COLA Student Highlights

COLA Student Highlights

Students research Hispanic traditions

Spanish Conversation and Composition II
Hidalgo de Jesus’ Spanish Conversation and Composition II students presented research on Hispanic cultural traditions at the Symposium “Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate Traditions in the Hispanic World: Let’s Celebrate the Day of the Dead.”

  • “Spain, Churros and Chocolate Tradition” by Kistinn Astorga, Amanda Deloy, Polina Nosko, Christian Rivera, Kyle Corell
  • “Mexico, The Origin of Chocolate” by Kayla Di Casimirro, Katherine Hutchinson, Emily Wohl, Nikita Farver
  • “Cuban Coffee Tradition” by Krystal Martinez, Dalinda Donato, Liz Pileggi
  • “Ecuador, Colada Morada Tradition” by Jesse Gomez, Andy Cavage, Tony Zebekow
  • “Chicha and Coca Tea Tradition (Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru)” by Rosanna Villalobos, Nakita Rager, Frances Nicoletti, Kayleigh Warg
  • “Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil Mate Tradition” by Carol Bachman, Marissa Morea, Kate Santelli, Morgan, McCartney
  • “Origin of the Sugar, Azuca” by Nikita Farver, Rosana Villalobos, Kayleigh Warg
  • “Slavery and the Caribbean Sugar Plantation System” by Kelly Walsh, Marissa Morea, Morgan McCartney

Anthropology student researchers on display

Anthropology Research Conference BU hosted the 25th annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research in April, featuring students from five state system schools presenting original research and special projects mentored by anthropology faculty. The conference, supported by College of Liberal Arts and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, featured more than 25 BU students.

Student research papers and posters

Art History students on showcase

14th Annual Student Symposium in Art History BU students Elizabeth Hanrahan, Jessica Chappell, Carol Evans, Brittney Logan, Ralph Hinkle and Annamarie Wojton presented research at the 14th Annual Student Symposium in Art History on Jan. 28 in the KUB Hideaway, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History.
In addition, Paul Wilson, of Ithaca College, talked on Esko Männikkö and Bert Teunissen’s Photobooks. Pictured (L-R) Nogin Chung, assistant professor of art and art history, Wilson, Hinkle, Wojton, Chappell, Christine Sperling, professor of art and art history, and Hanrahan.

Hispanic Day of the Dead commemorated

Day of the Dead altar
Spanish students set up an altar Nov. 1 to 3 to commemorate the Hispanic Day of the Dead (Spanish All Saints Day) in the Department of Languages and Cultures office, Old Science Hall. In addition, the Multicultural Center hosted several events Nov. 3 with speakers to celebrate the holiday.

Students discuss work with visiting poet

Mariposa Students in Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus’ Hispanics in the U.S. course met with Mariposa, a Puerto Rican poet, following her poetry recital “Boricua poet” at the Multicultural Center, on Sept. 15, where they reflected on her poetry and compared her identity themes with specific Mexican-American, Puerto Rican (Newyorikan), and Peruvian American Jew poets.

Anthropology students present research

PASSHE Anthropology Research Conference
Students from BU’s Department of Anthropology recently presented research at the 2010 PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference at California University of Pa., on topics ranging from a study in retail anthropology to archaeological fieldwork. More ...

Outstanding art students recognized

Elizabeth Hanrahan and Dominique Filiziani were recently recognized as this year’s Outstanding Junior in Art History Award. Besides the recognition they had the highest QPAs in their major courses, both received a check for $250. Christine Sperling, professor of art and art history, instituted the award in 2006 to recognize especially promising students of art history.

A look back at the 2009-10 academic year in Art and Art History

Phi Sigma Iota greets new members

Phi Sigma Iota
BU’s International Foreign Languages Honor Society recently welcomed in 11 new members during its annual Ceremony of Initiation, joined by readers Gilbert Darbouze, Nathalie Cornelius, Luke Springman, Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus and guest speaker Paul Loomis.


New members included Nicole Kloet. Kayla Riccuitti, Nicole Sensinger, and Emily T. Stevens, in French; Steven Balsama, in German; Brittany Bohach, Katrina M. Bradley, Amanda Deloy, Liesl Driver, Elizabeth Lucas, and Kaitlin Moore, in Spanish. The ceremony event was organized by Patricia Dórame-Holoviak, advisor of the Iota Theta Chapter 74. Dashira Gerao, interim chapter president, welcomed the new initiates and read the common belief and obligations they assume as members of the society. Details

Exploring global diplomatic issues

Model Organization of American States
Recently nine BU students participated in the Model Organization of American States, Washington, D.C., where 33 universities represented a country in the Western Hemisphere to conduct research and resolve issues of the hemisphere, while gaining a better understanding of being a diplomat.


