BU’s 2010 TALE recipients named

For immediate release: May 3, 2010

TALE Outstanding Teaching BLOOMSBURG — Two faculty members at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will be recognized with TALE (Teaching and Learning Enhancement) Outstanding Teaching awards during spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8.

Recipients are Peter Bohling, professor of economics, and Cynthia Surmacz, professor of biological and allied health sciences. Each will receive a $750 professional development stipend, sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, and a plaque recognizing their achievement. They were nominated for the award by graduating undergraduate and graduate students and selected by a peer faculty committee.

Bohling was nominated for his teaching abilities and caring and helpful personality. One nominator said Bohling’s devotion inspired confidence and a sense of calm. Another wrote that Bohling is someone to depend on long after graduation.

Nominators said Surmacz is an exceptional teacher inside and outside the classroom. She is credited with encouraging active learning and helping students succeed in achieving their goals at BU and beyond. One nominator said Surmacz is always willing to sit down and answer questions completely and clearly.

Bohling will be recognized during 9:30 a.m. commencement for the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Education. Surmacz will receive her award at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony when students from the Colleges of Business and Science and Technology will graduate.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.