Bloomsburg University is hosting the 2014 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Woman’s Consortium Conference on Sept. 25 to 26. Filled with 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 Woman’s Consortium is designed to have woman in the State System collaborate and develop leadership skills. Students, faculty and staff are all invited to participate in these conferences.

The Consortium has three institutes they base their conferences off of: Woman’s Student Leadership, Woman’s Faculty Leadership, and Woman’s Staff Leadership. All of these programs strive to better their knowledge and to learn more about each other’s experiences to help support one another. 

The keynote speaker Sarah Kay started poetry when she was 14. She took the stage and competed against more experience poets. She founded Project VOICE, an organizations that uses poetry as an empowerment tool.

This consortium gives the opportunity for woman 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 woman 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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According to National Center for Injury and Prevention Control, 160,000 kids miss school every day due to bullying. Bullying victims suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavioral problems, which is why Bloomsburg University’s McDowell Institute worked together with the Targeting Bullying Symposium.
The symposium’s full day of training was based on factors related to bullying, child development and forms of bullying such as; cyber bullying and relational aggression. Among the 100 people in attendance were the College of Education students, faculty and representatives of local school districts. Some of the speakers were Charisse Nixon, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Erie, Tina Lawson, educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, and Justin Patchin, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The symposium brought awareness of the prevalence of bullying and provided strategy and resources to prevent bullying. The final session was informing the student teachers about how the Pennsylvania school districts are integrating bullying prevention practices within the Positive Behavioral Support framework.
The McDowell Institute is a resource for Bloomsburg University education majors to provide enhances in training and supports to be better prepared in the classroom and to handle different issues in a better manner. Kate Nichols, the director of the McDowell Institute says the goal of the institute is to address the challenges of social and emotional needs by using preventative and proactive practices that are implemented in schools, with an emphasis on clear expectations and acknowledgment for meeting expectations for students struggling.
Fifty percent of teachers leave the field with within the first five years due to classroom and behavioral issues, says Nichols. Classroom students have more complex needs and some educators don’t have the right training to be successful in dealing with the needs. According to Nichols, three hundred schools are now implementing Positive Behavioral Support, because it makes sure all educators are prepared to deal with any situation that comes at hand. This practice is wide spread in Pennsylvania schools and 20,000 internationally. Due to this practice studies have shown, Nichols says, that there is an associated higher achievement and over all greater staff satisfaction.
— Samantha Gross, sophomore telecommunications major

According to National Center for Injury and Prevention Control, 160,000 kids miss school every day due to bullying. Bullying victims suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavioral problems, which is why Bloomsburg University’s McDowell Institute worked together with the Targeting Bullying Symposium.

The symposium’s full day of training was based on factors related to bullying, child development and forms of bullying such as; cyber bullying and relational aggression. Among the 100 people in attendance were the College of Education students, faculty and representatives of local school districts. Some of the speakers were Charisse Nixon, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Erie, Tina Lawson, educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, and Justin Patchin, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The symposium brought awareness of the prevalence of bullying and provided strategy and resources to prevent bullying. The final session was informing the student teachers about how the Pennsylvania school districts are integrating bullying prevention practices within the Positive Behavioral Support framework.

The McDowell Institute is a resource for Bloomsburg University education majors to provide enhances in training and supports to be better prepared in the classroom and to handle different issues in a better manner. Kate Nichols, the director of the McDowell Institute says the goal of the institute is to address the challenges of social and emotional needs by using preventative and proactive practices that are implemented in schools, with an emphasis on clear expectations and acknowledgment for meeting expectations for students struggling.

Fifty percent of teachers leave the field with within the first five years due to classroom and behavioral issues, says Nichols. Classroom students have more complex needs and some educators don’t have the right training to be successful in dealing with the needs. According to Nichols, three hundred schools are now implementing Positive Behavioral Support, because it makes sure all educators are prepared to deal with any situation that comes at hand. This practice is wide spread in Pennsylvania schools and 20,000 internationally. Due to this practice studies have shown, Nichols says, that there is an associated higher achievement and over all greater staff satisfaction.

— Samantha Gross, sophomore telecommunications major

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There are countless ways to enjoy summer in addition to beach vacations, music concerts and even part-time jobs. In fact, many Huskies took advantage of the gap between May graduation and August move-in to continue their Bloomsburg University experience in a variety of fashions. 

