University prepares for inaugural celebration

By Meghan Finlayson

Staff Writer

President Bravman will officially be inaugurated as University president on Sunday. The inauguration ceremony will take place in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts from 2-3 p.m. followed by a reception.

The entire University community is invited to the ceremony, though seating will be first-come, first-served, according to the University website. Overflow seating will be available in Trout Auditorium, and there will also be a live webcasting of the event.

Preparations have involved “months of work involving a committee appointed by the president, and an academic subcommittee appointed by the president, with the help and cooperation of many other people across campus,” said Judy Mickanis, executive director of events management and chair of the inauguration planning committee.

Events leading up to the inauguration began Wednesday. Bravman selected the events to emphasize the strengths of this liberal arts university.

“Each president charges the inauguration committee with his own goals,” Mickanis said. “President Bravman specifically wants to celebrate the academic values of the University and the talents of our faculty and students.”

This past Wednesday and Thursday, faculty members hosted “Snap Talks” on pedagogy and scholarship in the forum of the Elaine Langone Center. The talks covered a range of topics, from teaching, innovations in engineering, women storytellers in Nepal and obsessive-compulsive behavior.

Today at noon the Teaching and Learning Center will sponsor a panel discussion on the role of liberal arts in higher education in the East Reading Room in Bertrand Library.

The inauguration festivities also highlight the University’s involvement in the arts.

Bucknell’s Symphonic Band will perform a Gala Inauguration Concert in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 8 p.m. The concert will include performances by retired professor Jackson Hill with narration from students and President Bravman.

University faculty, staff and students will perform “Amuse-Bouches: Enjoy A Taste of Theatre and Dance” tonight from 9-10 p.m. in the Harvey M. Powers Theater.

University students have also prepared an art display in the Weis Center lobby, and a Student-Faculty Scholarship and Research Poster Session will be held tomorrow from 2-4 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center.

Visitors from outside the campus community will also partake in inauguration weekend. The Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man will perform in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow at 8 p.m. as part of the weekend celebration.

Members of the campus community are excited for Bravman’s inauguration.

“I think all the events this week leading up to the inauguration are important in formally welcoming President Bravman to Bucknell,” Kate Monahan ’13 said.

The events will conclude on Sunday with the formal inauguration at 2 p.m. The ceremony will feature an inaugural poem, a video presentation and the inauguration address from President Bravman, followed by the Community Welcome Reception in Gerhard Fieldhouse.

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