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August 10, 2010

News from the Chapters: Updated Aug. 9, 2010

Alumni chapters bring together Lafayette graduates, parents, and friends to begin and renew friendships with one another and strengthen bonds to the College. They enjoy sports outings, luncheons, and dinners featuring faculty or alumni speakers, networking events, museum trips, welcoming receptions for incoming students, events with President Daniel H. Weiss, service projects, tailgates, happy hours, and other activities. Below is a list of chapters along with their primary contact persons and activities. Registration for chapter and other alumni events is available through the events calendar in the Alumni Online Community. More information can be found on the alumni web site in the online Calendar of Events and chapter home pages. If you are interested in starting, revitalizing, or helping a regional chapter, please contact an Alumni Affairs liaison.

Liaisons
Gary Carney, director of regional programs, carneyg@lafayette.edu, (610) 330-5573
Sarah Trimmer, assistant director of alumni affairs, trimmers@lafayette.edu, (610) 330-5024
Office of Alumni Affairs: alumni@lafayette.edu, 1-800-LAFAYETTE

Alumni ambassadors are established in Australia, Canada, Chile, China (Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai), France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. These volunteers are helpful contacts for alumni living in their areas and for students studying abroad. If you are interested in serving as an alumni ambassador, please contact Alumni Affairs.

Arizona: Greater Phoenix
Contact: William Davies Jr. ’59, bilnanaz@msn.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Mike McClintock ’71 organized a wine-tasting party on July 10 at Clubhouse of the Terravita Country Club in Scottsdale. Winemaker Joe Bechard of Page Springs Cellars and Arizona Stronghold discussed five wines and club Chef Daemion Glantz prepared tapas for each one.

Arizona:  Tucson
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer

Asia
Shanghai alumni ambassador: Haunani Yap ’06, haunani.yap@gmail.com
Hong Kong alumni ambassador: Patrick W.C. Ting ’95, patrick.ting@morganstanley.com
Singapore alumni ambassadors: Michael O. Choo ’93, mchoo69@gmail.com, William J. Hardy III ’85, whardy@tycoint.com
Tokyo alumni ambassador: Patrick R. Consolla ’93, consolla@alcatel-lucent.com
Liaison: To be determined
Barry McCarty, former dean of enrollment services, is planning a recruitment trip to Southeast Asia in September. Any alumni and parents interested in assisting with his visits in Singapore, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing, or Tokyo should contact McCarty, mccartyb@lafayette.edu.

The Alumni Association is planning an event in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 20. Details will follow.

California: Greater Los Angeles
Contacts: Seth Marlatt ’98, smarlatt@cadencequest.com, Megan O’Neill ’96, meganoneill@quinnemanuel.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

If you are interested in becoming a chapter volunteer, please contact Alumni Affairs.

California: San Francisco Bay Area
President: Tripp Hemphill ’99, jthemphill76@yahoo.com
Vice President: Kris Bornemann ’91, kristian.bornemann@wellsfargo.com
Liaison: Gary Carney
The chapter will host a gathering to watch the San Francisco Giants battle the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball action 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza. Registration was due by Aug. 5. The group will gather at 11 a.m at South Beach Cafe, just a block from the ballpark. Seats are in section 313, rows 7 and 8. Contact event chair Riccardo Gale ’95, rgale@ccarey.com.

A group from the chapter visited the Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay exhibit July 8 at the de Young Museum.

Colorado: Denver
Contacts: James Muchmore ’96, jmuchmore@pattonboggs.com, Ryann Dubiel ’04, ryanndubiel@gmail.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer

Connecticut: Central Connecticut
President: Kelly A. Martin ’03, kellyannmartin06@gmail.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
David Reif ’68 hosted a welcoming event for the Class of 2014 Aug. 3 at McCarter & English in Hartford.

Fletcher Thomson ’98 organized a AA baseball outing to watch the New Britain Rock Cats take on the Portland Sea Dogs July 18 at New Britain Stadium.

