In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, BUnow recently teamed with BU’s chapter of Autism Speaks and Alpha Sigma Tau to raise money and awareness for this complex disorder of brain development.

The fundraiser, “Pieces for Hope,” asked students to decorate a blank puzzle piece for $1, which were then pieced together as one collaborative message of support, hope and awareness of autism and for those who struggle with the spectrum disorder. All proceeds were donated to Autism Speaks.

Bridget Klein, instructor of exceptionality programs, ASL and deaf culture, was recently chosen to display a piece of her artwork, “Free Spirit,” at the Dyer Arts Center at National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology.

De ‘VIA is short for Deaf View / Image Arts. Viva DeVIA was an exhibition celebrating 25 years since the birth of DeVIA. In 1989 eight Deaf artists gathered for a four day workshop. There they collaborated on the De’VIA manifesto, defining Deaf culture art that represents Deaf artists along with their perceptions based on their Deaf experiences. 

"Speech therapy is all about control and precision. Growing up in speech therapy I felt my spirit was constricted and I lacked freedom. This photo represents my personal revolution against the constraints of speech therapy, the controlled, gentle breathing is exchanged for the wild and carefree beauty of using every ounce of air in my lungs to scatter milkweed seeds and sow my freedom in the earth,” - Bridget Klein.


From upcoming events to new opportunities for students to interesting profiles of who and what make Bloomsburg University a dynamic college environment, Husky Connections keeps you connected.

Husky Connections is a student produced show covering key and influential topics of what is impacting campus and fellow Huskies each given week. This spring, we delve into CrossFit, alternative Spring Break trips and a class on stand up comedy!

A look back at the Fall 2014 season


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.


Get your intramural teams ready, because registration is open! Intramural sports are a great way to get active and have fun at the same time. The deadline to register your team is Tuesday, Jan. 27. Go online to register before time runs out.

Sports offered this session include:

  • extreme dodgeball
  • basketball
  • indoor soccer (new!)
  • volleyball

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.

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

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

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.


Delta Phi Epsilon, in a collaborative effort with the Women’s Resource Center, helped spread awareness about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, cachexia, compulsive exercising and other related eating disorders through several events across campus in recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 23 to March 1.

  • Trash Your Insecurities – Throw your negative self talk in the garbage! Donate your extra change and write down what you want to do to “Change your life.” Pick up a purple ribbon to support awareness of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
  • Be-you-tiful You Day – Find sticky notes on bathroom mirrors and tell us one thing that’s beautiful about you!
  • Why you’re better than Barbie Day – Write down all the reason why you are better than stereotypical views and encourage positive body image.
  • Let’s bitch about it – Gather around in the Multicultural Center to watch clips from the media portraying negative body image and let’s bash them!
  • That’s a wrap – Let’s wrap up things by displaying the achievements over the past week to encourage the future of positive body image.

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

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

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

For most of Bloomsburg University’s Class of 2015, this is it. One last semester to make it count, leave your mark and soak in one final taste of Husky Life!

The first step will be taken this month with a class meeting to discuss student concerns, fundraising and the class gift. Seniors are asked to attend one of these meetings:

  • Monday, Jan. 26: KUB Hideaway, 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27: KUB Ballroom, 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28: KUB Multicultural Center, 8 p.m.

“We want to involve our entire class in the decision-making processes leading up to graduation,” said Sibel Rasim, president of the Class of 2015. “It’ll be a very informal, ‘chill’ atmosphere to inform fellow seniors on fundraising ideas and how to get more involved, options on what to do with the money to leave something behind for BU, any student concerns that we can help address or fix.”

Rasim said the other class officers, Bryan Savini, vice president, JP Hohenshilt, treasurer, and Caron Merine, secretary, will be on-hand at all three sessions to address any question or concern from fellow seniors.

 ”Just because it is your last, doesn’t mean you can’t try new things,” Rasim said. “Get out there. Meet new people, make new connections, do fun things. Connect with BU in ways you haven’t really had a chance to yet. Break out of your shell and use this chance before you have to become a ‘real’ person to live it up.”

According to Rasim, this meeting is also challenging the Class of 2015 to leave its “paw print” before graduating in May and December.

“You may not necessarily identify with your class but getting more involved hopefully will help everyone have an enjoyable road to graduation,” Rasim said. “The class officers want everyone to know we’re here for them, no matter what it is. We are in this together, and we want others to know they have someone to go to for any concerns.”

“Once a Husky, always a Husky!”


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.


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

All majors are invited to meet with recruiters from more than 50 corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies at the Career Connections Expo ’14 on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., KUB Multipurpose A&B. Recruiters are looking to hire for internships and full time post-graduation positions in careers related to allied health, business, liberal arts, and science and technology.

Representatives from various graduate schools will also be at the expo. The expo is a great opportunity to gather information, explore job shadowing possibilities and make critical contacts for a future job search. Business professional attire is required.

Bring enough resumes for each organization of interest to you and five to 10 extras. RSVP if attending!

Get ready, get connected!

  • Get ready for the Career Connections  Expo ’14 by hearing directly from a BU graduate who is a hiring manager. Attend this free Professional U workshop, “Interviewing and Preparing for the Career Connections Expo” on Monday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m., McCormick 1303. You will hear from Tom Ruhl, class of 1978, chief operating officer for Keystone Staffing & The Roberts Company. RSVP if attending!
  • Find out from BU graduate Greg Lewis, class of 1991, what constitutes an individual’s “brand” and the strategies and resources available to help you build your brand on Monday, Nov. 3, from 3:45-5:45 p.m., McCormick 1303. Lewis is senior vice president of customer engagement at Digitas Health. RSVP if attending!

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 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.