Pride in Appearance

The Nelson Field House renovation completed in 2010 dramatically changed the look of the building constructed on the Upper Campus in 1972. Three years later, another project has made a big impact on the building’s interior.

Under the leadership of Michael McFarland, director of athletics, identifiers were added to Nelson Field House, as well as the exterior of Redman Stadium. Nelson’s entrances, hallways and conference rooms now highlight the achievements of past and current student athletes with trophy case displays, photos outside coaches’ offices and plaques featuring an image and brief biography of each member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. On a smaller scale, photos of all BU athletic directors are framed and exhibited in a small conference room.

Nearby, large banners on the exterior of Redman Stadium show current athletes in action, alternating with the letters, H-U-S-K-I-E-S. The stadium banner project was supported by a donation from Steph Pettit ’89.

McFarland says the project was aimed at increasing pride in Bloomsburg University. “We wanted to focus on the history of Bloomsburg athletics and highlight our current student-athletes,” he says. “The concept was for athletes to know where they are and who they are battling, and to be proud of being part of Husky athletics.

“The project aligns perfectly with the P.A.S.S. program , which stands for Pride, Accountability, Student-Athlete Experience and Success on and off the field.”

McFarland says the changes have been well received. “These identifiers not only look amazing, they reflect the sense of pride we intended and create a sense of belonging. The Hall of Fame display also encourages some good-natured rivalry between our current athletes who tell each other, ‘I will be there before you.’ ” •

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