July 30, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell University opens its 163rd academic year on Wednesday, Aug. 27, with a host of new faces, campus improvements, renowned speakers and cultural and athletic events greeting Bucknell’s 3,500 undergraduate and 150 graduate students.

The 950-member Class of 2012 will be welcomed to campus on Friday, Aug. 22, for new-student orientation. The new Bucknellians will participate in five days of activities, including the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership's annual Welcome to the Neighborhood on Monday, Aug. 25, and convocation, the traditional parade of color and candlelighting, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, marking the official open of the 2008-09 academic year. || News story || More about Welcome to the Neighborhood || Class of 2012 profile

The Bucknell Forum
The prestigious national speaker series, the Bucknell Forum, resumes with renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin kicking off the fall forum on Tuesday, Sept. 30. This semester’s theme is "Power and the President," and additional speakers, including a roundtable discussion with national pollsters, are expected to be announced soon. || News story || More about The Bucknell Forum || Previous speakers

Biographer David McCullough, one of America’s most successful and honored historians and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is the 2008 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters at Bucknell. He’ll give the talk, “A Conversation with David McCullough,” on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. || News story

National reputation
Bucknell’s national reputation, too, has been recognized in recent reports. The Washington Monthly ranked Bucknell No. 7 among the best liberal arts colleges in the country. The Peace Corps listed Bucknell at No. 6 on its top 25 list of small colleges and universities producing volunteers. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine rated Bucknell as the 11th best value in private liberal arts colleges. And, most recently, a new study showed Bucknell graduates earning the highest mid-career median salary among all liberal arts schools. || Related coverage: The Wall Street Journal

Among the new faces arriving at Bucknell this fall, including more than 50 new members of the faculty, is Michael Smyer, the University's new provost. Coming from Boston University, Smyer began his duties as Bucknell’s second ranking academic official on July 1. || News story || Biography

Effective this fall, the Department of Management is now the School of Management within the College of Arts and Sciences. The school is expected to evolve into the College of Management, bringing to three the number of colleges at Bucknell: Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management.

New basketball coach
Bucknell men’s Division I basketball team will have a new face, too. Starting his first semester at Bucknell this year as the head coach is Dave Paulsen, who led Williams College to the 2003 Division III national championship. || News story || Men’s sports || Women’s sports

The third edition of the popular Study Abroad Blog is underway with a diverse group of students and academic majors chronicling in word and image their off-campus adventures. The bloggers, among the more than 40 percent of Bucknell undergraduates who spend some portion of their academic life studying off campus, receive more than 10,000 pageviews each semester.

Weis Center
The fall season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts begins Friday, Sept. 12, with American pianist Ursula Oppens performing music by Chopin and Schumann, William Bolcom and Elliott Carter. Performances by artists from around the globe highlight the 2008-09 season. || News story || More about the Weis Center

The Samek Art Gallery marks its 25th anniversary with the yearlong series, "Peace & Resistance." The series comprises three international exhibitions that focus on the work of Yoko Ono, Soviet-era Nonconformist art and Oswaldo Guayasamin. "Yoko Ono Imagine Peace Featuring John and Yoko's Year of Peace" opens Aug. 25. || News story || Video: Director Dan Mills talks about the season || More about the Samek Art Gallery

The 2008-09 theatre and dance season opens with William Shakespeare's classic comedy, "Twelfth Night." The tale of unrequited love and mistaken identity complete with a happy ending will be presented Oct. 24-27. || News story || More about theatre and dance

Campus, too, has seen a number of improvements, among them the issuance of a new BU ID, a multipurpose identification card that may be used for a wide range of campus services, including the library, bookstore, dining and athletics and recreation, as well as for residential and other campus building entry. || News story

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