Friday, April 29, 2011

The First Women of Lafayette Reunion

The women of the classes of ’72, ’73, and ’74 will return to classes to reflect on their days at Lafayette, share their experiences with students, and experience how the College has evolved.    Complete with attending classes, participating in panels and discussions, and celebrating at an intimate dinner with President Dan Weiss, the College will recognize their pioneering spirit and the beginning of a transformative era for Lafayette.  Click on the above “First Women of Lafayette Reunion” tab for more information.

Monday, March 28, 2011

“What’s Next for Women, for Business, for Life? Career and Life Advice.” Dinner Discussion with Whitney Wilkerson, Founder & CEO, NEXT for Women.

This interactive dinner discussion for both men and women will use Wilkerson’s personal experiences as a liberal arts college graduate, entrepreneur, marketing professional, and pioneer in the field of women’s leadership development as a jumping-off point for considering common issues Lafayette students may face in their careers and lives beyond college.

McKelvy House, 200 High St., 6-8PM

March 5, 2011

“Hear Me Roar: First Among Men!” Reception

A special pre-performance reception with comments and discussion from Michael O’Neill, Lafayette College Theater Director, and play director Kelly Hess ’08.  This event is open to all alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students.

Wilson Room, Pfenning Alumni Center 6 p.m.

March 3-5, 2011

Hear Me Roar:First Among Men!

Students and faculty will reenact the play We Were Pioneers. The original play uses excerpts from interviews with Lafayette students who witnessed the remarkable period of social change that saw an increased presence of African-Americans and women on campus.  The new script will juxtapose these interviews with those of current students and faculty.  During the ninety minute performance the audience will hear both funny and poignant stories documenting residence hall life, dating, the racial climate, and the classroom.

Main Stage Theater, Williams Center for the Arts

January 30, 2011

McKelvy House Sunday Discussion: “Coeducation at Lafayette: Looking Back, Going Forward”

In this Sunday dinner discussion at McKelvy House, students and faculty are going to explore the dialogue in 1970 around coeducation, the experiences of students when Lafayette went coed, and the experiences of students on campus today. Is Lafayette still a “fishbowl” for some students? Finally, we’re going to ask how understanding the debate around coeducation in 1970 might help us to understand external and internal pressures on the college and efforts to change Lafayette today.

McKelvy House, 200 High St., 6-8PM

January 30, 2011 – May 1, 2011

Sunday Dinner Discussions at McKelvy House: “Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Equality and Difference in Perspective.”

For Spring 2011, the McKelvy Discussions theme coordinates with the 40th anniversary celebration of coeducation at Lafayette. Sunday dinner discussions are the centerpiece of life at McKelvy. They usually take place from 6 to 8 p.m. each Sunday throughout the academic year. Students take turns selecting provocative topics and readings on the semester’s theme and facilitating engaging dialogues in the spirit of deep inquiry and vigorous debate with friends. Guests are welcome. For more information, please consult the McKelvy discussion website.Hi

Saturday, October 16, 2010 (Homecoming)

Lafayette Community Celebratory Kick-Off

In conjunction with Homecoming activities, the entire Lafayette Community will celebrate 40 years of coeducation – 70s style! (Please register for these events on the Homecoming website.)

9:30 a.m. – A Morning Toast to Coeducation

Join alumni, faculty, and staff (including those who worked at Lafayette in the early 70’s) for an early morning cocktail toasting coeducation.  At this event we will also unveil the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt!  Women of the classes of ’72, ’73 and ’74 submitted patches capturing their memories and experiences of their days at Lafayette.  Quilted by Liza Roos Prior Lucy ’74, this quilt will become a part of the Lafayette College Archives once our year of commemoration is complete.

Wilson Room, Pfenning Alumni Center

11:00 a.m. – Homecoming Tented Tailgate on the Quad*

$15 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, complimentary for children 4 and younger

* As part of the tailgate the Maroon Club will host a special tent for all alumnae student-athletes.  An opportunity to reminisce with teammates and friends,  the tent will also feature pictures of women’s athletics programs over the years.

Football Game Halftime – Lafayette’s alumnae athletes honored on the field

5 p.m. – Cocktails

Sponsored by the Alumni Association, we will once again participate in the famed tradition of after game cocktails. $5 per person.

Faculty Dining Room, Marquis Hall

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Disco Fever

Pull out the platforms and the bell bottoms and step back into the 70s for dinner and dancing.  Open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.  Live music from UUU!  Food, fun, and lots of dancing! $10 for adults, $5 for children under 18.

Bergethon Room, Marquis Hall

October 15, 2010

“Coeducation: The Elusive Goal of Educational Equality.” – Dr. Leslie Miller-Bernal, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Wells College

Gluck Memorial Lecture

Cosponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Dr. Leslie Miller-Bernal is a leading national scholar on women’s experiences in higher education, with special attention paid to single-gender versus coeducational learning.  Among others, she published Going Coed: Women’s Experiences in Formerly Men’s Colleges and Universities, 1950 – 2000 and Separate by Degree: Women’s Experiences in Single Sex and Coeducational Colleges.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

“Quilts in Glorious Color” lecture by Liza Roos Prior Lucy ’74

Sponsored by Friends of Skillman Library

4:10 p.m.

Genedebien Room, Skillman Library

Friday, October 1, 2010  (Family Weekend)

Lafayette: Coed in 1970

In the fall of 1970, 146 pioneering women arrived on the Lafayette College campus and reinvented a traditionally all-male academic institution.  Associate College Archivist Elaine Stomber and Excel Scholar Sarah Shuster ’12 will explore this pivotal moment in the history of the College.


Gendebien Room, Skillman Library

August 30, 2010 – January 7, 2011

“Quilts in Glorious Color” exhibit by Liza Roos Prior Lucy ’74

Skillman Library

A selection of quilts will be on display in the Lass Gallery in Skillman Library from August 30 – December 31, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

Liza Lucy is a quilt, needlepoint, knitting designer, and expert quiltmaker who has collaborated with celebrated textile designer, Kaffe Fassett, on four major quilt design books. She is the owner of Glorious Color, Inc., in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a source for fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett and others.

The exhibit is in honor of the anniversary of the arrival of Lafayette’s first women students in the fall of 1970.

Liza is a member of this distinguished first class of women, the Class of 1974.