Shani BellegardeDear McDonogh Network Members,

As the fall semester progresses so do the many activities and opportunities to connect with fellow students, faculty, and alumni at Lafayette. For first-year students, this is a time when you will make many memories during your collegiate experience. I encourage all of you, both students and alumni, to take advantage of this fresh start. This is your opportunity to be fearless, bold, and open to new experiences. You are leaders and catalysts for change within the campus and local community. You possess the ability to create and live the collegiate experience that you envision for yourselves.

The McDonogh Network is here to serve as your support system during your time on campus and beyond. Be sure to follow our Facebook page and sign up for our mailing list to stay updated on events and activities.

I wish you a successful academic year and experience. While academics are a priority, be sure to check in with yourself (and others) and implement #selfcare. A better YOU is a better student. Be well!

Best wishes,
Shani Bellegarde ’08
Co-Chair, McDonogh Network


Dear McDonogh Network Members,

On behalf of the McDonogh Network, I would like to extend a warm welcome. Whether this is your first year or you are returning to Lafayette, there is a great deal to look forward to. Be sure to save the date for Our Beloved Community, which will take place Nov. 10, and Lafayette vs. Lehigh on Nov. 17. A full list of events can be found under “Save the Date” here.

Each year brings new occasions for students, faculty, and alumni to grow closer through meaningful events. Driven by the dedication of David K. McDonogh, whom this network is named after, activities planned for this year will allow us all to achieve academic and social progress in our communities. I am honored to be a part of this network and look forward to building powerful, great things with you!

Best wishes,
Ryan Benjamin ’10
Co-Chair, McDonogh Network