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Alum Spotlight

Lia Embil 17 turned hidden treasures into art in a recent exhibition. (Photo courtesy of Lia Embil 17)

Alum Spotlight: Lia Embil ‘17 turns Lafayette creations into career

By Isabella Gaglione, Culture Editor September 1, 2023

During her time at Lafayette, artist Lia Embil ‘17 found a way to blend her two passions for art and the natural world. She has since made a living out of it.  According to Embil, Lafayette was “kind...

Beginning in the 1970s, WJRH was funded by Hugh Hefners Playboy foundation.

The 1970s transformation of WJRH

By Kendal Davis, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

Lafayette College's radio program first came on the scene in 1922. In the past century, it has gone through a variety of changes. Larry Fast '73 and Frank Urbaniak '75 helped usher in a new era for the...

RolleyPulley is a “2-person, three-dimensional Tug of War,” according to its website. 

Battle of balance: RolleyPulley game installed in Farinon

By Elisabeth Seidel, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

In Farinon College Center, velcroed to a column on the first floor is an experience that promises you laughter, a foot massage and a good workout all at the same time. Upon first glance, the game seems...

Shayne Figueroa 99 first became interested in food studies after taking an American Studies class at Lafayette. (Photo courtesy of Shayne Figueroa 99)

Alumni Spotlight: NYU professor Shayne Figueroa ’99 shares passion for food history

By Jessica Maurigi, Contributing Writer February 24, 2023

Through her years at Lafayette, her life in New York City and a fateful visit to a small-town Italian restaurant, Shayne Figueroa '99 found meaningful insights into the realities of the post-war era and...

Amy Emerick Clerkin 03 landed a Capitol Hill gig just months after graduation. (Photo courtesy of LegiStorm)

Alumni Spotlight: Amy Emerick Clerkin ’03 on climbing Washington’s ranks

By Jacob Potter, Staff Writer February 10, 2023

Amy Emerick Clerkin '03 has steadily worked her way up through the ranks of the office of Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.). She credits her experience with a Lafayette externship with sealing her dream to...

Holly Ojalvo 92, the current managing editor at Fortune, has worked as an English teacher and at The New York Times.  (Photo courtesy of Holly Ojalvo 92)

Alumni Spotlight: Fortune managing editor Holly Ojalvo ’92 on the world of journalism

By Paige Mathieu, Contributing Writer January 27, 2023

Holly Ojalvo '92 has defined her academic and professional career by taking risks. Ojalvo has always had a passion for journalism and uncovering the truth; during her time at Lafayette, she co-founded...

Documentarian and journalist Sean Ryon ‘12 studied English and film and media studies at Lafayette. (Photo courtesy of Sean Ryon 12)

Alum Spotlight: ‘Dateline’ field producer Sean Ryon ’12 on documentary production

By Isabella Gaglione, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor December 9, 2022

If Sean Ryon ‘12 were to come face to face with himself from 10 years ago, his younger self would probably be extremely confused. “I think they would look at the overall career path and be like, ‘Oh,...

Author Ross Gay 96 was inspired to become a writer by professors at Lafayette. (Photo courtesy of SF Station)

Best-selling author Ross Gay ’96 redefines joy in new collection of essays

By Kristen Vincent, Staff Writer November 11, 2022

In his new book “Inciting Joy,” author Ross Gay '96 wanted to correct what he felt to be an immature understanding of happiness. “I wanted to offer a definition of joy which did not imagine [joy]...

Director of Intercultural Development Robert Young 14 was a Posse scholar, an orientation leader and a manager for the men’s basketball team during his time on College Hill. (Photo courtesy of Robert Young 14)

‘This is my home’: Alumni turned faculty, staff share their Lafayette journeys

By Isabella Gaglione, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor November 4, 2022

While many students have called Lafayette their home, some alumni decided to put down roots by becoming members of the college’s faculty or staff. Professor of civil and environmental engineering...

The $5,000 reward for information leading to the location of Joseph Crater would be nearly $90,000 in todays money. (Photo courtesy of The New York Daily News).

The Lafayette alum who became the ‘missingest man in America’

By Madeline Marriott, Arts & Culture Editor October 28, 2022

Corruption, political intrigue, showgirls, mobsters and New York City brothels were just a few puzzle pieces of the perplexing 1930 disappearance of Judge Joseph Crater, New York State Supreme Court Justice...

Tinabeth Piña 93 (left) and Gina Arias 93 (right) spoke about their time at Lafayette during a Latinx Heritage Month event this past Tuesday. (Photo by Rob Young)

Latinx Heritage Month keynote event spotlights accomplished Latina alumnae

By Shirley Liu, Managing Editor October 7, 2022

When Gina Arias '93 and Tinabeth Piña '93 were students at Lafayette, Latinx Heritage Month wasn't even celebrated on campus. Thirty years later, they returned to campus as keynote speakers for the month. This...

Music professor Skip Wilkins recently premiered the music of Vanessa Haraya Dela Paz Maca 22 at jazz clubs in Berlin and Prague. (Photo  by Johnathan Brody)

Jazzing it up: Music professor Skip Wilkins premieres alumna’s piece overseas

By Kristen Vincent, Staff Writer October 7, 2022

In her senior year at Lafayette, Vanessa Haraya Dela Paz Maca ’22 began taking composition lessons with associate professor of music Skip Wilkins. Less than two years later, her music is being played...

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