The New Student Orientation Program focuses on scholarship, tradition and community. [full story]
As students fill the campus with enthusiasm for the academic year, the Class of 2013 is experiencing life at Bucknell for the first time. The five-day New Student Orientation Program helped the Class of 2013 connect with hundreds of their classmates, meet with academic advisers and participate in traditional ceremonies and community-building activities. || See orientation slideshows here.
Lewisburg also made new students feel at home with its eighth annual Welcome to the Neighborhood event. Downtown merchants offered gifts, free food and music to students to kick off orientation events. To learn more about Bucknell's incoming students, read the first, second and third installments of the series, Meet the Class of 2013.
The Board of Trustees formally initiates the search for President Brian C. Mitchell's successor this month. [full story]
Holmes, a Bucknell University trustee and parent of three Bucknell students, is chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide Corp. "He brings to this assignment exceptional commitment to the University, wide-ranging search experience at the executive level, and intimate familiarity with the caliber and potential of Bucknell," Board of Trustees Chair Ken Freeman '72 said. || Read Freeman's Aug. 19 letter to the Bucknell community.
In June, President Mitchell announced his plans to step down as president effective June 30, 2010. The presidential search committee will include representatives from the trustees, faculty (including the chair of the faculty) and administration/staff; a student; a member of the Alumni Board; and a member of the Parents Board, as well as an on-campus administrator to support the committee's work.
The Board of Trustees has sought proposals from leading higher education search firms to assist with the search, and plans to identify candidates in a timely manner that will allow the next president to assume office July 1, 2010.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to protect their health. [full story]
With regular announcements to campus and other communications, including a website offering information about how the University is monitoring the influenza A H1N1 virus, Bucknell is encouraging students, faculty and staff to help prevent the spread of the flu on campus.
Bucknell is continuing to monitor its emergency preparedness plans, and working closely with local, state and federal officials to adapt to the potential challenges of swine flu. The University's swine flu website provides information about the virus, including links to public health sites, and will serve as a central point of communication on this subject throughout the academic year.
Entrepreneur Doug Lebda '92 will discuss the challenges of a new economy as the third speaker in this semester's Bucknell Forum. [full story]
The founder of LendingTree.com, Lebda is chairman and CEO of Tree.com and a former chief operating officer of InterActiveCorp (IAC). He has won several entrepreneurial awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development's Trailblazer and the Inman Innovator of the Year.
Lebda will give the talk, "Lead or Fail: The New Challenges of a New Economy," at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Trout Auditorium as part of the Bucknell Forum series, "Global Leadership: Questions for the 21st Century," which runs through spring 2010. Visit the Bucknell Forum website for more details about Lebda's talk and other speakers in the series, Niall Ferguson, Howard Gardner and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The Rev. Fred Wangwe became Bucknell's Catholic chaplain Aug. 19. [full story]
Father Wangwe comes to Bucknell from St. Joseph's Parish in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where he had served as assistant parish priest since November 2006.
"Father Wangwe will bring an enlightened global perspective to the University's ongoing conversation between faith and practice, and we are delighted that he is joining the Bucknell community," said University Chaplain the Rev. Thomasina A. Yuille. || See the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life website.
Born in Uganda, Father Wangwe received a diploma in theology in 1993 from the Apostles of Jesus Theologicum in Nairobi, Kenya. He was ordained in December 1999 at the A.J. Shrine at Langata in Nairobi and received his bachelor of arts in sacred theology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome in 2000. Father Wangwe served as assistant parish priest at the Sirari Catholic Parish and the Bunda Catholic Parish in Musoma Diocese of Uganda before coming to the United States.
The Rev. Michael C. Letteer, who had served as Catholic chaplain at Bucknell since June 2007, was appointed by Bishop Rhoades as the parochial vicar of two parishes: St. Rose of Lima and the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, both in York, Pa.
J. Richard Harvey Jr. '77 is considered a nationally recognized expert in financial services tax issues. [full story]
Harvey will give the talk, "Closing the Tax Gap: An Insider's View of U.S. Tax Policy and Administration at a Time of Trillion Dollar Deficits," at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by Bucknell's School of Management and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
As a senior adviser to the IRS commissioner, Harvey works closely with the IRS chief counsel's office, various IRS business units, the Treasury Department Office of Tax Policy and various congressional staff to provide guidance and assistance on matters of policy and tax administration. He served as the Distinguished Clinical Professor of Accounting and Executive-in-Residence at Bucknell before assuming his current position.