desk with a light to illuminate the surface. The coloring craze,
she says with a smile, “is very good for commerce.”
It’s also good for travelers. Holly Valentine, AmeriCorps
for youth outreach coordinator at Bucknell’s Office of Civic
Engagement, brought Animal Kingdom along last summer on a
North American road trip. “When I wasn’t rock climbing, I’d
color,” she says. “I’d even color while camping in the middle
of Canada, sometimes at night
Her office mate, Lynn Pierson,
also has caught the coloring bug.
When asked if anyone has accused
her of being juvenile because she
likes to color, Pierson says, “No,
I believe it’s accepted as being
in the mainstream.” Pierson even
recently queried Facebook friends
about starting a coloring and wine
group. The response has been
Like Deb Slade back in the ’70s,
current students also enjoy coloring.
“I do it in my room, and people
either say, ‘What is she doing?’ or
‘That’s kinda cool,’ ” says Louise
Cerami-Guarino ’ 16.
“What I like is there’s no
pressure,” she adds. “The point is
to take time for yourself and get your brain to stop thinking.”
Mary Agrusti ’ 18 also gravitated to coloring. “I’m a huge
art fan and love drawing but was a little skeptical of why
people started getting into coloring,” she says.
“It seemed that suddenly students had these large books
with medallion prints and were coloring in random locations
[around campus],” she says. “My friend just got me The Mind-
fulness Coloring Book, and I love it. Coloring takes me out of
the normal adult tasks that I get caught up doing and lets my
Like many other aficionados, custodian Connie Germini
enjoys coloring, because “it lets your imagination go on and
on.” She relishes the freedom to choose an off-the-wall color
for a common subject like a dog.
“It’s your dog; you make him any way you want,” she says.
Coloring is also a way to healthfully occupy one’s hands. “It’s
better than munching on chips!”
Lest you think that coloring
is only meant to clear the mind,
unleash the creative urge or still
the yen for munchies, at Bucknell
there is even an academic dimension.
When Professor John Penniman,
religion, saw Martyrdom: The Coloring
Book at a Brooklyn bookstore in
December, he added it to his syllabus
for his spring course Dying for
God: Martyrs & Monks.
“Building an assignment around
a coloring book helps students
see some of the bigger themes
and questions about martyrdom
in Christianity,” he explains. The
book’s left-hand pages provide
a brief summary of a martyr’s life
and death; on the right, the manner
of death is illuminated. “Nearly
every image depicts the moment
of pain but also the piety,” Penniman says. “The martyrs are
in pain but gazing upward.
“Coloring exemplifies how readers make sense of a text, not
only by reading it but also by interacting with it physically,
emotionally and intellectually,” he adds. “Coloring helps
them think about the process in a tactile way.”
To watch how-to-color videos recommended by Brushstrokes’
resident coloring expert Deb Slade ’73, go to bucknell.edu/
bmagazine or download the Bucknell Magazine app.
Are you a coloring aficionado, or do you want to try your hand now that you’ve learned about the joys of
adult coloring? Bucknell Magazine is holding a coloring contest, and you might just be our winner. See that
snazzy Bison on the next page? Tear out the page and color your heart out.
Mail your coloring back to us at Bucknell Magazine, Bucknell University, One Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA
17837, or scan your hand-colored page and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 11. The winner will
be celebrated in the summer issue and will receive a gift basket that includes a gift card donated by the
Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore and coloring-related goodies.
If you’d like another coloring page for a friend, you can download one at bucknell.edu/ColoringContest.
Barnes & Noble employees and coloring
enthusiasts Angie Baumgartner and Conor Griffin
check out the Lewisburg store’s new offerings.