Class of 2008

Lia Mandaglio Parifax '08

February 18, 2014

Lia Mandaglio Parifax ’08 and Athlete Ally Praised in Vanity Fair

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In the current issue of Vanity Fair, Lia Mandaglio Parifax ’08 and husband, Hudson Taylor, are lauded for their work with Athlete Ally, the nonprofit organization they founded in 2011. The group works to end homophobia and transphobia in sports by encouraging professional and collegiate athletes to support LGBT rights. The article is penned by [...]

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June 27, 2013

Drive to 40%: Oldest Alum Steps Up for Annual Fund

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With less than two weeks to reach the alumni participation goal of 40%, a gift from the College’s oldest alumnus, Howard C. Lindemann ’32, arrived! The gift was received just a few days prior to his 102nd birthday on June 23. In the hand-written note accompanying his check, he said: “Greetings from the 100th graduating [...]

Lamar Smith (L-R), Danielle Bero '07, Sarah Kolb '07, Lai Huang '07, and Chris Johnston '08.

June 10, 2013

Reunion 2013: Coming Back for Usual and Unusual Reasons

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 More than 1,200 alumni returned June 7-9 to enjoy Reunion Weekend with their classmates. Here’s an inside view of the groups marking key anniversaries: 5th, 25th, and 50th. Read or watch the annual State of the College address Read about the special event on Gettysburg, Lafayette, and the Civil War Read [...]

Melissa Persaud '08

January 11, 2013

Melissa Persaud ’08 Establishes Computer Lab for Women in Cameroon

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In the spirit of expanding opportunities for girls and women in underdeveloped countries, Melissa Persaud ’08, a community enterprise volunteer with the Peace Corps, helped build a computer lab/multimedia center in Garoua, Cameroon. Adult women are using the lab to develop computer skills necessary to prepare business plans needed to apply for bank loans and charitable funding [...]

Viktorija Gecyte ’08 performs at the Lafayette Bar.

November 30, 2012

All That Jazz: Viktorija Gecyte ’08 Performs in U.S. and France

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Viktorija Gecyte ’08 is filling the already filled-to-the-gills Lafayette Bar with a dusky, roomy, easy voice that seems to come from nowhere and go everywhere. Supported by a supple trio of bass, drums and piano, she sails through the slipstream of “That Old Black Magic,” “That Old Devil Moon,” and other [...]

Alexandra Meis '08

May 10, 2012

Alexandra Meis ’08 Wins National Public Policy Challenge from Penn’s Fels Institute

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Alex Meis ’08 is part of a team that won the inaugural National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, with a $15,000 award, sponsored by the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania. The winning entry details a mobile app to empower caregivers of students in the New York City Department of Education with timely student attendance information to ensure that all children are present in school all day, every day.

Alberto Luna '08

April 11, 2012

Doctoral Candidate Alberto Luna ’08 Researches Motivation for Learning-Disabled Students

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By Dan Edelen When students need a listening ear, Alberto Luna ’08 is there. Luna is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate and supplemental instruction supervisor in the school of psychology at University of Arizona, where he completed his master’s in 2010. He has also served as program developer for the honors college Xtreme Discovery Teams and [...]

Kyle Doran '08

March 1, 2012

Cultivating Community Leaders Impels Kyle Doran ’08 Forward

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By Kate Helm Change isn’t easy, but Kyle Doran ’08 welcomes it. Doran has used his education every step of the way to develop as a community organizer, one who not only implements change but teaches others to do the same to help their communities. Pursuing a master’s of public administration at Maxwell School of [...]

Meghan Baker ’07 and Rebecca Heslin ’12 at Fox News

September 23, 2011

Students Have ‘Amazing, Truly Life-Changing Experiences’ through Intern Scholars Program

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Six students learned the ins and outs of the working world this summer, with the assistance of alumni, through the Bob Beane ’58 Intern Scholars Program. “This summer has been filled with amazing, truly life-changing experiences,” says Michelle Mariconda ’12 (Wayne, N.J.), an anthropology and sociology major who worked at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). [...]

Ellis Kelleher '08

August 26, 2011

Ellis Kelleher ’08 Manages One of London’s Leading Art Galleries

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By Matt Sinclair ’90 In this age of specialization, liberal arts majors often hear questions about what they hope to accomplish with a degree in English or art history. Of course, the answer is “whatever they want.” Take Ellis Kelleher ’08 for example. An English graduate originally from New Jersey, she now lives in England [...]