Today's News of 2010

Today's News

A weekend filled with celebration

Graduation Nearly 700 newly minted alumni received bachelor’s or master’s degrees during BU’s three winter commencement ceremonies in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. One hundred sixty-five students received master’s degrees Friday, while 500 bachelor’s degrees were conferred on Saturday.

Commencement photo gallery

Another fall semester comes to a close

A balancing act on the Quad Winter commencement capped an eventful and productive fall semester at BU, highlighted by academic achievement, classroom innovation, campus growth and a stronger connection to the community. Relive some highlights of the fall

Student Employee of the Year

Student Employee of the Year Kayla Wolfe, who works in the fine Arts and Humanities Living Learning Community and was nominated by Stephanie Schlitz, won a $500 scholarship provided by the BU Foundation as the Student Employee of the Year. Tobin Adams (left), who works in Intramural Sports and was nominated by Tony Dreckman, won a $200 gift card to the University Store provided by CGA as the runner-up. Student Employment Appreciation Week will also be celebrated in April 2011.

Nursing students add to holiday cheer

Nurses Christian Fellowship BU’s Nurses Christian Fellowship offered their best recipe for holiday cheer this season by baking and decorating cookies for the local community. The event was sponsored by Wesley United Methodist Church, Salvation Army, Agape Ministries, Journey Mates Ministry.

Students represent BU on national stage

Model UN Students Organization Members of BU’s Model UN Students Organization represented Bloomsburg this fall at the National Model United Nations in Washington, D.C., and then served as advisors on substance and technique to a number of high school students who attended the UN Security Council simulation at BU in December with roughly 40 high school students and teachers in attendance. Abdullah Albahrani, assistant professor of economics, will serve as the advisor to the BU Model UN Students Organization starting this semester. He will accompany most of these students in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative at the Osgood Center for International Studies, Washington, D.C. in March. Pictured: (front) Guy Snyder, Joel Boyer, Michael Gerber; (back) Matt Albertson, Amro Elansari, Joseph Albanese.

PCM brightens holidays for needy children

Protestant Campus Ministry, in cooperation with residence life, DASL, and Catholic Campus Ministry, participated in Operation Christmas Child — a worldwide project to provide Christmas gifts to children in developing countries. The groups collected 235 shoeboxes, which were gift-wrapped and delivered to the local collection site. Pictured: PCM members Chelsea Zoltowski, Jess Stevenson and Haley Boyko wrap shoeboxes.

Collaborative work published

4Humanities Fourteen students in the fall honors course, Introduction to Digital Humanities, taught by Stephanie Schlitz, associate professor of English, collaboratively authored a digital humanities manifesto, which was recently published on the Student Voices section of 4Humanities. Students were Emily Arcuri, Grace Barry, Keenan Chesnick, Julia Fox, Sarah Gorr, Natalie Greenholt, Allison Huber, Erik Kile, Jordyn Koveleski, Amanda Machey, Katrina Merz, Kenneth Myers, John Shilpetski and Derek Weicht.

Health Physics lends hand to CMAVTS

Radiation Lab BU’s health physics program loaned a set of Geiger-Mueller radiation detectors to Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School last semester for a set of lab experiments involving low levels of radiation. Their teacher, James Kofskie, a BU physics graduate, said his students greatly enjoyed the experiments. Student use of the equipment at Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech is particularly appropriate since this school is the designated monitoring station in the event of a radiological accident at the PPL Susquehanna plant and was recently used as part of the FEMA emergency drill in October.

Student showcases gender equality research

Kristin Kelly Kristin Kelly, an anthropology and English major, capped a productive fall semester by presenting her anthropological research on gender equality in the U.S. at the annual American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, New Orleans. Kelly intends to pursue graduate studies in legal anthropology. Additionally Kelly, a Board of Governor's Scholar, has been active on campus as a member of the Frederick Douglass Living and Learning Community, community assistant and serving on the CGA.

Anthropology students in national spotlight

American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings A group of anthropology students participated in the 103rd American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings this fall, where they worked as conference volunteers, served in the press room, placement center, registration and exhibit hall. Students also attended an all-day event that included an employer expo, graduate school fair and numerous professional development and career planning workshops. In addition, Victoria Schlieder, Eva Yuen and Kristin Kelly, who were supported by a College of Liberal Arts Student Professional Development Grant, presented individual research.

Campus unites to honor Civil Rights catalyst

Commemorative March This month marks the 55th anniversary of the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the catalyst for what became the Civil Rights Movement. For 366 days, thousands of people committed to walking in protest of a segregated public transportation. Their dedication crippled the system, causing a nationwide ripple effect. In honor of them, BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence held a public Commemorative March on Dec. 6 across campus, from Carver Hall to Waller Administration Building.

Professor discusses trivialization on WITF

Gary Hardcastle Gary Hardcastle, professor of philosophy, was featured on WITF News on Dec. 17, taking a look at the trivial nature of our nation in regards to reality television and infomercials. Hardcastle will also discuss ways society can help “keep civilization on track.”

Holiday Food Drive feeds 36 families

Holiday Food Drive BU’s recent Holiday Food Drive collected enough donations to feed 44 local adults and 46 children. Several departments and individuals sponsored children and provided items such as coats, gloves, hats or clothing. Toys were provided for each child through Toys for Tots. Many students and clubs participated and donated generous quantities of food. A sincere thank you is extended to the BU community who supported this worthwhile effort. (L-R) Jamie Cotner, Kristina Wood, Audra Halye, Toni Barrile, Traci Boehret, Amanda Frazier, of human resources; Patricia Archey, audiology student organization; Deb Schell, Susan Hayes, Michael John, Civic Engagement LLC; Raylene Brill, Upward Bound/CGA/Chi Alpha Epsilon; Jeremi Ronaldo, BU Iron Club.

Students celebrate advent in style

Protestant Campus Ministry The 11th Annual Protestant Campus Ministry Advent Banquet was held earlier this month in the Kehr Union Ballroom, where more than 160 guests enjoyed the music of the BU Gospel Choir and guest speaker Reverend Ruth-Aimee Belonni-Rosario from Princeton theological Seminary. (L-R) Mandi Siegfried and Angie Rock, Protestant Campus Ministry co-presidents with Rev. Ruth-Aimee Belonni-Rosario, guest speaker, and Rev. Dr. Maggie Gillespie, Protestant Campus minister.

A fashionable event for Haiti disaster relief

Vice Versa BU's student dance and modeling organization, Vice Versa, recently showed its flair for fashion with an on-campus fundraiser, Genesis: The Beginning, featuring singing and dance anchored around a full-scale fashion show. All proceeds from the show benefitted the Haitian relief effort in response to the catastrophic earthquake earlier this year. Photo gallery: Relive the Genesis

Students get up-close look at nuclear plant

Physics Students A group of BU physics students, who have volunteered to serve on the Columbia County Radiological Emergency Response Team, recently got a tour of the PPL Susquehanna power plant, Berwick, to learn more about their roles on the team. Several of the students participated in a FEMA evaluated exercise at the power plant that evaluated the ability of the local counties to respond to an emergency. BU students have served as volunteers in the program for four years and many have found the experience to be valuable in their careers. (L-R) Colt Greer, Kelsey Everett, Kaitlin Hiller, Meredith Woy, Jarrad Barnhart, Aaron Ohl, Jason Vognetz.

English Club boosts TreeFest efforts

English Club The BU English Club, through their fundraising efforts, recently raised money to sponsor a tree at TreeFest. Students also created handmade ornaments from book pages and collected other reading inspired items for their themed tree, “A Literary Masterpiece”. After the event, trees and ornaments are donated to a needy family in the area. The English Club’s tree was amongst 140 other decorated trees on display for the past two weekends. Students are already thinking about next year’s TreeFest and possible themes.

Biology students help research fund

Beta Beta Beta Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, contributed $200 to the Ronald Raab Research Fund. The funds were raised from a variety of events. (L-R) Amanda Kaehler, secretary; Megan Dager, VP; Michael Brabander, treasurer; George Chamuris, chair of biological and allied health sciences; Amy Schultz, historian; and Kyle Correll, president.

Dare to bridge this spaghetti gap?

Tony Tran Introduction to Engineering and Technology students recently competed in designing a bridge from cylindrical spaghetti and epoxy/glue with certain specifications. Tony Tran ended up designing the winning bridge, achieving a performance index of 110 (defined as the ratio of maximum load the bridge can support to its mass). One key lesson students learned is the importance of manufacturability and quality control in an engineering design process.

Graduate students present research

Special Education Program Michael McCormick, Christine McGlinn and Amy Startzel, each special education majors, presented, “Five Primary Areas for Helping Students Transition to Collegiate Studies,” at the 51st Annual Pennsylvania Association of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference at the Penn Stater in State College on Nov. 11 to 12. Their research focused on providing teachers and university students with an overview of five areas of instruction that may benefit high school students with I.E.P.’s or 504 Plans as they transition to collegiate studies. A personal account of effective strategies that promoted a successful college career was also presented. Maria Pellechio contributed to the presentation.

A heavy metal lesson at the foundry

Benton Foundry A group of health physics, engineering technology and physics students toured the 150-year-old Benton Foundry this fall, where they learned technical aspects of gray iron, ductile iron and austempered ductile iron. The group also received a presentation on CAD drawings, 3D modeling and solidification analysis, as well as a lab presentation on testing and analysis. Joining the trip were Timothy Gildea, Jason Derr, Eric Wieand, Michael Dutko, Juan Castaneda and John Huckans, assistant professor of physics and engineering technology.

CCM students help needy families

Catholic Campus Ministry BU’s Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) participated in a weekend volunteer service trip this fall to Rochester, N.Y, at a convent with the Sisters of Saint Joseph learning more about Catholic Social Teaching. The group also brought more $800 in toys by the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Danville, to give to children in need. Half the group volunteered at Bethany House, a Catholic Worker House, which offers temporary residence for homeless women and children. The rest of the group volunteered at Mary’s Place, a drop-in center for refugees. Father Jeff Thoms and Sister Deborah Borneman served as mentors.

Sororities to storm campus dorms

Dorm Storm Two nights of food and fun with BU sororities were held in the first-ever Dorm Storm, where students learned more about each sorority and their favorite service project. Dorm Storm is a Panhellenic Council sponsored event where students met members from multiple sororities and got a feel for the uniqueness of each chapter.

Alums gather to celebrate TreeFest

Carver Hall Alumni Chapter BU alumnae Joanne Berkheiser, ’72, Cindy Arenella , ’71, and Dor Remsen, ’71 decorated the Carver Hall Alumni Chapter’s tree for TreeFest 2010 at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. The theme this year is “Bloomsburg University: A Great Place to BU (be you!).” Ornaments feature photos of hundreds of alumni who attended events this year. TreeFest continues through this weekend, Dec. 3 to 5. Last year, the Carver Hall Chapter’s tree was chosen for the Tree Fest winner’s circle and was featured at the Bloomsburg Fair, where it took a second place in the fair competition.

Senior art on showcase in Haas Art Gallery

A Senior Exit Art Show will be held from Tuesday, Dec. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Haas Art Gallery featuring the works of Maryam Cristillo, Matt Wynn, Cate Striplin, Thomas Duggan and Steve Martz. A reception for the artists will be held Tuesday, from 3 to 5 p.m., to kick off the show. Contact Jason Godeke (570) 389-4187 for more information.

Greeks kick off holiday giving season

Greek Life More than 40 students participated in Theta Tau Omega’s recent leaf raking and clean-up at Town Park, which was followed by Kappa Sigma’s bake sale at Wal-Mart benefitting The Fisher House — a home away from home for military families to be close to loved ones who are hospitalized. In addition, Sigma Iota Omega helped organize a bingo raffle table at the Orangeville Fire Company to benefit the local public library. Once again, Greek Life has been actively involved with TreeFest in decorating and cleaning the local consistory.

Students kick up support for Haiti

Biology and Allied Health Sciences Club BU’s Biology and Allied Health Sciences Club contributed $300 to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti, from funds raised through a kickball tournament. (L-R) standing: Katrina Rohr, Stephen Paliswiat, Heather Ressler and Gina Grasso. Kneeling: Megan Dager, Michael Stipanovic and Heather Kinney.

Behrent honored with STRIVE Award

STRIVE Award Dale Behrent, of facilities management, was honored with a STRIVE (Staff and Teams Recognized in their Valuable Efforts) Award for the second quarter for his determination, work ethic and ability to bring out the best in everyone to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Behrent was nominated by Catherine Wagner, Nancy Miller, Jackie Fowler and Kathy Valovage, who said, “He encourages everyone to work to the best of their ability and they step up. His skills in dealing with groups of individuals down to a one-on-one relationship shows he also possess the leadership (lead role). His demeanor and caring shows through every time he works with you. Whether it is a request for help with a tear-down or set-up of an event, he is there to lend a hand.”

Campus Alert Update: Dec. 14, 2010

Bloomsburg University Police arrested two suspects in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, in front of Elwell Residence Hall. Both suspects were committed to Columbia County Prison. Police have not ruled out other arrests in connection with the incident. The Voice

The Voice chosen among the nation’s best

BU’s student newspaper, The Voice, has been recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association with 11 Gold Circle Awards for 2010. These national awards are given annually to individual student journalists for excellence in writing and design. This year’s competition attracted 9,460 entries from college, university, and secondary school newspapers, magazines, and online media sites throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Students honored for academic excellence

Freshman Awards Ceremony During its recent annual Freshman Awards Ceremony, BU's chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Ira Blake, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, recognized more than 80 sophomores who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement during the 2009-10 academic year. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The society's mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

Husky Spirit reaches Maryland third-graders

Third-graders at Port Towns Elementary School, Bladensburg, Md., were introduced to Husky Spirit, thanks to the efforts of BU education majors, who “adopted” two classrooms. BU’s Education House LLC launched a partnership with the school to send pencils, pennants, mugs and mascot stuffed animals to be used as “reading buddies.” BU students also sent notes, inviting each of the third-graders to become a pen pal.

Students enjoy Al Pacino's work on stage

Students in NYC A group of students in Todd Borlik’s Shakespeare class went to New York City this fall to see A Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino at the Broadhurst Theatre. They say Pacino had a dominating stagepresence and dynamic delivery, which brought his complex character to life.   Prior to the trip, students read the play and watched the 2004 film. Afterwards, they agreed the theatrical version, due to immediacy of its intolerance and violence, was as powerful as the film.

Preschoolers learn new language

Campus Child Center To recognize Deaf Awareness Week this fall, Jennifer Harned's preschoolers welcomed a special guest, Nicole Laszczynski, a BU deaf education graduate student who is also deaf. Laszczynski taught the Campus Child Center preschoolers what it’s like to be deaf, signed stories and then taught them some American Sign Language (ASL).

BU veterans lend hand to disabled vets

BU's Student Veterans Association BU's Student Veterans Association donated more than $1,200 to the Wounded Warrior Project from a successful coin drop fundraiser last spring. The group conducted another coin drop collection on Nov. 11 at the Lightstreet-Main Street intersection to help support various projects and programs for BU's student veterans. (L-R) Jocelyn Kerr, National Guard, assoc. treasurer; Ebony Taylor, NG; Nina Dacey, Mark Bauman, faculty advisor; Shelby Maly, Jeff Long, interim VP of student affairs; Jeniffer Kobe, assoc. VP, Jared Ramsey, NG; Jill Reed, assoc. secretary, Todd Bucher, retired Marine Corps; Gina Grasso, social coordinator; Joshua Bentley, NG; Jake Kenney, NG, assoc. president, BU President David Soltz.

Influential business thinker visits BU

Howard GardnerHarvard professor Howard Gardner recently presented, “Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons and the Promotion of Good Work,” in Mitrani Hall, continuing his work as the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and senior director of Harvard Project Zero. Best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, Gardner has written extensively on creativity, leadership, professional ethics and the arts.


Become a Kozloff scholar

BU students are invited to apply for the Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Grant competition, which is open to students who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the research is conducted. Each student must have a faculty sponsor. Awards may range from $500 to the equivalent of one semester's tuition at BU. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Centennial Hall, by 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2011. Recipients will be notified no later than the first week in April. Contact Jerrold Harris, director of research and sponsored programs, (570) 389-4129 for more information.

See what one Kozloff scholar did over the summer

Students show talents in Model Arab League

Arabic ClubBU’s Arabic Club recently participated in the Model Arab League (MAL) in Washington, D.C., which gave students an opportunity to acquire and develop practical leadership skills related to the U.S. and one of the world’s most vital regions. Students learned about social, economic, cultural and political issues facing Arab leaders and ordinary citizens.

