Bucknell's students learn not just on campus, but in partnership with individuals, communities and cultures around the world. The fourth pillar of The Plan for Bucknell, Build Bridges, calls on the University to become even more aggressive in providing a broad and globally connected education by pursuing "multi-faceted interaction with local and regional constituencies and the outside world."
Since the plan has been in place, the University has established many connections between Bucknell and the world by:
In addition to serving as resources for academic engagement, the Campus Theatre and Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University have enhanced the Lewisburg community by providing opportunities for entertainment, learning and community-building. Also downtown, the historic DeWitt Building was renovated in 2012. Visitors will find Bucknell's Small Business Development Center on the building's third floor. The second floor is occupied by Bucknell's Entrepreneurs Incubator. Bucknell's Downtown Art Gallery is located on the ground floor. || Related link: News story
The University in 2011 acquired the Federal Building from the US Postal Service. After months of renovation, it was transformed into downtown office space for more than 60 Bucknell employees in 2012. The beauty of the old building was restored, and the first floor lobby continues to offer counter service for postal customers.
Faculty, staff and students are working closely with other residents of central Pennsylvania to bring more resources to the area, provide educational opportunities and investigate issues that affect the health and wellbeing of the residents and ecosystem of the region. These include:
To coordinate volunteering and service-learning initiatives across the University, Bucknell brought its service-learning and community service offices together under one umbrella. The Office of Civic Engagement runs programs including local flood relief efforts, the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua, the Katrina Recovery Team, alternative spring break trips, the Community Harvest free meal program and the Lewisburg Community Garden.
In addition to Bucknell's longstanding international education programs, faculty members have recently developed new three-week abroad programs in Greece and Turkey, South Africa and Denmark. Engineering 290 (Engineering in a Global/Societal Context) took students to China in 2012 and to Argentina and Costa Rica in 2013.
Service-learning opportunities continue to increase. In spring 2013, two Bucknell students from Shanghai led a 15-member delegation of faculty and students to China to study educational inequalities and perform community service.