travel grant scholarships to students who wish to present their re-search at the 26th Annual Conference in Heredia, Costa Rica, from May 25 to 27, with optional educational programs May 28 and May 29. Requirements are:

      • Student must be a BU student or a May 2017 graduate.
      • Individual paper presentations are given top priority.
      • Paper can be in any discipline and should be related to the conference theme, Global Inequity and Human Rights
      • First time applicants are given preference.
      • Student must submit at abstract to the GASI office in 128 Andruss by Feb. 15
      • Awards are made at the Awards Dinner on May 27 at the conclusion of the conference. Contact James C. Pomfret, Andruss Library 128, at gasi@bloomu.edu.

        McDowell Institute hosts behavior analyst expert

        Rose Iovannone

        Bloomsburg University's McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support will hold its annual speaker series on Wednesday, Feb. 15 featuring Rose Iovannone. The talk will be at Monty’s beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free and no pre-registration required.

        Iovannone is the principal investigator and director of the Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource Center Multi-disciplinary Clinic within the Florida Mental Health Institute, Division of Applied Research and Educational Support at the University of South Florida. Her current research and outreach endeavors emphasize design and implementation of sustainable individualized-intensive interventions and supports to address the needs of students with complex needs. She has authored an array of journal publications and books highlighting the comprehensive delivery of person-centered Positive Behavior Support and is a highly sought provider of training and systems design consultation by schools and human service agencies. She is a board certified behavior analyst and has served in numerous leadership capacities throughout her career for the Association for Behavior Analysis International as well as the International Association for Positive Behavior Support.

        The focus of this year’s event will be on designing effective systems of intensive Positive Behavior Support for individual students with complex needs. Increasingly schools are installing both universal and targeted forms of Positive Behavior Support to address non-academic barriers to learning. This session should prove highly valuable to future teachers, social workers and professionals from other child-serving systems.

        FOCUS celebrates Black History Month 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, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center for fellowship and blessings in honor of Black History Month.

        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.

        Greater awareness, better understanding

        World Hijab Day

        Because current political debates and national policies often conflate and over-simplify complex issues regarding Islam, the suffering of refugees, and matters of national security and public safety, Bloomsburg University students and faculty have organized a series of events this week, which hope will help the university community become better informed.

        • Wednesday, Feb. 1 (Sutliff Hall, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — BU's Muslim Student Association is celebrating World Hijab Day, which honors women’s right to cover. MSA is an organization open to all and invites everyone who is curious about hijab and who wish their support for the Muslim women to this event.
        • Thursday, Feb. 2 (Hartline's Kuster Auditorium, 5:30 to 7:30 PM); students and faculty will join in screening the PBS frontline documentary on Yemen, Yemen Under Siege. The journal Foreign Policy called this documentary “a revelation, both for its remarkable footage of the Houthi movement and for its clear-eyed perspective on Yemen’s politics and future.” Yemen is one of the seven countries included in the recent freeze on America’s refugee program.
        • Friday, Feb. 3 , (Quad 4 p.m.) — Bloomsburg University Indivisible: #NoBan. Students, faculty, staff and community members will hold a conversation, protest and vigil in response to the recent executive order banning immigrants from seven different countries. The event begins on the Academic Quad then moves to steps of Carver Hall, where participants will be given candles.

        Emergency notification system testing

        Emergency Notification System

        All components of BU’s emergency notification system – sirens, email, voice, and text messages – will be tested on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 9:45 a.m.

        All BU students and registered faculty and staff will receive a test email, voice, and text message if they opted to receive notification in these formats. For instructions on how to sign up or opt out of the text message component, see bloomu.edu/bualert where information can be updated at any time.

        The sirens, installed on Elwell Hall, McCormick Center for Human Services and Nelson Field House, will alert the campus community when vital emergency information is available via email, voice, and text message. Anyone who is on campus Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. but does not hear the sirens is asked to notify Belinda DeLeon, safety administrator, at bdeleon@bloomu.edu. BU tests the emergency notification system once each semester.

