October 20, 2011


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University classmates across the years, along with students, faculty, friends and families are returning to campus to reconnect with one another through a series of Homecoming events taking place Thursday through Sunday.

Among the events are the celebration of 70 years at the Campus Theatre, the theatre and dance department's production of "Pride and Prejudice," smaller special interest and professional network gatherings, and sporting events including the Homecoming Tailgate followed by the Bucknell vs. Holy Cross football game.  || Full Homecoming schedule

Four distinguished alumni to be honored
At a gala on Friday evening, the University will honor four alumni for their outstanding professional achievements and service to community. The honorees are:

  •  Alan Bilanin, Class of 1968, P'96. Bilanin will receive the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Engineering Alumni. Bilanin is an internationally recognized expert in aircraft wake dynamics, a prolific researcher and a successful entrepreneur in engineering research and design.
  • Acclaimed artist and arts activist Makoto Fujimura, Class of 1983, P'13. Fujimura will be inducted into the Association for the Arts Academy of Artistic Achievement. He recently illuminated The Four Holy Gospels in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the publishing of the King James Bible. He is the first single artist commissioned to illuminate the Gospels in 500 years.
  • Carolyn Speer Miles Class of 1983, P'14. Miles will receive the Bucknell University Award for Distinguished Citizenship. After a successful business career, she shifted her focus to humanitarian work, joining Save the Children, an international organization that provides relief and support to children worldwide. Miles was named CEO of Save the Children in September.
  • Josh DeWald, Class of 1996. DeWald will be honored with the Distinguished Citizenship Young Alumni Award. For 15 years, he has been involved with humanitarian interventions and has managed projects that have benefitted seven million people. He has worked across the world with the Peace Corps and Mercy Corps in partnership with governments, local and national non-governmental organizations and private sector actors.

Alumni book signings
On Saturday, two Bucknell alumni will sign copies of their books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in downtown Lewisburg. JR Holden, a 1998 graduate of Bucknell who played professional basketball in Europe for 12 years, will sign copies of his book, Blessed Footsteps: The Memoirs of JR Holden. Lifestyle and entertaining expert Elizabeth Mascali, a 1989 alumna, will sign copies of her book, Plan to Party: Simple and Special Entertaining in Your Home. Mascali is co-founder and owner of Party Bluprints Inc.

Art exhibitions
The Samek Art Gallery is hosting two exhibitions. "Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center," may be seen in the main gallery. "Freehand: An exhibition of artwork created by Pennsylvania prisoners," may be seen in the Project Room. Gallery hours are Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 22 and 23 from 1 to 5 p.m.

At the Bertrand Library, two exhibitions are open during regular library hours. "Red Howler, Claribel Cone, and Viking Dog Press: Making Artist and Fine Press Books" features the book-making processes for the presses and the works of each artist, Lower Level I, Bertrand Library. "Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of the Negro Baseball Leagues," includes video on the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, pennants and replica posters, Second Floor, Bertrand Library.

Bucknell Theatre
Bucknell University's Department of Theatre and Dance will host "Pride and Prejudice" Oct. 21, 22, 23 and 24. Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson, assistant professor of theatre and dance, will direct the mainstage production, adapted from the Jane Austen novel for the stage by Jon Jory. With the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 23, each performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Harvey M. Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available in advance through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Tickets may be available in person an hour before each performance.

Campus Theatre Film Festival
The Campus Theatre's celebration of its 70th anniversary film festival continues with several movies as well as presentations by guest film-makers and a Hollywood archivist. Animator Nina Paley, who created the film "Sita Sings the Blues" on her home computer over the course of five years, will introduce and discuss her film on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 23, Hollywood archivist Randy Haberkamp will introduce "Upstream," a silent film by John Ford long thought to be lost. "Upstream" begins at 3 p.m. and will be accompanied by live music performed by Hollywood composer Michael Mortilla and violinist Nicole Garcia. Haberkamp also will present a special collection from the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "Hollywood Home Movies" begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23. Admission to each film is $7 for adults; $6 for children aged 11 and under, veterans, senior citizens and students; and $5 for Campus Theatre members. Located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg, the Campus Theatre is one of a handful of art deco theaters built in the early 1940s that remains in operation.

Rick Benjamin's Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will perform in concert on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world's only year-round, professional ensemble recreating what has been called "America's Original Music" — the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. Tickets are $20, available in advance through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available. Tickets also are available an hour before the performance.

Sports events on Oct. 21 include women's soccer vs. Lehigh at 7 p.m. and women's volleyball vs. Navy at 7 p.m. Oct. 22: field hockey vs. American at noon; men's and women's swimming vs. George Washington University at 1 p.m.; football vs. Holy Cross at 1 p.m.; and women's volleyball vs. American University at 5 p.m. Oct. 23: women's soccer vs. Lafayette at 1 p.m.

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