Monday, March 30, 2015

Where is President Soltz?

In addition to the average of five hours of meetings per day, plus time to read, write and reflect, here is some insight into what I've recently been doing.

This past week, March 22 to 29, has been quite a busy, even hectic, one. It actually started on Saturday morning, March 21, when I learned of the terribly inappropriate tweet about Mo’ne Davis by our baseball player, Joey Casselberry. By the end of the day, I had over 50 tweets of outrage over his statement. The university put out a response that evening and I re-tweeted it. No university wants that kind of negative national publicity, but I am pleased with our swift response and effective crisis communications.

On Monday I had a periodic meeting with the CGA Senate where I addressed the tweet about Mo’ne Davis, our response and the high risk of inappropriate use of social media for individuals and institutions. We also discussed the per-credit tuition pilot.

On Tuesday I went to the BU Student Veterans Association cookout on the Warren Student Services Center Patio and talked with members, but did not go through the long line for the popular burgers.

On Thursday I had the pleasure of recognizing 149 BU employees who have contributed 10 to 40 years to our university for a total of 2,370 years of service.

On Thursday evening I was delighted to meet more than 20 BU alumni from the Pittsburgh area at the home of BU Trustee, Judge Mary Jane Bowes, and her husband Jerry Morgan ’71. It was a great opportunity to meet and reconnect alumni to their alma mater.

And yesterday, I attended the annual dinner for donors who are members of Golden Dome Society and/or Henry Carver Scholars.

Events this week, March 30-April 2:

  • Monday — Lunch meeting with the Mayor of the Town of Bloomsburg, Sandy Davis
  • Tuesday — Community Leadership Breakfast, my annual update on our university to over 75 business, government and political leaders from the area
  • Wednesday — Comprehensive Capital Campaign Cabinet, semi-annual meeting with leaders in our major fundraising campaign
  • Thursday — Meeting with Governor Tom Wolf, a meeting of the 14 State System presidents, Chancellor Brogan, and members of Pennsylvania’s State System Board of Governors with the governor at his request to discuss funding for the State System

#CollaborativeLearning #SenseOfCommunity #CoCurricularLearning

Monday, February 23, 2015

A landmark day reveals a brighter future

We recently celebrated a day that will long be remembered as a milestone in the history of Bloomsburg University when we announced our very first endowed professorship, thanks to the generosity of Ed and Julie Breiner and their gift of $1.9 million dollars.

Ed and Julie, both members of the Class of 1977, have shown how much they value the education they received here by giving back, both through this endowed professorship for the Department of Nursing and through a scholarship established two years ago in tribute to the degrees they earned in accounting and biology.

For Bloomsburg University, there is no stronger endorsement of our mission and the lifelong impact we have on our students than the support of our alumni. Ed and Julie Breiner exemplify the devoted alumni who give back to our institution as both a way of saying “thanks” and a way of looking to the future.

Why an endowed professorship is so important?

It is no secret recent economic conditions have had a long-lasting effect on the operating budgets of colleges and universities … especially public universities, like Bloomsburg. It also is no secret talented, experienced professionals can command a much higher salary in the private sector than we can pay them as faculty.

An endowed professorship levels the playing field so we can attract highly qualified professionals to share their knowledge and expertise with today’s students … the next generation of professionals in their field. Ed and Julie’s endowed professorship supports the Department of Nursing and a new senior faculty position. Our goal as a university is to recruit and retain the very best faculty to teach and mentor our students. Ask any alumnus: “Who had the strongest impact on you during the college years?” Without a doubt, you will hear the name of a beloved faculty member … someone who challenged them to reach further, to dream bigger, to accomplish more than they ever dreamed. That is the impact of Ed and Julie’s gift.

With the changing health care environment, the need for talented, well-trained nursing professionals has reached an all-time high. This professorship will enable us to create a new senior faculty position and, with the commitment of funding from the Bloomsburg University Foundation, to support that faculty member’s work outside the classroom in areas such as research, conference attendance and participation, specialized equipment and other agreed-upon expenses that otherwise would not be covered.

An endowed professorship, quite simply, allows our institution to compete successfully for the best and the brightest … so they can teach and mentor our best and brightest.

#CollaborativeLearning #SenseOfCommunity