This spring BU represented Suriname. Pictured in the courtyard of the Organization of American States Building in Washington, D.C. are (front row) Emilie Fourot, Victoria Wood, Melanie Jeske, Danielle Rodriguez, Sonia Boumedjane and (back row) Ryan Geiger, Aaron Griffin, Lauren McLaughlin, Dennis Hartlove. Faculty advisor is Mark L. Usry.

Senator visits campus, speaks to class

Sen. David Argall
David Argall, state Senator for the 29th District representing Schuylkill County and portions of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton counties, recently visited campus and met with BU president David Soltz, then with faculty and students from the Civic Engagement LLC.
Argall also spoke to Professor George Agbango’s political science. The campus visit was coordinated by Luke Springman, associate professor of languages and cultures.

Student musicians perform in state festival

Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival
Caitlin Tevis, clarinet; T.J. West, bass clarinet; and Dominique Filiziani, French horn, were among the select musicians chosen to perform in the 63rd Annual PA Intercollegiate Band Festival at West Chester University, conducted by Dennis Fisher, University of North Texas.

Age of Innocence exhibit showcased

Robert Shilling
Andruss Library's latest exhibit, “The Age of Innocence: Bloomsburg 1870-1902,” created by BU archives intern Robert Shilling II ties into the "Big Read" program of Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence," co-sponsored by BU and the Bloomsburg Public Library. The display gives a local flavor for the time of the novel, covering the Town of Bloomsburg, including the Bloomsburg State Normal School.


Student to explore Zapotec culture in Mexico

Liesl Driver
Liesl Driver, who is majoring in anthropology and Spanish, has been selected to receive a Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship in Zapotec Language Studies, where she will study in Oaxaca, Mexico, June 21 to July 30.


Driver, who is also minoring in Latin American studies and ethnic studies in the U.S., will be taught by native Isthmus Zapotec speaker and linguist, Tomás Villalobos Aquino, through the Casa de la Cultura in Juchitán. She will experience a full immersion in Zapotec culture and language.

Senior students artwork on showcase

Senior Exit Show
BU’s Department of Art and Art History celebrated the work of graduating seniors on April 27, featuring Jillian Ash, Amanda Bixler, Kelly Chester, Heather DeFrancesco, Jon Dibble, Ryan Forbeck, Nina Gandolfo, Marcy Geyer, Jessica Green, Caitlin Kohl, Fred Mealia, Steven Patsarikas and Mallory Woll. Photo gallery

Students land several press awards

Spectrum magazine students recently won several awards in the 2010 Pennsylvania Press Club competition, competing against other college publications. This is the 24th year for Spectrum, which has garnered more than 175 staff and individual awards.

The magazine is one of only five college magazines inducted into the Magazine Hall of Fame, hosted at the University of Minnesota. Editor-in-chief is Walter M. Brasch, professor of mass communications. More ...

Students earn Harrisburg internships

The Harrisburg Internship Semester
Matthew Miller, a senior accounting and finance major, and Joan Bradbury, a junior social work major, were selected to attend The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program. Miller will attend in the fall, while Bradbury is slated for the spring.


The program is a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, providing students an opportunity to work in all areas of state government for a full semester. Contact Sheng Ding by e-mail or visit the Web site for more information.

ArtWalk-In features more than 50 artists

ArtWalk-In Several area musicians and local artists, including BU students, faculty and alumni, were featured in the ArtWalk-In on Feb. 18, at the Moose Exchange, Bloomsburg. Final bids for the Huber Fundraiser also took place.

Musicians included BU professors Paul Loomis, Kurt Smith, Mike Hickey and John Huckans. Local groups had art activities for all ages. Gallery ...

New student group to preserve liberty

Young Americans for Liberty
Young Americans for Liberty, a new student group dedicated to training, educating and mobilizing youth into preserving their natural rights of life, liberty and property, held its first-ever meeting on Feb. 18, Bakeless Center.



The group, which plans to host speakers and liberty-driven events, is open to students of any major. Contact George Specht by e-mail or Nicole Pagliaro by e-mail for more information.

Bienvenue au Canada!

French Club
Members of BU’s French Club spent part of Spring Break in Montreal and Québec City, experiencing French-Canadian culture first-hand and touring historical spots such as Old Town Montreal. See how the student-planned trip turned out ...


Printmaking research on display

Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conference
Marilee Salvator, assistant professor of art, presented research in the Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conference, Philadelphia with students Jessica Chappell, Marcy Geyer and Racheal Graham, who presented during open portfolio sessions.

The students participated in a portfolio exchange that was exhibited at Moore College of Art. Salvator was one of 11 professional artists to exhibit research in an exhibition titled Vast Intransitive Arts.