        CAS presents independent documentary

        Hilleman Documentary

        "Mostly Mondays at the Movies," part of Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artist Series, continues with the showing of "Hilleman – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children.” The film will be screened on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

        The documentary tells the journey of Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, a man with a simple goal: eliminate all diseases that infect and kill children. From his youth in poverty in Montana, Hilleman would go on to prevent pandemic flu, develop the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and invent the first vaccine against human cancer. With interviews from Hilleman and his peers, this documentary puts a human face behind vaccine science that has impacted nearly every human on the planet.

        Director Donald Rayne Mitchell will lead a discussion following the screening. Tickets are $3.50 in advance and $4 at the door.

        Former NAACP leader to speak on MLK Jr.’s legacy

        Benjamin Jealous

        Former president and CEO of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous will be the keynote speaker at Bloomsburg University’s 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. Jealous will present, “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy” on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

        Jealous is a civil and human rights leader, venture capitalist and author. For five years, he was the president and CEO of the NAACP until stepping down in 2013. He is currently a partner at Kapor Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm where he invests in high-growth companies with positive social impact. Jealous also teaches graduate courses at Princeton University on civil rights, social entrepreneurship and leadership as well as being a regular commentator on MSNBC.

        He is also the author of the book “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding.” Jealous also serves as an advisor for multiple tech startups that work to close gaps, particularly in the areas of financial inclusion, justice tech, and low wage work. He serves as a board member at Pigeonly and a board advisor at PayNearMe. Jealous holds a B.A. in political science from Columbia University and a master's degree in comparative social research from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

        The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

        University book read for Women's History Month

        University Read

        To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Zeigler College of Business and Women’s Resource Center will sponsor a keynote speech on March 23 by Joann Lublin, a journalist with the Wall Street Journal. Joann’s recent book titled Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World chronicles the careers of 50 successful women executives.

        Three of our outstanding faculty — Laura Davis (business law), Megumi Omori (sociology), and Victoria Geyfman (finance) — will hold a “university read” for interested faculty, staff, and students. Participants will meet several times before March 23 to share what they have learned about the author, book, and key issues about women at work.

        Those who participate in the “university read” will be invited to a personal lunch with Joann Lublin and her husband before the keynote speech. Joann will personally sign books at the luncheon and after her talk.

        The Zeigler College of Business will purchase books for the first 100 people who participate in the “university read.” If you wish to participate, please contact Davis, Omori, or Geyfman by the end of Monday, Feb. 6. They will distribute the books on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and have a lunch with the author before the keynote speech on March 23. Joann Lublin will personally sign books at the luncheon and after her talk.

        Book Summary: More than 50 trailblazing executive women who broke the corporate glass ceiling offer inspiring and surprising insights and lessons in this essential, in-the-trenches career guide from Joann S. Lublin, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal.

        Are you career ready?

        In today's competitive job market, employers are looking for more than just good grades. They want a clean, concise resume, an applicant who shows up prepared and confident, someone who articulates why they are a good candidate for the organization and an employee who performs in a professional manner.

        Seniors and juniors can learn how to leverage skills and experiences to be successful in the transition from student to professional by attending a Career Intensive Boot Camp on Feb. 10 to 12 or March 3 to 5. Attendees will participate in 20-plus unique sessions, including: Compensation Considerations, Debunking the "Career Path" Myth, The Shocking Truth of Getting Hired, Making Connections on LinkedIn, 3 Mock Interviews, Office Communications, a Professional Etiquette Dinner and more.

        Craig R. Shuey, chief operating officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and BU alumnus, will be the keynote speaker at the Career Intensive Boot Camp. There is also the opportunity to network with more than 60 alumni, organization representatives, faculty and staff. Sessions are held at the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg. Shuttle from campus is available. Space is limited.

        Putting the you in Professional U

        • Career Intensive Boot Camp — Feb. 10 to 12. A weekend experience for seniors, juniors and recent graduates to learn how to leverage your skills and experiences to get a job. A second boot camp will be held March 3 to 5.
        • CPDCE Open House — Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Let what you love be what you do." A great quote but how do you get there?
        • Career Connections Expo — April 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All majors seeking job opportunities for all industries in one location at Nelson Field House, along with internship and job shadowing opportunities.

