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Photo by Chuck ZovkoIn Honor of David Kearney McDonogh, Class of 1844Aug. 10, 1821, New Orleans, La.—Jan. 15, 1893, Newark, N.J.The McDonogh Network, which provides networking opportunities for AfricanAmerican and other black alumni and students, is named for Dr. David K.McDonoghand is associated with the McDonogh Voice, a magazine launched in 2007 tocelebrate the impressive contributions of African Americans to the LafayetteCollege community and beyond. The magazine is not only about past and presentachievements, but also about aspirations—the hopes and dreams of all.In addition, the Presidential Lecture Series on Diversity, launched in 2000 to encourageintellectual discourse on diversity, was renamed in honor of McDonoghin 2009. It is now known as the President’s McDonogh Lecture Series.When McDonogh came to Lafayette College in 1838, he was a slave. His owner,John McDonogh, a Louisiana planter, sent him to become educated to travel with agroup of freed slaves to Liberia to serve as a missionary. But McDonogh wanted tobecome a physician. When he graduated in 1844 as the College’sfirst black graduate, he went on to attend classes at the Collegeof Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Although the institutionwould not grant him a degree, his classmates treated himas a physician. He later received a degree from Eclectic MedicalCollege of New York. He became a member of the staff of theNew York Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.After his death, McDonough Memorial Hospital was named inhis honor and opened as New York City’s first hospital to admitphysicians and patients without discrimination by race. He isburied in the historic Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.The sculpture, Transcendence, which stands adjacent to the David Bishop SkillmanLibrary, was created by Melvin Edwards to honor McDonogh. Dedicated in September2008, it is made of stainless steel and stands 16 feet tall. The massive upward-reachingform represents struggle, tension, and achievement. Edwards was artist in residence atthe College’s Experimental Printmaking Institute in 2004-05, supported by the DavidL. Temple Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Artist Fund. ◆


McDONOGHWinter 2013V O I C EMAKING THINGS TICK...................... 4Pat Anderson Myers ’82 maintains computer systems that ensurecrude is turned into fuel products.By Bill KlineREACHING OUT ........................................ 7Alberto Luna ’08 seeks to inspire learning-disabled students to succeed.By Dan EdelenEXPERT RISK TAKER. ....................... 8Maurice Bennett ’06 is successful Wall Street traderand small businessman.By Kate HelmIMPROVING LIVES. .................................... 11Francine Wormley Williams ’92 helps create medicines to treat diabetes.By Benjamin GleisserA LEADER ON THE ROAD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12Michael Sanchez ’81 provides leadership for manufacturingsupervisors across the country.By Benjamin GleisserUNDIVIDED ATTENTION................................ 15John Kahn ’95 built legal success through sharp focus and unswerving vision.By Kevin GrayEXAMINING RACIAL IDENTITY........................... 16Meeting scholar at network event led to Brandon Stanford ’06being featured on CNN’s Black in America.By Bill KlineDepartmentsPresIDENt’s MESSAGE 2From the 3McDONOGHNetwork ChaIrCAMPus BrIefs 17• Students learn power ofnetworking• Jordan ’13 wins fellowshipas springboard to foreignservice• Wilson-Fall is new chair ofAfricana studies• Butler ’14 assists hip-hopproducer Mr. Green• Alumni gather at McDonoghHomecoming Social• Solomon ’14 learns low toinvestigate charges of injustice• Smith ’13 studies urbandesign, works withMcDonogh Network• Elder family cheers theirstandout student-athlete• Sign up for the alumnijourney to Ghana• Enhancing diversity acrossthe curriculumOn the cover: Pat Anderson Myers ’82 outside South Philadelphia High School, which features amural of the Parthenon. She mentored students here about creative careers in technology.Diversity and Inclusiveness StatementLafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. The Collegeseeks to promote diversity in its many manifestations. These include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion,disability, and place of origin. The College recognizes that we live in an increasingly interconnected, globalized world, and that students benefit from learning in educational and socialcontexts in which there are participants from all manner of backgrounds. The goal is to encourage students to consider diverse experiences and perspectives throughout their lives.All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, andinclusiveness is practiced. It is a mission of the College to advance diversity as defined above. The College will continue to assess its progress in a timely manner in order to ensure thatits diversity initiatives are effective. Adopted 2009


