Monday, November 9, 2015

We are well on our way

I have been traveling over the past few weeks – to Austin, Los Angeles and, most recently, to Philadelphia.

One week, I was away from campus to attend the annual meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Austin. I serve on the AASCU board and was just appointed to the executive committee. I ended that trip in Los A
ngeles, where I spent a long weekend with my mom, who turns 94 this week.

This weekend I attended the annual fall meeting of the Pennsylvania Council of Trustees (PACT) at the State System Center City campus in Philadelphia. Bloomsburg will begin offering degree programs in this centrally located facility with state-of-the-art classrooms in summer 2016.

Back on campus and in Philadelphia, we marked a major accomplishment for Bloomsburg University, the launch of the public phase of It’s Personal: The Campaign for Bloomsburg University.

Events were held on the Quad, in a beautifully transformed Nelson Field House, and at the Benjamin Franklin Institute to celebrate our great university and the milestone of raising more than $37 million of our $50 million goal. Over 400 donors and friends of Bloomsburg University enjoyed outstanding and meaningful performances by our Concert Choir and a group of current students and alumni from our theater program.

We are well on our way to meeting our $50 million goal to support our students through academic and athletic scholarships, to recruit and retain our great teacher-scholar faculty, to provide experiential and career-focused learning experience through Professional U, and to take advantage of emerging opportunities to enhance our university, such as the Greenly Center.

This week I look forward to meeting with the CGA Senate and having dinner with the CGA Executive Committee at Buckalew.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

It's Homecoming Week!

Much of my time last week was focused on the quarterly Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors meeting at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg. Although Bloomsburg University had no programs on the agenda, our proposal for the renovation of the McCormick Center was included in the five-year capital budget request.

The Board of Governors approved per-credit tuition pilot programs for Shippensburg and Mansfield, who will join Bloomsburg, Indiana and Millersville universities in various per-credit tuition plans in 2016-17. The board also asked the governor and General Assembly to invest $521.2 million in the State System universities in 2016-17 to make up for some of the decreases in funding over the past five years.

This week is a very exciting and meaningful time for Bloomsburg University.

It is Homecoming Week with all of the associated celebrations and activities, including:

  • the king and queen contest
  • parade with legendary football coach, Danny Hale, as grand marshal
  • Alumni Association Tent Party
  • 50-year reunion for the Class of 1965
  • and home athletic competitions for most of our fall sports teams

The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development’s business conference will again coincide with homecoming, the College of Science and Technology is hosting Career Day, and mass communications alumni will return to campus for a roundtable discussion.

These and similar events throughout the year in all four colleges share the goal of bringing successful alumni and friends to campus to present career advice and network with students.

Most exciting and unique of all events this week will be the announcement of the public phase of It’s Personal: The Campaign for Bloomsburg to the campus community on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. on the Academic Quad.

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