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Letter to alumni: 2014 brings change, promise

Season’s greetings everyone! The holidays are a wonderful time for celebrating with your family and friends. And when I think of family, I also think of the Lehigh family. With this thought, I’m here to remind you to make your gift to Lehigh before the end of the year—and not just for the tax benefit! Your end-of-year gift will make a significant impact in supporting Lehigh students at your esteemed alma mater. Lehigh made a difference in your life and you can make a gift to the programs you are passionate about to change the life of a student. And if you need extra incentive, remember it is time to celebrate Asa Packer’s birthday on December 29. Help us honor Asa Packer’s legacy and make your gift today. Our students thank you!

I am thrilled to begin a whole new year, and as 2014 approaches, Alumni Relations is looking forward to some exciting new changes. We just received word that Georgette Chapman Phillips of The Wharton School has been named dean of the College of Business and Economics. On another front, the university has launched its redesigned home page, and the New Year will also bring a new look for both the alumni website, as well as the Alumni Bulletin. We are eager for the big unveiling, and look forward to hearing your feedback.

For most of us, the New Year will also bring resolutions. I want to ask: What are you planning for yourself in 2014? As you consider the future, I would ask you to participate more in the life of the university. With more to choose from than ever, join us for one of many new virtual events, or you can become an integral part of many exciting opportunities such as our volunteer initiatives, alumni events and Lehigh sports!

With the turning of the calendar, we’ll have a big year ahead of us with the 150th meeting of The Rivalry. We are planning a fantastic lineup of events to commemorate this momentous occasion. I encourage you to visit to stay updated as more details become available. Events include intellectual dialogues, gatherings and walking tours, and even an appearance of Lehigh Choral Arts on the main stage of Carnegie Hall. It’s an incredible time to be a part of the Lehigh family, and I welcome you to join us for the celebration.

Please enjoy this holiday season with your family. From myself, and everyone here on South Mountain, we wish you an amazing 2014!

Robert W. Wolfenden
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Season's greetings from Lehigh Alumni Relations!

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