Posted on September 17, 2015, BY Molly O'Brien-Foelsch

Professor Jack Wheatcroft '49

Bucknell University will honor author and professor emeritus John S. (Jack) Wheatcroft '49 on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bucknell Hall during Bucknell's Homecoming Weekend. Among the speakers will be author and Colgate University Professor Peter Balakian '73 and Gary Sojka, former Bucknell president and biology professor emeritus.

Wheatcroft will be recognized in-person for his longstanding commitment to the craft of writing and to the liberal arts. The event also celebrates a new scholarship that has been created to continue Wheatcroft's legacy among future generations of Bucknellians. Established by an anonymous member of the Class of 1989, the John S. Wheatcroft Scholarship will support students with financial need without further restriction. | Support the scholarship

Wheatcroft has authored 26 books. His work includes fiction, poetry and plays and has been published in The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and the New York Herald Tribune. He served as a juror for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and has been a resident fellow at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Bucknell Magazine recently published an essay based on his memories of serving in the Navy during World War II. He was a professor of English from 1952 to 1996 and founded the University's Stadler Center for Poetry along with Jack Stadler '40. He earned the distinction of Presidential Professor at Bucknell in 1972. Wheatcroft and his wife, Katherine, live in Lewisburg, Pa.

"Jack conceived and engineered the founding of the Stadler Center for Poetry, which entailed restoring a beautiful but forgotten Bucknell Hall that today is used frequently and is one of the most elegant spaces on campus," said Balakian. "In so many ways, Jack has contributed to and remained a part of Bucknell, his alma mater and the place where he taught in the English Department for more than 40 years."

The full slate of speakers includes Professor Jan Balakian '83, English, Kean University; Professor Philip Brady '77, English, Youngstown State University; Professor Shara McCallum, English, the director of Bucknell's Stadler Center for Poetry; Professor Bruce Smith '68, English, Syracuse University; Sojka; and Balakian.

Register in advance
The event is free and open to all alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. Please register in advance by Oct. 21.

Scholarships at Bucknell
Scholarship support is the top priority of Bucknell's half-a-billion dollar WE DO Campaign, which aims to raise $150 million in endowed scholarships and financial aid. Gifts to this area help ensure the University's ability to recruit and retain deserving, well-qualified students of all backgrounds in perpetuity.

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