February 01, 2010


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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — They major in engineering, music, management, mathematics and more, and they're the latest Bucknell University students to be added to our online profiles that include hundreds of students, faculty members and alumni.

The latest set of 13 undergraduates to be profiled represents the University's diverse academic environment and hometown geography. The students, who all excel in their studies, also show their passion for a wide-ranging life outside the classroom — from service-learning and athletics to Greek life and study abroad.

Amazing stories
"Every day we get to work with Bucknell students with amazing stories," Bucknell Provost Mick Smyer said. "They're well-rounded students who are exceptional in academic life and yet find time to give back to campus and well beyond as they grow as leaders and prepare for success in this global society."

Typical of these students is Ali Blumenstock, Class of '11, who is majoring both in environmental studies and international relations and minoring in Spanish.

She decided to attend Bucknell because, with 3,500 undergraduate students, it was small enough for her to build relationships with her professors yet big enough for her to explore nearly any type of leadership interest that she had.   

This semester, Blumenstock is studying in Nicaragua where she hopes to work with a director who is making a film about sugarcane and banana workers who are exposed to agricultural chemicals and how that affects their lives. Almost half of Bucknell's students study a semester or more off campus at some point in their academic life.

Interest in environment
With her keen interest in the environment, Blumenstock helped to launch the Taylor House sustainable living cooperative in fall 2009. "There are 13 of us living there with the aim of living more sustainably by making small lifestyle changes," she said.

The year before, Blumenstock served as the campus coordinator for Focus the Nation, part of a day-long nationwide teach-in on climate change. "It was really successful. We had a lot students come out," she said.

Meet more of Bucknell's students in this latest set of profiles at the links below. See all student, faculty and alumni profiles.

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