LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The 56th Annual Bucknell Athletics & Recreation Senior Recognition Dinner will be held Monday night at 7 p.m., and for the second straight year, fans can watch the awards ceremony live on the Patriot League Network at PatriotLeague.TV.
All 148 senior student-athletes will be recognized and awarded their senior gifts. In addition, there are 12 special awards as part of the Tim Nesvig '96 Athletic Awards Program. Tim Nesvig was a standout men's water polo player at Bucknell, who won the Christy Mathewson Award as the top senior athlete at his senior awards banquet. Nesvig lost his battle with lymphoma at the age of 30 in 2005. Following graduation, he worked in marketing and sales at ESPN. The awards program is now underwritten in his honor.
Here are the awards that are given out annually:
ECAC APPRECIATION AWARD
Presented to students, faculty, staff or friends of Bucknell for extraordinary contribution to the Bucknell department of athletics and recreation
‘RAY BUCKNELL DIVERSITY AWARD
Presented to the senior student-athlete who through his/her actions has worked to eliminate attitudes and actions that have separated, excluded or marginalized people in the past and has facilitated true understanding and recognition among multiple campus and Lewisburg constituencies
RONALD J. “PETE” PEDRICK AWARD
Presented in recognition of demonstrated improvement and special contributions to Bucknell athletics over a four-year period
Pete Pedrick was a longtime supporter of Bison athletics and a former director of development at Bucknell.
EDWARD W. PANGBURN AWARD
Presented for sportsmanship, fellowship, and contribution to the University
Dr. Edward Pangburn, a 1915 Bucknell graduate, later served for 23 years on the Board of Trustees. He was a great friend of Bucknell, and his family name has been indelibly linked to Bison athletics for nearly a century.
Presented to a student-athlete who has exhibited exceptional versatility within his/her sport, displaying outstanding achievement and the selfless determination to help the team succeed by contributing in a variety of ways
One of the true women's athletics pioneers at Bucknell, Peg Bryan was a member of the Bucknell faculty from 1945-81 and played a leading role in the establishment of a women's varsity athletics program. She later served as Bucknell's first director of women's intercollegiate athletics.
Al Humphreys served as Bucknell's director of athletics from 1947-62, and he coached the Bucknell football team for seven years.
ROBERT A. LATOUR SERVICE AWARD
Presented for extraordinary service to Bucknell and local communities
Bob Latour served as Bucknell's director of athletics from 1968-78, and as the Bison's swim coach from 1956-68. His team won the 1964 NCAA College Division title, Bucknell's only national championship in any team sport.
LEE S. “BUD” RANCK MEMORIAL AWARD
Presented for outstanding spirit and contributions to the Bucknell athletic program
Bud Ranck, a 1941 Bucknell graduate, enjoyed a long business career in the Lewisburg area and was an avid supporter of Bucknell athletics.
JOHN F. ZELLER AWARD
Presented to the senior student-athlete for outstanding contributions to Bison Athletics, while exemplifying the best of Bucknell in the manner that John Zeller did in his 68 years of service to the University
John Zeller graduated from Bucknell in 1941 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. After serving his country in World War II and the Korean War and graduating from law school at Penn, he became a full-time member of the political science department at Bucknell in 1952. In 1955, he became the university's chief financial officer, and he later held titles of Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs and General Counsel Emeritus. In 1984, he was President of the University prior to the appointment of Gary Sojka.
BISON CLUB AWARD
Presented to the senior athletes who best exemplify the winning spirit of the University's athletic program
The Bison Club provides financial support for all 27 varsity intercollegiate sports. The Bison Club also sponsors tonight's dinner, the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame, and several other valuable components of the department of athletics.
BRADLEY N. TUFTS AWARD
Presented in recognition of exceptional athletic achievement and contribution to Bucknell athletics
Brad Tufts served the Bucknell Department of Athletics & Recreation for more than 30 years as either coach or administrator. He served as the men's golf coach from 1967 until 1975, and became the first-ever women's golf coach in 1998. Tufts also held various administrative roles, including sports information director, associate director of public relations and interim director of athletics.
ALVIN F. JACKSON JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD
Presented for outstanding academic and athletic achievement and future promise as Bucknell alumni
This award recognizes the outstanding scholars among Bucknell's senior student-athletes, and is named in memory of Al Jackson, a 1959 Bucknell alumnus who had an intense passion for Bucknell athletics.
CHRISTY MATHEWSON AWARD
Presented to the outstanding senior athletes
Christy Mathewson attended Bucknell from 1898-1900 and gained national fame in both football and baseball. He left Bucknell in 1900 to pursue a professional baseball career with the New York Giants, with whom he won 373 games. He was a charter member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and is buried in the cemetery behind Davis Gymnasium.