Special Programs

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The College is planning special events at exciting and historic sites in New York City, including ones featuring Lafayette professors, students, and alumni. A welcome reception with Lehigh will give an opportunity for both institutions to come together in celebration of this historic occasion.

Outside New York City
A series of weekend events and game day alternate viewing locations will excite and unite our Leopard fans. Read about what’s in store.

Welcome Center
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
Liberty Ballroom
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

The Marriott Marquis, Times Square will serve as the welcome and resource center for all Lafayette guests to receive information on schedules, programs, dining events, city maps, and much more.

Welcome Center hours of operation:
Thursday, Nov. 20: 2-8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22: 8-11 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20

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Friends of Lafayette Football Luncheon featuring Fred M. Kirby II ’42 Head Coach Frank Tavani
Princeton Club of New York
15 W 43rd Street
noon-2 p.m.
All are welcome to attend this kickoff luncheon sponsored by Friends of Lafayette Football, where Coach Tavani is certain to energize the crowd just days before the rivalry game. What better way to begin the celebration?
$50/person

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Rally for the Rivalry Welcome Reception
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
Broadway Lounge
1535 Broadway
5-8 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Lafayette NYC Alumni Chapter and the Lehigh Club of New York
Gather with Lafayette and Lehigh friends for networking and good times at the crossroads of the world. Reception includes food, signature cocktails, giveaways, and more!
$25/person

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Lafayette Takes Lafayette Street
Lafayette Street
7-10 p.m.
NOTE: All alumni/guests are responsible for making their own dining reservations. Read our restaurant suggestions.
Feel at home sharing a meal with alumni, family, and friends at one of the fun dining options on Lafayette Street after the Rally for the Rivalry Welcome Reception. With the leopard invasion, this will be a busy time in the city so make your reservations early from the restaurant suggestions provided here, all conveniently located near Lafayette’s late-night event.
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First Women of Lafayette Dinner
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
1535 Broadway
7-10 p.m.
Members of the classes of 1972-80 are invited to celebrate the women pioneers of Lafayette. Join the residents of New Dorm (Ruef Hall), Watson, and Gates as they gather to spend time together, reminisce about their path to Lafayette, and reflect on how their Lafayette experience has shaped them and how they can support the College today.
$100/person
Late Night
Lafayette Late Night
Puck Fair
298 Lafayette Street
9 p.m.-midnight
Not ready to call it a night? Continue the social festivities with fellow Pards at this night spot located on Lafayette Street. The first 50 people in attendance showing their Lafayette connection (gear, ID, leopard spots) will receive a $10 food/drink voucher for the evening.
Cash bar

 

