BLOOMSBURG – A new endowed gift from Bloomsburg University Foundation board member Duane Greenly ’72 and his wife Sue Greenly ’72 will support experiential learning opportunities for students in BU’s College of Science and Technology.
The $575,000 gift will provide Professional Experience Grants (PEGs) to help fund outside-the-classroom opportunities for students to work together with faculty members on research collaborations. The gift is consistent with the university’s Professional U focus, which is to provide high-impact practices, integrating their academic experience with professional experience in “real world” settings.
Duane Greenly, who served as chair of the Bloomsburg University’s recently-concluded It’s Personal campaign, BU’s largest-ever capital campaign, and his wife Sue both graduated from Bloomsburg in 1972. Duane completed his undergraduate studies with a degree in chemistry and Sue in special education. Their combined educational backgrounds along with extensive conversations with members of BU’s College of Science and Technology, helped the Greenly’s to identify an area of need at the university that they were excited about supporting through the creation of multiple PEGs.
“The commitment we made to support the university throughout the It’s Personal campaign was important to us because our gift was very personal,” Greenly said. “We thought for a long time about how we could take this next step with our support to help in sustaining one of the priorities established during the campaign, which was to find a way to create more hands-on experiences for BU students.”
The Greenly’s history of support for BU extends back to 1991 with their first gift to the Henry Carver Fund, Bloomsburg University’s Annual Fund and includes significant contributions, including the establishment of the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg along with the Duane and Sue Greenly Scholarship.
“Sue and Duane’s continued support and their recognition of the importance of experiential learning as an integral part of a Bloomsburg University education is truly inspiring,” said BU President Bashar W. Hanna. “This extraordinary gift will expand experiential learning opportunities for our science and technology students ensuring success in their chosen discipline after graduation.”
Since the It’s Personal campaign began in 2010, a total of 11 PEGs were established to support majors in the College of Business, College of Education and College of Liberal Arts, but the university had faced a challenge in funding professional research experiences for students in the College of Science and Technology.
Thanks to the Greenlys’ gift, seven students in the areas of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological and Allied Health, and Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences have already applied and were awarded the PEGs, which will allow them to begin conducting independent research studies under the supervision of BU faculty members.
“Research is by far the most robust, effective and high-impact experiential learning activity for our students,” said Dean of the College of Science and Technology Robert Aronstam. “This is truly one of the most significant gifts we could receive, and will fund what the faculty has identified as the greatest need of the college; helping us to reach our goal of providing one outside-the-classroom research opportunity for each of our students before graduation.”
For more information about creating a Professional Experience Grant through the Bloomsburg University Foundation, call 570-389-4128.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.