From team-building exercises with horses to an engaging drug and alcohol panel discussion with local court officials to a children’s activities fair with the community, it was another busy and productive summer for Bloomsburg University’s TRiO Upward Bound Program. It was also a summer of celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the federal grant program and its 37th year on campus. Since 1965, Upward Bound has grown from 17 initial programs with 2,061 participants to today featuring 964 funded programs working with more than 80,000 students.

Upward Bound is a national program funded through the Department of Education that more than doubles the chances of first-generation students graduating college. Locally, the BU program serves students from Berwick, Mahony, Milton, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin and Shikellamy high schools. 

The program – with the help of a mentoring and support staff of Bloomsburg University students – provides a wide range of services to prepare its participants to succeed in college. They include weekly tutoring, test preparation, college application and financial aid form assistance, cultural enrichment programs, field trips and a summer academic program.

Among the highlights of the 2014 Summer STEM Academy were:

  • a drug and alcohol panel featuring Columbia County Judge Thomas James and other county court officials
  • team-building exercises at Willow Creek Farms in Numidia
  • a STEM Activities Fair at McBride Memorial Library in Berwick
  • a Family Movie fundraiser with the Berwick Theater
  • an interactive workshop with The Actor’s Company Theatre
  • several site visits and campus tours of universities across the region.

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Bloomsburg University’s new Sustainable Food Systems Outdoor Classroom recently got its first group of visitors when several Quest adventure campers stopped for a picnic, where the youngsters enjoyed freshly cut kohlrabi sticks and freshly squeezed kale orange juice.

The outdoor classroom, one of five projects awarded a Presidential Strategic Planning Grant last year, will be a working garden and sustainability education center run primarily by student workers and interns. Located behind Monty’s on upper campus, the outdoor classroom was designed in collaboration with students who also helped build the gardens this past spring.

Currently, there are two students helping John Hintz and Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, professors of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, care for the gardens over the summer. There are 30 raised beds filled with vegetables and herbs. There will be a third student starting work in July on the perennial garden.

The completed outdoor classroom will feature walking paths between well-tended raised garden beds, interactive interpretive signage, a solar greenhouse, a composting site, a rain garden, perennial plants and birdhouses around the periphery, and a seating area and educational kiosk.

Coursework, educational workshops, internships, professional development opportunities, and volunteer opportunities at the outdoor classroom will provide high impact practices new to our university. The outdoor classroom will provide a state-of-the-art showpiece of sustainable food production that helps prepare students to be confident, knowledgeable, engaged, and productive citizens.

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Mariam Sarkessian, a management major, recently completed a two-week job shadow with Comcast’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia through Bloomsburg University’s Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Program.
The program, designed to give students an opportunity to see their potential career field first-hand, enabled Sarkessian to witness the daily activity of the country’s largest cable company and Internet service provider. Sarkessian described her experience as enlightening and richly memorable.
“Seeing daily activity at the headquarters has helped me confirm that I’d like to work at a large company that has a powerful role in the world,” Sarkessian says. “I’ve gained useful insight about how to level-handedly deal with problems and make decisions with customers and the company in mind.”
In addition to a possible internship opportunity, Sarkessian says her SEL experience provided her with many more business contacts. She also may have discovered a new career track.
“Being able to help out with (the Lab Week project) even though I was just shadowing was an exciting experience and opened my mind in looking for ways to make processes more efficient,” Sarkessian says. “Most importantly, … I had not known that project managing could be a career. Now I’m eager to pursue and get the right qualifications for it.”
Sarkessian shadowed Ted Hodgins, Class of 1989, senior director of technology and product: customer service.

Mariam Sarkessian, a management major, recently completed a two-week job shadow with Comcast’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia through Bloomsburg University’s Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Program.

The program, designed to give students an opportunity to see their potential career field first-hand, enabled Sarkessian to witness the daily activity of the country’s largest cable company and Internet service provider. Sarkessian described her experience as enlightening and richly memorable.

“Seeing daily activity at the headquarters has helped me confirm that I’d like to work at a large company that has a powerful role in the world,” Sarkessian says. “I’ve gained useful insight about how to level-handedly deal with problems and make decisions with customers and the company in mind.”

