Year: 2007

Professor Cook Elected to Executive Board of International Physics Association, Will Become President in 2010

APPLETON, WIS. — David Cook, professor of physics and the Philetus E. Sawyer Professor of Science at Lawrence University, has been elected vice president of the American Association of Physics Teachers by a vote of the organization’s membership.

Starting with the association’s national meeting in mid-January, Cook will begin a four-year appointment to the AAPT’s executive board in which he will serve one year each as vice president, president-elect, president and past-president.

Looking ahead to 2010 when he assumes the AAPT presidency, Cook sees an opportunity to address what he considers “a growing crisis” facing the country.

“We are losing our competitive advantage because of the insufficient number of highly trained scientists and engineers we’re producing,” said Cook, the first Lawrence faculty member ever elected to the AAPT’s executive board. “Science is not held in very high regard. We need to educate the public on the importance of science and increase the appreciation for science education.”

Founded in 1930, the AAPT is the world’s leading organization for physics educators with more than 12,000 members in 30 countries.

“David’s election reflects his national standing as a leader in physics education,” said Lawrence Provost David Burrows. “Lawrence is proud that one of its own has achieved this high honor.”

Cook’s primary responsibilities his first two years on the executive board will focus on organizing the association’s two national meetings conducted each year. As the AAPT’s president, Cook will serve as the organization’s spokesperson to various constituencies, lead meetings of the executive board and plan the agenda of those meetings.

A member of the Lawrence faculty since 1965, Cook said he was humbled “in the face of the confidence the organization has placed in me” upon learning of his selection. “I’m a bit anxious over the responsibilities that lie ahead, but am firmly committed to living up to that confidence.”

During his tenure at Lawrence, Cook has led the development and incorporation of computers into the physics curriculum. He is the author of two textbooks “The Theory of the Electromagnetic Field,” which was one of the first books to introduce computer-based numerical approaches alongside traditional approaches, and “Computation and Problem Solving in Undergraduate Physics.”

With the support of more than $1 million worth of grants from the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation and the Keck Foundation, Cook built Lawrence’s computational physics laboratory, which features 11 workstations equipped with sophisticated software for graphical visualization, numerical analysis and symbolic algebra.

Cook, the recipient of Lawrence’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1990, earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University.

Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir Presents “Yuletide Carols” Concert

APPLETON, WIS. — Acclaimed harpist Alison Attar will accompany the Bel Canto choir’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece “A Ceremony of Carols” in the Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir’s “Yuletide Carols” concert. Traditional and contemporary Christmas music will be staged in two performances Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E. College Ave.

Tickets, at $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens/students, are available at the Lawrence Box Office or by phone at 920-832-6749. Any remaining tickets will be available at the box office beginning one hour before each performance.

Attar’s interest in historical harps has led her to concert halls around the world. She has played with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival as well as a concert tour of Taiwan.

“The Girl Choir program is certainly honored to share the Lawrence stage with a musician of harpist Alison Attar’s stature,” said Karen Bruno, artistic director of the Girl Choir program.

The “Yuletide Carols” concert will include sacred music, a Spanish carol, an English wassail song, a contemporary composition modeled on 15th-century composition techniques, several traditional carols as well as an audience sing-along.

Amber Evey, a 2005 Lawrence graduate, makes her debut as the new conductor of the Intermezzo Choir (grades 5-7). She had previously worked with the program as a manager and student intern.

Other conductors for the concert include Bruno, Bel Canto (grades 9-12) and Cantabile (grades 7-9) choirs, Karrie Been, Primo Choir (grades 3-4), and Cheryl Meyer, Allegretto Choir (grades 4-5).

The Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir consists of 316 girls representing more than 50 public, private and home schools throughout northeast Wisconsin.

“Gloria” Concert Features Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

APPLETON, WIS. — Budding opera star Heidi Stober, soprano, joins the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and Lawrence choirs as guest artist in their “Gloria” concert Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E. College Ave., Appleton.

Highlighting the concert will be performances of Poulenc’s “Gloria,” one of his most famous works, and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy,” the composer’s first attempt to marry instrumental and choral music together and the early precursor to his revolutionary “Ninth Symphony.”

Tickets, at $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students, are available at the Lawrence box office in the Music-Drama Center or by phone at 920-832-6749. Any tickets still available will be sold at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.

Stober, a 2000 Lawrence graduate and winner of the 2004 Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, has been hailed by Opera News as “the complete package: a winsome presence along with an instrument of stunning brilliance, proportion and beauty.”

She has sung roles with the Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Boston Lyric Opera. Earlier this year, she made her debut at New York City Opera and in December will perform works from Handel’s “Messiah” and Mozart’s “Exsultate Jubilate” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005, she was recognized with Lawrence’s Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award.

