Loyalty To Bucknell Award

The Loyalty To Bucknell Award is presented annually to a member of the alumni community whose service, dedication and commitment to alma mater are extraordinary.

2022 Recipient

Connie Tressler '62, M'65, P'90 

After receiving her bachelor of arts degree in 1962, Connie L. Tressler continued her education at Bucknell to earn a master of science in education in 1965. Even as a student, Connie was busy lending a hand by participating as an officer for her Delta Zeta sorority, being active in student government, serving in both the psychology student group and the Burma-Bucknell Weekend steering committee, acting as president of the student interfaith group her senior year, and joining the German honor society, Delta Phi Alpha. 

Since her graduation, Connie has remained remarkably committed to Bucknell and the surrounding community, giving her time, talent and treasure in numerous ways. Connie has acted as the president of the Bucknell Club of the Greater Susquehanna Valley for nearly 10 years. Additionally, Connie has served as president of the Bucknell Club of Northeastern Pa. (Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming and surrounding counties).

Before that, this dedicated volunteer served for both the 50th and 55th Reunion Giving Committee and as a Reunion chair for her 55th Reunion. In 2022, she will serve as the Reunion chair for her 60th Reunion.

Her leadership as a member of the Center for Career Advancement's Bucknell Public Interest Program has been invaluable for helping match students seeking internships and opportunities in the nonprofit and public service sectors with employers in those fields.

Always generously warm and welcoming, Connie regularly hosts holiday gatherings for alumni and staff, invites prospective Bucknell students and parents to her home, and has been a loyal donor to the University for the last 36 years. The number of events she has attended at Bucknell over the years can be counted by the hundreds.

Connie's volunteerism spreads well beyond the Bucknell campus. A few noteworthy efforts include serving as president of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Drug and Alcohol Council, and working with the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program. She is active with the Northumberland County Behavioral Health and Individual Differences Association (president) and two historical Societies (president of one), among other noteworthy causes.

Connie has served on a wide variety of boards and leadership positions for community organizations including participating with Evangelical Hospital, Northumberland County Leadership, Northumberland County Historical Society, Northumberland County Opioid Coalition, Community Giving Board, Gratz Bank Foundation Board, Diabetes (Setebaid) Board, the Red Cross, Children Service Center, Women's Giving Circle, and The Judge of Elections for Northumberland County, just to name a few. 

Connie's career was dedicated to helping others. After completing her master's degree and a clinical internship in Philadelphia at Elwyn Institute, Connie worked as a psychologist at Selinsgrove State School. She later moved to Tunkhannock, Pa., and worked as a psychologist at Clarks Summit State Hospital. In 2004, Connie moved back home to Lewisburg to help her parents while continuing her work as a psychologist in Wyoming and Luzerne Counties. 

Connie's daughter, Felicia Mullen, lives in Northampton, Pa. Her grandson is in the Army stationed in Germany after being involved in ROTC in college. Her granddaughter, a field hockey player, will finish her college career and become part of the coaching team at Ithaca College. Connie's younger daughter, Kim McClymont, graduated with a bachelor's from Bucknell in 1990 and with her master's in 1992. She obtained a third degree from the University of New South Wales in Australia. While working in the Philadelphia area, she died in 2005.

Always in search of a new project, Connie began renovating a stagecoach inn, a hotel that her great grandfather purchased in 1890 which featured seven fireplaces but had no running water or heat. Connie still resides on the property.

It is obvious that Connie's tireless leadership, service and dedication to Bucknell and her community are outstanding. With her warm and spirited personality, she will always go above and beyond to help others. Connie likes to read, travel and stay physically active. She loves maintaining her 150-acre historical home and enjoys spending time with her daughter, Felicia, her grandchildren, Caleb and Morgan, and her loyal companion, her Shih Tzu puppy, Max.

Loyalty To Bucknell Award

Contact Details

The Center for Alumni & Family Engagement

Location

Alumni House
90 University Avenue

Hours

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.