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Letter to alumni: Lehigh strong

I love the fall at Lehigh. As the leaves change to rich amber and gold, students hike up and down our vertical campus, making new friends, expanding their knowledge, and getting a good workout. At the same time, fall brings alumni events and programs that showcase the strength of Lehigh’s alumni connections. Whether I’m cheering on our teams alongside entire families of alumni and students or meeting new people at events across the country, the Lehigh camaraderie is palpable.

I’ve been out and about this fall. At the Lehigh-Monmouth tailgate, I connected with their new president, Paul Brown, who was previously Lehigh’s dean of the College of Business and Economics, and it was great to wish him well in his new role. A few folks from our alumni office went to the Princeton away game last weekend, joining the sea of brown and white at our tailgate. What struck me even more than the fighting spirit of our student athletes was the number of Lehigh alumni who were meeting up for fun and school spirit. I’m just getting my feet wet with Twitter, but I’ve already shared a few photos of alumni, our great volunteers from Central New Jersey, and even the special appearance of the Marching 97 while I was there. Please follow me – I’ll have lots to tell you throughout this busy season.

While we love our tailgates and celebrations, don’t forget that the alumni association also gives you opportunities to become involved and be heard. For example, I am pleased to share, as faculty-staff advisor for Phi Delta Theta, that the Lehigh University Greek Community and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs has scheduled monthly webinars on special topics. The next session, on October 9, is focused on Residential Services, summer facilities renovations, and updates on the residential outlook for our expanding campus. Register to attend today.

I hope you take advantage of the connections with each other and with Lehigh that we foster through diverse alumni programming. Whether you’re coming back to campus for Founder’s Day on October 10, taking part in one of our many webinars, or networking at a regional club event, our goal is to help you celebrate the strength of Lehigh and actively participate in our alumni community.

I encourage you to explore our alumni offerings through MyLehigh—reconnect with old classmates or professors, find out what your freshman-year roommate is up to, and discover what’s new at Lehigh. I look forward to seeing you this fall.
Robert W. Wolfenden
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

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