December 13, 2010

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three of the five most popular web stories of 2010 had something in common: Each involved new faces — a new president, new members of the faculty and new students.

By far, the most-read story of the year on Bucknell University's website was the April 12 announcement that Bucknell's 17th president would be John Bravman, who began his duties as president on July 1. To date, that story has garnered nearly 17,000 pageviews. || Inauguration celebration

That was followed by a three-part series highlighting profiles of new tenure-track faculty and recently promoted associate and full professors. Interestingly, it was the 2009 installment featuring 28 new-tenure track faculty that proved to be one of the most popular stories in 2010 as well as 2009. A year after publication, it still registered nearly 10,000 views in 2010. || 2010 faculty profiles

A summer news series highlighting newspaper clippings from around the country about the University's newest students — the Class of 2014 — also was a hit with readers. The first installment of "Meet the Class of 2014" alone had more than 6,000 hits.

Worth noting, too, is that "Ask the Experts," a weekly series introduced in January, has proven to be a popular web feature. Published on most Thursdays through the academic year, the series features Bucknell faculty and staff exploring timely topics and so far this year has had nearly 23,000 pageviews. The series resumes Jan. 27. || Ask the Experts archive

In order of readership, here are out top five stories of 2010:

  • John Bravman named Bucknell's 17th president
    John Bravman, a distinguished professor and academic leader at Stanford University, was named the 17th president of Bucknell University by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees.
  • 28 tenure-track faculty join Bucknell
    The beginning of the fall 2009 semester marked the third year of a dramatic drive to increase the size of the Bucknell faculty.
    Class of '14: Not here yet, but making a mark
    Bucknell University's Class of 2014 didn't report to campus for new student orientation until August, but the students started making their mark much sooner.
  • Student leads tutoring program for low-income
    Julie Kohn was considering ideas for her Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2007 when she found out one of her childhood friends had dropped out of high school. So Kohn set out to start a general education diploma tutoring service, with her childhood friend as her first client.
  • Benjamin Carson tells grads to use talents for good
    Renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson Sr. recalled a time in 1997 when he traveled to South Africa to perform a high-risk operation to separate conjoined twins attached at the head. Carson told the story to a group of graduates, family members and friends at Bucknell University during the University's 160th Commencement, encouraging all to persevere and use their talents to help others.

Bucknell's 2010 news archive is available here.

Contact: Division of Communication


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