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Having never traveled outside the country, Madalyn Goss made sure her first-ever international trip was worthwhile. This Political Science major, who is also pursuing a Middle East Studies minor, spent two weeks this winter studying in Saudi Arabia through a fellowship she earned through the Bloomsburg University Model Arab League, participating in the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations conventions.

Goss was among 10 selected students for this prestigious program, which extends beyond the two-week study abroad experience. Participants also engage in a variety of activities back home after their time in Saudi Arabia speaking on their experience, presenting public lectures and writing articles reflecting on their new perspective of Saudi Arabia and Middle East culture.

To be a global citizen you have to be aware of respecting others cultures, religion and beliefs. That is what Kate Seravalle does in Bloomsburg University’s Model Arab League.

“It’s good to be aware of global issues that are happening around us,” said Seravalle, senior speech-language pathology/audiology major and Middle East studies minor. “It inhibits us from jumping to conclusions about people. It makes you want to be proactive and a better person.”

Seravalle explains that being in the Model United Nations, Arab League, or European Union makes you a multifaceted person.  It not only helps you become more involved in world news, but it also adds a bit more to your resume that not every student has, she says.

“Being in Model Arab League it has helped me meet a lot of unique and intriguing people,” Seravalle said. “I was intimidated to join at first because there were many international students involved, but they became my good friends.”

She added, “This club has given me more than good friendships it has given me; research skills, leadership skills, and the ability to collaborate with others.”

Seravalle suggests getting involved as early as possible. Start by keeping up with recent news and get the new from different sources.

After being involved in the club there are conferences they go to mostly in the Washington DC area. There they verse multiple schools where each school and model is given a country and then they have to address problems by coming up with solutions that will work for all countries.

“Only a few Pennsylvania schools go to these conferences, so it felt good to up against DC schools,” Seravelle said. “At first I was apprehensive, because of the lack of knowledge I had, but I encourage people to go outside their comfort zone. Being in Model Arab League it has taught me how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. It also makes you grow as a person because you realize everyone at the conference is in the same boat as you are.” 

— Samantha Gross, sophomore telecommunications major

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Bloomsburg University’s 12th Annual High School Diversity Conference addressed all forms of discrimination high school students encounter and aimed to foster within each school a cohesive bond in the student body that explores differences and encourages unity.

Through this year’s theme, “Voices for Change: Challenging the Happily Ever After,” the conference worked to create an environment that embraces diversity in area high schools.

Each year the conference crafts workshops for students, faculty, staff and administrators to:

  •  explore their own beliefs
  • learn strategies for developing a hate free environment
  • interrupt bullying
  • nurture an atmosphere wherein anything can be discussed without prejudice
  • facilitate teaching methods of confronting unacceptable prejudicial behavior to become a beacon of peace, light and understanding in a world threatened by war, darkness, hate and misunderstanding

Jacob Kelley, a Bloomsburg University junior and workshop assistant, attended the conference throughout his years at Berwick High School and was delighted to work with Samantha Norton, BTE, a long-time workshop presenter. The conference is supported by a grant from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation The Berwick Health and Wellness Fund is the original and largest fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Its purpose is to improve the health and welfare of residents and communities of eastern Columbia and western Luzerne counties.

Student groups from eight participating high schools report their action plans in the final conference session. BUSTED opened the conference with a performance based on the theme and student feedback that both captures the high school students’ attention and helps them take home valuable information and lessons.  

Making a Change, One Movement at a Time! Bloomsburg University’s newly established student organization, The Movement, has spent this past school year promoting creative arts across campus. As a dance troupe of committed, energized and passionate students, The Movement thrives on the facets of art and desire to “spread the love” to you.

Taught by renowned choreographers - Laurieann Gibson, VMA-winning choreographer and Emmy-nominated director, and Ian Eastwood, choreographer and dancer on DanceOn’s Dance Showdown and MTV’s “Return of the Superstars” - The Movement offers the ability to choreograph, teach and perform for its fellow Huskies.

