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Albra Wheeler and Jacqueline Whitman, two gender studies students, recently presented research papers at The Multiple Faces of Activism: Feminism in the 21st Century conference at the University of Akron, which was open to undergraduate and graduate students from several states.

Wheeler’s paper, “The Wonderbra: Oppression vs. Liberation in a Patriarchal Society,” traces the evolvement of modern brasseries and looks at the bra through historical and feminist perspectives and aims to establish whether the “Wonderbra” signifies submission to or emancipation from the patriarchal society.

Whitman’s paper, “Womanhouse: Opening the Closed Door,” is a study of three bathrooms, “Nightmare Bathroom,” “Lipstick Bathroom,” and “Menstruation Bathroom,” which symbolically represent the anguish women endure in their private lives.

Both students are recipients of the Student Professional Development Awards from the College of Liberal Arts.

Additionally, Wheeler won the Emerging Scholar Award, given to a conference presenter by the Committee for Research on Women and Gender of the University of Akron in recognition of a student who displays exemplary scholarship. This award also recognizes a student with a demonstrated commitment to women’s and gender issues.

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Three College of Liberal Arts students recently presented their URSCA-sponsored summer research at the PASSHE Undergraduate Research Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Conference at Slippery Rock University.

  • Laurie Ganey, psychology, presented “Development and Assessment of a Neuroscience-inspired Psycho-educational Workbook.” Her faculty mentor was Mary Katherine Duncan.
  • Lacy Marbaker, anthropology, was awarded second place in STEM for her poster, “The Effects of Susquehanna River Water Pollution on Decomposition of Sus scrofa domesticus: An Application of Forensic Anthropology.” She was mentored by Conrad Quintyn and Faith Warner.
  • Jaimee Saemann, anthropology, presented “The Cochlear Implant: A Technological Miracle or Cultural Supressor?” She was mentored by Faith Warner.
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Geisinger Medical Center, one of the most highly integrated health systems in the country and among the region’s most valuable resources,invited Bloomsburg University students to participate in this year’s Jan Plan program.

The program brings students interested in healthcare into the hospital for a nine-day interactive experience, providing them with the opportunity to learn and collaborate with medical students, residents and physicians.

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

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

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

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

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

With the incredible opportunity to get involved with Jan Plan, along with her academically challenging courses, Jennifer believes Bloomsburg University is providing her with superior preparation for future success.

According to Jennifer, by giving students the chance to see what the career they are trying to work towards is really like, the university has allowed her to develop a stronger desire to pursue a career as a physician.

Justin VanDerMolen, junior biology major with a premedical science concentration and a minor in chemistry, also had a phenomenal experience working with the Jan Plan program.

“My involvement with Jan Plan allowed me to see many different areas a physician can work in, which was an invaluable experience for an aspiring doctor,” VanDerMolen said.

To him, the best part of working with Jan Plan was the professional networking he was able to have with physicians, resident physicians and medical students.

“Everyone I connected with offered their emails and encouraged me to reach out to them in the future,” VanderMolen said. “With medicine being as competitive as it is today, this was a blessing and another reason why I hold Geisinger in such high regards.”

The connections Bloomsburg University has built with graduate and medical schools, along with opportunities for research, internships and job shadowing are all components that contribute to the success of the universities science program. According to VanDerMolen, he believes Bloomsburg University has prepared him for success in almost every aspect he could imagine.

“All of the faculty who participate are extremely dedicated to helping students be the best they can be and have a prosperous future,” VanDerMolen said.

VanDerMolen’s experience with the Bloomsburg University’s pre-pro/pre graduate community has been extraordinary.

“This all comes in addition to a staff who always works their hardest to academically prepare students to compete with other universities by giving us the best education they possibly can,” VanDerMolen said. 

— Rachael Scicchitano, senior communication studies major

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With the help of the Bloomsburg University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, an experience of a lifetime is available this summer to students interested in a mixture of research and travel.

Bloomsburg University’s research program is currently accepting applications for a unique experience where students willhave the opportunity to study bees and pollination systems in the Republic ofTurkey and Greece.

With the research program approaching its 10th active year, the research team has collaborated with several universities in western Turkey and eastern Greece.

Bloomsburg University’s John Hranitz, interim director of research programs, believes the success of the program stems from the diverse skills and interdisciplinary approaches by their team of U.S. researchers from University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa University, and University of Kansas. The funding from the National Science Foundation to the University of Central Oklahoma  supports the students, so they can devote their entire effort in the summer to their research.

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

According to Hranitz, being a part of the research program is an excellent opportunity for students with a strong interest in studying behavior, ecology, and molecular biology of insects with researchers from the USA, Turkey, and Greece.

