By: Tom Ciampoli, Editor-in-Chief
The American Red Cross bloodmobile was back in Bloom this past Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing hundreds of BU students and faculty members out to donate blood. It is estimated that each pint of blood donated saves three to four lives.
For students that were volunteering either for a club or community service requirement, or just because they wanted to help and aid the process, getting involved with the charitable effort was an easy choice to make.
“I get service hours and I’m able to help save a few lives in the process,” said Mason Seewald, a BU senior who volunteered at the sign-in desk and donated blood on Tuesday. “It was an easy decision to make, and I’m very happy to be involved.”
According to BU Student Activities coordinator Debbie Kresch, 60 students volunteered on Tuesday alone. There were even more new faces on Wednesday, as students helped sign in donors and escort them to the refreshment tables and a chair following the procedure. Some volunteers manned a recruitment table for more donors, while other Husky students manned the canteen table.
“We certainly had a great volunteer turnout,” said Kresch. “Donor participation seemed to be steady throughout the two days. It’s always great to see students getting involved with such a good cause.”
John Griffin, a student volunteer returnee from the Red Cross’ previous visit to BU was unable to give blood because he donated less than 112 days ago. Although he was unable to donate blood, Griffin did donate his time by assisting other student helpers at the snack table.
“[Being a volunteer] has been a little tiring,” said Griffin. “I work here from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., and after that I help them load that stuff on the truck. I wouldn’t trade the experience though. It’s been very fun and fulfilling.”
Students were also called upon to help nurses catch donors who fainted, and keep the often anxious bloodgivers laughing and in good spirits.
“Giving blood is tiring, and you’re also very cold afterwards,” said Griffin. “The whole time, I’m joking and trying to have fun with the donors to keep them at ease. We want this to be as good an experience as possible for them because we want these people to come back again.”
Griffin got involved with the BU blood drive for DASL community service hours back in September, but this time he volunteered for the desire to help, as did a handful of other volunteers.
“I’ve literally had to catch people who were fainting, which makes you realize how important getting blood is to so many other people. I’m really glad I’ve been able to hopefully help in some way, though,” said Griffin.
September’s blood drive received over 350 units of blood from students, and hopes are high that similar numbers will be accumulated from this week’s efforts. The next bloodmobile visit to Bloomsburg will be in mid-February, and that drive will last two days before returning in April for one final day of donations.
“We got through the two days without any casualties,” sophomore Evan Lacon deadpanned from behind the refreshments table. “I’d say everything went pretty well.”
By: Gabby Vielhauer, Managing Editor
With the 10-year anniversary of the Women’s Resource Center on campus celebrated this October and the emergence of a new center director, Lauren Lewis, students should expect to see more outreaching and programming from this resource on campus.
A graduate of the university’s interpreting program in 2008, Lewis had returned immediately after completing her undergraduate degree and enrolled in the counseling and higher education master’s program. Through this program, Lewis became involved with a year long internship with the Women’s Resource Center when it was under the direction of Deb Barnes. Barnes was one of the founding women of the center.
“From Deb, I learned a lot about the programming, how to run the office, the services that we [the Women’s Resource Center] provide out of here to lead students to the resources they need depending on their questions,” said Lewis in an interview.
“I saw Deb’s passion for wanting to improve the status of women on campus and that is what led me into wanting to pursue this career move more than interpreting,” continued Lewis.
Lewis discussed the work she plans on doing. Because of her previous experience with the Center, she believes that she is better able to begin planning ways to inform the public of the services available at this establishment.
Programs such as workshops in managing finances, writing resumes, and preparing for graduate school were aspects of her job as an intern, and these types of programs are what Lewis would like to revive in the future. Yet Lewis also placed a profound emphasis on providing workshops, speakers, and other events based on feedback from the campus community.
In addition to the programs, the center also provides students with a place to study or meet privately with someone. Workers at the Center are also available to help students get in contact with one of the Sexual Assault Advocates and direct women to the proper places to go based upon their needs.
At Bloomsburg University, those advocates are Jen Raup, Gretchen Osterman, and Am Cunningham. Lewis is also training to become another advocate on campus.
Other activities the center supports involve raising awareness of sexual or domestic violence and breast cancer.
“Students may not realize that we are here or they may not know what services we provide,” said Lewis, “The outreach part is going to be the biggest endeavor for this semester.”
