The History of the Burma-Bucknell Connection
19-year-old Maung Shaw Loo travels to the U.S. to study at the preparatory Academy of what was then known as the University at Lewisburg.
According to archival records, Shaw Loo quickly embraces life at the University. He becomes a brother of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, works as a gardener and gives talks on Burmese culture and customs. He graduates in 1864 and goes on to attend Charity Hospital Medical College in Cleveland before returning to Burma where he becomes a prominent physician, missionary and educator.
Burma-Bucknell Weekends are held annually to celebrate international education and cultural exchange.
His Excellency U Win, Ambassador from the Union of Burma to the United States, presents a handcrafted silver bowl from the President of the Union of Burma and Mrs. Win Maung, "symbolizing 100 years of friendly relationship between the people of Burma and Bucknell University."
First Burma-Bucknell Bowl Award presented to Phi Lambda Theta for its contributions to international and intercultural understanding. The award is presented each year ever since to a member or members of the Bucknell community. || Recipients
1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and political prisoner Aung Sun Suu Kyi provides Bucknell Commencement address, delivered in absentia by former U.S. Ambassador to Burma Burton Levin.
Bucknell celebrates 150 years of the Burma-Bucknell connection with a series of films and events and guest lectures by Jack Healey, executive director of The Freedom Campaign, founder of Human Rights Action Center, and former executive director of Amnesty International and David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian studies at Georgetown University and a specialist on Burma.