        "Early America" exhibit in Haas Gallery

        Early America

        Sculptor Lewis Colburn will launch the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania spring art exhibition series with his work titled “Early America” at the Haas Gallery of Art from Wednesday, Feb. 8, through Thursday, March 9. There will be an opening reception on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

        Colburn’s “Early America” show focuses on how objects can be used to re-tell and re-interpret the past through current experience. Colburn is interested in how we choose and neglect narratives through historical replications and how the act of re-telling the past can manifest itself as the object.

        Colburn earned bachelor’s degrees in studio art and Russian language at St. Olaf College and received a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Syracuse University. His work has exhibited across the United States in places like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and throughout upstate New York. Colburn is a member of NAPOLEON, an artist-run project space in Philadelphia’s Rollins Building.

        Sankofa Conference

        Sankofa

        Bloomsburg University's annual Sankofa Conference will feature Jamal Johnson and Muhibb Dyer, community activist, poet and co-founder of Flood the Hood Dreams, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom.

        Established the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Sankofa Conference grew out of the need for students to learn, understand, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent. The conference has developed as a way to promote unity and understanding among students and to provide a forum for discussion and learning.

        Johnson will serve as the keynote speaker. Dyer, who has performed throughout the United States and was a finalist in 2002 at the National Poetry Slam, will lead a workshop with students on “Survivor Guilt.”

        The conference is free for students but registration required by Friday, Feb. 10, at the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

        Combating fear and intimidation

        Lisa Bryant

        Lisa Bryant, a management consultant with 25-plus years of professional experience in training and education, will present “Get the ‘F’ (Fear) Out of Here” on Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center.

        Her interactive presentation will use various techniques to explore the effects of fear and intimidation on leadership. According to Bryant, the audience will examine and question the differences between fear and intimidation and acquire strategies to combat them.

        Bryant is the president and CEO of LBAFG Consulting, which develops and facilitates strategic plans as well as consults for Greek Letter Organizations, colleges and universities. She has long expressed her love for training and education through motivating special education and Title I workshops for various school districts and head start programs, as well as provided financial education and coaching to countless families.

        Bryant is an ordained pastor and an independent recording artist who has ministered across the country, resulting in a large amount of public speaking experience.

        New scholarship search launched

        Scholarship Application Process

        Students will no longer need to scroll through a long list of scholarships and complete multiple paper applications that need to be turned into each department. Instead complete ONE application to automatically apply to multiple scholarships.

        Deadline for current students to complete the 2017-18 Scholarship Application online is March 1. Incoming freshman have until April 1.

        Students can find the application instructions on the scholarship website’s main page before logging in. Students can find the link to the scholarship website on their MyHusky account under the To Do List.

        Department committees will be provided with detailed instructions and training in the near future. Committee members will see a list of scholarships they are responsible for awarding upon logging on. Each scholarship will display a spreadsheet of eligible applicants including their answers from the scholarship application and data imported from MyHusky. Committee members will be able to sort and rank applicants and select recipients online.

        The financial aid office and BU Foundation, Inc., will view the selected recipients online, a list of recipients does not need to be emailed or put in campus mail anymore. The scholarship awards will be posted to student’s financial aid records and the students will receive an email notification of the award.

        Financial aid processing

        BU’s Bursar Office will begin processing financial aid on Thursday, Feb. 2. Students who have signed up for financial aid refund direct deposit via their student account will have their refunds deposited to their designated account within two business days of the email notification from the Bursar Office.

        For those students who have not signed up for direct deposit, financial aid refund checks will be mailed to the student’s registered home address. There is still time to enroll in the direct deposit option by logging into your MyHusky account.

        Students will be notified by email of their disbursement.

        A symbolic arrival for a final semester

        Rachel Cimera

        Rachel Ann Cimera is a senior Chinese major with a minor in political science who is spending her final semester as a undergraduate this spring studying abroad at the renowned Beijing Normal University, a public research university in China with strong emphasis on basic disciplines of humanities and sciences.

