December 20, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three collaborative project teams at Bucknell University were honored recently with the Maxwell Award,  which is presented annually to cross-functional groups, project teams and task forces that have participated in exceptional collaborative efforts.

Business Process Review Task Force
The Business Process Review Task Force examined complex cross-campus business issues involving three projects — a new travel policy and travel expense software, hiring students for on-campus positions through Career Development Center online software, and improvements to health records, billing and facilities for Student Health Services.

"The Business Process Review Task Force engaged many faculty, staff and students across campus, including an entire management class," said John Bravman, president of Bucknell University.

"All of us in the administration appreciate the team's hard work, which will benefit everyone across campus."

Campus Climate Task Force
After nearly a year spent examining the student social climate, the Campus Climate Task Force issued a report pinpointing problem areas and recommending solutions in several areas including diversity, academic student engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student leadership, residential communities and sexual misconduct prevention.

"This task force reminds us all of our responsibilities to students and emphasizes students' responsibilities to themselves and each other, " said Bravman.

Downtown Recycling Program
This fall, Bucknell alumnus Justin McKnight approached Housing Services about the lack of recycling by students living in downtown Lewisburg, near campus.

McKnight, who is pursuing a master's degree at Bucknell, and Joe Snyder, assistant director of Housing Services, led 114 student volunteers in picking up trash and recyclables and encouraging student residents to do the same. || Related Bucknell news story

"The team has had great early success, collecting 2,160 pounds of recycling and removing 528 pounds of trash, thereby turning Bucknell into a more caring, supportive and responsible environment," said Bravman.

The Maxwell Award honors former Bucknell Vice President for Administration Barry Maxwell. Maxwell, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Bucknell, joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 1963. Named dean of the College of Engineering in 1979, he became vice president for administration in 1986 and retired in 1998. He was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1975 and the Loyalty to Bucknell Award in 1999. Established in 1994 as the WOW awards, the award was renamed in his honor in 2000.

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