By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will celebrate several milestones during its annual Homecoming celebration Oct. 22-25, including a commemoration of 125 years of co-education, the 25th anniversary of the international relations program and the 10th anniversary of the Bucknell Brigade. Several events are open to the local community.
"Homecoming is a great weekend to welcome back alumni and their families," said Karen Landis, major campus events manager and assistant director of Alumni Relations and Career Services. "We have so many events where alumni can interact and share stories with students, faculty and staff. There are many exciting reasons for all of us to celebrate this year."
Night on the Town
Downtown Lewisburg and Bucknell will welcome local residents and alumni for Games in the Park followed by Night on the Town on Friday, Oct. 23.
Games in the Park is free and open to children of all ages in Hufnagle Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bucknell and the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, the event will be staffed by Bucknell student volunteers and include inflatable bounces, an obstacle course, a batting cage, basketball hoops, carnival games, a balloon artist and face painting.
Night on the Town, a late-night shopping partnership between Bucknell and downtown Lewisburg, will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Shoppers will receive a punch card listing participating downtown stores. Participants who get at least 50 percent of the card punched during the event will be entered to win merchant giveaways.
Music, theater and art
The Weis Center will host "Myth and Legend: music for strings," with violinist Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. The program includes Philip Glass' Overture to "Beauty and the Beast" and Suite from "The Hours," as well as works by Desmarais, Piazzolla, Bartok, de Falla and others. Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000, online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice, or in person one hour before the concert.
The Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" Oct. 23-26 at 8 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall. Directed by Anjalee Deshpande, assistant professor of theater and dance, the play explores the lives of five bridesmaids hiding from the reception and the bride. Tickets to each performance are $8 a person, $6 for senior citizens. Tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000, online at www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice, or in person one hour before each performance.
The Samek Art Gallery will host three exhibitions beginning Friday, Oct. 23. "Splendor: West African Art from the Collection of Alfred Prince, Part 1," focuses on the human figure represented in carved wooden figures and masks in a variety of materials; "Epic Painting," large-scale paintings by Ali Banisadr, Charles Browning, Robert Colescott, Julie Heffernan, Laurie Hogin and Nicky Nodjoumi; and "Jiang Lu and Chen Pu: Journey," focuses on works on paper by two Tianjin-based contemporary artists. 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.
Alumni authors and honorees
Four alumni authors will give readings in Bucknell Hall on Saturday, Oct. 24. Poet Sally Keith, Class of '96, and novelist Jim Zervanos, Class of '92, will read at 4 p.m.; author Peter Balakian, Class of '73, and professor emeritus of English Jack Wheatcroft, Class of '49, will read at 6:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will be held from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.; books will be available for purchase.
Three Bucknellians will be honored with alumni awards. Harvey Edwards, Class of '78, who teaches English and humanities at Selinsgrove High School, will receive the Distinguished Citizenship Award. Film and television director Robert Mandel, Class of '67, will receive the Association for the Arts Academy of Artistic Achievement Award. The Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award will be awarded posthumously to Robert Long, Class of '58.
Milestones and academics
The Department of International Relations will celebrate a quarter century with two events in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center. Jeanne Hey, Class of '85, will give the talk, "International Relations as a Field: Academic Discipline? Interdisciplinary Hodge-podge? Or Something Else?" on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m., Hey will be joined by Peter Doerschler, Class of '93, Shannon Lack, Class of '04, Thomas O'Toole, Class of '00, Laura Romah, Class of '06 and Mark Siegelman, Class of '77, in a careers panel, moderated by Emek Uçarer, associate professor of international relations.
The Bucknell Brigade 10th anniversary celebration includes a late night music performance with Brigade veteran Jeff Clark, Class of '03, on Friday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. in the Seventh Street Café, and a mural dedication and reception on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 4:30 p.m. at the Seventh Street Café. The mural was painted this summer by Nicaraguan artist Gerardo Hernandez Arias. Speakers include the Rev. Ian Oliver, former Bucknell University Chaplain, and guests from the Brigade host community Jubilee House.
Members of the University community will discuss the history and impact of 125 years of co-education with a celebration and symposium, culminating with the dedication of a new 125 Courtyard on the Academic Quad on Oct. 24. In conjunction with the celebration, the Bertrand Library is hosting the exhibit, "Educating Bucknell University's Women: The University Female Institute (1852 - 1905)," with original documents, artifacts and photographs.
Faculty, students and alumni will connect at the third annual Academic Village on the Academic and Science Quads on Saturday. Participating departments will showcase their new and innovative projects.
The Bison Chips men's a cappella group, including current students and alumni, will perform in concert on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center. Tickets are $8.
Sports events on Saturday, Oct. 24, include club women's lacrosse vs. Cornell and UMBC, 10:30 a.m.; football vs. Lehigh, 1 p.m.; men's and women's swimming vs. George Mason, 1 p.m.; and men's club rugby vs. Franklin & Marshall, 1 p.m.
Child Soul will hold the third annual Gulu Walk, a 5K walk representing the distance children in northern Uganda walk to avoid being recruited as child soldiers, on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m. in front of the Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center.
For more Homecoming information, visit www.bucknell.edu/Homecoming.
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