Alum gives real world lesson on campus

Electronics Engineering Technology Christopher D. Root, a ’06 graduate of BU’s Electronics Engineering Technology program, recently presented his work experience to the students in Intro to Engineering and Technology class taught by Biswajit Ray, prof. of physics and engineering technology.


Root, an engineer with ArcelorMittal Steelton, Rolling Mills, is responsible for maintaining and modernizing electrical systems for steel production for the U.S. market. Root spoke on his engineering and managerial experience relating to various projects, including energy efficiency improvement, man-machine interface upgrade, rail test simulator and hardening improvement.

Bucknell team to showcase math skills

BU’s Mathematics and Computer Science seminar series continues Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 3:30 p.m., with a presentation by the Math Modeling Contest team from Bucknell University. Joined by their faculty advisors, the Bucknell team will present their solution to a problem from the national COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The problem: Develop a method to aid local police in their investigations of serial criminals, using at least two different schemes to generate a geographical profile.

Lecture on Muslim-American Experience

Rob Asghar Pakistani-American writer and commentator Rob Asghar will discuss his experiences as a Muslim-American during a lecture Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in McCormick Hall 2303. The event is open free to the public. Hosted by the Frederick Douglass Institute and the Helping Professions LLC, the lecture aims to inform the public about struggles in the Middle East and how Muslim-Americans have been treated since Sept. 11, 2001.

Main Event captures “Abraham Stories”

Main Event Protestant Campus Ministry, together with Hillel and the Muslim Student Organization, recently hosted an evening program on “Abraham Stories.” The event focused on sharing stories from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions about Abraham and his descendants. Main Event will next be Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., SSC 140.

In the spirit of autumn

Honors Program Students in BU’s Honors Program recently spent time together to carve pumpkins in celebration of Halloween and the autumn season. Students also recently visited New York City and navigated Rohrbach's Hayride and Cornmaze.  

Forensics Team places well in competitions

Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team BU’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently won awards at two speech tournaments, taking seventh at the Keefe Memorial Speech Tournament on Oct. 9 to 10 at West Chester and fourth at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Fall Tourney on Oct. 15 to 16 at Randolph-Macon College, where every BU student won at least one speaking award. Scott Kenyon placed sixth in Editorial Impromptu at the Keefe tourney followed by winning Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking at the CFA tourney. There, BU also had award winners from Joe Wright, Daniel Barry, and Mary Pellant. Kayla Vollmer and Nakita Rager also competed for BU at the Keefe tourney.

Faculty Tenure, Promotion and Sabbatical Approvals for 2011-12

This year’s list of tenure, promotion and sabbatical approvals have been announced with 16 faculty receiving tenure, 21 faculty earning promotions and 13 faculty approved for sabbatical leave. Tenure and promotions are effective fall 2010, while sabbaticals are effective for 2011-12.


  • Frank D’Angelo, early childhood and elementary education
  • Christina Francis, English
  • Jason Godeke, art and art history
  • Jorge Gonzalez, audiology and speech pathology
  • John Hintz, environmental, geographical and geological sciences
  • Doreen Jowi, communication studies
  • Jeffrey Leitzel, psychology
  • Joneen Lowman, audiology and speech pathology
  • John Morgan, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Megumi Omori, sociology, social work and criminal justice
  • Conrad Quintyn, anthropology
  • Stephanie Schlitz, English
  • Thomas Starmack, educational studies and secondary education
  • Mark Tapsak, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Michael Tidwell, business (incoming dean of College of Business)
  • Barbara Wilson, exceptionality programs


To full professor:

  • Jeffrey Davis, history
  • Timothy McConnell, exercise science and athletics
  • John Okpara, management

To associate professor:

  • Sheng Ding, political science
  • Ronnie Evans, sociology, social work and criminal justice
  • Ralph Feather, educational studies and secondary education
  • Andrea Fradkin, exercise science and athletics
  • Jason Godeke, art and art history
  • John Hintz, environmental, geographical and geological sciences
  • Gifford Howarth, music, theatre and dance
  • Francesca Kendris, educational studies and secondary education
  • Megumi Omori, sociology, social work and criminal justice
  • Joan Miller, nursing
  • Michael Ruffini, educational studies and secondary education
  • Stephanie Schlitz, English
  • Mark Tapsak, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Barbara Wert, exceptionality programs
  • Barbara Wilson, exceptionality programs

To assistant professor:

  • Roxanna Larsen, academic support and advisement faculty
  • Lori Metzger, nursing
  • Melissa Snyder, nursing

Sabbatical Leave

  • Karen Anselm, music, theatre and dance
  • Eileen Astor-Stetson, psychology
  • Ferda Asya, English
  • Sukhwinder Bagi, economics
  • Mehdi Haririan, economics
  • William Hudon, history
  • Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, environmental, geographical and geological sciences
  • Jeff Long, history
  • Bruce Rockwood, finance and legal studies
  • Christine Sperling, art and art history
  • Andrew Blair Staley, accounting
  • Vera Viditz-Ward, art and art history
  • Diana Zoelle, political science

International Studies LLC Lecture Series

The final lecture in BU’s fall 2010 International Studies Living and Learning Community Lecture Series will be “Who Are the Arabs? The Lost Narrative.” The free lecture will be given by Nawal Bonomo, assistant to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, on Monday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in Hartline Science Center room G42. For details, contact Ferda Asya, associate professor of English and director of International Studies LLC, at (570) 389-4433.

Tennessee professor presents seminar

Mark Dadmun BU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is hosting Mark Dadmun, professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee, who will be speaking on “Designing Better Plastics: Understanding and Improving Polymer Mixtures,” at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, in Centennial Hall 108. Refreshments will be served at 1:45 p.m.

Exceptionality professor honored by NERA

Darlene Perner Darlene Perner, professor of exceptionality programs, recently received the Leo D. Doherty Memorial Award at the 2010 Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) conference in Rocky Hill, Conn. Perner, noted for her outstanding leadership and service in special education, has participated in numerous organizations worldwide, with intent of bettering special education.


Not only is Perner dedicated to NERA, she is also involved in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) at the state and national levels, and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

SLED fundraiser to support Camp HERO

Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf (SLED) is selling sweatshirts for $20 to benefit Camp HERO, an annual week-long summer experience at Camp Victory, Millville, for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. All profits go towards sending a deaf child to Camp HERO. Contact SLED for details on how to get a sweatshirt. Homecoming

A festive Homecoming celebration

Alumni, students and university friends embarked on campus this past weekend to celebrate BU’s 2010 Homecoming, which was kicked off by a festive parade and capped by the Huskies football team overpowering West Chester, 42-12. At halftime, Lisa Lapina was crowned Homecoming Queen and James Kearns was named Homecoming King. In addition, students and campus groups held several friendly Homecoming competitions. Winners were — Residence Hall Window Painting: Elwell Hall; Banner: Program Board; Parade Non-Float Entries: Elwell Hall Council; and Parade Float Entries: Supervisory Roundtable.

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Breast cancer fundraiser sets record

Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run BU’s annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run, coordinated by the Multicultural Center, turned in its best year ever with more than $11,000 raised by more than 450 participants for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. Photo gallery


Delta Pi Sigma alums award scholarship

Delta Pi Sigma BU’s Delta Pi Sigma Pi Alumni Association awarded a $1,000 scholarship during its Homecoming celebration to Mark Brajer, a senior secondary education and history major, who has been a fraternity brother for three years and is currently its president. The DPSPAA Scholarship was established by the alumni of Delta Pi to help brothers in their educational pursuits. Alumni brothers see this as a great way to ensure the success and longevity of one of the oldest social fraternities on campus (founded in 1967), while at the same time give back to the university. Joining Mark at the presentation was Nick Burk, the 2009 recipient of a $1,000 scholarship, and Chuck Ranck, 1968, vice president of DPSPAA and founding brother of Delta Pi, and Earl Roger Lowry, 1978, president of DPSPAA.

Theta Tau Omega honored for volunteerism

Theta Tau Omega BU’s Theta Tau Omega sorority was honored by the Ronald McDonald House at Geisinger Medical Center for 10 years of volunteer service to the “home away from home” for families of children patients at Geisinger. The sorority has prepared dinner for the residents once a week, sometimes twice a week for the residents. Theta Tau Omega also initiated the annual volunteer awards reception at the Ronald McDonald House, now in its sixth year.

Bringing the sports headlines to BUTV

BUTV's Jock Talk Jock Talk Sports, featuring Tim Hipszer, Jesse Betar and Justin Teles, kick off BUTV’s prime time programming each week with their weekly show Monday, 9 p.m., on local Service Electric Channel 8, covering national headlines and special interviews with BU athletes.   The crew also takes questions and predictions from its Facebook and Twitter followers. This week, the guys will be talking early season reviews of the NBA, the San Francisco Giants domination in the World Series and previewing the 2010 Huskies men's basketball team.

Zumba for Breast Cancer Awareness

Zumba for Tatas Students took a rest between classes recently to break a sweat and raise money for BU’s 8th Annual Breast Cancer 5k Walk/Run to be held on Oct. 24. Community assistants from Elwell Hall organized the Zumba fitness event, which raised more than $200 in less than an hour. Video | Photo gallery

‘Be You at BU Summit’ a big success

Be You at BU Summit BU’s Office of Diversity and Retention sponsored a “Be You at BU Summit: A Toast to Community,” event on Oct. 19 in the KUB Hideaway, facilitated by Alicia Redfern, retired associate professor of psychology, who spoke on guiding campus leaders to understanding the value of diversity.   Through this summit, leaders of various campus organizations committed to promoting the recognition, appreciation and acceptance of all students both in and out of the classroom.

Free cookout to benefit Camp HERO

Student Veterans Association BU's Student Veterans Association hosted a free cookout in front the Student Services Center to benefit Camp HERO, an annual week-long summer experience at Camp Victory, Millville, for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The free cookout featured open-grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks.

A sweet fundraiser for Haiti

Vice Versa Vice Versa held a bake sale on campus as one of many fundraisers this semester to raise money for Haiti, which is still suffering from the effects of a massive earthquake nine months ago. The student group is offering cupcakes, brownies, cookies and candy, among other sweets.

Pulling together for a better environment

Climate Action More than 50 students from several BU organizations , including Political Science Students Association, H.O.P. E (Help Our Planet Earth), Geography and Planning Society, Acacia, LLL, nursing students, took part in a global effort on Oct. 10 to help reduce the carbon footprint in wake of last year's International Day of Climate Action.   Students joined Hemlock Township residents to continue work begun in the summer by BU community assistants in Fernville Park, planting more than 30 trees and shrubs. The worldwide effort became the largest single-day environmental event in history. Photo gallery

International Studies LLC Lecture Series

M. Safa Saracoglu M. Safa Saraçoğlu, asst. professor of history, will give the third lecture of the Fall 2010 International Studies Living and Learning Community Lecture Series on “Yunus Emre: How a ‘Cosmopolitan’ Sufi Poet Became a Ploy for ‘International’ Recognition.” Saraçoğlu, a native of Turkey, has been teaching courses in Islamic and Middle Eastern History at BU since 2006. The lecture, today at 6 p.m., McCormick 2303, is open free to the public.

A message to the campus community

David L. Soltz With recent campus visits by external groups, it's apparent the freedom of expression guaranteed in the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution is alive and well. And so it should be. As an open, public campus, BU welcomes the free exchange of ideas so integral to both a democracy and a flourishing institution — by invited speakers and others who choose to use our campus as their platform.

A festive celebration of Oktoberfest

German Club BU’s German Club recently held its annual Oktoberfest celebration with German food and music, as well as participation from BU’s German exchange students. The celebration was one of several events the club has planned this semester, including a German film night. Oktoberfest video  

BU families enjoy fun-filled weekend

Parents and Family Weekend Hundreds of parents and family members of BU students converged on campus recently to enjoy a full schedule of fun activities, such as miniature golf on the Academic Quad, live music, Quest's climbing wall, three home sporting events and the Celebrity Artist Series. The 40th annual Parents and Family Weekend was sponsored by the CGA, Program Board and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.

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Campus festival spotlights cultural diversity

International Festival Students were treated to a wealth of cultural diversity on campus during the recent International Festival, which featured a belly dancing workshop, Latino cooking demonstration and several student organizations showcasing different ethnic delicacies and artifacts from around the globe.

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A story about a life changing experience

Lisa Lapina Lisa Lapina, who researched the effects of poverty on the education of at-risk children in Zambia, Africa, this summer, will discuss her experience Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. during the Pennsylvania State Education Association meeting, KUB Multi-345A. Lisa will also share ways BU students can help the orphan children she taught and cared for this summer.

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CGA hosts student forum with BU president

President David Soltz BU President David L. Soltz was an invited guest of the CGA Senate meeting on Oct. 18 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. Soltz was be on-hand to answer student questions and concerns. Students were encouraged to attend and ask as many questions as they like.

LLC students explore Washington D.C.

International Studies LLC Students from the International Studies Living and Learning Community spent the day in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24, where they were given a guided tour of the Capitol, visited the Embassy of France and spoke with the Counselor for European and Eurasian Affairs of the Embassy of France. The Capitol visit gave students an understanding of the working and function of the U.S. legislature. The Embassy of France talk enhanced their knowledge about France and European Union. Pictured: Students, after the talk, with the Counselor and the Embassy staff at the Embassy of France.

Corporate veteran to offer job tips

Andy Teach Andy Teach, a 30-year corporate veteran who was recently vice-president of Network & Cable Research in Los Angeles, will present, “How to get and keep a job in Today’s Tough Economy,” on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. Teach’s presentation, sponsored by the Career Development Center, will include tips on resumes, networking, interviewing, how to deal with difficult people, dating at work, the dress code, how to stay organized, the Internet/e-mail/telephone etiquette and more.

Spectrum collection preserved online

Spectrum During its 24 years under Walter Brasch, professor of journalism, Spectrum became one of only five college magazines inducted into the national collegiate magazine Hall of Fame at the University of Minnesota, was an All-American magazine 21 of its 24 years, and won more than 175 awards. Spectrum ceased publication at the end of spring 2010. Reasons are noted in a special "Behind the Lines" in the final issue. The collection is now available online, following a digitization project under the direction of Bob Dunkelberger, BU archivist.

Students discuss work with visiting poet

Mariposa Students in Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus’ Hispanics in the U.S. course met with Mariposa, a Puerto Rican poet, following her poetry recital “Boricua poet” at the Multicultural Center, on Sept. 15, where they reflected on her poetry and compared her identity themes with specific Mexican-American, Puerto Rican (Newyorikan), and Peruvian American Jew poets.

A message from Chancellor Cavanaugh

Chancellor John Cavanaugh Among the most important roles of PASSHE is the creation of a welcoming culture of inclusion on our campuses. Harassment of any kind — whether face-to-face or online — cannot be tolerated. The recent suicide of a Rutgers University student, the cyber attacks on the student government president at the University of Michigan, and other tragic incidents that have occurred on college campuses have brought national attention to the issue of cyber bullying.

Campus bloodmobile exceeds goal

BU blood drive BU’s recent blood drive benefitting the Bloomsburg American Red Cross drew 332 pints of blood from campus donors, exceeding a goal of 308 units. The drive received great support, including the Greek organizations, the SOLVE Office for providing the snacks, and Aramark for donating the beverages and paper products. Next campus bloodmobile is Dec. 1 and 2.

Discovering who you want to be in a LLC

LLC Experience

See how students in BU’s Living and Learning Communities find their niche, become leaders and make a difference on campus and in the community, as we continue our journey to see how LLC students form friendships, bond with faculty and discover new learning opportunities. Reality Series: Episode 2

Preschoolers study the cycle of life

Child Care Center BU's Campus Child Center's preschool teacher Jennifer Harned recently implemented a new unit on metamorphosis in her classroom. While learning about the life cycle of the butterfly, her students watched actual monarch caterpillars spin their chrysalis and later turn into butterflies.

Raffle generates $21,000 for scholarship fund

Bloomsburg University Tuition Raffle Kerri Kessler, of Halifax, mother of Sydney Yarnell, a freshman public relations major, recently received a $2,500 check as the winner of this year’s Bloomsburg University Tuition Raffle, which annually benefits the Bloomsburg University General Athletic Scholarship Fund. More than $21,000 was raised from the recent raffle that sold more than 5,000 tickets for a chance to win the equivalent of one semester’s tuition.

Duo showcases anthropological research

Faculty Scholars Caryn Terwilliger, assistant professor of education, and Susan Dauria, professor of anthropology, presented a paper, “Teaching Anthropological Methods Through Community Involvement,” at The American University Annual Public Anthropology Conference in Washington D.C., on Oct. 17.