PresIdent’s MessageMcDONOGHV O I C ECelebrating the contributions of AfricanAmericans to the Lafayette communityEditorStevie O. DanielsContributorsDan Edelen, Benjamin Gleisser, Kevin Gray,Kate Helm, Bill Kline, Mike LitzenbergerEmbracing ChangeSince my arrival at Lafayette in 2005, we have had productiveconversations about educational leadership, inclusiveness, studentaccess, and many other issues related to diversity that are important toour community. Our work is not finished, but major goals have beenaccomplished.During the summer, Annette Diorio took over as vice presidentfor campus life and senior diversity officer. She is leading theimplementation of Campus Climate Working Group recommendations.For example, to increase the ability of members of our campus toaddress issues of diversity and inclusiveness effectively, a stereotypethreat workshop was held this fall. And a new Social Justice Institutefor students has been launched that features training on differentdimensions of oppression and privilege.Accomplishments through the years have included launchingMcDonogh Voice in 2007, establishing the McDonogh Network anddedicating the sculpture Transcendence in honor of David McDonoghin 2008, and in 2009, naming the College’s first chief diversity officerand adopting a statement on diversity and inclusiveness.The Presidential Diversity Lecture series was renamed in honor ofMcDonogh in 2009, and the next year the Campus Climate Surveywas completed. In 2011 the College received a Teagle Foundation grantto enhance campus diversity and further integrate diversity into thecurriculum (see page 21).In this issue, you’ll read about a new program (see page 21) tooccur this summer—a special opportunity to travel to Ghana withfellow alumni. Led by Rexford Ahene, professor of economics, thejourney will give participants an opportunity to reflect on their sharedLafayette experience as well as strategize ideas to support the Collegeand minority students. Discussion sessions will be interspersed withvisits to cultural and historical sites.I look forward to working with President-Elect Alison Byerlyduring the next several months and am confident that she will continueour shared commitment to diversity and inclusion.Photo by Chuck ZovkoDesignerDale MackMcDonogh Network Steering CommitteeKyara M. Gray ’11, chair; Lawrence L. Lennon ’71,alumni liaison; Rexford A. Ahene, Terence L.Byrd ’74, Frank Campbell Jr. ’74, Ciera Eaddy ’14,Vivienne R. Felix ’03, Joseph R. Godwin Jr. ’81,Rawle G. Howard ’96, Frank E. Hyson IV ’81,Chawne M. Kimber, Gregory H. Laborde ’86,Ernest C. Levister Jr. ’58, Britney J. McCoy ’05,John F. McKnight Jr., Leroy D. Nunery II ’77,Alfonzo B. Owens III ’75, Cynthia Y. Paige ’83,Nkrumah K. Pierre ’06, Jeffrey D. Robinson ’80,Alma R. Scott-Buczak ’74, Jarrett T. Shine ’96,Carlton J. St. Bernard Jr. ’86, Danyelle Smith ’14,Kristian Anthony Smith ’13, Renee BectonStrickland ’82, Natasha D. Strother ’96, SimmoneD. Chaddan Taitt ’04, Winston E. Thompson ’86,Paul Eugene Thurston ’60, George S. Weaver ’72,Sylvia Daniels Weaver ’75, Wendy Wilson-Fall,Daniel Jerry Wooten ’60, Cornell N. Wright ’74,Alvin M. Yearwood ’83, Robert Young ’14The McDonogh Network is an active and engagednetworking organization consisting of multiplegenerations of Lafayette College black alumni andstudents. The network enriches and informs itsconstituents through communications, events,and activities that promote their interests oncampus and in the community at large. Theorganization supports and mentors the currentblack student body by encouraging their academicand social progress and promotes diversityamong the student body.Committees include events, communication,professional development and networking,resource development and fund-raising, adhoc governance, and recruitment, retention,and reclamation. To get involved, contactKimberly A. Spang, Associate Vice President,Development, (610) 330-5892;spangk@lafayette.edu.McDonogh Report is published annually for AfricanAmerican and black alumni, students, parents,faculty, staff, and friends of Lafayette College bythe Communications Division, Feather House,17 Cattell St., Easton, PA 18042; 610 330-5120;fax 610 330-5217; danielss@lafayette.edu.For more, visitsites.lafayette.edu/mcdonogh/2 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ Winter 2013


