The more I hear what our new president has to say, the more convinced I am that the search committee made an extremely wise choice in selecting Alison Byerly as the 17th President of Lafayette College (“President Alison Byerly Welcomes the Class of 2017,” website). Her orientation convocation speech was a wealth of inspiration, not only for those who were present but also for anyone who has taken the time to read it on the College website. Once again, I’m proud to include myself as part of an extraordinary group—the Lafayette community.

— TOM GRAY ’70
Rutherford, N.J.

My daughter, Julie Wersebe ’14, was featured in “Tapping the Well” (summer 2013 Lafayette Magazine, page 24) as one of the students who described the happiness they have found in being engaged in academic pursuits as well as extracurricular activities and developing strong friendships. The issue is proof of the value of the $220,000 education.

Milford, Del.

We have been fans of Dave Roper since the King George days (“Jazz Pianist Dave Roper ’60 Has Charmed Lehigh Valley for 54 Years,” website; Lafayette Magazine, page 98). We have great memories of concerts in Doylestown. When I listen to him perform, there is nowhere else I would rather be. I marvel at his dexterity, his effortless control and grasp of a song, his beautiful, captivating style. What a huge gift, to bring such joy to others. While I doubt that he would know our names, I feel that I have grown up with him in a most wonderful way.

Reading, Pa.

What a thrill to see such joy in the faces, and in the faces of so many people (“Campus Community Celebrates Unity at Equality Rally,” website and summer 2013 Lafayette Magazine, page 32-33). It’s breathtaking, really, after so many years of sensing, well, repression. Congratulations to all involved. Stay out! Do more. Say more. Sing more. Write more. Be more! Now, where do I get a T-shirt?

— RILEY TEMPLE ’71, Trustee Emeritus
Washington, D.C.

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In an upcoming issue we will feature alumni who serve (or have served) in the military. Please send names and contact information of alumni you know who have served.

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Letters may be edited for length and clarity

The article “Bergh ’79 Recharges Levi Strauss” (Summer 2013) incorrectly stated that the company’s profits had tumbled. The correct information is that “the company’s sales had dropped from a peak in 1996 of $7.1 billion to the $4 billion range through the 2000s.” In addition, the company was not in the red. Correct figures are: “Total sales last year were $4.6 billion, and in the first quarter sales were up four percent at $1.16 billion from the previous year.”