October 16, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's annual Homecoming celebration will be held Oct. 24 to 26, with several events open to the local community.

"Nearly 2,000 Bucknell alumni and their families will be returning for Homecoming Weekend," said Karen Landis, major campus events manager and assistant director of Alumni Relations and Career Services.

Bisonland and more
Children and their parents are invited to visit BisonLand, an action-packed children's area with inflatable rides and activities including free face painting and balloon animals prior to the 1 p.m. football game with Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 25. BisonLand will be located in front of Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

Other activities include a caramel apple sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit Habitat for Humanity, and a Halloween Extravaganza on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

Child Soul will hold the second annual Gulu Walk, a 5k walk representing the distance children in northern Uganda walk to avoid being recruited as child soldiers, on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of Davis Gym. Participants are asked to donate $10. Money raised will support GuluWalk, which is working with Resolve Uganda to promote youth health initiatives, peace building, education services and general programs for the region.

Other events open to the public during Bucknell's Homecoming weekend are:

Samek Art Gallery exhibitions: "The Space of Freedom: Apartment Exhibitions in Leningrad (1964-1986)", with visitors entering a recreated Soviet communal apartment interior in the main gallery, and "Collection Focus II: Transformed Spaces/Inventive Narratives", an exhibition of important and emerging contemporary artists working in photographic media who transform and create spaces. The exhibitions open Friday, Oct. 24. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. For more information, visit www.bucknell.edu/Samek

Bucknell Theatre: William Shakespeare's classic comedy "Twelfth Night", a tale of unrequited love and mistaken identity complete with a happy ending, will be performed on Oct. 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall. Tickets are $8 per person, $6 for students and senior citizens, available in advance from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center or the Bookstore in the Elaine Langone Center, or online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice The box office in Coleman Hall opens one hour prior to performances.

Weis Center performance: "string theory," with Turtle Island Quartet and the Assad Brothers guitar duo, on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center. Tickets are $20, available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the Bucknell University Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

Alumni honored

Several Bucknell alumni will return to campus to be honored, including Jessica Jackley Flannery, a 2000 graduate who will receive the Distinguished Citizenship Young Alumni Award; Edward F. Staiano '58, who will receive the Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award; and William C. Westenhofer '90, who will receive the Association for the Arts Academy of Artistic Achievement Award. Charles R. Pollock '70 will be honored posthumously with the Distinguished Citizenship Award.

In addition, author Marcia Bonta '62 will participate in a lecture and book signing on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gallery Theater of the Elaine Langone Center. Bonta's most recent book is Escape To The Mountain: Thirty-seven Years on a Ridge in Pennsylvania. 
Sports events include: women's rugby match vs. York on Friday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m.; field hockey vs. Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 25, at noon; men's and women's swimming and diving vs. Boston College on Saturday at noon; football vs. Colgate on Saturday at 1 p.m.; men's rugby vs. PSU-Berks on Saturday at 1 p.m.; and a baseball alumni game on Sunday at 11 a.m. 

For more Homecoming information, visit www.bucknell.edu/Homecoming/

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