Monday, April 29, 2013

Getting a jump-start on the professional world

Proficient graduates with the ability to apply practical knowledge their first day on the job are in high demand by employers.

Yet, classroom knowledge alone is not sufficient to fully develop these skills. Internships and experiential learning opportunities lend the polish young graduates need to be successful as they begin their careers. To meet the demand for graduates who can compete in the new economy, Bloomsburg University developed Professional U.

Professional U is a new program which engages students, alumni and organizational partners in experiences to foster career maturity and lead to personal and professional success. The program merges the offices of alumni affairs and academic internships to provide students with career-related experiential learning opportunities each year they are enrolled at BU.

The newly formed Office of Alumni Engagement and Affairs and Academic Internships will partner with faculty to provide experiences that complement the academic preparation students receive in the classroom. The goal is to ensure every Bloomsburg University student graduates with relevant work experience and a professional network — two key factors in securing meaningful employment or admission to a post-graduate or professional school.

Peer career pilots

New this semester at the Career Development Center (CDC) were career pilots — student leaders who provide basic career-related guidance on topics such as résumé and cover letter composition, interview preparation and career exploration.

The CDC co-sponsored an inaugural Senior Transitions Conference this semester to help improve or enhance learn key skills they will need following graduation. Sessions included:

  • What to Wear and What Not to Wear to the Job Interview
  • Networking
  • Dining Etiquette and Mock Interviews with HR Representatives
  • Evaluating the Job Offer and Benefits Package
  • Credit and FICO Scores and Office Politics 101. 

The overnight conference in Williamsport was a collaborative effort between Lycoming College, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield and Susquehanna universities.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Campus Master Plan: Staying ahead of the game

Bloomsburg University is now about halfway through the facilities master planning effort. Stantec, master planning consultants, held focus group meetings with students, academic and administrative staff to get their viewpoints regarding the Student Union building and campus housing.

Most fall and winter work focused on campus physical and operational information. Stantec gathered data on student registration; classroom schedule, use and occupancy; residential space use and occupancy; overall campus space use and assignment; and campus building physical conditions and functionality.

Data collection and analysis, combined with campus community feedback, is integral to a successful facilities master plan. During the spring semester, Stantec will develop, present and review larger concepts for campus development possibilities and options with the Master Plan Committee.

Through this process, individual ideas and concepts will be merged and modified to provide Bloomsburg’s unique master plan vision. Join the conversation on Facebook at, as well as follow immediate updates on Twitter at #BUCampusPlan.

Monday, April 1, 2013

A comfortable campus climate

Last spring, 2,711 students, faculty and staff — more than 25 percent of the campus community — shared their experiences at Bloomsburg University by completing the 2012 campus-wide climate survey. Thank you for this tremendous response, which shows that most of the campus community is comfortable at BU. It also shows areas in which BU can improve.

An analysis of our answers to What does it feel like to be at BU? is posted at the Campus Climate Survey on Diversity and Inclusion at I hope you will browse the report and use it as a starting point for further discussion about campus climate, inclusion and respect. The Diversity and Inclusion Survey Leadership Team, who spearheaded this effort, welcomes your comments through a comment box on the website and at upcoming campus gatherings.

BU is guided by the values of collaboration, community, diversity and respect. These essential qualities help define our university. Our shared goals include enhancing academic excellence and developing a strong sense of community. Your survey responses and comments will assist us in identifying next steps as we continue to work towards a truly inclusive climate for all.