Join us! We host dance classes every Friday at 5 p.m. in the dance studio at Centennial Hall 134. (L-R) Tyhera Johnson, Daryl Gatewood, Corey Webb, Dreland Goar and Shaakirah Bradshaw.

As a Bloomsburg native many would say attending BloomsburgUniversity was the easy option or just the default since my mom works at theuniversity. In reality I was resistantto attending Bloomsburg at first, my only real reason being it was too close to home and all too familiar. 

I wanted something new and exciting and to have the chance to make my own way. As a senior in my last semester it is remarkable to look back at how fast the last four years have gone and recognize becoming a Husky was one of the best decisions I have made to date. Although BU is close to where I grew up and still very familiar I have no doubt had the opportunity to grow and become the student, leader, and professional I hoped to become. 

I have been very involved on campus and had the privilege to meet and work with many wonderful individuals. I have been an active member of Husky Ambassadors and the BU Dance Ensemble since freshman year along with working at the PSECU eCenter. In addition I have been a part of CRU and participated in Bible studies on campus for the past two years. 

My most recent and what I believe to be the most prestigious position I have held has been the student trustee on the Council of Trustees. I have served on the board since the beginning of last spring semester and it has been a tremendous learning and networking opportunity. It is an honor to work with the influential professionals who make up the Council of Trustees and to be included in the important conversations and decisions that are made to improve Bloomsburg University. 

It has been and amazing experience and I look forward to passing it on to a future student leader. Applications for the position are available at the Andruss Library, KUB information desk, and the President’s office in Carver Hall.

— Shannon Phillips, student trustee

Phillips will host an open information session for interested students on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in KUB 410. Applications to be a student member on the Council of Trustees are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 13, in the Office of the President, Carver Hall. Candidates need to be a full-time undergraduate student and in good academic standing. A second semester freshman may apply. Contact Jen Williams by email at jwilliam@bloomu.edu for details.

Bloomsburg University’s Model Arab League Club recently participated in the Capital Regional Model Arab League Conference in Washington, D.C., where they represented the State of Palestine and visited The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States and met with the Ambassador. The team won an Outstanding Delegation Award and six of the delegates won Outstanding Delegate Awards.

Model Arab League (MAL) is a leadership program where students learn, research, debate, and offer solutions to social, economic, cultural, and political issues facing the Arab World. In learning about the region and the arts of diplomacy, the model prepares students to become knowledgeable, well-trained, and effective citizens as well as civic and public affairs leaders.

(L-R) Delaney Hellman, Eric Pangelinan, Madalyn Goss, Nawal Bonomo, Kate Serravalle, Amanda Pritzlaff, Sadman Mondalib, (Back Row) Chad Haney, Nick DeMarco, Andrew Denisenko, Haleigh McDonald, Shyer Amin, Anastasia Timofeeva, A.S.M. Tuhin. For more information or to join MAL, contact Nawal Bonomo, advisor, at nbonomo@bloomu.edu.

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There aremany great opportunities on Bloomsburg University’s campus for the students to take part in. Acting, performing, directing, or designing is what makes up the BU Players.

The BU Players are a student run theater company at BU.

“It’s all about students on the Bloomsburg University campus getting more involved in theater production,” said Maggie Korell, a junior mass communications major. 

Each semester they collaborate together to execute a play that was picked by their selection committee. The committee is composed of two students and the rest of the professors in the theater department. Every other year they perform a musical, which is a whole new category discussed with the selection committee.

“I started by building props for shows, then I started growing my resume by adding more jobs to what I can do,” Korell said.

This club takes dedicated people to execute a live performance. It’s a lot of real world experience that allows theater majors or non-theater majors to get that experience.

“It takes a lot of work, but everyone that is involved enjoys it and has a lot of fun,” Korell said

This club does not only act as a hobby but as a life experience.

“This club has helped me learn about lighting and sound equipment and of course organizational skills, which carry through everywhere, and it has helped me grow,” Korell said.

— Samantha Gross, sophomore telecommunications major

Bloomsburg University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently placed third out of 10 schools at the CFA Harold Cox Speech and Debate Tournament at Wilkes University.  All five of the BU student competitors won speaking awards.

