It's no exaggeration to say that attending Bucknell was a life-changing experience for Vernese Edghill-Walden '87 (sociology), for the leadership opportunities she had in college are what led to her career in higher education administration. "When I realized that I could continue to do as a professional what I was doing at Bucknell as a student - and get paid for it - I knew exactly what I wanted," she says.
When Edghill-Walden was a student, apartheid and women's rights were big issues, and as president of the University's NAACP chapter and a member of the Minority Student Union, she helped to organize cultural events, lectures and demonstrations in support of human rights. Her undergraduate research into how predominantly white colleges can develop support systems to help minority student retention helped to convince the Bucknell administration to establish the Office of Multicultural Student Services in her senior year.
Edghill-Walden began her academic career as minority student adviser at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and then as assistant dean/director of the Center for Black Culture and Multicultural Programs at the University of Delaware. After earning a doctorate in sociology, she moved on to the City Colleges of Chicago, where today she is associate vice chancellor for general education. "I am still very much a student advocate. These days I serve students by effecting change on the academic side - making sure students have access to the courses that they need, ensuring that the faculty are qualified, and working to develop partnerships across disciplines to best serve our students," she says.
Her work benefits some 120,000 students who attend the seven colleges and seven satellite sites that make up the City Colleges of Chicago, one of the largest community college systems in the nation. "We serve a very diverse population of students of all ages and nationalities, including large communities of Polish, African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern students," she says.
Reflecting back over her career, Edghill-Walden says she is most grateful to her parents, who convinced her to attend Bucknell. "Hands down, it was probably one of the best experiences for me as a young adult," she says.
By studying religious ritual and emotion, Bucknell students confront and explore a taboo topic: death.
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.
What makes this Bucknell class so cool? BRAAAAAINS.
Sarah Frank '14 has earned a Fulbright Grant to do health research among indigenous peoples in Mexico.
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.
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.
Student intern Harrison Mills, Class of ’14, is mapping blighted housing and social services in an effort to revitalize Sunbury, Pa.
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.
Anthropologist Eric Gable will give the talk, "Jefferson's Ardor: Sex, Race, and the Invention of Cultural Relativism," March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell as part of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies' spring lecture series.
Gail Dines will give the talk, "Sex, Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture," Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
Anthropologist Sagrario Cruz-Carretero will give the talk, "African Heritage in Mexico: Evidences of Distortion and Invisibility," Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
Bucknell University will host the Susquehanna River Symposium, "River towns in the 21st century: Supporting local development in the Susquehanna Valley by recognizing regional community assets," Oct. 14 and 15 in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.
The Samek Art Gallery, The Griot Institute and the Presidential Arts Initiative at Bucknell University will host the performative installation, "Extreme Creativity: An Experiential, Experimental Endeavor," on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gallery.
Alexander Riley, an associate professor of sociology, talks about the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and how our collective memory of the terrorist attacks has changed over time.
Seven new study abroad bloggers will take flight this fall, sharing their off-campus learning adventures in words and pictures.
Associate Professor of Sociology Alexander Riley argues in a new book that gangsta rap, violent video games and other popular culture are an outlet for transgression rather than an impetus for violence.
We asked Beth Duckles, assistant professor of sociology, about green building. Duckles studies the rapid rise of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and how it changed the building industry.
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