LAWYER, LEGISLATOR, GROUNDBREAKER
The face of a groundbreaker can be a familiar one. You may have sat next to her in class, perhaps eaten lunch together or maybe she ran the movie projector for one of your class films to help put herself through school. Meet Betty Stagg Nuovo '53 (education), groundbreaker.
Nuovo has followed the road less traveled since her Bucknell days. She was among the legislators who first legalized gay marriage in Vermont, tried to pass an Equal Rights Amendment and helped write the state's child support law.
Nuovo cites a trip around the world and living in India for eight months with her husband and two young children in the 1960s as a key inspiration. "It expanded my horizons, was different than anything I'd seen before, including the grinding poverty of the people," she says.
After her Bucknell graduation and teaching work, Nuovo became involved in the League of Women Voters, which ultimately led to a career change. She bypassed law school and read the law on her own, "like Lincoln," she says, with her husband's encouragement and the help of a mentor lawyer in Vermont. Nuovo passed the bar in 1974, then went on to open her own law practice the same day she took her oath. Among her fondest memories from her lawyering years is meeting President Jimmy Carter in 1979 with the Democratic delegation from Vermont. "I had breakfast in the Senate dining room, had rice and beef stew for lunch and I actually touched the president," Nuovo remembers.
While running her own law practice, Nuovo went on to win a seat in the Vermont Legislature, where she has been for 25 years now, with a brief four-year hiatus when she went back to work in her law practice. "The whole place was Republican," she explains, so she decided to shake things up and run. She hasn't stopped since. "I'm not going to retire. People should not retire," she says. "It keeps me alive."
- 'Design Exposition' Dec. 3
Bucknell University will host the seventh annual Engineering and Science Education Exposition Dec. 3, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in Larison Dining Hall.
- Meet our new associate professors
Sixteen recently tenured or promoted associate professors talk about what led them to pursue their fields and what inspires them as teacher-scholars.
- Sonnenblick: 'My young adult author career' Sept. 19
Jordan Sonnenblick will give the talk, "Not Quite J.K. Rowling: Thoughts on my Career as a Young Adult Author," Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
- Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead '69, P'01
As president of the William H. Hannon Foundation and chair of the Board of Trustees at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Kathleen "Kathy" Hannon Aikenhead '69, P'01 focuses most of her efforts on making it possible for students to afford an education.
- Bucknell faculty honored at ASEE conference
Several members of the Bucknell University faculty were recognized at the annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in San Antonio recently.
- Pool Pass fundraiser nets $2,500; applications available
Bucknell University students and LARA collaborated on their third annual fund-raising project in memory of two local children who drowned in the Susquehanna River in August 2009.
- Students, LARA, host pool pass fundraiser April 22
Bucknell University students are working with LARA on a fun run/walk and Zumbathon fund-raising project in memory of two local children who drowned in the Susquehanna River in August 2009.
- Name, technology connect Bucknell students with Virginia elementary school
Bucknell University students hope to inspire, learn from elementary school students in Virginia
- Ask the Experts: Lori Smolleck on improving science education through inquiry-based teaching
Lori Smolleck, assistant professor of education, discusses how to improve science education through inquiry-based teaching.
- Meet Bucknell's new full professors
Seven recently promoted faculty members talk about what led them to pursue their fields and what inspires them as teacher-scholars.
- Carolyn Pisano Rue '88
Carolyn Pisano Rue '88 left the business world after 16 years and three children and started volunteering. "Probably too much," she admits. "But I wanted to do something." She just wasn't sure what. It was when Rue and her friend Jackie DeMarco started taking cooking classes an hour away from their Fair Haven, N.J., homes that inspiration struck.
- Professor: Solitude, reflection tied to college success
Studies have shown that students who are engaged in and out of the classroom learn more through hands-on experiences. But taking time in solitude to reflect is just as important, says Joseph Murray, an associate professor of education.
- Summer research projects span arts, sciences
Bucknell University students will pursue nearly 60 research projects this summer covering a variety of academic disciplines in the sciences, the humanities and engineering.
- Student leads tutoring program for low-income
Sophomore Julie Kohn pairs individuals in the Susquehanna Valley seeking GEDs with one-on-one tutors from Bucknell.