Area resident heads student government at Bloomsburg University
For Immediate Release
Date: August 23, 2005
BLOOMSBURG—Nathan Conroy, president of the Community Government Association at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, believes that BU lives the philosophy stated in its publications and during freshman orientation.
“I looked at a lot of different schools and all schools say they’re student-oriented,” said Conroy, “but you can really tell at Bloomsburg that they mean it.”
Conroy, a graduate of Berwick High School and a resident of Nescopeck, chose BU not because it was close, but rather for what it offers students. After commuting his first semester and feeling like he was missing out on student life, he decided to move to campus. He became involved with CGA his sophomore year at Bloomsburg.
“My girlfriend and her roommate were both involved in CGA, so sophomore year I decided to join. I ran for Lycoming Hall representative and sophomore class president and won both positions,” Conroy said.
He decided to run for president of CGA, he said, because he saw the organization’s influence on students and the campus and believed more could be done.
Conroy focused on two main goals while campaigning. “We picked things that we felt would hit home to some students,” said Conroy.
Custodial coverage was one of the platforms for the campaign. Conroy is looking to expand custodial coverage in the residence halls on the weekends.
“As a tour guide we bring a lot of tours through on the weekends. I want to work with residence life to improve that,” said Conroy.
The second issue Conroy hopes to tackle is reconfiguring the Student Recreation Center fee to reflect students’ proximity to Bloomsburg. Currently, all students pay the same fee whether they have an internship, are student teaching or are on campus full-time. Conroy believes that students with internships and student teachers should be offered a discount because they don’t have free time to use the center.
Along with the goals mentioned in his campaign, Conroy is aware that other issues will arise. “There are always issues that come up along the way. There is so much to do and sometimes the main campaign goals can get pushed to the back to handle more pressing issues,” said Conroy.
He is proud of his involvement with several CGA initiatives, especially the new Honeysuckle Apartments, a student-run project developed by CGA from land purchase to planning to construction.
Conroy also is proud of the Student Rec Center construction and sees it as a sign that student referendums work. Students voted to go ahead with construction, agreeing to an increase in Rec Center fees when the addition is complete.
“To me it proved that the students' voices were heard and, when push came to shove, the students did
what they had to do to get it done,” said Conroy of the Rec Center referendum.
He’s also proud of his involvement with CGA’s 2004-05 executive board and believes the group addressed the needs and concerns of all students. Conroy said he’s most gratified by the way the executive committee handled a vote concerning the funding of leadership events for fraternities and sororities. Both sides put personal beliefs aside in the best interests of the university.
“Over the last year and a half, Honeysuckle has tied up most of our attention, but any time you take out a $20 million loan, it’s going to demand a lot of attention,” Conroy said.
Conroy’s involvement with the campus does not stop at CGA president. He is president of the Orientation Workshop Leaders, known as OWLs. He serves as chair of the Kehr Union board and new student organizations committee. Conroy is active in the Model United Nations, University Democrats, Democracy Matters, History Club and Political Organization for Student Involvement. As president of CGA he will also have a seat on the Bloomsburg University Foundation Board of Directors.
Conroy believes his involvement in Berwick High School activities helped prepare him for the position of CGA president. “I was a member of the rifle team and I got a leadership award named after me. I was in athletics and even the Model UN, which carried over to the university,” said Conroy.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.