Collaborative, High-Impact Learning

Ashutosh Tamrakar ’12, from left, Elizabeth Engoren ’12, Nan Li ’12 and Austin Weidner ’12 at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference.

June 9, 2011

Interdisciplinary Team Works to Bring Mobile Banking System to Jamaica

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Not far from the well-developed and modern city of Kingston, Jamaica’s rural areas lack basic infrastructure such as paved roads and even running water. Because of the widespread poverty, banks do not have any incentive to set up branches there. Without banks nearby, villagers must make a day-long trek to a city where they can [...]

Students and villagers work on a 5,900-gallon water storage tank.

June 3, 2011

Engineering Work in Rural Honduras Gives Students Fresh Perspectives on Life on College Hill and Beyond

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When he was a first-year student, Juan Hernandez ’13 (Vineland, N.J.) remembers receiving tons of emails soliciting new members for student clubs and organizations. The one from the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) really caught his eye, and after learning more about its work in Honduras, he signed up. “I was not an [...]

Rachel Davidson ’13, Diane Ahl, and Rado Pribic have organized the International Conference on Nazi-Looted Art.

June 3, 2011

Rachel Davidson ’13 Helps Organize International Conference on Nazi-Looted Art

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Ever since elementary school, Rachel Davidson ’13 (Bethesda, Md.) has been interested in the Holocaust. Her maternal grandfather, Erwin Schwager, escaped his hometown of Munich, Germany, the day before Kristallnacht, the infamous Nazi-instigated “Night of Broken Glass” in 1938 when Jewish businesses, synagogues, and homes were destroyed. Schwager’s brother escaped to Israel, but their parents [...]

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May 16, 2011

Art Students Say Goodbye to Oprah Winfrey with Limited-Edition Print

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When Oprah Winfrey hosted her final show May 25, Lafayette art students played a small role in saying goodbye to the media giant. The students and Curlee Holton, Roth Professor of Art and director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute, have produced 25 limited-edition prints of Oprah We Love You by celebrated painter, author, and illustrator [...]

Thafhim "Muna" Siddiqua '13, left, and Taneesha Tate-Robinson '13 presented their project at Lafayette's Community Based Learning and Research expo.

May 13, 2011

Students Lay Groundwork for Arsenic-Removal Project in Bangladesh Next Year

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When Thafhim “Muna” Siddiqua ’13 (Silver Spring, Md.) and Taneesha Tate-Robinson ’13 (Bowie, Md.) learned about the devastating effects of arsenic poisoning due to contaminated drinking water in Bangladesh, they decided to put together a service project to help. In preparation for their Save Me from Arsenic project, the students teamed up with John Greenleaf, [...]

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April 29, 2011

Student-Faculty Team Works to Boost Economy of Honduran Village through Cocoa Plantation

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Perhaps you’ve read the book or seen the movie Like Water for Chocolate. In one small village in Honduras, it’s just the opposite: Villagers are learning to grow a variety of crops, including cocoa, with the goal of earning an income that will help them maintain their new water system. Images by Jack Fedak ’13 Since [...]

Melissa Foley ’12, David Wenger ’12, and Bridget Greeley ’12

April 29, 2011

Team Receives Projects for Peace Grant to Work with High School Students

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Three Lafayette students are taking on a new challenge: fostering peace and prosperity in the violence-ridden city of Plainfield, N.J. Chemistry major Melissa Foley ’12 (Lebanon, N.J.), mathematics major Bridget Greeley ’12 (Mountainside, N.J.), and mechanical engineering major David Wenger ’12 (Montville, N.J.) have received a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to support their [...]

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April 26, 2011

First-Year Students Place Second at ASME Competition with High-Altitude Satellite Balloon Design

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Although they are first-year students, Jeff Ballard ’14 (Hershey, Pa.) and Andrew Kristof ’14 (Darien, Conn.) couldn’t wait until their first hands-on engineering course. That’s why they started a project on their own and pitched it to the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Their project earned second place this month [...]

Students load one of the College's Earth Tub composting units

April 21, 2011

Lafayette Team Presents Food Loop Project at National Sustainable Design Expo

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A team of students and professors presented the College’s food loop project at the seventh annual National Sustainable Design Expo held in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Earth Day celebration last weekend in Washington, D.C. Better known as the EPA: People, Prosperity, and the Planet award competition, Lafayette’s team was invited after going [...]

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April 15, 2011

Absurd Theater: Interdisciplinary, Team-Taught Course Shows Students the Social and Political Power of Art

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The interdisciplinary class that students are taking this semester with Ed Kerns, Clapp Professor of Art, and Suzanne Westfall, professor of English, is completely absurd. At least, the subject matter is absurd. Kerns and Westfall are team teaching a course called Dada: Visual and Performing Art. Dada was the absurdist, anti-war, anti-art movement in the [...]