In a world increasingly shaped by connections between people, across disciplines, and among nations, those capable of fostering and leveraging such connectivity will be positioned to succeed – and to lead. At Lafayette, we live connected. And because we live connected, we are prepared to lead change.
THE POWER OF OUR CONNECTIONS
A Lafayette Experience for the 21st CenturyTo President Alison Byerly, the Live Connected Lead Change campaign represents the opportunity to strengthen Lafayette’s historic blend of engineering and liberal arts, to become a leader in the innovation of teaching and learning, and to connect communities campus wide. To Campaign Chair Steve Pryor, it means enhancing Lafayette’s ability to produce the leaders of tomorrow.
Learning by TeachingTen students spent time learning from alumni who have led Alternative School Break projects for inner-city youth in New York City, then developed lesson plans from courses they’re majoring in, or are just plain passionate about, everything from world geography and drama to cultural art and biology. They spent a week teaching students at Brilla College Prep, a free K-2 public charter school, to serve and help understand how inequities and urban poverty impact education. Connecting the Campus Community
Economic EmpowermentMultidisciplinary student-faculty teams in the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP) have helped communities in Honduras, Jamaica, New Orleans, Whitesburg, Ky., and Easton, Pa. With support from national partners, EEGLP will work with three more communities in the next two years to help demonstrate how economically poor communities and local colleges can use the performing arts and other local assets to improve the economy. Connecting Liberal Arts and Engineering
Stories of LeadershipMore than 200 emerging student leaders heard stories of “success and successful failure” from noteworthy alumni during the 20th annual Lafayette Leadership Institute. The event featured 15 former student leader interns of the institute, ranging from Teach for America teacher Brad Bormann ’14 to NBC News associate producer Amanda Pisetzner ’10 to practicing OB/GYN Colleen W. Cardella ’06. Connecting the Campus Community
No Debate about National ExcellenceLafayette’s Forensics Society placed second in the Lincoln Douglas debate portion of the National Forensics Association’s National Tournament at Ohio University. Joe Rothschild ’16 finished second in the nation and Ryan Monahan ’15 made it to the final four. Forensics Society members Sharon Chen ’15 and Aaron Walker ’18 took home championships in rhetorical criticism and impromptu speaking, respectively, during the Pennsylvania Forensic Association’s annual tournament. Annual Fund
Exploring Immigration and CybersecurityStudents traveled to Guatemala to produce a half-hour documentary on immigration that aired on the local PBS affiliate. The students spoke with residents who had attempted to reach the U.S. and did research in Jupiter, Fla., as well. The policy studies class also produced a documentary segment on personally identifiable information and the recent surge in cyberattacks and security breaches. Fostering Innovation in Teaching and Learning
The Future Meets the PastMore than 1,000 people visited the Williams Arts Campus for Frankenstein 2029, a multi-venue, multi-era, multimedia performance piece. More than 80 students, faculty, staff, and alumni fused their expertise in neuroscience, art, chemistry, computer science, engineering, English, and theater to bring the show to life. Based on Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, the production challenged the boundaries of live performance and what it means to be human in an ever-accelerating technological world. Connecting Liberal Arts and Engineering
Prepared to Lead
The Campaign for Lafayette College will bolster our distinctive strengths, propel us towards a bold new vision of the liberal arts, and secure our place among America’s truly great undergraduate institutions.
FROM THE GREAT ONES.
We aspire to raise $400 million, which will allow us to enrich Lafayette’s already distinctive education and build an endowment that will sustain our excellence well into the future.