“The focus of our research is on the integrative biology of bees, more specifically, how the environment affects learning and behavior of bees.” Hranitz said.

With his experience in the program, Hranitz believes this is the opportunity of a lifetime for motivated students interested in gaining valuable experience working in an international setting where they can learn to resolve language and cultural differences to achieve a research goal.

“The location of the program makes the research opportunity very unique. Students come together with researchers to research bees in an area of high bee species diversity. This allows for comparisons of behaviors and ecological interactions that are simply not possible in other parts of the world.” Hranitz said.

Each year, six students are selected for the research program. Students with a background in biology are often the strongest applicants, but the interdisciplinary projects can also engage psychology, conservation, and environmental science students.

Although the research program is designed for undergraduate students, in past years, graduate students funded by grants have also been able to become involved in this abroad learning experience.

Ready to apply?

Students are encouraged to apply by March 13, 2015 through the REU website and via the host institution. For more information or with any questions, contact John Hranitz at jhranitz@bloomu.edu.

— Rachael Scicchitano, senior communication studies major

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It was a taste of the real world for Bloomsburg University college student affairs and counseling graduate students recently participating in a Professional Development Day, featuring more than 30 faculty and staff from BU and other universities who volunteered to create an innovative interviewing experience.

The interactive professional development event was led by Department of Teaching and Learning faculty Mark Bauman, Denise Davidson and Mindy Andino, who were each eager to be a part of building this learning opportunity for students.

“We designed a day that would support the students. Overall, our goal as instructors is to ease their transition into the real world by giving them proper preparation and practice,” Davidson said.

Participating graduate students experienced the rigors of the interviewing process, where they were instructed to rotate through several stations. These stations consisted of three to four traditional, face-to-face interviews as well as Skype and phone interviews. The interviewers asked the students very generic questions, not geared towards any specific job or major.

There was also a resume review station and a presentation station, where students were given minimal instruction and asked to construct a ten minute presentation on the topic, “How to Engage College Students.”

According to several students, the presentation station was the most beneficial aspect of the day.

“Having to give a presentation with minimal direction was difficult,” said Crystal Martin, graduate student in counseling and college student affairs. “However, this was extremely helpful, because this is precisely how it will be set up in higher education, with very little prompt to go off of.”

Bauman said he and his colleagues collectively have more than 50 years of experience working in higher education, so they are well aware of the extensive process of interviewing.

“Interviews in higher education are a huge deal, typically starting at 8 a.m. and lasting the entire day,” Bauman said. “Grad students especially should expect to be a part of a one to two day interviewing process.”  

With the help of faculty, graduate students are given opportunities to prepare them for future interviews with real experience in interviewing and professionalism. According to Davidson, she was excited to introduce students to the logistics of it all.

“It’s great that the university is getting involved in these types of events,” she said. “The student affairs department is relatively new here, so seeing the successes of other universities involved in a day focused solely on providing its students with professional development allowed us to realize the prospective opportunities it could offer us.”

Jorge Maldonado, graduate student in the counseling program and student affairs track, enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the whole process.

“My experience with professional development day has given me a lot more to think about concerning the interviewing process, as well as learning how to engage with the interviewer,” he said.

The event’s fast-paced environment was very organized and professional, filled with motivated students excited for the next station to come. Mindy Andino, assistant professor of college student affairs, was thrilled with how the day turned out.

“This was such an amazing opportunity for our students to be apart of,” Andino said. “It’s been a great day.”

— Rachael Scicchitano, senior communication studies major

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It happened quickly, and without much warning. In September 2011, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped significant amounts of rain over central and eastern Pennsylvania. The Susquehanna River and its tributaries were plagued by flooding, the most severe of which affected communities along the river including Bloomsburg.

It was because of this flooding that the Bloomsburg Fair was cancelled for the first time since 1855. Some parts of the fairgrounds were covered in ten to twelve feet of water. On the west end of town, many homes were badly damaged or even removed from their foundation and washed away.

At Bloomsburg University, research is underway to develop an early warning system for rising water levels. Using funds from a 2013 President’s Strategic Plan Grant of $50,000, BU faculty and students are working together to better understand how and when water levels increase in local streams by placing gauges along Fishing Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna that joins the river near Bloomsburg and routinely floods. The stream gauges will specifically measure how much water is in the stream and how fast it rises.

Data collected from these gauges will be compiled in an online database for public use. “The project is not just for BU, but for the community,” said Patricia Beyer, acting assistant dean of BU’s College of Science and Technology and a key leader of the project.

