By Julia Ferrante
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- About 2,000 Bucknell University alumni and families from around the world returned to campus for Reunion this past weekend. || Photo galleries and videos
The alumni, some of whom marked more than 60 years since their graduation, participated in theatrical and musical performances, award ceremonies, classroom lectures and other social activities.
"Reunion Weekend is a great reminder of the loyalty Bucknellians have for their University," said Kristin Stetler, the associate director for Alumni Relations and the Career Service Center. "The activities are fun, of course, but hearing stories from alumni about their life when they were here is also a tribute to their lifelong relationship with Bucknell.
"At Reunion Weekend, we celebrate past, present and future. There are so many little moments that make it a success as the Bucknell community comes together."
Among the activities during the four-day event was the award-winning Reunion Rally, a theatrical, musical and multimedia production featuring Bucknell students and celebrating alumni. Other highlights included a performance by the Bucknell Jazz and Rock Ensemble with all 25 original musicians, faculty lectures and a discussion of the campus master plan, which includes plans for a new academic quad and residence halls.
Reunion also featured children's activities this year, including the first-ever kids' soccer clinic hosted by the Bucknell men's and women's soccer teams. Alumni also participated in a lacrosse match, flag football game and golf tournament, canoe trips on the Susquehanna River and gatherings for fraternities, sororities and athletics groups.
Alumni celebrating milestones from their fifth to 60th reunions pledged or donated gifts totaling more than $16 million during the weekend, with the Class of 1960 garnering top honors with 71 percent giving participation, $434,078 donated to the to Annual Fund and more than $5 million given overall. The Class of 1985 received the Unity Cup for having 367 donors.
The Alumni Association honored four 2010 award recipients at Reunion Rally through a combination video and in-person celebration. The winners:
- Anthony Rinaldo, who graduated in 1960 with a degree in English, received 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, received 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 and as a member of the Bucknell University Board of Trustees.
- Heather McNally, who graduated in 1985 with a degree in sociology, received 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, received 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.
Also during the weekend, alumnus Eric Braun, Class of '80, received the travel award for coming from the greatest distance: 9,592 miles, from Clontrar, Australia. The Class of '60 had the greatest percentage of participants with 36 percent attending; and the Class of 2005 had the most classmates: 276.
Forty student ambassadors returned to campus to talk about their experiences as current Bucknellians. Bucknell's next president, John C. Bravman, also addressed a group about the future of the University.
For more, visit the weekend photo galleries and videos.
Contact: Division of Communications