RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES PIONEER
HAD IMPACT ON LIFE OUTCOME
The Winter 2017 issue of Bucknell
Magazine made me aware of something
that I did not know even existed at
Bucknell, the Residential Colleges
program. I would have loved that kind
of experience. I was especially pleased
to see John Peeler, professor emeritus
of political science, recognized for
the central role he had in establishing
residential colleges at Bucknell. What
a wonderful legacy. Professor Peeler
made a difference in so many lives, and
mine is one more of them.
I was his student nearly 50 years ago.
I had spent the 1966–67 school year
on a junior year-abroad program in
Rome and returned that September
to a political science department that
was almost unrecognizable. Happily,
however, it was progressive and lively.
Professor Peeler was my adviser, and
both he and fellow political scientist
Chuck Longley became valued friends
as they sympathized and tried to suggest
possible ways that my future husband
could avoid the draft. We had both been
accepted into the Peace Corps, but his
local draft board would not give him a
deferment. He was offered a teaching
position at Old Dominion, but again,
no deferment. Canada seemed to be
the only option. When I graduated in
June, that would have been the last that
Professor Peeler knew of me.
There is a happy ending to all of this.
I married Gayle and, in August 1968,
we fled to Canada. He earned a Ph.D.
in English at the University of Alberta
and worked at Dalhousie University in
Halifax and the University of Toronto.
I became a librarian and teacher. We
have three sons and five grandsons, all
in Toronto. Fifteen years ago we retired
to Victoria, British Columbia, in such a
beautiful part of the world. In hindsight,
particularly in this trumped up world,
choosing to live and stay in Canada was
one of the best decisions of our lives.
Perhaps the draft did us a favor. At the
time it did not seem so.
Again, I congratulate Professor Peeler
on his accomplishments during his
teaching career. Bucknell was lucky to
Barbara Helmcke Garlock ’68
Victoria, British Columbia
FROM THE EDITOR
New Chapter for ‘Bucknell Magazine’
We’ve entered an exciting phase in the life
of Bucknell Magazine — a redesign of the
print and online magazine. It’s been nearly
10 years since the last redesign, in which the
magazine name was changed from Bucknell
World and the publication transitioned from
a tabloid to a magazine format.
The redesigned magazine, which is set to launch in early 2018, will be
largely reader driven. I embarked on the discovery phase of the redesign in
fall 2015, shortly after arriving at Bucknell, by meeting with five groups of
alumni coast to coast. I also sought the opinions of the Alumni Association
board’s communications committee. And in February 2016, a random
sample of 14,000 readers received a comprehensive readership survey.
This January, three veteran and national-award-winning redesign firms
met on campus with representatives from admissions, alumni relations and
communications to present their case for winning the redesign contract.
We selected Zehno Cross Media Communications, a New Orleans-based
firm that has redesigned magazines for Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr
colleges and Tulane and Texas Christian universities, among others.
In February, a second readership survey went to 14,000 readers, and
in early March, Zehno’s strategists visited campus for a full day of focus
groups with students, faculty, the president, provost and leaders of the
admissions and development & and alumni relations divisions, as well as
the communications staff, to hear their opinions on the magazine.
Zehno will sift through all of these findings and arrive at a set of
recommendations for the redesign later this spring. In the meantime,
I welcome your thoughts on what you like or don’t like about Bucknell
Magazine currently and the direction in which you would like the
magazine to evolve.
Our core magazine team, which includes Matt Hughes, associate
editor; Donna Glass, graphic designer; and Emily Paine, photographer;
is poised for this fresh approach to magazine publishing and is eager to
better serve your needs as readers.
Sherri Kimmel, EDITOR