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Fall commencement to celebrate more than 500 graduates

Bloomsburg University will celebrate the graduation of more than 500 students with 85 graduate students and 450 undergraduate students during three ceremonies this weekend in the Haas Center of the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Graduate commencement will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. Undergraduate commencement will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and at 3 p.m. for the Zeigler College of Business and College of Science and Technology.

Top honor graduates will be recognized for having earned the highest grade-point average in their college: Kathryn Rose Spirk, College of Liberal Arts; Taylor Cecelia Bozza, College of Science and Technology; Derek Grant Swartzentruber, Zeigler College of Business; and Danielle Ileana Ghingold, College of Education.

Fall Commencement

Another successful Holiday Food Drive in the books

The 2019 BU Faculty and Staff Holiday Food Drive collected food from 30 buildings, resulting in 27 packed food boxes. The food will be split between Bloomsburg and Catawissa Food Cupboards. A check for $200 from the monetary donations will benefit the Orangeville Food Cupboard. A big thank you to everyone who participated or helped in any way.

Holiday Food Drive

BU names new Dean of the College of Education

Bloomsburg University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Diana Rogers-Adkinson, has officially named Daryl Fridley as the university’s Dean of the College of Education. Fridley comes to BU with nearly 30 years of experience in public education, including the last 13 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He started at Southeast Missouri State as a faculty member in the Department of History and coordinator of the Social Studies Education program.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with the dedicated, creative, and passionate staff and faculty in the College of Education,” said Fridley. “It’s an honor to become a part of (BU's) long tradition of preparing excellent educators for the region.”

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Steph Pettit makes $10 million donation to BU

BU and the BU Foundation proudly announce a $10 million gift from Steph Pettit ’89, with $5 million supporting athletic priorities, specifically scholarships, and a $5 million trust to support future university needs. In recognition of the impact this donation will have, BU will rename and brand the upper campus athletic complex to Bloomsburg University Pettit Athletic Complex.

“My goal is to elevate the athletic program at BU by giving the coaches the resources needed to recruit student-athletes from PA, New Jersey, and beyond with stronger academic and athletic profiles,” said Pettit. “Competition is fierce in intercollegiate athletics, and our coaches need more scholarship money to compete at the highest levels. I'm honored to be able to make this gift and support their efforts to compete for championships at the conference level and be competitive on a national level.”

Steph Pettit

Boguskis make $500,000 gift to support professional experiences

Michael ’85 and Beth Boguski have committed $500,000 to the Bloomsburg University Foundation to support experiential learning opportunities for students. In recognition of this gift, prior commitments, and continued support of the student experience, Bloomsburg University named the dean’s suite in the Zeigler College of Business in their honor.

“We believe it is important to help fund the education of Bloomsburg University students, especially experiential learning,” Michael Boguski said. “Providing our students with access to internships and professional experiences is a competitive advantage for them and is a mission we are pleased to support.”

Mike Boguski Dedication

Annual 5k event eclipses $170,000 for PA Breast Cancer Coalition

With nearly 500 student participants, Bloomsburg University’s 17th annual 5k Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run raised $10,524 this fall for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.

October’s tally brings the fundraiser’s 17-year total to more than $170,000 to benefit women diagnosed with breast cancer and support the families of those who’ve lost the battle. The event is coordinated annually by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

17th annual 5k Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run

Allentown schools guaranteed admission agreement signed

The Allentown School District (ASD) is excited to announce an expanded partnership with Bloomsburg University (BU) that will guarantee admission to qualifying students of ASD’s Class of 2020 and beyond.

“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of the partnership that began last year at Dieruff High School known as the ‘Husky to Husky’ pipeline,” said Thomas Parker, Superintendent of the Allentown School District. “Bloomsburg University is now poised to give all ASD graduates, be they a husky, a phoenix or a canary, a chance to become a part of the BU family.”

Allentown School District Partnership

College Student Affairs program showcases research

Fourteen alumni and faculty of Bloomsburg University's College Student Affairs graduate program attended the annual conference of the Mid Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers in Atlantic City, NJ. Denise Davidson and Mark Bauman implemented several presentations, including “Take a Leap: Choosing a Graduate Program in Student Affairs?,” “Is it Time to Eliminate Group Process?,” and “Writing for Publication.”

College Student Affairs

Gift establishes the Diehl Center for Law School Preparation

Bloomsburg University students pursuing law school will soon have a place on campus to assist them with the process thanks to a $1,500,000 gift. The Diehl Center for Law School Preparation will be a resource for all students considering law school, as well as faculty advising interested students. In addition, BU is also collaborating to develop new 3+3 agreements with Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh law schools, as well as with Widener Commonwealth Law School and Widener Delaware Law School.

“This gift will benefit students across several colleges who are interested in pursuing a career in law and will give our students a distinct advantage as they navigate the law school preparation and application process," said BU President Bashar Hanna.

Bloomsburg University

Digital forensics majors identified as new cyber talent

Four digital forensics majors now have their eyes set on working for the Department of Defense as a result of earning a DoD Cyber Scholarship for this school year. Each cyber scholar receives full tuition, fees, a book allowance, and a stipend for living expense in exchange for civilian service at a DoD Agency upon graduation.

“We’re very proud of our digital forensics curriculum and the students we educate,” said Curt Jones, chairman of the mathematical and digital sciences department. “These scholarships are the result of these students’ ability and education provided by our professors. They’re only possible because of our designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education that Dr. Barrett obtained for us.”

 DoD Cyber Scholarship

U.S. News & World Report lists BU among the best

Bloomsburg University is again ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Colleges guide. Bloomsburg is ranked (tied) for 37th in Regional Public Universities in the North and is tied for 113th overall in Regional Universities in North (both public and private) which is up four places from last year. Additionally, BU’s business program in the Zeigler College of Business ranks among the top 500 programs in the country.

“This latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff,” President Bashar Hanna said. “The credit goes to them, and most importantly to our high-achieving students who are determined to achieve even more.”

U.S. News & World Report

BU among nation’s best according to Forbes and Money rankings

Bloomsburg University is ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities by both Forbes’ Top Colleges in 2019, which features the top 15 percent of the more than 4,300 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S, and Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money in 2019 BU has also been ranked among the Best Regional Universities in the North for 2019 by College

In Forbes, Bloomsburg is ranked sixth among public institutions in the state of Pennsylvania. The rankings were based on alumni salary; student satisfaction; the percentage of student debt; American leaders; on-time graduation rates and academic success. The Money Magazine ranking was based on multiple criteria.

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