FROM STUDENT LEADER TO ACADEMIC LEADER
It's no exaggeration to say that attending Bucknell was a life-changing experience for Vernese Edghill-Walden '87 (sociology), for the leadership opportunities she had in college are what led to her career in higher education administration. "When I realized that I could continue to do as a professional what I was doing at Bucknell as a student - and get paid for it - I knew exactly what I wanted," she says.
When Edghill-Walden was a student, apartheid and women's rights were big issues, and as president of the University's NAACP chapter and a member of the Minority Student Union, she helped to organize cultural events, lectures and demonstrations in support of human rights. Her undergraduate research into how predominantly white colleges can develop support systems to help minority student retention helped to convince the Bucknell administration to establish the Office of Multicultural Student Services in her senior year.
Edghill-Walden began her academic career as minority student adviser at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and then as assistant dean/director of the Center for Black Culture and Multicultural Programs at the University of Delaware. After earning a doctorate in sociology, she moved on to the City Colleges of Chicago, where today she is associate vice chancellor for general education. "I am still very much a student advocate. These days I serve students by effecting change on the academic side - making sure students have access to the courses that they need, ensuring that the faculty are qualified, and working to develop partnerships across disciplines to best serve our students," she says.
Her work benefits some 120,000 students who attend the seven colleges and seven satellite sites that make up the City Colleges of Chicago, one of the largest community college systems in the nation. "We serve a very diverse population of students of all ages and nationalities, including large communities of Polish, African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern students," she says.
Reflecting back over her career, Edghill-Walden says she is most grateful to her parents, who convinced her to attend Bucknell. "Hands down, it was probably one of the best experiences for me as a young adult," she says.
- Student Stories: Meet Bucknell students
From solving the puzzle of an ancient language to studying urban economics, Bucknell students have broad interests with diverse perspectives.
- Thinking in Place
The marriage of traditional mapping and software that allows for spatial and statistical analysis creates a new and powerful tool for researchers — and Bucknell is ahead of the curve.
- Academic West opens its doors
Students and faculty dream new possibilities for Bucknell’s newest academic facility.
- Ask the Experts: Immigration reform in America
Assistant Professor of Sociology Elizabeth Durden discusses the push for immigration reform in America, and why the movement has a good chance of succeeding.
- Bucknell professors earn four Fulbrights
Awards from the U.S. State Department will fund teaching and research residencies at institutions in Europe and Asia.
- Bucknell-Geisinger course offers field experiences in public health
Bucknell University Professor of Sociology Carl Milofsky launched a new course this semester that combines classroom learning with internships at local health-related organizations, including nearby Geisinger Medical Center.
- Carolyn Martin Argust ’64
She might be 70, but Carolyn Martin Argust '64 can still power past 19-year-olds on hills.
- Greaves: 'Lewisburg Architecture Project' Oct. 4
Tom Greaves will discuss "The Lewisburg Architecture Project," Thursday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.
- Fixing the blight
Student intern Harrison Mills, Class of ’14, is mapping blighted housing and social services in an effort to revitalize Sunbury, Pa.
- Borges-Mendez April 5: 'Community Appraisals'
Ramon Borges-Méndez will give the talk, "Community Appraisals and Characterization: People, Places, and Assets," Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
- Social scientist April 5: African-American roots tourism in Brazil
Social scientist Patricia de Santana Pinho will give the talk, "African-American Roots Tourism in Brazil: Encounters in Sameness, Difference and Inequality," Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
- Griot Institute talk March 21 explores Jefferson's ideas of egalitarianism
Anthropologist Eric Gable will give the talk, "Jefferson's Ardor: Sex, Race, and the Invention of Cultural Relativism," March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell as part of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies' spring lecture series.
- Dines is Distinguished Visiting Lecturer March 6
Gail Dines will give the talk, "Sex, Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture," Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
- Anthropologist: African heritage in Mexico Nov. 7
Anthropologist Sagrario Cruz-Carretero will give the talk, "African Heritage in Mexico: Evidences of Distortion and Invisibility," Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
- Bucknell to host River Symposium Oct. 14-15
Bucknell University will host the Susquehanna River Symposium, "River towns in the 21st century: Supporting local development in the Susquehanna Valley by recognizing regional community assets," Oct. 14 and 15 in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.
- 'Extreme Creativity' performative installation Oct. 1
The Samek Art Gallery, The Griot Institute and the Presidential Arts Initiative at Bucknell University will host the performative installation, "Extreme Creativity: An Experiential, Experimental Endeavor," on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gallery.
- Ask the Experts: Alexander Riley on the cultural narrative of 9/11
Alexander Riley, an associate professor of sociology, talks about the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and how our collective memory of the terrorist attacks has changed over time.
- New bloggers to chronicle journeys abroad this fall
Seven new study abroad bloggers will take flight this fall, sharing their off-campus learning adventures in words and pictures.
- Pop culture provides outlet for exploring violence
Associate Professor of Sociology Alexander Riley argues in a new book that gangsta rap, violent video games and other popular culture are an outlet for transgression rather than an impetus for violence.