BLOOMSBURG—The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement will be moving to the third floor of the Greenly Center on Main Street in Bloomsburg in September to coincide with the opening of the new SEKISUI Professional Experience Lab (PEL). The SEKISUI Corporation recently donated $500,000 for the creation of the PEL to provide students, the community and local businesses with resources to help them train in several areas including job interviewing, virtual presentations, sales, and conflict resolution.
The Greenly Center, named in honor of Duane Greenly ’72 and his wife Sue Basar Greenly ’72, is already home to a first-floor art gallery as well as BU’s Office of Corporate and Continuing Education staff, classrooms for BU’s mini-courses, a 40-seat computer lab and a demonstration kitchen.
The move to the Greenly Center is part of the evolution of the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement.
“In partnership with SEKISUI we can offer our students a hub of professional development opportunities and leverage our alumni network in the process,” said Nate Conroy, director of alumni engagement. “We can also better meet the needs of our 72,000 alumni and students by bringing the entire Alumni and Professional Engagement team together and by offering new and multiple venue opportunities and more than double the space available in Fenstemaker.”
“The addition of the Alumni and Professional Engagement team to the Greenly Center adds special value,” said BU Vice President for Advancement, Erik Evans. “Now, when the Bloomsburg business community, alumni and partner employers and recruiters utilize this SEKISUI Professional Experience Lab they will have access to BU’s Alumni and Professional Engagement team and alumni to network and discuss student hiring and internship opportunities.”
“In recent years we have intentionally aligned the focus of the alumni association to support the university's mission of preparing students for personal and professional success,” said Barbara Romano, current president of the university’s Alumni Association. “I am proud to confirm that the alumni board enthusiastically supports the University by engaging alumni volunteers with BU students in career and professional development experiences while maintaining important association traditions like Homecoming, alumni awards and reunions. Alumni events will continue to be held on campus, as well as in the community, regionally and in states from California to Florida.”
The Fenstemaker Alumni House will remain a fixture of lower campus and the location of the university’s annual Homecoming Tent Party as well as other potential alumni and university events.
Construction of the new space is underway. The goal is to have it ready for returning BU students and community members to use in fall 2019, with a dedication ceremony set for September.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.