        "My arrival will be after one of the major holidays in China, the Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival. This happens during what is called the春运 Chunyun period, which occurs 15 days prior to the Lunar New Year. Fortunately for all of the Rooster born individuals, their year, 2017 has come."

        Discover. Explore. Experience!

        • Thinking about study abroad? — discover your path at the upcoming Study Abroad Open House on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., KUB Multipurpose B. Let us help you get started. Making the memories is up to you!
        • Celebrate the Chinese New Year — Sunday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom with food, dance and music. Sponsored by the Chinese Student Association, the Chinese Club, and the Office of Global and Multicultural Education.
        • Study in China this summer! — May 21 through June 11, explore Beijing, visit major cultural and historic sites including Forbidden City, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, traditional and modern neighborhoods, gift stores and more. Taste authentic Chinese foods, learn Taichi, cooking and martial arts in cultural lectures. Learn Chinese and communicate with Chinese students and people on the streets! Earn 6 credits toward graduation in Chinese 101 and Chinese 211 Foundations of Chinese Civilization (carrying 3 GEPs). Both courses satisfy Chinese Minor requirement.

        Travel grant scholarship for student research

        BU's Global Awareness Society International is offering, on a competitive basis, $500 travel grant scholarships to students who wish to present their re-search at the 26th Annual Conference in Heredia, Costa Rica, from May 25 to 27, with optional educational programs May 28 and May 29. Requirements are:

        • Student must be a BU student or a May 2017 graduate.
        • Individual paper presentations are given top priority.
        • Paper can be in any discipline and should be related to the conference theme, Global Inequity and Human Rights
        • First time applicants are given preference.
        • Student must submit at abstract to the GASI office in 128 Andruss by Feb. 15
        • Awards are made at the Awards Dinner on May 27 at the conclusion of the conference. Contact James C. Pomfret, Andruss Library 128, at gasi@bloomu.edu.

          Every day, a new adventure in Spain

          Spain Study Abroad

          One day exploring the historic sights of the city like the Arabic Baths and the La Capilla Real (The Royal Chapel). Tasting the local Mediterranean cuisine at the cafes and restaurants for lunch. Another day experiencing the traditions during the holiday season like Three Kings Day. This winter break has been a new adventure every day for Racquel Kreischer as she is studying abroad in Granada, Spain.

          Kreischer, a senior engineering major, is spending her winter break studying Spanish through the Instituto Mediterráneo Sol Granada. While living with her host family, Kreischer is learning the language up close as she is directly immersed in Spanish culture.
          “It was a shock being immersed into Spanish with my host family and classes speaking only Spanish, but in the span of a week I have caught on quickly! Everything is in Spanish, tours, conversations with my host family, eating at restaurants, so it is very important to learn quickly.”

          Becoming fully engaged in the language has allowed Kreischer to discover and experience all the warm city of Granada has to offer. “There is so much to do in the beautiful city of Granada and living with a family makes studying here even more exciting. I know where all the best places to go and things to do here are located.”

          Study Abroad Open House: — Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., KUB Multipurpose B. Let us help you get started. Making the memories is up to you!

          Broadening global horizons in Poland

          Poland Study Abroad

          For the fifth year, another group Bloomsburg University students ventured to Poland during winter break to study at Jagiellonian University in Poland. Alexandra Miller, senior honors student majoring in ASL and Spanish, was among 40 students and three faculty members, including Michael Martin, assistant professor of English, to study in Kraków.

          While studying at the Polish Institute of Language and Culture, students and faculty gather at the university to take two courses for credit. With a course about the history of Jews in Europe and another on Eastern European Film, Literature and Culture, Miller and her fellow abroad students gain a unique in-depth insight on Eastern European culture and history.

          To balance their intensive study, students immersed themselves in Kraków’s rich culture and walked through the history of Poland with trips to places like the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz. Journeying to several cities in Eastern and Central Europe, this trip is a cultural experience unlike any other as Miller, Martin and others are pushed to think differently both academically and internationally.

          “Sharing dinner with students who appreciate another language, having breakfast with our Russian Fulbright Scholar (did you know we had one at Bloomsburg right now?) or listening to students who are studying Russian are great reminders that the world is much larger than the drive from your home to school and back, or from home to a major city.”

