The gift speaks specifically to
the value the MacDonalds place on
Bucknell’s residential, living-learning
environment and the beyond-the-classroom experiences students enjoy.
“You can have the best and brightest
graduates from the foremost school in
the world, but if they don’t know how
to socially and professionally interact
and work as a team on a broad array of
issues, they’re not going to be the most
effective employees,” said Randy MacDonald, a retired senior vice president
for human resources at IBM Corp.
In January, MacDonald Commons
became Bucknell’s first building to
receive Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Gold
certification from the U.S. Green
Building Council. The nearby South
Campus Apartments achieved LEED
Gold certification in February.
Residential Learning is one of six
campaign initiatives of WE DO, The
Campaign for Bucknell University. The
most ambitious campaign in University
history, the WE DO Campaign seeks
to raise $500 million.
Go to bucknell.edu/giving for more information.
Bucknell has long been a family a�air for Randy and Kathy MacDonald P’02. “The love Randy and Kathy have for the University is deep, genuine and very tangibly expressed, and it comes from their initial roles as Bucknell parents,” said President John Bravman at an April 29 dedication ceremony for the former Commons Building, renamed MacDonald Commons in honor of the family’s
most recent gift to the University.
Newly named Commons Building acknowledges MacDonalds’ dedication.
By Christina Masciere Wallace
with seating for 80 serves breakfast,
lunch and dinner during the academic
year. Orange and blue Adirondack chairs
on the adjacent patio offer inviting
The MacDonalds began their
Bucknell involvement by joining the
Parents Board, on which Randy served
as president. He later became a member
and vice chair of the Board of Trustees.
“Their impact and their legacy here
are extraordinary,” Bravman added.
Daughter Megan MacDonald
Hodgson ’02, her husband, Dawson
’00, and their sons, Win and Charlie,
were on hand to celebrate that legacy.
The social hub of South Campus,
MacDonald Commons features a multipurpose room and lounges for study
and recreation. An à la carte restaurant
Kathy and Randy MacDonald
P’02 at the entrance to