Bloomsburg University is hosting the 2014 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Women’s Consortium Conference on Sept. 25 to 26, featuring a wellness room, multiple workshops and Sarah Kay as the keynote speaker. Conference fees start at $90 for non-members, $75 for members and students are free.

The Women’s Consortium is designed to have women in the State System collaborate and develop leadership skills. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in this on-campus consortium, which will be based from three institutes — Women’s Student Leadership, Women’s Faculty Leadership and Women’s Staff Leadership.

The keynote speaker, Sarah Kay, started writing poetry when she was 14. During her young career, Kay has often competed well on stage against more experienced poets. Consortium participants will experience first-hand Kay’s talent, which she uses as an empowerment tool.

This consortium gives the opportunity for women through out the State System to connect with more than just their campus. It proceeds to provide woman with a mentorship and a network to collaborate with projects.

Denise Chaytor – Zugarek, retention specialist and apart of the Trio Student Support Service, says the motto for the conference is “One Strong Voice.” Providing information, to women of all nature, which they can use in every day life. They will feel empowered to create positive change in their school or community.

For more information contact Chaytor-Zagarek at dchaytor@bloomu.edu.

— Samantha Gross, sophomore telecommunications major

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Following another successful Meet the President event recently on campus, President David L. Soltz had the pleasure of joining the millions of people who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The creative fundraiser, made famous on social media by the many ice-dousing videos, has been tremendously successful in raising more than $110.5 million for the ALS Association.

As Soltz said during his challenge, ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a relentless degenerative disease that leads slowly to death. To date, there is no cure. Hopefully this will change due to the overwhelming support seen these past few months by our society, including many of Bloomsburg University’s family and friends.

Rising to the challenge to support a worthy cause is nothing new to the university community. It’s almost second nature for our students, faculty and staff.

For example one of BU’s sororities, Sigma Sigma Sigma, recently helped Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital land a $2,210 grant for needed teaching aides for its patients.

Their charitable effort is one of many examples of how BU’s Greek organizations – as well as other student groups – work with our community and support local and national charities like the Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and our local women’s shelter and food cupboard.

Of course a prime example of BU’s passion for charity and community support is The Big Event, which annually receives a steady flow of volunteers from our entire student population. In fact, two of the largest on-campus fundraising efforts turned in record level donations this past academic year.

Relay For Life of Bloomsburg University, coordinated by the campus Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, had more than 800 participants on 50 teamsraise more than $50,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Multicultural Center’s annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run has raised more than $100,000 since the first step was taken in 2002, including more than $12,000 last fall.

These recent highlights remind BU of the biggest challenge it’s faced and the strongest relief effort it’s pulled together in recent memory. Three years ago this past week, the Flood of 2011 forever changed the landscape and, in many case, the future of the Bloomsburg community. The clear view of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds from Route 11, where a row of houses once stood, is one permanent reminder. There are a thousand other examples in our immediate region.

BU lost seven days of classes, yet the university continued to work. Students, faculty and staff volunteered with clean up, Red Cross efforts and local emergency governmental agencies, such as call-in centers and supply aide distribution. These volunteer efforts continued well into the fall and spring. It was a clear and emotional snapshot at how much BU values its community and, in many ways, brought the community and school closer together. 

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From billiards in the dark to a guest lecture on media and politics to a taste of the world event with live Latin jazz music highlight this week’s activities and entertainment across campus.  In addition, several bus trips are open for student sign up to include a spooky Boston trip over the Halloween weekend.

And not to forget, exclusive BU student pre-sale for the Icona Pop concert with special guests Five Knives and Lowell will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2. The fall concert will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in Nelson Field House.

