Farewell, Not Goodbye

Michael Weisburger is standing in the center of the stage smiling. Tracy Sutka is standing to the left and Fran Della Badia '91 is on the right.Dear Alumni and Friends,

Recently, I had the privilege of attending Reunion 2024. It was a bittersweet time as my tenure as Alumni Association Board (AAB) President is coming to a close at the end of June. Having the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and professors has always been one of the highlights for me and my wife, Jenny ’82, when we return to College Hill, but this year was extra special. As I mentioned at the Reunion Rally event (photo above) I often think about why I love Lafayette, and when I do, a million things come to mind. My Chi Phi brothers, best friends made along the way, meeting my wife, impactful professors, and long-lasting memories from our Lafayette years are among a few of these memories. For those in attendance at Reunion this year, I hope you took the time to think about why you love Lafayette. I also hope you enjoyed each of those memories and perhaps created some new ones. For those who couldn’t attend, I challenge you to think of at least one favorite memory. I’ll bet you just thought of not one but three. 

At the Reunion Rally event, I passed the gavel to your next Alumni Association Board President, Fran Della Badia ’91. Fran and the Alumni Engagement team will have the ability to develop new ways to make our Alumni Association Board and regional councils even more successful. I am encouraged by their enthusiasm and hard work to get this right.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of serving as President of the Alumni Association Board? Serving as the chief flag waver to our alumni body, now in excess of 30,000 alums! We have done a great job but we need to continue to raise the bar so Lafayette College is recognized throughout the world. As my good friend, classmate, and former AAB President Tracy Hagert Sutka ’82 P’17 so eloquently said, “There’s a lot of miles on this guy!” I can say with confidence that I enjoyed every mile, every road trip and every event to welcome alumni, parents, and students into the Lafayette family. 

Thank you to all the Lafayette staff who have supported our efforts. Over the past two years we’ve had approximately 12 in-person meetings with the AAB and councils, virtually all of which Fran or I attended. We’ve had dozens of virtual meetIngs, many of which brought our alumni volunteers closer to Lafayette by learning and engaging more on topics like admissions, Gateway Career Center, Lafayette alumni magazine, and Development. We’ve hosted and been greeters at holiday parties in New York. We’ve hosted alumni award events and been sounding boards for many alums who seek us out to air their concerns or offer praise. We have shown up at many other college-sponsored events because we feel that showing up and representing is important.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show up and represent our beloved Lafayette.

Sincerely,

Michael “Weissy” Weisburger ’82