BU celebrates homecoming

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 1, 2014

Homecoming 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University will celebrate homecoming Saturday, Oct. 11, with a parade, the annual alumni tent party and other activities in celebration of its 175th anniversary year. The weekend’s events will open Friday evening, Oct. 10, with the first program in the 2014-15 Celebrity Artist Series by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Bloomsburg native Duane Greenly and his wife, Susan Basar Greenly, both graduates of the Bloomsburg State College Class of 1972, will serve as the parade’s grand marshals. The couple recently donated $1 million to the BU Foundation which is being used to establish the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg. By providing office space for the BU Foundation and other occupants in the local area, the Greenly Center will offer a central location for the foundation staff and give BU a downtown presence.

Duane Greenly, a 1968 graduate of Bloomsburg High School, serves on the BU Foundation Board of Directors. He spent his career in leadership positions with Deering-Milliken & Co., BF Goodrich, Newell Rubbermaid, Morgan Door, Barry Controls and Ames True Temper and continues to work as a business consultant and mentor. Susan Greenly is a former special education teacher. The couple has two children and one grandson. 

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. in the Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot along Lightstreet Road. It will continue to College Hill and then to Main and Market streets before concluding at Town Park. This year’s theme is “Bloomsburg through the Decades,” in honor of the university’s 175th anniversary year.

After the parade, alumni are invited to attend the annual Alumni Homecoming Tent Party from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Fenstemaker Alumni House lawn. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested at www.bloomualumni.com.

The celebration features a complimentary buffet lunch, children’s games, entertainment and a silent auction by the Husky Ambassadors. The Husky Ambassadors will also sell 175th anniversary T-shirts with the proceeds supporting student scholarships. An adult beverage tasting will be provided by local sponsors Marley’s Brewery and Grille, Bloomsburg; Turkey Hill Brewing Co., Lightstreet; Berwick Brewing Co., Berwick, and Freas Farm Winery, Berwick.

An exhibit marking BU’s 175th anniversary, “Remembering Our History: A Look at Bloomsburg University’s Anniversary Celebrations, 1939-1989,” will be on display at the Andruss Library.

Saturday’s homecoming highlights include:

  • Football, Huskies vs. Millersville University, Danny Hale Field, Redman Stadium, 2 p.m.
  • Men’s and Women’s Alumni Swimming Meet, Nelson Field House, 11 a.m.
  • Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Huskies Invitational, upper campus, 11 a.m.

For the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s 8 p.m. performance Friday in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Marsalis will be joined by a 15-member ensemble. Details are available at www.bloomu.edu/CAS or 570-389-4409.

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. The university has 64,000 alumni worldwide.