Friday, Nov. 21

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Supreme City Lecture*
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
1535 Broadway
9-10:30 a.m.
Donald L. Miller, John Henry McCracken Professor of History, will give a presentation on his recently published book, Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. The book tells the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. Books may be pre-purchased at a Lafayette discounted rate and will be delivered at the lecture. Professor Miller will be on hand to sign books afterward.
*A separate afternoon chartered boat tour of Manhattan will supplement this event.
$25/person
Civil Engineering Tour
Movable Bridges of Manhattan Lecture and Boat Tour
Hardesty & Hanover
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 and Circle Line Tours
9:15 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tour will meet at Hardesty & Hanover, 1501 Broadway, just one block from the Welcome Center.
Limited capacity program
Tour Schedule:
9:15 a.m. Sign-in (light refreshments served)
9:30-11 a.m. Presentation:  Movable Bridges
11-11:30 a.m. Lunch
11:30-noon Shuttle to Circle Line Boat Tour,  Pier 83 W.42nd Street & 12th Avenue
12:30-3 p.m. Circle Line Boat Tour around Manhattan
3 p.m. Return to Hardesty & Hanover
Join Sean Bluni ’90, CEO of Hardesty & Hanover, the world’s leading movable bridge design firm, as he provides a fascinating presentation on movable bridges followed by a Circle Line boat tour around the island of Manhattan showcasing some of them, such as the Willis Avenue Swing Bridge between the Bronx and Manhattan.  This year, Hardesty & Hanover was awarded the Prize Bridge Award, the highest honor bestowed for movable bridges by the National Steel Bridge Alliance, for the Willis Avenue project.  Lunch and shuttle service to and from the Circle Line boat tour is provided.
$25/person
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Panel Discussion: Insights into Today’s Financial Markets
Morgan Stanley Corporate Center
1585 Broadway
9:30-11 a.m.
Join fellow Leopards for coffee and conversation followed by a panel discussion featuring Lafayette trustee Michael Heaney ’86, managing director of fixed income; Michael Kelly, associate professor of economics; and Morgan Miller ’16.
$25/person
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Fossils for Families: The American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th Street, New York, NY 10024*
10:30-11:30 a.m.
*Tour will meet at the 81st Street entrance, north side of the building.
Limited capacity program
Paleontologist David Sunderlin, associate professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will lead a tour designed for families with school-aged children of the most treasured fossil relics of the ancient world. Cost includes museum admission.
$25/person
The Lure of the Crimean Peninsula from Pericles to Putin
The Lure of the Crimean Peninsula from Pericles to Putin
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
1535 Broadway
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
A reflection about the millennial attraction of this strategically located region to politicians and poets given by two members of the extended Lafayette family, Ellen S. Hurwitz and trustee emerita Susan Carras ’76. Hurwitz is a Russian historian who chaired the History Department and a former trustee who became president of Albright and New England Colleges and of the American University of Central Asia. Carras is the senior managing director of HFF LP, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate capital intermediaries.
$25/person
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Natural History: The American Museum and Central Park
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th Street, New York, NY 10024*
1-2:30 p.m.
*Tour will meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Rotunda, Central Park West Entrance.
Limited capacity program
Join paleontologist David Sunderlin, associate professor of geology and environmental geosciences, and Robyn Henderek ’15 on a tour at the American Museum of Natural History to see exhibits on the epic history of our planet and the evolution of life. The tour will continue outdoors to Central Park, to reflect upon its dynamic environmental history, life, and the richness of continuing evolutionary change.
Cost includes museum admission. Participants should be 16 years or older please.
$25/person
Supreme City Charter Boat Tour
Supreme City Charter Boat Tour
Chelsea Pier
23rd Street & Hudson River Park*
1-4:30 p.m.
*Registration is required below for the optional, complimentary shuttle service (leaving 12:30 p.m.) to be provided from the Marriott Marquis to the pier and back. All participants must be on the boat by 1:15 p.m.
This charter boat tour of Manhattan is hosted by Donald L. Miller, John Henry McCracken Professor of History, as a unique supplement to his morning presentation on his recently published book, Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. The book tells the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. The charter boat tour includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Books may be pre-purchased in advance and will be delivered on the boat. Professor Miller will be hand to sign books after the tour.
$100/person
Same Game Today, Different Memories Tomorrow
Same Game Today, Different Memories Tomorrow
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
1535 Broadway
2-3 p.m.
Jennifer Talarico, associate professor of psychology, will present her research examining how fans remember important wins and losses of their favorite teams. Building on her research examining how emotion influences memory and how individuals remember significant public events, she will talk about how the outcome of a game can influence memory for the experience in surprising, but reliable, ways.
$25/person
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Backstage Tour: The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center Plaza
(Between West 62nd & 65th Streets and Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues)
2-3:30 p.m.
Limited capacity program
Learn the history of The Metropolitan Opera while peeking into the costume, scenery, and production shops that are rarely seen by the public.
$25/person
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Art in New York City—SOLD OUT
Loretta Howard Gallery
525 West 26th Street, 4th floor
2-6 p.m.
Limited capacity program
Robert Mattison, Marshall R. Metzger Professor of Art History, will conduct a 15-block walking tour of the Chelsea art gallery scene featuring discussions about the latest international tendencies in the visual arts, meetings with curators and gallerists, and a visit to an artist’s studio. Investigate the ways in which gender, race, identity, memory, origin, and politics play a role in the world of contemporary art. The tour will end with a private reception at the Loretta Howard Gallery.
$35/person
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Lafayette Speech & Debate Team (Forensics)
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
1535 Broadway
3:30-5 p.m.
Scott Placke, director of forensics and mock trial, will present a performance by Lafayette’s award-winning speech and debate team, featuring alumni and student members who will showcase different styles of public speaking such as impromptu, extemporaneous, persuasive, informative, and poetry.
$25/person
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Ringing of the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange
4 p.m.
Watch this televised and live streamed event as representatives from Lafayette and Lehigh ring the bell signaling the close of the markets and the continuing celebration of this historic weekend. Broadcast on CNBC and MSNBC. Live stream site to be announced when available.
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Campaign Kickoff Celebration (By Invitation)
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th Street
6-11 p.m.
The public launch of the College’s comprehensive campaign will announce the exciting vision for the future of Lafayette!
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Rivalry Eve at The Refinery Rooftop
63 W 38th St.
6-9 p.m.
Mingle with alumni while enjoying a wide selection of beverages and tapas available for purchase. Host Rob McGovern ’95 promises some specials for the occasion. No reservations required.

 

Saturday, Nov. 22

Game Day Shuttles
Transportation is available from three locations within New York City to help you get to the game conveniently and on time:

  • Marriott Marquis, Times Square (1535 Broadway)
  • Grand Central Station (89 E. 42nd Street)
  • Pennsylvania Station (8th Avenue & W. 31st Street)

$20/person

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Lafayette Alumni Association Pre-Game Social—SOLD OUT
Billy’s Sports Bar
856 River Avenue, Bronx, NY
Noon-2 p.m.
$50/person with alcohol, $40/person without alcohol
Registration limited to 10 Billy’s tickets per person.
Duplicate requests will not be honored.

