April 20, 2010


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host Reunion Weekend June 3-6, with thousands of alumni and families planning to return to the campus.

Bucknellians who come back to campus may participate in a variety of activities, including a discussion of the campus master plan and an open house at the Environmental Center.

Returning alumni also may view an exhibition of artwork by Makoto Fujimura, a 1983 Bucknell graduate and 2013 parent who combines ancient traditional Japanese Nihonga with western techniques to create a unique and beautiful art form.

The Bucknell Jazz and Rock Ensemble will perform in "One More Time," a concert of popular music from the '30s through the '90s in a unique blend of American jazz and rock music. The group will include all 25 original musicians as well as a number of musicians who joined the group in the mid-'70s.

In addition, Reunion will feature children's activities, including a first-ever kids' soccer clinic hosted by the Bucknell men's and women's soccer teams; Alumni University classes; an alumni lacrosse match, flag football game and golf tournament; canoe trips on the Susquehanna River; and gatherings for fraternities, sororities, athletics and other affinity groups.

There will be a free fireworks display Saturday, June 5, at 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Spectators may view the fireworks from the Academic Quad in front of Bertrand Library. Parking will be available in the farm lot off Seventh Street or above the stadium. Dent Drive between Seventh Street and the stadium will be closed from 9 to 11:30 p.m.

Reunion Rally
A returning highlight of the annual Reunion Rally in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts will be a theatrical, musical and multimedia production featuring Bucknell students and celebrating alumni.

In addition to the theatrical performance, the Alumni Association will honor its four 2010 award recipients through a combination video and in-person celebration.

· Anthony Rinaldo, who graduated in 1960 with a degree in English, will receive the Loyalty to Bucknell Award. Chair of his Reunion Class Gift Committee, Rinaldo has served on the Bucknell Board of Trustees, Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Bison Club Board.

· David Scadden, who graduated cum laude in 1975 with a degree in English, will receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession. A professor at Harvard University and co-director and co-founder of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Scadden also serves as a board member of Massachusetts General Hospital.

· Heather McNally, who graduated in 1985 with a degree in sociology, will receive the Award for Service to Humanity. McNally works with Centurion Ministries in Princeton where she helps wrongfully convicted individuals secure release from prison.

· Joshua Solomon, who graduated in 1995 with a degree in cell biology/biochemistry, will receive the Young Alumni Award. A pulmonologist in Denver, he formed the Hoi An Foundation, the first health-oriented charity in central Vietnam, which worked to improve children's health in an orphanage in 2003.

Contact: Division of Communications


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