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Class of 1958 Announces Gift of Second Leopard Sculpture

Sept. 7, 2007

EASTON, Pa. - Fifty years ago, the Lafayette College senior class donated one of the most unique gifts in the history of the College - the Leopard statue that now overlooks Fisher Stadium. In preparation for its 50th Reunion, the Class of 1958 is sponsoring a second leopard statue to be placed at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex in Forks Township.

"A second Leopard statue given by the same class is truly a special honor for the Class of 1958 and a welcome addition to our Metzgar campus," said Vice President for Development and College Relations Jim Dicker '85. "This initiative will help to cap off the recent renovation to McCracken Field House and the numerous other projects that have taken place at Metzgar."

The second leopard will be part of the reunion gift to the College in support of the annual fund, endowments, capital projects and special funds.

"Lafayette athletics is truly appreciative of the continued support from the Class of 1958," said Athletics Director Bruce McCutcheon. "Our athletic programs are able to develop and grow with the demands of competition in the Patriot League. The gift of a second Leopard statue will help tie the Metzgar campus to the rest of the College."

Class President William Kurtz noted that the Class of 1958 is united in its support of the second leopard. "A poll conducted earlier this year was unanimous," said Kurtz. "Everyone liked the idea of giving a 50th reunion gift that matched our senior class gift."

"It is always good to have members of the Lafayette community involved in the varsity programs and supporting the Leopard teams in any way," said senior Economics & Business major Kevin Reese, a pitcher on Lafayette's reigning Patriot League championship baseball team. "The school has found a way to support endeavors of alumni and we appreciate anyone helping support the Lafayette Leopards."

The Class of 1958 proudly refers to itself as "The Leopard Class" in recognition of its initial gift. Tradition for all past reunions has been to have the official class picture taken in front of the original leopard. Reunion Chair Douglas Cherry commented that the only question now is, "Which leopard should we use for the class picture in June?"