Their research focused on the long-term creative collaboration that created the Bloomsburg University Migrant Community Project. The conference theme was "Revolutions! Building Emancipatory Politics and Action."

International Studies LLC Lecture Series

Conrad Quintyn “Forensic Anthropology, Population Admixture, and the Increasing Difficulties in Finding ‘Race’ ” is the second lecture in BU's fall 2010 International Studies Living and Learning Community Lecture Series. Conrad Quintyn, assistant professor of anthropology, will present the free lecture on Monday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in McCormick 2303.


Campus Alert

At approximately 6:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, a white male wearing dark clothes was reportedly trying to gain entry into a residence on Rose Ave near the Kile Apartments. The suspect was described as being in his late teens or early 20s with dark hair. The suspect was carrying something, possibly a hand gun. The suspect fled to an area near the Tri-Level Garage.


Parlez-vous francais?

Language Practicum BU students are introducing children to French and Spanish in Bloomsburg Area School District’s Memorial and Evans elementary schools this fall. Nearly 100 children in second through fifth grade are participating in the afterschool clubs run by five French and three Spanish students. BU students, majoring and minoring in French and Spanish, are teaching in a one-credit practicum directed by Nathalie Cornelius, associate professor of French, and Bloomsburg superintendent Cosmas Curry.

Greeks “Show-Off” moves for new students

Several BU Greek organizations hosted a “Show-Off” to usher in the new semester, followed by a free dance “Show-Out” for all students at the Kehr Union. Participants included Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Chi Upsilon Sigma and Mu Sigma Upsilon. They were joined by fellow students, alumni and friends of the BU chapters. Greek Life

Explore Africa next summer

Cameroon Experience Next summer, BU students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Buea, Cameroon, visit historic Greek Show-Offand cultural sites in Ethiopia and experience a real safari in the Waza Park, Cameroon. The University of Buea is located at the foot of the Cameroon Mountain — the highest peak in West Africa. It's the only English speaking university in Cameroon.


Living and learning a BU experience

LLC Experience See what makes BU’s Living and Learning Communities special, as we follow them on a journey of forming friendships, bonding with faculty, giving back to the community and discovering new learning opportunities.


Maryland professor leads BU seminar

Bill Gasarch Bill Gasarch, a University of Maryland computer science professor, gave the first talk of BU's Mathematics and Computer Science fall seminar series on Sept. 14 in McCormick Center 2314. Gasarch presented, “When can you color a grid and not have any monochromatic rectangles?” The seminar is open free to the public and campus community.

A freshman experience caught on camera

Freshmen Experience As a new season of The Freshmen Experience begins taping with two new students, relive the adventures of four BU freshmen from the Class of 2013 who learned the ropes of college life in front of our cameras last year.



Career workshop for business students

Career Networking Workshop Accounting majors and MBA students are invited to a Career Networking Workshop on Friday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m., hosted by the BU Alumni Association in KUB Multipurpose 345 A&B. Students will have opportunities to expand their professional network, land an internship and job interviews. Alumni presenters include partners from KPMG and Ernst & Young, as well as business executives from the finance and accounting industry. Students are encouraged to wear business attire and bring their resume. The Career Development Center staff will be on-hand for individual resume reviews and answer questions. Contact Nate Conroy, assistant director of alumni affairs, by e-mail or (570) 389-4215 for more information.

Beginning a new chapter in a new home

Liesl Driver Liesl Driver, a recent Spanish and anthropology graduate, spent the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver not only enjoyed an once-in-a-lifetime experience but discovered a new calling to stay in Mexico.


Get in tune with the BU choirs

BU Choirs Students who enjoy singing and meeting new people are encouraged to audition with two of the four BU choirs, which include a 50-voice Concert Choir under the Alan Baker and the 16-voice Chamber Singers under the direction of Wendy Miller.


Students are also welcomed to participate in the non-auditioned Women’s Chorale Ensemble directed by Miller and the non-auditioned Husky Singers directed by Baker. Contact Baker, Miller or senior music major, Michael Adams, for information about auditioning or joining these choirs. Also visit the BU choirs Facebook page for details on the ensembles and audition times.

BU crew excavates 1,700-year-old site

Archaeological Fieldschool DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, and Paul Pacheco, of SUNY-Geneseo (pictured center) worked with a group of BU and SUNY-Geneseo anthropology students this summer on an archaeological fieldschool in Chillicothe, Ohio. The group helped excavate a newly discovered Moundbuilder community of circa A.D. 300. BU students included Rachel Awan, Laura Baker, Keith Ball, Beth Boston, Michael Davis, Caitlin Foley, Patrick Kaiser, Jonathan Kostic, Karissa Monica, Joshua Stoner, Brieann Wolfe, Melanie Yoduck, and Eva Yuen. Photo gallery

Faculty group publishes research

International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education BU’s Faculty Learning Community recently published an article, "Developing a Culture of Assessment through a Self-formed Faculty Learning Community," in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The article describes how a diverse, interdisciplinary team of faculty formed a topic-based faculty learning community. Collaborating on the article were Stephanie Schlitz, Margaret O’Connor, Yanhui Pang, Deborah Stryker, Stephen Markell, Ethan Krupp, Celina Byers, Sheila Jones, and Alicia Redfern.

A productive summer comes to a close

A new academic year kicks off Monday, Aug. 30, with the start of classes for the fall 2010 semester. This weekend caps one of BU’s busiest and most productive summers, which featured students studying abroad and others completing prestigious internships along with the campus staying active with numerous summer camps and guest speakers.

Take a look back | President Soltz’s reflection

Fulbright scholar studies art of play

Playwork Michael Patte, associate professor of education, spent the summer teaching and researching playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K., on a Fulbright fellowship. Since April, Patte has made presentations at various play conferences throughout Europe, taught a variety of course sessions and visited a variety of venues where playworkers practice their crafts.

Playwork video | A closer look | Photo gallery

Retirees served BU for more than 500 years

Twenty-two BU staff members and managers with more than 500 years of service retired this summer under the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program. The program, approved by the PASSHE Board of Governors as part of the workforce planning effort, was offered to employees who are at least 60 or have 35 years of service.

Retiree list and profiles

Getting a taste of the Mallorca Islands

Luis Medina Luis Medina, a recent anthropology graduate, spent part of the summer studying at a field school in the Mallorca Islands, Spain, where he learned the history and prehistory of the island through lectures and direct contact with villagers. Medina also planned projects, visited markets and other villages, toured archaeological and tourism sites, as well as integrated himself into the local life. Photo gallery

Student leaders lend hand to neighbors

Community Service Nearly 150 BU students and their staff trainers volunteered recently to perform various community service activities across Bloomsburg and its neighboring communities, including a Rails-to-Trails clean-up at Fisher Creek and painting the Berwick McBride Library. Students also helped with the YMCA summer program, landscaped the Children’s Museum and painted the Bloomsburg Theatre entrance. Residence Life organized the training program with SOLVE to help prepare CAs to plan service projects with their hall residents this academic year.

Math Camp adds fun to summer

Math Camp Nearly 200 local elementary students recently spent a week exploring math in various ways from group activities to one-on-one mentoring at BU’s annual Math Camp, sponsored by the Department of Exceptionalities. More than 30 BU education students participated as teachers for campers ranging from pre-k to eighth grade. Among the activities included applying geometry to measuring baked brownies, using statistics in a game of tag on the Academic Quad and basic math of measurements to create snacks for a picnic. BU has hosted the summer math camp in cooperation with the local community since 1997.

Camp HERO makes lasting impression

Camp HERO BU’s Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program recently wrapped up its ninth year of Camp HERO, an annual week-long summer experience at Camp Victory, Millville, for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Campers, who range in age between 6 to 17 years, spent the Olympics-themed week learning about different foreign countries and practicing communication skills through a series of activities, crafts and group challenges. Camp HERO in action

U.S. News' ranking lists BU among the best

U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings Bloomsburg University is once again listed as one of the best universities in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. BU is listed as No. 88 of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region.  

Anthropology student digs into mall

Victoria Schlieder Victoria Schlieder, a senior anthropology and geography major, recently took a different approach to anthropology by researching the behavior and concerns of shoppers as opposed to researching culture or evolution. Her work will be featured this fall at a national conference.

Having the courage to try something new

Katrina Bradley Katrina Bradley, a junior Spanish and secondary education major, spent the summer in Xalapa, Mexico, comparing how language professors at BU and Universidad Veracruzana assess language learning in the classroom and address multiple learning styles. Bradley reflects on her experience and reveals how it will impact her future.


Faculty attends Princeton seminar

Kurt Smith Kurt Smith, associate professor of philosophy, recently returned from a four week summer seminar at Princeton University conducted by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was one of only 15 early modern scholars selected to participate in the seminar, which focused on philosophical topics in the 17th and 18th centuries. Smith is pictured in a doorway of Princeton's famous 1879 Hall, which houses the university's philosophy department.

Discovering a new creative spirit to writing

Juniper Summer Writing Institute Hannah Jones, a creative writing and history major, and Siobhan Lyons, an English and creative writing graduate, participated in the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst this summer, an annual writing institute featuring workshops in poetry, fiction and memoir with faculty and authors.

Cyber crime internship done remotely

Tyler Oliver The profusion of computers in the business world allows employees to complete assignments without traveling to the office. The next logical step in today’s technology is enabling a BU junior to complete a computer forensics internship with a branch of the federal government ... .

Honors student explores ancient ruins without leaving BU’s campus

Meghan Duell Meghan Duell, an honors student, visited the Akropolis ruins of ancient Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey), where she is conducting her honors thesis research while studying in a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Her research is also supported by BU's Honors Program.

Wrapping up a successful summer

Act 101/EOP BU’s Act 101/EOP program recently celebrated another successful summer program with a picnic at Bloomsburg’s Town Park, where nearly 200 students shared their celebration with Bloomsburg Chief of Police Leo Sokoloski, Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr and BU President David Soltz. Photo gallery

A traveling experience like no other

Adam Wendoloski Adam Wendoloski, a criminal justice major, is spending part of the summer studying Arabic at Qalam wa Lawh School for Arabic Language Studies in Rabat, Morocco. Adam describes his latest experiences navigating the Moroccan taxi system, riding camels in the Sahara and exploring Merzouga.


Faculty discuss oil spill on WKOK radio

Cindy Venn, associate professor of envionmental, geographical and geological sciences, and Tom Klinger, professor of biology and allied health sciences, were featured on WKOK’s (News Radio 1070) Roundtable discussion on Aug. 1, hosted by Mark Lawrence. Venn and Klinger, along with Julie Ambler, of Millersville University, discussed the environmental impact of the Gulf oil spill.


Graduate student researching in Greece

Jonathan E. Bobek Jonathan E. Bobek, a graduate biology student, is conducting research with undergraduate students in a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Bobek, whose research and travel is funded by a BU Margin of Excellence grant, is shown evaluating the invasive yellow star-thistle.

Nursing students study at Oxford University

Students at Oxford University A group of BU nursing students recently visited St. Edmund Hall courtyard, where they're studying family nursing. The students are sitting with St. Edmund of Abingdon, believed to have lived and taught there in the early 13th Century. The students also visited Oxford Brookes University, where they learned the British perspective of family nursing.

Exploring juchiteco baseball, Guiengola ruins

Liesl Driver Liesl Driver, a senior Spanish and anthropology major, is spending the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver got a taste of juchiteco baseball, the Guiengola ruins, Zapotec pottery and a new dish, fish belly buttons.


Celebrity Artist Series gets $2,500 gift

Celebrity Artist SeriesPPL Corporation, a corporate sponsor of the Celebrity Artist Series, recently contributed $2,500 for the 2010-11 season that begins on Sept. 18 with the Jeanne Ruddy Dance Company, followed by the Boogie Wonder Band on Oct. 9 in Haas Center for the Arts. The Celebrity Artist Series is celebrating its silver anniversary season with sounds of disco, rock and jazz, along with a Celtic Christmas and the brassy sounds of New Orleans. Accepting the gift from Teri MacBride, PPL regional community relations director, are David Soltz, BU president (left), and Jim Hollister, BU assistant vice president.

Alum’s artwork showcased in Harrisburg

Steve WetzelSeveral paintings by BU alum Steve Wetzel, '78, are on exhibit at the Pennsylvania Governor's residence in Harrisburg through September. Wetzel will also be painting outside the home for Gallery Walk Day on Sept. 12, when the Governor's residence is open to the public. An accomplished cartoonist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers, Wetzel paints with The Seven Lively Artists. He also has four works in the Cape Cod Museum of Art through Aug. 15.

Senior studies geological activity of the Moon

Katie DaudKatie Daud, a planetary studies and political science major, is interning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., in the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, where she is helping to analyze and catalogue images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.


Senior relishes foreign learning experience

Jordan WeckerlyJordan Weckerly, a senior psychology major, recently spent a month in Madrid, Spain, studying the culture and getting hands-on experience with the Spanish language. Weckerly also visited plazas, museums and parks, while enjoying the World Cup and local food.

Local teens get taste of college life

Upward Bound Nearly 50 high school students in Columbia, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties recently began their TRiO Upward Bound experience at BU, where they will spend six weeks taking classes, living in residence halls, learning time management and study skills, as well as visiting other universities. This summer’s educational theme, “Invest U,” addresses financial literacy and will guide the group in the classroom, summer projects, community service initiatives and field trips. TRiO Upward Bound is a federally funded grant program through the U.S. Department of Education serving first generation college students.

Campus Alert Update

An update has been issued to the campus alert made in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990 for the robbery incident at the Hospital Lot on Sunday, Aug. 8. Further investigation by BUPD officers found the robbery victims were specifically targeted due to an incident that occurred off campus and through a continuing course of conduct ended on campus. This was not a random act and the perceived threat to the campus community has diminished. The investigation will continue.

Alum reaches top of Mount Titlus

Mount Titlus Felix Yerace, a BU alum ’05, recently took a group of his students to Europe, where they traveled 10,000 feet up the Swiss Alps to visit the top of Mount Titlus. Yerace is a social studies teacher at South Fayette High School in McDonald, Pa.

Andruss Library faculty collaborate

Kathryn Yelinek, Linda Neyer, Darla Bressler, Michael Coffta, and David Magolis, faculty in Andruss Library, have collaborated on an article in College & Research Library News titled, “Using LibGuides for an information literacy tutorial.” The article explains the importance of information literacy and the implementation process librarians at BU experienced to create a Web 2.0 tutorial for students.

A "peak" at the Cascade Mountains

BU’s Quest recently returned from its hiking trip to the Cascade Mountains, where the group climbed Mount St. Helens and South Sister, as well as spent a day rock climbing at Smith Rocks and touring Crater Lake. Next year, Quest is planning a trip to the North Cascades of Washington. Pictured at the summit of Mount St. Helens are back row (L-R) Brett Simpson, alum; Neal Benowitz, Todd Butler, Thom Fantaskey, alum; and Scott Dustman, alum. Front row (L-R) Morgan Benowitz-Fredericks, Kevin Zeuch, Monica Beistline and Jeremy Quant, alum.

Meeting an architect of success

Jerry Wolman Shenandoah native Jerry Wolman, former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Flyers, shared his rags-to-riches story on July 29, at BU with high school students in TRiO Upward Bound’s summer program. Wolman concluded his visit with an extended Q&A discussion before signing autographs, taking photos, even exchanging e-mail addresses. Photo gallery | Podcast

Management student wins scholarship trip

Howard SodanoHoward Sodano, a senior management major, will serve as a student assistant this fall at the Council of SCM Professionals’ annual Global Conference in San Diego, Cal., after recently winning its scholarship competition. Howard was given the option of a $1,500 scholarship or an all-expenses-paid trip to the international conference. In his winning paper, Sodano addressed issues in supply chain management and how it can address green sustainability initiatives through logistics and transportation. Learn more about the College of Business's supply chain management concentration option.

Counseling team publishes work in journal

William Harrar, Eric Affsprung William Harrar, director of the Center for Counseling and Human Development, and Eric Affsprung, counselor for the Center for Counseling and Human Development, along with Jeff C. Long, interim VP of student affairs, had an article, “Assessing Campus Counseling Needs,” published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

PASSHE approves new budget, tuition rates

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors recently approved a $1.5 billion budget, which includes a $250 tuition increase and dedicated funding for environmental/science initiatives and greater opportunities for students to study abroad and engage in research.

A future starts to come into focus

Katrina BradleyKatrina Bradley, a junior Spanish and secondary education major, is spending the summer in Xalapa, Mexico, comparing how language professors at Bloomsburg University and Universidad Veracruzana assess language learning in the classroom and address multiple learning styles. Bradley reveals how her plans for graduate school are coming into focus after visiting a high school economics class and speaking with several local economics professors.

