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Highlights from the Quad - UD Legacy Student

Wednesday, October 2, 2013  
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Lydia West (C’17) UD Legacy Student


Following in the footsteps of great grandma, grandma, grandpa, an aunt, and mom and dad, Lydia West (C’17) decided the University of Dubuque was the right place for her to pursue her fine and performing arts major.

Lydia’s grandfather, Ronald Fisher (C’58), and grandmother, Vivian Fisher (C’58) met on campus while attending the University of Dubuque. Vivian was an active member of choir and shows Lydia the black and white photos of the choir from when she was a student. Lydia’s parents also met at the University of Dubuque. Her dad, Michael West (C’86) was a member of the football team and majored in physical education and her mom, Michelle West (C’86) was a music major on campus. They were both involved in Greek life and have shared with Lydia the details of how they met on the quad.

Despite her family history, the freshman from Winnebago, IL had the typical goodbye experience of many freshman: "I cried,” said Lydia, "but also excited to start the next chapter of my life.” The next chapter of Lydia’s life is centered around the arts and the Heritage Center on UD’s campus.

Lydia remembers her first tour at UD and her excitement about the Heritage Center, which was still under construction at the time. "My mom was probably more excited than I was about the Heritage Center,” explained Lydia, "but now that I’m here, it goes beyond my expectations!” Heritage Center is the main attraction to UD for Lydia and other music focused schools just didn’t compare.

Lydia is looking forward to seeing shows at the Heritage Center and performing in Butler Hall – she’s already had the chance to do that by singing with the choir for opening convocation. She is also looking forward to the choir trip which will be a two week tour to Canada, Boston, Maine and many other places.

Besides the wonderful Heritage Center, Lydia is grateful to be on a college campus with professors who are willing to help students succeed. "Kids who think they can’t go to college have an opportunity…UD gave me a chance.”

There will be plenty of story telling and comparing of year books between Lydia and her family as she works towards her degree at UD. Pictured to the left is some of Lydia's family: Laura Burger (C'83) (aunt), Vivian Fisher (C’58) (grandma), and Michelle West (C'86) (mom).  Pictured to the right is a photo of Lydia and her parents: Michael West (C'66) and Michelle West (C'86).  There may even be some family reunions that take place on campus! UD is lucky to have alumni that encourage and refer new students and the Advancement Office is excited to watch as the legacy in the Fisher/West family continues!


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