          Study Abroad Open House: — Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., KUB Multipurpose B. Let us help you get started. Making the memories is up to you!

          Living the "pure life" in Costa Rica

          Costa Rica Study Abroad

          Pura Vida, or pure life, means to love life. These wise words are at the heart of Costa Rican culture. Kylie Goodling is living this philosophy she learned from her host mother as she spends her winter break studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica.

          Goodling, a senior speech language pathology major and Spanish and linguistics minor as well as an ESL certification student, is completing her Spanish minor through SOL. Living with her host mom Cecilia (or Mama Tica), she is taking courses on Latin American culture and civilization.

          Besides studying, Goodling is fully immersed in the sights and sounds of Latin American culture in scenic Heredia. Visiting the Basilica, trying local food and even white water rafting have been a part of Goodling’s study abroad experience. Goodling’s Costa Rican journey has been pura vida.

          “Mama Tica is seriously one of the best people I have ever met. She is so full of heart and soul. She is always telling us to love ourselves no matter what anyone else thinks.”

          Study Abroad Open House: — Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., KUB Multipurpose B. Let us help you get started. Making the memories is up to you!

          Interested in being a Student Trustee?

          Council of Trustees

          Applications for the position of student member of the Council of Trustees, representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at Bloomsburg University are now being accepted.

          A candidate shall be at least a second semester freshman, but no more than a second semester junior, who is a full-time undergraduate student in attendance at the university, and is in good academic standing.

          Must be willing to serve through May 2018. Application deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. For more details, contact Jennifer Williams in the President’s office 570-389-4523 or jwilliam@bloomu.edu.

          BU to participate in SARA initiative

          National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

          The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) has recognized Bloomsburg University as an institutional participant in the SARA initiative.

          The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. It also allows students to participate in many types of field experiences in other SARA-member states. Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia participate in SARA. (SARA does not address professional licensing board approval for courses or programs leading to state licensing or certification.)

          SARA increases administrative efficiency and lowers the costs of obtaining authorization to provide postsecondary distance education in states that join. The benefits result in improved access as institutions can make their academic programs more widely available and accept enrollments from students in other states.

          ll SARA institutions annually commit to several steps designed to ensure that courses and programs offered through the SARA initiative provide high-quality learning opportunities that can help students reach their goals.

          SARA is administered by the four regional education compacts (Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). Membership is open to degree-granting postsecondary institutions from all sectors (public colleges and universities; independent institutions, both non-profit and for-profit) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

          Year in Review

          Year in Review

          Another productive and memorable year at Bloomsburg University has come to a close. Yet, 2016 wasn’t so routine. A collection of academic programs achieved national prominence along with several student groups reaching unprecedented success in fundraising and competition.

          Meanwhile, the tradition of students discovering new levels of advancement, impact and scholarship continued as well.

          Top 5 Most Read Stories

          • BU ranks among the U.S. News best — BU once again made the list of top universities in the northern region of the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings.
          • 9/11 tragedy inspires research path — Although just 6 years old at the time, Sept. 11, 2001 is a day Elizabeth Miller can never forget.
          • Liberal Arts Symposium — Unofficially kicking off Homecoming Weekend, more than 25 alumni returned to campus to help facilitate the two-day annual symposium.
          • Prateek Goorha award winner ready for politics — With dreams of becoming Secretary of State one day, Kimberly Martin is eyeing a long career in government and politics.
          • Study abroad sets table for research — Lydia Stebbins’s research has already taken her through the quaint food markets of culturally rich Xalapa, Mexico, and will soon go global again into another cultural hub, Morocco.

          Demolition derby exhibit featured

          Last Car Running

          Photographer Christine Pearl will feature her photo essay collection, “Last Car Running” at Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery of Art. Her show opens Thursday, Dec. 22, in the Haas Gallery of Art. This show is free and open to the public.

          “Last Car Running” focuses on demolition derby culture and its participants. Pearl’s interest in this subject stems from her attraction to people and parallels her reasons for taking photographs as a disabled artist. Her photography of rural demolition derby culture captures “contemporary redneck culture” and how the dwindling blue-collar class finds freedom in the automobile.

