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 two Bucknell graduates and a Bucknell student, 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]
The University announced to the campus this past weekend that several students have tested positive for influenza type A, presumed to be H1N1 or swine flu as advised by public health officials.
All of the students are in isolation or have returned home until they recover from this relatively mild but highly contagious virus, which usually takes five days. In addition, the University has informed individuals who are known to have been in contact with these students and instructed them to monitor themselves for symptoms of the flu and to call Student Health Services should any symptoms emerge.
In an effort to prevent the spread of this virus and keep the campus community informed, the University continues to update its special website providing information on symptoms, treatment and prevention and related public communications. The site will serve as a central point of communication on this subject as necessary throughout the academic year.
They are recognized for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the University community. [full story]
Bucknell's newest full professors demonstrate a passion for learning and dedication to teaching through innovation, as well as commitment to building bridges "to the broader world outside of Lewisburg and outside of Union County, both across the country and around the world," said Provost Mick Smyer. || Read all Bucknell student, alumni and faculty profiles.
The Board of Trustees awards the rank of full professor to those individuals who have demonstrated their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the University community, as judged by their faculty colleagues, students and alumni. The faculty promoted in 2009 to full professor were Deborah Abowitz, sociology and anthropology; Maria Antonaccio, religion; Richard Crago, civil and environmental engineering; Carmen Gillespie, English; Carl Kirby, geology; Paul Susman, geography; Beverly Ann Tlusty, history; and Carol Wayne White, religion.
Profiles of the new associate professors will debut today followed by profiles of newly hired tenure-track professors later this month.
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.
Parents, grandparents and siblings are invited to campus Sept. 25-27. [full story]
Almost 1,500 people have already registered for Family Weekend events and activities, which include Student for a Day lectures, a faculty meet-and-greet, the Family Etiquette Dinner and sports events. Informational sessions about Bucknell's Career Development Center and study abroad programs are filling up fast.
President Brian C. Mitchell will give an address to Family Weekend attendees and, along with Maryjane Mitchell, will host the Grandparents and Students Tea. A ballet performance and a cappella concerts round out the weekend.
An online list of local accommodations, a campus map and virtual tour are available for visiting families. The Family Weekend registration deadline is Sept. 11. To register, you may call 570-577-3226, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go online.