Coming Home to Lafayette

alex-karapetianI’m writing this letter just having returned from one of the most energized Homecoming weekends in my memory. The overwhelming number of gatherings and special events that were held throughout campus was greater than ever before. Groups such as the McDonogh Network, Lafayette Pride Network, Maroon Club, Greek Organizations and Council of Lafayette Women all offered specialty tailgates while alumni in both the legal and health professions networked with students interested in these career areas.

Students and young alumni competed in giant lawn games on Anderson Courtyard, and Markle Deck was a required stop as I moved through campus. If you were not able to attend Homecoming this year, I strongly encourage you to find another opportunity to return this fall and see our beautiful campus.

Another highlight from this fall was the first ever Volunteer Summit, held prior to the annual Volunteer Awards ceremony and reception attended by more than 50 alumni volunteers. The Summit brought together our alumni volunteers who donate their time in a variety of ways, including Career Services, Admissions, Chapters, Classes, and Annual Fund. These volunteers attended training sessions and also had the opportunity to reflect on why they stay so deeply engaged with the College. Attendees crafted their own, “I Believe … I Support” statements. Personally, I Believe that Lafayette alumni are the key to providing students with the career experiences and guidance they need to be successful. I support students by hosting externs and interns and providing them real-world experiences.

Lafayette needs more ambassadors—alumni who are willing to support the College both financially and through their actions. The success of our students and ultimately, the future of our beloved alma mater rely on you. Please take a few moments to reflect on why YOU believe in Lafayette College and how YOU support (or plan to support) our initiatives. Share your statements on social media using #livelovelaf.

We are family. We are Lafayette.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Alex Karapetian
President, Lafayette College Alumni Association