Zeigler Institute for Professional Development

Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD)

ZIPD Mission

Learn, Experience, Grow, Demonstrate

Bloomsburg University's Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) is a comprehensive educational experience designed to build the personal and professional capacities necessary for career success. Students gain a competitive edge in the job market or acceptance in graduate/professional school via knowledge, demonstrated professional skills, and networking experiences.

The ZIPD program is a comprehensive, holistic, educational experience that provides CORE professional development elements each student is required to complete to achieve ZIPD success.

ZIPD Requirements

ZIPD Program Benefits

  • Graduation Stole
  • Transcript Notation
  • Appreciation Award Breakfast
  • Exclusive Networking Invitations
  • Program Certification of Completion
  • Recommendation Letter for Internships/Jobs
  • ZCOB Graduation Awards Ceremony and Recognition
  • High Point Earners= Professional Development Grant Money
  • ZIPD Business Conference Networking Reception- ZIPD Core Requirement


ZIPD Jake Latchum
ZIPD Katelyn Griffiths
ZIPD Ashley Davis

How to register

This is a TWO-PART registration process for full enrollment.

  • Part I-ZIPD BOLT Registration- on the BOLT Homepage via the ZIPD Widget (ad) - Scroll down right side of screen.
  • Part II-After students REGISTER, check dates/times available for ZIPD Elite Success Sessions (schedule below) to better understand the new ZIPD Program requirements
  • Log in to Handshake with your BU single sign-in and password
  • Go to EVENTS / Search ZIPD
  • Find this particular date/time and click on the link to REGISTER.

ZIPD Elite Edition Session

  • Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7-8 p.m., Sutliff Hall, Rm. 115
  • Friday, Sept. 6, 3-4 p.m., Sutliff Hall, Rm. 102
  • Monday, Sept.9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Sutliff Hall, Rm. 246, Complete self-registration on BOLT
  • Friday, Sept.13, 3-4 p.m., Sutliff Hall, Rm. 102, RSVP attendance on Handshake
  • Thursday, Sept.19, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sutliff Hall, Rm. 110
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sutliff Hall, Rm. 102, Brings student ID
  • Friday, Sept.27, 3-4 p.m., Sutliff Hall, Rm. 102

Dates. times, and locations are subject to change due to scheduling issues. Check BOLT for current information.

New approach to business education

Terry and JoAnn Zeigler

Terry Zeigler '76, president and CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., and wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler '77, endowed the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) to help students cultivate professional skill sets, while developing a deeper understanding of how the functional areas of business interrelate. Terry Zeigler's experiences as co-founder of a small company convinced the couple of the importance of interconnected business education. Zeigler was in his 20s when he and two partners started Datacap Systems, which develops and markets E-payment interfaces that enable cash register and business system providers to add E-payments to their systems.

ZIPD students focus on ...

Sense of Self
Clarified Values
Community Service
Intellectual Growth
Enhanced Self-Esteem
Social Responsibility
Business Career Choice
Effective Communication

Appreciating Diversity
Realistic Self-Appraisal
Interpersonal Communication
Personal and Educational Goals
Global, Cultural, Ethical Awareness
Satisfying and Productive Lifestyle
Meaningful Interpersonal Relationships
Business Functions Interconnectedness
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Initiative and Drive


ZIPD Staff

Mary Lenzini Howe

Mary Lenzini Howe, Director
SH 242 | 570-389-4855 | mhowe@bloomu.edu

Sandy Freeman

Sandy Freeman, Administrative Support
SH 240 | 570-389-4422 | sfreeman@bloomu.edu