Connecticut: Fairfield — see New York/Connecticut: Westchester/Fairfield

Delaware: Wilmington
Leader: Eric Struble ’05, erich.struble@gmail.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

The chapter established an executive committee Sept. 30 at Deep Blue. Anyone interested in joining should contact Struble.

District of Columbia
President: Christina Griffin ’99, cgriffin@gwu.edu
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Sue ’76
and George Carras led the chapter in welcoming the Class of 2014 to the Lafayette family July 29 at their home in Potomac, Md.

England: London
President: Andrew Readinger ’87, andrew.readinger@psi-partners.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer

Florida: Gold Coast
Contacts: Thomas Daiello ’67, TD_family@comcast.net, Liza Lesser ’03, lizalesser@gmail.com, Neil Sosler ’93, nsosler@gmail.com
Liaison: Gary Carney
Lesser and Sosler are planning a social event next fall. Robert Mattison, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art, will be the featured speaker. Details will follow. Anyone interested in planning or attending the event should contact Lesser or Sosler.

Positions are available on the chapter’s executive committee, which plans events and activities for alumni, parents, and friends of the College and maintains the ongoing connection for chapter members to Lafayette and each other. Interested alumni and parents are invited to contact Carney.

Florida: Gulf Coast
Contact: Bill Harding ’58, HardingBill@gmail.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

Florida: Naples/Fort Myers
Contacts: Joe Skladany ’82, JoeSkladany@yahoo.com, Ricardo Skerrett ’82, ricardoskerrett@gmail.com
Liaison: Gary Carney
Led by Skladany, Skerrett, and Andrew Tretter ’85, plans are underway to revitalize the chapter. Contact Carney if you are interested in joining this effort.

Florida: Northeast
Contact: Hugh Jones ’52, hughhjonesjr@yahoo.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

Florida: Vero Beach
Contact: George Hudock ’64, fhudock@bellsouth.net
Liaison: Gary Carney

Georgia: Atlanta
President:  Matthew Ashby ’92, mja@savellwilliams.com
Liaison: Gary Carney
Jim ’84
and Jeanne Benjamin hosted a welcoming event for the Class of 2014 Saturday, Aug. 7, at their home, 30 Brookside Walk.

Illinois: ChicagoPresident: Megan Sweeney Waite ’99, Megan_waite@ml.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

Maryland: Baltimore
Contacts: Chris Cosgrove ’98, chriscoz@gmail.com, Justin Pettigrew ’04, jpettigrew@nxstage.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Massachusetts: Greater Boston
Contacts: Meg Bennett ’78, meg.bennett@db.com, Mike De Lisi ’03, delisim@comcast.net
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer

Frank Campbell ’74 organized the annual Red Sox outing as Boston fell to the Tampa Bay Rays June 30. The group met for a pre-game reception at the Boston University African Presidential Archives & Research Center.

New Hampshire
Contact: Dawn Murray Zebuhr ’90, dawnzebuhr@comcast.net
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Those interested in volunteering for the chapter should contact alumni affairs.

New Jersey: Hunterdon and Warren County — see Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley

New Jersey: Jersey Shore North
Contacts: Barbara Strasburg Tucker ’84, barbaratucker@aol.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer

The chapter will again enjoy an afternoon at Monmouth Park racetrack 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. The first race will begin at 12:50 p.m. Our group will meet in a reserved section of the Grandstand Picnic Area. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes admission as well as a picnic BBQ. Online registration coming soon. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

Kit ’56 and Robin Green led the chapter in welcoming the Class of 2014 to the Lafayette family July 31 at their home in Point Pleasant.

New Jersey: Jersey Shore South
Contacts: Francey Kanengiser Burke ’80, franceyburke@hotmail.com, Amy Mahon ’00, amyjmahon@yahoo.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer

New Jersey: North
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer

Brian ’86 and Kerry Winiarski led the chapter in welcoming the Class of 2014 to the Lafayette family July 29 at their home in Wyckoff.

The chapter is trying to assemble an executive committee; those interested should contact Alumni Affairs.

