By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Two collaborative project teams at Bucknell University were honored recently with the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to cross-functional groups, project teams and task forces that have participated in exceptional collaborative efforts.
Lewisburg Community Garden
Established last spring at the corner of St. Anthony and Water streets, the Lewisburg Community Garden grew from the "Feeding Our Hearts, Expanding Our Vision" initiative, as a response to the White House Interfaith Challenge.
Half the space was rented to members of the local community to grow their own food.
The other half was a living-learning classroom where more than 300 Bucknell volunteers harvested 52 crops, including corn, potatoes, tomatoes, sprouts and chard. The produce was given to area food programs, primarily the Community Harvest hot meal program in Milton, feeding more than 150 people each week.
In addition, summer interns held educational programs on gardening, plant growth and weather cycles for children enrolled in the Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority day camp.
Campus groups joining many community partners were the Office of Civic Engagement, Rabbi Serena Fujita, facilities staff, faculty and staff from biology, the Environmental Center, Boston Posse IV, Management 101 and student interns.
Gender Neutral Housing
The offices of LGBT Resources, Housing Services and Psychological Services, led by Stephen Apanel and William McCoy, worked with students to develop independent living areas in the Gateways or the Mods.
Apanel, associate director of housing services, and McCoy, director of the Office of LGBT Awareness, earned a "Top Ten" award for their presentation on this program at the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers.
Beginning this fall, gender neutral housing aims to provide supportive environments for students who may identify as LGBT, are questioning their identity, or do not wish to subscribe to classifications. Students can choose the gender neutral option during the annual housing selection process. The option is also available through the University's affinity housing program, which allows students to propose themed living such as theatre, music or sustainability.
The Maxwell Award honors former Bucknell Vice President for Administration Barry Maxwell. Maxwell, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Bucknell, joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 1963. Named dean of the College of Engineering in 1979, he became vice president for administration in 1986 and retired in 1998. He was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1975 and the Loyalty to Bucknell Award in 1999. Established in 1994 as the WOW awards, the award was renamed in his honor in 2000.
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