Dean of Students
“An outstanding residential environment is essential to Bucknell's academic and educational mission. Our residence halls are filled with student-led programming and initiatives, which add richness and energy to campus life. They're close-knit communities where students explore social, academic and personal opportunities that strengthen their undergraduate experience.”
Rethinking hearth and home
Just as planned academic buildings seek to better integrate scholarly disciplines, planned improvements to the residential campus will better integrate academic and non-academic areas. The intent is to blur lines between where students work and play, to create a more holistic educational experience that will nurture active minds.
This is achieved by creating flexible living space as well as "hearth spaces," or common areas that encourage interaction and socialization. Some of this was lost in previous development, and the updated campus master plan aims to bring it back — whether by preserving green space or creating destination points such as cafes.
Bucknell's last campaign resulted in significant improvements to student life on campus, including the McDonnell residence hall (2000) and the Kenneth Langone Athletic & Recreation Center (2003). New donor support will take the concept of flexible student housing and beneficial common areas even further by creating a new apartment-style facility that includes social spaces, a computer lab, grab-and-go dining, and even a satellite office of the Career Development Center.