  • Joshua Hooks - first, Impromptu Speaking

  • Arrista Voorhees second, Communication Analysis; fourth,  informative Speaking; seventh, impromptu Speaking
Jayleen Alvarado: sixth, Persuasive speaking; sixth, Informative Speaking; fifth, Dramatic Duo with Anna Scott

  • Anna Scott - fifth, Persuasive Speaking , fifth, Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado

  • John Munchel – third, Single Dramatic Interpretation, fourth, Extemporaneous Speaking, sixth, Impromptu Speaking

Harry C. “Neil” Strine, Director of Forensics, served as a Speech and Debate Judge and ran the Extemporaneous Speaking Preparation room at the tournament. 

(L-R) Neil Strine, Arrista Voorhees, Anna Scott, John Munchel, Jayleen Alvarado and Joshua Hooks.

Community Government Association’s Executive Board got a jump-start on The Big Event when they traveled to New Orleans to help with the St. Bernard Project while they were down in the Big Easy for a student government conference.

A previous CGA executive board participated with the organization years ago and highly recommended it. It was also special, because when we do The Big Event, we’re busy directing everyone else that we don’t get to go to a job site. The St. Bernard Project gave us one. Our job was to put up dry wall in a house The St. Bernard project was building from the ground up.

The American Student Government Association’s conference was great, because it gave us a chance to network with a number of other colleges and universities. All of us on execs tried to split up when choosing workshops so that we were exposed to everything the conference offered.

One of my favorite workshops was one on Developing Signature Programs. It talked about how to create programs that benefit the students and advertise our CGA. Another workshop focused on women in student leadership, which was really great for our female exec members.

The greatest take away from the conference, I think though, didn’t reveal itself until our last executive board meeting. As we sort of summarized our takeaways and benefits for our advisors, the conversation turned into ways we can be improving our own organization and had so many ideas were flying around. It was really great.

  Sean Williams, senior English major

In a year where Bloomsburg University celebrated 175 years of excellence, Husky Nation did its part in making 2014 one BU’s most memorable. From Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey to the Winter Olympics in Sochi to Death Valley, California — as well as several locations abroad and of course here locally — Huskies made an impact through collaborative learning opportunities, building a sense of community, academic achievement and co-curricular learning activities.

A look back at 2014

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With the help of nearly 100 alumni, Bloomsburg University’s College of Business recently hosted its 4th annual ZIPD Business Conference covering topics ranging from leading global marketing strategy to interpersonal growth and leadership to non-profit management.

The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development is a comprehensive educational experience designed to build the personal and professional capacities necessary for career success through training and education in business etiquette, professional attire, interviewing, networking and resume writing.

Through ZIPD, students …

  • learn about careers early on, to see where their true interests lie
  • gain a better understanding of the interconnectedness of the primary areas in business; marketing, management, accounting and finance
  • systematically prepare for success in the business world across all four years
  • increase knowledge about opportunities and expectations for a better understanding of career exploration and management
  • expand their understanding of current conditions and what it means to be a professional in their field of interest or major
  • set themselves apart by acquiring the tools to be a successful professional.
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A group of Bloomsburg University economics students got an up-close look at the country’s economic system this fall in the heart of the nation’s capital. The recent trip to Washington D.C. for this Honors class opened the doors — and their eyes — to the World Bank, Washington Center, Federal Reserve and cultural treat at several local destinations.

  •  World Bank – students received a detailed explanation how the bank worked, specifically how it helps underdeveloped countries through low interest loans and economic advice.
  •  Washington Center – students networked for possible internship opportunities, as well as received information on its program and services.
  •  Federal Reserve – students learned about its operations and its role with the Board of Governors play in adjusting the money supply, controlling inflation and helping to stimulate the economy.

Among the cultural spots the students visited included Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space, Museum of Natural History and the Washington Monument.

