In the heyday of Top 40 radio, each announcer had a tagline that signaled the end of his shift on the air. One of the taglines I heard as a teenager seems especially appropriate today: It’s been fun, but I’m done and gotta run. After more than 16 years as editor or co-editor of Bloomsburg: The University Magazine, I am retiring. This issue is my last.
As assistant director of communications and media relations, my official title, I have been involved in the inner workings of Bloomsburg University’s Marketing and Communications Office and, at times, the university as a whole. But my favorite part of the job was editing this magazine. Through the stories we featured, I met you — BU’s talented, generous, involved and ingenious students, faculty, staff and, especially, alumni. Your stories of personal and professional success inspired me and nearly 70,000 readers. Your notes to firstname.lastname@example.org brought news of milestones in your lives — marriages, births and career accomplishments — to be featured in the magazine’s Husky Notes section. I have shared your joy and offered congratulations.
I am not a BU graduate (sorry) but as I learned about this university, its history, mission and vision, I realized Bloomsburg would have been a good fit for me as a student. Professionally, it has been an excellent fit, providing a challenging and rewarding career during the tenure of two presidents, Dr. Jessica Kozloff and Dr. David Soltz. As I often say, this is the best place I’ve ever worked and the best job I’ve ever had.
Over the past 16 years, I have seen Bloomsburg University change physically with the addition of the Academic Quad, and new and renovated academic buildings, residence halls and athletic facilities. Academically, BU has added new majors, career-related programs and exciting new opportunities for students. But, be assured, BU’s essence remains the same.
So, as I retire, I thank you for welcoming Bloomsburg: The University Magazine into your home and holding Bloomsburg University in your heart.
Now, I gotta run.
Bonnie Martin, editor