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About 90 student leaders will learn about “Leadership Here & Beyond the Hill” from alumni, faculty, administrators, and fellow students tomorrow at the annual Lafayette Leadership Institute in Marquis Hall.

Students from the Class of 2002 and 2003 with leadership positions in curricular and co-curricular activities will attend. Topics will include “Taking a Risk — Discover Yourself,” “Backpack to Briefcase: Preparing for Life Off the Hill,” and “Networking: Creating Opportunities for Success.”

Pamela E. Brewer, associate dean of students and director of student life programs, helped organize the conference along with student leadership intern Vilas Menon ’02. She says the conference will be exciting because it will provide good representation of leadership.

“The speakers will present valuable ideas and discuss topics in positive ways,” says Brewer. “The conference will encompass a neat blend of every constituent that Lafayette has.”

The keynote speaker of the conference will be Susan B. Tischler ’76, special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration in New Orleans, La. She will discuss how the leadership positions she held at Lafayette have benefited her career path.

“Students entering the work force should gradate filled with excitement for the future and confident that Lafayette has served them well,” says Brewer. “I am certain that Susan’s words will assure students that Lafayette has prepared them for their life’s journey.”

Alumni invited to inspire leadership include Gary Evans ’57, Lafayette vice president for development and college relations; Kara Peischl Zidek ’92, attorney with Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell, and Hippel, Philadelphia, Pa.; David S. Seal ’65, career services consultant with Interview Prep Associates, Inc., and adjunct professor of marketing for New York University; Jakea Coon ’95, research assistant at New York University; Peter Holran ’88, deputy general manager and assistant to the chairman for Wexler Group; Marilyn Balamaci ’74, senior editor of Family Circle Magazine; Jon Marcus ’70, executive director of The Recording Academy; James E. Spruill ’93, project coordinator of Aegis Industrial Software; and Rachel Nelson Moeller ’88, academic advising specialist for Northampton Community College.

Other Lafayette speakers will include Cindy Adams, health promotions coordinator; Elizabeth McMahon, professor of mathematics and coordinator of Women’s Studies; Alana Albus, assistant director for Career Services; Susan Averett, associate professor of economics and business; Shelia Handy, assistant professor of economics and business; Barbara Reuper-Baum, career counselor; Carrie Spell, assistant dean and director of intercultural development; Carmen Hernandez, intern with the Office of Intercultural Development; and Julie Damiano ’02, a double major in art and history.

Also speaking will be Carrie Mullen, college and university recruiter for MBNA America; Ralph Ferrone, president of Interview Prep Associates, Inc.; and Michael Menard, president of GenSight Group.

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