Cole Kresch, photography editor of Bloomsburg University’s student newspaper The Voice, was recently named the winner of the 2015 Pennsylvania News Association News Media Directory cover shot contest. His photo, “Sunset Over Center City Philadelphia” was chosen out of numerous submissions throughout the commonwealth.

Kresch, who also serves as a community assistant for Columbia Hall and member of the Obiter yearbook staff, took the photo while visiting his girlfriend at Thomas Jefferson University. He found the shot after leaning out of the window of a 19th floor apartment.

“I noticed this amazing sunset, and as a photographer I’m always thinking of cool photo opportunities,” Kresch said. “You need to sometimes put your equipment in danger for a great photograph. So I hung my camera out the window and took this sunset cityscape photograph.”

The environmental planning and geography major learned of the contest from Mary Bernath, the faculty adviser for BU’s student newspaper. Also a wedding photographer in his spare time, Kresch took advantage of the opportunity for the recognition.

“I’m trying to get my name out there so people know who I am,” Kresch said. “I just love to be involved and help people! I truly love photography.”

Bloomsburg University’s Speech and Debate (Forensics) Team placed third out of eight schools at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Annual Winter Tournament held at the College of Charleston in South Carolina (Jan. 31 to Feb. 1).

Individual Speaking and Debate Awards

  • Abe Freet – first, Extemporaneous Speaking; third, Impromptu Speaking; third, Informative Speaking; second, Parliamentary Debate with Madalyn Goss; first, Parliamentary Debate Speaker Award
  • Madalyn Goss – second, Parliamentary Debate with Abe Freet; fourth Place, Dramatic Duo with Arrista Voorhees
  • Delaney Hellman - third, After Dinner Speaking; fourth, Impromptu Speaking
  • John Munchel - third, Extemporaneous Speaking; second, Single Dramatic Interpretation; sixth, Declamation
  • Anna Scott – fifth, Persuasive Speaking; third, Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado
  • Jayleen Alvarado - third, Dramatic Duo with Anna Scott; fifth, Poetry
  • Arrista Voorhees - fourth, Dramatic Duo with Madalyn Goss

The other students competing for Bloomsburg University included Stephanie Kaminski, Abbey Porambo, Atle Walter and Chase Blackburn. Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV, Director of Forensics, served as a speech and debate judge at the tournament. 

(L-R)  Strine, Stephanie Kaminski, Delaney Hellman, Jayleen Alvarado, Anna Scott, Abbey Poramb. Back Row: Arrista Voorhees, John Munchel, Atle Walter, Chase Blackburn, Abe Freet, Madalyn Goss.

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Bloomsburg University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently placed fourth at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Annual Holiday Tournament at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Va., finishing ahead of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Fayetteville State University, the University of Richmond, Shepherd University, Wilkes University, Davis and Elkins College.

The team finished behind Lord Fairfax Community College, while Florida College and Randolph-Macon College tied for second place.

Individual Winners

  • Stephanie Kaminski (Team President): first in Poetry; first in Persuasion; second in Extemporaneous Speaking; fifth in Informative, fifth in Improvisational Pairs with Madalyn Goss; second in Pentathlon; sixth in Best Speaker Award in Pariliamentary Debate
  • Delaney Hellman: first in Communication Analysis; second in After Dinner Speaking;  third in Impromptu Speaking, third in Pentathlon, fourth in Improvisational Pairs with Abbey Porambo
  • Abbey Porambo: third in Poetry, sixth in Informative; fourth in Improvisational Pairs with Delaney Hellman
  • Jayleen Alvarado: second in Parliamentary Debate with Madalyn Goss; fifth in Dramatic Duo with Brook Reichenbach
  • Brook Reichenbach:fifth in Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado; fifth in Communication Analysis
  • Madalyn Goss: second in Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado; fifth in Improvisational Pairs with Stephanie Kaminski

Chanty Gbaye also competed for Bloomsburg University. 

Additionally, the Forensics Team recently placed fourth at the 19th Annual Morgan State University Speech and Debate Tournament in Baltimore.

