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The 1896 national championship football team posted an 11-0-1 record and defeated Penn, the College’s greatest football triumph to that point.

June 9, 2014

Reunion 2014: 170 Years of Lafayette Athletic Tradition

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Once upon a time, in a hipper, hippier age, the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi put a sly psychedelic spin on the venerable tradition of trash-talking Lafayette’s football archenemy. During the day the fraternity’s electrified sign read “Lehigh Should Die”; at night it read “LSD.” Those three glowing letters allowed the [...]

Reunion 2013

June 5, 2014

All Systems Are Go for Reunion 2014

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Reunion headquarters opens Friday in Pfenning Alumni Center to welcome back returning alumni, especially those in class years ending in “4” and “9.” The weekend is full of events planned for catching up with old friends, reliving the nostalgia of college days, and creating new memories to treasure for years to come. View the full [...]

My Rivalry

June 2, 2014

College Launches ‘My Rivalry’ Site

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As Lafayette prepares to host the 150th Lafayette-Lehigh football game at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014, the College has launched a special section entitled “My Rivalry” to allow Leopard alumni, fans, students, parents, faculty, and staff the opportunity to share their favorite story about the rivalry and check out great stories from others.

Mimi Connell ’15, Megan Zaroda ’07, and Carolyn DeMeo ’15 at Weber Shandwick’s office in New York City

June 1, 2014

Discovering the World of PR in New York City

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Mimi Connell ’15 (Paoli, Pa.) and Carolyn DeMeo ’15 (Short Hills, N.J.) got a firsthand look at marketing and ad campaigns for Oreo and the 2014 Winter Olympics during an externship at Weber Shandwick in New York City. Weber Shandwick is one of the world’s leading global public relations firms with offices in major media, [...]

Professor Lauren Anderson and Tyler Fruneaux ’14 work in the lab in Acopian Engineering Center.

May 30, 2014

Tyler Fruneaux ’14 Has Top Research Paper at Chemical Engineering Conference

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Tyler Fruneaux ’14 conducted experiments involving a special kind of plastic that can be used to grow new cells without damaging them. Such technology could be used to improve treatments for burn victims and others in need of skin grafts or tissue transplants. He won first place in the research paper competition at the Mid-Atlantic Regional [...]

Provost Wendy Hill

May 29, 2014

Rothkopfs’ Gift Honors Wendy Hill

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Former Lafayette President Arthur Rothkopf ’55 and his wife, Barbara Rothkopf, have provided a gift to name the neuroscience lab in Oechsle Hall in honor of Wendy Hill. President Alison Byerly announced the honor at the annual pre-Commencement dinner May 23. Hill, the provost, dean of the faculty, and Rappolt Professor of Neuroscience, will complete 25 [...]

Brad Bormann '14 delivers the Pepper Prize speech.

May 29, 2014

Pepper Prize Winner Brad Bormann ’14 Delivers Farewell Remarks

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Brad Bormann ’14 delivered farewell remarks for the Class of 2014 at the 179th Commencement May 24. He is the recipient of the George Wharton Pepper Prize, awarded to the senior who “most closely represents the Lafayette ideal.” Bormann, of Flemington, N.J., graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology. Read his speech below. [...]

The Honorable Portia Simpson Miller

May 28, 2014

Portia Simpson Miller Stresses Balance of Economic and Social Issues

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The Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica, was the featured speaker at the 179th Commencement ceremony May 24. Her speech is below. Read more Commencement coverage  “Balancing the Books While Balancing People’s Lives” Salutations Honorable Members of the Board of Trustees Madam President, Professor Alison Byerly Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie Distinguished faculty members, honored guests, [...]

Ellis Finger

May 27, 2014

Educational Entrepreneur of the Arts: Ellis Finger Reflects on 31 Memorable Years

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Ellis Finger helped make Lafayette’s Williams Center for the Arts a multimedia mecca. Over 31 years the building’s only director presented everything from a hip-hop Romeo and Juliet to a Nosferatu set in yuppie-plagued, AIDS-spooked Manhattan. Aided by college colleagues, he developed a repertory company of jazz all-stars and a global [...]

President Alison Byerly speaks at Commencement.

May 25, 2014

President Alison Byerly Says Farewell to Class of 2014

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President Alison Byerly presented her farewell remarks to graduating seniors at the 179th Commencement. Her speech is below. Read more Commencement coverage It is a privilege to have the opportunity to close this ceremony by offering a few brief words of my own to the graduating class. The class of 2014 is very special to [...]