From the McDONOGH Network ChaIrUpcomIng EVENTSPhoto by Roy GroethingOur Beloved CommunitySymposiumFebruary 17, 2013Workshops and sessions featuringstudent experiences related todiversity, inclusiveness, and socialjustice. In honor of the nationalMartin Luther King Jr. holiday.Time to Get InvolvedThe McDonogh Network was formed in 2008 to support andencourage current students of color while fostering relationshipsamong alumni. Throughout the years, the network has evolved into aconduit for fellowship and mentorship among its members. Our 2012Homecoming event was a great kick-off to the school year with bothstudents and alumni leaving in awe of the limitless opportunities beforethem. We look forward to a continued focus on engaging and inspiringeach other as we charge into 2013.The year 2013 will be one of ongoing change at Lafayette College,and the growth of the McDonogh Network can be one reflectionof that development. As we build and strengthen our organization,I encourage our members to become more involved in Lafayettesteering committees and alumni organizations. RepresentingMcDonogh and students of color, it is our duty to help define ourinstitution’s future strategy—to be all-inclusive and all-encompassing.As change agents, we have the opportunity to mold the Lafayette oftomorrow. Together we can make a difference in the experiences ofall students, but especially those of color.Challenge yourself to become an active McDonogh Networkmember. Impel yourself to call old friends and roommates to onceagain reconnect with Lafayette College. Dare to reflect on how yourLafayette experience has shaped your life and career, and share yourstory with students. With your support, 2013 will be the year that theMcDonogh Network progresses into an illustrious support networkfor current, future, and past Lafayette students of color.Larry Lennon ’71, who is now working with me as Alumni Liaison,and I are excited for the upcoming months and look forward to seeingour organization flourish in 2013.McDonogh NetworkConference and SeniorCelebrationApril 2013Alumni and faculty leadworkshops for students,followed by a recognitionand celebration of seniors.McDonogh Experiencein GhanaAugust 2-12, 2013Read more on page 21.McDonogh NetworkHomecoming SocialOctober 5, 2013Alumni, students, faculty,and administrators gatherfor an after-game receptionand fellowship at PortlockBlack Cultural Center.Kyara Gray ’11Winter 2013 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ 3


MAKINGTHINGS TICKChemical engineer Pat Anderson Myers ’82 maintains computersystems that ensure crude is turned into various fuel products.By Bill KlineAfuture class valedictorian from southern New Jersey who wanted to be a mathmajor, Pat Anderson Myers ’82 visited Lafayette for a one-week programcalled Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE). The program changedher life, inspiring a switch from math to engineering that led to a highly successful careerand to volunteer activities that are helping transform the lives of other high school students.“That program is how I found out about engineering,how it ties everything together,” says Myers, a chemicalengineering graduate who holds a master’s in chemicalengineering from Drexel University. “Understandingengineering is understanding how things work together.”A Control Systems group leader for PhiladelphiaEnergy Solutions (formerly Sunoco, Inc.), Myersis responsible for ensuring that everything workssmoothly inside the 330,000 bbl/day oil refinery.She and her team of five ensure that the computersrunning the chemical processes are performingefficiently as crude oil is turned into various fuelproducts.Translating DataA wide variety of measurements, such as flow,temperature, and pressure, have to be monitored in therefinery control room. Myers translates the data intoa graphical interface for control room operators. Thisinterface provides them with the visual snapshot to assistwith efficient, effective, and meaningful decisions.“I love creating operator displays with graphicalinformation—actually transforming data intoinformation by using color and sounds,” she says.Taking on new challenges is one reason why Myershas held many posts in a career that began in 1982as a Process Engineer with Mobil Oil Refinery inPaulsboro, N.J.In 1989, Myers moved to Rohm and Haas Company,where she held several engineering and informationtechnology roles in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Delaware.She joined Sunoco in 2007 as a Control System engineer,becoming group leader in 2011.Regardless of the challenge, though, she has alwaysrelied on her College Hill education.“Lafayette gave me a good foundation in engineering—all of the concepts and basics,” says Myers, who wasa member of Association of Black Collegians. “Theprofessors were great instructors.”One in particular was George Siemiencow, professorof chemistry.“He explained topics very well and gave me a differentinsight to help me understand,” says Myers. “I’m a processperson. He gave me a methodology on how to think aboutand attack problems, and with that it’s pretty easy to figurethings out in engineering and life in general.”Myers, who lives in southern New Jersey with herhusband, volunteers as a fitness instructor offeringWinter 2013 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ 5


Pat Myers ’82 (left) talks with Stephon Littles, senior class president, and Khaliah Thomas at South Philadelphia High School,where she mentors students regarding careers in engineering and other technological fields.exercise programs to communities and non-profitorganizations. For example, she teaches gospel linedancing and zumba at churches.Inspiring OthersLast year she completed a six-month leadership forumoffered by the Urban League of Philadelphia, whichculminated with a project at a high school. “We taughtstudents about different aspects of everyday life,” shesays. “My assignment was getting the students excitedabout creative careers in technology. We wantedstudents to understand that you can have a career inengineering, computers, or technology and still becreative.” She and her team had the students craft anadvertising campaign for a mobile application to beused on a smart phone. “Interacting with the studentswas very rewarding, knowing that I have influencedsomeone to pursue a career in technology.”The experience was a nice slice of symmetry—reflecting Myers’ own discovery as a high school studentthat engineering can be creative. “It is fun, rewardingmonetarily, and inspires me to keep learning new things,”she says.Advice For StudentsReflecting on her years in college—and as aprofessional—Myers encourages students to cultivatethe art of listening. “If you listen and talk to peopleand find out where they’ve been and how they tacklelife, you won’t have to go through some of those issuesyourself,” she says.She also explains the importance of working hard,making sacrifices now for rewards that come later.“Those who are able to delay gratification for a certainperiod of time are the ones who usually excel.”And, finally, she stresses the importance ofrelationships. “You never know when you’re going tomeet someone again later in life or need their help,”Myers says. “Respect everyone. Everybody has a story,everybody is important.” ◆6 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ Winter 2013


