BU to confer more than 600 degrees

Graduation For immediate release: Dec. 8, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — A total of 665 students will receive bachelor’s or master’s degrees during Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s winter commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, Dec.17 and 18, in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

One hundred sixty-five students will receive master’s degrees during graduate commencement Friday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. and 500 bachelor’s degrees will be conferred during two undergraduate commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 18. Commencement for students who graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education will take place at 10 a.m., with commencement for students in the College of Business and the College of Science and Technology set for 2:30 p.m.

Richard Beierschmitt, BU’s student teacher placement coordinator and a former member of BU’s Council of Trustees, will be the undergraduate commencement speaker for the morning ceremony. A former teacher, principal and superintendent in the Mount Carmel Area School District, Beierschmitt served on the committee to revise BU’s Student Teacher Handbook and is currently a member of the field experience committee, responsible for ensuring future student teachers meet the requirements and recommendations of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1970 and a master’s in elementary education in 1976, both from BU, and later received administrative certification as a principal and superintendent from Bucknell University.

Pamela Wynn, BU professor of management, will speak at the afternoon undergraduate commencement ceremony. Wynn, a native of Dallas, Texas, joined BU’s management department in 1989, teaching courses in business ethics, social responsibility and corporate governance, and small business management. Her research interests have taken her to Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Taiwan, India and Bangladesh. Based on her research, she pioneered a local lending intermediary in Columbia County in the early 1990s. Wynn advocates for economic and social justice through activities such as the Black History Committee, the Protected Classes Issues Committee and the Committee on the President’s Conversation on Diversity.

Also during the undergraduate ceremonies, the top honor graduates from each college will be recognized. They are: Rebecca Marie Haley, an elementary education major from York, College of Education; Marie Danenhower, a theater arts major from Broomall, College of Liberal Arts; Timothy J. Harris, a finance major from Danville, College of Business; and Charles E. Brightbill, an exercise science major from Pine Grove, College of Science and Technology.

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.