Tracy McFarlan ’13

November 16, 2011

Music Research Allows Tracy McFarlan ’13 to Cross Academic Boundaries

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Aside from some viola lessons in middle school, Tracy McFarlan ’13 (Yardley, Pa.) hasn’t had much experience with music—but that hasn’t stopped her from racking up achievements in music research. This summer, McFarlan, a history major, worked with Jorge Torres, associate professor of music, on his upcoming book, The Greenwood Encyclopedia [...]

Gerald L. Paist '61

November 15, 2011

Longest-Serving School Superintendent in Mass., Gerald Paist ’61 Ensures Balance of Technical and Academic Training

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By Dan Edelen Caps sailing in the air. Hugs and high-fives shared between teens. Tears on the faces of proud parents. As the longest-serving school superintendent in Massachusetts, Gerald Paist ’61 will witness his 38th graduation at Pathfinder Region Vocational Technical High School in Palmer this spring. “Every graduation since 1974 has been a joyful [...]

Farrell Sharkey '06

November 9, 2011

Farrell Sharkey ’06 Turns First Grade into a “Lafayette” Homeroom

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By Kevin Gray For a recent homework assignment, Farrell Sharkey ’06 asked her first-grade students to answer a question: If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Most of the responses—child-focused restaurants and amusement parks—were expected. Some were not. “A few students had written ‘college,’ and one even wrote ‘Lafayette College’ specifically and had [...]

Madeline Laskoski ’13, left, with Claudine Lilien ’90 at Fox headquarters in New York City

October 14, 2011

Madeline Laskoski ’13 and Carolyn Madaras ’12 Learn about the Entertainment Industry from Claudine Lilien ’90 at Fox

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This summer, Madeline Laskoski ’13 and Carolyn Madaras ’12 got a new perspective on the entertainment industry while interning for Fox Entertainment Group in New York City. The students previously participated in an externship in January with Claudine Lilien ’90, Fox’s senior vice president of cross divisional integrated sales and marketing for news corporation. That [...]


October 5, 2011

Video: History Professor Joshua Sanborn Provides Preview of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Oct. 19 Talk

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Joshua Sanborn, professor of history and chair of Russian and East European Studies, presented a lecture Oct. 3 entitled “Mikhail Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War” to prepare the community and students for the former Soviet president’s visit to campus Wednesday, Oct. 19. During his talk in the Williams Center for the Arts, [...]

Bill Wagner '89

September 27, 2011

Bill Wagner ’89 ‘Does What He Loves’ as COO of Cloud Technology Leader, Vocus

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During his sophomore year at Lafayette, William “Bill” Wagner ’89 had a life-changing conversation with older alum Robin Amesbury ’71. “He told me that I should do what I love and do as well as I can. It was the best advice I’ve ever gotten.” Recently named executive vice president and chief operating officer of [...]

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September 23, 2011

Lafayette Class Is First U.S. Group to Study Abroad for Credit in North Korea

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Ask Brendan Fahey ’13 what he remembers most from visiting North Korea as part of a for-credit study abroad program – the first of its kind in the U.S. – and it probably won’t be the opulent tomb of the country’s eternal leader, Kim Il Sung, the incredible feats of gymnasts at a famous festival, [...]

Paul Barclay, left, associate professor of history and Eric Luhrs, digital initiatives librarian, pose in Special Collections with the Warner family postcard collection.

September 23, 2011

Professor Paul Barclay Chronicles the Culture and Politics of East Asia through Postcards

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Almost a decade ago, an unexpected gift led Paul Barclay, associate professor of history, to a line of research that would pioneer the field of colonial media studies. Now attracting international attention, his research—which is supported by the staff at Skillman Library—is revealing insights into the cultural and historical impacts of East Asian political propaganda. [...]

Robert Blunt

September 15, 2011

Meet the New Faculty

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This fall, Lafayette welcomes 11 new professors, bringing the College’s total to 213 full-time, tenure-track faculty members. Over the past several years, the College has been hard at work on the initiative in the 2007 strategic plan to increase the size of the permanent faculty by 20 percent and decrease the student-to-faculty ratio from 11:1 [...]

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August 11, 2011

Students Immerse Themselves in Italian Language and Culture by Living in Rome

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This summer, 18 Lafayette students took advantage of a six-week, faculty-led immersion program in Rome to improve their Italian language skills and learn about Italy’s rich culture. Students lived in small groups in apartments spread throughout the city. Each student spent five hours per day, four days per week, studying Italian from beginner to advanced [...]