Students and their families celebrate the start of Inauguration Week on College Hill
Family members reunited with students and got a taste of Lafayette College life during Family Weekend, which took place September 24-26. The schedule of events, organized by a student-led committee, was aimed at educating, engaging, and entertaining parents and families who visited campus. Here are a few highlights from the weekend’s festivities.
Please see more photos from Family Weekend on Flickr.
On Friday, families had the opportunity to see the College’s first on-campus solar panel array on roof of Kirby Sports Center. Families learned how the project will provide experiential learning opportunities for students and how faculty will integrate the project into courses.
Guides for this experience were Delicia Nahman, director of sustainability, Kira Lawrence, professor of geology and department Head, and Bruce Ferretti, executive director of facilities.
President Nicole Hurd and her husband Bill invited members of the Class of 2024 and their families to their home to enjoy Saturday morning coffee and donuts.
Brian Lejeune, curator of Lafayette’s Art Montgomery Mineral Museum, shared insights about the collection of minerals and rocks, housed in Van Wickle Hall.
Who was the Marquis de Lafayette ? What was his background? What motivated him to come to America and get involved with our war with Britain? Why was our College named after him? Families learned more about the Marquis de Lafayette from John Becica ’69, a member of the American Friends of Lafayette, the historical society dedicated to the Marquis, which was established at the College in 1932.
Remy Oktay ’23 created a solar panel powered tiny house on wheels from a used school bus. Families had the opportunity to take a tour of the converted bus and learn about the building blocks of the solar power system that runs all the household appliances.
Families and members of the Lafayette community met our new president, Nicole Farmer Hurd, who pledged to bring her head, heart, and hands “to a community that will pursue a braver, bolder future as a model of academic and inclusive excellence in higher education.”
Lafayette families got together for some delicious food, games, relaxation, and pre-game fun. Music on the Quad was provided by WJRH and the Lafayette Pep Band, and student EcoReps were stationed at waste stations during lunch to help sort waste into trash, recycling, and compost receptacles. Additionally, members of the Class of 1956 reunited and met President Hurd.
Lafayette football took down Ivy League foe Penn, 24-14, on Saturday evening at Fisher Stadium.
The Hill was alive with live music Sunday afternoon. More than 40 performers entertained the College Hill community and Lafayette College family visitors with live mini-concerts from 1-5 p.m.. Musicians performed everything from jazz to classical to rock while attendees roamed from porch to porch. A parade through town followed.
Photos by Caroline Burns ’22