Nanotechnology students on track

Jackie North and Andrew Sibley Jackie North and Andrew Sibley, seniors in the chemistry and biochemistry department, are completing 18 credits this summer at Penn State University as part of BU’s new nanotechnology track. Nanotechnology is the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.

Alumni reconnect, raise money for Act 101

Multicultural Alumni Networking Reception BU’s Alumni Association recently hosted a Multicultural Alumni Networking Reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia, organized for multicultural alumni living in the Philadelphia area to receive updates from several multicultural programs at Bloomsburg University. More than 40 alumni helped raise $760 to support the ACT 101 Book Loan Fund.

New director of safety and police named

Tom Phillips has been named Bloomsburg University’s new director of University Safety and Police after serving as interim director for the past six months. Phillips has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, retiring from the Allentown Police Department five years ago as a patrol sergeant. He served as a campus police officer at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, before coming to BU in fall 2009.

BU alumna earns state honor for leadership

Kristen Lewald Kristen Lewald, a BU alumna and project director of the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System, has received the Dr. Gary L. Miller Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units. This prestigious award is bestowed annually on an IU employee who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and character by making a significant contribution in the delivery of Intermediate Unit programs and services.

Translating culture through language

Liesl Driver Liesl Driver, a senior Spanish and anthropology major, is spending the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver provides an update on her expanding vocabulary, visiting the Oaxacan coast and what it’s like to eat iguana.


National soccer spotlight shines on BU

National Soccer Coaching Association of America The National Soccer Coaching Association of America returned to BU for the sixth straight year recently to conduct a series of coaching academies on the upper campus. Roughly 200 soccer coaches from the U.S., Canada, Malaysia, India, Jamaica and England were trained.

‘Doc’ Warren remembered

Robert D. Warren Robert D. “Doc” Warren, whose connection to BU spans more than 50 years, died in his Danville area home Friday, July 9, at about 11 p.m. Warren, 88, who received honorary alumnus status in 1995, taught history at BU from 1964 to 1983. After his retirement, Warren continued to advise Sigma Iota Omega, the social fraternity he founded.


Exchanging stories and dance in Ekonjo

Cameroon Study AbroadNine BU students, joined by S. Ekema Agbaw, professor of English, and David Walker, assistant professor of elementary and early childhood education, spent part of this summer studying in Cameroon and Ethiopia. In their latest blog post, the group describes their visit to the Ekonjo chiefdom, where they exchanged stories and dance.


Understanding a lost childhood

Lisa Lapina Lisa Lapina, who is researching the effects of poverty on the education of at-risk children in Zambia, Africa, for her independent honors research project, is nearing the end of her teaching experience. Lisa describes the harsh realities of third world life her students face at such a young age.


Surviving a theater of World Cup frenzy

Katrina Bradley Katrina Bradley, a junior Spanish and secondary education major, is spending the summer in Xalapa, Mexico comparing how language professors at Bloomsburg University and Universidad Veracruzana assess language learning in the classroom and address multiple learning styles.


Bradley describes her recent experiences with Mexican theater and watching the World Cup, while rooting for the opposing team.


Summer session 2D design art on display

Two Dimensional DesignStudents in the summer session Two Dimensional Design course will be displaying their artworks in the Haas Art Gallery from July 1 through July 15. This class included BU students and advanced high school art students from the area. Exhibiting are Aubrielle Billig, Erin Billig, Ezekiel Conrad, Benjamin Deivert, Alissa DeWalt, Ralph Hinkle, Erik Kile, Jamie Laubach, Brittney Logan, Rockisha Mullings, Candyce Musinski, Shannon Phillips, Tanya Tolton and Ashley Willis. Photo gallery

BU, UCLA team up to study Moon samples

Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, and David Paige, professor of planetary science at UCLA, recently worked together on campus measuring samples of lunar soil collected on the Apollo 16 mission to the Moon in April 1972. The light reflection measurements were done in Shepard’s lab in Hartline Science Center with his goniometer, one of the few machines in the world capable of this type of measurements.

Celebrating the Zapotec way

Liesl Driver Liesl Driver, a senior Spanish and anthropology major, is spending the summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the Zapotec language from a native Isthmus Zapotec speaker. Driver gives a glimpse of what it’s like to participate in a Zapotec celebration.


Educating for a positive change

Lisa Lapina Lisa Lapina, who is researching the effects of poverty on the education of at-risk children in Zambia, Africa, for her independent honors research project, recently expanded her unique classroom teaching experience at another school, which has no electricity or running water. Yet, Lisa says in her latest update the children’s passion for education filters out the eye-opening images of poverty.


Exploring a virtual world of math and science

Math & Science Experience Local youths entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades spent June 21 to 24 testing their skills in mathematical problem solving, computer programming and exploring emergence in BU’s annual Math and Science Summer Experience. Students got a new perspective of math and science through classroom presentations, hands-on activities and demonstrations, ending with them creating their own virtual classroom. Photo gallery

Dancing around the heat in high heels

Katrina Bradley Katrina Bradley, a junior Spanish and secondary education major, is spending the summer in Xalapa, Mexico comparing how language professors at Bloomsburg University and Universidad Veracruzana assess language learning in the classroom and how they address multiple styles. Bradley kicked off her first week settling into her apartment, learning the routine of doing laundry and hailing a taxi in Mexico, and beginning her Culture and Civilization Class.


Huskies pick up Super Bowl rings

Husky Alumni Bloomsburg University alums Jim Monos, Jr., Lindsey Wyckoff Mitchell, and Jahri Evans, show off the Super Bowl rings they were given as part of the New Orleans Saints recent championship celebration. Evans, a former Huskies football star, helped the Saints win the Super Bowl in February as a starting offensive lineman. Monos and Mitchell’s husband, Jason, are pro/college scouts for New Orleans. Who got rings?

Class of 2014 previews campus

Freshmen Orientation BU hosted its first flow of incoming freshmen for orientation last week, where newly minted Huskies got an up-close look of campus, met faculty, fellow freshmen and upperclassmen mentors and learned about student activities and support services. Photo gallery

BU honors students explore Egypt

David Moyer and Hannah Jones David Moyer and Hannah Jones recently spent two weeks studying “Mapping Cultural and Historical Egypt” as part of the PASSHE Summer Honors Program, where they completed two courses studying and researching the relationship between culture and geography in contemporary and ancient Egypt.

Dampman to chair Council of Trustees

Emritus status Robert Dampman ’65 will chair BU’s Council of Trustees for the next two years, following action at the Trustee’s Tuesday, June 8, meeting. Charles C. “Nick” Housenick ’60 will serve as vice chair and Marie Conley Lammando ’94 will continue as secretary. More

Faculty honored for scholarly work

Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity Five faculty members were honored with the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity. (L-R) Jonathan Ohn, associate professor of finance and legal studies; Mark Tapsak, asst. professor of chemistry; Barbara Wilson, asst. professor of exceptionality programs; and Jason Godeke, asst. professor of art and art history. Each award winner received $1,000 to be used for travel or other faculty development activities and a plaque. Nominations of untenured faculty are made by each dean and evaluated by Dean's Council based upon publications, presentations and other scholarly work.

Penn State professor leads colloquium at BU

James P. Lantolf BU’s Department of Languages and Cultures hosted its fifth annual Colloquium on Teaching and Second Language Acquisition this past spring semester, featuring James P. Lantolf, professor of language acquisition and applied linguistics at Penn State University. Lantolf conducted an all-day colloquium on, "A Concept-Based Approach to Foreign Language Teaching,” which was attended by professors from Kutztown, Lock Haven, Millersville, and Bloomsburg universities as well as regional high school teachers and students studying secondary education.

Spring semester dean’s list unveiled

More than 1,900 students made the dean’s list for the 2010 spring semester. To qualify for dean's list, a student must earn a quality-point average of 3.5 or higher (based on 4.0) during the semester.

Student showcases landmark program

Hannah Rae Mael Hannah Rae Mael, a Spanish major, presented "Memorial Elementary Pilot Spanish Program" on research and practical experience she gained while conducting the first after-school BU program teaching Spanish in local public schools this past semester. Mael’s presentation included trends in foreign language learning at the elementary level, types of language instruction, the Spanish Club at Memorial Elementary (including teaching methods and learning assessment), along with reflections and suggestions for the future of the program. The presentation was part of Phi Sigma Iota Senior Exit Presentation Series with faculty advisement and internship supervision provided by Patricia Dórame-Holoviak.

Tenure, promotion and sabbatical approvals

This year’s list of tenure, promotion and sabbatical approvals have been announced with 16 faculty receiving tenure, 21 faculty earning promotions and 13 faculty approved for sabbatical leave. Tenure and promotions are effective fall 2010, while sabbaticals are effective for 2011-12.

Unveiling a new location, website

Social Equity and Accommodative Services Just in time for the first summer session, BU’s Office of Social Equity and Accommodative Services has a new home, 054 Warren Student Services Center, and a redesigned website, featuring a streamlined layout of information on its services, staff contacts and related links to useful resources.

COST students, faculty recognized

COST faculty honorees More than 225 students, faculty, staff and family members attended BU College of Science and Technology Spring Honors Banquet, which recognized student scholarly achievements as well as the inducted students into various disciplinary honor societies. The banquet also recognized the excellence in teaching, research and service of COST faculty. Honored faculty included (L-R) Lori Metzger, nursing; Youmin Lu, mathematics, computer science and statistics; Karl Kapp, instructional technology; Nathaniel Greene, physics and engineering technology; Sandra Kehoe Forutan, envionmental, geographical and geological sciences. (Back) Robert P. Marande, dean; Mark Tapsak, chemistry, and President David Soltz.

Education program nationally certified

Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing BU’s Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing master’s program has received certification by the National Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) for its 10-year accreditation review. BU’s program, which is the only deaf education graduate program in PA and one of 72 in the country, remains among the 37 certified by CED. Pictured (L-R): Lawrence Fritz, assistant VP and dean of Graduate Studies; Tony Martin, CED site visitor; Elizabeth Mauch, interim dean of College of Education; David Soltz, BU president; Ira Blake, interim provost and VP for Academic Affairs; Sam Slike, professor/curriculum coordinator of Education of the Deaf/HH Program; Zanthia Smith, CED site visitor and Deborah S. Stryker, assistant professor of Education of the Deaf/HH Program.

BU welcomes new class of alums

Graduation Nearly 1,200 seniors received bachelor’s degrees in two commencement ceremonies Saturday in the Academic Quad.

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Completing a unique education experience

Urban Practicum Sixty BU elementary and special education students recently completed an intense two-week teaching course in the Bethlehem and Easton school districts. The students conducted classroom instruction, listened to speakers and assisted with community activities. Three BU faculty members, Frank D'Angelo, Molly Marnella and Cherie Roberts, joined the students for the practicum. Photo gallery

Arnold honored with STRIVE Award

STRIVE honoree Carol Arnold, administrative assistant in the graduate studies and research office, was recently honored with a STRIVE award. In his nomination, graduate dean Larry Fritz wrote, “Carol has been with Bloomsburg University for over 30 years and yet she maintains the energy and enthusiasm of one new to her position. "To this energy, Carol adds the wealth of knowledge and institutional memory of someone with so many years of experience,” Fritz added.

Students take education to federal level

Nursing students BU senior and graduate nursing students recently completed their programmatic requirements relating to public policy and health care advocacy by meeting with local senators and representatives in Washington D.C. Among the legislators was BU commencement speaker, U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski.

Tenure, Promotion and Sabbatical approvals

This year’s list of tenure, promotion and sabbatical approvals have been announced with 16 faculty receiving tenure, 21 faculty earning promotions and 13 faculty approved for sabbatical leave. Tenure and promotions are effective fall 2010, while sabbaticals are effective for 2011-12. Full list

Students earn anthropology honors

Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society Giselle M. Lara, Padraic Costello, Joseph Nebiker, Victoria Schlieder, Kristin Marie Fisher, Stephanie McGilloway, Luis Medina, Joshua Stoner, Hannah Mael, Rachel Awan, James Hill, Sherrol Browne, Cara E. Okey, Liesl Driver, Maryam Cristillo and Laura Baker were accepted into Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society. Also, Driver received a Charles R. Jenkins Certificate of Distinguished Achievement from the Lambda Alpha Executive Council and was a finalist for the National Lambda Alpha Senior Scholarship Award. DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, was selected as the 2010 Honorary Faculty Inductee and gave a presentation on, “Mentoring Bloomsburg University Students in the House of a Million Years, Egypt,” to students, faculty, and family members. Faith Warner, associate professor of anthropology, is advisor to the Bloomsburg University chapter and serves as member for the East, of the National Lambda Alpha Executive Council.

Thailand Rotary group connects with BU

International Rotary Group Study Exchange The International Rotary Group Study Exchange team from Thailand recently spent a day at BU touring campus, attending a class and visiting with several university administrators, faculty and campus community. The group’s itinerary included attending an Introduction to Communication Disorder class, visiting with Robert Marande, Richard Angelo, Ruhul Amin, a tour of the nursing department, the library, upper campus and the admissions office by Madhav Sharma. Anita Wasileski, clinical supervisor of audiology and speech pathology, coordinated the group’s visit.

BU faculty join prestigious group

Phi Kappa Phi Leo Barrile, professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, and Sheila Hartung, assistant professor of nursing, were recently inducted in Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Founded in 1897, it's the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Philippines. Approximately 30,000 members are annually initiated.

Graduates honored for completing journey

Board of Governors Scholarship Program BU's Office of Diversity and Retention acknowledged 30 graduates from the Board of Governors Scholarship Program recently with a senior tea reception. The theme for the event was, "Success Is A Journey ... Not A Destination," with guest speaker, Dr. Melissa N. Smith, BU alum '04.

Preschoolers get in tune with music

Preschool Music ProgramEileen Hower, assistant professor of music education, joined her students from her Elementary Methods and Curriculum in Music class to recently instruct music movement with the preschool in the Campus Child Center. Hower and her class presented the music program throughout April. Student musicians included (L-R) Adriana Alvarado-Padilla, Jen Stahley, Caitlin Tevis, Michael Adams and Jenna Hyatt.

Russian students relish strong BU connection

Russian students Twenty-seven students from the Finance Academy in Moscow, Russia, who are enrolled in BU’s economics program, mingled with President David Soltz, Provost Ira Blake and economics faculty in a reception. The students exchanged greetings and shared their rich experiences in multiculturalism and international cooperation at BU. The group, who were presented with academic certificates, are excited to keep in touch with BU.

COST honors high achievers

Sigma Pi Sigma BU's Physics and Engineering Technology Department recently inducted five new members into the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. In order to be considered for Sigma Pi Sigma, students must have at least a 3.2 GPA in upper level physics classes. New members include Jason Vognetz, Tyler Latsha, Eric Otruba, Alex Hallden-Abberton and Aaron Ohl. Also pictured: Mike Dutko, winner of Outstanding EET student, and Andrew Gerhart, winner of Levi-Gray Scholarship, who were honored at the College of Science and Technology (COST) symposium.

Anthropology students present research

PASSHE Anthropology Research Conference Students from BU’s Department of Anthropology recently presented research at the 2010 PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference at California University of Pa., on topics ranging from a study in retail anthropology to archaeological fieldwork. More ...

Outstanding art students recognized

Elizabeth Hanrahan and Dominique Filiziani were recently recognized as this year’s Outstanding Junior in Art History Award. Besides the recognition they had the highest QPAs in their major courses, both received a check for $250. Christine Sperling, professor of art and art history, instituted the award in 2006 to recognize especially promising students of art history.

