Leadership is theme of Upward Bound program at BU

For Immediate Release

Date: June 27, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Leadership is the theme of this summer’s Upward Bound program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

According to Upward Bound Director Maureen Mulligan, a grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is supporting on-campus learning opportunities, a field trip and a theater workshop, all designed to help students develop or strengthen their leadership abilities.

As Upward Bound kicked off during the week of June 20, the 55 students from a dozen regional high schools took part in activities to define the characteristics of a leader and identify local and national leaders.

Other leadership development activities planned this summer include:

- A panel discussion with BU President Jessica Kozloff, local attorney Susan Hill, Dr. Kathy Baylor, principal Christopher Venna of Shamokin Area High School and documentary producer Richard Briggs, who owns Briggs Farm, home of the annual blues festival. Kara Shultz, professor of communication studies and theatre arts, will serve as facilitator.

- A workshop on communication styles as they relate to leadership, presented by Janet Bodenman, associate professor of communication studies and theatre arts.

- A leadership seminar at Penn State’s University Park Campus with Upward Bound students from Clarion University and Penn State. Terrell Jones, Penn State’s vice provost for educational equity, will speak to the 200 students.

- An acting workshop with TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, which will include exercises on the body language used by leaders. TACT, founded in 1992, is a professional company dedicated to presenting rarely performed plays.

Mulligan said the students also are required to complete two projects: a personal portfolio, including writing samples, goals, transcripts and awards, and a research paper about a famous leader, possibly a successful Upward Bound alumnus. Upward Bound alumni include entertainment executive Oprah Winfrey, actress Angela Bassett, the NBA’s Patrick Ewing and A.C. Green, ABC News’ John Quinones, Boston Globe writer Will Haygood and R&B music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Upward Bound began at Bloomsburg University in 1978 to provide high school students who meet income and academic requirements with opportunities to explore their potential while preparing for post-secondary education. The program is open to students enrolled in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Mahanoy Area, Milton, Minersville, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin, Shikellamy and Southern Columbia high schools.

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, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.