BU Trustees OK master’s degree in counseling

Date:  September 7, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees approved a new master’s degree program in counseling and student affairs during the Sept. 6 quarterly meeting.

Robert Gates, chairperson of BU’s department of educational studies and secondary education, said the 54-credit graduate program will prepare counselors to work with students in kindergarten through eighth grade, at the secondary level or within student affairs departments at colleges and universities.

“There is great need, as the overall employment of counselors is expected to grow faster than average for all other occupations,” Gates said. The degree program, which is planned to begin in fall 2007 with approval from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, is expected to attract more than 200 majors.

The Trustees also approved two contributions to the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Co.—the annual donation of $38,000 for volunteer fire and ambulance services and the third of eight annual donations of $25,000 toward the cost of a new ladder truck. Bloomsburg Mayor Claude Renninger and Fire Chief Robert Rupp thanked the university for its continued cooperation and support.

In another financial matter, the Trustees approved BU’s 2007-08 preliminary budget request. BU President Jessica Kozloff explained that Judy Hample, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, will use information from BU and its sister institutions when she presents PASSHE’s budget request to the state legislature. The request shows BU would need about $3.5 million in additional funding for 2007-08 to meet the anticipated expenses of about $101.5 million.

Eric Milner, assistant vice president for facilities, updated the Trustees on the status of three future capital projects – Redman Stadium/Nelson Field House, Elwell Residence Hall and the Academic Quad.

Milner said a feasibility study has been completed regarding improvements to Redman Stadium, focusing on changes required to meet building codes, create new spaces and improve the site. The next step, he said, is to develop different site renovation options, identify funding sources and complete a feasibility study for Nelson Field House to see how renovation projects at each facility might relate to each other.

A separate survey focused on features students would like to see in renovations to Elwell Hall, currently a traditional dormitory-style residence hall. The results, Milner said, showed that students want additional common space, kitchens, suites and air conditioning. Displaying preliminary exterior drawings, Milner said the renovations would likely eliminate at least 100 beds from the facility.

Milner and John Gazsi from Derck and Edson Associates, Lititz, also discussed next year’s project to convert the area extending from the Warren Student Services Center to the Andruss Library into a grass-covered Academic Quad. Plans call for creating a park-like setting adjacent to the library, while developing the large open space in front of the Student Services Center as a site for outdoor programs. The quad also may be the new home for a historic fountain currently housed inside Carver Hall. The project is expected to begin in spring 2007.

The Trustees also:

- Welcomed new student Trustee Steven Knepp, a senior elementary education from Middleburg.

- Approved Kozloff’s presidential evaluation for 2005-06 and her retirement for December 2007.

- Agreed to continue the Husky Research Corp. as an affiliated organization. The corporation is a non-profit entity established to handle grants and contracts while supporting the university’s research and educational purposes, said James Matta, dean of graduate studies and research. The PASSHE Board of Governors requires the annual resolution.

- Learned during a report by Provost James Mackin that enrollment averaged 17.4 students in each course section offered during summer college, which was better than anticipated.

- Heard the end-of-the year finance report. Fifty-eight percent of BU’s budget comes from tuition and fees and 37 percent comes from the state appropriation, according to Richard Rugen, vice president for administration and finance. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.