Lafayette has won another victory for Rivalry 150, and this one comes from off the field.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has given the College a gold award in its 2015 Circle of Excellence program for the planning and execution of the Celebrate Lafayette in New York City weekend.
The competition received 3,227 entries for consideration in nearly 100 categories from 720 educational institutions and nonprofits worldwide. Lafayette was the only gold winner in its category.
Following more than a year of preparation, the College launched the public phase of its $400 million “Live Connected, Lead Change” campaign during a gala Friday, Nov. 21, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The weekend included dinners, socials, tailgates, faculty-led tours and lectures, a pep rally at the Marriott Marquis hotel, the ringing of the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and of course, the 150th meeting between Lafayette and Lehigh in college football’s most-played rivalry. Before a sellout crowd of more than 49,000 people in Yankee Stadium, the Leopards dominated Lehigh, 27-7, and also won the annual Lafayette-Lehigh Giving Challenge.
Rivalry 150 garnered national media attention including coverage on the Today show, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, Yahoo! Sports, and ESPN’s Monday Night Football.