Each of us has written our own story with Bloomsburg University and no two stories are alike. The It’s Personal campaign asks you to look into your heart and recall the details of your unique connection, your fond recollections, the personal experiences that made you who you are.
I know firsthand how those experiences can change the trajectory of a young person’s life. Having grown up only a few miles from the campus, then attending and graduating from the university in 1972, both Bloomsburg University and the town of Bloomsburg have impacted my life tremendously.
It’s that personal impact that helped my wife, Sue, and me decide on our own commitment to the It’s Personal campaign. We knew we wanted to give back, and we were in agreement that our gift had to be personal. After exploring our options we discovered that we could make a gift that would have an impact, not only on the university, but also the community.
With the construction and dedication of the Greenly Center, we had the opportunity to help strengthen BU’s partnership with the downtown community. It created a new home for the BU Foundation, added classroom space to the downtown area and established an art gallery where BU students and faculty can share their work with the public.
Making an impact and creating a legacy that represented our personal connection to the Town of Bloomsburg and the university – that is what ignited our passion and inspired us to make a difference though this campaign.
The It’s Personal campaign will continue to transform the educational and personal experiences for BU students. We are committed to helping students be better prepared for success after graduation by ensuring they are taught by dedicated faculty and have access to a curriculum tailored to their passions and opportunities to help ease the debt they may incur.
I encourage you to think about your own BU experiences that helped shape the person you are today. Through this campaign, we each have the opportunity to create a legacy by passing those experiences forward to the next generation of Huskies.
The stories that follow illustrate the positive impact of talented faculty, the benefit of scholarships and the value of giving back to our university in a way that is meaningful – personal – to you. •
Duane R. Greenly