WE DO campaign travels to Chicago to engage alumni network

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Victoria Hollo, Contributing Writer

WE DO, the University’s fundraising campaign, hosted an event in Chicago on Sept. 19. The WE DO campaign seeks to increase the University’s endowment, invest in new resources, and engage alumni, parents, and friends as donors, volunteers, and advocates. These events enable alumni, parents, and friends of the University to reconnect and bridge the gap between their time at the University and current campus initiatives.

Two current University students, Colin Hassell ’15 and Henry Stann ’17, were given the opportunity to attend the event.

“My experience at the Chicago event was particularly rewarding as I had the opportunity to meet a variety of alumni and connect over commonalities in our Bucknell experiences. It was also really great to see young alumni who had graduated within the past four years at this event. For me, the turnout of young alumni at this event is an indicator of the increased focus on alumni involvement over the past few years,” Hassell said.

The event drew together more than 130 alumni, parents and friends, and was held at the Ravenswood Event Center.

“The Bucknellian pride in the air was palpable,” Stann said. “The speaker session was inspirational to say the least.”

During the event, University President John Bravman discussed the progress and goals of the $500 million campaign currently on its way. Professor of German and Humanities Katherine Faull spoke about the University’s strength in cross-disciplinary research.

“This kind of innovative, collaborative, digital engagement in interdisciplinary research is what sets Bucknell apart from other institutions,” Faull said.

The WE DO campaign aspires to make the University the best version of itself by setting new goals, higher standards, and ensuring that students are well-educated thinkers, citizens, and leaders. The next WE DO event will be held in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8.

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