Gifts for Facilities

Exterior of Academic East

Education at Bucknell has changed dramatically since Bucknell offered its first class in the basement of a Lewisburg church in 1846, when the latest in classroom technology was the fountain pen.

Our campus has changed, too — today, we're home to more than 100 buildings across 450 acres — but the pace of change isn't slowing down. For our students to innovate and thrive in this accelerating age, they need access to spaces and facilities that match their ambitions.

Gifts to facilities enable our faculty to deliver a modern curriculum, ensuring our graduates are prepared for success and opening the promise of a Bucknell education for even more students.

Recent, leadership-level naming gifts that have dramatically reshaped Bucknell's campus in ways that directly impact the undergraduate experience. They include:

  • MacDonald Commons, a central hub for the South Campus Apartment complex with dining, student lounges and event spaces, named for Randy and Kathy MacDonald and their daughter Megan MacDonald Hodgson '02.
  • The Graham Building, home to Bucknell's student health, wellness and counseling centers and a state-of-the-art training facility for the University's varsity wrestling program, named for Bill Graham '62.
  • Davis Hall, one of the South Campus apartment buildings and home to the University's Muslim Prayer Room, named for Frank Davis '82, P'13 in honor of his gift underwriting construction costs for Academic East and the Management and Art & Art History building as well as diversity initiatives.
  • Hildreth-Mirza Hall, home to Bucknell's Humanities Center and other humanities initiatives, named in honor of donors Josephine "Dodie" Detmer '52 and her daughter, Zareen Taj Mirza '79 as well as Detmer's father, Horace Hildreth, the ninth president of Bucknell.
  • Holmes Hall, a state-of-the-art home for the Freeman College of Management and the Department of Art & Art History, named in recognition of Trustee Steve Holmes '79 and his wife, Bonnie Bencsko Holmes '79. Naming opportunities are still available within the building.

Contact us to learn about sponsorship opportunities that will leave a lasting legacy for generations of Bucknell students:

Mary Ann Stanton '89
Director of Development, Strategic Philanthropy Programs

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