In addition to a possible internship opportunity, Sarkessian says her SEL experience provided her with many more business contacts. She also may have discovered a new career track.

“Being able to help out with (the Lab Week project) even though I was just shadowing was an exciting experience and opened my mind in looking for ways to make processes more efficient,” Sarkessian says. “Most importantly, … I had not known that project managing could be a career. Now I’m eager to pursue and get the right qualifications for it.”

Sarkessian shadowed Ted Hodgins, Class of 1989, senior director of technology and product: customer service.

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Eight ParenteBeard summer accounting interns recently helped Habitat for Humanity of Berks County ReStore prepare for their grand re-opening slated for July.
In addition to the accounting work the summer interns are performing and observing, for the first time, the firm’s summer interns are demonstrating ParenteBeard’s mission to serve the communities where team members live and work by participating in charitable community service activities in central Pennsylvania.
Tara Boyd, of Bloomsburg University; Eric Hiser, of Bloomsburg University; Guy Lewis, of Penn State; Katelyn Macbeth, of Messiah College; April Maschke, of Albright College; Shaunna Nesmith, of York College; Jordan Sallavanti,. of Kutztown University; and Kayla Snyder, of West Chester University, assisted the store’s executive director, Tim Daley, by cleaning, painting, redecorating, reorganizing, rebuilding and moving furniture.

Eight ParenteBeard summer accounting interns recently helped Habitat for Humanity of Berks County ReStore prepare for their grand re-opening slated for July.

In addition to the accounting work the summer interns are performing and observing, for the first time, the firm’s summer interns are demonstrating ParenteBeard’s mission to serve the communities where team members live and work by participating in charitable community service activities in central Pennsylvania.

Tara Boyd, of Bloomsburg University; Eric Hiser, of Bloomsburg University; Guy Lewis, of Penn State; Katelyn Macbeth, of Messiah College; April Maschke, of Albright College; Shaunna Nesmith, of York College; Jordan Sallavanti,. of Kutztown University; and Kayla Snyder, of West Chester University, assisted the store’s executive director, Tim Daley, by cleaning, painting, redecorating, reorganizing, rebuilding and moving furniture.

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A group of Bloomsburg University students recently completed a study abroad experience at the Universidad del Centro Educativo, Rosario, Argentina, where they visited historical and culturally significant and studied the Spanish language and literature.
Participating were Spanish and secondary education majors Mallie Culpepper, Adriana Berlin, Kelly Mason and Abigail Messinger, a Spanish and speech-language pathology major. Specifically they visited Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Misiones and Montevideo, Uruguay.
At Misiones they visited a Guarani village and the Iguazú Falls. In Buenos Aires they attended a Tango Night, besides touring the city and Caminitos, the Italian Argentina barrio were Maradona, famous Argentina world soccer player, was born. They also visited the stadium where he played.

A group of Bloomsburg University students recently completed a study abroad experience at the Universidad del Centro Educativo, Rosario, Argentina, where they visited historical and culturally significant and studied the Spanish language and literature.

Participating were Spanish and secondary education majors Mallie Culpepper, Adriana Berlin, Kelly Mason and Abigail Messinger, a Spanish and speech-language pathology major. Specifically they visited Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Misiones and Montevideo, Uruguay.

At Misiones they visited a Guarani village and the Iguazú Falls. In Buenos Aires they attended a Tango Night, besides touring the city and Caminitos, the Italian Argentina barrio were Maradona, famous Argentina world soccer player, was born. They also visited the stadium where he played.

