August 16, 2010

Candlelighting 2009 on the Academic Quadrangle.

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — New faces and places will greet about 3,500 students who start arriving on the Bucknell University campus this week to prepare for the new academic year. Classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Among the new faces will be about 930 members of the Class of 2014 starting their first semester at Bucknell and John Bravman, who became the University's 17th president on July 1 after previously serving as vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford University.

President Bravman is joined by George Shields, who started July 1 as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Shields previously served as the founding dean of science and technology at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

In addition, a dozen new tenure-track faculty members will join the teacher-scholar ranks at Bucknell this year. (The new faculty and recently promoted professors will be profiled in a series that will roll out beginning this September. || More faculty profiles)

New bookstore
Arriving students also will discover a new bookstore: the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University. The 29,500-square-foot store on Market Street in downtown Lewisburg is planning to hold a grand opening celebration Aug. 27-29.

The bookstore, which occupies the former C. Dreisbach's Sons Hardware Store and features a 68-foot-long skylight over a three-story atrium, carries assorted books and Bucknell merchandise displayed among artifacts from the building's past.

Bucknell Forum, Weis Fellow
The Bucknell Forum, the national speaker series that began in fall 2007, continues this fall with a new theme: "Creativity: Beyond the Box." Celebrated choreographer, director and writer Twyla Tharp will kick off the series with a talk at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. || Story

Additional events in this series will be announced soon.

River focus
Bucknell Landing, a new canoe and kayak launch adjacent to campus on the west branch of the Susquehanna River will open this fall, promising a host of possibilities for recreation and outdoor learning space. The landing will reconnect the University and one of America's most beautiful rivers. || Story and video

The river also is the focus of a new Bucknell program, Bucknell on the Susquehanna. The semester-long, four-credit interdisciplinary course will cover the river's natural history, river and watershed science, land use and management and cultural history.

While two students in the Susquehanna River program will blog about their experiences and travels, eight more students will be documenting their overseas journeys in Bucknell's study abroad blog. Look for their posts from Argentina, Italy, England, Japan, Jordan, Spain and France.

New Student Orientation
The new Class of 2014 will be welcomed to campus Friday, Aug. 20, to participate in five days of orientation activities, including the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership's ninth annual Welcome to the Neighborhood on Monday, Aug. 23. || Class of 2014 profile

On hand to meet and greet the new students will be more than 100 upperclassmen serving as orientation assistants, leaders and coordinators. The team will help first-year students move into University housing and lead them through their introduction to the Bucknell community. || Meet the orientation staff || Orientation schedule


The academic year officially starts Tuesday, Aug. 24, with Convocation at the Weis Center. With faculty wearing the colorful regalia of academia leading the way, the new and transfer students will parade from the Christy Mathewson Memorial Gate — the same gate through which they pass at graduation — to the Weis Center.

Following the ceremony, all will parade to the Academic Quadrangle for the traditional candlelighting, at which the University's president lights a candle — representing the Light of Knowledge — and spreads that light to all students circling the Quad. Candlelighting closes with all singing the Alma Mater, "Dear Bucknell."

Contact: Division of Communications