What You’ll Do
For this program, the Freeman College of Management has teamed up with Coalfield Development, a grassroots organization in Huntington, W.Va., dedicated to cultivating socially, environmentally and financially thriving economies that help communities and all kinds of people unlock their full potential power and purpose. Participants in this Pre-O program will tour Coalfield Development's facilities and partner organizations, meet with community members and engage in service-learning activities. Participants will also enjoy several recreational activities, which will be adapted to match students' interests.
Note: This itinerary is subject to change. Participants will receive a detailed itinerary after they register.
- Trip to Mingo County to discuss the Mine Wars, coal towns, and life and culture in West Virginia
- Tour West Edge Factory, a social-enterprise incubator in Huntington
- Tour Black Diamond Warehouse, which is currently being environmentally restored as a makerspace market through a brownfields remediation program
- Visit Huntington's Kitchen, a community food center
- Service work day collaborating with coalfield station projects
Participants will stay at Heritage Farms in Huntington, which is a registered Smithsonian Affiliate with a mission of being a source of hope and renewal for the Appalachian region. You'll stay at their Barn Retreat Center, which has been fully renovated to accommodate 20 overnight guests.
Accommodations include bunk beds with twin-sized beds, meeting rooms, restrooms and a full kitchen. You'll enjoy the modern conveniences of the barn's heating/air conditioning, WiFi and cable television with all the charm of yesteryear.
Please note: This is an open-bunk sleeping arrangement.
Whom It’s For
This Pre-Orientation program is open to all incoming Bucknell students in any college.
$250. Students who receive financial aid will have the attendance fee discounted in proportion to their amount of aid. Light breakfasts, boxed lunches and dinners will be provided. Students will likely want some spending money for incidentals.
Why Choose This Pre-O
This region is similar to areas around Bucknell in the Anthracite Coal Region. The Freeman College of Management works with the University's Coal Region Field Station on a variety of service and experiential learning projects, student internships and consulting opportunities in the coal region.
Addressing the problems and opportunities in these small towns provides insights into economic development, community resilience and civil society, and are of particular importance to our understanding of responsible management and sustainable values. In addition, understanding the impacts of change as we move away from coal in terms of education, jobs, health and wellness is of particular importance.
Professor Neil Boyd, program director
Professor Eric Martin, program director