BLOOMSBURG-- An atmosphere of comradery and celebration set the mood in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Kehr Union Ballroom during the annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Over 200 alumni and guests from eight decades gathered with current students to acknowledge and honor five BU Alumni for their achievements and contributions to Bloomsburg University, and to celebrate their alma mater and connection with each other.
Honorees for the Distinguished Service Award included longtime BU Board of Trustee member, the late LaRoy “Lee” Davis '67; BU men’s and women’s tennis coach, Martin Coyne ’83; and Elizabeth Swivel ’84 Pennsylvania Bar Association Director of Member Services. Also, president and CEO of the United Way of Columbia County, Adrienne Mael ‘08 was awarded the Maroon and Gold Excellence Award and former Ames True Temper President and CEO (retired) Duane Greenly ‘72 was awarded the William T. Derricott '66 Volunteer of the Year Award.;
The guests of honor spoke passionately about the life-changing impact of their experience at Bloomsburg University, as well as the joy of giving back to the university and its students. Legacy families were recognized as current students stood with their alumni parents and grandparents, and an additional 79 alumni were honored as Grimes Loyalty recipients for their involvement with the university in 2017.
“You never know what impact you can have on someone,” said Distinguished Service Award recipient, Elizabeth Swivel “I am where I am because of one of my former professors, Jesse Bryan."
“Giving back can be very, very rewarding” added Duane Greely, the William T. Derricott '66 Volunteer of the Year Award winner, “Whether it be your time, your talent or your wealth, there is a high correlation between giving and having something given back to you.”
The mission of the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement is to consult, educate and collaborate with the University community, alumni and organizational partners to develop students into professionally competent alumni in support of lifelong engagement.
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.