We invite you to join an active group of parents and families who support the student experience through volunteer and philanthropic efforts.
Members enjoy unique opportunities and events throughout the year. The council offers the following opportunities to more deeply engage with the school:
We value parents’ perspectives and input on the Lafayette experience. Throughout
the year, parents are invited to a variety of gatherings where they have opportunities to interact with the president, key administrators, faculty, and staff. We also look for opportunities to engage with parents when they are on campus for Lafayette events, athletics, or performances, or when visiting their student(s).
In addition to the wide range of events designed for all families throughout
Family Weekend, we invite Marquis Parents Council members and prospective
new members to a fall cocktail reception Friday evening and a breakfast with a
meeting following on Saturday morning. This is always a great way to kick off
the year and to thank and connect with current and potential new members.
Council members can help by encouraging attendance, connecting with new families, and taking on other outreach roles.
Marquis Parents Council Spring Meeting
Each spring, members are invited to a spring meeting. During this time, parents take advantage of opportunities to meet and hear from key administrators and faculty, network, socialize with new friends, and—best of all—visit their Lafayette student(s).
One of the best events of the year is a Commencement reception for Marquis Parents Council members and families. This is always a wonderful occasion to celebrate your students’ success, and it provides a final opportunity to say thank you.
Marquis Parents Council members are instrumental in helping to welcome new Lafayette families each year. Our volunteers are available to families every summer
to make them feel welcome, answer questions, and encourage them to get involved and participate in the Council. We are interested in expanding this role to ensure we are connecting with interested families throughout the admissions process.
Special Event Hosts
Marquis Parent Council members often serve as event hosts for regional events throughout the year, including summer welcome events for new families.
Opportunities to Expand Philanthropy
Marquis Parents Council members can assist in expanding the Council’s fundraising capacity by identifying potential new members and encouraging other families to participate. Parents have opportunities to interact with other families
through their students’ and involvement in activities—athletics, the arts, Greek life,
data boot camps, the Landis Center, etc. These valuable connections help expand
Council membership and opportunities for philanthropy.
The Marquis Parent Council is composed of accomplished parents! When
opportunities arise, we look to the Council to identify parents who are a good fit for
one of our advisory boards, strong additions to our network of volunteers who help
mentor students through career and professional development, insightful visiting
lecturers and speakers, and more. As we get to know our members, we are always
looking for ways to add value to their Marquis Parents Council experience.
The Parents Fund
Each year, the Marquis Parents Council provides more than $1 million in support through gifts to the Parents Fund to support academics, athletics, the arts, and a $100,000 gift to the Marquis Parents Council Catalyst Fund. The Council also provides essential support to the Gateway Career Center and the Dyer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We are proud of our efforts to make the student experience at Lafayette extraordinary.
Marquis Parents Council members are able to hear directly from students who
have benefited from the council’s generosity. Council meetings frequently feature
updates from College leadership, offering the opportunity to learn about Lafayette’s
strategic initiatives and latest news. Council members also enjoy meeting fellow
Lafayette parents who are committed to providing students with outstanding
Marquis Parents Council membership and recognition begins at the $2,500 level
and above. We know there are many ways to support this outstanding College;
however, we consider our group to be crucial to cultivating the students’ overall
experience. So much of the learning that takes place in college happens outside of the classroom, and the Marquis Parents Council supports initiatives that provide these valuable experiences.
Dear Lafayette Parents,
Greetings from the Marquis Parents Council! We are excited to share our perspective on the incredible impact the Council has on the Lafayette community and invite you to join us. This is an exciting time to be a parent at Lafayette College. Lafayette is in the process of developing a comprehensive strategic plan and a master plan, AND we are planning for the Bicentennial in 2026! The Marquis Parents Council creates opportunities for us to come together, offers program advice to College leadership, and provides valuable feedback and financial support that helps shape Lafayette’s future.
Communication: The Marquis Parents Council meets twice a year—once in the fall during Family Weekend and again in the spring. During these meetings, you will have a firsthand opportunity to discuss important campus initiatives with College leadership and connect with families from all four classes.
