Class of 2008
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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). [...]
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 [...]
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