Individual Winners

  • Stephanie Kaminski (Team President): third in Informative Speaking; fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking; sixth in Poetry; sixth in Parliamentary Debate with Jayleen Alvarado; fourth in Pentathalon
  • Abraham Freet: first in Extemporaneous Speaking; third in Impromptu Speaking; fourth in Parliamentary Debate Best Speaker; fourth in Parliamentary Debate with Arrista Voorhees
  • Arrista Voorhees: second in Poetry; fourth in Parliamentary Debate with Abraham Freet; sixth in Impromptu Speaking
  • Jayleen Alvarado: sixth in Parliamentary Debate with Stephanie Kaminski

Joshua Hooks competed in Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Declamation for Bloomsburg University. Neil Strine, director of forensics, served as a speech and debate judge at the tournament. 

Strine is assisted by Timothy Oleksiak, of English, and Dan Bloomingdale, of communication studies, as faculty coaches for the BU Forensics team. The Forensics Team is supported by funding from the Community Government Association.

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The beginning of the spring semester at Bloomsburg University is usually accompanied by chilly weather and sometimes a few beautiful snow days. As much as our students love the first snow, by the time spring break rolls around in March, everyone is itching for some warm spring weather.

Many students choose to spend their breaks at home, relaxing and enjoying some time off from classes with their families. The other traditional option is for students to travel to places where the weather is much warmer and sunnier for a week of unwinding and de-stressing far away from winter weather.

A few students, however, spend their spring breaks much differently. These “alternative” spring breakers may still travel, but not to relax on a tropical beach. They turn their precious week off into a valuable learning experience, seeing new places and serving communities in need.

On BU’s campus, a few organizations plan alternative spring break experiences for groups of students every year. One such organization is the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM). Several students will be traveling with CCM to Stamford, Connecticut. An alternative spring break for college students from across the country is being hosted by The Sisters of Life, a community of religious sisters founded to protect and enhance the sacredness of life.

For Dane Moore, a graduate student in BU’s School Counseling and College Student Affairs program, this is his first trip with CCM. He is not Catholic, but his fiancé is.

“I wanted to get more invested in the faith, to immerse myself,” Moore said. “The opportunity presented itself, so I took the chance.” Moore explained that the trip involves three days of retreat coupled with some hands-on volunteer experience. The group will consist of about 80 students from a variety of states including Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, Kansas, South Carolina and New Mexico.

The group will be staying in Stamford, but will travel to nearby New York City for their community service days. “They haven’t told us what we will be doing yet, but it will be hands-on,” Moore said.

Of course, it won’t be all hard work. The students will also get a day to themselves to explore the city. Moore is excited for that and more.

“I am most excited about the retreat, the contemplation time. When I think of this trip versus a traditional Cancún break, the difference is that there’s a purpose to this trip. It’s a spiritual and mental experience, and that’s definitely more important to me.”

CCM is not the only group sending students to do service. Ten students from the BU Honors Program will be going on program’s second annual trip to Jamaica. This is no trip to the beach, however. Rather than spending time on the coast, where most spring breakers travel, these honors students spend time in the rural Jamaican countryside.

They perform a wide variety of service in various impoverished communities. For most students, this is their first in-person experience with real poverty, and it is very moving.

“Everyone tells you, ‘Oh, they don’t have a lot of money.’ But you don’t really understand that until you see their houses and the fact that there are holes in the roof,” said Shelbi McGraw, an Honors Program alumni that went to Jamaica last year.

Honors students get the chance to work in Jamaican elementary schools, interacting with students of all ages, teaching them simple lessons and bringing American culture to them. They also visit nursing homes to provide company for senior citizens.

Honors students in BU’s nursing program are given the opportunity to assist in Jamaican medical clinics, applying their skills to give basic checkups. The entire group also assists in the construction of a house for a homeless family. These service opportunities are rewarding, but the cultural experience is also very valuable to honors students.

“One of the most important things about the trip is seeing how different people throughout the world live,” said Bryce Foster, senior biology major.No matter where they may travel, BU students partaking in alternative spring break options are prepared to serve the community and learn along the way.

