September 23, 2014, BY Christina Masciere Wallace

Who loves Chicago? We do.

The Windy City was the latest stop on the national tour for WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell University, drawing more than 130 alumni, parents and friends to the Ravenswood Event Center on Sept. 19.

In true Chicago fashion, many came straight from a Cubs game to the event, where they heard President John Bravman discuss the progress and goals of the half-a-billion dollar comprehensive campaign. President Emeritus and Honorary Campaign Co-Chair Gary Sojka also spoke to the audience gathered in the venue's Billboard Factory room, which featured neon signs and classic cars.

Academics were front and center as Professors Dan Cavanagh and Katherine Faull presented faculty "snap talks" highlighting their recent research and participated in a discussion moderated by Provost Mick Smyer. Several interactive areas hosted by students and faculty highlighted innovative projects in management, engineering and the humanities.

"These WE DO events are so special because they allow us to bring Bucknell to our alumni, volunteers, parents and friends in cities across the country," said Bravman. "It is their generous support that will carry this campaign to great success, thereby changing the lives of our students today, tomorrow and many decades from now."

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President Emeritus Gary Sojka

Liz Chandler '82, P'12 and Dave Chandler P'12 with President John Bravman

Vice President for Finance & Administration Dave Surgala with President John Bravman

Valerie (Kiernan) Gervais '72, Joan (Mitchell) Robertson '64 and Peter O'Keeffe '72

Trustee and Chicago Campaign Leader Robin Zafirovski '79, P'09

Valerie (Kiernan) Gervais '72

Provost Mick Smyer

Professor Katherine Faull, comparative humanities

Professor Dan Cavanagh, biomedical and chemical engineering

Provost Mick Smyer with professors Dan Cavanagh and Katherine Faull

More than 130 Bucknellians gathered for WE DO Chicago.

President Emeritus Gary Sojka

President John Bravman

'ray Bucknell!

Guests enjoy the strolling dinner and interactive areas.

The Billboard Factory room at the Ravenswood Event Center

Provost Mick Smyer, Trustee and Chicago Campaign Leader Robin Zafirovski '79, P'09 and Trustee Frank Arentowicz '69

President Bravman with guests

Colin Hassell '15 at the Management Conversation area

Professor Dan Cavanagh and guest at the Human Health Initiative area

Chicago Campaign Cabinet members Robin Zafirovski '79, P'09, Ernie Ernest '70, P'99, Mike Zafirovski P'09, Liz Chandler '82, P'12, Jacqueline Rooke '06, Tom Rooke '06, Cate Waddell P'07, Rick Waddell P'07, Helen Reetz '78 and Jeff Dickson '90

Henry Stann '17 with Professor Katherine Faull at the Sustainability and Global Initiatives area

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