Faculty duo honored at graduation

For Immediate Release:  May 3, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Two faculty members will be honored at Bloomsburg University’s spring commencement ceremonies as the university’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Outstanding Teachers for 2015-2016. Nearly 1,400 undergraduates will receive their diplomas during three ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, in the Academic Quadrangle.

Nominated by graduating seniors, Mike Shapeero, professor of accounting, will be recognized at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony for students in the College of Business and College of Education, and Kristie Byrum, assistant professor of mass communications, will be honored at the 4 p.m. ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts. Students from the College of Science and Technology will graduate in a 12:30 p.m. ceremony.

Students who nominated Shapeero described him as “a professor who challenges intellectual ability while encouraging thinking from different perspectives.” They praised him as an approachable professor who takes pride in his students and gives his time and attention so every student will succeed.

Byrum was lauded as an inspiring teacher who provides students with real-world opportunities based on her own professional experience. She instills in students the importance of their positive role as BU’s representatives in the community.

Shapeero and Byrum will each receive a $1,000 professional development stipend, sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, and a plaque.

Members of the TALE Outstanding Teaching Award Committee include last year’s recipients – Shiloh Erdley-Kass, assistant professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice; Darrin Kass, professor of management; and Mary Katherine Duncan, professor of psychology and Joan and Fred Miller Distinguished Professor of Good Work – along with Bobak Mohassel, facilitator, associate professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice; Helmut Doll, chair and professor of instructional technology; and Mary King, assistant professor of communication studies.

BU will confer master’s and doctoral degrees during a ceremony Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.