Two donor gifts to provide experiential learning opportunities

BLOOMSBURG – The Bloomsburg University Foundation announced two major gifts totaling $775,000 building momentum behind the university’s initiative to provide students with invaluable experiential learning opportunities preparing them for success beyond graduation.

Kerby Confer, owner of Forever Broadcasting, pledged $375,000 to extend his support of the Confer Radio Talent Institute held at BU; as well as an annual scholarship awarded to students majoring in mass communications and a faculty fellowship at Bloomsburg University. In addition, Confer also agreed to fund 50 percent of the cost to upgrade BU’s campus radio station, WBUQ-FM, which will provide aspiring broadcasters with a professional environment as they prepare for careers in the radio industry.

Stephen Jones ’83, president and CEO of Covanta Holding Corporation, made a $400,000 pledge to establish four Professional U Faculty Fellowships. The fellows will receive funding to support collaboration with faculty and deans to create a menu of professional experiences, some existing some new, for each department within each college.

“We are so deeply inspired and grateful for Steve and Kerby’s gifts,” said Bloomsburg University President Bashar W. Hanna. “These gifts both offer extraordinary support to expand our university’s strategic goals, and they directly reflect the personal significance that each of these remarkable donors place on the profound impact of experiential learning opportunities as part of the Husky experience.”

Each gift will fund a variety of professional experiences, such as internships, study abroad opportunities, collaborative research with faculty and expressive experiences. The gifts align with the university’s Professional U focus, which is to offer high-impact practices, integrating their academic experience with professional experience in “real world” settings.