BU Council of Trustees approves fees for 2006-07

For Immediate Release

Date:  February 1, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees approved student fees for 2006-07 during the Feb. 1 quarterly meeting.

The Trustees agreed to a room and board increase of 4.3 percent and adopted a schedule of student fees, including those supporting the student health center and the Student Recreation Center. They agreed to increase the per semester transportation fee, which supports shuttle bus service, from $10 to $15, the first increase since 2001, and, after much discussion, instituted a printer paper use fee for students who print more than 500 pages per semester.

James Mackin, provost and vice president for academic affairs, explained that students and community residents may currently use campus printers free of charge, regardless of the number of pages printed, at an annual cost of $120,000 to BU. While 85 percent of students print fewer than 250 pages per semester, he said 155 students printed more than 1,000 pages during fall 2005.

After hearing comments from Nathan Conroy, president of the Community Government Association, and Jennifer Shymansky, student Trustee, the Trustees approved a printer paper use fee. Beginning next fall, students and community residents will be permitted to print 500 pages each semester free of charge; they will be charged 4 cents for each additional page.

Trustees also reviewed three options for the “library green” featured in the university’s master plan. The concept will convert the center of the campus, including the current location of the Waller parking lot, into green space. John Gazsi III, an associate with Derck and Edson, Lititz, introduced three concepts that will configure the space for outdoor recreation, large gatherings, studying and socializing. The Trustees selected two options to be presented to campus groups this spring.

John Palumbo of the Palumbo Design Group explained drawings for another campus improvement, an addition to the McCormick Center for Human Services. Construction should begin this summer to create large classrooms to accommodate classes that currently meet in campus auditoriums. 

In other action, the Trustees:

- Approved resolutions honoring the late Charles “Chip” Coffman, Bloomsburg mayor, who frequently attended Trustees meetings; Douglas Hippenstiel, director of alumni affairs, who will retire in March; and Jennifer Shymansky, student Trustee, who will graduate in May.

- Heard projections on demographic and enrollment trends during President Jessica Kozloff’s report. The number of college-age students nationwide is expected to decline, beginning in 2009-10. Kozloff said BU’s enrollment management strategy is set up to keep current enrollment by maintaining the appropriate mix of undergraduate programs, introducing graduate and certificate programs and retaining students.

- Established a nominating committee to recommend a slate of officers at the June 7 quarterly meeting. Trustee Joseph Mowad will chair the committee; also serving are Trustees Ramona Alley and Charles “Nick” Housenick.

- Set 2006-07 quarterly meetings for Sept. 6, Nov. 29, Feb. 28, June 6, and Sept. 5.

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.