Before the stream gauges go in, weather stations are being installed around the local region to measure rainfall. Beyer explained the need for this data. “To understand how and when water levels rise in streams, we also need to know how much rain has fallen across the watershed,” she said.

Tim Pelton, BU’s civic engagement coordinator, has arranged for these outdoor weather stations to be installed in several locations, including Benton, Millville and Greenwood high schools, Ricketts Glen State Park, and Dancing Hen Farm.

Though these sites are many miles from Fishing Creek, rain that falls at each one slowly flows into small streams, which flow into larger and larger streams until eventually reaching the creek and ultimately the Susquehanna River. The condition of the soil in these areas is also important to observe, because soil absorbs water and becomes saturated. The more water is already in the soil, the more will flow across the surface and into streams.

The weather stations will be configured by students from BU’s College of Business’s Data Lab, directed by Hayden Wimmer, to integrate data from all sites into a publicly accessible Internet format. In this way, the weather stations can also be used as an educational tool.

“The whole watershed will become a big outdoor classroom,” said Beyer. Science instructors at the high schools will be able to use the weather stations in their lessons.

Bloomsburg University instructors such as Ben Franek and Jennifer Whisner, both heavily involved in the hydrology project, also look forward visiting these locations with their students in the department of environmental, geographical, and geological sciences. “The project will make for real-world application for students in the field,” said Franek, who teaches courses that include Water Management, Surface Hydrology, and Natural Disasters.

Once operational, rainfall data will be collected continuously from the weather stations. The next phase of the project will be to move forward with the installation of the stream gauges.

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Interestedin becoming involved with the Bloomsburg University student body at an executive level? Bloomsburg University’s Community Government Association is seeking students interested in running for the CGA Executive Committee of Officers.

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

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

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

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

“I 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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Andy Rector, a digital forensics major, capped the fall semester by finishing within the top 10 percent in the world in the DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge - a 10-month international competition with civilian and corporate competitors, as well as students, that featured varying levels of digital forensics challenges. Rector placed 21st out of 317 teams, and was fourth among undergraduates, while individually representing Bloomsburg University as his own team.

The competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, was conducted online with multi-level exercises from novice to expert to developer. Teams were asked to solve 26 scenario-based exercises through investigative forensics tools, techniques and methodologies.

Among the exercises:

  • Image hashing
  • Compound file analysis
  • Encrypted device image
  • File level encryption
  • HPA data recovery
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Bloomsburg University’s Board of Governors Scholars Program began its Spring 2015 semester with the Initial Meeting/Welcome Back Dinner, which included an overview of upcoming and exciting social events, workshops that promotes social and academic success and expectations within the scholarship program. 

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

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

Application Requirements for Current Students:

  • are a resident of Pennsylvania
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher
  • have completed one year, full time at Bloomsburg University
  • are in good standing with the Student Standards Office
  • were accepted and remain enrolled at Bloomsburg University
  • have FAFSA form completed

Financial need will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Incoming students are awarded by the Office of Admissions.

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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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To kick off the summer a group of students from Bloomsburg University’s Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences spent three weeks in California's Mojave Desert. The adventurous learning experience was a part of the department’s new Special Topics in Field Geology course — designed to give students an opportunity to observe a wide variety of earth processes, apply their knowledge and reinforce skills in geological observation and interpretation. 

By participating in this intense, field-based course, 13 students got a first-hand encounter with the geology and environmental issues of the western United States. Led by faculty Chris Whisner, Jennifer Whisner and Cynthia Venn, the group roughed it at rustic campsites, grilled trout caught in mountain streams, worked on field notebooks until late in the evening and endured rain, snow, hail and 116-degree heat.

At the same time, the group said it marveled at the mining impacts, stunning geology, and complex water resource issues they encountered on their 1,800-mile trek.  

Each student had opportunities to show off their knowledge through lecturing at two stops, while faculty displayed the accompanying posters. Other highlights:

  • several sites at Mono Lake, Owen’s Lake, LA Aqueduct, Hoover Dam, Ash Meadows showcased many of the ideas students studied in Water Resources Management and Ground Hydrology
  • students were assigned to sketch an unfamiliar landscape and identify as many features as they could, based on the trip. Most students were able to pick out most of the features (fault scarps and fault-block mountains, volcanoes, alluvial fans, stream-carved valleys, springs, glacial features, intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks, and sedimentary rocks) from their viewpoint across the valley.

According to Jennifer Whisner, up until that point the student didn’t really realize how much they had learned in the week or so they’d been out there!

