Robert and Barbara
Bartos in front of the child and family
center that was renamed in their honor
named for long-time supporters
The child and
family center at Shippensburg University has a new name. The center was officially renamed Thursday (April 18) as the Bartos Child and Family Center in honor of Dr. Robert B. Bartos, retired dean
of the university’s College of Education and Human Services, and his wife,
The name change, approved by the university’s Council of Trustees, recognizes of the couple’s philanthropy and commitment to education and the significant
contributions by Dr. Bartos to the College of Education and Human Services.
Barbara Lyman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and emcee
of the program, said, “As the university provost, I have a unique vantage point
to assess the programs that result in high impact learning experiences. The
Bartos Child and Family Center does just that. It allows our students who are
pursuing degrees in early childhood education to develop their skills from work
study and graduate assistants through practicum experiences and observations
which are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.”
to Lyman, “All of what the center is today would not have occurred had it not
been for Dean Bartos’ encouragement, persistence and persuasiveness to convince
the university a center like this was needed on our campus.” She also added
that “I find it inspiring that the Bartoses have chosen to endow a program that
begins with nurturing a child’s development as well as touches the educational
experience of a young adult, completing the circle of excellence here at
Dr. Bartos served as dean of the
college from 1988 until his retirement in 2008. He was instrumental in
establishing the Child and Family Center, which provides a nurturing
environment for young children and learning opportunities for education majors.
During his tenure, he also established a combined masters of social work
program with Millersville University; the Duquesne and Widener collaborative
doctoral programs; the Pennsylvania Teach mentoring program for upper division education
majors; the exercise science degree; and the Literacy Center, a partnership
connecting the university with area public schools.
Through her philanthropic and
volunteer endeavors, Mrs. Bartos has had a significant impact on the local
community through her service on the Carlisle Area School Board and the board
of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum. As the Cumberland
County archivist, she has advised and mentored many student interns from the university.
In 2003, Dr. Bartos and retired Associate
Dean Peggy Hockersmith established the Drs. Bartos and Hockersmith College of
Education and Human Services Deans’ Scholarship. The Dr. Robert B. and Barbara
F. Bartos Scholarship for incoming freshmen to the College of Education and
Human Services was established by Dr. and Mrs. Bartos in 2009.