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Jesse Klug



Managing for Sustainability


Jesse Klug enters his senior year with a 3.65 cumulative GPA. He was a Capital One Third-Team Academic All-American and an NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2014. He has won the Charles F. White Prize for Scholar-Athletes and is in Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa (service chair) honor societies. Klug’s academic focus is on economic and socio-cultural issues, and he is pursuing a minor in social justice. During the 2015 spring semester he studied in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua as part of a program called Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice and Community Engagement.


In October 2013, Klug wrote an article for Outsports.com entitled, “Open Letter on Homosexuality.” The thoughtful piece detailed his experiences as a gay student-athlete and, as the No. 3 most-read article on Outsports.com in 2013, it was picked up by the Huffington Post, The Advocate, OUT Magazine and others.

Klug is one of the foremost LGBTQ activists on the Bucknell campus. He has been involved with programs such as Sophomore LEAD (Leading, Engaged, Active, Determined) and Net Impact, a networking program for which he was a co-founder and executive board member with the Bucknell chapter. In 2014, Klug was selected as one of 12 “Leaders in Action” nationwide, as an activist promoting social justice and inclusion on college campuses. He attended a Creating Change Conference in Houston, Texas, and was a panelist for a Campus Climate discussion at Bucknell.


Klug has been very involved in the community, both locally and abroad. His Outsports.com article and LGBTQ advocacy has been very influential on Bucknell’s campus. He has conducted research on the role of nonviolence in the LGBTQ movement, and while studying abroad last semester he did research on the state of LGBTQ rights in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This past summer, Jesse worked with the International Rescue Committee, planning and facilitating workshops for incoming refugees going through the resettlement process in Seattle. He worked with both a cultural orientation class and job readiness training, a curriculum that he helped develop and implement.


On the soccer field, Jesse Klug is one of the top players in the Patriot League and one of the premier strikers in the East. He is a two-time All-Patriot League and two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection. Last year he was the Patriot League’s No. 2 scorer with 27 points on 11 goals and five assists, and he enters his senior year ranked in the top 10 in program history in goals (24) and points (60). He has started every game in his career so far, and last season he led Bucknell to the Patriot League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He scored the opening goal in what became a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Boston University in the league championship game. Prior to Bucknell, he was a member of the Seattle Sounders FC Academy.