Phi Sigma Iota greets new members

Phi Sigma Iota BU’s International Foreign Languages Honor Society recently welcomed in 11 new members during its annual Ceremony of Initiation, joined by readers Gilbert Darbouze, Nathalie Cornelius, Luke Springman, Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus and guest speaker Paul Loomis. New members included Nicole Kloet. Kayla Riccuitti, Nicole Sensinger, and Emily T. Stevens, in French; Steven Balsama, in German; Brittany Bohach, Katrina M. Bradley, Amanda Deloy, Liesl Driver, Elizabeth Lucas, and Kaitlin Moore, in Spanish. The ceremony event was organized by Patricia Dórame-Holoviak, advisor of the Iota Theta Chapter 74. Dashira Gerao, interim chapter president, welcomed the new initiates and read the common belief and obligations they assume as members of the society. Details

Student group honored for community work

Arbor Day Kristina Kachur, Dan Downing, and Lauren Robinson, members of BU’s Geography and Planning Society, accepted a certificate of appreciation from the Town of Bloomsburg at an Arbor Day ceremony for the bare root tree planting the society did last fall. This is Bloomsburg’s 15th year as a Tree City USA. Group photo

The Big Read reaches Danville students

The Big Read Ferda Asya, associate professor of English and co-project director of The Big Read in Columbia and Montour counties, was invited to Danville High School recently to talk to AP English students about Edith Wharton and her novel, “The Age of Innocence.” This talk is a part of The Big Read event conducted by Danville High School, a partner of The Big Read project, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

Exploring global diplomatic issues

Model Organization of American States Recently nine BU students participated in the Model Organization of American States, Washington, D.C., where 33 universities represented a country in the Western Hemisphere to conduct research and resolve issues of the hemisphere, while gaining a better understanding of being a diplomat. This spring BU represented Suriname. Pictured in the courtyard of the Organization of American States Building in Washington, D.C. are (front row) Emilie Fourot, Victoria Wood, Melanie Jeske, Danielle Rodriguez, Sonia Boumedjane and (back row) Ryan Geiger, Aaron Griffin, Lauren McLaughlin, Dennis Hartlove. Faculty advisor is Mark L. Usry.

Student research showcased at conference

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Members of BU’s National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Research Committee recently presented three research projects at the 2010 PSHA Convention in State College. Faculty advisement was provided by Pamela Smith and Thomas Zalewski. Students presenting research include Sarah Kitko, Erin Lolley, Stephanie Marcino, Carolyn Novaleski, Leeanna Erway, Chip Benedict, Leeann Koch, Kristin Horan, DJ Tanney, Katlin Fleischut, Stefanie Williams, Stefanie Chaffee, Meredith Pfister, Britani Bartello, Kristi Sekulski, Marian Shovlin, Michelle Griffin, and Carolyn Novaleski. Photo gallery ...

SIFE performs well in regional competition

SIFE BU’s SIFE team recently finished second at the Regional Competition in New York, where they made professional presentations about their completed projects in front of 20 judges comprised of CEOs and vice presidents of sponsoring companies. BU’s 62 member SIFE Chapter includes students from the College of Business, along with students from math, exercise science and education.

Students’ generosity helps local charities

Flex donations Campus Dining’s annual leftover Flex campaign doubled last year’s effort with more than $6,350 donated by BU students, who volunteered extra Flex dollars left on their 2009-10 meal plan to benefit local food banks. (L-R) Joe Marro, operations director for ARAMARK at BU; Tara Lynn, marketing manager for ARAMARK at BU; Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator; and Jim McCormack, associate director of residence life.

CDC receives financial gift for renovation

Enterprise Holdings Foundation gift Enterprise Holdings Foundation recently provided a financial gift to the renovation project in BU’s Career Development Center. Enterprise Holdings employs a number of BU graduates in locations throughout the country. (L-R) Erica Smith, ’98, HR recruiting manager; Jeffrey Long, interim VP for student affairs; Carol Barnett, director of the Career Development Center; and Dino Lombardo ‘99, area manager for North Central Pa. Gospel Choir

Gospelrama evokes powerful message

BU's Gospel Choir held its 19th annual Gospelrama on April 17 in the Kehr Union Ballroom, entertaining a large crowd with its enthusiastic spiritual performance. Photo gallery

Best Buddies enjoy Picnic Palooza

Best Buddies More than 75 student members of Best Buddies, a nonprofit campus organization, enjoyed a picnic with their buddies recently at Bloomsburg Town Park. The group played board games, kickball and enjoyed picnic food. Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Student to explore Zapotec culture in Mexico

Liesl Driver Liesl Driver, who is majoring in anthropology and Spanish, has been selected to receive a Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship in Zapotec Language Studies, where she will study in Oaxaca, Mexico, June 21 to July 30. Driver, who is also minoring in Latin American studies and ethnic studies in the U.S., will be taught by native Isthmus Zapotec speaker and linguist, Tomás Villalobos Aquino, through the Casa de la Cultura in Juchitán. She will experience a full immersion in Zapotec culture and language.

Senior students artwork on showcase

Senior Exit Show BU’s Department of Art and Art History celebrated the work of graduating seniors on April 27, featuring Jillian Ash, Amanda Bixler, Kelly Chester, Heather DeFrancesco, Jon Dibble, Ryan Forbeck, Nina Gandolfo, Marcy Geyer, Jessica Green, Caitlin Kohl, Fred Mealia, Steven Patsarikas and Mallory Woll. Photo gallery

Planting the seeds of sustainability

Earth Day Celebration BU kicked off its Earth Day celebration by breaking ground on an organic herb garden prepared by the grounds-keeping crew on upper campus, where seasoning such as oregano and sage will be grown to potentially be used with Aramark recipes at Scranton Commons and Monty’s.

Students help locals maintain health

Adult Health Development Students from BU’s adult health development program led exercises recently at the Columbia-Montour Aging Office’s day program at St. Luke’s Church. The course is offered by the department of exercise science and taught by Leon Szmedra. The course matches BU students as training partners with adults ages 50 and over to help them maintain their strength, flexibility and quality of life. (Pictured) Samantha Oman, an ASL/English interpreting major, lifts weights with her training partner Angela.

Scholastic Book Fair underway

Association for Childhood Education International BU’s chapter of Association for Childhood Education International sponsored a Scholastic Book Fair in Andruss Library and Kehr Union, featuring hundreds books for K-8 grades. Shown are Amy Thomas (left), early childhood education major, and Heather Boudwin, early childhood and special education major.

Marketing Association showcases its talent

American Marketing Association BU’s Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association recently won best chapter plan at the 32nd International Collegiate American Marketing Association Conference. (L-R) Jason Gurzau, Alicia Smith, Ryan Mosher, Allison Martin, Emily Metzgar, Justin Pierce, Emily Faulk and Christopher Drew.

SLED makes a splash at Jamboree

Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf operated a dunking booth April 24 at the Renaissance Jamboree, sponsored by the Rotary Club. The SLED booth, which featured local celebrities such as Mayor Dan Knorr and Jonny Pass of WHLM Radio, helped raise money to send a deaf child to Camp HERO this summer.

New business research award announced

The Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) Research Award has been established to recognize the best paper in international business by a rising senior business major. The first $500 award will be granted in spring 2011. Sponsored by CIBER and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the award was established by Dennis Gehris, interim dean of the College of Business; V.H. Manek Kirpalani, director of CIBER; and Jerrold Harris, director of research. Call (570) 389-4129 for more information.

Learning outside the classroom

Frank D’Angelo The perfect spring weather of April 6 invited Frank D’Angelo, assistant professor of early childhood and elementary education, to take his class out to the Academic Quad. D’Angelo’s lecture provided several prospective student tours a prime chance to see BU education in action.

LLC students explore mining impact

Social Justice and Sustainability LCC BU’s Social Justice and Sustainability Living and Learning Community recently travelled to Whitesville, W.Va., to examine the impact of mountain top removal coal mining. It’s the same area that recently lost 29 miners in a mine disaster. Students spent three days at the coal sites, weighing the impact loosely regulated industries have on life and the environment. Video | Photos

SAM competes in national competition

Society for Advancement of Management Members of Society for Advancement of Management recently traveled to Arlington, Va., to compete in the national case competition, where students created a strategic plan for TomTom and presented to a panel of judges. Pictured (back row) Kevin Bay, Matt Wenneis, Tom Cook, Bill Philipps, Brian Welch and (front row) Dr. Okpara, SAM advisor, Mary Lou Thomas, Janelle Keister, Benek-Rivera, management department chair. Not pictured is Pamela Wynn, SAM advisor.

Blood drive exceeds goal

Campus blood drive There were 186 pints of blood donated Thursday, April 22, at the Red Cross blood drive held on campus, exceeding the goal of 164 pints. The event attracted 58 first-time donors. The next campus blood drive will be held on July 21. Stay informed

Age of Innocence exhibit showcased

Robert Shilling Andruss Library's latest exhibit, “The Age of Innocence: Bloomsburg 1870-1902,” created by BU archives intern Robert Shilling II ties into the "Big Read" program of Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence," co-sponsored by BU and the Bloomsburg Public Library. The display gives a local flavor for the time of the novel, covering the Town of Bloomsburg, including the Bloomsburg State Normal School.

New dean of College of Business named

Mike Tidwell Michael Tidwell, assistant dean of Clayton State University’s School of Business, has been selected as the next dean of BU's College of Business. Tidwell, also associate professor of management at Clayton State, previously taught at the University of Kentucky, Whitworth and Truman State universities. "I have many colleagues who are familiar with Bloomsburg University, and they speak very highly both of Bloomsburg and (PASSHE)," Tidwell said. "I’m looking forward to leading the College of Business and working with the larger university team.” More ...

Husky pride in full effect

Husky Ambassadors BU’s Program Board, Alumni Association and other student groups hosted alumni and their children, along with siblings and families of current students on April 10 on the Academic Quad for a fun day filled with carnival games, crafts and inflatable rides. The carnival was part of Sibling’s and Children’s Weekend.

Interim dean lectures on retention models

Elizabeth Mauch Elizabeth Mauch, interim dean of the College of Education, presented "Retention Models for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," as part of the International Studies LLC Lecture Series on April 21 in the Living and Learning Community Center, Columbia Hall 119. More ...

Alumni educators give career help to seniors

Alumni educators workshop Alumni teachers and administrators recently participated in an education career workshop and networking reception for education majors. Alumni presenters workshops covering topics from the application and interview process to first year expectations and academic standards. Mike Bieber, an East Lycoming elementary teacher, is shown talking with students. Visit The Husky Pack for more photos.

Boston Globe reporter to speak at dinner

Michael Kranish Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association’s will honor and present Michael Kranish, a political correspondent for the Boston Globe and a Revolutionary War historian, at its annual Author’s Dinner on Friday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Fenstemaker Alumni House. Kranish will be speaking on his recent book, “Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War,” which utilized research materials found in the Andruss Library Special Collections. Kranish, whose appearance is co-sponsored by the history department, will also be making a presentation to students and the public at 2 p.m. in the Andruss Library’s Schweiker Room.

BU’s Toys for Tots work draws praise

Toys for Tots BU recently received the Coordinator’s Award for the sixth consecutive year for its efforts with the annual Toys for Tots holiday fundraiser. BU, which coordinates pick-up and delivery of toys for Columbia County, supplied toys more than 4,300 children in a five county area this past year. Accepting the award on behalf of a large number of BU employees (current and retired) were (L-R) Norm Manney, Pauline Roberts, Richard Roberts (both from the Marine Corps League), Donna Gillaspy and Kim Schmitz.

Student employees honored

Sultan Riaz Kicking off Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 12-16, the campus recognized Student Employee of the Year Sultan Riaz, business administration/marketing major and office assistant for Anita Hakim, graduation coordinator. Riaz earned a $500 scholarship from the BU Foundation. Week's activities

A look at life after BU presentation

Campus presentation BU’s diversity and retention, multicultural affairs and alumni affairs offices, along with Air Force ROTC, sponsored a “Getting Better After BU: A Discussion About Post-Graduation” event recently for the juniors and seniors of the Board of Governors Scholarship Program. Pictured (front) Lisa Marcello, Lynette Luckers, Tracey Schaff, and in (back) Jerrin Martin, Madelyn Rodriquez, Kristin Austin.

Faculty team published in business journal

Faculty collaboration College of Business and Andruss Library faculty have collaborated on a peer-reviewed article, “E-Discovery: What Future Business Leaders Need to Know,” in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship. Pictured (L-R) David Magolis, Wilmer Leinbach, Mike Shapeero, Blair Staley and Mark Law. Not pictured: Mark Usry. The article explains the importance electronically stored information to businesses in the discovery process, discusses what business professors and students need to know about e-discovery and offers suggestions on how to integrate e-discovery in a business information literacy curriculum.

Magazine editor works with students

Jenee Chizick, editor of the bilingual magazine, Motivos, was a guest of Spectrum magazine, on April 2. Chizick, who worked much of the day with Spectrum students, also talked with Walt Brasch’s senior seminar classes about job preparation. Motivos, with a readership of about 75,000, is directed to Hispanic youth and young adults. Chizick has a bachelor’s in biology from Cornell and a master’s in bilingual and multicultural studies from LaSalle.

Honored alumni recall BU roots

Four alumni were honored as part of the Alumni Association annual meeting April 10 for their professional achievements, contributions to society and service to BU. Grace Coleman, ‘86/’87M, and Kathryn Guyer Tuoni, ’82, received distinguished alumnus awards. Dr. Vincent Urick, ’01, and Bonnie Adams, ’96, received young alumnus awards. Additionally, long-time QAlumni Association Awardsquest director Roy Smith received the honorary alumnus award. Details | Alumni Weekend

Student musicians perform in state festival

Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival Caitlin Tevis, clarinet; T.J. West, bass clarinet; and Dominique Filiziani, French horn, were among the select musicians chosen to perform in the 63rd Annual PA Intercollegiate Band Festival at West Chester University, conducted by Dennis Fisher, University of North Texas.

Superintendent leads class discussion

Superintendent visits class David Campbell, superintendent of the Line Mountain School District, was a guest speaker recently for Frank D’Angelo’s graduate class, Curriculum in the Elementary School. Campbell gave tips on how students can set themselves a part when applying for teaching jobs. Campbell also answered questions about working with a school staff, leading to a class discussion on curriculum in local elementary schools.

BU set to 'Take Back the Night'

Clothesline Project Elaine Pasqua, president of Project Prevent, an organization providing AIDS prevention education to students, spoke at BU’s “Take Back the Night,” on April 7, followed by a silent candlelight vigil that proceeded around the Academic Quad to the steps of Carver Hall. More ...

Students lending skills over tax season

Student Accounting Association BU’s Student Accounting Association is offering free tax help to qualified residents of Columbia and Montour counties on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday through April 14 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 130 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. More ...

Greeks celebrate brotherhood, sisterhood

Greek Week BU's Greek organizations recently celebrated Greek Week 2010 with a wing eating contest, Greek Sing event and dodgeball tournament as the Spartans won each event. Each year, BU’s fraternities and sororities come together for a week to celebrate the essence of Greek Life. Photo gallery

Opening new doors for Luzerne students

Articulation agreement BU recently signed program-to-program articulation agreement with Luzerne County Community College enabling students earning associate’s degrees in early childhood education to seamlessly transition to BU’s bachelor’s degree program. More ...

Professor to serve state advisory role

Christopher F. Armstrong, professor of sociology, has been appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he will assist the commission with its fact-finding, investigative and information dissemination functions. Committee members are chosen based on their familiarity with local and state civil rights issues. Armstrong, who is finishing his 35th year at BU this semester, will serve a two-year term.

Physics student lands scholarship

American Nuclear Society Scholarship Eric Otruba, a junior physics and health physics major, was recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the local American Nuclear Society chapter. Otruba, a dean’s list student, is pictured with (L-R) Tim Rausch, chief nuclear officer and senior VP of PPL Susquehanna; David Simpson, health physics program coordinator and associate professor of physics and Jeff Helsel, plant manager for PPL Susquehanna.

Music faculty leaves mark on Asia

Gifford Howarth Gifford Howarth, assistant professor of music, recently spent nine days on a teaching residency at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, where he worked individually with several percussion majors and sat in on different ensemble rehearsals. Howarth also worked the St. Joseph's School of Kuching marching band from Malaysia, teaching its percussion section different technical ideas, rehearsal concepts and music ensemble techniques. More ...

Taking the classroom to Paris

Students with Diane Johnson Ferdâ Asya, associate professor of English, took students from the International Studies LLC and classes, American Literature II and Literature and Society “American Expatriate Fiction in Paris,” to Paris over Spring Break. A highlight was visiting the apartment of American expatriate writer, Diane Johnson. More ...

Collaborative work presented

Deborah Stryker, of the education of the deaf/hard of hearing program, along with Maureen Walsh, Angela Pang, Williams Obiozor and Barbara Wilson, of special education, presented their research, “Attitudes of University Students Toward Individuals with Exceptionalities: Suggestions for Change” at the 31st Annual International Conference of YAI’s "Decade of Decisions: Moving Forward in Developmental and Learning Disabilities." This research group, which also includes Sheila Dove-Jones, James Krause, Barbara Wert and Walter Zilz, of exceptionality programs, as well as Eileen Astor-Stetson, of psychology, continues to update their mixed-methods research project that began in spring 2008 and involving more than 2,400 participating BU students.

Nursing students “Hunt for Health”

Nursing students BU’s Department of Nursing held a health fair at Sullivan County High School, hosted by 37 senior nursing students covering topics based on the needs of the county after conducting a community-wide assessment. Students, 7-12 grade, participated in games, a scavenger hunt and enjoyed healthy food choices.