In their final synthesis paper, nearly every student noted that actually seeing mile-high mountains, volcanoes, earthquake scars, picturesque landscapes carved by alpine glaciers and rushing water, and irrigation in one of the most water-starved parts of the U.S. helped them better understand concepts they had discussed in class, and better grasp the scale of features they had seen only in textbook diagrams.

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Play in America has shifted from an unstructured, child-initiated activity to one that is now predominantly structured and adult-directed. 

This is the issue Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of education and child life specialist, explores in his article, “The importance of play on whole child development,” soon to be published in Child Life Focus.

“Children’s lives have become progressively more structured both inside and outside of school,” Patte says, “and I’m concerned about the implications it has for their development as a whole person.”

Patte transitioned from public school teaching to university teaching when he realized the decreased focus on play was taking some of the joy out of teaching. He described teaching as part art and part science, where the portion of art is steadily being removed. Transitioning to a university setting has allowed Patte to expand upon and teach the importance of play.

In 2010, Patte spent six months at Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom on a Fulbright Fellowship. During this time, Patte was given the opportunity to learn more about child life specialists and the field of playwork, a profession focusing on the implications of noninterventionist, self-instructed play.

“I hadn’t any notion of what either of these professions were about,” says Patte, “but what drew me to both was that play was at the center, and that was the hook for me. Then I just needed to become a playworker. I needed to become a child life specialist. So I did.”

Over the course of this fellowship, Patte made presentations at conferences throughout Europe, and taught playwork sessions at the university. In March 2013, Patte and Fraser Brown, professor of playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, published their book, “Rethinking Children’s Play,” which applies the playwork perspective to a variety of settings.

When asked about this interest in the field of play, Patte described the topic as a human rights issue. In classrooms today, future educators are being instructed on academic and cognitive development. The social, emotional, and creative development, however, is continuously being pushed towards the outer edge of educational studies. Patte described this form of education as development from the neck up. To remain healthy and happy, though, as a child and throughout the life span, people need opportunities to express themselves in more playful ways

Patte is currently teaching a seminar, “Play and Fine Arts for the Developing Child.” In this class, Patte teaches students that play and fine arts are not simply childhood issues. They are also lifespan issues. Patte has asked his students, “What do you do for no reason than to just enjoy doing it?” Although the question is simple, many students struggle to find an answer.

In order to better apply their classroom lessons on play, Patte and students are collaborating to bring a unique event, Pop-Up Adventure Playground, to BU for the first time.

Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds use the playwork noninterventionist approach to play that provides children with loose materials to create and explore by means of self-initiated, open-minded exploration. Each playground “pops up” for a short time in a community setting where local children can enjoy this self-structured environment for free.

Patte and students, as well as Greek Life and other student organization volunteers, hosted BU’s first Pop-Up Adventure Playground on Saturday, Nov. 1.. The goal of the event was to educate both children and adults on the topic of child-initiated play. BU students composed fact sheets for adults that clarify these lessons and illustrate their role throughout the Pop-Up experience.

“That’s a bit of a change, even for teachers,” Patte says, “When a child is experiencing some sort of turmoil or trying to figure something out, we have this tendency as parents and teachers to immediately try to intervene and fix the problem.”

A large goal of the playground is to allow the children to work through these challenges on their own.

BU students will benefit from this event by learning more about unstructured play as well as important planning techniques, making connections with the community, and being resourceful. Patte is optimistic about the event’s overall success for students, children, and adults alike.

“The pendulum has swung so far in one direction that it’s not healthy.” Patte says. “I don’t think that we should spend twenty-four hours a day engaged in child-initiated, unstructured play. I just think there needs to be more of a balance.”

Through his research and work, Patte attempts to instill this balance among BU students and the local community. 

- Courtney Dunn, senior dual English and psychology 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.

Pre-registration is required for all events. View complete details and register, at Husky Career Link. Log in with your BU student username and password. Must bring student ID for check-in!

The REAL DEAL Resume

  • Monday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in 1303 MCHS
  • Thursday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in Multi-A
  • Monday, Feb. 2, from noon 12:50 p.m. in Alumni House (Register ASAP - Space is very limited!)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Alumni House (Register ASAP - Space is very limited!)

Whether you need to update your resume or are just getting started, this workshop will help you make that all-important positive first impression on employers! We’ll give free materials, lots of examples, and answers to common questions:

  • What format and font works best for me and my educational background?
  • What categories should I include?
  • How can I make a part-time job sound related to my field?
  • Why do employers care about my extracurricular activities?
  • Should I use bullets or paragraphs

Slam Dunk That Interview!

