Bloomsburg University to Celebrate Diversity by Focusing on The Faces of Access and Success

For Immediate Release

Date: Feb. 7, 2020

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications

Bloomsburg University to Celebrate Diversity by Focusing on The Faces of Access and Success

BLOOMSBURG--The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Office of Access and Success will present a photography exhibition titled “Faces of Access and Success” featuring the work of BU students Hamier Booker and Tirazahinna (Tu Tu) Parker along with John Wardigo, a BU faculty member.

The exhibition opens Monday, Feb.24, at 4 p.m. in “The Spot,” located in the Warren Student Services Center, room 22, with a reception and artist talk. The exhibition, featuring over 45 original photographs will remain on display until March 20. The exhibition will highlight the dynamic, diverse and dedicated students of Bloomsburg University’s Act 101, Board of Governors and Emerging Scholars Programs.

According to Ralph E. Godbolt, director of Access and Success, “Many students who are served by my office feel like they are invisible, both on campus and sometimes in the communities in which they come from,” said Godbolt. “The photography of Hamier, Tu Tu and John, captures the uniqueness of our students as they go about their daily lives here at BU, as they engage in intensive community service projects in low-income communities in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and as they demonstrate hope and resiliency daily. I am in awe of the photographs because at the end of the day, and I am in awe by the students that we serve”.

About the Artists

Booker is a second-year student majoring in mass communications, a member of the Board of Governor’s Scholarship program and the Emerging Scholars program. His photography showcases the intricacies of life.

Parker is a second-year student in the Act 101 and Emerging Scholars programs. Parker is also a member of BU’s ROTC program, with a plan on being commissioned as an officer in the United States military after graduation. One of her prized photographs is an image of City Hall in Philadelphia. She took the picture at a time when she felt that she would not have an opportunity to return to BU after her first semester.

John Wardigo ’05, M‘19 has served as a member of Bloomsburg University’s faculty for more than 12 years. He believes that his photographic works captures the soul of the subjects in his pictures.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.