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.
July 12, 2013 |
Daniel H. Weiss stepped into the presidency at Haverford College this month - a full 14 months after accepting the job. The Main Line liberal arts school agreed to wait longer than usual so Weiss could finish his eight-year tenure at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., on good terms; Lafayette will name a theater after Weiss and his wife. "It's nice to go out in a way in which people are pleased with the work accomplished," said Weiss, an art-history scholar. In the Philadelphia region, several presidential departures in recent months, including those at Arcadia University and Bryn Mawr and Cabrini Colleges, have been much more abrupt and in some cases less collegial.
January 18, 2013 |
A former Middlebury (Vt.) College provost and a Glenside native will become Lafayette College's first female president, officials announced Wednesday. Alison R. Byerly, a visiting scholar in literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this year, will take over July 1 at the 2,400-student liberal arts and engineering college in Easton, Pa. She replaces Daniel H. Weiss, who served for eight years and will become president of Haverford College in July. An expert on the use of technology in higher education, Byerly, 51, served for 13 years in leadership positions at Middlebury, most recently as provost and executive vice president, a post she held from 2007 to 2012.