BU Class of 2002 to dedicate gift Sept. 9

BU Class of 2002 to dedicate gift Sept. 9

Athletic events spotlight football, field hockey and soccer

For Immediate Release

Date:  August 28, 2006

BLOOMSBURG—Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania, members of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 2002 will dedicate a class gift inspired by the events of Sept. 11.

Representatives of the class, who were BU seniors on Sept. 11, 2001, will formally dedicate three flagpoles at Redman Stadium during a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 9, at 12:45 p.m. Each flagpole symbolizes one of the locations where the planes crashed, said Linda Hill, BU’s special events coordinator.

During the ceremony, three flags will be raised: the U.S. flag, donated by U.S. Rep. Tim Holden ’80; the Pennsylvania flag, donated by former Gov. Mark Schweiker ’75; and the university flag. BU President Jessica Kozloff and Class of 2002 President Rita Dudek, King of Prussia, will offer comments and the BU Marching Band will perform the National Anthem. Kozloff, Dudek and other Class of 2002 officers—Melissa Berringer Pfistner, Quakertown; Rich Blass, Philadelphia; and Kevin LaMontagne, Alexandria, Va.—will raise the flags.

Hill said 113 class members donated funds to the project, which also is supported by BU’s Alumni Association.

Also planned for Sept. 9 is the dedication of BU’s new multipurpose stadium. Kozloff, athletic director Mary Gardner and field hockey coach Jan Hutchinson will take part in a 6:45 p.m. ceremony preceding BU’s 7 p.m. field hockey game against Mansfield University.

The multipurpose stadium is located adjacent to Redman Stadium where the Huskies will meet up with California University of Pennsylvania’s Vulcans Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. for BU’s first home football game of the 2006 season. Each BU employee will receive a ticket for free admission to the stadium where displays will be set up by BU’s corporate sponsors and activities, including a moonwalk, will be offered for children. BU graduates are invited to stop by the alumni tent at all home football games to register for prizes and meet Lynda Fedor-Michaels, BU’s new director of alumni affairs.

Other Sept. 9 events on BU’s upper campus include men’s soccer at noon, women’s soccer at 2 p.m., an alumni field hockey game at 2:30 p.m., and a reception for members of BU’s field hockey team and alumni players in Monty’s at 5 p.m. The cost for the reception is $10 per person and reservations may be made at www.bloomualumni.com (click on “Event Registration”).

For additional information on Sept. 9 events, see www.bloomualumni.com and www.bloomu.edu/sports.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

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