Local BU student earns scholarship

For immediate release: July 17, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student is the 2008 recipient of the James L. McGovern Scholarship from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Marcie Haas, a senior elementary education major from Riverside, received the $750 scholarship awarded annually to a student who works for campus security or police at an IACLEA member institution and maintains a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Haas works as an office assistant in BU’s office of university safety and police. A member of the university’s SHARE tutoring program and the Student Pennsylvania State Educators Association, Haas volunteers in the community through the Key Club and visits nursing home residents as part of the Intergeneration Project.

Robert Klinger, director of university safety and police, praised Haas’ organizational skills and ability to multi-task which contribute to the successful operation of university safety and police.

IACLEA was created in November 1958 by 11 college and university security directors who met to discuss job challenges and mutual problems and to create a clearinghouse for information and issues shared by campus public safety directors across the country. Today, IACLEA membership represents more than 1,100 colleges and universities in 20 countries. The McGovern scholarship was established in honor of James L. McGovern, IACLEA’s executive director from 1975 to 1984.

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.