December 14, 2012

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By Heather Johns

LEWISBURG, Pa. — In 2012, Bucknell University professors and students were inspired by speakers, awed by nature and impressed by incoming students and new graduates. Among the highlights of the year in campus life:

Hurricane Sandy

Bucknell monitoring Hurricane Sandy
The campus braced itself for Hurricane Sandy, providing Emergency Management Team Updates throughout the storm. || See photos from Hurricane Sandy 

flying bison with wings

First flight of the Flying Bison
Bucknell's first mobile culinary vehicle  — also known as a food truck — debuted on campus in April. || Watch a video of the Flying Bison's launch and follow @The_FlyingBison on Twitter

Student moving in with orange and blue balloons behind him

Bucknell Class of 2016 arrives for Orientation
Bucknell's Class of 2016 got to know the University and their classmates during Orientation, beginning with Move-in Day on Friday, Aug. 17. || Watch our Move-In Day video

Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen to graduates: Embrace challenges, remake the world
Commencement speaker Anna Quindlen encouraged the University's newest graduates to face the challenges before them, rethink the past and embrace revolutionary change. || Watch our Commencement 2012 videos

John Legend

Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend to speak, perform at Bucknell Jan. 24
Legend spoke with conviction and charm about his own creative journey and the potential for college students to make big changes in the world. || Read more, and watch our video interview with Legend and his 'Happy Birthday' serenade to Lakiyra Williams '14

Bucknell Seal

Sealing a new tradition
Thanks to a gift from the Class of 2012, a bronze University Seal marks the spot where the pathways meet in the center of the historic Academic Quad.

Bucknell Id in front of an American flag

Bucknell students can vote with ID card change
In response to a controversial Pennsylvania law, the University distributed expiration stickers to ensure students could use their Bucknell ID to vote in the presidential election.

Writing on an orange I-beam

A campus construction milestone
The campus community gathered to celebrate Bucknell's first recorded "topping out" ceremony since the University was founded in 1846.

Odeke Ekirapa '12

Senior speaker asks: Why Bucknell?
Odeke Ekirapa '12 addressed a crowd of about 9,000 people as the student speaker at Bucknell's 162nd Commencement ceremony.

Bison statue

Historic weekend will set course for future of Bucknell
The University's first campaign in nearly two decades publicly launched during our Homecoming 2012 celebration amid a variety of special events. || See Homecoming photos

people on bicycles

Cross-country bicycle ride could be life-defining journey
Mike Anderson '13 and Kaitlyn Smith '12 rode with a group from Bike the U.S. for MS in honor of Anderson's father.  

Bertrand library seen through a rainbow flag

Bucknell athletics among "Best of the Best" for LGBT-friendliness
The University's athletics program has been recognized as one of the top-10 safest and friendliest programs in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. || Watch our It Gets Better video


Also see the Top 12 of '12: Academic Highlights

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