August 19, 2011

International Student Orientation began Aug. 14.

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By Julia Ferrante

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The 921 members of the Class of 2015 arrived on campus Friday to begin their studies at Bucknell University.

New Student Orientation involves five days of academic, ceremonial and community-building events such as Convocation and Candlelighting - events which mark the official start of the academic year; Color Games, a series of relay races involving washable paint; and Welcome to the Neighborhood, an event to introduce students to businesses in downtown Lewisburg. International students arrived Aug. 14 and participated in activities to acquaint them to the University and the region. See the detailed Orientation schedule.

Class of 2015 Profile
The Class of 2015 was selected from 7,940 applicants. Enrolled students represent 30 states and the District of Columbia as well as 45 countries. More data is available on the class web page.

During Orientation, students meet with the instructors for their Foundation Seminars, first-semester courses to introduce them to the intellectual life of the University; learn about academic and social expectations; practice the alma mater; and walk through the Christy Mathewson Gates, signifying their official welcome to the community. They also will participate in the Old Bison Street Festival with snacks and musical performances; Late Night at the Craft Center; and Midnight Madness, a shopping trip to Walmart.

"Through meetings with academic advisers, participation in traditional ceremonies and events, and engaging in community building activities, our students will learn the values of scholarship and community living and have the opportunity to connect with hundreds of their classmates," said Provost Mick Smyer.

Bucknell will post photos of the activities on Facebook daily and in a complete gallery to be updated on the class page over the next few weeks.

Earlier Activities
In the weeks leading up to Orientation, some members of the Class of 2015 and their families met at "Bison Gatherings" in their home states. Others participated in the Bucknell Wilderness Experience (BuckWild), camping, canoeing and hiking with trained students, staff and alumni in the natural areas surrounding Bucknell and Lewisburg. And some joined Building on Foundations, a program introducing participants to opportunities for leadership and community service at Bucknell.

Day of Service
Programming to introduce students to the community continues after Orientation. On Aug. 27, the University will hold a First-year Day of Service for new students to learn about opportunities to assist local organizations and to connect with faculty, staff and their classmates through their outreach. Students will participate in events including an Arts Festival running Aug. 26-28.

This I Believe Common Reading
Throughout the fall semester, the Class of 2015 and the campus community will explore beliefs and values through discussions centered around the first-year common reading, This I Believe, which is based on the Edward R. Murrow radio program that asked everyday citizens to read five-minute essays about their personal life philosophies.

Students may submit video essays expressing their own beliefs until Aug. 29. Entries will be reviewed by a University panel that will select 10 awardees. This I Believe co-author Dan Gediman will visit campus and give a talk to the Class of 2015 on Sept. 6. The book also will be used for discussion with a faculty member and upper-class student and in a number of seminars during the fall semester, including "Transition to College," a course that addresses student life issues. || See video with Provost Mick Smyer. || See related story.

Contact: Division of Communications