Lafayette’s graduate success is a consistent, across-the-board story of outstanding alumni recognized and rewarded for their talent and skill as they rise quickly in their professions.

Featured Success Stories

Barbara Brooks Kimmel '78

July 7, 2014

Barbara Brooks Kimmel ’78 Works to Build Corporate Trust

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 The most recent phase in the career of Barbara Brooks Kimmel ’78—and the seeds of her new book, Trust, Inc.: Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset—began after the financial crash in 2008. “I think we have a real crisis in leadership, compounded with the fact that we live […]

Kevin Mandia '92

June 13, 2014

Kevin Mandia ’92 Leads Global Effort to Solve Cyber Crime

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 It’s been a landmark spring for Kevin Mandia ’92, founder of the cyber security firm Mandiant and now vice president and chief operating officer of FireEye, which acquired Mandiant last year. On May 18, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictments of five members of China’s People’s Liberation Army, […]

San Francisco 49er Blake Costanzo '06 celebrates after forcing a fumble in the NFL divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

June 5, 2014

NFL Special Teams Standout Blake Costanzo ’06 Returns to 49ers

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Former Lafayette College linebacker and special teams standout Blake Costanzo ’06 rejoined the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, signing 2 ½ years after leaving the organization to play for the Chicago Bears. He signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $855,000 for players with seven to nine years of experience.

Anthony Wallace '78

April 25, 2014

Anthony Wallace ’78 Wins Top Award for Fiction

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By Benjamin Gleisser The stories in The Old Priest “connect the themes of time, history, and memory,” says author Tony Wallace ’78. The collection won the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was recently named one of two finalists for the 2014 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction. The story from which the […]

JANUARY 24, 2014 - Buffie Longmire-Avital '02, assistant professor of psychology, Elon University (photo by Kim Walker)

April 4, 2014

Healthy Attitude: Buffie Longmire-Avital ’02 Explores Psychosocial Factors

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By Benjamin Gleisser Black women make up 13 percent of the population of women in the United States, but when it comes to new HIV infection cases, says Buffie Longmire-Avital ’02, “they account for about 66 percent of all women who contract HIV.” Longmire-Avital, assistant professor of psychology at Elon University, is conducting research on […]

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Ellen Kravet Burke '76

July 23, 2014

Ellen Kravet Burke ’76 Weaves Campus-Corporate Connections

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To the casual observer, it might appear that externship hosts do all the giving and students do all the receiving. Not so, says Ellen Kravet Burke ’76, who received the Alumni Association’s Externship Commitment Award 2011, for 10 years of participation. “We learn from students, particularly now with social media—Instagram, Facebook, and Houzz,” says Kravet […]

Dr. Amith Majumdar '95

July 11, 2014

Amith Majumdar ’95 Modernizes Pediatric Dentistry

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By Jillian Bevacqua When Dr. Amith Majumdar ’95 launched Lehigh Valley Pediatric Dentistry in 2006, he created an office as unique as his specialty. With his partner, pediatric orthodontist Dr. Steven Ely, he installed digital radiography. This process creates much less chemical waste and exposes children to 75 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays. He […]

Charles Bergstresser, Class of 1881

July 11, 2014

Wall Street Journal Discusses Co-Founder Charles Bergstresser, Class of 1881

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Charles Bergstresser, Class of 1881, was discussed in the July 8 edition of The Wall Street Journal in a letter to readers from editor in chief Gerard Baker. The letter celebrated the newspaper’s 125th anniversary. Read the letter Bergstresser was the silent partner who bankrolled the publishing venture of Charles Henry Dow and Edward Davis […]

David Beckwith '01

April 15, 2014

Wine Consultant David Beckwith ’01 Has Discriminating Taste

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Attending wine auctions and bidding on behalf of clients is all in a day’s work for David Beckwith ’01, founding partner of Grand Cru Wine Consulting, New York. “I was born to do this,” says Beckwith, whose professional skills involve equal parts refined palate and business acumen. On a recent day, he sorted through 400 […]

Jeff Mutis '89

April 11, 2014

Catching Up with Former Major League Pitcher Jeff Mutis ’89

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Economics and business graduate and baseball player Jeff Mutis ’89 discusses his life after Lafayette. Mutis, who is a software engineer for Precision Computer Solutions, pitched in the Major Leagues from 1991-94 for the Cleveland Indians and the Florida Marlins.

Nkrumah Pierre ’06

April 9, 2014

The Connector: Nkrumah Pierre ’06 Excels at Corporate Matchmaking

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 Talking with Nkrumah Pierre ’06 is like boarding a high-speed luxury train: He’s polished, solid, agile, and speaks with a rapid cadence that drives the conversation forward while never losing focus of the topic—or you. Key qualities from someone who makes his living by networking. Pierre was recently recognized by […]

Nicole Stodard '99 (far right) works with members of the cast.

April 1, 2014

Nicole Stodard ’99 Directs Award-Winning Theater That ‘Explodes with Thought’

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By Kevin Gray A logo with a grenade image that declares “theatre exploding with thought” is a clue that Thinking Cap is not typical community arts fare. Founded by Nicole Stodard ’99, the Ft. Lauderdale company is being lauded by critics and audiences for its daring approach. Stodard  received “best director” awards from the New […]

Step Sinatra '98

February 27, 2014

Step Sinatra ’98 Succeeds in the Business of Living

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By Robert S. Benchley In 2007, Step Sinatra ’98 was hospitalized, weighing 83 pounds. Life itself, not its quality, was in question. His ambition to be a stock trader had led him to Wall Street, where he worked for a hedge fund. “I wanted freedom, and I believed that required money,” he says. “It was […]

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 […]

Terese Brown ’07 with Liang Ren ’17 (L-R), Jennifer Schroeder ’15, Kristina Beaudouin ’16, Gates Lawler ’17, and Glynnis Lawler ’17, who appeared in a video fashion show featuring Sydonna creations. Brown’s silk hurricane skirt marries art with couture.

January 24, 2014

Design Entrepreneur Terese Brown ’07 Fuses her Talents in Art and Business

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By Sharon Sanders Elegant, yet edgy, creations by Terese Brown ’07 are drawing national attention. Owner and creative director of Philadelphia-based Terese Sydonna Contemporary Women’s Design, Brown was a finalist for Project Runway seasons 10 and 11, a semi-finalist for NBC’s Fashion Star season two, and was recently included in the Philadelphia Magazine “Fashion Project.” […]