May 28, 2010


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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — What do Bucknell University President Designee John Bravman, chemical engineering sophomore Julie Kohn and neurosurgeon and philanthropist Ben Carson have in common?

A lot of readers.

News stories on these individuals were among the top 10 most-read stories out of the nearly 400 stories posted on Bucknell's website during the 2009-10 academic year.

At the top of the list, though, was a package of profiles of newly hired faculty and faculty who were promoted to associate and full professors. Collectively, the package has received nearly 40,000 views, making it far and away the most popular news feature on Bucknell's website this past academic year.

The top 10 stories of the year in order, based on total views:

  1. 28 tenure-track faculty join Bucknell
    The beginning of the fall 2009 semester marked the third year of a dramatic drive to increase the size of the Bucknell faculty. Of the 78 new professors hired since fall 2007, three dozen of them fill new positions created to achieve a five-course load goal for all of Bucknell's teacher-scholars. || Full professors || Associate professors
  2. John Bravman named Bucknell's 17th president
    John Bravman, a distinguished professor and academic leader at Stanford University, was named the 17th president of Bucknell by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, announced Board Chair Kenneth W. Freeman. Bravman will begin his duties as president on July 1.
  3. New Bucknell student profiles posted
    They major in engineering, music, management, mathematics and more, and they're the latest Bucknell students to be added to our online profile page.
  4. Student leads tutoring program for low-income
    Julie Kohn, Class of '12, was considering ideas for her Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2007 when she found out one of her childhood friends had dropped out of high school. So Kohn set out to start a general education diploma tutoring service, with her childhood friend as her first client. This past fall, Kohn brought the program to the Susquehanna Valley.
  5. Bucknell to graduate 900 Sunday
    Thousands of family members and friends were expected to be on hand to watch as more than 900 students graduated during Bucknell's 160th commencement ceremony Sunday, May 23.
  6. Celebrated neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson to speak at 160th commencement
    Benjamin S. Carson Sr., a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and philanthropist who has been recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his achievements performing high-risk operations and advancing education for all students, was named commencement speaker for the Class of 2010 graduation ceremony.
  7. Class of 2013 orientation slideshows available
    Our round-the-clock photo slideshows showed the Class of 2013 working and playing their way through orientation as they prepared to start classes at Bucknell.
  8. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. leads spring Forum
    Internationally renowned environmental lawyer and bestselling author Robert F. Kennedy Jr. kicked off the spring events in the continuing Bucknell Forum series, "Global Leadership: Questions for the 21st Century," with a talk titled "Globalization and the Green Economy: A New Vision for American Leadership and Strength."
  9. Benjamin Carson tells grads to use gifts, talents for good
    Benjamin Carson, speaking to graduates, family members and friends at Bucknell on Sunday, May 23, encouraged all to persevere and use their talents to help others. More than 9,000 people attended the University's 160th commencement, while an additional 624 people viewed the live webcast.
  10. Kid Cudi, Jay Sean, in concert April 9
    Rappers Kid Cudi and Jay Sean performed in concert on Friday, April 9, in the Sojka Pavilion.

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