May 20, 2008

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Big crowds attended Reunion Weekend 2007 and more are expected this year. Registrants are coming from 39 states and from as far away as Australia.

Posted May 20, 2008
Updated May 27, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host Reunion Weekend May 29 through June 1, with thousands of alumni and guests planning to return to the campus.

Bucknellians who return to campus may participate in a variety of activities including a tour of the Bucknell Environmental Center and its solar panel array, a presentation of the campus master plan, and an evening under the stars with a tour of the Observatory.

In addition, there will be children's activities, an alumni lacrosse match, and open house gatherings for fraternities, sororities, athletics and other groups.

There will be a free fireworks display Saturday, May 31, at 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting.) Spectators may view the fireworks from the Academic Quad in front of Bertrand Library. Parking will be available in the farm lot located off Seventh Street or above the stadium. Dent Drive between Seventh Street and the stadium will be closed from 9 to 11:30 p.m.

According to Karen Landis, manager of major campus engagements at Bucknell, "The fireworks have become a tradition at Reunion; we're very excited to be able to invite the community to be part of this tradition," she said.

Alumni Award winners
A highlight of the weekend is Reunion Rally which will take place Saturday, May 31, at 1:20 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. At the rally, all returning alumni gather to present class gifts and recognize the Alumni Award winners honored by the Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Honored this year will be Walt McConnell, a 1953 graduate, recipient of the Loyalty to Bucknell Award; Marilee Shepler Cole, a 1968 graduate, recipient of the Award for Service to Humanity; Takeo Shiina, a 1953 graduate, recipient of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession; and Shari Aser, a 1998 graduate, recipient of the Young Alumni Award.

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