Senator visits campus, speaks to class

Sen. David Argall David Argall, state Senator for the 29th District representing Schuylkill County and portions of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton counties, recently visited campus and met with BU president David Soltz, then with faculty and students from the Civic Engagement LLC. Argall also spoke to Professor George Agbango’s political science. The campus visit was coordinated by Luke Springman, associate professor of languages and cultures. The Big Event

Students lend hand for The Big Event

BU students came together on March 27 for The Big Event, a community service project sponsored by the Community Government Association as a way to give back to the Town of Bloomsburg. Students tackled winter clean-up projects around town. Groups concentrated on areas where students and residents are neighbors and public locations, such as Town Park. CGA Message

Student programmers put to the test

15th Annual High School Programming Contest More than 175 students representing 40 teams from regional high schools competed March 30 in the 15th Annual High School Programming Contest, hosted by BU’s mathematics, computer science and statistics department in the Kehr Union Ballroom. Student teams tackled a series of computer programming problems with varying difficulty. Winning teams were determined by how many problems they solved within three hours. Photo gallery

Printmaking research on display

Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conference Marilee Salvator, assistant professor of art, presented research in the Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conference, Philadelphia with students Jessica Chappell, Marcy Geyer and Racheal Graham, who presented during open portfolio sessions. The students participated in a portfolio exchange that was exhibited at Moore College of Art. Salvator was one of 11 professional artists to exhibit research in an exhibition titled Vast Intransitive Arts.

Using empty bowls to fight hunger

Empty Bowls banquet Hundreds of students and town citizens joined forces for SOLVE’s annual Empty Bowls Banquet, an annual Bloomsburg Food Cupboard fundraiser on March 28 in the KUB Ballroom. More than 100 student volunteers coordinated the event, including hand-painting the bowls. In addition, scores of community volunteers, faculty and staff, and local restaurants stepped forward to create the soups, bread and organize live entertainment for the event.

Outstanding BU women honored

Outstanding Women Awards A Women's History Month reception, sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women, will be held on March 24 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The commission will recognize BU's Outstanding Women, who were nominated for their achievements and service. Special recognition went to those holding crystal vases, Rosemary Huber, Marlyse Heaps and Deb Barnes. Also honored were three students, Lauren Heidelbaugh, Leisl Driver and Christina Adenuga.

Students clean up local riding trails

Geography and Planning Society BU’s Geography and Planning Society recently helped clear and prepare horse riding trails at EOS Therapeutic Riding Center, Bloomsburg, for the upcoming season. EOS is a non-profit organization where kids and adults with special needs can ride horseback and develop skills and friendships.

Legacy scholarship recipients recognized

Alumni Legacy Scholarship BU's Alumni Association Board of Directors hosted a luncheon for the recent Alumni Legacy Scholarship student recipients. Students are eligible to receive the Alumni Legacy Scholarship if one or both of their parents are BU alumni. Twenty students received $700 Alumni Legacy Scholarships for the semester. Alumni may apply for a legacy scholarship for their student by contacting the alumni office at (570) 389-4058. Learn how to support BU scholarships.

Bienvenue au Canada!

Members of BU’s FrenchFrench Club Club spent part of Spring Break in Montreal and Québec City, experiencing French-Canadian culture first-hand and touring historical spots such as Old Town Montreal. Among the participants were five of BU’s 26 French majors and five French minors. Pictured in front of Montmorency Falls in Québec are (L-R) Rachel Awan, Anastasia Maniotis, Kristen Beach, Brian Welch, Nicole Sensinger, Chelsea Zoltowski, John Drake and Jeff Stefankiewicz. Not pictured but with the group are Lauren Foster and Renee Wadsworth.

Migration of ‘Circassians’ discussed

M. Safa Saracoglu M. Safa Saracoglu, assistant professor of history, presented “Cattle Thieves?: Understanding Nineteenth Century Circassian Refugees in their Socioeconomic Environment” in the next ICS Environment and Culture Lecture series on March 30 in the Schweiker Room of Andruss Library. Saracoglu’s presentation focused on the local aspects of the forced migration of “Circassians” from Russian to the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the 19th Century.

Students land several press awards

Spectrum magazine students recently won several awards in the 2010 Pennsylvania Press Club competition, competing against other college publications. This is the 24th year for Spectrum, which has garnered more than 175 staff and individual awards. The magazine is one of only five college magazines inducted into the Magazine Hall of Fame, hosted at the University of Minnesota. Editor-in-chief is Walter M. Brasch, professor of mass communications.

Students earn Harrisburg internships

The Harrisburg Internship Semester Matthew Miller, a senior accounting and finance major, and Joan Bradbury, a junior social work major, were selected to attend The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program. Miller will attend in the fall, while Bradbury is slated for the spring. The program is a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, providing students an opportunity to work in all areas of state government for a full semester. Contact Sheng Ding by e-mail or visit the Web site for more information.

Early childhood learning taking shape

Campus Child Center Molly Marnella, assistant professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, supervises Desiree Eddins, student teacher, as she discusses the weather with Apurva Upadhyay and Everett Chappell. Eddins’ experience in the child center began in spring ‘08 as an early learning practicum field experience and is ending with her student teaching experience. Judy Coleman Brinich, director of Campus Child Center, and Michael Patte, associate professor of educational studies and secondary education, designed the project.

Dean highlights campus radio show

Robert Marande Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, gives a glimpse of what can be heard on his monthly campus radio show on WBUQ in this latest episode of BU’s podcast series. Marande will be featured regularly in the podcast series, including offering insight what can be seen in the night sky.

Campus hosts regional teacher's fair

BU hosted the 28th annual North Central PA Education Consortium on March 23 with Bucknell, East Stroudsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Susquehanna universities and Lycoming College, attracting hundreds of recruiters from more than 50 school districts to interview candidates. The districts represented a variety of states including Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Roughly 600 students and alumni attended.

Students explore Holocaust Museum

Honors Seminar Students with the Honors Seminar in the Humanities: Literature of the Holocaust recently visited the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. to work on their course projects. Students from the Civic Engagement Living and Learning Community joined the group. Conducting research were Brittany Bohach, Damaris, Bybee, Meghan Duell, Kieren Hooper, Brittany Martin, Vanessa Martin, Kelsey Paulsen, Timothy Sheehan, Jessica Smith, Sarah Szczepanski and Derek Weicht. The field trip was sponsored by the Living and Learning Communities.

Preschoolers delve into dental health

Campus Child Center Campus Child Centers’ preschool is all smiles during Dental Health Month in February. Larson Kocher, Mikel Salas-Warner, Kamille Sullivan, aide, Celia Sondheimer, Lauren Barnes, Hannah McCready, Katie Berger, volunteer, Jace Diehl, Ashley Weaser, teacher, and Ian Davis shown making a collage. PA Early Learning Standards on Health and Safe Practices were covered in the learning unit. Preschoolers made a bulletin board with pictures of their smiles, as well as learned how to properly floss and brush their teeth.

Dean sheds light on the night sky

Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, gives a glimpse of what can be seen in the night sky with the unaided eye in this premiere episode of BU’s new podcast series. Marande will be featured regularly in the podcast series, including offering insight into his own campus radio show on WBUQ.

Husky club hockey defends title

Club Hockey BU’s club hockey team recently won the MICHL league championship for the second straight year, defeating Susquehanna University 5-2 after beating DeSales University 11-1 in the semi-finals. Pictured: (front) Andrew McDevitt; (second row, L-R) Bill O'Connor, assistant captain, Matt Markert, Chris Ball, Matt Neilson, Brian Murphy, Corey Pappas, Matt Loscalzo, Brandon Settle, Tom Karpinski, captain; (back row) Dimitri Pahides, assistant captain, Derek Groff, Dave Savage, Eric Zimmerman, Joe Parente, Chris Kocher, Dylan Smith, Brandon Lang, faculty advisor and coach, Todd Gies, Ryan Evans and Bryan Paulson.

Bye, bye Blackboard ... hello BOLT

This will be the last semester for the Blackboard learning management system, as BU will switch to a new Desire 2 Learn system, Bloomsburg Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT), starting this summer. Future e-mails will provide information and instructions on how to use BOLT. In preparation for the change, it's recommended you save all work submitted in Blackboard to your network drive by May 31 as a precaution. Contact Regina Bobak by e-mail or visit Web site for more information.

Student cellist to perform locally

Chan Kim Chan Kim, a BU cello student, will perform works of Bach, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Sammartini and Rachmaninoff on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 123 Market St., Bloomsburg. The recital is open free to the public.

Faculty lecture series kicks off

Michael Martin, assistant professor of English, kicked off this semester's Ervene Gulley Faculty Lecture Series in the Liberal Arts, with "Using Technology to Establish Ethos and Engagement,” on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Bakeless 205. More ...

Trustees honor achievement, approve fees

BU Council of Trustees BU’s field hockey team and retiring coach, Jan Hutchinson, were among those honored Wednesday, Feb. 24, by the BU Council of Trustees during its quarterly meeting. Hutchinson and her team were honored for its fourth consecutive and 16th overall NCAA Division II national championship Also honored was Terrell Garrett, a departing student Trustee, for his service to the council. Garrett will graduate from BU this spring. More on the meeting, including approval of fees for 2010-11.

BU extended its reach

BU, as part of a Pennsylvania coalition recently awarded nearly $100 million in federal funds to develop broadband network, will help create a new fiber optic system linking education, health care and economic development entities across Commonwealth.

New student group to preserve liberty

Young Americans for Liberty Young Americans for Liberty, a new student group dedicated to training, educating and mobilizing youth into preserving their natural rights of life, liberty and property, held its first-ever meeting on Feb. 18, Bakeless Center. The group, which plans to host speakers and liberty-driven events, is open to students of any major. Contact George Specht by e-mail or Nicole Pagliaro by e-mail for more information.

BU hosts Chef's Challenge

William Edmondson, executive chef at BU, led a team of culinary experts Wednesday, Feb. 24, in an event modeled after the Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” at the Scranton Commons. BU faced West Chester University in Aramark’s Chef’s Challenge 2010, a competition to create three separate dishes in one hour.

Campus bloodmobile exceeds goal

BU blood drive   BU’s recent blood drive (Feb. 17-18) benefitting the Bloomsburg American Red Cross drew 253 pints of blood from campus donors, including 75 first-timers. The Huskies’ football team co-sponsored the drive, volunteering and donating blood. Call the Student Activities Office at (570) 389-4346 to volunteer for the next campus bloodmobile on April 21.

Lacrosse team honors former captain

Kevin "Kub" Pearsall, a BU student and captain of the men's club lacrosse team, lost his battle against cancer on Feb. 14. In his honor, Pearsall’s teammates have established a fundraiser to sell T-shirts (blue with yellow "ribbon" and words Team Pearsall) to benefit his family. General donations will also be accepted.

ArtWalk-In features more than 50 artists

ArtWalk-In Several area musicians and local artists, including BU students, faculty and alumni, were featured in the ArtWalk-In on Feb. 18, at the Moose Exchange, Bloomsburg. Final bids for the Huber Fundraiser also took place. Musicians included BU professors Paul Loomis, Kurt Smith, Mike Hickey and John Huckans. Local groups had art activities for all ages. Gallery ...

Soccer coach represents BU in Australia

Paul Payne, men's soccer coach, is presenting this week at the Football Federation of Australia’s Annual Coaching Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Payne will examine the philosophy of small sided games as a way to develop players technically and tactically, focusing on the National Soccer Coaches Association of American position paper on Small Sided Games. Payne will be representing the NSCAA as vice-president of education, as well as a senior National Academy staff coach. Other invited speakers and clinicians are from Australia, Holland, England and New Zealand.

Dance team wins regional competition

Competition Dance Team BU's Competition Dance Team recently placed first in the college jazz and college hip hop division at the Battle of the Northeast, Universal Dance Association competition. This is the third consecutive year the team has placed first in the college division.

BU forensics performs well in tourney

BU's Forensics (speech and debate) Team recently placed fourth out of eight schools at the Collegiate Forensic Association's Annual Winter Tournament held in Charleston, S.C. Neil Strine, director of forensics, participated in the tournament as the Bloomsburg judge. Winners ...

The Main Event covers many topics

The Main Event Protestant Campus Ministry recently hosted BU student Sultan Riaz for a discussion on Islam. Sultan shared information from the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, to clarify the basic beliefs of the faith. He spoke in depth about women’s rights, use of violence and what Muslims believe about Jesus. PCM hosts The Main Event on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Kehr Union.

Ladies First raise money for Haiti

BU’s Ladies First student organization raised more than $1,000 for the Unicef Fund, which went to help victims of the Haiti earthquake, from their spring semester kickoff celebration, “The Blackout,” on Jan. 23 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The all black-attired event drew people from BU and neighboring college campuses out for a night of good music and good company, all in an effort to raise money for charity.

Ambassadors contribute to scholarships

Husky Ambassadors The Husky Ambassadors recently presented a $500 check to the General Athletic Scholarship Fund from proceeds of a T-shirt fundraiser held during freshmen orientation. Kathy Heitzman, assistant athletic director, accepted the donation.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship Winners

BU's Alumni Association recently announced $14,000 in scholarships were awarded to 20 students as part of this year's Alumni Legacy Scholarships, each receiving $700 toward spring semester tuition costs. Winners were chosen in December by a random drawing from entries collected throughout the year. Alumni whose children are current BU students are eligible to enter the yearly drawing.

Spectrum Awards

Spectrum magazine students recently won several awards in the 2010 Pennsylvania Press Club competition, competing against other college publications. This is the 24th year for Spectrum, which has garnered more than 175 staff and individual awards. The magazine is one of only five college magazines inducted into the Magazine Hall of Fame, hosted at the University of Minnesota. Editor-in-chief is Walter M. Brasch, professor of mass communications. Award winners included:

  • Megan Angstadt, Spectrum executive editor, was first in news for “Bogus Bucks” in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue and second in features for “Witness to War” in the Winter/Spring 2010 issue.
  • Kimberlee Courtney, managing editor, took first in features for “Cooking Up Change,” in the Winter/Spring 2010 issue.
  • Tiffany Bellum, an assistant editor, took second in online features for “Reflections From a Sun catcher.”

The magazine itself was first in overall design and first in page graphic design. Nicole C. Martinez is the art director.  

Dampman leads trustees

Emritus status Robert Dampman ’65 will chair BU’s Council of Trustees for the next two years, following action at the Trustee’s Tuesday, June 8, meeting. Charles C. “Nick” Housenick ’60 will serve as vice chair and Marie Conley Lammando ’94 will continue as secretary. Also during the brief meeting, the Trustees recognized former chair Steven Barth’s 12 years of service to the board with a formal resolution. Barth recently resigned due to increasing work-related travel. The Trustees accepted the annual resolution expressing approval of the general condition and care of campus facilities. Prior to the meeting, the group toured the campus with stops at Nelson Field House and Hartline Science Center. Retirees recognized with emeritus status during the meeting were: faculty Sharon Haymaker, nursing, and Gunther Lange, physics and engineering; and staff Mike Sowash, student activities; Diana Clippinger, languages and cultures; Harold “Butch” Woomer, facilities management; and Deb Barnes, residence life and Women’s Resource Center.  

Faculty donate art for fundraiser

Art Fundraiser Eleven current or retired BU art and art history faculty members have donated artwork to a silent auction to offset expenses related to their department secretary's cancer treatment. According to Marilee Salvator, assistant professor of art, all proceeds from the silent auction will go to Rosemary Huber to help defray the costs of medical care and related expenses. Huber began cancer treatment last summer.

Preschoolers get back to work

Campus Child Care Center Children attending BU's Campus Child Care Center returned from winter break to a busy schedule of building blocks, doing crafts and participating in reading circles. Lauren Brubaker, student employee, is pictured building blocks with Gavin Berger, Johan Acri-Turbi, Apurva Upadhyay and Emily Shapeero.

Students celebrate faith over break

Faith Service Nine BU students traveled to the Appalachian Mountains with Father Don Cramer and Sister Deborah Marie for a week of service and fellowship. Students lived out the Gospel cornerstones of prayer, community, simplicity and service while completing home repairs, farm chores and volunteering at a food pantry.

Faculty work with local law enforcement

Scott Inch (left) and John Riley, professors of mathematics, computer science and statistics, recently conducted workshops for law enforcement. Inch taught cell phone forensics, and Riley taught Linux based computer forensics. The workshops were funded by grants the department obtained from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.

Anthropology students networking

Anthropology Club BU's Anthropology Club and Lambda Alpha National Honor Society in Anthropology recently volunteered as part of a student club professional development activity at the American Anthropology Association 108th Annual Meetings in Philadelphia.

