An ‘everlasting force,’ Williams Center celebrates 40 years of excellence
Yearlong series of articles in celebration of Williams Center's 40th anniversary opens with recollections with Ellis Finger, first director of the center
Families joined their students for a weekend of festivities and fun as they met fellow Pards and celebrated ‘Fall for Lafayette’
By Jill Spotz
Rainy skies did not preclude more than 1,990 students and their family members from reuniting on the Hill for this year’s Family Weekend, Sept. 22-24. Historically organized by a student-led committee; this year’s co-chairs, Linn Carbaugh ’25 and Michala Dennis ’24, curated a fun weekend comprising new events like Painting with a Twist and Pard Talks, and long-honored traditions such as a pre-game tailgate, campus tours, showcase of student performances, 19th annual Pre-Game Block pARTy showcasing the arts, and more. Families also had the opportunity to visit multiple educational and athletic events, and explore the local community.
Popular (and sold-out) events included a tour of Kirby family buildings on campus: Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, Kirby House, and a private Kirby office in Van Wickle Hall. The Kirby legacy at Lafayette was initiated by a parent benefactor, Fred Morgan Kirby Sr., whose financial success is linked to the F.W. Woolworth chain of stores. Additional tours featured campus architecture and Chateau Chavaniac, Lafayette’s historical guesthouse, built in 1932 and modeled after the Marquis de Lafayette’s birthplace in Chavaniac, France.
Families had the opportunity to visit LaFarm, where they enjoyed hot chocolate, apple cider, s’mores, and a chance to learn about the College’s sustainability efforts. In lieu of a rained out visit to nearby Ringing Rocks, Larry Malinconico, associate professor of geology, and David Sunderlin, associate professor and department head, geology and environmental geosciences, led a tour in Van Wickle Hall and lecture where families learned about the College’s mineral and rock collection. Families also enjoyed performances by many talented and creative student groups on campus, including Cadence, The Mar-keys, Lafayette Dance Team, and Prestigious Pardettes.
Alys and Jon Weisenberger P’27 traveled from Richmond, Va., to visit their daughter, Audrey Weisenberger ’27, for the weekend.
“We are really letting her guide the ship so she can show us where she has been spending her time,” explained Jon. “She gave us a nice tour of campus. We think she found a great place for herself here at Lafayette. We are really pleased with how well the College has gotten the students involved so they can find their community.”
Below are a few highlights from the weekend.
On Friday, members of the Marquis Parents Council gathered for a reception in Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center. Council members had an opportunity to learn about the College’s newest initiatives as well as Marquis Parent Council plans that support the student experience from co-chairs Greg and Gina Jansen P’25. The council supports all areas of the College from the Annual Fund and Maroon Club, to academic programs, Gateway Career Center, and more.
More than 25 legacy families participated in an official pinning ceremony for newest members of the Lafayette family. For some families, their Lafayette legacy spans multiple generations. Lafayette President Nicole Farmer Hurd and Alumni Association President Michael “Weissy” A. Weisburger ’82 welcomed families at the event. Below are photos of some special moments captured during the ceremony.
Tailgates took place in Kamine Gym and at Markle parking deck on Saturday before the Lafayette football game against Monmouth University.
Volleyball – Bucknell 3, Lafayette 1
Volleyball – Lafayette 3, Lehigh 1
Field hockey – American 3, Lafayette 1
Women’s soccer – Loyola, MD 2, Lafayette 1
Football – Lafayette 28, Monmouth 20
Men’s soccer – Lafayette 1, Lehigh 0
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