During the concert, the Lawrence Concert Choir will perform a short set of works by Sweelinck, Bach, Vittoria and Langlais, while Cantala, the women’s choir, will present seasonal music for women’s voices.

Senior Peter Raccuglia, winner of Lawrence’s recent student piano competition, and several members of the Concert Choir will perform as soloists on “Choral Fantasy.” Stober will be the featured soloist on “Gloria,” which will be performed by the Concert Choir, Chorale and Cantala and the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra.

David E. Becker, director of orchestral studies, conducts the symphony orchestra. Richard Bjella, director of choral studies, leads the Concert Choir and Chorale. Phillip A. Swan, associate director of choral studies, directs Cantala.

Lawrence University “Giving Fair” Offers Humanitarian Option for Holiday Shopping

APPLETON, WIS. — With the holiday shopping season in full throttle, Lawrence University students are offering bargain hunters a different kind of shopping experience — one with a heart.

Members of the campus organization Students’ War Against Hunger and Poverty (SWAHP) will host the college’s first Alternative Giving Fair Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Riverview Lounge of the Lawrence Memorial Union.

The fair will resemble a traditional market setting, with different booths selling a wide variety of items, both tangible and alternative, focused on national and international humanitarian projects. All gifts are designed to support social, economic and environmental progress in developing regions of the world. The fair will feature live music performed throughout the day by Lawrence students and refreshments will be available.

Booths staffed by members of Lawrence student organizations will feature gifts from around the world, such as jewelry and hand-made tapestries, provided by A Greater Gift, a program of SERRV International, a nonprofit alternative trade and development organization. Ninety percent of the purchase price of the merchandise is returned to the people in the developing countries who made the items.

Shoppers also will have the opportunity to honor family and friends by purchasing “alternative gifts” for nearly three dozen different programs worldwide that are working on issues of education, malnourished children and the environment, among others. Gifts ranging from solar-powered computers for a rural school in Honduras to support services for children suffering from cancer will be available.

“The holiday season is filled with the spirit of giving and what better way to show the true meaning of that spirit than by purchasing a gift that provides hope for someone less fortunate, empowers people in crises, helps protect our planet and contributes to building peace in the global community,” said senior Samantha Gibb, student co-founder of SWAHP. “We’re hoping our giving fair provides a unique shopping experience that touches the heart of the gift giver while also making the world a little better place.”

Many of the humanitarian projects available will relate to the goals and purpose of the particular student organization running the booths. Cards explaining that an alternative present was given in their honor will be sent to all individuals designated by the gift purchaser.

All attending the giving fair will have an opportunity to sign onto the ONE declaration, a national campaign involving more than 2.4 million people dedicated to raising public awareness about the issues of global poverty. Two hundred white wrist bands will be available for individuals wishing to publicly show their support for the ONE campaign.

Eight Lawrence University Students Heading to ACTF’s Regional Competition

APPLETON, WIS. — Senior Kristen Hammargren and junior Jem Herron were selected for the 2008 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition following exceptional performances in Lawrence University’s recent (Nov. 15-18) production of “Las Meninas; A Fantasia in Two Parts.” The Ryan scholarship competition is part of the annual American College Theatre Festival.

Hammargren, Bloomington, Minn., and Herron, Ann Arbor, Mich., join seniors Asher Perlman, Madison, Aram Monisoff, South Nyack, N.Y., and Ashley Korolewski, Manitowoc, who were previously selected for the Ryan competition from productions staged earlier this year. Perlman was recognized for his work last February in “Smash,” while Monisoff and Korolewski were cited following last May’s “The Whiteheaded Boy.”

More than 300 student actors are expected to compete for a $500 scholarship January 8-12 at the ACTF’s five-state regional competition in Milwaukee co-hosted by Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch College. Winners at the eight regional competitions advance to the national auditions at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April, 2008.

In “Las Meninas,” Hammargren portrayed Princess María Teresa, the 18-year-old heir apparent to the throne of Spain while Herron portrayed Spain’s King Philip IV. Set in Madrid during the Spanish Inquisition, the play is loosely based on the life of acclaimed 17th-century Spanish artist Diego Velazquez and his famous painting “Las Meninas” (“The Maids of Honor”). Kathy Privatt, associate professor of theatre arts, directed the production.

Three other Lawrence students — senior Julia Robinson, Normal, Ill., sophomore Lauren Sholofsky, Reisertown, Md., and senior Kim Stabile, Wayland, Mass. — also will participate in January’s regional competition in the ACTF’s design competition.