BU student takes a closer look at Pakistan

Raeesa Khan, a political science and philosophy major, traveled to Pakistan, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 14, to produce a documentary, "Pakistan's Cave," focusing on the dire need for quality education in Pakistan.

History students present research

Phi Alpha Theta Sarah Clemo (right) and Hannah Jones presented research at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention, where they attend numerous sessions. Clemo researched the change in early 20th Century women fashion, while Jones researched historical records to recover Joan of Arc's voice.

Frederick Douglass Conference

Roughly 100 students from Bloomsburg, Kutztown, West Chester and Mansfield universities will participate in the 10th annual Frederick Douglass Institute Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference on April 22 to 23 in the Kehr Union. This year's conference, “Education and Social Responsibility for the 21st Century,” will feature several student presentations and a keynote address by former MTV reality star, Kevin Powell, now CEO of his own entertainment company, candidate for public office and influential activist.

Thursday, April 21

  • Panel Discussions - 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Kehr Union. Panels on The Environment and Social Responsibility, Business and Social Responsibility and Vocational Education.
  • Information Fair - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kehr Union Multipurpose A. Campus and community organizations will share information about their programs and volunteer opportunities. Held in coordination with Campus Green Committee's Earth Day Celebration.
  • Panel Discussions - 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Kehr Union. Panels on Education and Social Responsibility, Teaching Social Responsibility and Current Education Issues.
  • Faculty Workshop - 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., Kehr Union Ballroom. Multiculturalism as Advanced Citizenship: Repositioning Diversity Education.
  • Panel Discussions - 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Kehr Union. Panels on Sexuality and Social Justice, Cultural Intersections and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century.
  • Panel Discussions - 2 to 3:15 p.m., Kehr Union. Panels on International Concerns, Literature and Social Responsibility, and The Community and Social Responsibility.
  • Plenary Panel - 3:45 to 5 p.m., Kehr Union Hideaway. A discussion on opportunities for social responsibility featuring Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr, philosophy professor Wendy Lee, and several student leaders. Co-sponsored by the Campus Green Committee's Earth Day Celebration.
  • Kevin Powell's keynote address - 7 to 8 p.m., Kehr Union Ballroom. Powell, a cast member of MTV’s Real World series who has authored several best-selling books, presents, “Leadership for a New Century.”
  • Diversity Game Show - 9 to 10:30 p.m., Kehr Union Ballroom. A fun-filled trivia game show testing your knowledge of diversity while making new friends. Prizes will be awarded!

Friday, April 22

  • Panel Discussions - 9 to 9:50 a.m., Kehr Union. Panels on Responsible Consumption, Recovery Efforts at Home and Abroad, and Child Rearing Practices.
  • Panel Discussions - 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., Kehr Union. Panels on U.S. Programs and Policies, Shopping Ways and Woes, Music and Entertainment.
  • Panel Discussions - 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Kehr Union. Panels on Health care and Medicine, Ethnic Identity in the U.S., and Race, Nationality and Literature.
  • Panel Discussions - noon to 12:50 p.m., Kehr Union. Panels on The Environment and Social Responsibility, Sex and Gender, and Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Panel Discussions - 1 to 1:50 p.m., Kehr Union. Panels on International Relief Efforts and Technology in Society.

Events are open free to the public. Contact Tina Entzminger, associate professor of English, by e-mail or (570) 389-4432 for more information.

Join the Quest Team

Quest Summer Camps BU’s Quest has summer openings for students to gain valuable teaching, leadership and planning experience through paid work study positions with summer adventure camps for youth ages 9-17, along with other programs. Quest adventure camps are very outdoor-focused with students participating in a wide range of activities including paddling, climbing, high adventure, teambuilding, educational components and games. The work schedule allows flexibility and time off. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning approximately the last week of May through mid-August. Sessions run up to two weeks at a time but with a week off before the next. Accommodations can be made for students taking summer classes on campus. Contact Brett Simpson, director of Quest, by e-mail or at 570-389-4323 for more information. Visit Quest's Web site to learn about its opportunities and summer adventure camps.  

Students take classroom to Paris

Opéra Ferdâ Asya, associate professor of English, took her students from the International Studies Living and Learning Community and classes, American Literature II and Literature and Society “American Expatriate Fiction in Paris,” to Paris over Spring Break. Students walked along the streets and sat in the cafés mentioned in the fictions of the American expatriate writers whose works they are reading. The group visited the bookshops, gardens, and parks these writers frequented, houses they lived in and places writers exchanged manuscripts in the 1920s.   Students also visited two museums, Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, and spent time in four cathedrals, Saint Germain des Prés, Notre-Dame, Saint Sulpice and Basilique du Sacré Cœur. The group spent the last day of the trip at the Château de Versailles. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the 17th Century apartment of the American expatriate writer, Diane Johnson. The group spent an afternoon with the writer of the novel, Le Divorce, which they are studying in their courses. Photo gallery


Ervene Gulley Lecture Series

Reza Noubary, professor of mathematics and computer science, concludes this semester’s Ervene Gulley Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 28, at 5 p.m. in Bakeless 309 with a special lecture in honor of the late Gulley. Gulley co-wrote “Can I Postpone My Deathday” with Noubary, which was then published in Carver Magazine in 1999. The lecture is open free to the public. Lecture series schedule

  • Wednesday, April 28 Reza Noubary, professor of Mathematics "Can I Postpone My Deathday?" from 5 to 6 p.m., Bakeless 309 This is a special tribute lecture to Ervene Gulley. Noubary and Gulley co-wrote this essay, and it was published in Carver Magazine in 1999.

The Ervene Gulley Faculty Lecture Series is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

BU's Institute for Culture and Society has been host to a lecture series on Culture and Environment, as well as offering its regular lecture series this spring. M. Safa Saracoglu, assistant professor of history, will present “Cattle Thieves?: Understanding Nineteenth Century Circassian Refugees in their Socioeconomic Environment” in the next ICS Environment and Culture Lecture series on Tuesday, March 30, at 7 p.m., in the Schweiker Room of Andruss Library. Saracoglu’s presentation will focus on the local aspects of the forced migration of “Circassians” from Russian to the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the 19th Century. The lecture is open free to the public and campus community.

Culture and Environment Lecture Series

  • April 6, 7 p.m., Schweiker Room, Andruss Library - Jeniece Lusk, assistant professor of sociology, presenting “Whose Change Is It? A Multimodal Exploration of Urban Ecology and Gentrification Resistance in Crumbing Black Communities.” This lecture contributes to the greater understanding of local black participation in revitalization by focusing on a historically black, low-income neighborhood in Waco, Texas. Waco is geographically situated such that it could easily be drawn into ongoing redevelopment projects. Lusk explores the attitudes of the black residents towards the prospects of having their community transformed by revitalization, what role they have been invited to play, and how they feel local black community leaders have responded to calls for revitalization.
  • April 20, 7 p.m., Schweiker Room, Andruss Library - Christopher Podeschi, assistant professor of sociology, presenting “Environmental Sociology and Explorations in the American ‘Culture of Nature’.” Podeschi will briefly introduce environmental sociology and present contributions he has made to this field exploring the American “culture of nature.” His research has focused on depictions of nature and of society’s relationship with nature in science fiction films, general audience magazines, and children’s picture books. He also has underway two separate projects exploring the American “culture of nature” with survey data.

Spring Lecture Series 2010

  • April 15, 6 p.m., Schweiker Room, Andruss Library - Yanhui Pang, assistant professor of exceptionality programs, presenting “China’s Special Education – From Discrimination to Civil Rights.” This seminar will review the history of China’s special education law since 1949. Data discussed will deal with disability rights before and after the economic reform in the country. Views on China’s future development in this area will be part of the discussion.
  • May 3, 6 p.m., Schweiker Room, Andruss Library - Jeniece Lusk, assistant professor of sociology, presenting “Nightmare on Elm ...” This discussion will center on a study of defensive developments in a black community in Waco, Texas. Provided will be rich information about the stirring of intra-racial intensity and the levels of trust in the community.

Thank You

Gia Adornetto BU students, As many other individuals expressed at The Big Event, I was speechless as I looked out into the crowd and saw so many students awake and eager to work, bright and early on a cold Saturday morning. Sunday, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the private homeowners who received help from The Big Event, and they all were overwhelmingly appreciative. One woman said, “This was the best event since I’ve lived in town.” I am proud that I have had the opportunity to represent a great group of students. Whether in an organized event or simply assisting some of the elderly residents from town after a snow storm, I encourage you all to continue to give back to the community. I can not thank you enough for your hard work and cooperation. Without you, The Big Event would not have been possible. Sincerely,     Gia Adornetto     Community Government Association, President

Chancellor John Cavanaugh speaks on harassment and 'cyber bullying'

Chancellor John Cavanaugh PASSHE community, Among the most important roles of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the creation of a welcoming culture of inclusion on our campuses. Harassment of any kind—whether face-to-face or online—cannot be tolerated. The recent suicide of a Rutgers University student, the cyber attacks on the student government president at the University of Michigan, and other tragic incidents that have occurred on college campuses have brought national attention to the issue of cyber bullying. We need no stronger reminders of how dangerous this practice can be, and the terrible effects it has on victims. All of us must commit ourselves to addressing this very serious issue and eliminate harassment in all its forms. Many of our universities have hosted programs that can serve as examples for us all. Millersville University earlier this year hosted the Pennsylvania Cybersafe Conference, inviting both their collegiate colleagues as well as K-12 officials to participate in the program, which featured national experts as speakers and session leaders. On October 14th, Lock Haven University will present a two-hour program titled, “Yes, We Care,” to let anyone in the campus community who might feel unsafe, bullied or threatened know where they can go to seek help. Several of our campuses include “Safe Zones” that provide both resources and personal assistance. We encourage you to learn about the programs offered on your campus. These and other similar efforts are to be commended. They should be the standard. My office stands ready to assist PASSHE universities in helping them ensure a safe living, learning and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff. — John C. Cavanaugh is Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  

Student analyzes lunar images for Smithsonian air and space museum

Katie Daud Katie Daud, a planetary studies and political science major, completed an internship during the summer of 2010 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., in the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. Daud helped the museum analyze and catalogue images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon. CEPS is the scientific research unit of the Smithsonian that examines planetary science, terrestrial geophysics and processes data and images from satellites orbiting Earth and current space missions. Finding this internship was not rocket science for Daud, of Easton, who visited the museum numerous times with her family and immediately fell for the fascination, technology and science surrounding aviation and spaceflight. Daud was offered the highly competitive internship in April, having applied in February for one of the two CEPS intern positions. Katie Daud The LRO is tasked with creating a complete atlas of the Moon and its features, so as to serve future Moon-bound missions with better information and technology. Daud used images and data from the LRO to study the present and future geological activity of tectonic plates on the Moon, a big task that is helping scientists better understand our knowledge of planetary bodies. Aside from her intern projects, Daud has discovered Washington, D.C., to be the perfect combination for future endeavors. It’s her goal to eventually work in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and become involved with space policy. “Ultimately, working with space policy would combine my passion for exploration and politics,” Daud says. “It would allow me to make a difference in the direction and outcome of our future in space.”

Phillips named director of University Safety and Police

Tom Phillips has been named Bloomsburg University’s new director of University Safety and Police after serving as interim director for the past six months. Phillips has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, retiring from the Allentown Police Department five years ago as a patrol sergeant. He served as a campus police officer at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, before coming to BU in fall 2009. A native of Dunmore, Phillips earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/sociology from the University of Scranton. “I have a strong background in community policing, which goes hand-in-hand with crime prevention,” Phillips said. “As interim director and, now, as director, I’m relying on my years of experience and training to bring the university police up to date on current police practices.” Richard Rugen, vice president for administration and finance, said, “Tom brings a high degree of professionalism and law enforcement knowledge to Bloomsburg. Our entire campus community is benefiting from his experience and expertise.”  

Fulbright scholar studies art of play

PlayworkMichael Patte Michael Patte, associate professor of secondary education and educational studies, has spent the past four months teaching and researching playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K., on a Fulbright fellowship. Playwork, with its roots in Europe, is concerned with providing play environments for children to laugh and cry, explore and experiment, create and destroy, feel excited and elated.   Since April, Patte has made presentations at various play conferences throughout Europe, taught a variety of course sessions on playwork at Leeds and visited a variety of venues where playworkers practice their crafts such as breakfast clubs, adventure parks and children’s museums.

Anthropology student digs into Columbia Mall

Victoria Schlieder Victoria Schlieder, a senior anthropology and geography major, recently took a different approach to anthropology by researching the behavior and concerns of shoppers as opposed to researching culture or evolution. Her work, which consisted of surveying, observing, and interviewing patrons of the Columbia Mall, will be among the featured presentations this fall at the American Anthropological Association’s national conference in New Orleans. In her field methods study, Schlieder discovered young people, ages 18 to 25, still shop at the mall and most of the nearly 460 people surveyed want more stores, a movie theater and more special events. A native to the area, Schlieder, of Numidia, chose to study the Columbia Mall because she was interested in what residents believed needed to be done to revitalize the mall that she grew up with. Schlieder’s research is a form of ‘applied anthropology,’ which seeks to solve everyday problems through anthropological means. She hopes to make a career out of this specialization by conducting similar ‘retail anthropology’ research throughout the country.  

A message to the campus community

David L. Soltz With recent campus visits by external groups, it is apparent that the freedom of expression guaranteed in the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution is alive and well. And so it should be. As an open, public campus, BU welcomes the free exchange of ideas so integral to both a democracy and a flourishing institution — by invited speakers and others who choose to use our campus as their platform. With this tremendous respect for free speech, we recognize there will be occasions when speakers promote ideas that may be offensive or distasteful to some listeners or may be contrary to the values of the university itself. At those times, it is important to remember that freedom of expression is critical within an academic community and that the belief that a viewpoint is offensive or distasteful will not support its suppression. Each member of the campus community or visitor to Bloomsburg University is responsible for expressing his or her viewpoint in a civil manner, being mindful that others have an equal right to disagree. Although the speech and images presented by the group on campus last week were extremely distasteful, reports indicate that the response of the campus community was appropriately civil. However, it is important for all to remember that violence, profanity, disorderly conduct and unlawful behavior will not be tolerated. As an institution of higher education, let us encourage the free exchange of ideas and use others' opinions as a starting point for examining our own and an opportunity for civil discourse.

  • — David L. Soltz, President

Spirit of BU

Spirit of BU Bloomsburg University's Supervisory Roundtable introduces the sixth in the "Spirit of BU" series of seven train cars to benefit a BU student scholarship and Camp HERO at Camp Victory. This metal die cast 50' flat car equipped with hitch, rub rail, and detailed diamond treaded bridge plates, produced by Weaver Models in Northumberland is an "O" gauge, 1/4" scale, individually mounted brake wheel, and highly detailed styrene body sporting the Bloomsburg University CDL Training and Testing Center logo. Cost is $60 plus $5 shipping and handling (off-campus only). Please direct any questions to Kim Martz at (570) 389-5107 or Bob Wislock at (570) 389-4529. Make checks payable to Supervisory Roundtable and send to: "Spirit of BU Train Car", Kim Martz, Bloomsburg University of PA, 400 E. Second Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.  

‘Doc’ Warren remembered

Robert D. Warren Robert D. “Doc” Warren, whose connection to Bloomsburg University spans more than 50 years, died in his Danville area home Friday, July 9, at about 11 p.m. Warren, 88, who received honorary alumnus status in 1995, taught history at BU from 1964 to 1983. After his retirement, he continued to advise Sigma Iota Omega, the social fraternity he founded. In 2000, he received the University Medallion and in 2002 he received an Eberly Award from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Fund for Advancement in honor of his contributions to the university. In 2005, BU’s Council of Trustees voted to rename the Student Services Center in Warren’s honor, recognizing his dedication to BU as a faculty member, fraternity adviser and long-time financial supporter. The honor also acknowledged Warren’s gift of a $1 million trust through the Bloomsburg University Foundation, one of the largest individual donations in BU history. Warren previously endowed a portion of the Presidential Leadership Program with scholarships that were renamed in his honor and established eight endowed scholarships for SIO. Late last year, he donated more than 600 items from his personal collection of Asian art to the university, along with about 40 pieces of crystal to be used at Buckalew Place. “The university has lost a true friend,” said BU President David Soltz. “Doc’s devotion to our students was evident is so many ways, most notably in the emphasis he placed on anything of service to students. We will miss him tremendously, but thanks to the Warren Student Services Center, his name will live on for generations.” A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg. Memorial donations may be made to the Robert D. Warren Scholarship, in care of the Bloomsburg University Foundation, 400 E. Second St., Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815.  

