LEWISBURG, Pa. — Ten members of the Bucknell University faculty, staff, and administration were honored during commencement ceremonies at Bucknell.
They were: Rabbi Serena Fujita, Jewish chaplain; David Jensen, associate professor of management; Janet Jones, associate professor of classics; William King Jr., professor of chemical and biomedical engineering; Terry Lloyd, dining services; Karl Patten Jr., professor emeritus of English; James Rice, assistant vice president for academic affairs and development; Ruth Robenolt, academic assistant with the foreign language programs and Spanish; Emek Uçarer, associate professor of international relations; and William Zimmerman Jr., facilities.
Jensen received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Established in 1960 and funded by the Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia, the award honors professors who make outstanding contributions towards the community, particularly through teaching With the university since 1986, Jensen was lauded for his "teaching style [which] is characterized by animation, energy and enthusiasm." In addition to teaching all levels of accounting, Jensen helped develop and teaches the innovative Student Managed Investment Fund course, in which students invest real dollars from the Bucknell endowment.
Jones, who serves as classics department chair, received the Class of 1956 Lectureship, given annually to recognize inspirational teaching. With the university since 1989, Jones specializes in ancient archaeology. She was cited for "her approachable manner in which she is able to impart large amounts of information to students in ways that engage their imaginative and critical abilities." She will give a lecture during the academic year.
King and Uçarer each received Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence. Created in 1998, the award enables the university to recognize the very high achievement attained by faculty members who demonstrate reputable integrity in the art of teaching.
King, who joined the university in 1983, served more than a decade as department chair during a time of growth and changes in the discipline. Cited for "his approachability, organization, clarity of presentation and technical knowledge base," he also "is seen as an engaged and enthusiastic instructor in laboratories and other small group or one-on-one settings."
Uçarer, who joined the faculty in 1998, "is considered a model of lucidity who is eagerly sought after by students for advice, consultation and general discussion. In her interactions with students, she shares her personal understanding to encourage others to engage the topic."
Patten, who joined the faculty in 1956, received the Harriman Award for Contributions to the Intellectual Life of the University in recognition of his work with the West Branch literary magazine and annual poetry festival, the film studies program at Bucknell and the local Prison Project. Patten retired from Bucknell in 1997.
Rice received the Walter C. Geiger Memorial Award for Administrative Excellence. The award honors Walter Geiger, who served as director of the Bucknell physical plant (now called facilities) for 21 years until his retirement in 1978.
Rice, who also serves as director of the summer school and vice president for academic affairs with the Office of the Provost, was cited for his "deep commitment to the intellectual mission of the university. In his work, he has enabled faculty to fund and carry out scholarly projects that benefit the whole university. He also has been instrumental in administering the Bucknell Program for Undergraduate Research and the annual Kalman Research Symposium."
Fujita received the Burma-Bucknell Award for Promoting Intercultural and International Understanding, sharing it with the student group, the Burmese Cultural Organization. The award recognizes those in the university community who contribute significantly to the ideal of brotherhood, and promote international understanding.
Fujita, who has participated in several Bucknell Brigade trips to Nicaragua, also has organized several inter-religious international trips to Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Peru. Through her leadership, Hillel has hosted numerous speakers and visitors discussing such topics as the Holocaust and Afro-Semitic music as well as sponsoring interfaith activities including Darfur Awareness Week and the International Food Fair.
The Burmese Cultural Organization, which was founded in 1998, was honored for keeping the campus community aware of Burmese culture and of Bucknell's unique and historic ties to Burma.
Terry Lloyd, Ruth Robenolt and William Zimmerman each received the John F. Zeller Award for Support Staff Excellence. Inaugurated in 1995, the award honors John Zeller, a 1941 Bucknell graduate who served as vice president for business and fiscal affairs, general counsel, and acting president of Bucknell before his retirement in 1986.
Lloyd, a food service worker in Dining Services, staffs the Mini-Marts food stand. Recognized for his "uplifting and hard-working efforts, Lloyd creates a friendly atmosphere and consistently provides friendly, efficient service with sincerity and soul."
Robenolt was honored for "consistently exceeding the expectations in her job description and serving as a role model. She has an excellent understanding of the academic mission of the foreign language and Spanish programs," serving a total of 18 faculty members, eight foreign teaching assistants and three adjunct faculty members with 10 different nationalities being represented among those 29 individuals.
Zimmerman, called "an invaluable asset to the university," was lauded for being "a dedicated, hard-working staff member for almost 40 years in facilities. He is extremely knowledgeable in a wide variety of grounds maintenance areas and readily shares this knowledge and expertise when supporting others in their work."
The honorees also were recognized during the annual staff picnic, which included remarks by President Brian C. Mitchell.