Bucknell University is commemorating its 125th anniversary of co-education by holding a special celebration and symposium during Homecoming Weekend 2009. At this important juncture, we will share memories and experiences of our students, faculty and staff, assess the current status of co-education at Bucknell and reflect upon the progress we have made toward creating a campus environment that fosters and celebrates the equality, excellence, and interdependence of all of its members.

We look forward to holding this event in conjunction with the established tradition of Homecoming, and to the ways in which we believe this weekend will provide for a rich and meaningful experience for all those who participate as we honor this important milestone in Bucknell's history.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

6:30pm - 8:30pm

125 Celebration Check-In and light dinner buffet reception for early birds --
The Refectory, ELC 2nd Floor

Pick up your registration materials and join us for a bite to eat!

7:30 pm

Optional evening event with Bucknell Finance Network

Friday, October 23, 2009

8:00am - 9:00am

125 Years of Co-Education Continental BreakfastLarison Hall

Register for the day's events and mingle with faculty, staff, students and fellow alumni

9:00am - 10:30am

Welcome and Morning ProgramLarison Hall

Welcome from President Brian C. Mitchell

Alumni Reflections (Shared keynote address by David Janda '80, Ann Kirwin Anderson '87, and Karen Horn Welch '97 who will reflect on their Bucknell experience relative to the 125 theme: Equality, Excellence, Interdependence)

Our Campus, Our Story (Multimedia campus history presentation capturing life at Bucknell at the beginning of co-education and beyond)


11:00am - 12:00pm

Paving Their Own Way: EntrepreneurshipForum, ELC, 2nd Floor

This panel showcases the creativity and ingenuity of some of our graduates who have been successful entrepreneurs.

Panelists include Susan Penecale Zolla ‘68, Frank Davis ‘82, Anne Seibold Drapeau ’88 (moderator), and Debra Zapotocky Rizzi ‘94.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Work-Life FitCenter Room, ELC, 2nd Floor

Negotiation at work and within relationships to create and support a healthy fit between our professional and personal lives, with a focus relative to today’s climate.

Panelists include Cali Williams Yost ’87 (moderator), Kimberly Wilson Wetty ‘93, Dawson Hodgson ‘00, and Meghan MacDonald Hodgson ’02.

12:15pm - 1:45pm


Lunch will be served to guests while they enjoy the company and conversation of their fellow alumni, faculty, staff and students. Program will begin as dessert is served.

Obstacles & Open Doors
(Shared keynote address by Jane Brown Maas ‘53, Elizabeth P. Smith ‘71, and Carolyn Neely Ainslie ‘80 who will reflect upon their experiences after graduating from Bucknell, and the role of leadership in creating opportunities for women.)

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Creative Career SolutionsForum, ELC, 2nd Floor

Discussion to focus on issues pertinent to today’s climate such as reentering the workforce, changing careers, networking, etc.

Panelists include Harriet Edelman ‘77, Lisa Poulin ‘78, Anne Seibold Drapeau ’88, and Jean Dobson Zappe ’93 (moderator).

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Giving Back: Service and PhilanthropyCenter Room, ELC, 2nd Floor

This panel showcases both those who have dedicated their lives to service and philanthropy, as well as those who have careers in addition to their service/philanthropic work.

Panelists include Sam Lundquist (moderator), Wendy Pangburn ’78, Mary Fetchet P’11, and Mary Streep P’12 .

3:15pm - 4:30pm

Our Disciplines - Academic Panelsvarious locations

Discussion focusing on co-education within specific academic disciplines, as shared by current and emeritus faculty.

Arts & Humanities
Coleman 221
Paula D. Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance
S. Jackson Hill, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Music
Rivka Ulmer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion
Virginia L. Zimmerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Natural Sciences
O’Leary 232
Dee A. Casteel, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Math, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Elizabeth Capaldi Evans, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Animal Behavior
Mary Beth Gray’84, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Geology

Social Sciences & Management
Forum, Elaine Langone Center 272
Deborah A. Abowitz, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology
Eugenia P. Gerdes, Ph.D., Dean Emerita of the College of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology
Tammy B. Hiller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management
The Honorable Louise O. Knight, Judge
Andrea Stevenson Sanjian, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science

Dana 113
Donna M. Ebenstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Emily M. Geist ‘03, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Michael D. Gross ‘03, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Karen T. Marosi, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Engineering
T. Michael Toole ‘83, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Faculty & Alumni Reception hosted by the Provost – Science Quad

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Night on the Town

Many of the downtown merchants will remain open for downtown shopping. Visit 50% of the participating shops to be eligible for prizes from downtown businesses. Sponsored by Bucknell University and the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership. All are invited to attend.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

8:30am - 9:00am

Continental Breakfastadjacent to Panel locations

Breakfast is offered just outside the panel locations beginning at 8:30am. Panels will begin at 9:00am. Please note that food and beverages are NOT ALLOWED in Trout or the Forum.

9:00am - 10:45am

Contemporary Issues in Women’s HealthTrout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building

Panel will focus primarily on women’s health issues relative to each panelist’s area of expertise; however, each will also be asked to reflect briefly on their careers in relation to their Bucknell experience.

Panelists include Linda Heffner ’70 (OB/GYN), Thomas Spitzer ’70 (moderator), Mark Gebhardt ’71 (Orthopedics), Joseph Bering, Jr. ’74 (Cardiology), and Christen Mowad '87 (Dermatology).

9:00am - 10:45am

Financial Planning with Ellen Bush ‘79Forum, ELC, 2nd Floor

Ellen Bush ’79, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, Smith Barney Incorporated will speak on financial planning in current economic times.


Dedication of 125 Commemorative Courtyard Academic Quad (rain location Trout Auditorium)

A capella group 2 Past Midnight will perform the Alma Mater.

Speakers include Lauren Fohl ‘10, Jeb Bachman ’78, Sara Stoner Bachman ‘78, and President Brian C. Mitchell.



Bucknell Alumni: Click here to proceed to B-Link to register for 125 and Homecoming Events.

Bucknell Faculty, Staff, and Students: Please register in myBucknell.


If you have any questions, please contact Celebrate125@bucknell.edu or call 570-577-3016.




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