Alumni return to BU to share their experiences

McCormick Center For immediate release: April 3, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — Four alumni will return to Bloomsburg University on Monday, April 9, to share their professional experiences built on their English degrees. In addition to visiting classes, Grant Clauser, Allison Hardy, Marisa Peterson and Shawn Rosler will host a panel at 4 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 1303, to answer questions about life post-graduation.

Clauser will also read from his poetry collection, “The Trouble with Rivers,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni House Great Room. Both events are presented by BU’s College of Liberal Arts and are free and open to the public.

Clauser, who graduated in 1991, is the technology editor of Electronic House magazine. During his time at BU, he was involved in an informal writing club composed of professors and fellow students. He works with the Montco Wordshop, a monthly workshop for area poets, and teaches a workshop at the Musehouse Writing Center in Philadelphia. Clauser has also taught writing at several colleges.

Hardy, a 2007 graduate, said she chose her major because she spent most of her time reading, writing and researching – skills she uses daily as an annual giving officer at the Mercy Health Foundation in Baltimore. At BU, she was a tutor in the Writing Center. Hardy is currently enrolled in Loyola University’s Liberal Studies Graduate Program.

Peterson, franchise sales coordinator for Jackson Hewitt in Parsippany, N.J., is a 2010 BU graduate. Last November, she completed a 50,000-word novel in 30 days as a part of National Novel Writing Month. She has trained four puppies for the Seeing Eye School for guide dogs.

Rosler received his undergraduate degree in 2000 and a master’s degree in instructional technology in 2002. He has worked in a variety of positions, including education, management and as the dean of students for a junior college. A frequent contributor to technology-based publications, he credits his success to his background in English.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.