REACHING OUTAlberto Luna ’08 seeks to inspire learning-disabled students to succeed.By Dan EdelenWhen students need alistening ear, Alberto Luna ’08 isthere. Luna is a Ph.D. candidatein the School Psychology programat University of Arizona, where hecompleted his master’s in 2010.A doctoral intern at ParkRidge-Niles School District, ParkRidge, Ill., Luna also has been asupplemental instruction supervisorat Arizona, program developerfor the honors college XtremeDiscovery Teams, and a Summer ofExcellence graduate coordinator.“I do assessments, clinicalinterviews, reports, consultationswith teachers and parents, therapy, and counseling,among other services,” says Luna, who every day uses theskills he obtained as a psychology and English graduate.“I wanted to be part of the psychology field in away that allowed me to have a direct impact on youngpeople and their academic and socio-emotionalwell-being,” he says. “School psychology was theanswer. My dissertation seeks to identify predictivefactors in motivation for postsecondary students withlearning disabilities.”Luna cites his research on attrition, which shows thatup to 34 percent of learning-disabled students drop out ofhigh school. Even those who make it to college leave early11 percent more often than their peers.“I hope to learn the factors needed to increasethese students’ low motivation, particularly intrinsicmotivation, that would lead to academic success incollege and degree attainment,” he says.Personal experience as a Posse Foundation Scholar atLafayette bolstered Luna’s desire to reach young peoplewho face educational, societal, and cultural challenges.“Culturally competent school psychologists are needed,as are role models for these students,” he says. “Studentsof color are disproportionately overrepresented in specialeducation, which indicates thatschool psychologists are needed toprovide better services and makemore accurate diagnoses for thesestudents who may be placed inspecial education incorrectly.”An interest in the needs ofmulticultural students began onCollege Hill.“When I was part of theintercultural development office,I worked on Intercultural Horizons,a student-led magazine withresearch-based articles in the areaof cultural diversity,” he recalls. Forthis and his other diversity work,Luna twice won the David A. Portlock Cross-CulturalRelationships Award.Luna was mentored by several faculty and staffmembers. Rosie Bukics, Jones Professor of Economics,shared how to embrace opportunities; Alix Ohlin,associate professor of English, supported Luna’sco-founding of W.O.R.D.S. (Writing OrganizationReaching Dynamic Students); and Alan Childs,professor of psychology, opened Luna’s eyes to thebenefits of psychology. In addition, Michael Benitez,former director of intercultural affairs, Amber Zuber,associate director, Landis Community Outreach Center,and Robert Allan, associate professor of psychology,helped Luna focus on the direction for his future.Though still on track to pursue a career as a schoolpsychologist, Luna keeps his attention on the task at hand.“The most challenging aspect of my research and studies isstaying current,” he says. “I track the historical aspect oftheory and research, as well as the most recent empiricaldata that supports the use of specific newly designedinterventions and strategies for different populations.”He adds: “It’s all part of the investigation process,which makes it fun as well as challenging . . . finding thebest way to help students be the best they can be.” ◆Winter 2013 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ 7


Photos by Chuck ZovkoMaurice Bennett ’06 (left) met with Stephen Macurdy ’11during Macurdy’s senior year. A business and economicsgraduate, he is now an investment performance associatewith Cambridge Associates, Arlington, Va.8 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ Winter 2013


