Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania inaugurates 18th president

For immediate release: October 21, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 18th president, David L. Soltz, will be inaugurated Friday, Oct. 31. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center and is open to the public.

The ceremony, which comes near the end of a week-long series of inaugural events and presentations, is sponsored by BU’s Council of Trustees. A reception will be held in the Student Recreation Center following the formal inauguration.

Soltz became Bloomsburg’s 18th president in January. He previously was the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.; dean of natural and social sciences at California State University at Los Angeles; and chair of the department of biological sciences at California State University, Long Beach. He taught courses ranging from freshman seminar and general biology for non-majors to graduate seminars on ecology and evolutionary biology.

Soltz earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is married to biologist Roberta “Robbie” Soltz and they have three adult children and two granddaughters.

A series of events and presentations will be offered during the week of Oct. 27. All of the following are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Oct. 27

- College of Business presentation, “The Status of Gaming in Pennsylvania and Employment Opportunities” by Bobby Soper, chief executive officer, Mohegan Sun, Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

- Department of Business Education and Business Information Systems’ alumni panel discussion, Sutliff Hall, from 7 to 9 p.m.

- “The Next President and U.S. Policy in the Middle East,” lecture by James Zogby, president and founder of the Arab American Institute, Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium, 7 p.m.

-Presentation on Bloomsburg’s first president, Henry Carver by university archivist Robert Dunkelberger, Fenstemaker Alumni House, 7 p.m.

- Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Seminar, “Crawling Up a Funnel: What’s the shortest path an ant can take to get from one point to another in a funnel?” by John Riley, professor of math, computer science and statistics, Centennial Hall, room 218, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

- Lecture by oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau offered as part of the Celebrity Artist Series, Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.; admission: $20 for adults and $10 for BU students and children age 12 and younger. Call 570-389-4409 for ticket information.

-Radio-Frequency Fiber Optics and Photonics Seminar by Vince Urick, a 2001 BU graduate and recipient of the Department of the Navy Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award, 10 a.m. Location is to be announced; call (570) 389-4109 for more information.

-Department of Exceptionality Programs poster/product session, “Teaching and Learning through Research and Service,” Navy Hall, room 107, through Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with faculty hosts from 2 to 3 p.m. each day.

- Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice Social Science Catch Phrase Trivia, McCormick Human Services, room 1229, from noon to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 30

- “Exercise and the Brain” by Eric Rawson, assistant professor of exercise science and athletics, Centennial Hall, room 110, noon to 1:30 p.m.

- Department of Instructional Technology’s IIT Projects Showcase, McCormick Human Services Center, room 2221, 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31

- Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics’ annual career day, Kehr Union, multipurpose room B, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-“Nanotechnology, Changing the Way We Live” by Jamie Houseknecht, a ’07 BU graduate, Hartline Science Center, room 79, 3 p.m.

- Department of Mass Communications’ career day, featuring an alumni roundtable, McCormick Center for Human Services, room 1303, 3 p.m., and alumni dinner, Fenstemaker Alumni House, 7 to 9 p.m.

- Department of Nursing’s health fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including men’s health: cancer screening and cancer prevention education, Hartline Science Center; women’s health and children’s health: nutritional concepts from conception to adulthood, Andruss Library, room 103; body mass index (BMI) and nutrition, Warren Student Services Center; smoking cessation, Kehr Union Ballroom; suicide prevention and awareness, McCormick Center lobby; and blood pressure screening and cardiovascular risk appraisal, Centennial Hall.

Soltz’s inauguration opens BU’s homecoming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, following the theme, “Under the Big Top.” Saturday’s activities include the parade, 11 a.m.; corporate sponsor carnival, Fenstemaker Alumni House, noon to 3 p.m.; football, Huskies versus West Chester University, Redman Stadium, 3:30 p.m.; and Class of 1958 50-year reunion dinner, Fenstemaker Alumni House, from 7 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, the annual scholarship reception will be held in Kehr Union Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats will perform as part of the Celebrity Artist Series. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance in Carver Hall’s K.S. Gross Auditorium are $20 for adults and $10 for BU students and children ages 12 and younger. Call 570-389-4409 for ticket information.

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.