September 22, 2015, BY Christina Masciere Wallace

Dancers on stage

The crowd inside the Hippodrome Theatre sat mesmerized by the student dancers onstage — one an engineering major, the other in management. Their movements were inspired by the theories found in physicist Brian Greene's book The Elegant Universe. The interdisciplinary dance was among the many highlights of the WE DO Campaign Tour stop on Sept. 19 in Baltimore.

"Tonight was about being reminded what Bucknell meant to me always, and how it shaped everything that I am," said Doreen Bolger '71, one of more than 200 alumni, parents and friends who gathered to celebrate the University's recent accomplishments and plans for the future.  

The magnificently restored theatre provided a stunning backdrop for presentations by Professors Chris Martine, biology, and Kelly Knox, theatre & dance, who shared highlights of their work in a pair of lively snap talks.  

"Having the staff and faculty speak with such passion about what they do was the most enjoyable part for me. It was just tremendous," said Michael Maloney P'16.

The evening included a performance by student dancers Ivan Flores '16 and Ridhi Sahani '18. Flores majors in markets, innovation & design while Sahani studies biomedical engineering, which underscored the interdisciplinary interests and talents of Bucknell students.  

After the presentations, guests enjoyed interactive academic experiences and a strolling dinner.  

"I can't say enough about the energy of Bucknellians here in Baltimore," said President John Bravman. "We're so grateful for their enthusiasm and support. Their genuine interest in our faculty and students, and their love for the University, are bringing the WE DO Campaign even closer to the goal."  

Launched publicly in October 2012, WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell University aims to create or strengthen six academic and residential learning initiatives designed to transform Bucknell's education experience.

The campaign will also increase funding for scholarships and financial aid, for recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, and for investments in new facilities. As of Sept. 22, the WE DO Campaign had raised $360 million toward its half-a-billion dollar goal.

WE DO Baltimore Photo Gallery

Lisa Poulin ‘78 and John Saxton ‘71, P‘99, Baltimore/Washington Metro campaign co-leaders

Creative Campus Initiative during the strolling supper

The Hippodrome Theatre

Kurt Waters ‘77 and Katie Han inspect rare plants at the Global Learning Initiative

President John Bravman

Dance performers Ivan Flores ‘16 and Ridhi Sahani ‘18

Professor Christopher Martine, biology

Bucknell Regional Connections

Biology of plants

Human Health Initiative

Tom Whiteford ‘89 and Meg Whiteford with Chuck and Susan Emrich P‘18

Management Initiative

Caitlin Maloney ‘16

Provost Barbara Altmann

Eliza Dunn and David Dunn ‘91

Professor Kelly Knox, theatre & dance

Gordon Stetz ‘83, P‘13, Joanie Stetz ‘80, P‘13, Doug Bonner ‘80 and Ann Sissala Slowinski ‘89, P‘17

Jim Hughes ‘74, P‘07, P‘11 and Ellen Hughes ‘76, P‘07, P‘11 with Bill Conley, vice president of enrollment management

Larry Klock ‘69, Leslie Saxton P‘99 and John Saxton ‘71, P‘99

Rob Colston and Lisa Poulin ‘78

Anne Wasenius MacLaure ‘80, P‘17 and Mac MacLure ‘78, P‘17

Mark and Jennie Bishof P‘15, P‘19

Christopher Lee and Susan Ginkel ‘76

Suzanne Flinchbaugh M‘04, P‘18, David Flinchbaugh ‘82, P‘18, Pam Gilmour ‘76 and Gary Jackson

Janet Hartman P‘00 and Andy Hartman ‘71, P‘00

Gary Sojka, president emeritus and honorary campaign co-chair, and Kortney Marshall ‘16

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