The Voice chosen among the nation’s best

The Voice BU’s student newspaper, The Voice, has been recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association with 11 Gold Circle Awards for 2010. These national awards are given annually to individual student journalists for excellence in writing and design. This year’s competition attracted 9,460 entries from college, university, and secondary school newspapers, magazines, and online media sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. Talia Zangari and Vanessa Pellechio, opinion editors, won a First Place in Editorial Page Design and a Second Place in Op-Ed Page Design for their portfolio of pages from Spring 2010. In addition, Zangari won a Certificate of Merit in General Commentary for her article “Where’s Waldo?” In the Sports Commentary category, Nick Jones and Rebecca Hall won a First Place for “When Fans Collide,” a piece about NASCAR, and Amanda Hopkins’ and Heather Engiles’ photo feature on BU Food Service workers, called “Lunch Lady Lovin’,” won a Certificate of Merit in the General Features category. Jones and Kate Firestone won a Third Place in Single Subject Package category for their “Battle of the Smart Phones.” For overall page content and design, Charles John Babcock, Jones, and Oliver Ghingold won a Second Place in the Single Subject Package category for their Summer Arts & Entertainment page in April 2010. In addition, Certificates of Merit went to Fred Bloss for his Entertainment Review, “Unassailable,” and to Melissa Cruz for her original comic cartoon “Tripled.” Sports staff won a Certificate of Merit for their page honoring Coach Jan Hutchinson on her retirement. This was a team effort by Justin Lockowitz, Marquis Wince, Eric Ness, and Brandon Hoser. The staff overall won a Certificate of Merit for headline writing as well. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association began giving Gold Circle Awards to recognize individual achievement among student writers, editors, designers, and photographers in 1984. The Voice previously won eight awards in 2008 and nine awards in 2009. Editor in chief currently is Jones. Adviser is Mary Bernath, associate professor of English.

‘Stronger together than we are separate’

Montgomery Bus Boycott 1955 This month marks the 55th anniversary of the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the catalyst for what became the Civil Rights Movement. For 366 days, thousands of people committed to walking in protest of a segregated public transportation. Their dedication crippled the system and caused a ripple effect felt nationwide. In honor of them, BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence held a public Commemorative March across campus, from Carver Hall to Waller Administration Building. BU President David L. Soltz addressed the gathering, who collectively marched to the front steps of Waller Administration Building. There, participants signed a "Speak Up Pledge," which encourages to "say something" to minimize everyday bias and bigotry when you hear it around you. The theme of this event was "Ordinary People Can Do the Extraordinary" in recognition of the scores of nameless and faceless folks who faced daily taunts and sneers of bias and bigotry, who ignored their own tiredness, and who endured the Alabama elements to bring a much needed change to society.

Senior relishes foreign learning experience

Jordan Weckerly Jordan Weckerly, a senior psychology major, recently spent a month in Madrid, Spain, studying the culture and getting hands-on experience with the Spanish language. Weckerly also visited plazas, museums and parks, while enjoying the World Cup festivities and food. “Spending four weeks in Madrid was the best learning experience of my life. It started out a little rocky; getting used to their way of life and language took a little time. It was also difficult since my Spanish language skills were not at the level I wanted them to be. But interacting with Spaniards and learning about their culture opened my eyes to how amazing Spain really is. During the few weeks I was there I visited Segovia, Toledo, Cuenca, and Barcelona. Madrid is such a large city, so visiting the smaller cities really gave me an insight to the real Spanish life. It was helpful as well to practice my Spanish, since very few people spoke English in those smaller cities. And of course, another amazing aspect of my trip was the food! It was so fun trying new things I have never heard of, and tapas were delicious. During my down time, I visited many of the various plazas, museums, and parks throughout Madrid. I learned a lot about Madrileño history by visiting the Palacio Real, which was beautiful. It was also very beneficial to be there during the World Cup. It added a sense of pride to the hustle and bustle of the city. Throughout my time there, I tried my hardest to interact with Spaniards to make the most of my opportunity to practice my Spanish. My classes in grammar and conversation were helpful, but it was those real conversations with the Spanish community that pushed me over the edge. Now that I’m home, I've been trying to watch the Telemundo Spanish channel a little each day to keep up. I’m counting down the days until I can go back!”     — Jordan Weckerly  

Landmark gift establishes Zeigler Institute for Professional Development

Zeigler Institute for Professional Development An alumni couple has contributed $1.67 million to the Bloomsburg University Foundation — the largest philanthropic gift in the foundation's history. Terry Zeigler ’76, president and CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., Chalfont, and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77, are sponsoring the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) within BU’s College of Business. The institute will focus on professionalism and the interconnectedness of functional business areas. ZIPD has an official launch date of Aug. 29, 2011, the first day of the fall semester, and all College of Business students will be required to participate in this program, starting in fall 2013. Terry Zeigler’s experiences as the co-founder of a small company convinced the couple of the importance of interconnected business education. Zeigler was in his 20s when he and two partners started Datacap Systems. Blending individual expertise in operations, business and engineering, the firm has become the leading supplier in its market niche, enjoying 28 years of continued growth and financial success.

Discovering a new creative spirit to writing

Juniper Summer Writing Institute Two BU students participated in workshops and manuscript consultations at the week-long Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst earlier this summer. Hannah Jones, a senior creative writing and history major from Langhorne, and Siobhan Lyons, an English and creative writing graduate from Bloomsburg, took part in the annual institute which features workshops in poetry, fiction and memoir with faculty and authors. “Juniper helped me to better understand my writing process,” Lyons said. “Specifically, I was able to pinpoint a writing habit that often encouraged dead ends.” Jones said, “The experience released me from the mistaken belief that non-fiction pieces must always be focused upon deeply personal and dramatically emotional topics. Since Juniper, I’ve been experimenting with writing about various funny parts of my life. “The best part about the institute was how inspiring it was and still is,” Jones added. “I can’t stop writing.”  

Ready to go Greek?

Greek Recruitment Greek Life is extremely excited for a new semester to begin. Our organizations are looking for new members, and recruitment events are a great way to learn about fraternities and sororities on campus. Fraternities and sororities coordinate membership recruitment in various ways that include membership intake, recruitment, and rush. While the member organizations of each governing council organize this process differently, each process allows a student the opportunity to meet other students, as well as to learn what each fraternity or sorority has to offer its members.

Husky Unleashed - An unbridled determination to succeed

Whether in the gym or in the classroom, Meagan Crossett is always on the move. It’s the perfect blend of motivation and energy that has given her an unbridled determination to succeed, including leading her to Bloomsburg University’s Master of Business Administration program. Crossett followed her interest in the employee application and recruitment process to earn a bachelor’s degree in management at BU in May 2010, after completing two productive internships. The multi-month internships — with Harvard Business Publishing and Textron’s Lycoming Engines — not only gave Crossett invaluable experience but sparked a growing motivation to continue her education. At Harvard, she had a variety of responsibilities, including coordinating a retirement party and a tour of Harvard University, and managed scheduling support for the publishing company’s human resources department. She also handled Beacon blog updates, internal training programs and served as a liaison for interns. It was at Textron where Crossett was encouraged to continue her studies in graduate school, which she hopes will lead her to a position with a global company. Crossett, who is also an aerobics instructor at the Student Recreation Center, plans to incorporate her love for fitness and healthy living into her professional future — creating a wellness initiative that builds a healthy balance between home life and work life.

Husky Unleashed - Talking the talk and walking the walk


Even a shy 4-year-old Christina Kim Davis knew the spotlight was tempting. Now 20, the junior Bloomsburg University student has flipped the script to turn the temptation into a blossoming future.

As a youngster, communicating her talent and colorful personality through dance quickly became a passion for this Philadelphia native, who now has the world at her finger tips after winning BET’s Lens on Talent dance competition and the hearts of the BU community.

National fame wasn’t quite apparent for Davis when she arrived on campus three years ago as a timid freshman with no affiliations, although those who knew her then would argue. Since then, she has left an indelible footprint on BU as a high-achieving communications student, orientation leader, aspiring model, dance teacher and friend to seemingly every student across campus.

In addition to dance, Davis may be best known and recognized as an Orientation Workshop Leader (OWL). It’s a role Davis says allows her to make an immediate impact on new Huskies, which often evolves into a lasting influence.

Christina Kim Davis

Davis connects with students through several other student leadership roles, including Vice Versa (a student modeling group) and Dance Ensemble (the largest student organization on campus). Davis is a Modern Hip Hop and Urban African Dance teacher for the Dance Ensemble, helping to choreograph routines much like the one that thrust her into BET fame.

It’s these student groups, among BU’s more than 200 student groups, that enabled the shy Davis to come out of her shell. Now, she is among the biggest endorsers of student organizations as a way for Huskies to find their own niche in college.

With her success from Lens on Talent, an honor she hopes will spur momentum to someday launch her own dance studio, Davis is quick to point out there’s much more work still to do at BU, including another class of freshmen to orientate and becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. It’s a script that continues to get better with age, she says.

Jahri Evans: The Story Continues

With the help of Jahri Evans, the New Orleans Saints completed a magical season with a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7. After finishing the regular season with a record of 13-3 and winning the NFC South Division, the Saints earned a number one seed in the NFL playoffs. They defeated the Arizona Cardinals 45-14 in the divisional round and then beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime in the NFC Championship game, advancing to play the Colts. Along with team success, Evans also accomplished much individual success. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, his first career selection, and although he did not play in the Jan. 31 game because of his preparation for the Super Bowl, he participated in pregame introductions and activities with the rest of his Saints Pro Bowl teammates. Evans was also named first team All-Pro by the Associated Press, an honor given only to the best players in the NFL. Since the end of the season, Evans and his remarkable story have been featured in several national publications and websites, including USA Today and, as well as major papers, such as the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Philadelphia Daily News.

  • — Ryan Rebholz

Veterans among us

Students and recent alumni

Eric Bartlett U.S. Navy, March 2004-January 2008 Major: Criminal Justice Sean Cleary U.S. Army since 2003 Deployed to Iraq twice as a student Major: Secondary Education/Citizenship and History Joseph Conquest Specialist National Guard, enlisted Sept. 7, 2005 Deployed to Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2007-Nov. 21, 2008 Major: Secondary Education/Citizenship and History Joseph Costa U.S. Navy, September 1995-March 2003 Hospital Corpsman, 2nd Marine Division Major: Psychology Brian Culp Petty Officer EM3 U.S. Navy Technical School and Nuclear Power School, South Carolina Nuclear Training Platform, New York Served on two submarines in support of refuels Major: Planetary Geoscience and Geology double major Timothy Devane U.S. Marine Corps, August 2003-August 2007 Major: Psychology Justin T. Geleskie U.S. Marine Corps, May 2001-May 2006 Deployed to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Major: Political Science Lee Hardin ’08/’10M, 2nd Lieutenant Pennsylvania Army National Guard, September 2000-Present Deployed to Iraq, January 2005-June 2006 Commissioned through BU’s ROTC program Major: Master’s in Instructional Technology Karisa Hite ’10, Sergeant U.S. Army National Guard, enlisted August 2004 Major: Secondary Education and Spanish April Hollenbach U.S. Army Reserve, December 2000-January 2008 Deployed to Germany, January 2004-April 2005 Major: Nursing Kirk Jarrett Pennsylvania National Guard, four years Deployed to Afghanistan Major: Undeclared Justin Jordan Army Reserve, enlisted November 2008 Major: Criminal Justice Rhyan Kleiner ’09, 2nd Lieutenant Army National Guard, enlisted September 2000, served nine and a half years Deployed to Iraq, December 2003-February 2005 Commissioned through BU’s ROTC program Major: Graduate Student, Radiologist Assistant Mary Kate Reeves-Hoche U.S. Air Force, 1978-1998 Registered nurse Served in the first Gulf War Major: Graduate Student, Adult Nurse Practitioner Joy Springer ’09 U.S. Air Force, 1995-2004 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom and Kosovo Major: Business Education Matt Springer ’09M U.S. Air Force, 1997-2002 Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 2005-Present Deployed to Iraq, 2007-2008 Major: MBA Matt Thomas U.S. Army Infantryman, 2001-2005 Deployed to Iraq, 2004-2005 Major: Graduate Student, Instructional Technology Robert “Bobby” Tighe U.S. Army, enlisted February 2009 Major: Undeclared Robert Tracy U.S. Marine Corps, 2004-2008 Deployed to Iraq during the surge, 2007 Major: History Kevin Ward Army National Guard, served six and a half years to date Deployed to Iraq, Egypt and Israel Major: Undeclared Hazel Wightman ’10M 55G Nuclear Weapons Specialist U.S. Army, 1988-1991 Major: Exercise Science Alexander Willouer U.S. Marine Corps, May 26, 2008-Nov. 26, 2009 Deployed to Afghanistan with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772, Willow Grove Naval Air Station Major: Undeclared

Faculty and Staff

 Pete Bohling Pete Bohling U.S. Navy, 1966-1971 Nuclear-powered submarines At BU: Faculty, Economics



Gary Boyer U.S. Navy, 1970-1974 At BU: Shuttle Bus Driver  Sue DauriaSue Dauria U.S. Army, 1981-1983 Stationed in Siegelbach, Germany At BU: Faculty, Anthropology




 Kathy MillerKathy Miller U.S. Army, 1975-1981 At BU: Staff, Audiology/Speech Pathology




Eric Milner U.S. Navy, May 1981-May 2001 At BU: Assistant Vice President, Facilities Jack Richford U.S. Navy, 1969-1972 Hospital corpsman deployed to South Vietnam, 1969-1971 At BU: Adjunct Instructor, Counseling  John RileyJohn Riley U.S. Army Reserve, 76th and 78th Divisions, 1970-1976 Drill Sergeant Rank at discharge: Sergeant 1st Class (E-7) At BU: Faculty, Mathematics Computer Science and Statistics


 Gary RobsonGary Robson U.S. Army, First Infantry Division, April 1, 1970-Oct. 1, 1971 At BU: Faculty, Accounting




Bruce Rockwood U.S. Army, June 1969-December 1971 Atomic demolition unit, 62nd Engineers, Vincenza, Italy Judge Advocate General’s office and secretary to the base commander, Livorno At BU: Faculty, Finance and Legal Studies  Ted RoggenbuckTed Roggenbuck U.S. Navy, 1986-1992 Nuclear plant electrician on submarine USS Buffalo, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii At BU: Director, University Writing Center



 Kurt SmithKurt Smith U.S. Navy, 1983-1988 Navy corpsman (medic), three years active duty, two years active reserve At BU: Faculty, Philosophy



Jeff Taylor U.S. Army, Infantryman, 1st Cavalry Division, June 1992-October 1995, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 28th Infantry Division, M1 Abrams crewman, November 1995-April 2000 At BU: Systems Technician, Telecommunications Erik Wynters U.S. Navy, 1976-1982 At BU: Faculty, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics

BU partners with community foundation to promote youth exercise

BU is working closely with the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF) on a joint effort to target obesity and at-risk youth through exercise. Students Overcome and Achieve through Running (SOAR), which began in 2009, is open to students in seventh to 12th grades in the Berwick Area School District. Students are assigned a mentor, a new or experienced runner, and complete training sessions two to three times a week. The culmination of training is the Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving in Berwick. SOAR provides sneakers and running clothing for participants, and pays all race entry fees. Joan Miller, associate professor of nursing at BU, and Wendy Calarco, program director, are responsible for recruitment, event coordination and working with CSFC to ensure the program’s goals are met. CSCF, a regional philanthropic organization that serves five local counties, has invested $21,800 for the SOAR program from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund. Each year, the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund invests more than $1 million in health-related projects in Berwick and surrounding communities. “We are not just a funder, but a partner and organizer for SOAR,” says Kara Gordon Seesholtz ’96, CSCF program officer. “The foundation is used for meetings, sessions and events, which makes it convenient for those involved.” Although SOAR is a running program, it also promotes academics and personal goals, Miller says. The program “assesses outcomes through research of participants’ overall well-being,” she explains. Assisting in the research is Joseph Andreacci, associate professor of exercise science and athletics, and Mary Katherine Waibel Duncan, associate professor of psychology. “SOAR is about goal setting and self-esteem,” says Calarco, who earned BU bachelor’s degrees in1989 and 1991 and a master’s in 2007. “Every teenager is at risk for something” and SOAR welcomes any student who wants to join.” Last year 22 SOAR participants ran in Berwick’s Run for the Diamonds. “I remember seeing a lot of the SOAR kids at the Run for the Diamonds. It was really great to see them complete their goal,” says Seesholtz.

  • — Haili Shetler ’11