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He also uses it to reconnect with Lafayette

Rick Klau ’93 is a very active alumnus. He has helped resurrect the Boston Lafayette Alumni Chapter, attended alumni events in San Francisco and Chicago, and hosted a reception for prospective students at his home.

“I also stay in touch with classmates,” he notes.

Last year, he “reengaged” with Dan Betjemann ’93 and Jessie Gopinathan Betjemann ’93 after the couple moved to the town of Naperville, Ill., where he then lived.

Klau uses another great way to stay connected with the College and his classmates—the Lafayette Alumni Online Community. This summer, he announced his new position on Google’s Strategic Partner Development team with an online Class Note. Last year, he posted a note letting the Lafayette community know about the birth of his daughter. Like all news shared on the Alumni Online Community, those announcements were incorporated into the Alumni News Class Notes column for his class.

“Every once in a while I want to see what a classmate is up to, or see if anyone from Lafayette is working at a company that I’m dealing with at work,” says Klau, who majored in international affairs and French.. “Having a searchable directory of my classmates makes [the online community] a great tool for staying in touch with and reconnecting with friends. And browsing the Class Notes online has been fun, too.”

Registration for the Alumni Online Community is available on the alumni web site.

More than 4,700 alumni are using the community to strengthen their connections with one another and Lafayette. Features include:

  • Individual Class Notes, with the option of posting a photograph;
  • Permanent email forwarding through a College email address that directs messages to the account of your choice, enabling people to stay in touch even when their jobs and email providers change;
  • An alumni directory that makes it easier to connect with other Lafayette graduates;
  • Resume posting;
  • A calendar of alumni and campus events.

The community also is a way to provide the College with your updated contact information. It is a free, secure site available exclusively to Lafayette alumni.

To join, you need your L number, which is above your name on your Alumni News mailing label. You can also request your L number by emailing

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