New Jersey: Princeton
Contact: Thomas J. Irwin ’87
Liaison: Gary Carney
Head football coach Frank Tavani joined the chapter for a baseball outing to watch the Trenton Thunder take on the New Britain Rock Cats July 26 at Mercer County Waterfront Park. Guests also enjoyed a buffet in the Yankee Club.

Kate Randazzo ’87 led the chapter in celebrating the reestablishment of the Princeton chapter with a happy hour and social networking event June 10 at BT Bistro.

New Jersey: Skylands (Morris/Sussex/Somerset counties)
Contacts: Cynthia Strahler Rhodes ’90, cindyrhodes@comcast.net, Michael Moroney ’83, mmoroney@wglaw.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Art ’85
and Leigh ’86 Williams will host a welcoming event for the Class of 2014 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at their home, 18 Sand Spring Lane, Morristown. Mix and mingle with incoming students, their families, and other members of the alumni chapter. We’ll enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. RSVP online by Friday, Aug. 6. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

New Jersey: South
President: Nancy Dwyer ’03, ndwyer@pensions.org
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Robert J. Massa P’08
, vice president for communications, will be the featured speaker at the annual dinner 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Tavistock Country Club, 1000 Tavistock Lane,
Haddonfield. Massa will discuss “Selling of the American College – 21st Century Style.” A 36-year veteran in college admissions, he will talk about the changes over that time, how colleges are sold to the public, and the strategies in play to assure that Lafayette succeeds in this much-changed marketplace. Cash bar reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $33 per person. Register with Alumni Affairs by Wednesday, Oct. 13. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

New York: Albany
Liaison: Gary Carney
Anyone interested in revitalizing the chapter should contact Alumni Affairs.

New York: Long Island
Contact: Jim Werner ’97, jwerner@hallidayfinancial.com
Liaison: Gary Carney
John ’85
and Britta ’84 Garcia led the chapter in welcoming the Class of 2014 to the Lafayette family July 29 at their home in Garden City.

Anyone interested in joining the executive committee should contact Alumni Affairs.

New York: New York City
President: Brian Sliwinski ’08, brian_sliwinski@ml.com
Liaison: Sarah TrimmerIt must be love as the chapter heads out to the U.S. Open 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. Matches begin at 7 p.m., and ticket holders may enter at 6 p.m. Cost is $24 per person. Click here to order your tickets no later than Tuesday, Aug. 24! Tickets are expected to sell out fast and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

Marshall ’65 and Carolyn Logan Gluck led the chapter in welcoming the Class of 2014 to the Lafayette family July 27 at their home.

Heather Stoltz ’00
celebrated the opening of her exhibition of fiber art, Text and Texture: Midrash through Making, July 21 at Park Avenue Synagogue. The quilted wall hangings and fabric sculptures are inspired by Jewish texts. The exhibition continues through October.

Ed McNally ’65 organized an outing to watch the New York Mets fall to the Detroit Tigers in Major League Baseball action June 24 at Citi Field.

New York: Rochester
Contact: Tiffany Folmer Lawrence ’00, tflaw737@gmail.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

New York/Connecticut: Westchester/FairfieldContact: Dan Fitzgerald ’03, dfitzgerald03@yahoo.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Michael ’82
and Jenny ’82 Weisburger will host a welcoming event for the Class of 2014 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at their home, 38 Pound Ridge Rd, Bedford, N.Y. Mix and mingle with incoming students, their families, and other members of the alumni chapter. We’ll enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. RSVP online by Friday, Aug. 6. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

North Carolina: Charlotte
President: Steve Sivak ’01, stevenjsivak@alumni.lafayette.edu
Liaison: Gary Carney
Plans are being made for a fall event. Contact Carney or Sivak for details.

Oregon: Portland
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
John Rehm ’73 hosted the Lafayette-Lehigh telecast party Nov. 21 at Claudia’s Sports Bar.