Community engagement: We joined the Marquis Parent Council in our daughter’s freshman year. We were looking for an opportunity to engage and offer our support to the College. Through philanthropy, the Council significantly contributes to enriching and enhancing the student experience.
Connection to a Parent Network: As a member of the Council, you will stay informed about the College’s developments, become part of a strong parent network, and strengthen the sense of community that makes Lafayette such a special place.
Contribution: The Marquis Parents Council is crucial to cultivating students’ overall experience. We are proud to report that the Council provides more than $1 million annually to elevate programs and initiatives. Being part of an active parents’ council has been an immensely rewarding experience for us, and we hope you will join us. As part of the Marquis Parents Council, you will deepen your connection with Lafayette and join a group of passionate and dedicated parents who play a vital role in ensuring Lafayette’s ongoing success.
Gina and Greg Jansen P’25
Chairs of the Marquis Parents Council
“If there was any path that our two sons were curious about exploring, they could deepen their understanding through Lafayette’s Gateway Career Center programs. In turn, this led them to develop confidence in themselves. There is an intersection between the two that contributed to their Lafayette experience, and we hope that is true for other students as well.” —Noel and Andrea O’Neill P ’16 ’21
“When our son, Ian, decided to attend Lafayette, we wanted to find a way to be involved without intruding on his experience. We looked for ways to connect with the College and the parent network. The Marquis Parents Council, through the guidance of Janice Egan, provided the connection to the College we were looking for. It allows us to focus our financial support in areas that really impact student life.”—Mary and Jim Wise P’24
“As a fourth-generation Lafayette family, we know firsthand the benefits of the tight Lafayette community and how our experiences and friendships at Lafayette can positively impact your life. Thank you to the Parents Council for promoting Lafayette as a lifelong relationship for students and families.” —Charles and Betsy Hughes Phillips ’85
Our son chose to attend Lafayette because it was a place he could obtain a liberal arts education AND pursue a degree in engineering. He found that at Lafayette! We are struck by the warm and thoughtful Lafayette community—from President Hurd to the professors, staff, students, and alumni. Lafayette is an important place for our son, and we are delighted to support the College philanthropically through the Marquis Parent Council. Lafayette is thousands of miles from where we live in California, but the Council makes us feel welcome and connected.” —Jason and Nancy Rosenthal P’26
“All of the programs, plans, and projects we have read about for Lafayette come to life through the relationships we have developed from the Marquis Parents Council. Our latest example is the Marquis Parents Council Catalyst Fund, a data boot camp for students, which our son participated in this summer with students from all over the country. The Marquis Parents Council is a valuable resource the school offers, and it has been an integral part of our experience as parents every year.” —David and Ashley Skatoff P’25
Each year, parents and families contribute more than $1 million to support academics, athletics, programs, and more. Hundreds of parents also support the Gateway Career Center by providing internships, externships, career tracks, speaker series, mentoring, and through offering philanthropic support to internship stipend funds. We are eternally grateful for the collective impact of parents at Lafayette. To become a member of Marquis Parents Council or for more information, please contact Janice Egan, director of Parent and Family Engagement and Philanthropy, at 610-330-5898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janice A. Egan P’21
Director of Parent and Family Engagement and Philanthropy
As Director of Parent and Family Engagement and Philanthropy and parent of a Lafayette graduate, I understand that Lafayette parents can play an important role in this effort by joining the Marquis Parents Council. If you are interested in learning more about the Marquis Parents Council, volunteer opportunities, giving opportunities, or other ways in which you can support your student at Lafayette, please contact me at (610) 330-5898 or by email at email@example.com. We also have a list of Parent Ambassadors who are willing to answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in connecting with a Parent Ambassador please reach out to me and I can connect you with parents in your region.
Janine LeGrand Casey
Director of Parent and Family Relations
As the Director of Parent and Family Relations, I engage family members as partners in their student’s educational journey. By providing information, resources, tools, and services. I work together with families to empower students to be successful. As the liaison for Lafayette families, I advocate for the needs of parents and families and assist them in guiding their students to the appropriate campus resources and services. If you have questions about Lafayette’s services or need assistance with your student’s educational experience, please contact me at (610) 330-5024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.