EXPERTRISK TAKERMaurice Bennett ’06 is successfulWall Street trader and small businessman.By Kate HelmAn equity sales and trading analyst for Credit Suisse, Maurice Bennett ’06trades companies that have above-average debt, have filed for Chapter 11,or are emerging from Chapter 11. American Airlines and Eastman Kodakare among the high-profile accounts he has handled.Bennett arrived at Credit Suisse at 6 a.m. the day afterLehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. “The floor waspacked, guys were screaming at each other, and I thought,‘What did I get myself into?’”An economics and business graduate, Bennett hashad success at the company and has been instrumentalin starting the Black Professional Network, a companywideinitiative to strengthen opportunities for blackemployees and host underserved children at the bank sothey can learn about career opportunities in investmentbanking.“The best part of my job is not really making money,which I thought it would be,” says Bennett, who wasoffered a position at Credit Suisse after his junior yearand a successful internship. “I can provide access toother people. There’s more to investment banking thanjust banking; we have lawyers, IT people, assistants,engineers, everything. Even if you’re in college, you don’treally know what it’s all about. I can help educate others.”Being part of a team is just part of Bennett’s nature.Donald Chambers, Walter E. Hanson/KPMG Professorof Business and Finance, helped him narrow his careerinterests from “everything” to finance. Susan Averett,Dana Professor of Economics, advised his honors thesis;Bennett still makes time to visit her when he returns tocampus. A question about a class concept turned intoa lengthy discussion about life with Ute Schumacher,visiting assistant professor of economics.“All those touch points and people culminated in whereI am today,” he says.A four-year standout on Lafayette’s Division Ifootball team who was co-captain his senior year,Bennett says that without the coaching staff’s belief inhis abilities both athletically and academically, he maynot have been accepted. Calling himself “far from asure thing,” he even had to write a letter to the Collegepromising to work hard.The coaches were right. Bennett’s leadership beganto emerge when the first-year players called their ownteam meeting and vowed to transform a team with alosing record into championship material. They did justthat: the team won the Patriot League Championshipin 2004 and 2005. Bennett was a finalist for the DraddyTrophy, known as the “Academic Heisman,” was nameda first-team All-Patriot League selection in 2004, PatriotLeague Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2005, andreceived the Otis Ellis ’89 Scholar-Athlete Award.“Athletics and academics were equally important tome,” says Bennett, a middle linebacker who led the teamin tackles his last two seasons. “If you come in and you’resuccessful, you can do anything. I saw the successfulpeople at Lafayette and thought, ‘why not me?’ EveryoneWinter 2013 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ 9


Photos by Kim Kolanowski12 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ Winter 2013


EXAMINING RACIAL IDENTITYBrandon Stanford ’06 featured on CNN’s Black in America Series.By Bill KlineA connection that occurredduring a McDonogh NetworkConference led to a collaborationbetween Yaba Blay andBrandon Stanford ’06. Sheinvited him to be part of heracclaimed project that examinesracial identity in America, whichwas recently featured on networktelevision.In December, Stanford washighlighted in CNN’s ongoingBlack in America series for whichBlay is a consulting producer.The CNN show interviewedStanford and others who hadparticipated in Blay’s (1)neDrop project, which challengesthe popular perceptions of blackness in America—in particular about those who might not be immediatelyrecognized, accepted, or embraced as black.Stanford, whose father is African American andmother is of Irish ancestry, told CNN: “My complexion isnot black, yet I am black.”An Africana Studies graduate, Stanford is now athird-year Ph.D. candidate in African American Studiesand adjunct instructor at Temple University. He metBlay when she moderated a McDonogh Network panelon which he was a speaker. Blay, an assistant professorat Drexel, was visiting assistant professor of AfricanaStudies at Lafayette from 2009-12.“At the conclusion of the conference, she spoke tome about the project,” says Stanford, adding that shewanted him to be a (1)ne Drop participant. The project’spurpose is to raise social awareness and spark communitydialogue about the complexities of blackness as both anidentity and a lived reality.Stanford says he is excited about the news networkmining Blay’s “expertise concerning the complexities ofblackness both as an identity and lived reality. CNN, likemany media outlets, has their limitations about how deepthey want to go in discussing matters of race and racism.”At Lafayette, Stanford was a standout student-athleteand received the Africana Studies Scholastic AwardBrandon Stanford ’06 (right) talks with Brook Estifanos ’11(left) and Fairouz Foty ’11 during a McDonogh Networkconference in Farinon College Center.Photo by Ken Whiteat the All-College HonorsConvocation. “Lafayettetaught me to think critically,to challenge everything byhaving my own intelligent formof investigation in my pursuitof truth, to have the moralcapacity to never be indifferentto the suffering of poor andworking-class people, to digfor the deepest understandingof the problems of the worldso I can act to change it, and toalways love people, not things,”he says.He notes that his classcreated a “vibe” thattranscended the limitationsof race and racism by recognizing and embracing eachother’s differences and supporting each other.“My interaction with the president, professors,students, teammates, coaches, and the surroundingcommunity all played a vital role in helping to shape whoI am . . . and made all the difference,” says Stanford. “I feelvery blessed to have been able to attend Lafayette.”In February-March 2012, Blay’s multi-media(1)ne Drop traveling exhibition was on display in theEPI/Riley Temple Gallery at Portlock Black CulturalCenter, featuring portrait documentaries from bookand film as well as photographs. The project getsits name from a one-time dogma in America thatmandated that any person with any kind of Africanethnicity in his or her blood—even one drop—isconsidered black.“She [Blay] is a true teacher and challenges me in waysthat will make me stronger and dynamic as an academic,professor, and human being. . . . I have the McDonoghNetwork to thank for that!” says Stanford.Stanford says he plans to continue to teach, to fightracism, oppression, and discrimination, and to developAfrican American Studies departments at colleges anduniversities that do not have them.He says he is fortunate to have gained “a graduateschool education at the undergraduate level.” ◆16 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ Winter 2013


