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Updated: Sept. 3, 2009

By Julia Ferrante

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell Brigade in October will mark the 10th anniversary of an effort to build a sustainable way of life for residents of Nueva Vida, a Nicaraguan resettlement community formed after the 1998 devastation of Hurricane Mitch.

A celebration to mark the milestone is planned for Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 23-25.

Leading up to that milestone is a special Bucknell Brigade anniversary webpage that celebrates a decade of the service-learning program's accomplishments with a series of stories and profiles of brigadistas.

In the series:

Brigadista profiles

The anniversary page features profiles of Brigadistas, focusing on how the experience shaped their lives at Bucknell and beyond.

  • Rob Gradoville, Class of '07, signed on to design and build a pipeline to provide running water to a mountaintop village in Nicaragua after graduating from Bucknell.
  • Jamie Cistoldi Lee, Class of '99, came up with the idea for the Brigade 10 years ago after studying in Nicaragua.
  • Ben Colby, Class of '03, who plans to apply to medical school, says his career goals were influenced by the Brigade.
  • Samantha McDonough, an art major who had been painting a commemorative mural with Nicaraguan artist Gerardo Hernandez Arias.
  • Jacquelin Kataneksza, Class of '09, was acquainted with poverty as a native of Zimbabwe but inspired by the hope of Nicaraguans.
  • Grace Han, with other students, was inspired to work on a documentary about the plight of banana workers in Nicaragua after going on the Brigade.
  • Zumra Balihodzic, Class of '09, lived through war in Bosnia but was not prepared for what she experienced in Nicaragua.
  • Don Stechschulte, Bucknell's director of student health services has been on every Brigade trip.
  • Janelle Nodhturft, Class of ’08, has made a point to learn more about the impoverished communities, even on "vacation."

Contact: Division of Communications

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