October 28, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Thousands of alumni and friends returned to Bucknell University for Homecoming Weekend 2008.

A new Bucknell video, "Beginnings," made its debut at the Homecoming Awards celebration. See it here in the first Watch Bucknell video near the bottom of the homepage.

In addition to a weekend chock full of sports and cultural events, special highlights included the second annual Homecoming Awards Gala at which four alumni received distinguished citizenship awards.

Honored were:

  • Jessica Jackley Flannery, a 2000 graduate who received the Distinguished Citizenship Young Alumni Award;
  • Edward Staiano '58, who received the Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award;
  • William Westenhofer '90, who received the Association for the Arts Academy of Artistic Achievement Award; and
  • Charles Pollock '70 who was honored posthumously with the Distinguished Citizenship Award.

Bucknell will soon post video of the award recipients as well as of several other Blue and Orange graduates who returned to campus for speaking events in recent days. Watch for a story update with links to these multimedia presentations.

Among the recent alumni speakers were David Boger, Class of 1961. Boger, now a Laureate Professor in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department of the University of Melbourne, spoke about “Sustainability and the Resource Industries.” On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Lee Schwartz ’76, the official geographer for the U.S. State Department, will give the talk, "Why Geography Matters: Geographical Awareness and Global Diplomacy," on at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center.

Another Homecoming Weekend highlight was the Bucknell Village.

While rain forced the tailgate bar-b-cue inside Gerhard Fieldhouse, an amazing number of alumni joined current students and faculty at tables representing academic disciplines. Faculty had the opportunity to connect with former students and share department updates, while current students had the chance to network and chat with successful Bucknellians.

Contact: Division of Communications

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