Theresa Cusimano, Director, Office of Civic Engagement
Theresa directs the dynamic seven person team that is the Office of Civic Engagement, working in close partnership with the Faculty Director. Overall her role is to advance transformative learning and cultural competencies within the Bucknell community while meeting communities' expressed needs through a diverse program portfolio. She served as a college and university faculty and administrator, as well as a human rights advocate. Should you wish to invite Theresa to facilitate or mediate, she is trained in Asset Based Community Development, the Engaged Department model, the U.S. Supreme Court Debate and Street Law curriculum, Non-Violent Communication, Alumni and Student Immersions in Mexico, Human Rights Delegation to El Salvador, as a Ropes Course and Outward Bound experiential educator, as well as On Campus Talking About Alcohol, alternative approaches to student engagement...to name a few.
Kyle Bray, Assistant Director of Service-Learning
Kyle assists faculty and students in establishing relationships with community-based organizations for service-learning placements. He also meets with students and faculty to develop new service-learning courses and projects, and to refine existing opportunities. Additionally, Kyle oversees the Lewisburg Community Garden, and helps facilitate the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua and the Katrina Recovery Team service-learning alternative break programs.
Lynn Pierson, Assistant Director for Community Service
Lynn assists students with identifying their community service and volunteer interests and then connecting them with sites in the Lewisburg community and surrounding counties as appropriate. She facilitates both on-campus and off-campus service events and activities, including the Community Harvest hot meal program. Local agencies frequently contact her with their volunteer needs, and she works to identify available resources. Annual programs like the Service Fair, Turkey and Trimmings, the Giving Tree, the Polar Bear Plunge, Empty Bowls and Thaw Out are overseen by Lynn.
Coralynn Davis, Faculty Director for Academic Civic Engagement
As Faculty Director for Academic Civic Engagement, Coralynn works in close association with the staff of the Office of Civic Engagement and has primary responsibility for co-leading strategic planning for academic civic engagement. She aims to organize and implement efforts to integrate civic engagement across the curriculum and seek ways to ensure institutional recognition of faculty using this type of active pedagogy. She promotes faculty and administrator understanding to increase support for community-based learning and service-learning courses; assists with assessment of civic engagement outcomes; helps develop and facilitate workshops and programming that encourages civically engaged teaching and showcases positive impacts for students, faculty, and community groups; encourages dialogue about best teaching practices; and communicates activities of the Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) to both on and off-campus constituencies.
Jose Figueroa, Office Coordinator
Jose is the contact for any questions you may have regarding the Office of Civic Engagement or Community Service. He will be able to put you in contact with the right person depending on your needs. Jose handles the Off-Campus Community Service Federal Work-Study Program (CSFWS).
Jen Schneidman Partica, Farm and Garden Coordinator
Jen is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Lewisburg Community Garden, including deciding what to plant, determining when things are ready to harvest, recruiting and managing volunteers, and setting weekly task priorities. Additionally, she coordinates many of the Garden’s special events, including the free Community Enrichment Workshop Series, and assists plot renters with troubleshooting issues. Jen also plays an integral role with the new Bucknell University Farm, working with an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and students to develop a 5-acre space on campus to promote organic food production, support increased research opportunities, and provide an opportunity for all members of the Bucknell community to connect with nature.
David Laundenslager, AmeriCorps Youth Outreach Coordinator
David is serving a one-year contract as the AmeriCorps Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Civic Engagement. He coordinates Bucknell Buddies, and provides ESL tutors to local students in need. David trains a cadre of Bucknell students to effectively engage with K-12 youth and provide both academic support and life skills mentoring.
Kacey McKnight, AmeriCorps Food Access Coordinator
The Food Access Coordinator assists the LCG in advancing its goals of providing approximately 40 low-cost garden plots for rent to local individuals, families, or groups, growing organic produce to donate to area hot meal and food security programs, and offering increased educational opportunities that emphasize sustainability, nutrition, organic growing practices, and environmental stewardship. The Food Access Coordinator also helps with recruiting volunteers and planning and preparing meals for 70-100 patrons at the free weekly Community Harvest hot meal program in Milton, and coordinating the Snack Pack program, which serves monthly brown bag meals to approximately 100 children per month in the Lewisburg Area School District.