BU students help with Renaissance Weekend

For immediate release: April 11, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students plan to assist with booths and cleanup for the annual Renaissance Jamboree on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in downtown Bloomsburg.

The outdoor festival, which is co-sponsored by BU, the Town of Bloomsburg, BU’s Program Board, Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. and the Renaissance Jamboree Committee, features hundreds of arts and crafts vendors as well as entertainment, food vendors and rides for children.

Over the years a number of BU groups have had stands at the festival. This year’s Jamboree will feature BU’s Student Art Association, women’s basketball team, Bloomsburg Christian Fellowship, the history club, the Alumni Association and Spectrum magazine. According to Jimmy Gilliland, director of student activities, involvement in the Renaissance Jamboree creates an opportunity for university groups to raise money and create awareness of the organization.

Cleanup will be coordinated by BU students involved in Greek Life. Students will cover East Street, Glenn Avenue, Iron Street, North Street and Lightstreet Road. BU sorority and fraternity members will clean up front yards on Saturday, April 28, and continue cleaning on Sunday, April 29, beginning midmorning. Cleanup efforts will include recycling containers along Lightstreet Road, as well as a dumpster for Sunday morning. Gretchen Osterman, coordinator of Greek Life, said that students will manage cleanup while the festivities are taking place, rather then waiting until the next day.

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.