- Nick Cellucci, junior mass communications major

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Interested in becoming involved with the Bloomsburg University student bodyat an executive level? Bloomsburg University’s Community GovernmentAssociation is seeking students interested in running for the CGA Executive Committee of Officers.

CGA encourages diversity in all its efforts and seeks to inspire all university constitutions to be involved in the governance process. According to Bryan Molk, CGA historian, serving on the executive board during his time as a student at Bloomsburg University has acted as a foundation for the beginning of his professional career.

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

CGA provides students with an opportunity to govern themselves in a democratic manner. As an executive board member, students will oversee all Community Activities, Kehr Union, the University Store, the Student Recreation Center and Honeysuckle Student Apartments.

Moltz’s involvement with CGA started his sophomore year when former CGA president Ashley Wallace contacted him about open executive board positions. For Molk, right from the get-go CGA provided him with many opportunities to make important campus decisions.

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

Molk’s role as CGA Historian has been a major beneficial factor in his student life experience, allowing him to act as a voice for the students on numerous presidential and institutional review panels, search committees, and budget meetings. However, one of Molk’s favorite aspects of his involvement with CGA has been his relationship collaborating with the CGA executive board team. For Molk, working together as a cohesive unit has redefined the concept of teamwork.

“During meetings when important decisions have to be made, we work together to incorporate all of our diverse views and experiences on campus in a way that leads us to the most responsible decision possible,” Molk said.

CGA executive board members job duties also includes working together as a team to plan and implement The Big Event, Bloomsburg’s largest one day community service project. But to Molk, all of the planning, teamwork, and responsibility that comes with his executive position has prepared him for future success.

“My work and experiences with CGA have been monumental in helping me to apply my knowledge through acts of pragmatism when seeking and securing internship opportunities, conference presentations, and academic grants,” said Molk. “The work ethic and passion I have developed during my tenure as a CGA executive member has already proven to be of great worth as I prepare myself for the next step after graduation in May 2015.”

After his time serving on the CGA executive board committee, Molk would without hesitation recommend that any student committed to leadership and public service seek a position on the CGA executive board or senate. 

Interested in the CGA?

Students can email Bryan Molk at bam94344@huskies.bloomu.edu or cga@bloomu.edu with questions. Petitions for CGA Executive Committee Officers are also available at the KUB Front Desk and in the Community Activities Office KUB 428. 

Completed petitions are due back to the Student Affairs Office, Room 329, KUB, noon on Feb. 27. All candidates will be invited to CGA’s senate meeting on March 2 at 4:30 p.m. to speak on behalf of their campaign and interest in the position. Elections will be held online March 4 and 5. For further information, please call 570-389-4462.


— Rachael Scicchitano, senior communication studies major

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Olivia Edelman was certain that she wanted to study abroad. Her older sister had studied in Barcelona, Spain during her college career, and she was in love with the idea of going to school in the very same city.

Edelman visited Bloomsburg University’s Office of Global Education as the first step to make her dream happen. What she learned from director Luke Springman was that a semester in Barcelona was not compatible with the course requirements for her major in English secondary education. Instead, Springman suggested that she do her semester abroad in Denmark, a country that BU had not yet sent any of its students.

At first she was not sure. She knew nothing about Denmark and had never even considered it as an option. However, after a bit of research about Aarhus, the city she would be living in, she had made up her mind to become the first Bloomsburg University student to ever study abroad at Aarhus University.

“I was inspired to go to a country that, along with many other people, I do not know much about,” said Edelman. “It was the best experience of my lifetime.”

There are countless benefits of a study abroad experience in college. Students have the opportunity not just to learn about the culture and the people of the countries they visit, but also the cultures of other exchange students. During her semester in Denmark the spring of her junior year, Edelman studied alongside new friends from Australia, Canada and the many other nations that her classmates represented. She also took the opportunity to travel to other countries near Denmark during her free time, including her dream destination of Spain.

As an education major, gaining firsthand experience of how foreign classrooms operate was invaluable. After graduating from BU, Edelman is even contemplating returning to Denmark to teach.