Campus BrIefsStudents Learn Power of NetworkingAlumni and students came togetheron campus last spring to discusswhat it takes to succeed in a careerand what new graduates shoulddo when entering the workforceduring the second McDonoghNetwork conference.The day featured a sessionwith Maureen Walz Boehmer,associate director, specialprograms, Career Services, whooffered tips on how to network.Alumni and students discussedspecific careers and majors thatthey had in common during lunch.Alumni panel topics included“First Experiences” and “Powerof Mentorship and Networking.”Students learned how to foster successon campus and after graduating.Rexford Ahene, professor of economicsand then chair of AfricanaStudies, was moderator.Panelists included MauriceBennett ’06, equity sales and tradinganalyst, Credit Suisse; TereseBrown ’07, designer and owner, TereseSydonna; Judge Alvin Yearwood ’83,criminal court, City of New York,Kings County; Dr. Cynthia Paige ’83,family physician, Cypress HealthInstitute; Samantha Patterson ’11,kindergarten teacher, North StarAcademy; Kyara Gray ’11, insuranceoperation leadership developmentprogram, Travelers Insurance; ShaniBellegarde ’08, analyst, Barclays; andAshley Gray ’09, graduate hall director,residence life, Cedar Crest College.Treyvon Jackson ’10 (left) and Samantha Patterson ’11 enjoy catching up.Judge Alvin Yearwood ’83 talks with Terese Brown ’07 (left) andSherry-Ann Tim Kee ’12.Photos by Chuck ZovkoJordan ’13 Wins Fellowship as Springboard to Foreign ServiceWhen Samantha Jordan ’13 learnedshe had won a Thomas R. PickeringForeign Affairs Fellowship, heraspirations for a career in the ForeignService took a giant leap forward.Jordan, an internationaleconomics and commerce major, iseligible to receive up to $40,000 ayear for a master’s degree programin public policy. She has applied tograduate schools and will enroll thisyear. Between semesters, she willcomplete two internships with theU.S. Department of State and, upongraduation, three years as a foreignservice officer.“I will be able to travel the world,learn different languages, experiencedifferent cultures, and meet headsof state—and get paid for it,” shesays. “One experience I hope tohave is the opportunity to work inthe recently created office of globalwomen’s issues, where I can study,evaluate, and help form policies toensure the economic viability ofwomen throughout the world.”Jordan’s interest in internationalaffairs began early and wasinfluenced by the diversity of thestudent body at her high schoolwhere she met and interactedwith people from many differentcountries and cultures. “I believeyou learn more from people withexperiences and viewpoints differentfrom your own,” says Jordan, amember of the women’s basketballteam and a peer mentor.Two summers ago, she studiedin Paris. The experience was aturning point in her life. “As anAfrican American, I wasn’t surehow I would be accepted in anothercountry,” she says. “That wasthe source of some anxiety but itturned out to be unwarranted, andI had a great time.”Winter 2013 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ 17


