Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How many crates can you climb?

Quest, Bloomsburg's outdoor adventure and leadership program, is well-known for taking students on adventures in parks, rivers and streams. But they've also got a knack from bringing fun challenges right to campus. They recently spent an afternoon hosting a crate climb challenge outside of Carver Hall. Here, freshman Joe Riccardo (safety secured with a harness) of West Chester climbs ten crates stacked one upon the other (He's just placing the 10th here). The record at that time was 11.

Technical notes: Cameras are getting less important all the time as even basic (and cell phone cameras) become more capable. This was taken with a Panasonic LX5, which was purchased used fairly cheaply. I like it because the quality is good enough for many thin and  it's small. It's similar to the Olympus XZ-1, but the Panasonic's control layout works better for me.

Monday, July 8, 2013

URSCA: Creating public art in Danville

Bloomsburg University student Jo Thomson Pennypacker is creating a vast mural in Danville to celebrate that town's heritage as an iron producer.

Public organizations will be involved in the project at these times:

Wednesday, July 10, 3 to 7 pm 
Danville Area School District students and parents paint day with assistance of art teachers Jessica Noel (Lower Elementary Art Teacher) and Megan Heistand (Danville Middle School Art teacher). Rain date July 17.

Sat, July 13, 10 am to 2 pm
Open to the Public Paint Day *(alternate location in case of rain)

During Iron Heritage Festival Days: Thursday, July 18, 3 to 6 pm.
Open to the Public Paint Day (no alternate rain date)

Saturday, July 27, 10 am to 2 pm.Open to the Public Paint Day*(alternate location in case of rain)

The location will be the mural paint shed and tent on the north side of the Cole's Hardware in Danville.
*Alternate rain location for the two Saturday paint days will be inside the warehouse at Henry Voelcker Inc at 346-352 Ferry Steet or other specified location if necessary.

Volunteers will also be needed for the installation of the mural at the end of July to early August.

Project Sponsors: Danville Business Alliance, Henry Voelcker Inc (location for painting inside).
Location for mural paint days and project materials provided by Cole's Hardware of Danville,
Shed provided by Rocky Mountain Structures LLC www.rockymtnsheds.com,
Mural site at Route 11 and Mill Street by Royal Nails Salon, wall prep provided by Miller Bros Construction. Mural funding by Service First Bank, Merck, Bloomsburg University URSCA program.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Student studies bee ecology in Turkey

Corey Bower (pictured at left during his
2013 REU travels), a senior biology major at Bloomsburg University, is member of a team of undergraduate researchers in Greece and the Republic of Turkey.

After a three-day Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) mini-course in Oklahoma, students and faculty traveled to Istanbul to start an eight-week research expedition that studies the integrative biology of bees in Mediterranean habitats. Our team focuses on research significant to the recent phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has struck Europe and America. The team will be studying the taxonomy of potential alternate native pollinators and how environmental factors and stress affect foraging behavior of bees. Studies will take place in Canakkale (Turkey), Lesvos (Greece) and Bursa (Turkey).

Appreciating the Language and the Culture

Learning the language and culture of the people we will be collaborating with helps us broaden our understanding and perspective to be better team players. Immediately after disembarking from the plane, you know you’re not “in Kansas anymore”… or in our case, not in Oklahoma anymore. Our first night was in Istanbul, a city that is a true melting pot of cultures from the west and east and offers Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Turkish influences (Blue Mosque pictured).

Our second night was in Canakkale, a city at the Hellespont (Dardenelles), a place of strategic importance from the times of the Trojan War to the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I (Trojan Horse from the 2004 movie Troy pictured). On Sunday June 9th, we toured the archeological site of Troy in the morning and the Gallipoli Memorial in the afternoon. What an amazing amount of history and culture in a 60-minute radius!

— Corey Bower 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

URSCA: Student researchers hone scholarship skills

Students (pictured outside of Carver Hall) in the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities summer program bonded during their three-day training workshop in May. The workshop emphasized fundamental professional skills, ranging from responsible conduct of research to publishing research, that students will use to complete their projects. Over the 12-week summer session, students are supported by the URSCA Award to complete their projects. This year's research, scholarly, and creative projects are diverse and include the cellular and molecular biology of sperm, water chemistry of the Susquehanna River, behavioral research on diet-exercise-addictive response relationships, social surveys of the Bloomsburg community, audiology and speech pathology, and a mural painting for Danville's downtown. Since the workshop, students are working closely with their faculty mentors for excellent one-on-one individualized learning experiences tailored to the interests of the students.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

URSCA: Exploring music, language and culture

For 31 BU students, summer will be a time for exploration, research and creativity. These students have been awarded stipends to participate in research, scholarship, or creative activities with faculty mentors through BU's Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) program.

While many of the projects will be focused in science labs, others will take students into the community. Student Dan Copes will travel to China to study the effects of music on language and culture. Copes performed with the Chinese Club at BU's annual International Banquet in April.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A funky fashion triptych

BU held it's ninth annual Personal Adornment Day and Makeup Extravaganza recently. The event, held at the Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg, features wearable art created by students. Photo intern Katelin Bolig was a participant in the show, but she also captured this triptych of outfits.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Put on your dancin' shoes

Dance is a big deal at Bloomsburg. The university has a minor in dance and a very active student-run, student organized Dance Ensemble.

Photo intern Katelin Bolig captured their recent show, which has a joyous do-it-yourself vibe.

The minor in dance show directed by dance professor Julie Petry on Sunday and Monday, May 5 and 6, will tackle some serious themes and bring a professional focus to the performance.

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