Thousands returning for Bucknell reunion weekend

LEWISBURG – Bucknell University will host Reunion Weekend Thursday through Sunday, with thousands of alumni and their families planning to return to the campus.

Bucknellians who come back to campus may participate in a variety of activities, including a faculty reception, an open house at the Environmental Center and tours of the Greenhouse and the Weis Center as well as an Arboretum walking tour.

In addition, reunion will feature class year events, career workshops, children’s activities, including a Family Fun Festival and soccer clinics; Alumni University classes; an alumni golf tournament; canoe trips on the Susquehanna River; and gatherings for fraternities, sororities, athletics and other affinity groups.

Dinosaurs and fireworks

Events of note that are open to the public include a Dinosaur Petting Zoo, a free kid-friendly interactive event, at 2 p.m. Saturday on the lawn across from the Weis Center.

There will be a free fireworks display at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, (weather permitting). Spectators may view the fireworks from the Academic Quad in front of Bertrand Library. Parking will be available on the farm lot off Seventh Street via South Campus Drive or above the stadium. Dent Drive between Seventh Street and the stadium will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Reunion Rally

A returning highlight of the annual Reunion Rally in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts will be a theatrical, musical and multimedia production featuring Bucknell students and celebrating alumni.

The rally will feature actor John Bolger, a 1977 Bucknell graduate who has starred as Garrett Prescott Floyd on the ABC daytime drama “General Hospital” since 2006. Previous roles include Gabe McNamara on “Another World” and Phillip Spaulding on “Guiding Light.”

He also starred in the prime time series “Everything’s Relative” with Jason Alexander, and guest starred on shows such as “NYPD Blue” and “New York Undercover,” as well as the Lifetime television movie, “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savich Story.”

Alumni awardees

In addition to the theatrical performance, the Alumni Association will honor its four 2013 award recipients through a combination video and in-person celebration.

William Durland, a 1953 graduate, will be honored for Service to Humanity. An educator, lawyer, author and activist, Durland is a recognized humanitarian who has traveled the world to volunteer and advocate for human rights and civil liberties.

Richard Fidler, a 1963 graduate, will receive the award for Loyalty to Bucknell for his 50 years of service. He has served as an admissions alumni interview, an annual fund office volunteer and co-chair of his 45th Reunion Gift Committee and is serving as Reunion Committee co-chair for his 50th reunion.

William Woods, a 1968 graduate, will be honored for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession. An internationally known leader in the field of childhood cancer, Woods has been the director of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University.

J.R. Holden, a 1998 graduate, will receive the Young Alumni Award. A two-time Euroleague champion and gold medalist in the 2007 European Championships, he was top five in scoring while playing for the Russian National Team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.