          Pearl is a photographer with a private practice based in Washington, D.C. With a background in design and construction, Pearl began to shoot photographs in 2010 as a way to cope with disability. Photography become her physical therapy to deal with limited mobility. Since then, she has a long exhibition record from the District of Columbia, Texas, New York and internationally in Hungary. She also has an extensive publication history in a variety of media formats with her latest photo essay featured in Photo Technique Magazine and Rear Curtain. 

          A closing reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an artist lecture at 1:15 p.m. The Haas Gallery of Art is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

          Graduate students to present at international convention

          ACPA Convention

          Presenting a unique session at an international convention is a considerable accomplishment, especially for graduate students. (Mary) Kate Orzolek M.Ed. ‘17 and Katie Slater M.Ed. ’17 in Bloomsburg University's College Student Affairs program, will each present program sessions this spring at the 2017 convention of ACPA: College Student Educators-International in Columbus, Ohio.

          Orzolek will present “Preparing for the Alpha Generation Entering College: Foreshadowing and Dialectic.” Slater’s presentation is entitled “Drunkorexia and Disordered Eating in College Students.” Both students have been mentored in their proposal development process by Mindy Andino, Ed.D, assistant professor, of educational leadership and college student affairs, who is also co-presenting each session.

          ICS symposium to explore diversity this spring

           Imam Daayiee Abdullah

          This upcoming semester, the Institute for Culture and Society will organize its annual Bloomsburg Explores symposium on “Diversity.” Given that diversity includes many categories, that are beyond ICS's ability to cover in one semester, its focus will be on four topics: gender, race, language and culture, and religion. To explore all four topics, a series of events are scheduled including a guest-speaker lecture, panels and discussions, two book clubs and more.

          The participants in the panel discussions are BU students and for each panel ICS will have faculty moderating the discussion. Students will receive a list of questions beforehand to help them prepare for the panels and to stay focused on the topic. ICS's goal is to celebrate diversity and to highlight the issues that make diversity challenging. It is only by creating a healthy environment for everyone that ICS could promote understanding and respect for all regardless of our differences.

          Faculty promotion and and tenure

          Faculty Tenure Promotions

          The following faculty members have been granted tenure effective Spring 2017:

          • Johan van de Jagt, exceptionality programs
            • The following faculty members were 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 were 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

              Regional STEM center receives PPL grant

              STEM Grant

              Bloomsburg University's Regional STEM Education Center received a $25,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. The funds will support the GI-STEM: Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Day for regional Girl Scouts on Saturday, March 4, 2017, and the Great STEM Adventure Camps June 5–9, 2017, at Bloomsburg University.
              STEM Grant.

              GI-STEM Day encourages Girl Scouts in Brownies (second and third grades), Juniors (fourth and fifth grades), and Cadettes (sixth-eighth grades) to get excited about the STEM field. The day, designed to teach girls how to enjoy both learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and be very successful in school in STEM subjects. During the program, Girl Scouts move through hands-on STEM stations facilitated by Bloomsburg University education and nursing majors to learn about STEM principles. Also, the Girl Scouts will hear from female STEM speakers and have presentations from Mad Science of Lehigh Valley and Chesapeake Bay Field Research Station.

              Why study abroad?

              Study abroad offers students formidable career-enhancing experiences and new perspectives vital to personal growth. Rapid globalization in economics, arts and culture, science, and education means that students with significant immersion abroad will get better jobs and have richer lives—which is a statistical fact. When students study abroad, they also contribute in the end to greater intercultural relations and improved ecological sustainability, because as a group they have a refined grasp of how humans relate to each other and to the natural environment.

              Husky Abroad ... over winter session

              • Costa Rica — Follow Kylie Goodling as she studies abroad at Latin University in Heredia.
              • Spain — Follow Racquel Kreischer as she studies at Instituto Mediterráneo Sol Granada in Granada.
              • Poland — Follow Alexandra Miller as she studies abroad at Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

              Husky Abroad ... this summer?

