Interfaith Community Engagement

Hosted in partnership with Bucknell's Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and Center for Community Engaged Leadership, Learning & Research, the Interfaith Community Engagement Pre-Orientation Program (ICEPOP) provides a foundation of belonging in a multi-faith community of incoming students and mentors, a chance to develop leadership skills and an opportunity to engage with our local community. We welcome incoming Bucknell students from diverse religious, non-religious, spiritual and secular identities. All incoming students are welcome to participate.

We explore foundational questions such as, "Where am I?" "Who am I?" and "Who will I become?" Through guided conversation, community building, exploration of our local landscape, and partnership with a range of community organizations in the Susquehanna Valley, we provide the opportunity to explore questions of purpose, belonging and leadership in community.

What You’ll Do

ICEPOP will introduce you to the many civic engagement opportunities on and off campus while exploring deeper questions of meaning, purpose and spirit. The experience will begin with an overnight immersion in an area of our community that will highlight areas of need and how you can make an impact with your time here at Bucknell (specific details about accommodations will be available soon). While exploring these engagement opportunities, you will begin to ponder — in community — the deeper questions on purpose and meaning that will follow you throughout your journey at Bucknell.

Who It’s For

ICEPOP is for any incoming student.




Chaplain Kurt Nelson,

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Pre-Orientation Move-In Day Schedule

Friday, Aug. 16

7–11 a.m.

Arrival and Check-in
Outside Sojka Pavillion
Students will receive their room key and BUID and check in with their Pre-O program leaders. After check-in, head to your residence hall to unpack your belongings and settle in.

Representatives from a variety of campus offices will be present to answer your questions. Meet staff from Bertrand Library, Bucknell Nutrition, Bucknell Student Health, Campus Activities & Programs, GenFirst!, Global & Off-Campus Education, the Teaching & Learning Center and more.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Lunch
Bostwick Marketplace, Elaine Langone Center
All Pre-Orientation participants, their families and friends are invited to lunch as guests of the University (no charge). Pick up your lunch tickets at Pre-O check-in.
12:30 p.m.

Program Meetings
Meeting locations will be posted in June
Parents and families are invited to join their student and attend these meetings. Program leaders will share details about program schedules and expectations and will be available to answer questions

2 p.m.Students: Programs Begin
2 p.m.Families: University Welcome
Weis Center Concert Hall
University officials welcome and advise family members on the first year at Bucknell. Light refreshments will be served before the welcome; parents and families are invited to stay after to mingle.

More details about the move-in day schedule will be shared in early 2024.

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