Fire Down Below

Australian native and Bridgewater State University alumna Melany Heather (Ferber) Stoppenbach is organizing a fundraiser to help wildlife affected by the ongoing bushfires that have destroyed more than 1.5 million acres in her homeland.

The 2003 graduate and her husband, Chris, live in Scarborough, a suburb in south Australia. They have been exposed to the smoke of the so-called Megafire, but are not in danger. The couple does, however, have family members living in Victoria and New South Wales who have been affected.

What is your Wish for 2020?

For many the start of a New Year represents new beginnings, the closing of the old and a chance for a fresh start.

As we ring in the New Year, and a new decade, members of the Bridgewater State University community share their wishes for 2020. Happy New Year!

Holiday Warmth

Bridgewater State University’s Sociology Club asked the campus to help spread the spirit of meaningful giving this holiday season.

No surprise, the BSU community responded. Big time.

Alumnus Profile: Warren Sweeney, '72

Over the course of more than 30 years Warren Sweeney, ’72, has built a successful acting career, appearing on hit shows like, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Modern Family and The Office.

He may not be a household name, but the Bridgewater State alumnus is without a doubt known in Hollywood circles, finding steady work as an actor in commercials, television and movies.

Food for Thought

Knowing the proper fork to use, the correct way to pass a basket of rolls, or which entrée to order can sometimes make a difference when trying to land a new job.

For the past sixteen years, Bridgewater State University has offered an etiquette dinner to teach students manners appropriate to a professional setting, particularly if they find themselves sitting down to break bread with someone they’re trying to impress.

The event, hosted by BSU Career Services, includes a free, four-course meal and fills up quickly every year, with a waitlist to boot.

What are You Grateful For?

Thanksgiving is more than just football and turkey, it’s a time to celebrate the blessings of the past year. For many Bears, it’s also a holiday associated with peace, family and friendship.

This year, Thanksgiving is Nov. 28, and as the holiday approaches members of the BSU community shared what they are most thankful for this year.

Sister Act

It was 1983. Aqua Net hairspray and leg warmers were all the rage with Tootsie and Return of the Jedi leading at the box office. It was also the year “Peachy,” “Guilmetty,” “Cowie,” and “Cutting” first met at what was then Bridgewater State College.

Their real names are, Lisa (Picchi) Habig, Sharon (Guilmet) Fries, Rosemary Miller, Kathleen Cutting, and like a good wine, for the past 36 years their friendship has matured, growing richer and deeper.

Scary No More

This time of year, bats are commonly used to scare up Halloween fun, but Bridgewater State University biology instructor Maria Armour insists these mammals are not to be feared.  

“Bats are not scary, blood-sucking, rabies-infested animals, the total opposite is true, they are a very unique order of animals,” she said.

Armour would know, she’s been intrigued by them ever since studying the morphology of bat wings while pursuing her master’s degree in 2001 in New York City.

BSU in Top Tier for Undergraduate Research

When it comes to undergraduate research programs, Bridgewater State University can now say it offers one of the best in the country. 

This exciting news comes from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) who recently made the announcement and will present its 2019 Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) to Bridgewater State University on January 24, 2020 at the CUR Executive Board reception during the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC.

Highly Honored

Veterans and military members already know Bridgewater State University is leading the way when it comes to supporting them and their educational goals. Now the news is spreading.


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