This Week Unleashed …

  • Diversity has lost its meaning and Justin Jones Fosu has figured out how to talk about some of the basics of diversity but not excluding how complex it actually is. He discovered it’s all about learning to hug an elephant and kiss a giraffe. Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Kehr Union Ballroom Fosu presents, “Hug an Elephant, Kiss a Giraffe: Redefining Diversity in Everyday Life.” By using music, movement and a substance-packed presentation, it brings the experience to life.
  • Discounted Fair Tickets! — Purchase discounted fair admission tickets for only $5 in the Student Activities Office, KUB 350. Discount tickets for students only.
  • Haunted Husky Hollow — There will be a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 9:15 p.m. in Centennial 218 for all students interested in helping volunteer to be a part of the 5th annual Haunted Woods Walk. Haunted Husky Hollow will run on Oct. 23 to 24 at the Quest Team-building Woods Trail and is open to the general public for free admission.
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day Workshop — Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the KUB Multipurpose B.
  • Flavors of the World — will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Multicultural Center, from 6 to 8 p.m., along with a special performance by Karen Rodriguez, Latin jazz artist.
  • X-Men Days of Future Past — will be shown in the KUB Hideaway on Wednesday, Sept. 24, on Friday, Sept. 26 and on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Free Admission w/ BU student ID and paid fall ’14 Community Activity Fee. All others $1.
  • From the son of a Philadelphia police officer to a career in military education to now a U.S. Congressman, Patrick J. Murphy will be coming to Bloomsburg to discuss media and politics in the 21st century. Sponsored by the mass communications department, the host of MSNBC’s “Taking the Hill” will be at McCormick Center 1303 on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Farmers Market — local vegetables, fruits and more are featured each Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Farmers Market adjacent to Navy Hall and Bakeless Center.
  • Icona Pop — with special guests Five Knives and Lowell Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Nelson Field House. Buy your tickets on Oct. 1 and be entered in a drawing for a meet and greet with Icona Pop. Tickets available for sale at the Student Activities Office, 350 Kehr Union Building.

Husky Road Trips!

  • Football Fan Bus — sign up in the Community Activities Office or at the Concession stand at the California and Shippensburg Home Football Games! You must sign up before noon on the Thursday before the game. Buses are available for the Cheyney, Kutztown and Lock Haven games.
  • Baltimore Bus Trip — sign up in the Student Activities Office (KUB 350). Bus departs the Hospital Lot on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 a.m. and leaves Baltimore at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 with BU student ID and paid Fall ’14 C.A. fee; $35 with ID only and for guests.
  • Halloween in Salem/Boston — sign up in the Student Activities Office (KUB 350). Join us for this overnight bus trip from Friday, Oct. 31, to Saturday, Nov. 1. Salem, “The Witch City,” will have plenty of Halloween events. Cost, as low as $110, includes two-way coach bus transportation, one night of lodging near Boston and an optional trip into Salem. You’re responsible for securing your own roommates.

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Don’t miss the weekly Bloomsburg University Farmers Market between Navy Hall and Bakeless Center on Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Plus … get your free reusable dining containers, courtesy of BU’s Green Campus Initiative. Pick one up! When you use it on campus, you get a free cookie (while supplies last).
At the Farmers Market
Dancing Hen Farm — In addition to the leafy greens, potatoes, additional vegetables and eggs featured last week, Dancing Hen will also offer free-range chicken on Friday.
Rohrbach’s Farm Market — The fruit that Rohrbach’s is famous for will be back and some late summer sweet corn is likely to be available tomorrow.
Endless Mountains Farmstead — Cucumbers, Potatoes, Beets, Swiss Chard, Basil and Carrots will be among Endless Mountains’ offerings.
Bloomburg University Outdoor Classroom — The Classroom continues to produce perfect vegetables organically and this week heirloom tomatoes, Kale, and four varieties of sweet peppers.

Don’t miss the weekly Bloomsburg University Farmers Market between Navy Hall and Bakeless Center on Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Plus … get your free reusable dining containers, courtesy of BU’s Green Campus Initiative. Pick one up! When you use it on campus, you get a free cookie (while supplies last).

At the Farmers Market

  • Dancing Hen Farm — In addition to the leafy greens, potatoes, additional vegetables and eggs featured last week, Dancing Hen will also offer free-range chicken on Friday.
  • Rohrbach’s Farm Market — The fruit that Rohrbach’s is famous for will be back and some late summer sweet corn is likely to be available tomorrow.
  • Endless Mountains Farmstead — Cucumbers, Potatoes, Beets, Swiss Chard, Basil and Carrots will be among Endless Mountains’ offerings.
  • Bloomburg University Outdoor Classroom — The Classroom continues to produce perfect vegetables organically and this week heirloom tomatoes, Kale, and four varieties of sweet peppers.

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Bloomsburg University is one of three nursing schools in the commonwealth and 100 nationwide chosen to receive a $3,000 grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) for a White Coat Ceremony.

The rite of passage was held Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Haas Center for the Arts. This year’s event marks the first coordinated effort to bring the tradition most often practiced by medical schools to nursing schools.

At the ceremony, Bloomsburg University sophomores were formally recognized onstage as they are welcomed into the nursing major before their families, friends and their junior and senior class peers. After swearing an oath, each nursing student from all three classes donned a white coat and receive a specially designed pin.

The pin serves as a reminder of the students’ commitment to keeping their oath and providing quality care to their patients.

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