Trustees approve student housing plan

For immediate release: Sept. 17, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is one step closer to a new suite-style residence hall on campus, thanks to action taken at the Council of Trustees’ Sept. 17 meeting.

Trustees approved a resolution for construction of a new student housing and mixed services facility and authorized a standard loan covenant agreement to finance the project.

In addition to a 400-bed residence hall, the seven-story building will house the University Store, mailroom and small dining facility, said Dione Somerville, assistant vice president for student affairs. The estimated construction cost is $61.5 million for the new building, which will be located at the current site of the University Store, BU Police Department and university mailroom.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees approved the 2014-2015 budget and the preliminary 2015-2016 budget. In a presentation during the Committee of the Whole meeting, John Loonan, vice president for Administration and Finance, said this academic year’s budget is balanced with a transfer of $2.9 million from the institutional reserve and enhancement fees.

The Trustees also:

  • Granted non-instructional emeritus status on two retired BUPD officers: Sam Haynes, who joined the department in August 1985, and Angelo Venditti, a member of BUPD since October 1986.
  • Learned during Somerville’s fall enrollment update that residence halls are currently at 109 percent capacity with 305 tripled rooms. A total of 10,829 freshman applications were received, resulting in 1,612 new fall freshmen. This fall, BU’s new student count includes 412 transfer students, 273 African American students, 135 Latino students and 20 students who identify as mixed race.
  • Heard a presentation on faculty professional development by Robert Gates, associate vice president and dean of graduate studies and research; Joseph Hazzard, chair of the institutional review board; and John Hranitz, interim director of research and sponsored programs.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.