BU's Catholic Campus Ministry receives award

For immediate release: February 27, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Catholic Campus Ministry at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania was awarded the Catholic Campus Ministry Vocation Ministry Exemplary Award on Saturday, Feb. 21. BU's CCM student leadership team, Father Don Cramer and Sister Debbie Borneman received the award at a ceremonial mass at the Cardinal Keeler Center in Harrisburg, at the invitation of Bishop Kevin Rhoades.

Borneman, assistant director, said CCM's first exemplary award marks a milestone. "This national award verifies student involvement in CCM is growing, that opportunities for students to learn more about their faith abound as they acquire knowledge about their career while they are students at Bloomsburg University," she said.

The president of CCM, Angela Sariego, a senior secondary education/history major from Hatfield, said, "This award represents the growth of the organization, of the community and as a presence here at BU. It's a way we are evangelizing and opening doors."

The Vocation Ministry Exemplary Award is given to seven college campuses every other year. In addition to Bloomsburg, the award went to: Long Island University, Iowa State University, University of California at Los Angeles, Northwestern University, the Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond from the Diocese of Austin and Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Washington State University, St. Louis, Mo.

In the beginning of November, the Catholic Campus Ministry Association contacted BU's CCM and notified them of the award. The award was first presented to Rhoades at the annual gathering of bishops.

For more information about the CCM at BU, contact the organization at ccm@bloomu.edu.

Shown in the accompanying photo, left to right, are, front row: Father Don Cramer and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades; second row: Dominic Mireles, Gina Connolly, Marie-Pier Gascon, Sister Debbie and Angela Sariego; third row: Beth Wulff, Mary Fontinell, Suzanne Schaeffer, Chris Triantafelow, Lindsey Wolff; and back row: Kristel Riffert, John Fontinell, Allison McGowen, Jason Janezic, Katie Zimmerman, Emily Marlin and Rob Williams.

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.