May 09, 2011


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host Reunion Weekend June 2-5, with close to 2,000 alumni and their 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, faculty reception and an open house at the Environmental Center.

In addition, Reunion will feature class year events, career workshops and Alumni University classes; an alumni lacrosse match and golf tournament; canoe trips on the Susquehanna River; children's activities, including a Family Fun Festival and soccer clinic; and gatherings for fraternities, sororities, athletics and other affinity groups.

There will be a free fireworks display Saturday, June 4, 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 2011 award recipients through a combination video and in-person celebration.

  • David Kahn, who graduated in 1951, will receive the award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession. Considered one of the world's leading experts in the history of cryptology, he is the author of four books on codebreaking and military intelligence.
  • Clifford "Mickey" Melberger, a 1961 graduate, will receive the award for Loyalty to Bucknell for his 50 years of service to the University. He has volunteered for the Career Development Center, the Alumni Association Board and the Bison Club as well as scholarship and annual giving.
  • Mary Child Smoot, who graduated in 1981, will receive the award for Service to Humanity in honor of her volunteer work on behalf of the National Hemophilia Foundation, various AIDs organizations and many other charities.
  • Barbara Black Leauber, a 1996 graduate, will receive the Young Alumni Award for her work as a volunteer counselor for an organization providing a summer camp experience for children with spina bifida and kidney disease, as a professional in pediatric nephrology at Geisinger Medical Center, and as an active Bucknell volunteer.

Contact: Division of Communications

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