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Bloomsburg University’s Odyssey of the Mind program was recently recognized as one of the best in the world competing in the annual World Final for Odyssey of the Mind, held at Iowa State University.
Both of BU’s teams placed in the top four out of 833 teams representing 43 states and 28 countries with more than 26,000 attendees.
Participating for BU’s two teams were Shaide Moronta, Jordan Galan, Valarie Mussey, Alea Bostic-Davey, Morgen Hatton, Mariam Sarkessian, Jamelisk, Timothy Keiper, Jacqueline Hauck, Nickolas Lloyd and Kristin Burke.
The teams were coached by Chaza Abdul, advisor, Loreen Powell, Evren Eryilmaz and Cenan Abdul-Al.
Beyond exploration for creative thinking and innovation, both teams used different skills and knowledge to solve two complex problems using arts, science, technology, literature, history, math, music, business, and other skills to create solutions.
"The team exceeded every expectation I had,” Abdul said. “We had many practices, and we were working as one family for a long-time. I am proud of them and thankful to the provost, Bloomsburg officials, parents, families and friends, our sponsors and supporters who helped us achieve this goal with every possibility with had."  

Bloomsburg University’s Odyssey of the Mind program was recently recognized as one of the best in the world competing in the annual World Final for Odyssey of the Mind, held at Iowa State University.

Both of BU’s teams placed in the top four out of 833 teams representing 43 states and 28 countries with more than 26,000 attendees.

Participating for BU’s two teams were Shaide Moronta, Jordan Galan, Valarie Mussey, Alea Bostic-Davey, Morgen Hatton, Mariam Sarkessian, Jamelisk, Timothy Keiper, Jacqueline Hauck, Nickolas Lloyd and Kristin Burke.

The teams were coached by Chaza Abdul, advisor, Loreen Powell, Evren Eryilmaz and Cenan Abdul-Al.

Beyond exploration for creative thinking and innovation, both teams used different skills and knowledge to solve two complex problems using arts, science, technology, literature, history, math, music, business, and other skills to create solutions.

"The team exceeded every expectation I had,” Abdul said. “We had many practices, and we were working as one family for a long-time. I am proud of them and thankful to the provost, Bloomsburg officials, parents, families and friends, our sponsors and supporters who helped us achieve this goal with every possibility with had."  

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To facilitate student understanding of political processes that impact nursing and health care delivery, Bloomsburg University senior nursing students annually participate in a field experience.

This experience involves a legislative analysis project and culminates with the trip to Washington D.C., where students meet with the policy analysts and lobbyists from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Nurses Association to prepare for the meeting with their congressman.

Among the topics discuss this semester included the importance of appropriating funding for workforce development programs, Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, (which includes nursing education), Title III, nurse managed health centers as part of the Affordable Care Act, and for the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Through this field experience, nursing students develop an appreciation for the legislative process and are postured in a leadership position to make the voice of nursing heard to elected representatives. 

(Pictured left) Nursing majors Stephanie Cruz, Julia Arment and Cierra Iddings with U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16). (Pictured right) Nursing majors Madel Coole and Lauryn Davidson with U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5).

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Bloomsburg University’s Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) recently honored students who completed different levels of leadership training this year. The CLE facilitates and provides intentional opportunities through supporting and providing resources for student growth, development, involvement and learning through leadership education, engagement and service.

By participating in the leadership development program, students gain knowledge of core leadership skill sets, enhance their co-curricular experiences and build meaningful and sustainable relationships to positively impact a diverse campus community and beyond.

The CLE’s vision is to provide a dynamic center for the pursuit and integration of student leadership practices that fosters and sustains a culture of organizational effectiveness, community engagement and social justice.

