Java with Jeanette today, 9-9:39 a.m., courtesy of the Student Health Center. Have a quick health question? This CRNP is on site to chat, Andruss Library. #HuskyLife

Java with Jeanette today, 9-9:39 a.m., courtesy of the Student Health Center. Have a quick health question? This CRNP is on site to chat, Andruss Library. #HuskyLife

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When I made the decision to move to Austin, Texas, a lot of people rolled their eyes, some laughed, gave sincere well wishes and some people told me I was crazy.
“Do you have family there? Do you have a job lined up?” They asked.
The answer to both questions was “no.”
However, if Bloomsburg University and the Husky Ambassadors taught me anything it was that our alumni bleed Maroon and Gold long after they graduate. I contacted the Alumni Association and found there were a number of alumni living in Austin. I wanted to pick their brains, to create a network.
I introduced myself to any Husky I could connect with in Austin. I explained my intentions and crossed my fingers that someone would be willing to help. The response was overwhelming. Almost every person I contacted offered encouragement, advice or to meet with me and show me around the city.
I met an alumni couple that moved to Texas hours after their own commencement ceremony. We hit it off immediately and our conversation flowed effortlessly with the common undercurrent of Husky Pride.
Encouraged by a number of BU grads, I realized I could make the transition to Austin. Although I am now 1,500 miles away from Husky territory, the BU connection has remained a strong presence in my life. I urge you to take advantage of it no matter where life leads you.— Sarie Tocket ‘13
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Harrisburg: Student-Alumni Networking Reception
When: Friday Oct. 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Off-Campus
Cocktail Reception Recommended for Juniors and Seniors. Cash bar (Must be 21 and show photo ID to be served) Business attire required. Bus transportation from BU provided/or travel on your own (Depart BU at 4 p.m., Return at 10 p.m.)
Space is limited - RSVP required!
Must bring student ID for check-in! As you transition from life as a college student to that of a young professional connecting to the local community where you live and work can help you grow both professionally and personally. Students are invited to attend this special cocktail reception at the National Civil War Museum to network with BU graduates from the Harrisburg region representing various career fields and industries in that area. This event features presentations from the regional Chamber of Commerce and alumni panelists who will speak about community engagement opportunities.
NEPA: Student-Alumni Networking Reception
When: Friday, Oct. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Off-Campus

Cocktail reception Recommended for Juniors and Seniors. Cash bar (Must be 21 and show photo ID to be served) Business attire required. Bus transportation from BU provided/or travel on your own (Depart BU at 5 p.m., Return at 9 p.m.)
Space is limited - RSVP required!  
Must bring student ID for check-in! As you transition from life as a college student to that of a young professional, connecting to the local community where you live and work can help you grow both professionally and personally. Students are invited to attend this special cocktail reception at Mohegan Sun to network with BU graduates from NEPA representing various career fields and industries in that area. This event features presentations from the regional Chamber of Commerce and alumni panelists who will speak about community engagement opportunities.

When I made the decision to move to Austin, Texas, a lot of people rolled their eyes, some laughed, gave sincere well wishes and some people told me I was crazy.

“Do you have family there? Do you have a job lined up?” They asked.

The answer to both questions was “no.”

However, if Bloomsburg University and the Husky Ambassadors taught me anything it was that our alumni bleed Maroon and Gold long after they graduate. I contacted the Alumni Association and found there were a number of alumni living in Austin. I wanted to pick their brains, to create a network.

I introduced myself to any Husky I could connect with in Austin. I explained my intentions and crossed my fingers that someone would be willing to help. The response was overwhelming. Almost every person I contacted offered encouragement, advice or to meet with me and show me around the city.

I met an alumni couple that moved to Texas hours after their own commencement ceremony. We hit it off immediately and our conversation flowed effortlessly with the common undercurrent of Husky Pride.

Encouraged by a number of BU grads, I realized I could make the transition to Austin. Although I am now 1,500 miles away from Husky territory, the BU connection has remained a strong presence in my life. I urge you to take advantage of it no matter where life leads you.

