The coming year will be his last as Bucknell president. [full story]
President Brian C. Mitchell has announced his intention to step down as president effective June 30, 2010. "I pledge to you my fullest efforts to advance the University in the year ahead," said Mitchell, who was hired as Bucknell's 16th president in 2004.
Read announcements by President Mitchell and Board Chair Susan Crawford.
Under Mitchell's leadership, the University has established a comprehensive strategic plan, The Plan for Bucknell; put in place its most far-reaching campus master plan since the early 1930s; and launched a $400 million comprehensive campaign that has raised more than $130 million in less than two years, including more than $17 million in state and federal funding, the most Bucknell has ever raised. Read more about recent Bucknell accomplishments in the University’s 2008 Annual Report.
"We are grateful to both Brian and Maryjane for the passion and commitment they have given to Bucknell during the past five years, and that they will continue to provide in the upcoming academic year," said Crawford.
The Board will discuss over the coming months the process for a national search for Bucknell’s next president.
Parents and families are invited to campus Sept. 25-27 to experience life at Bucknell first-hand. [full story]
President Brian C. Mitchell will give an address to Family Weekend attendees and, along with Maryjane Mitchell, will host first-year families in an open house reception at the President's House and host the Grandparents' and Students' Tea.
Gerardo Hernandez Arias's design commemorates 10 years of service-learning projects with the Bucknell Brigade. [full story]
A mural on a wall at the back of the Craft Center off Seventh Street will symbolize a decade of partnership between the Bucknell Brigade and the people of Nueva Vida, Nicaragua. It will be dedicated at a reception during Homecoming on Oct. 24.
Arias, a workshop facilitator and painting instructor at the Batahola Norte Cultural Center in Managua, is working with art major Samantha McDonough '09 during his month-long residency at Bucknell, teaching her techniques for creating murals. McDonough, a Bucknell Community College Scholar, has received a Bucknell Public Interest Program grant to work with the artist.
With the assistance of a translator, Arias will give two talks during his residency about the cultural tradition of public art in Latin America and about his own development as an artist.
The award-winning writer will speak Sept. 29. [full story]
Award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist John Edgar Wideman has been named Bucknell's 2009 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters. Wideman will receive the award and give a talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.
Read about the Weis Fellowship and previous recipients.
A professor of Africana studies and English at Brown University, Wideman is the first author to receive the international PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction twice, in addition to many other literary honors. His 1996 memoir, Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers, Sons, Race and Society, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.
Members of Bucknell's incoming class are already making their mark. [full story]
In August, 925 first-year students will report to the Bucknell campus to begin orientation. The Class of 2013 brings to campus creativity, skills and expertise, and many of its students are setting high goals for themselves at Bucknell.
Among them are Alex Thompson, class valedictorian at Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Conn.; student-athlete Amy Atkins from Warren, N.J.; William Farley from Arlington, Va., who won the National 2009 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest; and Alex Ororbia from Lewisburg, Pa., who created an award-winning computer-animated video called "Creative Chaos."