May 12, 2009

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin led off the fall Bucknell Forum national speakers series.

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. – What did 26 new tenure-track faculty and a new survey showing that Bucknell University alumni had the highest earning potential in the nation have in common?

They were – far and away – the two most popular news stories to appear on Bucknell’s website during the 2008-09 academic year. || Also: Top research-related stories of the year || Top athletic stories of 2008-09

The roundup story about Bucknell’s new faculty, published in September, continues to be among the most read stories on the website. So far, the story has attracted more than 11,000 views. 

The Top 10 stories of the year, in order of popularity, were:

26 tenure-track faculty join Bucknell teaching ranks
A former middle school choir teacher. A passionate collector of fossil snails. A freed Ethiopian political prisoner. All were among the 26 new tenure-track professors who joined Bucknell’s faculty last fall.

Bucknell grads top salary study
Graduates of Bucknell have the highest earning potential in the nation, a new research survey revealed.

Class of 2012 one of University's most selective ever
As the fall 2008 classes were about to begin, Bucknell’s Class of 2012 was expected to total about 950 students, up slightly from previous years. The class, too, had the distinction of being one of the University’s most selective ever.

Fall 2008: 163rd academic year opens
Bucknell opened its 163rd academic year on Aug. 27, with a host of new faces, campus improvements, renowned speakers and cultural and athletic events greeting its 3,500 undergraduate and 150 graduate students.

Bucknell 5th best in value in SmartMoney rankings
SmartMoney magazine ranked Bucknell as the fifth best long-term value among liberal arts colleges and universities in its January issue.

Historian Goodwin to discuss Lincoln, presidential leadership
Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin led off the fall Bucknell Forum national speakers series with a talk about the lessons the next president could learn from Abraham Lincoln and his “team of rivals.”

Coinless laundry, online payments added for BU ID
Bucknell students can to track online the availability of campus washers and driers and pay for their use with BU IDs with a new coinless laundry system launched in January.

Trustees approve downtown bookstore project
Bucknell’s Board of Trustees approved developing a University bookstore in downtown Lewisburg and to use as the primary funding source money provided by the state for economic development.

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel to address Bucknell graduates
Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Laureate honored for his leadership in fighting injustice and his writings as a Holocaust survivor, was scheduled to deliver the commencement address during Bucknell's 159th graduation ceremony.

Bucknell Forum: Women's rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the noted leader and author who has faced death threats for her criticism of Islam’s treatment of women, was the Bucknell Forum speaker in March.

Contact: Division of Communications


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