Our Stories of Giving
First and Goal: A Scholarship Campaign
Thanks to you, Bloomsburg University surpassed the $2 million goal of "First and Goal: A scholarship Campaign" for Huskies football. In celebration, the field at Redman Stadium was named in honor of Coach Danny Hale on April 28, 2012. The day's events included the unveiling of the donors plaque, a tailgate luncheon at Nelson Field House and the alumni Huskies spring football game.
The First and Goal committee thanks you for your support and incredible commitment to Bloomsburg University and its successful football program.
Alumnus and wife establish scholarship
Bloomsburg University alumnus Joe Jacques and his wife, Joy, both natives of Stroudsburg, have endowed an accounting scholarship at BU. The couple, of Rockville, Md., donated $250,000 to the Bloomsburg University Foundation to establish a five-year accounting scholarship that will help students from their freshman year through their master’s degree, said Michael Tidwell, dean of BU's College of Business.
But the scholarship is not aimed at the student at the top of the class. Instead, the scholarship is for students who Joe Jacques, a 1974 BU graduate, might recognize as his younger self. The Joe and Joy Jacques Accounting Scholarship is actually five individual five-year scholarships. A student who receives the award for freshman year may renew it each year through the master’s degree level if he or she shows progress. An accountant is now required to have a master’s degree or five years of college education before entering the field, Jacques said. A member of BU’s College of Business Advisory Board, Joe Jacques is owner and CEO of Jacques Financial, LLC, established in Rockville, Md., in 1979. The firm specializes in tax returns and financial planning services and is ranked by the financial magazine Barron’s as 10th among all financial advisers in Maryland.
BU dedicates ‘new’ Sutliff Hall
More than 200 alums and their families joined Bloomsburg University’s celebration on Friday, April 27, of the reopening of Sutliff Hall — home of the College of Business, Department of Instructional Technology and Department of Economics. Sutliff Hall reopened in March following a $10 million renovation featuring expanded conference rooms, state-of-the-art classrooms and a Wall Street-inspired financial services laboratory equipped with real-time tickers and a trading wall with market information and stock quotes.
Sutliff was an 1891 graduate of Bloomsburg State Normal School who taught mathematics and served as the first dean of instruction, known today as the provost. When completed in 1960, the building was named for Sutliff in honor of his 40 years of service to the institution. His granddaughter, Marcia Pizer, attended the April 27 event.
Gift establishes McDowell Institute
Bloomsburg University officials announced on Feb. 10, 2012, a $2 million commitment to the Bloomsburg University Foundation by philanthropist Susan McDowell, of Selinsgrove. The gift, largest in the Foundation history, is given in support of the College of Education to establish the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support.
The McDowell Institute is designed to equip educators with strategies, practices and experiences to effectively support the academic, social and emotional growth of all students. Instruction in the methods of positive behavior support will be incorporated into the curriculum, beginning with freshman-year introductory courses and carrying through to student teaching.
Alumni couple invest in College of Business
An alumni couple has contributed $1.67 million to the Bloomsburg University Foundation — the largest philanthropic gift in foundation history. Terry Zeigler ’76, president and CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., Chalfont, and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77, are sponsoring the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) within BU’s College of Business. The institute will focus on professionalism and the interconnectedness of functional business areas.
Terry Zeigler’s experiences as the co-founder of a small company convinced the couple of the importance of interconnected business education. Zeigler was in his 20s when he and two partners started Datacap Systems. Blending individual expertise in operations, business and engineering, the firm has become the leading supplier in its market niche, enjoying 28 years of continued growth and financial success.
BU football scholarship campaign launched
To build on “118 years of true grit on the football field,” the Bloomsburg University Foundation has announced “First and Goal,” a $2 million endowed scholarship campaign to benefit the Huskies football program. The campaign is more than halfway to its goal thanks to a leadership gift of $500,000 from Jahri Evans '07, former All-American and current NFL All-Pro.
First and Goal! A Scholarship Campaign for Bloomsburg Football will improve on this winning formula by establishing a $2 million endowed football scholarship. We want to continue “doing it right” by preparing our players for new levels of success on the field, in their careers, and in their lives as sons, husbands, fathers, volunteers, and members of their communities.
On the field, Bloomsburg’s football program has never been better. We’re on the cusp of national success at a level unprecedented in school history. But the playing field has changed, scholarship dollars are increasingly important, and continued success is not a given.
- Top competitors offer more scholarships and higher dollar amounts.
- More schools are recruiting in our area, including out-of-state schools not operating under Pennsylvania’s restrictions on the use of state funding for scholarships.
Those extra funds are crucial. According to Coach Hale, even a $500 difference in scholarship money could mean that a student athlete would pass on Bloomsburg despite all that we have to offer: diverse and highly regarded academics; a beautiful, 282-acre campus and a newly renovated stadium overlooking the spectacular Susquehanna
River Valley; a coaching staff that’s among the best in Division II. Moreover, since that first game in 1892, we’ve relied on a depth chart that includes qualities such as integrity, loyalty, leadership, and a strong work ethic.
Now we’ve set our sights on greater success at the national level, and we have all the elements in place to do so except one — additional scholarship dollars.
With your support, we can continue “doing it right” by ensuring that our student athletes win on the field and, more importantly, excel in their lives and careers.