“It was really nice, especially studying to be a teacher, to see how other classroom setups are,” said Edelman. She recalls how Danish classes are much more informal than those that she has taken in the United States. Students call teachers by their first names, and schedules are more relaxed, with classes not always meeting multiple times a week. Some courses even had a different instructor for each unit. “It was really interesting for me to observe.”

Above all, the life lessons that Edelman learned are unique to her study abroad experience. “I went by myself, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I really had to be independent.”

She offers encouragement to any BU student thinking about studying abroad. “Many people think they can’t do it or they can’t afford it… But it’s manageable and really just the best experience ever. Definitely go to another country, because you learn so much about yourself.”

BU has partnerships with over 17 universities around the world, and the Office of Global Education on campus can help students take advantage of these opportunities and more. Study abroad programs exist for full or multiple semesters or for short-term experiences of just a few weeks.

You can read about Edelman’s experiences at Aarhus University in Denmark in her travel blog!

- Nick Cellucci, junior mass communications major

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At Bloomsburg University, interactive learning opportunities are everywhere for students to take advantage of outside the classroom. 

Why get involved with Professional U?

According to three students who have attended Professional U events in the past, they believe their progression in Professional U has undoubtedly guided them down the path to success in theirfuture careers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Katlyn Wise, junior speech pathology and audiology major minoring in psychology, is also no stranger to the Professional U program. Her experiences attending workshops have exposed her to many alumni panel discussions, giving her the opportunity to make great connections with prominent alumni.

“Even though I spoke with several panelist not directly related to my field of study, all of the connections I made had several contacts for me to get in touch with regarding internships and job shadowing opportunities,” she said.

According to Wise, the opportunities Professional U provides students are priceless.

“Professional U has created invaluable connections for me that I would not have gotten,” Wise said. “I want other students not to discredit a contact just because they aren’t in your field of choice. They more than likely will know someone in your field, and would be more than happy to provide you with their contact information.”

Wise recommends students be exposed to Professional U as early as possible. Taking advantage of the free access to tips and tricks covered in the Professional U program will help students ease the frustration of landing an internship or job after graduation.

“By taking an hour out of your day to attend some of the events, you will gain so many valuable skills that could put you at an advantage over other candidates applying for the same internship or job as you.”

Another familiar face in the Professional U program is Aly Kurtz, senior business management and marketing major. She learned that being an active student within the university is not enough to cut it in the real world.

“Realizing that thousands of other graduates have the same degree as you is scary, and doesn’t make you stand out,” she said.

Through participation in Professional U, she was able to make a name for herself among the crowd. Through her experiences earning an internship and continuing to succeed along the way to graduation, Kurtz believes what really makes a student noticeable is by being an active professional.

“I can’t say that I’d be in this position if I didn’t learn critical skills such as networking, or having a killer resume,” she said. “My advice: don’t take Professional U opportunities for granted.”

 — Rachael Scicchitano, senior communication studies major

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Led byVera Viditz-Ward, professor of art and art history, and Jing Luo,Ph.D., professor of languages and cultures,a group of Bloomsburg University students spent three weeks in China over winter break studying language, culture and photography.

Hosted by Yunnan Normal University, the students traveled to Kunming, Hekou, Yuanyuang, Mengzi, Dali, and Lijiang, where they had close contact with a variety of ethnic groups and learned about their lives and cultures. 

Their journey, an introduction to China Today, is told through their eyes below: 

·     Colorfully intense and diverse - Katie Starliper, art studio major

·     A transitional country - Hugh Hopkins, non-degree visiting student

·     An artistic impression - Jesse Hockman, art studio major

·     A wondrous place - Brett Guldin, art studio major

·     A happy community - Jennifer Felegi, art studio major

·     A breathtaking experience - Victoria Rawa, psychology major

·     Along the border - Nicole Updegrove, psychology

·     A beautiful view - Jessica Brown, art studio major

·     An immersing and exciting experience - Annie Sapio, art studio major

·     A scientific look - Brandon Robinson, environmental, geographical and geological sciences major