October 12, 2009

An artist's rendering of the new book store being located in downtown Lewisburg.

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University is among the top schools in the nation being recognized for community service.

Bucknell was one of 11 Pennsylvania colleges and universities highlighted in "Saviors of Our Cities: Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships." The report was released today in Philadelphia at the annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Bucknell was included in the Honor Roll.

"Colleges and universities, as well as the towns and cities in which they are located, are now under severe economic pressures. The positive financial impact of higher education on local communities is well documented," said Evan Dobelle, author of the report and president of Westfield State College in Massachusetts. "Colleges are doing more and more to support their local communities and it is a win-win situation for both."

Tops in country
The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles tied as the top-ranked schools in the survey. Other Pennsylvania schools making the top 25 were the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University and Carnegie Mellon University.

In introducing the inaugural list of 100 Honor Roll schools, which included Bucknell, Dobelle said, "There are many other colleges and universities that have figured prominently in lengthy cooperative efforts with community leaders to rehabilitate the cities around them, using their money and expertise to further the projects."

Other Honor Roll schools in Pennsylvania are Allegheny College, Kings College, Slippery Rock University, Temple University, the University of Scranton and Widener University.

Assessing schools
First published in 2006, the Saviors of Our Cities survey assesses schools in 11 areas, including money invested, faculty and student involvement in community service and sustainability of neighborhood initiatives.

With support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bucknell has partnered with the Borough of Lewisburg on the Lewisburg Core Community Initiative, a series of economic and cultural development projects that includes a downtown University bookstore now under construction. The bookstore, which will be managed by Barnes & Noble, is scheduled to open by fall 2010.

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