Among the wide range of co-curricular learning opportunities included working internships, conducting research and studying abroad.

Some of standout experiences included students placing among the top in the world in the Odyssey of the Mind competition in Iowa, students making record discoveries at a Hopewell archaeological dig in Ohio and several students showcasing their research - two who won awards - among more than 80 participants at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium at Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research.

Among the highlights:

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Summer break has began a little differently for a group of anthropology students who put their vacation plans on hold for a memorable field school experience in Ohio. Among the highlights so far, they say, were learning the processes of an archaeological dig, discovering Hopewell artifacts and campfire conversations — along with a growing appreciation of wind and shade.

DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, and a group of students hit the road each spring in mid-May to spend four weeks in southern Ohio digging at a Hopewell habitation site. The archeological field school experience enables student teams to rely on new imaging technologies to uncover another living site of the Mound Builders from 2,000 years ago.

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Bloomsburg University’s New Faculty Institute, sponsored by TALE (Teaching and Learning Enhancement) recently completed four-day workshop on effective teaching practices.

The new faculty learned about the university’s student demographics, syllabi design and content, general education, BOLT basics, bringing diversity to the classroom, and a variety of teaching techniques. Current faculty were actively engaged in sharing their expertise in the workshops and during the Teaching Exchange, a poster session where multiple teaching strategies were shared.

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With research ranging from face detection and recognition technology to Susquehanna River flooding impact to abdominal aortic aneurism risk factors, the fourth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium recently showcased the work of more than 80 students from Bloomsburg, Bucknell, and Susquehanna universities along with Geisinger Health System.

The symposium, which launched in 2010 with 20 participating students to spotlight summer research work, was held at Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research. Of the nearly 90 projects displayed and voted on, more than half were from Bloomsburg undergraduates — many of whom conducted research this summer through URSCA.

Undergraduates from all disciplines were invited to present their research that was evaluated in three categories: Clinical and Translational Research, Social Sciences and Humanities and Natural Sciences and Engineering.

Bloomsburg University Participants

Khadija A. Abdullahi, Clinton M. Allwein, Michael John Ashton, JoEllen Blass, Aaron M. Brown, Caitlin Carlin, Shelby Coleman, Sawyer J. Davis, Alyssa Lynn Duksta, Courtney Marie Dunn, Susan Erdman, Kyle Flick, Laurie Ganey, Matthew Gift, Farron Hakanson, Joshua William Halbfoerster, Sarah Elizabeth Halter, Nicholas Hitcho, Ali Hussain, Kirk J. Jeffreys, Boenell Kline, Leonid Kukuyev, Amanda M. Lacerte, Devyn Adrian Lesher, Rachel Livingston, Lacy Marbaker, Matthew Michael Mattesini, Paige Michener, David G. Perez, Zachary Rhoden, Christopher Wyatt Rosengrant, Jesse N. Rothweiler, Jaimee Saemann, David V. Strawn, Christopher Daniel Sullivan, Eric Thompson, Benjamin G. Tice, Nicole Christine Updegrove, ASM Tuhin, Shana Wagner, and Steve M. Zosh.

Also, through the Geisinger Health System, BU student Julio Azahel Valencia-Velez.

Award Winners

  • Sayeh Bozorghadad, Geisinger intern, Top prize, Clinical/Translational research, Improving Hospital Discharge: Studying the Effectiveness of Discharge Navigators
  • Paige Michener, Bloomsburg University,  Best poster in Social Sciences  and Humanities, The Effect of a High-Fat Diet on a Hippocampal-Independent and Hippocampal-Dependent Conditioned Cue Preference Task
  • Daisy Bourne, Bucknell University; Top prize Social Sciences and Humanities, Government Repression in the Arab Spring
  • Gregory Danchick, Bucknell University: Best poster, Natural Sciences and Engineering, Comparison of Head Impact Accelerations Based on Ground Cover of Playgrounds
  • Brendan Juengst, Geisinger, Best poster, Clinical/Translational, Inhibition of Multiple Heat Shock Proteins Enhances Cytotoxicity in Bladder Cancer Cells
  • Clinton Allwein, Bloomsburg University,  Audience favorite, Optimal Inventory Ordering Policies for Platelets
  • Stephanie Gonthier, Bucknell University, Top prize, Natural Sciences and Engineering, Using Statistical Learning to Improve Word Prediction for Augmentative and Alternative  Communication.

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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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