Level 1 Certification - Kristina Adornetto, Justine Albright, Dana Alexander, Kelsey Allison, Giovanna Andrews, Rachel Andrews, Kate Armstrong, Emily Baker, Kristina Balla, Tiara Bartol, Carl Basore, Diamond Bass, Hanan Bennacef, Patrick Berridge, Nathan Binder, Kamal Bloodsaw, Leann Bowman, Darian Brenner, Kristi Brittain, Emily Broadbent, Kyle Brosh, Ambria Brown, Aaron Brown, Tyler Buckwalter, Megan Burke, Christina Calvo, Catherine Campbell, Troy Cannon, Miranda Carrasquillo, Kahli Castagnera, Stephanie Celio, Iane Charles, Alyssa Chelso-Brown, Domenic Ciccolini, Aigner Clarkson, Claudia Clerger, Jennifer Comstock, Wade Cooper, Alison Craig, Sarah Crumling, Anthony Cucchi, Kevin Cummins, Jake Dabashinsky, Robert Dalius, Melissa Dean, Anthony DeHaarte, Jon Dekovitch, Brittany Dekrell, Becca DeMuth Nicholas Diak, Erin Ditro, Amy Dobson, Qi Dong, Sharnise Dozier Stephanie Dressler, Elyssa Eckert, Amber Elsner, Brooke Esbenshade, Jose Escarfullery, Michelle Etzel, Mon-Jay Fahnbulleh, Carley Fox, Paige Friesema Trevor Gauntlett, Nora Gomez, Jasmine Gonzalez, Kylie Goodling, McKenzie Gosciminski, Samantha Goslee, Garrett Grant, Alyssa Greco, Hadiyah Grove, Morgan Guarino, Kelsey Hamer, Amanda Hangeland, Brittany Hardy, Kyle Hartman, Olivia Hazzard, Delaney Hellman, Page Herto, Colleen Hickey, Courtney Hollenbach, Caleb Jackson, Brooke Jamgochian, Janet Jimenez, Jessica Jones, Welsey Kearney, Timothy Keiper, Nicole Keiser, Stardasha King, Kayla Koch, Cole Kresch, Steve LaFrance, Zirconia Lake, Amanda Leamon, Cristian Lemus, Zavala Christopher Leonard, Morgan Lewis, Lucas Liberacki, Aaron Lichtenwalter, Quadirah Locus, Alyssa Lombardo, Tiffany Long, James Madden, Brandon Majikas, Lawrence Marinovich, CJ Martin, Joshua Matz, Haleigh McDonald, Gabrielle Meister, Yesenia Mercado, Morgan Miller, Talehia Miller, Melissa Miller, Brittany Mohl, Madelyne Morrison, Michael Morton-Brown,  Samantha Moss, Ashley Muchler, Olivia Naugle, Shirley Neequaye, Linda Ngohe-Ehabil, Sarah Niedrist, Olivia Novak, Craig Obelinas, Austin Olson, Olivia Olver, Anthony Patrick, Laura Peiffer, Eric Petrozino, Nicole Pfizenmayer, Alexis Pompa, Gregory Quarles, Kristen Rebovich, Henry Reynoso, Breyuan Robinson, Virginia Rodriguez, Dana Rooney, Alexa Roma, Dianaliz Rodriguez-Ortiz, Dean Salmon, Michelle Sandoval, Cody Sanford, Cassidy Sangrey, Gabrielle Santana, Mariam Sarkessian, Brandon Savarese, Tara Scarcella, Jenna Schell, Marisa Schonhaut, Tyler Schreckenstein, Madison Scripture, Cody Seachrist, Corey Shirk, Grace Sipler, Shelby Slaughter, Elizabeth Smith, Chelsea Smith, Megan Smith, Hayley Sparks, Sarah Spaulding, Nifeace Stevens, Jordan Stimeling, Chloe Stine, Brittany Stokes, Danielle Stopper, Amanda Strain, Michelle Swartz, Narali Taglialavore, Zoey Tarantino, Ranesha Todd, Kristi Torres, Tiffany Truesdale, Stephan Vajdic, Toi Veal, Jasmin Velez, Richard Viteritto, Shelia Vitruk,  Shana Wagner Kelsi Washburn Nate Weaver, Victoria Weimer, Tyler Wenger, Sloane White, Khadijah Williams, Octavia Williams, Heather Wivell, Danielle Wood, Aubrey Wydock, Casey Young, Kristina Young, Mark Yurkovich, Lauren Zahour, and Arnela Zeljkovic

Level 2 Student Organizational Leadership Track - Page Herto, Jessica Jacquet, and Mariam Sarkessian.

Level 2 Community Engagement Leadership Track - Sarah Crumling, Becca DeMuth, Linda Ngohe-Ehabil, Laura Peiffer and Heather Wivell.

Level 2 Group Leadership Track - Nathan Binder, Stephanie Celio, Jennifer Comstock, Jake Dabashinsky, Brittany Hardy, Amanda Leamon, Brittany Mohl, Samantha Moss, Olivia Novak, Kristen Rebovich, Henry Reynoso, Mariam Sarkessian, Marisa Schonhaut, Chloe Stine, Brittany Stokes, Stephan Vajdic, Victoria Weimer, Danielle Wood and Arnela Zeljkovic.

