Patients at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital will face an easier transition into certain treatment thanks to Bloomsburg University’s Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, who recently helped the local hospital land a $2,210 grant for needed teaching aides.

The children’s hospital will use the grant to purchase MediKin dolls, overlays and toy models of equipment — items that help prepare patients and their families for medical treatment, such as dialysis and oncology. Funding will be provided through a local Robbie Page Memorial (RPM) Grant via the Sigma Sigma Foundation

As a national organization, Sigma Sigma Sigma’s motto is “Sigma Serves Children.” In 1951, the sorority established the RPM Fund for Polio research projects. When a cure for Polio was discovered, the purpose of the RPM shifted focus to play therapy. The foundation helps hundreds of children annually through the RPM Fund, which supports local and national RPM grants.

Bloomsburg’s local Delta Zeta Chapter has spent much of the past year working with Geisigner’s Child Life Services in support of several collection drives, hosting guest speakers at the sorority and planning fall activities with the child patients and families in Danville.

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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.

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Bloomsburg University’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity recently held a dodgeball tournament that raised more than $500 to help feed the hungry. The fraternity used entrance fees canned goods as entrance fees. The donations will support Philabundance and The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. In addition, sales of T-shirts for the event will be used to provide support for victims of violence.
Philabundance is a non-profit food bank that serves the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest such organization in the region.
The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard became a volunteer effort in late summer of 1996 from the basement of St. Columba’s church. The weekly giveaway was quickly expanded to twice weekly by December of that year. In the summer of 1997, the Food Cupboard expanded from one church to two and by fall, to the churches of the Bloomsburg Ministerium.
In the spring of 2000, St. Columba purchased the Winona Fire Hall and designated the first floor for use by the Food Cupboard. Renovations, done mostly by volunteers, began immediately. Many community organizations, businesses and individuals contribute to the Food Cupboard making it possible for us to reach hundreds of families.

Bloomsburg University’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity recently held a dodgeball tournament that raised more than $500 to help feed the hungry. The fraternity used entrance fees canned goods as entrance fees. The donations will support Philabundance and The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. In addition, sales of T-shirts for the event will be used to provide support for victims of violence.

Philabundance is a non-profit food bank that serves the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest such organization in the region.

The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard became a volunteer effort in late summer of 1996 from the basement of St. Columba’s church. The weekly giveaway was quickly expanded to twice weekly by December of that year. In the summer of 1997, the Food Cupboard expanded from one church to two and by fall, to the churches of the Bloomsburg Ministerium.

In the spring of 2000, St. Columba purchased the Winona Fire Hall and designated the first floor for use by the Food Cupboard. Renovations, done mostly by volunteers, began immediately. Many community organizations, businesses and individuals contribute to the Food Cupboard making it possible for us to reach hundreds of families.

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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.

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An estimated 160 million people will tune in on television and online, in addition to the 80,000-plus fans and media in attendance, for Super Bowl XLVIII. And this former campus tour guide and Phi Iota Chi sister will be right in the middle of it.

From Bruce Springsteen to Bon Jovi and WrestleMania to Kenny Chesney, Nicole Premuto Fountain ’03 has worked her fair share of big stages and massive audiences.

But none bigger than the one she will face this weekend.

“Commissioner (Roger) Goodell said it best at the NFL Draft … we’re on the clock,” says Fountain, senior manager of public relations and communications for MetLife Stadium, host of Super Bowl XLVIII. “The world will be watching. It’s going to be historic.”

Fountain is right. It’s a stage – an opportunity – few marketing and communications professionals experience.

“We’re very excited, not nervous at all,” says Fountain. “We do this every week. We realize we’re going to have a much bigger audience, but that’s just more motivation for us.”

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