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.
Next year, Bucknell will become one of the few universities in the U.S. offering a formal undergraduate program in the emerging discipline of analyzing humanistic questions with digital tools.
Professor Virginia Zimmerman, English, explores the "no man's land" of young adult literature from three perspectives: teacher, reader and writer.
Take a peek at what some Bucknell students have explored this year.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is Everyman in a dynamic new production of one of English drama's oldest plays in a National Theatre Live screening to be held Aug. 30 at the Campus Theatre.
The 2015 Annual Student Reading celebrated outstanding writing.
Bucknell students consider how the nation has changed since the election of President Obama.
John McPherson '83, creator of the syndicated comic Close to Home, returned to Bucknell to discuss the origins of his comic and his career transition from engineer to cartoonist.
Some of today's most outrageous entertainment is trumped by Renaissance drama.
Pixar scientist Tony DeRose pulled back the curtain on the animation studio's computer-aided films.
The NT Live season opens Sept. 14 at the Campus Theatre with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
A new digital scholarship project will transport players to an 18th century masquerade ball in an interactive video game.
Molly Brown '15 is finding the melody in Emily Dickinson's poetry.
In the first installment of our new web feature, "Cool Classes," we see how Bucknell students better understand literature by watching Downton Abbey.
WVIA-TV will feature a documentary produced by Bucknell students on its State of Pennsylvania program.
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.
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.
Bucknell University’s Poetry Path showcases 10 poems, recited in the poets’ own voices, throughout campus and historic Lewisburg.
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.
The highly selective, free program provides young poets three weeks to find their poetic voices.
Awards from the U.S. State Department will fund teaching and research residencies at institutions in Europe and Asia.
Inspired by her grandmother's time at Bucknell 70 years ago, Beth Eanelli will deliver the student address during the University's 163rd Commencement.
Bucknell Film and Media students took their cameras inside federal prisons and courts to examine an offender re-entry program.
Claire Vaye Watkins, author and assistant professor of English, recently won two literary awards on the same day
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