Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Audiology students volunteer at Healthy Hearing

The 2018 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games were held at Penn State University. The event brings together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state to compete in in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. One of the unique features of the event is the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete initiative, which involves seven discipline- specific services. The Special Olympics Healthy Athlete initiative involves the following services: Healthy Hearing (Audiology), Opening Eyes (Optometry), Fit Feet (Podiatry), Special Smiles (Dentistry), FUNFitness (Physical Therapy), Med-Fest (Physicians, etc.), and Healthy Promotions (dietitians, etc.). Thirteen Bloomsburg University Audiology Doctoral Students (Cecelia Campanile, Taylor Chesnet, Taylor Budwash, Kaitlin Evelhair, Megan Frank, Alina Garrido, Melissa Kohler, Amanda Levy, Ashley Loeb, Kayla Murphy, Gabrielle Poplarchick, Georgie Wagman, and Meaghan Zieser), one undergraduate student from the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology (Kim Winn) and one Audiology Faculty member (Thomas Zalewski, Ph.D.) volunteered at the Healthy Hearing initiative. Healthy Hearing typically screens the hearing of over 200 individuals during this 2-day event.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Audiology Students Receive Travel Award to Present

Kristin DiNoto, Dr. Mohsin Shaikh and Amanda Levy

Kristin DiNoto and Amanda Levy, students from the Bloomsburg University Doctorate in Audiology program, recently attended the 2017 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention in Los Angeles, California. The students were selected to receive Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Awards (ARTA) which gave them complimentary registration and a stipend to defray transportation, lodging and meal costs.  Both students presented a paper with their advisor, Dr. Mohsin Ahmed Shaikh,  assistant professor in Audiology and Speech Pathology.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Students participate in the Royal Norwegian Embassy's Virtual Ambassador Program

Led by Dr. Benjamin Franek, Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Scienes (EGGS), some 50+ students participated in the Royal Norwegian Embassy's Virtual Ambassador Program.  Using a Skype connection, the students were able to meet and talk with H. E. Kare R. Aas, the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States.  A wide variety of topics were covered including Norway's shift to clean energy, the new opportunities and challenges in the Arctic, and other global issues of interest to both Norway and the US.

This program was a natural extension of previous work by Dr. Franek. Last summer, he and Dr. Laura Mock, adjunct professor in EGGS, led 8 students on a 21-day trip to Norway as part of their course (EGGS 211) Regional Geography Abroad. That course will be offered again this June.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Audiologist receives recognition

In June, Deborah John, Doctor of Audiology (Au.D), Clinical Supervisor, received her 2nd Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. According to ASHA “The ACE is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) (equivalent to 70 contact hours) within a 36-month period.” (

In addition, she was selected as a Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) site visitor for 2017-2021. "The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA relies on a dedicated corps of volunteers serving as Council members and site visitors to accomplish the work of the accreditation program. The CAA serves the public by promoting excellence in the graduate education of audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Through a peer review process, the CAA establishes accreditation standards and facilitates continuous quality improvement of the programs it accredits. Graduates of CAA-accredited and candidate programs are educated in a core set of skills and knowledge required for entry into independent professional practice. The CAA is committed to quality, and dedicated to audiology and speech-language pathology programs’ success in preparing future professionals.” (

Monday, October 2, 2017

Turtle Poetry and other publications by Sean Hartzell

Sean Hartzell, recent graduate of the Master's of Biology program and now adjunct faculty member in the Biological and Allied Health Sciences (BAHS) department at Bloomsburg University recently published a poem about turtles in Chelonian Conservation and Biology.

Photo by Sean Hartzell
Chelonian epitaph
Sean M. Hartzell

I trod upon last autumn's leaves,
winter's chill still on the breeze.
Into the swamp, I search for spring,
but still too cold, no frogs yet sing.

I look and see a striking sight,
a turtle's shell, protruding, white.
Your carapace, bleached, your upper half,
your memory, your epitaph.

I sit and ponder, as I should,
how may seasons you knew this wood?
While somber feelings fill my heart,
I know that this is nature's part.

A natural death, so odd it seems,
for turtles should be, a more common theme.
Not in a pot, or on the road,
or taken far away from your abode.

And so, I leave your memory here,
and feel renewal, that spring is near.

Sean also published an article with Dr. Steve Rier, professor of BAHS, in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science entitled, "A crayfish survey of the fishing creek watershed in northeastern Pennsylvania suggests widespread prevalence of a nonindigenous species and the absence of a native congener". Additionally, he coauthored a note with a biology undergraduate student, Cody Pavlick, and former BAHS faculty member Amber Pitt, regarding hellbender salamander behavior in the journal Herpetological Review.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

IONM Certificate Graduates

A recognition ceremony and luncheon was held on August 11, 2017, at the Kehr Union Multi-Cultural Room for the first cohort of five students who completed their graduate certificate in Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) this summer. Bloomsburg University Interim Provost Dr. James Krause gave remarks as well as the COST Dean, Dr. Robert Aronstam and Departmental Chairperson of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Dr. Shaheen Awan. This program is a partnership between faculty in the Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at Bloomsburg University and the Department of Neurophysiology at Geisinger Health Systems. This is one of the very few IONM certificate programs in the country. It provides one year of training (36 credit hours) for students with a bachelor's degree to pursue a career as an IONM technologist. Graduates will provide neurofunctional feedback and guidance during surgery to protect the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous systems from iatrogenic injury. The IONM teaching faculty include Dr. Qing Ye, Dr. Tyson Hale, Dr. Aaron Knecht, and Dr. Jill Gotoff.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

NEPA Nursing Simulation Consortium

Healthcare professionals who specialize in simulation-based learning (SBL) recently established a consortium in northeastern Pennsylvania. The first meeting was held in July in Wilkes-Barre. The purpose of the consortium is to provide a venue for healthcare simulation educators in NEPA to share ideas and plan regional educational activities. Shown in the picture are inaugural members: First row: Annette Blasi-Strubeck, Penn State University; Kim Caruso, Geisinger Health System; Colleen Heckman, University of Scranton. Second row: Autumn Forgione, University of Scranton; Lori Pierangeli, East Stroudsburg University; Deborah Zielinski, University of Scranton; Catherine Hauze, Wilkes University; Audrey Cunfer, Co-founder, Misericordia University; Gail Jasman, Bloomsburg University; Joyce Victor, Co-founder, Wilkes University. Attending, but not in photo, Jill Lennon, Penn State University. The next meeting will be held on October 5, 2017 at Bloomsburg University. The meeting will include a tour of the Bloomsburg University nursing simulation center. New members are welcome. For information, contact Audrey Cunfer at or Joyce Victor at