By Sam Alcorn
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's 164th academic year opens on Wednesday, Aug. 26, as some 3,500 undergraduate and 150 graduate students return to campus.
Bucknell's newest class, the 925-member Class of 2013, will be welcomed to campus Friday, Aug. 21, to participate in five days of orientation, including the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership's annual Welcome to the Neighborhood on Monday, Aug. 24. || Class of 2013 profile
On hand to meet and greet the new students will be 108 upperclassmen serving as orientation assistants, leaders and coordinators. The team will help first-year students move into University housing and lead them through orientation. || Meet the team leaders || Orientation info || Schedule || Slideshows
The academic year is officially kicked off Tuesday, Aug. 25, with Convocation at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. With faculty in colorful academic regalia leading the way, the new and transfer students will parade from the Christy Mathewson Memorial Gate — the same gate through which they pass at graduation — to the Weis Center.
Following the ceremony, all will parade to the Academic Quadrangle for the traditional candle-lighting at which the University's president lights a candle — representing the Light of Knowledge — and spreads that light to all students circling the Quad. Candle-lighting closes with all singing the Alma Mater, "Dear Bucknell."
The new and returning students are arriving on campus following recent recognition of Bucknell's national reputation. A new study reported that Bucknell alumni have the second-highest earning potential among liberal arts college graduates and among the highest for all colleges and universities. || Story
And earlier this year, Bucknell earned a top 25 ranking on the annual list of "Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing College and Universities." || Story
Other new faces on campus include 27 tenure-track faculty members who are joining the ranks of Bucknell's teacher-scholars this semester. They'll join eight professors who have been promoted to full professor and 18 who have been promoted to associate professor.
The national speakers series, The Bucknell Forum, resumes with renowned professor of history and economics and award-winning author Niall Ferguson kicking off the fall series on Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a talk titled, "Is the United States an Empire? Should It Be?" || Complete story || More about The Bucknell Forum
John Edgar Wideman
The award-winning novelist, short-story writer and essayist John Edgar Wideman is the 2009 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters and will receive the award and give a talk at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Weis Center. This award has been given annually since 2002 to honor and recognize an individual who represents the highest level of achievement in the craft of writing within the realms of fiction, non-fiction, or biography. || Complete story || Award recipients
In its fifth edition, the Study Abroad Blog will highlight the travels and experiences of eight students who are studying off campus this semester. With destinations ranging from Morocco and Italy to Australia and Ireland, they are among the more than 40 percent of the Bucknell undergraduate population that spends at least one semester studying off campus in their academic careers.
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In preparation for the 2009-10 academic year, the Bucknell administration has been working closely with local, state and federal officials to monitor the spread of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, and will continue to provide updated information as necessary to the campus community. || Latest swine flu information
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