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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The more than 900 first-year students in Bucknell's Class of 2014 will get to know the University and their classmates a lot better during five days of Orientation that begin Friday, Aug. 20. Students are scheduled to arrive on campus between 8 a.m. and noon for Move-in Day on Aug. 20.
The newest Bucknellians were selected from 7,178 applicants representing 48 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam, and 87 countries.
The five-day New Student Orientation Program is designed to ease their transition to the Bucknell community, allowing students to meet with faculty and administrators as well as fellow students.
The extensive activities include academic, traditional, and community building events such as the Convocation and Candlelighting ceremonies, PlayFair and Color Games, and Welcome to the Neighborhood in downtown Lewisburg.
Bucknell will post photos of the activities following each day on Facebook and in a complete gallery afterward on its website.
First-year reading project
The University is reintroducing the tradition of a first-year reading project, assigning the entire Class of 2014 the Howard Gardner book, Five Minds for the Future.
"We are returning to an earlier process of having a common reading for first-year students in order to enhance the academic mission's prominence prior to and during orientation," said Provost Mick Smyer, who encouraged the members of the class to "read with one specific future in mind: yours. We ask that you consider how you will get the most out of your time at Bucknell. How will you cultivate your own five minds?"
The book will be used for discussion in a number of seminars during the fall semester, including a "Transition to College" course.
And Gardner will speak to the class on Sept. 16 about the five mental capacities he believes are critical for personal and professional success in the 21st century.
Lewisburg Day Aug. 23
In addition to Orientation activities on campus, members of the Class of 2014 will be invited to explore downtown Lewisburg from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, during Welcome to the Neighborhood. Retailers will welcome first-year and transfer students with a small gift, and restaurants will offer an opportunity to sample the tastes of Lewisburg.
Fifty of more than 70 businesses participating in the ninth annual welcome will post 25 names of new students inside their establishments. Students finding their name introduce themselves and receive a gift from that merchant.
In the past, gifts have ranged from handmade wool bookmarks and hats to chocolate-candy Bison as well as freshly baked homemade cookies.
'Style Your Sole'
The New Student Orientation Program has joined the TOMS Shoes international movement called "One for One," said Bucknell senior and Orientation coordinator Billy Matthews.
Incoming class members had the opportunity to order a pair of $44 white canvas shoes to decorate at a "Style Your Sole" party to be held Monday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. uphill of the Elaine Langone Center. "For every pair purchased, TOMS donates a pair of new shoes to a child in need," said Matthews. Of the 325 pairs of TOMS Shoes sold, approximately 280 pairs were purchased for the Style Your Sole party. The remainder was purchased by alumni, family and friends on the TOMS site using a Bucknell discount code.
TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie began his company in 2006 with the "One for One" philosophy. He has since traveled to Ethiopia and around the world to deliver more than 600,000 pairs of shoes to children in developing countries to help prevent injuries and diseases.
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