Campus BrIefsNew Chair ofAfricana StudiesLafayette’s first professor hiredspecifically for the Africana studiesprogram, Wendy Wilson-Fall isexcited about its growth and future.Inspired by what her colleagueshave accomplished in establishing theAfricana studies major, Wilson-Fallplans to increase the major’s visibility,develop a vibrant and active advisorycommittee, improve curriculumofferings particularly in AfricanAmerican history, and cultivate morestudy abroad opportunities in Africaand the Caribbean.She also hopes to collaborate withother programs and departmentsto bring visiting scholars to campusand present arts and culturalprogramming about Africa andAfrican-derived communities. Shealso hopes to offer field trips tohistoric sites of the black experienceon the East Coast, and organizeregional symposia where studentsand faculty from Lafayette andother institutions can showcase keyresearch issues.Wilson-Fall received her Ph.D.in social anthropology and Africanstudies from Howard University,and was previously associateprofessor and chair of Pan AfricanStudies at Kent State University.From 1999-2004, she was directorof West African Research Center inDakar, Senegal.Photo by Roy GroethingButler ’14 Assists Hip-Hop Producer Mr. GreenInterested in a career in productionand cinematography, JustinButler ’14 was excited to spendtime last summer trying out hisvideographer skills working forMr. Green, a New York hip-hopproducer and DJ known for hisLive from the Streets documentary.Butler, a film and media studiesand English major, found out aboutthe freelance work through hisfriend Sean Ryon ’12, who metMr. Green when completing aproject about hip hop. Ryon alsooccasionally writes for HipHopDX,a popular hip-hop news andinformation website.“I learned the importance ofnetworking and how people canopen doors,” says Butler, whoassisted Mr. Green and worked onother projects for HipHopDX.“I also learned to keep my filmingequipment on and ready becauseyou never know when the goodmoments will happen. I learned toalways be prepared, because theproject is not scripted.”For HipHopDX, Butlerinterviewed and filmed a rapperand producer team, turning it intoa mini-documentary that isnow part of a series on thecompany’s website. He filmedstreet performers in New YorkCity for Mr. Green, working assecond cameraman, shootingvaried angles.“Mr. Green made beats from thesamples we recorded, and then heturned it all into a documentary,”says Butler. Live from the Streets waspicked up by Noisey, which is Vicemagazine’s music blog.Butler says it was helpful to see howMr. Green handles asking questionsand also to learn about New York.Andrew Smith, associateprofessor of English and chairof film and media studies, is alsohelping shape Butler’s future.Last fall, Butler completed anindependent study that includedtwo films, one an experimentalhorror film without people.“Professor Smith is enthusiasticabout helping students towardtheir goals,” says Butler. “He is alsointo fostering more of a friendlyenvironment on campus and gettingthe word out about the film andmedia studies major.”Justin Butler ’14 learned the importance of networking last summer in landing videography workwith producer Mr. Green and with the popular website HipHopDX.Photo by Chuck Zovko18 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ Winter 2013


Alumni Gather at McDonogh Homecoming SocialMore than 50 alumni,students, administrators, andfaculty enjoyed the thirdannual McDonogh NetworkHomecoming Social in October atPortlock Black Cultural Center.Danyelle Smith ’14, president,and Ciera Eaddy ’14, vicepresident, Association of BlackCollegians, welcomed everyone tothe social, which began after thehomecoming game victory overHoly Cross.Speakers included PresidentDaniel H. Weiss, David Reif ’68,Alumni Association president,and Kyara Gray ’11, McDonoghNetwork chair.Wendy Wilson-Fall, associateprofessor and chair of AfricanaStudies, gave an update on theprogram. Dominique Tucker ’15read a poem, and Precision StepTeam performed.Guest speakers Judge Alvin Yearwood ’83 (L-R) and Lawrence Lennon ’71talk with John McKnight, dean of intercultural development.Bradley Williams ’10 (L-R), Wendy Wilson-Fall, Kyara Gray ’11,Rexford Ahene, and Laquan T. Lightfoot ’11.Photos by Roy GroethingSolomon ’14 Learns How to Investigate Charges of InjusticeAspiring to battle injustice, AbenezerSolomon ’14 did just that lastsummer as an intern with the U.S.Equal Employment OpportunityCommission, New York City.A double major in government &law and anthropology & sociology,Solomon worked to combatworkplace discrimination. Hewas paired with an investigatorwho taught him how to examinecomplaints involving potentialviolations, for example, of theAmericans with Disabilities Actand the Age Discrimination inEmployment Act.Once Solomon investigated acomplaint—some as long as 200pages—he constructed a case analysisand determined whether the accuserhad a right to sue. “I went throughalmost 30 cases—22 on my own—andclosed about 8 or 9.”Solomon says the internshipcomplemented his two majors.Photo by Chuck ZovkoKnowledge of legal rights wasnecessary for his investigations, andfrom an anthropological standpointhe gained an understanding of theway discrimination functions insociety.“For example, why do peoplediscriminate?” says Solomon, whoplans to pursue a career in politicsor law enforcement. “Where wouldyou likely find discrimination?This internship helped me to seesome issues that exist not just inworkplaces, but all around us.”Solomon participates inKaleidoscope, a social justicepeer education group, as wellas Lafayette African CaribbeanStudent Association and PrecisionStep Team.Winter 2013 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ 19


