April 26, 2017, BY Christina Masciere Wallace

Richard Garman '56 often describes his experience as a Bucknell University student as brief, but extremely impactful. In return, he is leaving his own lasting impression on the University and its students for generations to come. The retired construction executive has given $6 million toward Bucknell's next academic building, Academic East. The proposed facility will expand engineering laboratory space by 50 percent and further distinguish Bucknell in human health education.

President John Bravman lauded the generosity and foresight of Garman, who was honored with the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2005.  

"Dick and his family recognize Bucknell's position as a leader in undergraduate engineering education and are committed to strengthening that position," said Bravman. "We are grateful not only for this gift, which will help fulfill our vision for Academic East, but also for the Garman family's long-standing support of our College of Engineering."

The building will add 75,000 square feet of space for student and faculty research, laboratory instruction, design studios and offices. Facing Academic West, it will form the east side of a new quad extending south from Bertrand Library.  

The biomedical engineering department, Bucknell's principal driver of health care innovation, will relocate to Academic East, enhancing research collaboration and instruction. The new facility will serve as a nexus for the interdisciplinary Bucknell-Geisinger Research Initiative, a partnership in which students and faculty team with doctors and researchers at Geisinger Health System to explore pressing challenges in health care.  

Engineering will share Academic East with the Department of Education, which will relocate from the Olin Science Building, bringing that program closer to the social science departments housed in Academic West and strengthening education-engineering collaborations. In addition to providing office space for education faculty, Academic East will include a teaching lab and collaborative workspace for students, enhancing opportunities for hands-on learning.  

The facility will house more than two dozen laboratories, expanding opportunities for student and faculty research. New labs will include spaces for the study and testing of medical equipment, energy usage, water quality, transportation, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, air quality and food.  

These state-of-the-art facilities will greatly enhance hands-on learning for engineering students, said Dean of Engineering Pat Mather.  

"One of the deepest educational experiences students can have is in a research laboratory," Mather said. "You remember the things you personally experienced. If you see a concept come to life, in your hands, with your eyes, you will never forget — even when things don't go the way you expect them to."  

The WE DO Campaign  
The Board of Trustees last October authorized design development of Academic East and is expected to review a request to authorization of finished designs at its meeting in late April. Construction of the building will depend on additional fundraising and Board approval. | The Opportunities Ahead: Academic East  

WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell University, recently surpassed the $450 million milestone, putting it less than $50 million away from its half-a-billion-dollar goal, which it aims to reach this summer. The most ambitious campaign in University history, it offers myriad opportunities at all gift levels, in all areas, for Bucknellians to support current and future students.   

Recent Giving News


Bucknell Renews, Expands Commitment to Civic Engagement

President John Bravman signs the national Campus Compact, reaffirming the University's commitment to public service and active citizenship.

Read more

Cool Classes: Young Adult Fiction

Through critical analysis, Bucknell students explore the deeper meaning of favorite childhood books.

Read more

Kellen Haile ’18 Wins Competitive Government Scholarship

The mechanical engineer and Engineering Success Alliance member has earned a scholarship and offer of employment from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Read more

Journal Spotlights Bucknell's Groundbreaking Management 101 Course

Four College of Management faculty trace the evolution of the experiential course, which is widely imitated by other universities.

Read more

Cool Classes: Our Material World

How have humans over the centuries molded the materials around them, and how have those materials altered us? Bucknell students examine how we all live in a material world.

Read more

Meet Bucknell’s Newest Professors

The University welcomes 19 outstanding tenure-line faculty members.

Read more

Bucknell, Local Communities Unite Against Hatred and Injustice

The Solidarity March and rally, coordinated in part by the Social Justice Residential College, called for an end to violence, greater environmental protections and social equality. 

Read more

Technology and Research Meet at Bucknell’s Digital Scholarship Conference

The interdisciplinary event willl explore how technology is taking teaching and research beyond traditional texts.

Read more

NSF Grant to Bucknell Professor Will Advance Auto Safety

Professor Craig Beal, mechanical engineering, aims to make driving safer by helping vehicles read the road.

Read more

Fibonacci Event to Celebrate Landmark Translation by Bucknell Math Professor

The Oct. 14 program honors the late Laurence Sigler, who completed the only English translation of the Italian mathematician's most important work.

Read more
Close

Places I've Been

The following links are virtual breadcrumbs marking the 27 most recent pages you have visited in Bucknell.edu. If you want to remember a specific page forever click the pin in the top right corner and we will be sure not to replace it. Close this message.