That's the Spirit!

On April 26, my wife Valerie and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary. With a pub crawl.

I know what you’re thinking: Bob, you are such a romantic! But before you judge me, you have to know that this wasn’t just any pub crawl. It was the Fells Point Haunted PubWalk, hosted by the Lehigh Club of Baltimore.

Granted, it wasn’t champagne and roses, but Val and I agreed that there was no other way we’d rather celebrate this milestone than with our Lehigh family. The event was coordinated by Bobby Buckheit III ’09 (who incidentally just received our Regional Volunteer of the Year Award during Alumni Weekend) and his wife, Krista Bellick ’11, who have brought new life to the Baltimore Club with their commitment and enthusiasm. The PubWalk itself is co-owned and operated by a Lehigh alum: Amy Lynwander ’91 has been introducing visitors to this amazing neighborhood for more than 14 years through her unique tours. Val and I had a great time.

And yes, I’m pretty sure I saw a ghost.

Not everyone would choose to connect with the “spirit” of Lehigh in such a literal way. But I share this story not only to thank and celebrate our club volunteers, but to remind you that the Lehigh University Alumni Association offers so many opportunities and benefits: Alumni Weekend and Reunion, Sendoffs, Homecoming and Family Weekend, regional club outings, and virtual Mountain Talk lectures and alumni career webinars. We’re adding new alumni affinity groups, with access to alumni networks connected with entrepreneurship, accounting and the health care industry. And we have plenty of other ways you can volunteer, network and stay connected.

Take advantage of all we have to offer at And while you’re there, I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to show your support for Lehigh with a meaningful gift before the end of our fiscal year on June 30 (just go to You can support the university as a whole or a program of your choice, and even make your gift in honor or memory of someone special to you.

Thank you for your support and for keeping the Lehigh spirit alive!

Sincerely, Robert W. Wolfenden, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations