Lehigh University Scenes from South Mountain

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Photo Friday. Don’t forget to enter your #brownandwhitesummer photos over at the #lehighu instagram. It’s your chance to win a great new bag for fall while celebrating your last weeks of summer vacation.

Lehigh Faces:
Meet Sheilla Rukundo, a rising sophomore from Rwanda. She’s been spending the summer here, working and studying. Rukundo describes her first year at Lehigh as eye opening. She has experienced a new culture, different weather and new food. Like most first year students, she didn’t know what to expect when she first got here. Since home is a 24 hour flight away, she was worried about being so far away from her family.
"My transition was so smooth that I feel like I have been in the USA for more than a year. My arrival was made easy by the great people I met like the faculty members, my gryphon, people that I stayed with in Congdon dorm and the amazing professors I had in my freshman year."
Rukundo found Lehigh through Open a Door, a foundation that aims to increase educational opportunities for women. She is excited with the progress she has made here, and for the start of the fall semester when she’ll see all of her friends and declare a major in finance. 

Greetings from Goodman

Lehigh’s Mountaintop program makes The New York Times!

Photo Friday

It was 66˚ this morning up at the Mountaintop Garden. This little bee is probably one of the bees from the Beekeeping club’s hives. Or maybe it’s a distant relative, in town for the weekend.

Lehigh by the sea?

How do you spend your summer vacation? Head on over to Instagram and share what your #brownandwhitesummer looks like for a chance to win some cool summer brown and white gear.

Outside Packard Lab. Goodnight Lehigh!

Fritz Lab: A Uniquely Lehigh Experience

It’s summer at Lehigh, which means that students in the master of engineering in structural engineering program are beginning their 10-month school year. As part of their structural laboratory course, this 10-foot-high concrete column was tested in the 5,000,000-pound machine in Fritz Engineering Laboratory. The column, 28 inches in diameter, crushed after the machine applied a total of just over 4,000,000 pounds of downward compression. At the completion of the test, the column was approximately 1.5 inches shorter. The ability to conduct such full-scale testing in an academic setting is a uniquely Lehigh experience. Our labs allow students to witness, first-hand, how a typical bridge or building column fails under extreme loads. This one-of-a-kind testing machine has been instrumental in the groundbreaking research conducted at Lehigh for many years. It’s a big reason why students the world over come to Bethlehem to study structural engineering.

Scenes from the Mud Hut

These Lehigh students are working to test air quality in a replica cooking hut that they built on the mountaintop campus. Read more about their story here.

Brown and White Summer!

The ultimate summer treat—ice cream from The Cup! Hey Tumblrs, have you entered our #lehighu summer contest? Head on over to #instagram and submit your picture via the #brownandwhitesummer hashtag. Winners are announced on Mondays. The contest goes through July 28.

Scenes from the Global Village Dinner

The Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry had its kick off dinner tonight in Iacocca Hall. The 5 week intensive program takes place on the Lehigh University campus, where Villagers will learn and live among a culturally diverse group of nearly 100 peers from more that 45 countries.

Scenes from Caruso Wrestling Complex: wrestling camp

Behold! The stress relieving power of watching tilapia swim through water! There are 10 tilapia in all, swimming through the tank in the Aquaponics project up in Lehigh’s Mountaintop space. Learn more about their project here. But first, look at these pictures again.

sdevaquaponics we can’t wait to see your aquatic garden grow

Follow up Friday!

Many of you asked more information about the community garden dinner post. The community dinner series is one of many summer events planned by the newly formed CLIP (Community Leaders Initiative for Permaculture) club, which is overseen by Lehigh Professor Breena Holland.  The first dinner was held at the Esperanza garden, located by the Chinese Pavilion on the Greenway. The garden was created after Lehigh University student Emily Gibbs met with Mayor Donchez asking the city for new garden space. This project is entirely student driven and very much about working together to engage Bethlehem residents and students alike in growing, eating and celebrating the importance of fresh local food. CLIP club leaders Emily Gibbs, Katelyn Armbruster and Heather Doll prepared all of the food for Tuesday’s meal. We love this student driven, grass roots project and the work they do with the Boys and Girls club. You can learn about CLIP and their upcoming community garden events here.

Lehigh Faces:

Meet Alessandra Bazo Vienrich ’14G, she just finished her master’s thesis on undocumented students. Read her story here.

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