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LEWISBURG, Pa. — With more than 2,000 alumni and family members attending, Bucknell's Reunion Weekend 2006 was an outstanding success.
This year's reunion, held June 1-4, featured the 12 classes from the past 60 years graduating in the first and sixth year of each decade. Celebrating its 50th reunion, the Class of 1956 had nearly 28 percent of its members in attendance.
The heavy rains that were forecast for the weekend did not materialize, leaving the campus vibrant with class parties and other social events.
Alumni packed the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday to witness the presentation of awards to 10 Bucknellians by the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
The Loyalty to Bucknell Award was shared by six University trustees who are members of the Class of 1956 - David D. Ekedahl, Ernest M. Kalman, Arthur D. Kinney Jr., Rev. James R. Leo, Samuel Posner, and James W. Schubauer. It was the first time in University history that the award had been shared by a group of alumni.
Brenda Earl De Paola, Class of 1981, received the Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession Award and James R. Owens '86 earned the Service to Humanity Award. From the Class of 1991, Mitchell E. Blumenfeld and Peter L. Rovick each received the Young Alumni Award.
Along with recognition of the reunion and emeritus classes, the Rally included an address by President Brian C. Mitchell calling for alumni involvement in The Plan for Bucknell. Presiding over the event were the outgoing and incoming chairs of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Scott R. Singer '87 and Richard A. Humphrey '74.
Gift chairs at Reunion Rally announced that their classes had raised nearly $14.7 million in gifts for the University. Of that total, $3.2 million was annual and capital gifts for this fiscal year (which ends June 30) with $11.5 million in future commitments.
With many of the classes reporting record giving totals, the Class of '56 was awarded the President's Cup for the largest overall giving and the Reunion Cup for the largest gift to the Annual Fund. The Class of 1946 had the greatest participation with 68.8 percent of its members providing gifts to Bucknell.
Throughout the weekend, alumni and their families had an array of choices, including an All-Class Parade and Luncheon, Family Fun Festival, alumni flag football event, Cap & Dagger gathering, and an alumni varsity lacrosse match. About 200 alumni volunteers celebrated their service to Bucknell at a special reception hosted by President and Mrs. Mitchell at their home.
Saturday night featured an Outdoor Extravaganza with fireworks and the music of Antigone Rising. Having toured with Rob Thomas and recently opening for the Rolling Stones, the group features the singing of sisters' Cathy and Kristen Henderson - both Bucknell graduates.
Reunion Weekend concluded Sunday morning with an Alumni Memorial Service and a farewell brunch.
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