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Bloomsburg: The University Magazine Spring 2015



    Bloomsburg U

    niversity of Pennsylvania

    BloomsburgT H E U N I V E R S I T Y M A G A Z I N E

    Alzheimers: Not Normal Aging


    Melody of Healing Musics invisible touch balances mind, body, spirit. Page 18

    Engine of Opportunity and GrowthBU dollars weave through commonwealths fabric. Page 20

    The toll: 5 million patients, 15.5 million caregivers. Page 10

    SPRING 2015

  • EACH SPRING, I host a breakfast meeting to update local leaders of business, industry and government on the State of the University. Based on information from a recent study by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), this year I was able to quantify our institutions positive impact.

    The EMSI survey looked at figures from 2012-13 and found in that year alone Bloomsburg University added more than $350 million to the economy of Northeastern Pennsylvania. (See story on page 20.) And our benefit extends far

    beyond our region and beyond dollars and cents. Bloomsburg University touches every corner of the state, from helping to create a more productive workforce to serving as a magnet that attracts new businesses and industry.

    For companies planning to open a new plant or expand existing facilities, a crucial part of this decision is based on which area offers the best workforce. With this in mind, we have partnered with four community colleges Lehigh Carbon, Reading Area, HACC and Northampton to offer our Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership on their campuses. We also welcome gifted high school students to our campus for a head start on their college studies. Two programs in particular are meeting the needs of these high-achieving students, many of whom we hope will stay on at Bloomsburg to pursue their bachelors degrees our growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet Program and our dual-admission Advance College Experience (ACE) program.

    We have been encouraged by the renewed commitment to education funding from our new governor, Tom Wolf. Although we cannot predict the outcome as his proposed budget makes its way through the legislative process, it is refreshing to be part of a discussion that may bring a level of funding Pennsylvanias State System of Higher Education has not experienced in many years.

    The vitality of our region relies on the strength of our university and those who study and work here. Bloomsburg University is a tremendous asset for Northeastern Pennsylvania. The new economic impact study confirms what we have known all along.

    DAVID SOLTZ President, Bloomsburg University

    Editors note: BU President David Soltz regularly offers his opinions on issues in higher education and his vision for Bloomsburg University at

    Bloomsburg:The University Magazine

    From the President

    State of the University

  • S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 1

    Pennsylvania State Systemof Higher Education Boardof GovernorsGuido M. Pichini, Chair Ronald G. Henry, Vice ChairDavid M. Maser, Vice ChairRichard Alloway IIMatthew E. BakerMarie Conley 94Jane M. EarllChristopher H. FranklinSarah GalballyTodd GarrettChelsea E. GetsyMichael K. HannaJonathan B. MackDaniel P. MeuserPedro A. Rivera Judy SchwankRobert S. TaylorAaron A. WaltonTom Wolf

    Chancellor, State System of Higher EducationFrank T. Brogan

    Bloomsburg UniversityCouncil of TrusteesPatrick Wilson 91, ChairMary Jane Bowes, Vice ChairNancy Vasta 97/98M, SecretaryRamona H. AlleyRobert Dampman 65LaRoy G. Davis 67Joseph J. Mowad 08HShannon Phillips 15Charles E. Schlegel Jr. 60Kenneth Stolarick 77John E. Wetzel 98

    President, Bloomsburg UniversityDavid L. Soltz

    Executive EditorRosalee Rush

    EditorBonnie Martin

    Photography EditorEric Foster

    DesignerWilliam Wiist

    Sports Information DirectorTom McGuire

    Marketing/Communications CoordinatorIrene Johnson

    Communications AssistantsNick Cellucci 16Sean Williams 15

    FEATURES10 Alzheimers: Not Normal Aging

    The statistics. The warning signs. Claire Day 93, senior vice president of the Alzheimers Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, says theres no reason to face age-related dementia alone.

    14 Maturing GracefullyWhat does it mean to be elderly?Courses on aging help dispelstereotypes.

    17 What I Have Learned: Work and Identity

    Professor Scott Lowe marvels at howwe define ourselves.

    18 Melody of HealingPlayed in health care and hospicesettings, musical selections by TerriMatkosky Fevang 86 balance mind,body and spirit.

    20 Engine of Opportunity and Growth

    Its no surprise the influx of BU studentshas a positive effect. An economic impact study shows theres a number to go withit and its really, really BIG.

    dEpARTmEnTS03 Around the Quad07 On the Hill22 Husky Notes30 Over the Shoulder32 Calendar of Events


    Bloomsburg: The University Magazine is published three times a year for alumni, students families and friends of the university. Bonus content and back issues may be found at

    Address comments and questions to:Bloomsburg: The University MagazineWaller Administration Building400 East Second StreetBloomsburg, PA 17815-1301

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    Bloomsburg University is an AA/EEO institution and is accessible to disabled persons. Bloomsburg University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and university policies.

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  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

    unleash your inner husky



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    Saxophonist Charlie Bryant, a senior music major from Philadelphia, rehearses with the Bloomsburg University Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble made up of 25 musicians will perform at the 49th annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland this July. Led by Stephen Clickard, professor of music and director of BUs Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Jazz Ensemble is made up of students majoring in music and other disciplines. To earn the invitation to perform at the festival, Clickard submitted a 20-minute recording of the group performing.

    Tuning Up

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

    around THE quad

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    THERE IS BLOOMSBURG, the town. Bloomsburg, the university. And now, Bloomsburg, the asterioid.

    Thanks to Michael Shepard, chair of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, an asteroid was named in honor of the town, the university and the hometown of H. Keffer Hartline, who shared the 1967 Nobel Prize for Medicine. BUs science building is named for the Hartline family: Keffer, a 1920 Bloomsburg Normal School (BNS) graduate; his father, Daniel, a BNS teacher who retired in 1935; and his mother, Harriet, who also taught at the normal school.

    Shepards friend and colleague Joe Masiero, a scientist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, discovered the asteroid at Hawaiis Mauna Kea on Sept. 14, 2006. He sug-

    gested the designation Bloomsburg to the International Astronomical Union, the professional organization of astronomers responsible for the names of objects and features within the solar system. They approved it earlier this year.

    Asteroids are often named for things people want to honor, Shepard says. Those who discover an asteroid have the right to name it.

    Many asteroid names come from mythology or honor scientists, countries, musicians, artists or historic events, he says. An asteroid discovered by Eleanor Helin, an early female pioneer in planetary science, for example, carries the name Ra-Shalom to memorialize the Camp David Peace Accords signed by President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of

    Israel. Commercial names and the monikers of modern politicians are not permitted.

    Asteroid 397279 Bloomsburgs citation reads: The town of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, is home to Bloomsburg University and the hometown of H.K. Hartline (1903-1983), winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1967.

    Shepard was honored in 2008 with an asteroid of his own, Mikeshepard. The International Astronomical Unions citation states: Michael Shepard (b. 1962), a professor of geology and geosciences at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, specializes in radar and optical remote sensing of the minor and the terrestrial planets. l

    Out of this World: An asteroid known as Bloomsburg



    CHILLY TEMPERATURES and a light coating of snow didnt hamper the Commu-nity Government Associa-tions Big Event from having another record turnout, with more than 2,275 volunteers working at 150 job sites. Locations included the Bloomsburg Diner, YMCA, Fernville Park and about

    100 local residences. Student volunteers tackled a host of chores, such as raking, painting, gardening, mulching, debris removal and other spring-cleaning duties.

    The single-day community service event gives studen