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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From exploring digital forensics to deciphering secret computer codes to testing chemical reactions to examining the difference between human and animal bones, Bloomsburg University’s Math and Science Summer Experience recently opened several impressionable eyes on campus.

More than 50 local middle and high school students participated in the week-long camp, where they got a taste of digital forensics, computer science, human and biological forensics.

The annual camp - hosted by the College of Science and Technology - is designed to broaden the participants’ interest in math and science, along with enhancing their skills and understanding to bridge the summer break gap. Their classroom exploration included hands-on labs and exercises, presentations and demonstrations. 

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When you get called out on the basketball court, you must step up. It’s part of the competitive spirit of the game. And this unwritten rule of the court has apparently made its way into this offseason … for a good cause.

Bill Cleary, head women’s basketball coach at Bloomsburg University, accepted the #Chillin4Charity challenge Wednesday, June 25, from Kyle Adams, head women’s basketball coach at Cheyney University – and in the process – called out three other Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s basketball coaches.

Surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of youth baseball campers at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium, Cleary fulfilled his challenge by being doused with two buckets of ice water, assisted by two of his players, Jocelyn Ford and Brianna Dudeck.

Cheyney and Bloomsburg are just two of the latest women’s basketball programs to participate in the #Chillin4Charity cold water challenge, which has included Notre Dame, UConn and Oklahoma. Initiated by Niya Butts, head women’s basketball coach at Arizona University, the challenge pits coaches and players with the decision to be dunked with water or donate to escape the ice water shower.

Proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Fund, an organization created in honor of legendary NC State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, who died of breast cancer in 2009.

#Chillin4Charity Rules: If you accept and complete the challenge within 48 hours, your challenger will donate $50 to the Kay Yow Fund. If you fail to accept the challenge, you owe the Kay Yow Fund $250. Student-athletes participating are donating community service hours.

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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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Sociology majors recently got a snapshot into their potential career paths from a trio of Bloomsburg University sociology alumni who have lived it. John McVeigh, Jamie Weir and Sierra Helfrich visited campus on April 18 to offer career advice, post-graduate guidance, and tips on how succeed in the real world.

They each spoke about their own advancement through the sociological field, providing several examples of the many opportunities a sociology degree offers. Although through varied paths, each alum spoke of similar approaches and lessons learned since graduating from Bloomsburg.

Life Lessons and Career Tips

  • Don’t let anyone limit you from going after a dream job
  • Getting a job is a full-time job itself with applying, interviewing, testing, etc.
  • Approach your job search with an open and positive attitude
  • Know yourself and pay attention to who you are
  • Remember luck plays a large role in where you end up
  • Be persistent, don’t give up and don’t ever quit

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