August 16, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa.  — Bucknell's Class of 2016 — about 930 of them — will get to know the University and their classmates a lot better during five days of Orientation that begin with Move-in Day on Friday, Aug. 17.

The newest Bucknellians were selected from 8,291 applicants representing 36 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 72 countries.

The five-day New Student Orientation Program is designed to ease their transition to the Bucknell community, allowing students to meet with faculty and administrators as well as fellow students.

The extensive activities include academic, traditional, and community building events such as the Convocation and Candlelighting ceremonies, PlayFair and Color Games, and Welcome to the Neighborhood in downtown Lewisburg.

Bucknell will post photos of the activities on Facebook and in a gallery afterward on its website.

Common reading project
Members of the Class of 2016 were asked to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The first-year common reading project, reintroduced two years ago, is designed to enhance the academic mission's prominence prior to and during orientation. The book will be used for discussion in a number of seminars during the fall semester, including a "Transition to College" course.

Lewisburg Day Aug. 20
In addition to Orientation activities on campus, members of the Class of 2016 will be invited to explore downtown Lewisburg from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, during Welcome to the Neighborhood. Retailers will welcome first-year and transfer students with a small gift, and restaurants will offer an opportunity to sample the tastes of Lewisburg.

Forty-one businesses participating in the 11th annual welcome will post 24 names of new students inside their establishments. Students finding their name introduce themselves and receive a gift from that merchant. In the past, gifts have ranged from handmade wool bookmarks and hats to chocolate-candy Bison as well as freshly baked homemade cookies.

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