Sponsored by the Lafayette College Alumni Association
Enjoy a sports bar and grill atmosphere before heading into the stadium for the pre-game show. The menu includes buffalo wings, grilled chicken, grilled steak skewers, submarine sandwiches, penne pasta with red sauce, soda, and water. Guests who purchase the alcohol package are provided with a variety of beer and wine. Mixed drinks are additional cash only even if purchasing the alcohol package. Billy’s requires valid photo ID for all guests consuming and/or purchasing alcoholic beverages.
Guests without tickets to Yankee Stadium may continue to enjoy the food and atmosphere at Billy’s after the Alumni Association sponsored “tailgate” but all food and beverages will be at their own expense beginning at 2 p.m.
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Alumni Relations Office Pre-Game Tailgate
Peeps Pavilion Pre-Game Tailgate
Yankee Stadium, Gate 2 Entrance
1 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY
1:30-3:30 p.m.
$40/adult and children 13 years of age and older
$20/child (12 and under)
Valid game ticket for each person also required for access.
Registration limited to five Peeps Pavilion tickets per person.
Duplicate requests will not be honored.

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations
The price includes food and non-alcoholic beverages. Beer can be purchased from the portable bar via cash, debit or credit card. Yankees Stadium requires valid photo ID for all alcoholic beverage purchases. The menu includes Yankee Stadium snack tin (pretzels and caramel and cheddar popcorn), carmelized onion dip with stadium chips, fall harvest salad (mixed greens, goat cheese, dried cranberries, sesame brittle, whole grain mustard vinaigrette), Hebrew National kosher hot dogs, crispy chicken tenders, hardy beef chili, grand slam mac & cheese, cookies, brownies, soda, water, coffee, and hot chocolate.
This casual area is covered but not climate controlled and has picnic tables and high top tables for a limited number of guests. First come, first served for seating. This section closes at 3:30 p.m. and is not available for public or private use after that time.
FedEx Banquet & Conference Center at Yankee Stadium
Friends of Lafayette Football Pre-Game Social
FedEx Banquet & Conference Center, Yankee Stadium
1:15–3:15 p.m.
$75/adult; $70/child (12 and under)
Wine and beer also available for cash-only purchase. No credit cards accepted.
All ages are welcome at this tailgate but each person, regardless of age, must have a FedEx Center ticket. Valid game ticket for each person also required for access. Registration limited to six FedEx Center tickets per person. Duplicate requests will not be honored.

Sponsored by Friends of Lafayette Football
Enjoy an indoor area with food and beverages including Yankee Stadium snack tin (pretzels and caramel and cheddar popcorn), caramelized onion dip with stadium chips, fall harvest salad (mixed greens, goat cheese, dried cranberries, sesame brittle, whole grain mustard vinaigrette), Hebrew National kosher hot dogs, crispy chicken tenders, hardy beef chili, grand slam mac & cheese, cookies, and brownies. Beverages included in the price of the FedEx Suite ticket are soda, water, coffee, and hot chocolate. A variety of beer and wine will be available for cash purchase. Please note that only cash payment will be accepted for beer and wine purchases. Yankee Stadium requires valid photo ID for all alcoholic beverage consumption. The FedEx Banquet & Conference Center will close at 3:15 p.m., 15 minutes prior to kickoff.
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Jim Beam Suite Pre-Game Tailgate—SOLD OUT
Yankee Stadium
1 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY
1:30-3:30 p.m.
$70/per person. All ages are welcome at this tailgate but each person, regardless of age, must have a Jim Beam Suite ticket. Valid game ticket for each person also required for access.
Registration limited to five Jim Beam tickets per person.
Duplicate requests will not be honored.

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations
Enjoy an indoor area with food and beverages including Yankee Stadium snack tin (pretzels and caramel and cheddar popcorn), carmelized onion dip with stadium chips, fall harvest salad (mixed greens, goat cheese, dried cranberries, sesame brittle, whole grain mustard vinaigrette), Hebrew National kosher hot dogs, crispy chicken tenders, hardy beef chili, grand slam mac & cheese, cookies, and brownies. Beverages include soda, water, coffee, hot chocolate, Concannon red and white wines, Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coors Light.
This suite is a cocktail setting with minimal seating. Yankees Stadium requires valid photo ID for all alcoholic beverage consumption. The Jim Beam Suite will convert to a public access area at 3:30 p.m. until the end of the game with food and beverages available for cash or credit/debit card purchase. The food and beverage items might not be the same as the tailgate selections.
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Rivalry 150 Telecast from NYC
Joshua Tree Bar
513 3rd Avenue
3 p.m. until end of game
Live game telecast from NYC. You’ll be able to hear the cheers from Yankee Stadium! To register for this telecast party or another telecast in a city near you, visit the telecast webpage.
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150th Rivalry Game: Lafayette vs. Lehigh
Yankee Stadium
CBS Sports Network
3:30 p.m.