BU Trustees Approve Computer Forensics Degree

For Immediate Release

Date:  November 10, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—A new bachelor’s degree program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will lead to careers in law enforcement, homeland security and the legal field, according to the chair of the math, computer sciences and statistics department.

During the Nov. 9 quarterly meeting, BU’s Council of Trustees approved a bachelor of science degree in computer forensics, an area professor James Pomfret said has gained student interest through the popular “CSI” TV series.

The program will include courses in business and accounting and students will be encouraged to pursue minors or double majors in areas like criminal justice and fraud examination, he said.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees agreed to bond financing of $3.3 million for student parking projects and a related increase in commuter parking fees to offset the costs. Currently, crews are building a commuter parking lot between Waller Administration Building and Buckalew House; by next fall, the tennis courts on the lower campus will be converted to additional parking with new courts constructed on the upper campus. Commuter parking fees will increase from $15 to $37 per semester in 2006-07.

In her report to the Trustees, BU President Jessica Kozloff said the results of the recent election for Bloomsburg Town Council reflect the positive effects of the American Democracy Project and Democracy Matters. BU student Dan Knorr was elected to Town Council, receiving the highest number of votes of any candidate.

“This is a tremendous result of civic engagement begun here two years ago,” she said.

She also praised the BU campus community for efforts to assist Hurricane Katrina victims and support for the recently completed State Employees Combined Appeal (SECA), which raised more than $39,000 to benefit charitable agencies.

The Trustees also:

  • Welcomed the newest Trustee, Charles “Nick” Housenick of Bloomsburg.
  • Issued resolutions honoring football coach Danny Hale and field hockey and softball coach Jan Hutchinson. Hale recently achieved his 100th win as a BU coach and Hutchinson reached her 1,500th combined win.
  • Heard a preliminary report on commencement planning from Jonathan Lincoln, assistant vice president for academic affairs. Lincoln is part of a committee investigating whether May commencement should be moved to the campus from the traditional site, the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The committee also is studying whether the large ceremony should be split into two or more smaller programs. “We want to have a very family-friendly, student-centered graduation,” said Kozloff. Next, the committee will seek feedback from students.
  • Accepted a resolution certifying that the Bloomsburg University Foundation, a separate entity from the university, complies with policy established by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors.
  • Learned that auditing firm Parente Randolph gave BU an “unqualified opinion” for 2005, the highest rating available, according to CPA Andrea Caladie, a principal with the firm.
  • Recognized Hsien-Tung Liu, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, who will retire at the end of the fall semester after 14 years at BU.
  • Rescheduled the spring meeting for June 7, 2006.
  • Gained information on a variety of volunteer and community service opportunities. Programs, coordinated through BU’s SOLVE Office, benefit area residents in schools, community organizations and neighborhoods.

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.