August 19, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will welcome 935 members of the Class of 2017 to five days of Orientation that begin Friday, Aug. 23. Students are scheduled to arrive on campus between 8 a.m. and noon for Move-in Day on Aug. 23.

The newest Bucknellians were selected from 7,947 applicants. The enrolled class represents 35 states and the District of Columbia and 35 countries.

The five-day New Student Orientation Program is designed to ease their transition to the Bucknell community, allowing students to meet with faculty and administrators as well as fellow students.

Bucknell will post photos of the activities on Facebook and in a gallery afterward on the Class of 2017 webpage.

Convocation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27. Classes for all students begin Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Lewisburg Day Aug. 26
In addition to Orientation activities on campus, members of the Class of 2017 will be invited to explore downtown Lewisburg on Monday, Aug. 26, from noon to 5 p.m., during Welcome to the Neighborhood. Retailers will welcome first-year and transfer students with a small gift, and restaurants will offer an opportunity to sample the tastes of Lewisburg.

Sixty-five businesses participating in the 12th annual welcome will post names of new students inside their establishments. Students finding their name introduce themselves and receive a gift from that merchant. In the past, gifts have ranged from handmade wool bookmarks and hats to chocolate-candy Bison as well as freshly baked homemade cookies.

Common reading project
Members of the Class of 2017 were asked to read Hamlet's Blackberry by William Powers. The first-year common reading project is designed to enhance the academic mission's prominence prior to and during orientation. The book, which examines the benefits and drawbacks of constant connectivity, will be used for discussion in a number of seminars. Powers will give the talk, "The Next Tech Revolution," Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building. The talk is free and open to the public.