October 26, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University welcomed alumni and friends for a Homecoming celebration Oct. 22-25. The weekend marked several milestones honoring co-education, the international relations program and the Bucknell Brigade.

The University marked 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.

The Department of International Relations celebrated a quarter century with a lecture and panel discussion with noted alumni.

The Bucknell Brigade celebrated its 10th anniversary celebration with a mural dedication at the Seventh Street Café. The mural was painted this summer by Nicaraguan artist Gerardo Hernandez Arias. Speakers included the Rev. Ian Oliver, former Bucknell University Chaplain, and guests from the Brigade host community Jubilee House.

The weekend also featured the Academic Village with many departments showcasing their projects to alumni. Students and faculty from the academic departments were on hand to answer questions and update their former students about department news.

Alumni honorees
Three Bucknellians were honored with alumni awards. Harvey Edwards, Class of '78, who teaches English and humanities at Selinsgrove High School, received the Distinguished Citizenship Award. Film and television director Robert Mandel, Class of '67, received the Association for the Arts Academy of Artistic Achievement Award. The Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award was awarded posthumously to Robert Long, Class of '58.

The weekend celebration also featured Night on the Town, a collaborative event sponsored by downtown Lewisburg merchants and the University on Friday evening. Games in the Park, held in Hufnagle Park, included inflatable bounces, an obstacle course, a batting cage, basketball hoops, carnival games, a balloon artist and face painting, staffed by student volunteers. In addition, downtown shops were open late with punch cards for participants and merchant giveaways.

"We are so appreciative of downtown merchants for partnering with us this year to offer these programs during Homecoming. Despite the rain, the children at Games in the Park and downtown shoppers enjoyed their time," said Karen Landis, major campus events manager and assistant director of Alumni Relations and Career Services.

A slideshow of Homecoming events will be posted later this week.

Contact: Division of Communications