October 11, 2006

With the University having prioritized building bridges and diversity in The Plan for Bucknell, President Brian C. Mitchell is devoting significant time and effort to ensure that these bridges get built with the international community.

In November, Brian and Maryjane Mitchell, together with Provost Mary DeCredico '81, will travel to London to gain a greater understanding of issues faced by Bucknellians working, living, and studying abroad. This will help shape the future of Bucknell's international programs, including recruitment, development, and off-campus studies.

The Mitchells' and DeCredico's trip will include:

  • A visit to the "Bucknell in London" program's facilities, where they will get first-hand insight into how the program operates and how the curriculum is structured, and will meet professors and students. They will accompany Professor Patrick Conner at his "classroom" in the British Museum to observe the London Art and Architecture class.
  • An open discussion with alumni about development of the Bucknell in London program. This information will be used by the Provost to formalize plans for the strategic direction of all 'Bucknell in' programs.
  • A meeting with American School of London Head Teacher Dr. Mules and Principal Mary Margaret Magee. The school is a college-preparatory American curriculum school with approximately 1,200 students of more than 50 different nationalities. The visit will provide insight and understanding into the school's personality and strengths and will enable closer cooperation in the college admissions process. The group will also stop by Colin Bridgewater '92's seventh-grade English and social studies classroom.
  • The Bucknell Club of London's annual fall reception, hosted by Douglas and Christina Short P'08. Alumni, parents and students studying in the area will have an opportunity to hear President Mitchell's comments on The Plan for Bucknell and how it relates to the international Bucknell community.

Also during the visit, David O'Brien, director of international admissions, will lead a series of recruiting events with Paula Cogan, director of international student services, and Kimberly Thompson '84, president of the Bucknell Club of London. They will meet with leading American and international schools in London to promote Bucknell to high school seniors and juniors.

Since many of these students will not be able to visit Bucknell in person, these recruiting events will rely on the international alumni, parents and students who will share their Bucknell experiences with prospective students.

For additional information on the London events planned for President and Mrs. Mitchell and Provost DeCredico, please contact Kimberly Thompson at kimberlyathompson@hotmail.com.

Posted Oct. 11, 2006

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