Media Tip Sheet: Bucknell story ideas and photo opportunities in October

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The following are story and photo ideas that may interest you from Bucknell University this month.

A MARTIN GUITAR GATHERING: As part of its 30th anniversary season, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts will devote an entire day to the legacy, tradition and craftsmanship of Martin Guitars on Saturday, Oct. 14. “Martin Guitar Gathering: A Celebration of the Legacy of C.F. Martin Guitars in American Roots Music” will feature workshops—including blues slide guitar basics, guitar repair consultations, guitar theory, and a roots music recording session—as well as Martin Guitar displays and merchandise, a community guitar jam, a film screening and panel discussion, and evening performances. All of the day’s events take place at locations throughout the Weis Center and are free with the exception of a Del McCoury Band performance (Bill and the Belles opens) at 7:30 p.m. The full schedule is available at www.Bucknell.edu/MartinGuitarDay. The day is sponsored, in part, by C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, The News-Item in Shamokin, WXPN Radio in Harrisburg and K&S Music Center in South Williamsport. CONTACT: Lisa Leighton, 570-577-3727, Lisa.Leighton@Bucknell.edu

ART COMES ALIVE: “Inherent Control Cyphers,” the current exhibition by Denver-based artist Laleh Mehran at The Samek Art Museum, will literally come alive on Thursday, Oct. 19, around 3:30 p.m. On that day, Bucknell’s advance dance class will perform in harmony with the interactive digital work of art which asks viewers to think about their ideologies and belief systems and the rituals used to sustain them. The dancers will perform as a whole group and then as individual small groups, showcasing both the choreography by Bucknell dance professor Kelly Knox and the students. The exhibition has transformed The Samek into an immersive work of art so that when guests enter they are confronted by the projection as well as a soundtrack of what feels like white noise. In the center of the room, guests find a black cube with sand which they are invited to take home with them. Meanwhile, the digital projection has tulip shaped avatars which get triggered and react when they sense movement in the gallery, changing the tone and visuals of the room. CONTACT: Emily Izer, 570-577-3981, eci001@bucknell.edu

MAKING A CAMPUS COMPACT COMMITMENT: More than 30 years ago, Campus Compact — a national organization of nearly 1,100 higher education institutions dedicated to advancing campus-based civic engagement — was founded. Bucknell President John Bravman recently joined with the presidents and chancellors of more than 450 colleges and universities to sign the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement. It identifies a set of ideals necessary for colleges to cultivate socially responsible citizens and to promote a just, equitable and sustainable future. “Given Bucknell’s prominent role in the Susquehanna Valley, we can, should and will consider ways to contribute to our local communities through research, teaching, service and partnerships, while being conscientious stewards of our resources and strengths,” Bravman wrote. By signing the statement, Bravman signaled publicly Bucknell’s alignment with the aspirations of Campus Compact and a commitment to examine and enhance its current civic engagement practices. CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo, 570-577-3212, 570-286-6266 (c), mike.ferlazzo@bucknell.edu

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CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo, 570-577-3212, 570-286-6266 (c), mike.ferlazzo@bucknell.edu

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