BU Trustees approve amended campus master plan

BU Trustees approve amended campus master plan

For Immediate Release

Date:  February 23, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—The campus of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will see more green space and more parking spaces under the amended master plan approved by the Council of Trustees Wednesday, Feb. 23, during the quarterly meeting.

The amended plan updates a 5-year-old document and addresses student housing, parking, traffic and athletics. Highlights include construction of parking lots for commuter students, development of an artificial turf athletic field and tennis courts on the upper campus, changing traffic patterns associated with the transformation of the Waller parking lot to the library green and removing reference to a second access road to the upper campus.

In other action, the Trustees approved a new parking fee for commuter students and increases to room and board and orientation fees for 2005-06. The new $15 parking fee will support the updated parking arrangements outlined in the master plan. The increases in orientation and room and board fees reflect increased expenses, said Preston Herring, vice president for University and Student Affairs. For 2005-06, the fee for new freshman orientation will increase from $77 to $90; fees for room and board will increase 3.4 percent overall, bringing the most popular student option of a double room and 19-meal plan to $2,688 per year.

Trustees also agreed to name the Student Services Center in honor of Robert D. Warren, retired history professor. Warren, a longtime supporter of the university, recently provided a $1 million trust to the Bloomsburg University Foundation to fund scholarships.

Also during the meeting:

- William Seigel, program director in community development with SEDA-COG, gave an overview of the proposed Bloomsburg flood wall. The university’s Magee Center on West Main Street is located within the area the wall would protect from Fishing Creek and the back waters of the Susquehanna River.

- Timothy Phillips, director of BU’s Institute for Interactive Technologies, explained the importance of the Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone. The collaboration with Bucknell and Susquehanna universities and Geisinger Medical Center is designed to bring jobs to the area, keep young people from leaving the state for employment opportunities and accelerate economic growth. The new technology center on Market Street in Bloomsburg is an integral part of the KIZ, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony tentatively scheduled for May 10.

- Andrea Caladie of Parente Randolph made a brief presentation on BU’s recently completed audit which shows net assets of $32.6 million.

- During her report, President Jessica Kozloff said 7,903 students are enrolled at BU for spring 2005. She outlined recent accomplishments including a $75,000 grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to establish a 17-unit computer lab, a $4,500 grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation supporting the annual jazz festival and the piano series, the wrestling team’s first state athletic conference title since 2005 and freshman Drew Nugent’s third place finish in a talent competition last Saturday on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.

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Note: The Bloomsburg University Foundation issued a press release early Wednesday afternoon with details about Dr. Warren’s current and past support of Bloomsburg University. For additional information on that portion of the Trustees meeting, call Maryann Lindberg, executive director of the Bloomsburg University Foundation, (570) 389-4216.