  • Monday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in MCHS 1303
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 5:50 p.m., KUB Ballroom

Maximize your face-to-face time with potential employers by learning how to:

  • introduce yourself in that all-important 30-second pitch
  • dress for success and demonstrate your professionalism
  • answer questions to give you the lead over other candidates
  • conduct your own mini-interview to find out what you need to know

CPEC Job and Internship Fair

Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill. Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC). Meet directly with recruiters from a wide variety of companies and organizations who are seeking to fill full-time and internship positions.

No fee for BU students and alumni. Professional dress required. Bring plenty of resumes, including a resume for admission. For resume help, visit bloomu.edu/careers.

Speed Networking and Reception

Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Pine Barn Inn, Danville. Bus transportation will be provided for students! Hosted by the BU Alumni Association and Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. Hors d’oeuvres compliments of the BU Alumni Association. Cash Bar - Students must be 21 years of age to purchase alcohol. State photo ID required. (Students under 21 may attend but will not be permitted to purchase alcohol.) Business casual attire required.

Husky Student Leadership Summit

Inviting all students to participate in the 8th annual Husky Student Leadership Summit on Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Kehr Union Building for a free day-long conference presented by BU alumni, faculty, staff and student leadership. Register today! This summit is a great opportunity to:

  • network with alumni and enhance your leadership skills
  • participate in mock interview and resume review sessions
  • attend a professional career fair and have a professional headshot taken
  • improve your personal brans and engage in CLE Leadership Certification

Jose Calvo, a post-baccalaureate intern who works in the Office of Planning and Assessment, was recently accepted into George Mason University’s Doctoral program in psychology with a concentration in Human Factors and Applied Cognition.

Calvo graduated last fall as a dual major in psychology and philosophy. He was awarded the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) grant and used it to study perceptions of cyber security in regards to personal computers and mobile devices. That research culminated in an e-learning module will educate incoming freshmen on cyber-security. The e-learning presentation will be incorporated into Freshmen Orientation for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The e-learning module will be split into two sections. The first section will talk about how mobile devices are just as susceptible to viruses and hackers as computers are and the precautions students should be taking. The second section will identify highly sensitive information like Social Security Numbers and banking information, and outline when it is safe to provide that kind of information. The goal of the presentation will be to make students more aware of how to stay protected no matter what online device they are using.

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about one to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.

Oticon, one of the largest companies in the hearing industry, allowed Bloomsburg University students to come into their facility and find out how hearing aids are manufactured. Christi Moncavage, clinical supervisor of the Department of Audiology, took the graduate students from the audiology doctorate program in the Hearing Aids I course to Oticon.

Shea DeNoia, an audiology first-year graduate student, said it served as a beneficial experience because, “the material we have been learning in our course could be directly observed at Oticon’s facility.”

Moncavage targeted this specific hearing aid manufacture because the hospital, in which the students do their clinicals, order from Oticon. The location, Somerset, N.J., was convenient, because the class drove there and back in the same day.

Like DeNoia, many other students also agree their favorite part of the field trip was witnessing how the hearing aids were manufactured.

“I had a very different idea of what I would be seeing,” DeNoia said. “I was expecting the facility to be set-up as more of a large factory, rather than individual workstations within offices. The set-up I viewed was very unique. Each employee was part of a team who sat in what could be described as an assembly line.

"Every individual had a specific role in building the hearing aid and ensuring its appropriate functioning. The layout of the manufacturing floor made for a very efficient process of building the hearing aids."

The field trip was a big experience for the graduate students. They now truly understand the process of making a hearing aid. It’s a lot more than just big mechanical machines putting pieces together. Its individuals that concentrate on how each part of the hearing aid functions.

They also were able to put the terminology they use in the clinic to use while they were at Oticon.

“One specific term that was used was ‘the earmold on file,’” said DeNoia said. “I did not have a clear understanding of what was meant when calling the company and stating that specification. On our field trip, I was able to see how a scan of the earmold impression is created and stored in Oticon’s computer database for future reference.”

It gives them a better visualization of what each term is being used for, said DeNoia, adding, “Its hard to relate to the procedure which occurs without seeing it happen in person.”

Not only did the field trip help clarify how certain things work, but also that there are many other career opportunities in their field.

“There were many audiologists working at Oticon in the areas of Educational Outreach,” DeNoia said. “Two of the women who talked to our class traveled around the country and conducted presentations at educational institutions. It was interesting to hear about their careers and how they make use of their audiology degree.”

The first-hand experience gave the graduate students a better outlook to their career and the field trip started them off though their graduate program on the right foot.

— Samantha Gross, sophomore telecommunications major