Trustees give ‘thumbs up’ to facilities

For immediate release: June 6, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s Council of Trustees adopted a resolution approving the condition of the buildings and grounds during the Wednesday, June 6, quarterly meeting.

Elwell Hall Prior to the meeting, the Trustees inspected Sutliff Hall, Redman Stadium’s Danny Hale Field and Elwell Residence Hall as part of the annual campus tour. The resolution will be forwarded to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors.

The Trustees also agreed to a resolution recommending Board of Governors approval of the acquisition of 64 acres adjacent to BU’s Upper Campus.

The land, currently owned by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, was purchased in 2005 from Catawissa Lumber and Specialty Co.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees:

  • Honored four retirees with emeritus status. Mary Gardner, former athletic director, and Brenda Keiser, who retired from the languages and cultures department, received faculty emeritus status; Cindy Harris, former nurse supervisor in the Student Health Center, and Tom Patacconi, former duplicating supervisor, received non-instructional emeritus status.
  • Reappointed the current slate of Trustees officers to serve from 2012 to 2014: Robert Dampman ’65, chair; Charles C. “Nick” Housenick ’60, vice chair; and Patrick Wilson ’91, secretary.
  • Heard a construction update from Eric Ness, assistant vice president of facilities management. Currently under way, the $14.2 million Elwell Residence Hall renovation is expected to be complete by August 2013. Future projects, based on required approvals and availability of funding, include renovations to Waller Administration Building, construction of a pedestrian bridge across Lightstreet Road and the addition of turning lanes at the intersection of Lightstreet Road and Country Club Road. The Community Government Association would fund the intersection improvements in conjunction with the pedestrian bridge as part of a safety corridor upgrade, Ness said.
  • Learned about the Career Development Center during a presentation by Jeanne Fitzgerald, interim director. During 2011-12, the Career Development Center had contact with more than 8,800 students and alumni during orientation, classes, meetings of student organizations, Freshman Seminar and other events. More than 87 percent of the Class of 2011 is employed, serving in the military or pursing graduate studies, Fitzgerald added.

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.