Bucknell’s campus — and its Instagram account — has gone to the dogs. The students,
faculty and staff whose dogs have
been featured in the University’s new
Instagram series #Barknell say that’s
a good thing.
Louise Cerami-Guarino ’ 16, a
member of the Bucknell Student Social
Media Team that helped develop and
launch the series, sees #Barknell as an
opportunity to share the puppy love.
“The dogs we see on campus seem
to have a magical touch and can make
anyone happy,” she says.
The series showcases dogs on campus
or decked out in Bucknell swag, like
Chuey, the unofficial mascot of the
track and field team.
#Barknell was designed as a bit of
social media fun, but dogs can be an
important part of student life.
Hanging out with a dog can help
students ease the ache of missing their
pets at home. Some just can’t leave
them behind. Somer Dice ’ 16 spent her
senior year training Patch, a Miniature
Australian Shepherd, to be a PTSD
service animal. “She’s a happy dog,
and I really am lucky to have her,” says
Dice. “She’s changed my life, and I will
be forever grateful.” Patch and Dice
were featured in #Barknell on May 13.
Want to give your own dog a bite of #Barknell
fame? Students can send photos of their dogs via
direct message to @BucknellU on Instagram.
Alumni can submit photos to @BucknellAlumni
by tagging their Instagram photos #Barknell or
emailing them to email@example.com.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Jorden Sneed ’ 17 had no interest in gardening. It
wasn’t until she began volunteering at the Lewisburg Community Garden her
sophomore year, watering plants for student workers who were away on spring
break, that she quickly unearthed a hidden passion.
Sneed soon began offering a hand three times a week at the garden on the
corner of North Water and St. Anthony streets and at the greenhouse in the
Rooke Science Center. At the end of the year she became a paid employee of
the garden, which is managed by the University’s Office of Civic Engagement.
“Gardening has helped me balance my school work and other stressors and
has taught me so much about the importance of fresh produce,” she says.
After vegetables are grown in the garden, Sneed joins other campus and
community participants in Community Harvest — cooking and serving meals
most Mondays for local residents who do not have access to homegrown food.
“I’ve learned that access to fresh produce isn’t always so easy [to find], because
there are so many factors that contribute to food inequality,” she says.
Her newfound love for working the soil and growing produce has inspired
Sneed to start her own garden in Los Angeles, where she cultivates tomatoes
and other vegetables on her balcony because of limited space in the city for
Sneed is a Posse Scholar and sociology major who spent the spring semester
in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast taking sociology, African studies and
nursing courses. Though away from the garden in Lewisburg, she maintained
her interest while in Africa.
“Whenever I would buy produce on the streets in Ghana, I would think about
how it is grown and where it comes from,” she reflects.
Sneed plans to continue working at the local garden her senior year. “Our
community garden allows us not only to cater to the earth and the environment
but also to invest in the well-being of people and serve the community,” she says.
— Lauren Repke ’ 19
As a Community Garden worker,
Jorden Sneed ’ 17 has a growing
interest in all things green.
Jorden Sneed ’ 17
To the Dogs
By Heather Peavey Johns