October 20, 2010

John Bravman, 17th president of Bucknell


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will celebrate its academic values and the talents of its students and faculty during a series of events, Nov. 10-14, surrounding the inauguration of John Bravman as the University's 17th president. || Inauguration website

The inauguration ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. All Bucknellians and members of the community are invited to attend. Seating will be first-come, first-served, with overflow seating available in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building. The ceremony also will be webcast live. (See www.bucknell.edu/inauguration for details.)

A welcome reception will follow at 3 p.m. in the Gerhard Fieldhouse.

The related inauguration events will include several academic talks and performances at the request of President Bravman, said Tom Solomon, professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell and chair of the academic subcommittee helping to plan the inauguration.

"In keeping with that request, we're planning a faculty panel on pedagogy as well as two evening sessions featuring short 'snap talks' presented by faculty," Solomon said. "One session focuses on the teacher-scholar model at Bucknell, and the other features faculty scholarship."

The snap talks will each be six minutes long and presented in lay language followed by question-and-answer sessions open to everyone. There will be a total of 17 snap talks, including one by President Bravman, presented over two nights. || Snap talk topics || Snap talk abstracts

In addition, students will present a poster session on their research with faculty.

"One of the signature elements of the Bucknell experience is the opportunity for students to conduct research one-on-one with faculty members," Solomon said. "This poster session will feature research in a wide variety of fields, as well as performances by students in the arts. Service-learning projects and community outreach activities also will be featured."

The weekend also will highlight the musical, theatrical and dance talents of Bucknell faculty and students.

The Bucknell Symphonic Band Gala Inauguration Concert will include a performance of Professor Jackson Hill's "Bucknell Fantasy" and Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," with narration by Bucknell students and President Bravman.

A series of short works, "Amuse-Bouches: Enjoy a Taste of Theatre and Dance," will highlight the creative and technical talents of Bucknell students, faculty and professional staff.

And, a display of visual artworks by Bucknell students will be featured in the Weis Center lobby, Nov. 12-14.

Judy Mickanis, executive director of the Office of Events Management and chair of the inauguration planning committee, who has been with the University since 1985, has witnessed several presidential inaugurations, all of which have contained special academic components.

"Bucknell is, after all, an institution of higher learning with a focus on faculty excellence and undergraduate achievement," Mickanis said. "Each new president brings to the position some vision of advancing the academic goals of the university."

Schedule of events

Wednesday, Nov. 10

  • Bucknell Faculty Snap Talks on Pedagogy and the Teacher-Scholar Model at Bucknell.
    Q&A and reception to follow.
    7:30 p.m., The Forum, Elaine Langone Center

Thursday, Nov. 11

  • Bucknell Faculty Snap Talks on Scholarship.
    Q&A and reception to follow.
    8 p.m., The Forum, Elaine Langone Center

Friday, Nov. 12

  • Bucknell Faculty Teaching Awardees Panel Discussion of Liberal Arts Education.
    Noon, East Reading Room 225, Bertrand Library
  • Bucknell Symphonic Band Gala Inauguration Concert, featuring performances of Professor Jackson Hill's "Bucknell Fantasy" and Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" with narration by Bucknell students and President Bravman.
    8 p.m., Weis Center for the Performing Arts

8:50 p.m. Intermission so that patrons may move to the next arts event:

  • Amuse-Bouches: Enjoy a Taste of Theatre and Dance. A series of short works highlighting the creative and technical talents of Bucknell students, faculty and professional staff.
    9 p.m., Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall

Saturday, Nov. 13

  • Student-Faculty Scholarship and Research Poster Session and performances by Bucknell students.
    2 to 4 p.m., Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center
  • The Shanghai Quartet, with Wu Man. Contact Weis Center for tickets.
    8 p.m., Weis Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday, Nov. 14

  • The Inauguration of Bucknell University's 17th President. Seating is first-come, first-served; tickets not required. Overflow seating in Trout Auditorium.
    2 p.m., Weis Center for the Performing Arts
  • Community Welcome Reception.
    3 to 5:30 p.m., Gerhard Fieldhouse

Contact: Division of Communications
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