Pennsylvania: Bucks County
Contacts: Howard Rednor ’68, seeligandrednorlaw@comcast.net, Dan Rockafellow ’81, daniel_rockafellow@hotmail.com
Liaison: Gary Carney
Bill Messick ’68 is organizing the chapter’s annual dinner 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 110 Pheasant Run, Newtown. Head basketball coach Fran O’Hanlon will be on hand to discuss the upcoming season. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

Head football coach Frank Tavani joined the chapter for a baseball outing to watch the Trenton Thunder take on the New Britain Rock Cats July 26 at Mercer County Waterfront Park. Guests also enjoyed a buffet at the Yankee Club.

Pennsylvania: Central
Leader: Ed Baumgardner ’61, edbaumgardner@epix.net
Liaison: Gary CarneyFirst Wednesday Luncheons are held 11:45 a.m. each month at Duke’s Riverside Bar & Grill in Wormleysburg. Baumgardner organizes these events.

Mark ’85 and Ann Pickering led the chapter in welcoming the Class of 2014 to the Lafayette family July 30 at their home in Camp Hill.

Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley and New Jersey: Hunterdon and Warren counties
President: John Becica ’69, becica@juno.com
Liaison: Gary Carney
Caron Anderson ’73 is coordinating Rails and Riverboats: Relive the Golden Age of Transportation 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. The trip will include a one-hour ride on the M&H Railroad, departing from Middletown and riding along the Swartara Creek aboard a 1920s vintage Delaware, Lackawanna & Western coach. The group will eat lunch at the Eat N Park Restaurant in Swartara before completing the day with a 45-minute tour of the scenic Susquehanna River Valley aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna authentic paddle wheeler. Cost is $59 per person for dues-paying members and $62 for non-dues-paying members, which includes bus transportation from Easton to each stop, train and paddle-wheel rides, and lunch. Questions? Contact Anderson, (610) 250-0433, caron@towerproducts.com, or Chas Snyder ’78, chasms@rcn.com.

Marquis Dinner Club returns 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Bergethon Room, Marquis Hall. The menu will feature regional cuisine from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York with music from West Side Story. Subsequent Marquis Dinner Clubs will be Wednesday, Oct. 13, Wednesday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Dec. 8. See the Alumni Calendar of Events for full menus. Cost is $14.95 per person and is payable at the door. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

Join Friends of Basketball for the annual La Barre Tailgate 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, prior to the football team’s home opener versus Georgetown University. Kick-off is at 6 p.m. Purchase game tickets online or through the Kirby Sports Center ticket office, (610) 330-5471. There is no fee to attend the tailgate, but monetary donations and desserts to share will be appreciated. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

Robert S. Mattison, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art, will present a lecture on his most recent book, Arshile Gorky: Works, Writings, Interviews, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Skillman Library. Mattison has written five books and 70 articles and exhibition catalogs on modern art. He is the recipient of the Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award, Sears-Roebuck Award for teaching and scholarship, Jones Award, and Jones Lecture Award. A reception and book-signing will follow the lecture in the Simon Room. The event is free. Register online or with Alumni Affairs. Questions? Contact event chairs Helenbeth Vilcek ’79, (610) 588-6888, garafalo@lvar.org, or Erol Ulucakli, associate professor of mechanical engineering, (610) 330-5444, ulucakli@lafayette.edu.

Get the inside scoop as Lafayette prepares to take to the hardwood with the annual basketball forum 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Pfenning Alumni Center, Wilson Room. Head men’s basketball coach Fran O’Hanlon and new women’s head coach Dianne Nolan will be on hand to preview the season, players, and staff. Cost is $20. Reservations are required and checks made payable to Lafayette College-LALV are due by Friday, Oct. 29. Mail checks to treasurer Chas Snyder ’78, Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley, 2354 Second St., Easton, PA 18042-6062. Please be sure include your name and college affiliation, mailing address, preferred email address, evening phone number, number of reservations, and guest names. Questions? Contact Snyder.

Join Lafayette and Lehigh alumni and friends at the traditional pre-game pub night 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Pearly Baker’s Alehouse, 11 Centre Square, Easton. Bring your cameras for a photo with the Lafayette Leopard! Rumor has it that the Mountain Hawk may attend, too. There will be a cash bar and complimentary snacks will be served. All guests are eligible to win prizes. Reservations are requested and can be made online or with Alumni Affairs. Questions? Contact event chair Brian Cort ’99, brian_cort@ml.com.

