The students officially will be welcomed to the College community Friday morning during Convocation ceremonies opening the 179th academic year. President Daniel H. Weiss, Student Government president Stephen P. Gadomski ‘11, and other speakers will welcome the class to campus.
The four-day program is designed to focus on students’ intellectual and personal development and to help ease the transition to college life. The theme of orientation, and other curricular and co-curricular activities throughout the year, is “1914 to 2014: Waging War, Staging Peace.” Beginning with World War I, students will be introduced to the vibrancy of intellectual life at Lafayette by exploring the extremes of humanity ranging from destruction to innovation throughout the last 100 years. The primary summer reading assignment was the WWI novel Regeneration by Pat Barker.
A group of first-year students has already been working on campus and in the Easton community as part of the College’s Pre-Orientation Service Program. Projects include renovation work in the West Ward Neighborhood, a summer day camp at Firth Youth Center, and crafts and games at the Easton Area Senior Center.
Classes begin Monday, Aug. 30, for both new and returning students.