BU confers degrees May 6 and 7

For Immediate Release

Date: April 27, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Nearly 1,300 members of the Class of 2005 will be recognized during Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s commencement exercises Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7. The ceremonies honor students who complete degree requirements in May and August.

A total of 206 master’s degrees will be conferred Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Bachelor’s degrees will be granted to 1,089 undergraduate students in the Saturday, May 7, commencement beginning at 2:15 p.m. at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

During the undergraduate commencement, BU President Jessica Kozloff will introduce the university’s six top honor graduates:

- College of Professional Studies (a three-way tie) — Jessie A. Burleigh of Muncy, bachelor of science, secondary education/Spanish with a double major in Spanish; James M. Zabiegalski of Drums, bachelor of science, elementary education; and Amanda J. Zimmerman of Catawissa, bachelor of science, early childhood education/ exceptional children.

- College of Liberal Arts — Sharon M. Cabana of Derry, N.H., bachelor of arts, anthropology.

- College of Business — Matthew D. Fisher of Cogan Station, bachelor of science, business education.

- College of Science and Technology — Joshua E. Schlieder of Catawissa, bachelor of science, physics.

Kozloff also will recognize the recipients of this year’s TALE Outstanding Teaching Award, Laura Davis, associate professor of finance and legal studies, and Stephen Whitworth, assistant professor of English. Graduating seniors and master’s degrees candidates nominate faculty members for the award which is presented each May by TALE, the Teaching And Learning Enhancement Center.

Steven Nesmith, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations, will deliver Saturday’s commencement address. Nesmith is the principal adviser on legislative affairs, congressional relations and policy matters to HUD’s secretary and senior staff. He coordinates presentation of the department’s legislative and budget programs to Congress and monitors HUD-related activities in the congressional oversight, authorizing and appropriations committees. He also supervises congressional and intergovernmental activities in HUD’s 10 regional and 71 field offices.

Nesmith, who grew up in Philadelphia, previously served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and senior counsel for the Legislative Strategy Group. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degree from American University.

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.