BU Trustees OK ESL certification program

For Immediate Release

Date:  May 4, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees approved a new certificate program for teachers of English as a Second Language, known as ESL, during their May 4 quarterly meeting.

Pamela Smith, assistant professor of audiology and speech pathology, said ESL instruction refers to services provided to children whose primary language is not English. In Pennsylvania, 32,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade speak 135 different languages.

The four courses in the ESL certification program will help education majors and current teachers meet the standards established by the state Department of Education, she said. The courses will be offered at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees accepted a priority list for capital projects from 2005-06 through 2010-11. The list and similar lists from the 13 other universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education help PASSHE’s Board of Governors prepare appropriation requests for the state legislature. BU’s capital project request list, and the estimated cost, includes: Haas Center for the Arts addition and renovation, $5.9 million; Bakeless Center for the Humanities renovation, $3.8 million; Nelson Field House renovation, $14.9 million; Waller Administration Building renovation, $6.5 million; and Sutliff Hall addition, $6.9 million. They also approved the general condition of campus facilities, action taken by formal resolution each spring after they tour the university.

President Jessica Kozloff offered an overview of campus events during 2004-05, including many events that brought middle and high school students for programs in math and science. Looking to the future, she said about 400 students, an all-time high, have registered for the six-week summer freshman program. She expects the Community Government Association’s new Honeysuckle Apartments to be nearly filled when they open in August with three-fourths of the leases already signed by students who currently live on-campus. And, by the end of summer, all campus buildings should be suitable for wireless technology.

In other matters:

- David Long, dean of the College of Business, announced a name change to more accurately describe a department’s function. The name is now Department of Business Education and Business Information Systems.

- Diana Zoelle, assistant professor of political science, and Jean Downing, director of the SOLVE office, told the Trustees about the Model United Nations Program that brings nearly 200 area high school students to the campus to gain understanding of political and social concerns worldwide.

- The Trustees approved the following meeting dates for the coming year: Aug. 10; Nov. 9; Feb. 1, 2006; and May 3, 2006.

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.