June 22, 2015 |
Wilbur Wilson Oaks Jr., 86, of Gladwyne, a renowned physician at Hahnemann University Hospital, died Saturday, June 13, of an intracerebral hemorrhage at home. As a doctor, an alumnus of Lafayette College, and a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he approached every aspect of his life with enthusiasm, optimism, generosity, and humility. He made time for everyone. Growing up in Bala Cynwyd, Dr. Oaks, known as "Billy" or "Oaksie," loved playing sports. Turning a slight build to his advantage, he honed his speed, scrappiness, and good-natured competitive spirit into effectiveness on the basketball court and soccer field.
March 20, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - It is 30 miles, give or take a shortcut or two, from Nick Lindner's house in Doylestown to the Kirby Sports Center on Lafayette College's campus in Easton. It is 20 miles from his house to Germantown Academy's campus in Fort Washington. Lindner could tie a blindfold over his eyes, settle behind the wheel of his car, and drive those routes safely. He'd know just when he was winding up Route 611 North, hugging the Delaware River's banks, on his way to Easton, and he'd know just when he had to turn left on Tennis Avenue in Ambler so he didn't blow past his high school to the west.
January 8, 2015 |
IN THE DESERT of defense that has been the first 2 months of this season, there is an oasis of offense up in Easton, overseen by a man who recruits shooters and teaches an offense that has stood the test of time, even this time, when defense, after a one-season homage to scoring, is once again ruling college basketball. Lafayette College's Fran O'Hanlon coaches the nation's second best three-point shooting team. The Leopards' 42.9 percent from the arc is a full 9 percentage points better than the national average.
September 22, 2014 |
When Kimberly Wright Cassidy became interim president of Bryn Mawr College last year, she started a new tradition at the 129-year-old institution: the Pop Up. Once each month, students are surprised with a campuswide event to, as she puts it, "build a sense of community and joyfulness. " They have played skee ball, danced on the college green, received chair massages and hand-cream rubs, and reveled at "Cassidy's Carnival," whose sign now hangs over the mantel in her office. For last Monday's Pop Up, students encountered a silk-screen shop outside the library, where they could grab T-shirts announcing the presidential inauguration of the woman who gave them the Pop Up. "We were all hoping while she was interim that we would get to keep her forever," said Anna Kalinsky, 21, a senior chemistry major from Chatham, N.J. She picked up a powder-blue T-shirt proclaiming: "Inaugurate #KCass.
April 25, 2014 |
George Rubin, vice chairman and former president of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), is stepping down from the firm at the end of May. According to a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rubin will receive "approximately $2.6 million with his departure. " Rubin, 70, is the brother of PREIT's executive chairman, Ronald Rubin. He has been an officer of the commercial real estate company since 1997, when it merged with the Rubin Organization, a family-owned firm founded by Richard I. Rubin, father to George and Ronald.
April 22, 2014 |
Alison R. Byerly saw on Twitter that a group of Lafayette College alums planned to gather at a Boston sports bar to watch the basketball team take on Bucknell. She had already been named president of the selective liberal arts college in Easton but was a few months away from taking the helm. Byerly, an English scholar, decided to show up unannounced. "I said, 'Hi, I'm Alison Byerly, the new president,' and I sat down and had a couple beers with them," she said. Then she tweeted about the meeting.
December 11, 2013 |
As higher education comes under increased pressure to prove its worth, two local college presidents argue in a new book that the liberal arts play a vital role in educating the world's leaders and problem-solvers. While many colleges are aimed at preparing students for a profession or career, liberal arts colleges develop critical thinkers who are able to cross disciplines, said Daniel H. Weiss, president of Haverford College, one of the nation's most highly selective and expensive small liberal arts colleges.
October 14, 2013 |
Alec Golini has enjoyed great success in soccer, first as The Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year in his senior season at Rancocas Valley, and now at Lafayette College. Golini has saved his best work for off the field, helping others nowhere nearly as fortunate. A senior and one of the team captains at Lafayette, Golini is the founder and executive director of Athletes C.A.R.E., a nonprofit organization that stands for Creating Abundant Relief Effort. That's right: He founded an organization - no small feat considering all the paperwork, time, and perseverance needed.
September 18, 2013 |
EASTON, Pa. Lafayette College received one of the largest gifts in its history Monday - $27.9 million to support science, technology, and innovation, including a new interdisciplinary science building. The gift from Kent Rockwell, a member of the board of trustees and a 1966 Lafayette graduate, comes less than three months after the college's first female president, Alison R. Byerly, took the helm. The gift was in the works before Byerly's arrival, a university spokeswoman said. Lafayette, a 2,400-student college, is known for its blend of liberal arts and engineering programs.
August 13, 2013 |
Lafayette College was looking for a president. Shelly Weiss Storbeck, on the college's behalf, called Alison R. Byerly, a former provost at Middlebury College and visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "She knew I would be attracted to a school thinking ambitiously about its future," Byerly recalled. Storbeck followed up with a pdf and hard copy of a glossy publication about the liberal arts college in Easton, Pa., so full of information it resembled an annual report and designed specifically for presidential candidates.