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.
- Bucknell student documentary honored with award
The film, "Coming Home: The CARE Program," a 16-minute documentary produced by five Bucknell students, was honored with an award presented in October by Federal Chief Judge Yvette Kane in Harrisburg.
- The Philip Roth Few People Know
What is Philip Roth '54 really like? Jane Brown Maas '53 reveals a seldom-seen — and surprising — side of the renowned author she has known for 62 years.
- Meet Bucknell's newly hired professors
Twenty-three newly hired professors have joined Bucknell University's faculty: two full professors, two associate professors and 19 tenure-line assistant professors across the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the School of Management.
- Samek Art Gallery hosts exhibitions of abstract, queer and DIY contemporary art
The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is hosting three exhibitions of abstract, queer and DIY contemporary art on campus and in Lewisburg. Gallery exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.
- Poetry renewed
Bucknell University’s Poetry Path showcases 10 poems, recited in the poets’ own voices, throughout campus and historic Lewisburg.
- Rediscovering the river
Bucknell faculty and students are working with the National Park Service and National Geographic magazine to create historical maps and narratives of the Susquehanna River.
- Seminar for Younger Poets offers time for inspiration
The highly selective, free program provides young poets three weeks to find their poetic voices.
- Bucknell professors earn four Fulbrights
Awards from the U.S. State Department will fund teaching and research residencies at institutions in Europe and Asia.
- A Bucknell legacy continues
Inspired by her grandmother's time at Bucknell 70 years ago, Beth Eanelli will deliver the student address during the University's 163rd Commencement.
- From prisons to Congress, student documentary will have a wide audience
Bucknell Film and Media students took their cameras inside federal prisons and courts to examine an offender re-entry program.
- 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.
- 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.