In the spring, Lewis wishes to continue do a lot of programming as in previous years. She also intends to work together with other community offices on campus such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Gender Studies Minor, as well as off-campus groups such as the Women’s Center in town, to support students with collective initiatives. Lewis anticipates many of these programs occurring during the month of March.
Although students are the primary focus of these programs and services, the foundation of a committed, involved center is also beneficial to creating a strong example for other schools within the state system. The renewal of the Women’s Resource Center will highlight how proactive the university is with issues regarding women’s rights and advocacy, especially in light of the Women’s Consortium Conference being hosted by Bloomsburg University in the fall of 2014.
“With budget cuts across the PASSHE systems, sometimes women’s issues are pushed aside because of constraints. I think us doing these really powerful months of programming and highlighting women’s achievements will show the other universities that there can be a strong, successful presence for women on campus.”
Any students interested in learning more about any of these programs or activities are encouraged to visit the Women’s Resource Center located in Schuylkill Hall on lower campus.
By: Gabby Vielhauer, Managing Editor
“No matter how you feel—get up, dress up, and show up,” advised alumna Barabara Benner Hudock during her commencement speech at BU’s graduation ceremonies in the spring of 2013. As a living example of this life lesson, the College of Business recognized the philanthropic dedication of Hudock (‘75) and her son Michael Hudock, Jr., with the dedication of the Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis this past Monday.
Aside from their latest contribution to the university via the Bloomsburg University Foundation, other gifts by the Hudock family include a Steinway concert grand piano located in Haas Center for the Arts, a study room in Andruss Library, a student lounge that overlooks the academic quad in Sutliff Hall, and an auditorium in Warren Student Services Center. Hudock also supports the university through contributing to the Celebrity Artists Series as well as scholarships through the Henry Carver fund.
Hudock was also the 13th recipient of the Presidential Medallion after delivering the previously mentioned commencement speech by President David Soltz.
The president of the university, the dean of the College of Business, George Ebbs as well as professor of finance Victoria Geyfman and vice president of University Advancement Erik Evans also spoke about the various ways the center will have impact the education of students.
Soltz introduced the mother and son business team by stating, “ Barbara and Michael, when your community and Bloomsburg University call upon you, you do more than show up—you commit and jump right in. And for all of the times you said ‘yes’ to Bloomsburg University, today we say a very sincere thank you with the naming of this outstanding resource center.”
Hudock spoke to the crowd stating, “I was preparing for today, I have to tell you I was torn between pride and humility. Every time pride was winning the battle, I would remember all of the people in my life without whom I am incapable of accomplishing anything.”
“I also see the faces [around the room] of others who are making huge differences in the lives of others today, differences that you may never know you made,” continued Hudock, “The people here today are all committed to making a difference in the people and the world around you.”
Michael Hudock also spoke gratefully about the importance of doing whatever it takes to accomplish your dreams.
Three finance students represented their colleagues by showing appreciation to the Hudocks publically. Senior Ian Kennedy spoke about the student impact of the center.
In an e-mail interview, Kennedy elaborated on the importance of the center to him.
“It gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Textbooks are typically confined to a certain amount of simplicity, and as we know, the real world is not,” said Kennedy. “ Therefore, students of the College of Business will leave having been able to use the same software and subscriptions as many professionals do today. They can then show potential employers that they have this incredible advantage over the competition.”
Fellow student representative, junior Drew Reinhold, spoke of further advantages of the center.
“As a member of the Bloomsburg Investment Group, I have utilized different financial platforms available in the center to improve my equity research skills which has lead to building professional reports for potential investors.”
“I had the pleasure to meet with Barbara and Michael Hudock during the dedication of the Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis,” continued Reinhold, “I could tell they had donated the lab to the students for the sole purpose of providing us with more opportunities to learn and succeed.”
Kennedy also spoke on the importance of supporting the university after graduating.
“Apart from any financial advantage, giving back creates a revolving cycle of long-term success which continually creates generations of students that are better than the last. Each contribution, either tangible or intangible, provides vital resources to the next class of students and rising professionals.”
“After having the opportunity to meet many alumni and professionals who have given back, including Barbara and Michael Hudock, I certainly look forward to doing the same,” added Kennedy. “I realize how important alumni contributions, including time, have been to my education and only wish to see the programs here continually grow once I am no longer a student.”