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The Student Alumni Association (SAA) has a host of accomplishments to reflect upon at the end of its first full school year as a “new” organization.

“Our group’s goal is to strengthen the bond between current students and alumni, encourage continuous and timely communication between students and alumni, and prepare students for continued involvement as alumni,” says the group’s president, Alison Ahart ’03 (Phillipsburg, N.J.), who helped bring back a student-led alumni organization to Lafayette.

Other officers include vice president Cliff Michaels ’02 (Easton, Pa.), treasurer Dani Cortese ’02 (Pottsville, Pa.), secretary Trisha Tozzi ’03 (Old Greenwich, Conn.), recruiting chair Lauren Hubbard ’03 (Rochester, N.Y.), and Lisa Cardito ’02 (Canton, Mass.), Rebecca Ryback ’01 (Glen Gardner, N.J.), Heather Werner ’02 (Bath, Pa.), Travis Williamson ’01 (Riverside, Conn.), and Robin Yudkovitz ‘03 (Westfield, N.J.).

SAA greeted incoming first-year students with a packet that included phone numbers and other useful items for newcomers at Lafayette. It hosted a pre-reception at the Marquis Society Reception for Young Alumni. In partnership with the Lafayette Activities Forum and Greek organizations on campus – Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Delta Rho, and Theta Delta Chi — SAA hosted a concert by 7 Minds, a band with two alumni musicians. At the Lafayette-Lehigh football game, SAA sponsored a table with Leopard press-on tattoos at the pre-game reception and sold t-shirts promoting Lafayette pride.

“One thing the group did that was great was attend the March Alumni Council meeting,” adds advisor Jackie Jones, assistant director of the College Fund. “This year’s theme was training and recruitment of volunteers. The students were there, made a presentation, and participated in discussions. I think the alumni enjoyed meeting the students and being with them. Many said they wanted to help out.”

Projects next year will include creating a booklet for graduating seniors as a momento of their time at Lafayette, including a copy of their ID pictures from their first year. SAA also plans on printing a booklet outlining Lafayette’s traditions.

For more information, contact Jones at 610-330-5810 or

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