              • China — Explore Beijing from May 21 through June 11, visit major cultural and historic sites including Forbidden City, Great Wall,
                Tiananmen Square, the National Museum, traditional and modern neighborhoods, gift stores and more. Taste authentic Chinese foods, learn Taichi, cooking and martial arts in cultural lectures. Learn Chinese and communicate with Chinese students and people on the streets!
              • Norway — Explore Norway’s physical and cultural landscapes from May 23 through June 12, hike along the Arctic Circle, visit a glacier, up close and personal. Discover Norway’s stunning geology. Consider Norway’s transformation from one of Europe’s poorest to one of its richest countries. Travel the country by train, foot, ferry, and car. Experience the majesty of Norway’s fjords, by ferry. Explore Norway’s three largest cities, and see artifacts of the Viking world, including a 1000-year-old ship.

              New one-stop scholarship search launched

              Scholarship Application Process

              Students will no longer need to scroll through a long list of scholarships and complete multiple paper applications that need to be turned into each department. Instead complete ONE application to automatically apply to multiple scholarships.

              Deadline for current students to complete the 2017-18 Scholarship Application online is March 1. Incoming freshman have until April 1.

              Students can find the application instructions on the scholarship website’s main page before logging in. Students can find the link to the scholarship website on their MyHusky account under the To Do List.

              Department committees will be provided with detailed instructions and training in the near future. Committee members will see a list of scholarships they are responsible for awarding upon logging on. Each scholarship will display a spreadsheet of eligible applicants including their answers from the scholarship application and data imported from MyHusky. Committee members will be able to sort and rank applicants and select recipients online.

              The financial aid office and BU Foundation, Inc., will view the selected recipients online, a list of recipients does not need to be emailed or put in campus mail anymore. The scholarship awards will be posted to student’s financial aid records and the students will receive an email notification of the award.

              Year in Review

              Year in Review

              Another productive and memorable year at Bloomsburg University has come to a close. Yet, 2016 wasn’t so routine. A collection of academic programs achieved national prominence along with several student groups reaching unprecedented success in fundraising and competition.

              Meanwhile, the tradition of students discovering new levels of advancement, impact and scholarship continued as well.

              Top 5 Most Read Stories

              • BU ranks among the U.S. News best — BU once again made the list of top universities in the northern region of the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings.
              • 9/11 tragedy inspires research path — Although just 6 years old at the time, Sept. 11, 2001 is a day Elizabeth Miller can never forget.
              • Liberal Arts Symposium — Unofficially kicking off Homecoming Weekend, more than 25 alumni returned to campus to help facilitate the two-day annual symposium.
              • Prateek Goorha award winner ready for politics — With dreams of becoming Secretary of State one day, Kimberly Martin is eyeing a long career in government and politics.
              • Study abroad sets table for research — Lydia Stebbins’s research has already taken her through the quaint food markets of culturally rich Xalapa, Mexico, and will soon go global again into another cultural hub, Morocco.

              Political science graduate earns TWC award

              David Broadwell

              David Broadwell, who graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in political science, was recently chosen to receive The Washington Center’s Award for Community Life.

              This award is given each term to a deserving student who fosters community by promoting global citizenship and mentorship among the diverse TWC population independently or through Community Life programming. Broadwell, also a student veteran, was recognized during the center’s fall commencement ceremony.

              TWC is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, TWC has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

              Graduate students to present at international convention

              ACPA Convention

              Presenting a unique session at an international convention is a considerable accomplishment, especially for graduate students. (Mary) Kate Orzolek M.Ed. ‘17 and Katie Slater M.Ed. ’17 in Bloomsburg University's College Student Affairs program, will each present program sessions this spring at the 2017 convention of ACPA: College Student Educators-International in Columbus, Ohio.

              Orzolek will present “Preparing for the Alpha Generation Entering College: Foreshadowing and Dialectic.” Slater’s presentation is entitled “Drunkorexia and Disordered Eating in College Students.” Both students have been mentored in their proposal development process by Mindy Andino, Ed.D, assistant professor, of educational leadership and college student affairs, who is also co-presenting each session.

