THE POWER OF PRINT
On the advice of a college coach, Eric Belcher '91 (English) applied to the previously unseen and unheard-of Bucknell University. In a subsequent visit with his dad, he "walked on campus and fell in love." What began as a complete unknown would help lay the foundation for his future soaring business success.
Influenced his freshman year by English professors John Wheatcroft '49 and John Murphy, Belcher became an English literature major. "I enjoyed the work," he says, "reading the great books, talking - I got caught up in it." His major led to copious amounts of time spent in what he calls "the most beautiful building on campus" - Bucknell Hall, which houses the Stadler Center for Poetry. That and his Sigma Chi fraternity house became his mainstays, housing his deepest and fondest Bucknell memories. "I bounced between the two worlds, and it felt natural." Belcher recalls his "well-worn path" between the two places. These combined worlds made for a socially active and intellectually fulfilling undergraduate experience.
While confessing that he hadn't quite thought out what he would do with his major after he graduated, Belcher says that as an English major he learned to think critically and independently - a trait that would serve him well in his business leadership.
Following an MBA at the University of Chicago, he worked at a few jobs, but found himself wanting more: more risks, more challenges, more excitement. And he found it at InnerWorkings, a global print management company that he joined as a startup. As president and CEO he took the company public and led the whirlwind growth to expand its global footprint from four countries to 44 within a year. InnerWorkings posed an intriguing challenge: Could he use a disruptive, new business model to "re-draw the landscape of an archaic industry and bring it into the information age?"
In an increasingly digital world where social media are booming, Belcher took on this challenge within the print industry. As he continues to blaze that independent path from Bucknell, he is conquering that challenge.
- A very good day
Claire Vaye Watkins, author and assistant professor of English, recently won two literary awards on the same day
- McCallum recognized by Library of Congress
Professor Shara McCallum is one of two poets to receive the Witter Bynner Fellowship
- 'Herman's House' film, discussion Jan. 29 at Campus Theatre
The Campus Theatre in Lewisburg will host the documentary film, "Herman's House," Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m., with an introduction by film director Angad Bhalla.
- Alumnus, Oscar nominee Jan. 22: 'Life of Pi'
Tonight: Bill Westenhofer, a 1990 Bucknell alumnus nominated Jan. 10 for an Academy Award for his work in "Life of Pi," will give the talk, "The Visual Effects of 'Life of Pi'" at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Admission is $2.
- All This Really Happened?
When your father was a member of the Manson family and your mother committed suicide, people make certain assumptions about you — writing fiction is an antidote.
- Bucknell Forum Feb. 6: Best-selling author Rebecca Skloot
Best-selling author Rebecca Skloot will speak at Bucknell University Feb. 6 as part of the Bucknell Forum series "tech/no."
- 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.
- Literary theorist: 'Challenge of the Humanities' Sept. 20
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak will give the talk, "Healthcare for the General Culture: The Challenge of the Humanities," Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.
- 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.
- Griot Institute series April 18: 'Sally: A Montage'
The Griot Institute for Africana Studies at Bucknell University will present the theatre performance and discussion, "Sally: A Montage," April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center.
- Long and Winding
Long and Winding Roads: On the nature of reunions and returning by Robert Braile '77
- Slam Poetry: From the Page to the Stage
Bucknell University students give voice to their poetry at the Stadler Center Slams, a reading series launched at the beginning of the 2011–12 academic year.
- Ask the Experts: G.C. Waldrep on poetry, apocalyptic literature
Assistant Professor of English G.C. Waldrep talks about how poetry helps us explain the world.
- 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.
- Stacey Waite to give annual Darrow Reading March 6
Bucknell University's 10th Annual Drew Darrow Memorial Poetry Reading will be presented by Stacey Waite on Tuesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell Hall.
- Historian to discuss early modern English media revolution Feb. 14
Historian Dror Wahrman will give the talk, "The Media Revolution in Early Modern England: An Artist's Perspective," Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.
- Sociologist to discuss 'The Hip Hop Connection' Feb. 23
Sociologist Monika Gosin will give the talk, "Black and Brown: The Hip Hop Connection," Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University, as part of the Social Science Colloquium series.
- Move Over, MAD MEN
Bucknell alumna writes a tell-all book about Madison Avenue in the sexy '60s.
- Bucknell student films Dec. 6
The Film/Media Studies Department at Bucknell University will present several student works Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre.