Matthew Bogdanos ’80, a best-selling author, internationally recognized speaker and medaled veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will discuss “The End of the Citizen-Soldier? Questions of Leadership in a Time of War” as the third speaker in this semester’s Bucknell Forum series. [full story]
A colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Bogdanos led an international investigation into the looting of the Iraq Museum in the days following the beginning of the Iraq War. His investigation and subsequent recovery of thousands of priceless artifacts were the basis for his book, Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine’s Passion to Recover the World’s Greatest Stolen Treasures, and led to his being awarded the 2005 National Humanities Medal by former President George W. Bush.
The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 15 in Trout Auditorium in Bucknell’s Vaughan Literature Building, followed by a book signing. The Bucknell Forum series “Global Leadership: Questions for the 21st Century” began in January and runs through spring 2010.
Bucknell University’s College of Arts and Sciences approved a comprehensive new curriculum in February. It will launch in fall 2010 with the arrival of the Class of 2014. [full story]
The four College Core Curriculum components are Intellectual Skills, Tools for Critical Engagement, Disciplinary Perspectives and Disciplinary Depth: The Major. To satisfy an additional requirement, students must take two courses from each of the college’s divisions, including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics.
The new College Core Curriculum will provide students with the “foundational preparation for a lifetime of critical thinking and civic engagement” in a rapidly changing world, said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Christopher Zappe.
A “Women of War” panel discussion and an International Women’s Day Luncheon were part of the University’s Women’s History Month celebration. [full story]
Rudo Mawema ’09 and Zumra Balihodzic ’09, in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center, International Student Services and the Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict (CIVIC), hosted the March 19 “Women of War” panel discussion, which aimed to increase awareness of atrocities innocent civilians — especially women — face during times of war.
Panelists Balihodzic, Sowande Parkinson ’10, Simin Wahdat ’11 and Professor Rosemary Shinko spoke about how war has affected women in their home countries. “I’m humbled by these students coping and managing to be such positive and productive students on this campus,” said Mawema. “They are change agents while carrying the scars of war.”
The International Women’s Day Luncheon, held March 18, focused on the history of international women at the University. Panelists, including current and former faculty and staff, shared stories about their experiences at Bucknell, and how these experiences have changed over the years.
Joanne Romagni-Colvin is Bucknell University’s first director of research and sponsored programs. [full story]
Hired to oversee the University’s effort to support faculty research funding from external resources, Romagni-Colvin will coordinate Bucknell’s inter-institutional research interactions and develop technology transfer initiatives and policy relating to intellectual property.
A biology professor, she established the Office of Sponsored Programs at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She has served on several federal review panels, including the National Science Foundation, and was awarded an NSF award to establish International Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the University of Cádiz in Spain.
“With her strong record of fundraising and expertise in coordinating research, Dr. Romagni-Colvin is the ideal person to help us expand support for the rich array of faculty research at Bucknell,” said Provost Mick Smyer. “We look forward to the impact she will have in helping us attract new funding for their research and sponsored programs.”
A group working to supply bicycles to people in northern Uganda has won a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant, the fourth received by Bucknell students. [full story]
Bicycles Against Poverty (BAP) seeks to improve Ugandans’ accessibility to markets, farms and basic social services. “There is a great demand for bicycles in the area,” said Muyambi Muyambi ’11, an engineering and economics student from Uganda. “They can be used to bring income to families as well as ease people’s daily lives.” A group of 10 Bucknell students will travel to Uganda this summer to distribute 100 bicycles and repair tool kits. They will also hold community-building activities and workshops to teach bicycle maintenance and repair.
To date, BAP has raised more than $22,000 through grants and campus fundraising activities, including a $5,000 grant from the Clinton Global Initiative, established by former President Bill Clinton. A Bands and Bikes fundraising event will be held Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hufnagle Park in Lewisburg, Pa.
A list of frequently asked questions about the economic crisis and the University's budget is available on Bucknell’s website. [full story]
The FAQ addresses many areas of interest, such as the budget, which is balanced for fiscal year 2009 and includes planned expense reductions of 5 to 10 percent for fiscal year 2010. The University’s cooperative approach to reducing costs, finding efficiencies and restructuring programs to cover projected revenue shortfalls is addressed, as is the continued strength of Bucknell’s applications and commitment to financial aid.