Level 2 Social Justice Leadership Track - Nathan Binder, Aaron Brown, Delaney Hellman and Megan Smith.

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Mathletes, an after-school program at Greenwood Friends School, recently finished its third year. Under the direction of Paul Loomis, associate professor of mathematics, and Bloomsburg University students Lara Cesco-Cancian, Martina Drew, Zach Malett, Casandra Miller, Selena Phillips, Jon Thomas, and Dylan Weiss traveled to Greenwood each Thursday for the last six weeks for the hour-long program of math-related games, puzzles, and activities. 
The students worked at stations with a group of four to six students at a time; every 10 to 15 minutes the students would rotate to another activity. Mathletes began in fall 2011 with five BU students and 12 to 15 Greenwood students; this semester between 30 and 35 students from first to eighth grade took part each week. 

Mathletes, an after-school program at Greenwood Friends School, recently finished its third year. Under the direction of Paul Loomis, associate professor of mathematics, and Bloomsburg University students Lara Cesco-Cancian, Martina Drew, Zach Malett, Casandra Miller, Selena Phillips, Jon Thomas, and Dylan Weiss traveled to Greenwood each Thursday for the last six weeks for the hour-long program of math-related games, puzzles, and activities.

The students worked at stations with a group of four to six students at a time; every 10 to 15 minutes the students would rotate to another activity. Mathletes began in fall 2011 with five BU students and 12 to 15 Greenwood students; this semester between 30 and 35 students from first to eighth grade took part each week. 

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It was a highly successful trip to the Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda State Conference in Gettysburg for BU’s Phi Beta Lambda students, who collectively won awards in 10 different categories. 
At the recent conference, the club took awards such as second place in the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit and was recognized for being the eighth most active chapter in the country.
Accounting Analysis and Decision Making: 3rd place team of Erin Ditro and Kara Meyer
Accounting for Professionals: 2nd place Nicole Jubin
Accounting Principles: 1st place Ryan Kassees
Cost Accounting: 2nd place Tyler Rutt
Economic Analysis and Decision Making: 2nd place team of Evan Simpson and Ryan Kassees
Impromptu Speaking: 3rd place Erin Ditro
Marketing Analysis and Decision Making: 1st place team of Sydney Paige and Kara Meyer
Project Management: 3rd place Kelsi Washburn
 Public Speaking: 3rd place Elena Alfano
Word Processing: 3rd place Amanda Barber

There are approximately 600 PBL members in about 30 chapters across the state. Other participating schools included Alvernia University, Bucknell University, Drexel University, Elizabethtown College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lebanon Valley College,  Penn State – Main Campus, Shippensburg University, University of Pittsburgh, and Wilkes University among many others.

It was a highly successful trip to the Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda State Conference in Gettysburg for BU’s Phi Beta Lambda students, who collectively won awards in 10 different categories.

At the recent conference, the club took awards such as second place in the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit and was recognized for being the eighth most active chapter in the country.

  • Accounting Analysis and Decision Making: 3rd place team of Erin Ditro and Kara Meyer
  • Accounting for Professionals: 2nd place Nicole Jubin
  • Accounting Principles: 1st place Ryan Kassees
  • Cost Accounting: 2nd place Tyler Rutt
  • Economic Analysis and Decision Making: 2nd place team of Evan Simpson and Ryan Kassees
  • Impromptu Speaking: 3rd place Erin Ditro
  • Marketing Analysis and Decision Making: 1st place team of Sydney Paige and Kara Meyer
  • Project Management: 3rd place Kelsi Washburn
  •  Public Speaking: 3rd place Elena Alfano
  • Word Processing: 3rd place Amanda Barber

There are approximately 600 PBL members in about 30 chapters across the state. Other participating schools included Alvernia University, Bucknell University, Drexel University, Elizabethtown College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lebanon Valley College,  Penn State – Main Campus, Shippensburg University, University of Pittsburgh, and Wilkes University among many others.

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