Meet head football coach Frank Tavani and the senior football players at the traditional dinner preceding the Lafayette-Lehigh football game 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Pomfret Club, 33 S. Fourth St., Easton. Cost is $33. Consider sponsoring a player for a suggested donation of $15. Reservations are required and checks made payable to Lafayette College-LALV are due by Friday, Nov. 5. Mail checks to treasurer Chas Snyder ’78, Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley, 2354 Second St., Easton, PA 18042-6062. Include your name and college affiliation, mailing address, preferred email address, evening phone number, number of reservations, and guest names. Questions? Contact event chairs June Vail ’79, jav115@rcn.com, (610) 258-0552, or Ted Veresink ’68, tjv145@yahoo.com.

June Vail and Cindi Sabo ’78, P’13 are organizing Christmas at the Playhouse 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, 88 Route 173, West Hampton, N.J.  The new holiday musical comedy revue includes classic and contemporary Yuletide carols, holly-jolly dance numbers, and more. Cost is $65 per person, which covers the cost of the play, meal, and gratuities. Mail checks payable to Lafayette College-LALV to treasurer Chas Snyder ’78, Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley, 2354 Second Street, Easton, PA 18042-6062. Questions? Contact Vail or Sabo, cyndis1@ptd.net.

Ralph Doederlein ’55 is coordinating the  annual football forum with Coach Tavani Aug. 10 at Pfenning Alumni Center. The registration deadline has passed.

The chapter welcomed the Class of 2014 to the Lafayette family July 27 at Pfenning Alumni Center.

Pennsylvania: Northeast
President: Dick Hughes III ’83, P’13, hugheslaw@epix.net
Liaison: Gary Carney
Dave Schwager ’84 is organizing a happy hour and social networking event 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Breakers at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. Be sure to bring business cards to exchange. There will be a cash bar with a nominal charge for hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $25 per person. Register online or with Alumni Affairs. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

Join the chapter for Wine 3/9: Wine Pairing Event 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes Barre. This event is part of a global alumni celebration of the date Lafayette received its charter from Pennsylvania’s governor in 1826. Details and cost will follow. Questions? Contact Alumni Affairs.

Dick ’83 and Ruth Hughes led the chapter in welcoming the Class of 2014 to the Lafayette family July 31 at their home in Mountain Top.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
President: Carrie Chaitt ’03, Carreb16@aol.com
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Kelly Cusick Sakmar ’06
is organizing a tasting of eight different wines 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Enjoy a relaxing summer evening with friends in a beautiful country setting and lively dancing under the stars featuring the sounds of the Louisiana Bayou with the band Alligator Zydeco. Guests will have exclusive access to the pavilion space and will take home a Chaddsford Winery wine glass. Cost is $25 per person; send reservations and checks to Claudia Muller ’86, 36 Cedarbrook, Ardmore, PA 19003. Questions? Contact Sakmar, kelly.sakmar@gmail.com.

Ellen Poriles Weiler ’83 and Kurt Weiler hosted a welcoming event for the Class of 2014 Aug. 5 at their home in Ambler.

Claudia Bierschewale Muller ’86 led chapter cheers as the Philadelphia Phillies took on the Atlanta Braves July 7 at Citizens Bank Park.

Pennsylvania: Greater Pittsburgh
President: John Krah ’75, jkrah@acms.org
Vice President: Erin North ’03, enorth@wilbursmith.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

South Carolina: Coastal
Liaison: Gary Carney

Texas: Dallas
Contact: Julia Fleener Hamrick ’81, Julie.hamrick@ignitesales.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

Texas: Houston
President: George Gick ’60, georgegick@yahoo.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

Vermont: North (joint chapter with Lehigh)
President: Matthew Bartle ’05, mattwbartle@gmail.com
Liaison: Gary Carney

Washington: Seattle
Liaison: Sarah Trimmer
Alumni affairs is interested in revitalizing the chapter. Those interested in helping with this effort should contact Trimmer.

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