She might be 70, but Carolyn Martin Argust '64 (religion and sociology) can still power past 19-year-olds on hills. She's a familiar sight around her home in Rochester, N.Y., as she bikes the trails and back roads on her way to logging the 3,000 miles she commits to riding each year. Her annual one-week bike tour contributes significantly to the mileage. This year Argust rode around the entirety of Lake Ontario. She's also done bike tours in New England, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Outer Banks and Michigan.
Cycling is not a new love for Argust. Even as a youngster growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, she used to bike the five miles to the local library and at Bucknell she and her roommate Jean Drach Cramer '65 enjoyed taking leisurely rides together through the central Pennsylvania countryside. But it wasn't until 2000 that Argust became a serious cyclist. That was the year her sister, Mariann Weinstein, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and Argust signed up to ride in the local Bike MS Challenge, a weekend-long ride to raise funds for MS research.
"I was so nervous that first year I actually wore my helmet backwards, and I only rode 30 miles," she says. Argust has done the challenge every year since, but these days she completes the entire 100-mile round trip and has recruited a team of 40 people to ride with her. This year team MS Miles for Mariann raised $34,000.
Argust is an avid kayaker, too, an activity she enjoys with her husband, Tom '63, particularly at their summer home in the Finger Lakes region. Retired from her career as a public administrator for the City of Rochester, Argust devotes several hours each week to teaching English to Burmese refugees who have settled in upstate New York. The tutoring program she started through her church two years ago has grown from twice-a-week tutoring to a five-day-a-week offering that serves dozens of adult students.
Next year, Bucknell will become one of the few universities in the U.S. offering a formal undergraduate program in the emerging discipline of analyzing humanistic questions with digital tools.
By studying religious ritual and emotion, Bucknell students confront and explore a taboo topic: death.
The Templeton Foundation awarded religious studies professors Maria Antonaccio and Karline McLain grants to pursue scholarship on the topic of enhancing life.
Alexander T. Riley has watched the United Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., grow from a patch of barren land to a collection of objects left by visitors to the permanent memorial that opened in 2011, and has written a new book on that transformation. What do these memorials reveal about America and what it means to be an American?
In this class, Bucknell students are challenged to make sense of their inherently messy social worlds.
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Bucknell students learn about peace by delving into philosophical and psychological questions about memory and forgiveness.
Bucknell students reinvigorate Martin Luther King's "beloved community."
Sarah Frank '14 has earned a Fulbright Grant to do health research among indigenous peoples in Mexico.
Jonathan Goldstein will give the talk, "Between Russia, China and Israel: The Transnational Identity of Harbin's Jews, 1899-2014," on March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
Bucknell students and professors are helping Americans get health insurance, and other schools are paying attention.
From solving the puzzle of an ancient language to studying urban economics, Bucknell students have broad interests with diverse perspectives.
Students and faculty dream new possibilities for Bucknell’s newest academic facility.
Assistant Professor of Sociology Elizabeth Durden discusses the push for immigration reform in America, and why the movement has a good chance of succeeding.
Awards from the U.S. State Department will fund teaching and research residencies at institutions in Europe and Asia.
Bucknell University Professor of Sociology Carl Milofsky launched a new course this semester that combines classroom learning with internships at local health-related organizations, including nearby Geisinger Medical Center.
Sixteen recently tenured or promoted associate professors talk about what led them to pursue their fields and what inspires them as teacher-scholars.
Tom Greaves will discuss "The Lewisburg Architecture Project," Thursday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.
John Fea will give the talk, "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?" Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
The religion department at Bucknell University is hosting a Religious Studies Forum discussion the first Wednesday of the month during the fall semester.
Student intern Harrison Mills, Class of ’14, is mapping blighted housing and social services in an effort to revitalize Sunbury, Pa.
Bucknell University will host a weeklong teach-in, "Water, Water Everywhere," April 16 through 19, exploring the importance of water in an environmentally challenged 21st century from interdisciplinary perspectives in a series of snaptalks and presentations.
Ramon Borges-Méndez will give the talk, "Community Appraisals and Characterization: People, Places, and Assets," Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
Social scientist Patricia de Santana Pinho will give the talk, "African-American Roots Tourism in Brazil: Encounters in Sameness, Difference and Inequality," Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
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