Class of 2020
Name: Kenzie Burns
Major: Environmental Engineer
Favorite outdoor activity: Hammocking and Paddling
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I can recite the entire periodic table, in order, from memory.
2.) I run half marathons and plan to run a full marathon soon.
3.) I speak fluent French.
Involvement: Buckwild, University Orchestra, Environmental club, and APO
Hometown: Rotterdam, New York
Favorite Quote: “I’d made it this far and refused to give up because all my life I’d always finished the race.” -Louis Zamperini, Olympic Athlete and WWII Veteran
Name: Matt Drescher
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking
Three Fun Facts: 1.) My favorite animal is an elephant.
2.) My favorite hydrated fruit is a nectarine and my favorite dehydrated fruit is mango.
3.) I still can’t believe it’s not butter.
Involvement: Buckwild, Ultimate frisbee, Students-Helping animals and Pre-vet society
Hometown: Scarsdale, New York
Favorite Quote: “Our first teacher is our own heart.”- Cheyenne proverb
Name: Peter Leary
Major: Environmental Engineer
Favorite outdoor activity: Paddling
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I have a dog with three legs.
2.) I’m a state champion.
3.) My snapchat score is 700,000.
Involvement: Buckwild, Club rugby, tour guiding, intramurals
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Favorite Quote: “The best tea tastes delicious whether it comes in a porcelain pot or a tin cup.” -Uncle Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Name: Rachel Johnson
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking with a dog
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I can juggle.
2.) I was a Harry Potter character for every Halloween party in elementary school.
3.) I prefer the jumbo Smarties to regular Smarties.
Involvement: I work a lot with the theater department building sets and other technical theater stuff.
Favorite Quote: “Perfection and power are overrated.” -Uncle Iroh
“Beware the groove.” -Rudy (old guy in Emperor’s New Groove)
Name: Savannah Waver
Major: Environmental Science & Biology
Favorite outdoor activity: Surfing, brah!
Three Fun Facts: 1.) My favorite food is sweet potatoes (any kind).
2.) I am addicted to the show Friends.
3.) I love animals, especially small and fuzzy ones!
Involvement: I’m on the Women’s Water Polo team, am a Presidential Fellow, a member of the Outing Club, and a Buckwild leader.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Favorite Quote: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -Alexander Graham Bell
Name: Ryan Stanitski
Major: Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics
Favorite outdoor activity: Whitewater Kayaking
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I have been kicked out of Walmart before.
2.) I can drink a 16 oz bottle of water in under 2 seconds.
3.) My favorite fruit that is indigenous to North America is the Pawpaw.
Involvement: Buckwild, Outing Club, Firefighting, and Club Lacrosse
Hometown: Spotsylvania, Va
Favorite Quote: “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” -Edward Abbey
Name: Brenna Prevelige
Major: Biology Pre-Med/Education Double Major
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking!!
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I love puns.
2.) I love doing headstands for unreasonably long periods of time.
3.) I love napping.
Involvement: BuckWild, ClimbBucknell, Outing Club, Environmental Res College, Students Helping Animals, and Club Field Hockey.
Hometown: Easton, Connecticut
Favorite Quote: “When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.” Tom Hodgkinson
Name: Faith Breen
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking or Paddleboarding
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I went to boarding school.
2.) I’m a coffee connoisseur.
3.) I have an obsession with Cat Stevens.
Involvement: Novice Crew Team
Hometown: Rhode Island
Favorite Quote: “Happiness is only real when shared.”
Name: Evan Filion
Major: Civil Engineering
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking amidst Mountains
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I was Shrek.
2.) I love making pottery and wire tree sculptures.
3.) I can recite the periodic table of the elements.
Involvement: Buckwild leader, work at Cowan as a facilitator, Moral Ground discussion group, Renewable Energy Scholars, theater set building
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Quote: “Every minute, you can choose to live the life you want to live.”
Name: Sam Soldatis
Favorite outdoor activity: Backcountry Skiing
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I am a food enthusiast.
2.) I’ve traveled to 15 countries.
3.) I’m Hungarian.
Involvement: Bucknell University Geological Society
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Name: Julia Stevens
Major: French and History
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking
Three Fun Facts: 1) I believe in ghosts.
2) The most played song on my iPod is “Taro” by alt-J.
3) My favorite episode of Bob’s Burgers is “Bob Fires the Kids” (season 3, episode 3).
Involvement: Buckwild, Outing club
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Favorite Quote: “If you don’t like what’s being said–change the conversation.” -Don Draper, Mad Men
Name: Ali Reach
Favorite outdoor activity: Caving
Three Fun Facts: 1) At any given time there are probably about 2-5 random rocks in my pocket.
2) I am a firm believer that the cup/container you drink something out of drastically affects the taste of the beverage.