              • “Preparing for the Alpha Generation Entering College: Foreshadowing and Dialectic” by Kate Orzolek — Student Affairs practitioners have a responsibility to begin discussing how higher education will transform as students begin to enroll who have never known a world without social media. Each new generation of college students has witnessed advancements regarding technology. However, the Alpha Generation may have experienced the largest evolutionary shift throughout history. During this session, the presenter will explore the enrollment of the Alpha Generation in an effort to implement a strengths-based education initiative. Such discussion will be used to inquire about the potential academic performance and social engagement of this new generation.
              • "Drunkorexia and Disordered Eating in College Students" by Katie Slater — The phenomenon of Drunkorexia, typically categorized by cutting out food to “save” calories for or compensate for alcohol calories, excessive exercising to compensate for calories consumed while drinking, or purposefully drinking to excess in order to vomit and purge previously eaten food (Barry & Piazza-Gardner, 2012) is becoming more prevalent on college campuses across the country. This research explores the lived experiences of students. This research study endeavors to gain a nuanced understanding of the implication of drunkorexia behavior through qualitative methods in order to inform the creation of preventative educational programs and intervention strategies.

              ICS symposium to explore diversity this spring

               Imam Daayiee Abdullah

              This upcoming semester, the Institute for Culture and Society will organize its annual Bloomsburg Explores symposium on “Diversity.” Given that diversity includes many categories, that are beyond ICS's ability to cover in one semester, its focus will be on four topics: gender, race, language and culture, and religion. To explore all four topics, a series of events are scheduled including a guest-speaker lecture, panels and discussions, two book clubs and more.

              The participants in the panel discussions are BU students and for each panel ICS will have faculty moderating the discussion. Students will receive a list of questions beforehand to help them prepare for the panels and to stay focused on the topic. ICS's goal is to celebrate diversity on and off campus and to highlight the issues that make diversity challenging. It is only by creating a healthy environment for everyone that ICS could promote understanding and respect for all regardless of our differences.

              ICS Events

              • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., Centennial 218 — Guest Speaker: Imam Daayiee Abdullah
              • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Centennial 201 — Panel 1: Gender and Sexual Identity
              • Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m., Centennial 201 — Panel 2: Race, Racism and Ethnicity
              • Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Centennial 201 — Panel 3: Study Abroad and Cultural Exchange
              • Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m., Centennial 201 — Panel 4: Religion, Pluralism and Misconceptions
              • Tuesday April 11, TBA, Multicultural Center 230 ̵2 Open Discussion: Language and Diversity

              For more information on upcoming ICS events contact Yahya Laayouni at ylaayoun@bloomu.edu.

              Book Club 1: Sessions

              "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

              • Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, Session 1a/2a, noon, TALE Center, Andruss Library
              • Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, Session 1b/2b, 11 a.m., TALE Center, Andruss Library
              • Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, Session 1c/2c, 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m., TALE Center, Andruss Library

              Book Club 2 (after Spring Break)

              "Faith Club" by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner. For more information on book clubs contact Christina Francis at cfrancis@bloomu.edu.

              Demolition derby exhibit featured

              Last Car Running

              Photographer Christine Pearl will feature her photo essay collection, “Last Car Running” at Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery of Art. Her show opens Thursday, Dec. 22, in the Haas Gallery of Art. This show is free and open to the public.

              “Last Car Running” focuses on demolition derby culture and its participants. Pearl’s interest in this subject stems from her attraction to people and parallels her reasons for taking photographs as a disabled artist. Her photography of rural demolition derby culture captures “contemporary redneck culture” and how the dwindling blue-collar class finds freedom in the automobile.

              Pearl is a photographer with a private practice based in Washington, D.C. With a background in design and construction, Pearl began to shoot photographs in 2010 as a way to cope with disability. Photography become her physical therapy to deal with limited mobility. Since then, she has a long exhibition record from the District of Columbia, Texas, New York and internationally in Hungary. She also has an extensive publication history in a variety of media formats with her latest photo essay featured in Photo Technique Magazine and Rear Curtain. 

              A closing reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an artist lecture at 1:15 p.m. The Haas Gallery of Art is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.