— Sarie Tocket ‘13

Professional U Career Connections

Cocktail Reception Recommended for Juniors and Seniors. Cash bar (Must be 21 and show photo ID to be served) Business attire required. Bus transportation from BU provided/or travel on your own (Depart BU at 4 p.m., Return at 10 p.m.)

Space is limited - RSVP required!

Must bring student ID for check-in! As you transition from life as a college student to that of a young professional connecting to the local community where you live and work can help you grow both professionally and personally. Students are invited to attend this special cocktail reception at the National Civil War Museum to network with BU graduates from the Harrisburg region representing various career fields and industries in that area. This event features presentations from the regional Chamber of Commerce and alumni panelists who will speak about community engagement opportunities.

Cocktail reception Recommended for Juniors and Seniors. Cash bar (Must be 21 and show photo ID to be served) Business attire required. Bus transportation from BU provided/or travel on your own (Depart BU at 5 p.m., Return at 9 p.m.)

Space is limited - RSVP required!  

Must bring student ID for check-in! As you transition from life as a college student to that of a young professional, connecting to the local community where you live and work can help you grow both professionally and personally. Students are invited to attend this special cocktail reception at Mohegan Sun to network with BU graduates from NEPA representing various career fields and industries in that area. This event features presentations from the regional Chamber of Commerce and alumni panelists who will speak about community engagement opportunities.

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My family comes from the Dominican Republic, and I have always been very proud of my culture and where I’m from. I feel I get to see the world from two different perspectives.
Most of my childhood was spent getting together with all of my extended family, making endless amounts of food, and dancing to Bachata, Merengue, or Salsa music. For me, my culture has taught me to embrace life, the people around me, and always work hard for what I want.
I have dreams of working at John Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. It is known as the top hospital in the nation. While this might see like a big dream, I am motivated to work as hard as I can to achieve that goal because I want to prove that no matter where you come from, you can be successful.
I am a member of Student Organization of Latinos (SOL). I am a consultant at The Writing Center, I am a member of B-Smart, and I am also a mentor for the Aqui y Ahora program.
Coming from the Latino culture and moving to Bloomsburg has been a different experience for me. I started off in the ACT 101 program, and I was only the second in my family to go to a four-year university and actually leave home. My family has always been a huge support system for me and constantly encouraged me to go to college.
— Darianny Antonio ’17, medical imaging major

My family comes from the Dominican Republic, and I have always been very proud of my culture and where I’m from. I feel I get to see the world from two different perspectives.

Most of my childhood was spent getting together with all of my extended family, making endless amounts of food, and dancing to Bachata, Merengue, or Salsa music. For me, my culture has taught me to embrace life, the people around me, and always work hard for what I want.

I have dreams of working at John Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. It is known as the top hospital in the nation. While this might see like a big dream, I am motivated to work as hard as I can to achieve that goal because I want to prove that no matter where you come from, you can be successful.

I am a member of Student Organization of Latinos (SOL). I am a consultant at The Writing Center, I am a member of B-Smart, and I am also a mentor for the Aqui y Ahora program.

Coming from the Latino culture and moving to Bloomsburg has been a different experience for me. I started off in the ACT 101 program, and I was only the second in my family to go to a four-year university and actually leave home. My family has always been a huge support system for me and constantly encouraged me to go to college.

 Darianny Antonio ’17, medical imaging major

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Jackie Cruz, known for her role as Flaca on the critically acclaimed Netflix series Orange is the New Black, highlighted Bloomsburg University’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month with a presentation in the Kehr Union Building and a meet-and-greet in the Multicultural Center.

Cruz  a native of New York City, Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic  spoke to students about her journey to stardom, which was nearly derailed by a near fatal car accident that almost left her paralyzed. She also discussed her strides in acting on the hit Netflix show and building upon her musical career.

Cruz’s messaged highlighted the importance of overcoming adversity, taking pride in your heritage and surrounding yourself with good people. She capped her presentation with acoustic performances of two of her singles.

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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a personal perspective from a few of our many proud Latino students.

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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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