Students prepare distribution of Bucknell Hello posters.

LEWISBURG, Pa - Time was when no Bucknell student passed another on campus without saying, "Hello." Now, student organizers are hoping to revive the once-popular practice with a campaign titled, "Bucknell Hello. Bring back the tradition."

The week-long Bucknell Hello campaign is being rolled out campus wide Wednesday, Feb. 7, which is officially being called "Hello Day." Kicking off the campaign is the campus-wide distribution of posters, flyers, postcards and, of course, sticky "Hello, my name is …" badges.

Traditions committee
The effort is the brainchild of the Bucknell traditions committee that counts student leaders, alumni office representatives, and the Office of the Deans of Student as members.

One of the student organizers of Bucknell Hello is Jenna Camann, a senior from Lynnfield, Mass.

"When you talk to older alumni from the 1930s, '40s and '50s, one of the things they remember most is the Bucknell Hello tradition," said Camann. "They proudly and fondly recall a time when everyone said hello."
 
'We have this connection.'
"Today, we walk around wearing iPods, talking on our cell phones, or with our head down and no eye contact," said Camann. "I want to bring back the Bucknell Hello tradition. We have this connection at Bucknell and we take it for granted."

Another student organizer is Cara Jellison, a junior from York, Pa., who says the campaign is about putting a welcoming face on the entire campus.

"It is about meeting new Bucknellians," Jellison said. "It is about sharing your love for Bucknell with those around you. It is about sharing a moment."

The hello tradition
While doing research for the Bucknell traditions committee, she said she kept hearing from alumni about the hello tradition.

"I heard about their Hello Bucknell experiences and I want our campus to have that tradition, something we can share on an every day basis," she said. "Classes, student life, and the entire campus were much different 50 years ago. How do we connect with those alumni who experienced Bucknell at a different time? We bring back traditions. We say hello."
  
Camann said she also spoke to alumni about campus traditions, including Donald Manning '52. "He told me when he was a freshman in 1948, everyone was impressed with the need to greet everyone - students, faculty, staff, and local residents - with a friendly and warm 'hello,'" she said.

Respect and interaction
Harvey Edwards '78, said Camann, told her that the Bucknell Hello was really part of the University's culture. "It showed not only respect, but also created an interaction between two people - two Bucknellians," said Camann.

Posted Feb. 2, 2007

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