December 22, 2011

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By Molly O'Brien-Foelsch

LEWISBURG, Pa.  - From the Susquehanna River exceeding its banks to the Bison capturing another Patriot League Presidents' Cup, 2011 was a year of rising to the top for the Bucknell University community. Among the year's highlights:

Historic flooding closes Bucknell
Creeks on campus and in downtown Lewisburg overflowed their banks after the remnants of Hurricane Lee stalled over the East Coast.

Class of 2015 arrives
Selected from 7,940 applicants, the class represents 30 states and the District of Columbia as well as 45 countries. || More: Class web page; Not here yet, but making a mark

Bison go to the Big Dance
Fans cheered on the Bucknell varsity men's basketball team as it faced UConn in the NCAA playoffs.

Trustees approve construction of Academic West
The facility will house 70,000 square feet of classrooms, offices, laboratories and meeting areas and form the west side of a new quad extending south from Bertrand Library.

Elmo drops by for a visit
As part of the Bucknell Forum series "Creativity: Beyond the Box," Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, visited campus. John Legend speaks and performs Tues., Jan. 24.

Renovated Campus Theatre reopens
The "jewel" linking campus and Lewisburg features restored original art deco-style murals, improved projection and sound systems and refurbished seating.

Bucknell joins initiative to address high-risk drinking
Through the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking institutions are identifying and evaluating common issues related to excessive alcohol consumption.

Millions experience 'Bucknell Candlelight Christmas'
A potential 176 million people viewed "A Bucknell Candlelight Christmas" on nearly 60 percent of all PBS stations, including in most of the country's largest television markets.

Bison capture 17th Patriot League Presidents' Cup
Bucknell earned the league's all-sports title for the sixth straight year and for the 13th time in the last 14 years

Campus marks 9/11 anniversary
Students read biographies of the four Bucknell alumni who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Facebook page provides glimpse into life at Bucknell
First-year student Haley Beidel is chronicling her experiences on Facebook. Much like a traditional blog, the page highlights life at the University through a student perspective.