Founded in 1969, the ACTF recognizes the finest and most exciting work produced in college theatre programs and provides opportunities for participants to develop their theatre skills. Conducted since 1972, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship was established in the will of the late actress, best known for her role as the lovable and feisty Granny Clampett on the TV hit show “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

European Historian Discusses Nazi Germany’s “Racial Reshuffling” at Lawrence University

APPLETON, WIS. — A Marshall University historian and author discusses strategies employed by the Nazis toward ethnic non-Jewish Poles that were tantamount to a “dress rehearsal” for the Holocaust in a Lawrence University address.

Phillip Rutherford presents “‘Racial Reshuffling’ and the Nazi War Economy: An Ordering of Priorities” Monday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Main Hall 201.

A specialist on the Nazi era, Rutherford will examine the origin and implementation of Nazi resettlement schemes at the start of World War II in German-occupied western Poland by deporting what they considered “ethnically inferior” Poles. He also will discuss how these operations evolved into a highly efficient “science” as the Nazis honed their notorious talents for clearing away “undesirable” peoples, paving the way for the Holocaust.

An assistant professor of modern European history at Marshall, Rutherford is the author of the 2007 book “Prelude to the Final Solution: The Nazi Program for Deporting Ethnic Poles, 1939-41.”

Rutherford’s appearance is sponsored by the Marguerite Schumann Memorial Lectureship Fund, established in 1986 to bring speakers to campus that reflect Ms. Schumann’s interests in history, music and writing and the departments of history and German.

Incorporating Entrepreneurship into Liberal Education Focus of Lawrence University Initiative

APPLETON, WIS. — William Scott Green, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education at the University of Miami, delivers the opening address of a year-long Lawrence University initiative focusing on the ways liberal education promotes and fosters entrepreneurial thinking and why entrepreneurial thinking is important for success in today’s global economy.

Green presents “Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts: The Role Values Play” Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in Science Hall 102. Following Green’s address, a three-member panel of Lawrence alumni will speak on entrepreneurship as it applies to such areas as financial institutions, the arts and social policy.

Participating in the panel will be Larry Domash ’81, a managing partner and fund manager with Ronin Capital in Chicago, Pete Shuster ’81, CEO and owner of Neuromics Antibodies, a Minnesota-based company that provides antibody products for central nervous system research and Rich Agness ’67, a self-employed pottery artist in Neenah. Merton Finkler, professor of economics and John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor in the American Economic System, will moderate the panel.

While entrepreneurship is typically identified with the study of business, Green believes it can be a basic component of a liberal education, especially when defined as “transforming an idea into an enterprise that generates value.” He will discuss the importance of integrating entrepreneurship more broadly into undergraduate curriculum across disciplines. According to Green, in an educational setting entrepreneurship can become “a way of thinking, an approach to problems, a habit of mind, a framework for interpretation” and colleges and university should utilize entrepreneurship as “a fundamental category of understanding and analysis.”

Prior to joining the administration at Miami in 2006, Green served as dean of the college at the University of Rochester and led the development of Rochester’s undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. He earned a Ph.D. in religion from Brown University.

Green’s presentation and the panel discussion is the first of three events planned during the 2007-08 academic year designed to build awareness and interest in entrepreneurship among Lawrence students and faculty. A Winter Term program will examine ways entrepreneurial activity might play a role in improving our environment. A Spring Term presentation will focus on entrepreneurship as it relates to sustainable development.

Lawrence University Theatre Dept. Opens Season Salute to Spanish Playwrights with “Las Meninas”

APPLETON, WIS. — The question of what impact censorship and a restrictive environment has on the creative medium of art is explored in four performances of the Lawrence University Theatre Arts production of “Las Meninas; A Fantasia in Two Parts.”

Show times are Nov. 15-17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in Stansbury Theatre of the Lawrence Music-Drama Center. Tickets for “Las Meninas” at $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, are available at the Lawrence University Box Office, 920-832-6749.

“Las Meninas” is the first of three productions celebrating Spanish playwrights the theatre department will stage during the 2007-08 season.

Written in 1960 by Spanish playwright Antonio Buero Vallejo, the play is loosely based on the life of famed 17th-century Baroque artist Diego Velazquez and his painting “Las Meninas.” It is set in a period when the Spanish Inquisition strictly prohibited any art designated as “lewd” and even court painters like Velazquez required permission to paint what they wanted to. Lawrence’s production will be only the third time Marion Peter Holt’s translation of Buero Vallejo’s script has been performed in English.

“The play drew me in because it asks serious questions about when to stand by your ideals and when to work within the system because your long-term presence might effect more change,” said Associate Professor Kathy Privatt, the production’s director. “It seems to me that those questions transcend art and are worth our time and attention.”

Six Lawrence University Students Capture Top Honors at State Singing Competition

APPLETON, WIS. — Lacey Jo Benter won her third straight state singing title and Emily Fink received outstanding female singer honors as six Lawrence University students earned first-place honors at the 2007 Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held Nov. 2-3 on the Lawrence campus.

