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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Robert Lauman, Class of 1945, and Colby Cooper, Class of 1999, are the inaugural recipients of the Bucknell Award for Distinguished Citizenship.

The new award, presented at the first Homecoming Gala in October, was established to recognize Bucknell alumni and supporters who accept citizenship values and responsibilities esteemed by the founders of the University who, in 1846, crafted a University mission seeking to "educate our students to serve the common good and to promote justice in ways sensitive to the moral and ethical dimensions of life."

"It boils down to old-fashioned responsibility," said President Brian C. Mitchell. "It is often referred to as 'giving back,' or, more recently, 'paying it forward.' Perhaps, the best description is 'good citizenship.' Good citizenship is a hallmark of those who are engaged, involved, and aware. And of leaders whose passion and purpose improve the whole community in a me-first world."
Cooper, who as an undergraduate international relations major at Bucknell was involved in several campus organizations, played football and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, became special assistant to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2000, and was recently promoted to senior advisor to Rice.

Lauman, a World War II and Korea veteran, founded Bell of Pennsylvania's Data Communications School and was responsible for modernization of the Bell network. A member of several public service societies, Lauman was presented with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2004 and was responsible for helping to provide donor momentum to outfit labs in the recently completed Breakiron Engineering Building.

Betsy Powers
During the Homecoming Gala awards ceremony, Betsy Powers was presented with the University's 36th Artistic Achievement Award.

"You have been an incredibly important contributor to the life of arts at Bucknell during the last six decades," said President Mitchell. "We are proud and grateful for your commitment to the arts and to Bucknell."

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Nov. 2, 2007