Campus BrIefsSmith ’13 Studies Urban Design and Works with McDonogh NetworkDuring fall semester, KristianSmith ’13 studied abroad in CostaRica. A Posse Scholar, he servedas McDonogh Network studentcoordinator in 2011-12.“I was an intermediary betweenthe leadership of McDonoghNetwork and current students, andI worked with the administration inaddressing student needs and desiresfor the network,” Smith says. “It wasa great experience. As someone whohas benefited from the network andits mission, it was rewarding to workto further that mission and to bringalumni, faculty, and students togetherto build a sense of community.”Smith, who is pursuing a selfdesignedmajor in urban design anda minor in architectural studies,conducted a four-day externshiplast January that broadened his viewregarding his future career.“I gained a new perspective onarchitecture by being exposed tothe processes that take place in therelocation of a business to the LehighValley, incentives to encourageKristian Smith ’13 (left) worked with Pete Reinke ’85 at the Lehigh Valley Economic DevelopmentCorporation office in Bethlehem, Pa., where he learned about the connection between architectureand business development.businesses to locate to brownfieldsites, and the steps that foster theenvironment for businesses longbefore an architect comes into thepicture,” he says.Smith shadowed PeteReinke ’85, vice president ofbusiness development, LehighValley Economic DevelopmentCorporation. Although LVEDCstaff does not include architects,Reinke put Smith in touch withcolleagues in the field and helpedhim develop potential connections.Photo by Chuck ZovkoElder Family Cheers Their Standout Student-AthleteThe Elder family’s favorite player? Alan Elder ’13 (No. 25). An economicsand business major from Fort Washington, Md., he was named to thePatriot League Academic Honor Roll. A tailback, he rushed for morethan 500 yards and scored two touchdowns during his career. Thefamily—Aaron Elder (L-R), brother; Alan and Kym Elder, parents; andJames Short, grandfather—was among the last to leave Fisher Stadiumafter the Leopards beat Holy Cross at Homecoming 2012.Photo by Ken White20 ◆ McDonogh VOICE ◆ Winter 2013


EXPLORE GHANA WITH FELLOW ALUMNIAUGUST 2-12, 2013 Led by Rexford Ahene, Professor of EconomicsStep into the cradle and custodian of AfricanAmerican history and culture—Ghana,the gateway to contemporary Africa.Don’t miss this unique opportunity to joinwith fellow alumni to reflect on your sharedLafayette experience and design programsto support the College.Highlights include: Accra, the capital Mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah, first president W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Center and burial site Legendary Ashanti Kingdom of gold Kumasi’s traditional markets of art, textiles, and crafts Slave-trading castles and West Africa Historical MuseumRegister by March 2013. Questions? Call or email ahener@lafayette.edu, 610-330-5302.Enhancing Diversity across the CurriculumAbout 40 faculty members areteaching in a more inclusive mannerand infusing diversity into the curriculumas the result of workshopsfunded by a Teagle Foundation grant.Mary Armstrong, associateprofessor and chair of women’s andgender studies, is project leader.Different groups of faculty havebeen involved in workshops.One goal of the project islearning to create a more inclusiveclassroom, regardless of coursecontent. “The faculty learn throughworkshops, small group meetings,and readings, and the model is a‘peer learning’ one,” says Armstrong,who notes that teaching in a moreinclusive manner “means gettingbetter at including all students,learning not to make assumptionsabout ability or interests based onidentity, and working to build aclimate of respect and trust.”She adds that it also meansbecoming educated about thediversity of the student body, notassuming that everyone in theclassroom is an American citizen,for example, and not makingassumptions about students basedon their race or appearance.The second goal is two-fold: addingdiverse content and/or rethinkingcourse content—specificallyemploying course activities andundertakings that more consciouslyexpose students to differences ofidentity and social position.“For example, a faculty membermight review her syllabus andrealize that she has left womenout of the history she is teaching,”says Armstrong. “But it also mightmean that a faculty member inmath learns to develop wordproblems that reflect diverse socialexperiences rather than only animplicitly white, middle-class maleperspective.”“Faculty have joined the projectbecause of their own interests increating an inclusive classroom andtheir excitement about learningfrom and with each other,” saysArmstrong, “where teaching styleand, if possible, course contentreflect a commitment to diversityand its inherent value for aLafayette education.”Faculty participants include:FALL 2011: Robert Blunt, DeborahByrd, Alan Childs, Sid Donnell,Ed Gamber, Nestor Gil, BrettHendrickson, Christopher Ruebeck,and Jorge Torres.Spring 2012: Benjamin Cohen,Rachel Goshgarian, ChawneKimber, Kira Lawrence,Christopher Phillips, ElaineReynolds, Carrie Rohman,Nandini Sikand, and Li Yang.FALL 2012: Markus Dubischar,Katalin Fabian, James Ferri,Art Kney, Juan Rojo, Julie Smith,and Angelika von Wahl.Visitor: Aly Tawfik.


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