3) My biggest pet peeve is condensation.
Involvement: BuckWild; Bucknell Outing Club; Bucknell University Geological Society; Do Random Acts of Kindness; Environmental Club
Hometown: Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Favorite Quote: “Above all else, in order to be, never try to seem.”
Class of 2019
Name: Mackenzie Todd
Major: Chemical Engineering
Favorite outdoor activity: Canoeing
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I like to cook.
2.) I enjoy walking aimlessly.
3.) I can walk on my hands.
Involvement: AIChE, ChemE Car, SWE, Calvin and Hobbes, Outing Club, Buckwild, OEL Rental Center
Hometown: Ithaca, NY
Favorite Quote: “Those who believe only sunshine brings happiness have never danced in the rain.” -unknown
Name: Ikmal Azman
Major: Math and Economics
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I’m from a small country called Malaysia 9392 miles away.
2.) I like to wake up way early in the morning.
3.) I actually didn’t do pre-orientation Buckwild when I came Freshman year lol.
Involvement: Buckwild Leader, Work at Equipment Desk, Intramural Soccer
Favorite Quote: “To live > to exist”
Name: Leah Chowenhill
Major: Electrical Engineering
Favorite outdoor activity: Wakeboarding
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I speak French.
2.) I’ve seen over 100 music artists live.
3.) I used to row competitively.
Involvement: Outing Club Executive Board, Activity Chair Makers and Robotics Club, Alpha Delta Pi
Hometown: Mount Kisco, New York
Favorite Quote: “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Name: Abbie Winter
Major: Environmental Science
Favorite outdoor activity: Climbing Trees
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I’m a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
2.) I’m a self-proclaimed chair-traversing expert.
3.) I will do virtually anything if double dog dared to.
Involvement: Environmental club, botany club, Alpha Xi Delta sorority
Hometown: Easton, CT
Favorite Quote: “It’s never too early for ice cream, Jim.”
Name: Ziwei Chen
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking and Caving
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I play a traditional Chinese musical instrument called Guzheng.
2.) I love emoji and love making emoji faces.
3.) I’m very crafty; I can make leaf roses, ceramic African masks, simple jewelry (like rings and necklace).
Involvement: I used to be an International Orientation Assistant and I’m very involved in international student issue; I’m running the Chinese Culture and Student Association as the president; I’m part of the Diversity Retreat Team (calling and hosting potential students);
love all the concert&dance&opera in Weis/Campus Theatre;
I’m working in the craft center, come and have fun!
Hometown: Beijing, China
Favorite Quote: 在高处立 着平处坐 向阔处行
存上等心 结中等缘 享下等福
“Standing at a high level and standing at a high level
Save on the other end of the heart to enjoy the same blessing.”
Class of 2018
Name: Erin Clark
Major: Managing for Sustainability
Favorite outdoor activity: Long hikes with scenic views, eating sunbutter and jelly sandwiches in the great outdoors, NOT bushwhacking
Three Fun Facts: 1.) My right leg is slightly shorter than my left leg.
2.) I owned a fish named Nelson Mandela my first year of college.
3.)I’ll be studying abroad in Morocco in fall 2017!
Involvement: Common ground facilitator, member of Kappa Alpha Theta, I’m an RA
Hometown: Glenville, New York
Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Name: John O’Brien
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I’ve been to 30% of the national parks (hope to make that 100%).
2.) I saw Cage the Elephant live last Summer and it was phenomenal.
3.) Yo puedo hablar un pocito de Espanol.
Involvement: Chi Phi, CLIMBucknell, Grand Challenge Scholars
Hometown: Boston, MA
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
Name: Aleks Antonov
Major: Computer Science, B.S.
Favorite outdoor activity: Sleeping; Trail Running
Three (or in this case five) Fun Facts: 1.) Chip is my everything.
2.) I will one day live in a cabin with a dog.
3.) Eat oatmeal too often.
4.) Gummy sharks are my favorite gummy.
5.) Avatar: The Last Airbender was a formative part of my childhood.
Involvement: University Innovation Fellows, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Common Ground, Chi Phi, Association for Computing Machinery – Women’s Chapter.
Hometown: Sopot, Bulgaria
Favorite Quote: “Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”
“Slow is steady, and steady is fast.”
Name: Zach Sisson
Favorite outdoor activity: Mountain Biking
Three Fun Facts: 1.) I’m a transfer student.
2.) I was once taken on a flight (Cessna 172) where the pilot was drunk and unable to land (or operate!) the plane.
3.)For some reason, I’ve always wanted to experience swimming in a kiddie pool of angel hair pasta (yes, it has to be angel hair).
Involvement: I work in a biology research lab, I work at the Bucknell challenge course, and I am a member of the philosophy club.
Hometown: New Tripoli, PA
Favorite Quote: “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” – Alan Watts