Their diverse experiences provide a strong sense of purpose, determination and appreciation for educational opportunity.
The University partners with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and five community colleges in Pennsylvania and Maryland on a national grants program for which it was selected to offer exceptional students need-based scholarships to pursue four-year degrees. The 59 community college transfer students who have enrolled at Bucknell since fall 2007 have excelled despite their challenges.
Diego Chiri '11 left his home country of Peru in search of a film studies program and Perry Schneck '12 served three tours of duty before becoming an Air Force reservist and majoring in mechanical engineering at the University. "It's pretty crazy coming from what I come from," he said. "I've worked really hard. I don't know where it will take me, but I don't want to fail."
Bucknell purchased its laser-scanning confocal microscope with a $324,621 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant. [full story]
The grant was awarded primarily to assist seven biology and biomedical engineering professors with their research. The confocal microscope provides faculty and students one of the most sophisticated imaging methods available in cell and molecular biology.
"The biggest advantage is it gives us a higher resolution image of the inside of cells," said Assistant Professor of Biology Julie Gates, who coordinated the grant application. The confocal microscope encompasses four lasers, each with a different wavelength. The lasers bounce light off a series of mirrors and focus the light on a small part of the sample being examined. The light coming off the sample bounces back through a pinhole, creating a clear image rather than the fuzzy image common in standard microscopes.
She will give a talk this spring as part of the ongoing series, "Global Leadership: Questions of the 21st Century." [full story]
Williams, the founding coordinator and campaign ambassador of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, in 1997 became the 10th woman in history and the third American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Trout Auditorium.
The Bucknell Forum series continues in the spring with a talk by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Feb. 2 titled "Globalization and the New Economy: A New Vision for American Leadership and Strength."
Alumni and parents can sign up to help Bucknell students explore the world of work. [full story]
In addition to re-engaging the 500-plus internships secured in 2009, the Internship Challenge aims for 200 new internship opportunities for summer 2010. Internships are a way for employers to identify future employees and for students to gather valuable work experience, explore career options and discover where they can make the greatest contribution. Sign up by April 1, 2010, to participate.
Alumni are also invited to participate in Bucknell's 2nd Annual Internship Fair, which kicks off the spring recruiting season on Jan. 26 in Davis Gym.
The 2010 University calendar will be sent exclusively to current donors in support of Bucknell's commitment to good fiscal and environmental stewardship. [full story]
All alumni, parents and friends who make a gift of $25 or more by Dec. 14 will receive a complimentary calendar that features beautiful campus photos and historic images. These gifts benefit the Annual Fund, which enhances the Bucknell experience for every student. Those who have given Bucknell $25 or more since July 1 will automatically receive a calendar.
Bucknell's monthly e-newsletter for families launches a redesign in January showcasing current news, events, videos and slideshows. [full story]
Bucknellians will find it easier than ever to learn about what's happening at the University through the streamlined Family Connection. It will focus on what makes Bucknell special: its accomplished families, speakers from all over the globe, campus initiatives and cultural events.