Charter Day of Lehigh University

150 years ago, on the 9th day of February 1866, the charter of the Lehigh University was approved by Andrew Gregg Curtin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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Steve Kreider: The Game Changer

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Steve Kreider with Outstanding Player Trophy in 1978.

The Lehigh-Lafayette Rivalry Week is upon us again. We were flipping through past issues of the Brown and White, and decided to spotlight a year where Lehigh was victorious over the Leopards (surprise, surprise.) In the 1978 rivalry game, the 113th to be played, Lehigh triumphed, 35-17.
Lehigh trailed Lafayette until the third quarter of the game, but then had a 21-point burst.  Who is especially interesting is the game-changer we found.  His name is Steve Kreider.  He’s cited as a major player in the game.  Upon further research, we discovered that Steve Kreider may just be one of the most well-rounded people alive.
Kreider had a stellar college football career.  He was named an All-American Wide Receiver by the Associated Press in 1977.  That year, he helped the Lehigh Engineers snatch the Division II national championship.  He had 72 catches, 1,567 yards, and 19 touchdowns (we don’t know much about football, but we assume this is all very good). His academics weren’t shabby either- he was a Rhodes Scholar candidate.
Kreider would go onto further success in the National Football League.  After his senior year of college, he was drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals. He served as a wide-receiver for the team for seven years.  He even played in the Super Bowl game against the 49er’s.
He dedicated himself to his studies in his spare time away from football. Though he was an exceptional electrical engineering student at Lehigh, he went on to graduate school for business (a bold jump from engineering).  He studied at the University of Cincinnati and received his MBA and doctorate in finance from there.
Now, what is Steve Kreider up to?  He’s was Chief Investment Officer of Legg Mason Inc.’s Western Asset Management and was hired in 2014 to be Chief Investment Officer of Western & Southern Financial Group Inc.
So, essentially, Steve Kreider may be one of the most impressive people you’ll ever hear about.

Brown and White Vol. 90 no. 23: Kreider eyes his football future: pro career beyond the horizon?
Brown and White Vol. 91 no. 17: Ex-QB Kreider makes it big
“Ex-Bengal Kreider to Run Western & Southern’s $46 Billion” on Bloomberg

Armistice Day

Now known as the Veterans Day, “Armistice Day” was declared as a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson to celebrate the end of the Great War on November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). Members of Lehigh University participated the World War I in many fronts, many lives were lost. To show the appreciation to their services and to honor their memory, Lehigh University dedicated the Alumni Memorial Building to “commemorate the services and sacrifices of Lehigh Alumni and undergraduates” in the World War I.

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150 Years Ago…

Today, July 27 1865, is the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the Trustees of Lehigh University. The meeting took place in the Sun Inn, Bethlehem. Lehigh officially opened and the first classes were held on September 1, 1866 but this July 27, 1865 meeting has always been considered the beginning of the University. Read more about this date and other Lehigh stories from the “Countdown to 150”

Here is the portion of the page from the Minutes of Board of the Trustees:

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Board of Trustees Minutes of the July 27 1865 Meeting

 

Lehigh Music Festival

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In 1948, Lehigh began a new tradition: the Lehigh Music Festival. The festival was well-met, with the first event attracting about 400 attendees. The next year, however, was the biggest festival year with 1100 attendees and plenty of publicity as seen with the billboard pictured above. The 1949 Music Festival was not a sign of years to come, though. The Festival would be cancelled several different times in the years leading up to 1959, but students wouldn’t let the festival go without a fight. There were several Brown and White articles in 1958 advocating for a festival in 1959 after the ’58 festival was cancelled. Meetings were held to judge student interest and the 1959 festival was ultimately planned and executed, but it would be the last of its kind.

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A War Club for President Richards

At the twentieth reunion of the class of 1902, an unusual gift was given to Lehigh’s President Richards.

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Before the reunion banquet, the class presented him with a large war club with a brass plate inscribed with who it was from and how to use it. The part on how to use it is missing from the artifact today.

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It is thought that this artifact is a copy or mock of a ceremonial mace, which would be used in important ceremonies to represent a persons, particularly the president’s in this case, authority.

The class seemed to have an infamous reputation at Lehigh for stuff like this. In the alumni bulletins leading up to the presentation of this mace, there were many comments on the class. Class of 1902 member, “Bob” Bird said that the reunion would be a quiet one and, in response, the author of the Bulletin responded saying “If so, it will be the first time this class has ever been quiet. I think they are trying to spring a surprise on the other reunion classes.” The Reunion Committee was described as “live-wires” and the class itself was said to be “one of those dangerous small classes.”

The war club was brought to Special Collections after being discovered in Packard Laboratory storage. It is cataloged and shelved with the other curious and divergent items in the Lehigh Memorabilia Collection.

Here are the links to the Alumni Bulletin online articles about the Class of 1902:

https://archive.org/stream/lehighalumnibull0908#page/20/mode/2up

https://archive.org/stream/lehighalumnibull0907#page/18/mode/2up

https://archive.org/stream/lehighalumnibull0909#page/10/mode/2up/

https://archive.org/stream/lehighalumnibull0903#page/18/mode/2up

Alumni Access To ProQuest…Better Than Brownies!

Lehigh is known for her incredibly curious, creative students, and so it is no surprise that for most of our alumni, graduation does not mark the end of their education. Rather, our alumni find themselves just starting on a path of lifelong learning. In addition to The Goose, brazen squirrels, and the rich, chocolately goodness of Lehigh brownies, recent graduates can find themselves also longing for the good old days when they had access to a wealth of books, journals, and library databases. Well, long no more, dear alumni.

While we can’t beam you back to your favorite study nook in Linderman or Fairchild Martindale, we can offer you access to a selection of electronic journals via our alumni subscription to ProQuest’s ABI Inform and Research Library databases. The Library has prepared a guide to show you how to get access to these subscription databases. ProQuest covers a wide variety of topics with scholarly journals in subject areas ranging from business to history to mathematics. Librarian support is also important when doing research, so in the library guide, you will find my contact information. If you have any questions about how to get access to the alumni library resources or even if you just have a tricky research question, please let me know.

While the Library is thrilled to be able to provide ProQuest to our alumni, I would be remiss if I did not mention another great resource available to alumni…your local public library. Here in Pennsylvania, public library card holders have AccessPA’s POWER Library available to them. POWER Library is a state-wide collection of electronic resources available to anyone with a PA library card.  To use POWER Library, patrons click on the POWER Library icon from their local public library’s web site, and enter the barcode number from the back of their library cards into the box provided. Additional database coverage will vary by individual library so make sure to visit your local public library’s web site to see what online resources they offer and for your library’s link to POWER Library. When you visit your public library’s web site, you may be surprised to find out that they also offer downloadable e-books. Again, availability of downloadable e-books will vary by individual library.

So remember, just because you’ve left South Mountain, you still have Lehigh’s Libraries to support you in your lifelong quest for knowledge. And knowledge won’t bring back the freshman 15 like those brownies will!