Benter, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned first-place honors in the junior women’s division. She has previously won the lower college women’s musical theatre division and the freshman women division. Fink, Neenah, won the senior women’s division and was named the competition’s outstanding female singer, a new award presented for the first time this year. Both are voice students of Karen Leigh Post.

Four other Lawrence students, one high school student from the Lawrence Academy of Music and one Lawrence graduate also won their respective divisions. Lawrence students swept the top three places in two categories. A total of 66 Lawrence students participated, with 22 advancing to the finals.

Other Lawrence first-place finishers included Katy Harth, Naperville, Ill., in the freshman women’s division; Katherine Meckel, Baltimore, Md., women’s lower college musical theatre division; Nicholas Benson, Minneapolis, Minn., in the men’s lower college musical theatre division; and Ashley Koroleweski, Manitowoc, women’s upper college musical theatre division.

Danny Rakita, a student at the Lawrence Academy of Music, earned first-place honors in the high school music theatre division, while Kerry Hart, a 2001 Lawrence graduate, won the adult professional division.

Harth studies in the voice studio of Joanne Bozeman. Meckel is a student in the studio of Ken Bozeman. Benson studies with John Gates and Koroleweski studies with Steven Spears. Rakita is a student of Bryan Post at the LAM and Hart is a former student of Patrice Michaels.

All first-place finishers were awarded $150 for their winning efforts, while Fink received an additional $100 for her outstanding singer award. Second- and third-place finishers received $125 and $100, respectively.

A total of 425 singers from around the state competed in 20 separate divisions by gender and level in this year’s auditions. Depending upon the category, NATS competitors are required to sing two, three or four classical pieces from different time periods with at least one selection sung in a foreign language.

2007 NATS Auditions/Lawrence Results

November 2-3, 2007 — Lawrence University

High School Music Theater
Danny Rakita First place Bryan Post
Freshman Women
Katy Harth First place  Joanne Bozeman
Sara Brannon Second place  Ken Bozeman
Chelsea Melamed Third Place  Steven Spears
Freshman Men
Stefan Egerstrom Second place  Patrice Michaels
Sophomore Women
Maura Cook Second place  Joanne Bozeman
Taylor Jacobson Third place  Joanne Bozeman
Sophomore Men
Derrell Acon Second place  Patrice Michaels
Justin Berkowitz Third place  Ken Bozeman
Women’s Lower College Musical Theater
Katherine Meckel First place  Ken Bozeman
Men’s Lower College Musical Theater
Nicholas Benson First place  John Gates
Junior Women
Lacey Benter First place  Karen Leigh-Post
Sarah Zach Fourth Place Joanne Bozeman
Junior Men
Andrew Penning Second place  Karen Leigh-Post
Christopher Roebuck Third place  Joanne Bozeman
Senior Women
Emily Fink First place/ Karen-Leigh-Post
Outstanding Female Singer
Jessica Swanson Second place  Steven Spears
Keely Borland Third place  Patrice Michaels
Women’s Upper College Musical Theater
Ashley Korolewski First place  Steven Spears
Kaitlin Hawkinson Second place  Karen Leigh-Post
Continuing Senior Women
Erica Hamilton Second place  Joanne Bozeman
Continuing Senior Men
Hugh Naughtin Second place  Patrice Michaels
Adult Professional
*Kerry Hart, 2001 alumna First place
*Caitlin Cisler, 2006 alumna Second place
*former students of Patrice Michaels

Sculpture, Drawings Featured in New Lawrence University Art Galleries Exhibition

APPLETON, WIS. — The artistic mediums of sculpture, drawing and architecture highlight the new exhibition at Lawrence University’s Wriston Art Center galleries. The exhibition runs Nov. 9 – Dec. 16.

Sculptor Kurt Dyrhaug, associate professor of art at Lamar University, delivers the exhibition’s opening lecture Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. A reception will follow the address, which is free and open to the public.

Dyrhaug utilizes cast metal, wood construction and steel fabrication in his work, which will be exhibited in the Kohler Gallery. The exhibition also will include several drawings by Dyrhaug. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a master of fine arts in sculpture from the University of Minnesota.

The Hoffmaster Gallery will feature the drawings of Michael Hopkins. Distinguished by their detailed, abstract nature, his drawings are housed in the permanent collections of several museums.

“Fragments D’ Architecture Antique” will feature selected images of Greek and Roman architectural elements from a 19th-century portfolio by French artists at the Académie des Beaux Arts. Drawings of artifacts and famous sites such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon are part of this portfolio.

Wriston Art Center hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 920-832-6621 or visit