Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. — author, professor, and executive partner of the Chicago-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners — delivered a lesson on leadership at Lawrence University’s opening convocation of the 2011-12 academic year. Sharing the insights revealed in his book “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership”, Kraemer encouraged students to take the leadership reins “ASAP”.
A 1977 Lawrence University graduate, Kraemer is also the former chief executive officer of the multibillion-dollar global health care company Baxter International. He generously donated 500 copies of his book for distribution to Lawrence students.
Members of Lawrence University’s class of 2015 will become better acquainted with their new hometown Saturday, September 10, when they head into the streets of Appleton for an afternoon of volunteering.
The 363 first-year students arrived in Appleton this week from 26 different states and 21 different countries. The Into the Streets program is designed to help them understand the needs of the community they will call home for the next four years.
“The program is a great introduction to the community,” said Kristi Hill, director of volunteer and community service programs. “Participating in a group service project allows students a comfortable approach to becoming involved in the community and may motivate future interests in career and volunteer options, expand social connections, and to learn more about community needs.”
The Lawrence students will volunteer at the following organizations:
- Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley
- Goodwill Community Center
- Manor Care
- Edison Elementary School
- Valley New School
- Sustainable Lawrence University Garden
- Paper Discovery Center
- Building for Kids Children’s Museum
Lawrence students will help with cleaning, unloading, taking inventory, planting, harvesting, landscaping, bowling with senior citizens and constructing a greenhouse alongside homeless shelter residents.
Lawrence University’s mission emphasizes preparing students for “responsible and meaningful citizenship” and the Into the Streets Program is one of dozens of community service events that Lawrence University students participate in annually.
Lawrence University is once again prominently featured in Forbes’ annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges.” The 2012 Forbes report, prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, lists Lawrence as 63rd among 650 of the nation’s leading undergraduate colleges, 57th among private colleges, and 8th among Midwestern colleges. For the fourth straight year, Forbes ranked Lawrence University first among 13 Wisconsin colleges included on the list.
The rankings are based on five categories, including post graduate career success, student satisfaction and retention rate, student debt, four year graduation rate, and competitive awards.
Earlier this week, The Princeton Review also named Lawrence University as one of the nation’s best, including Lawrence in its 2012 edition of “The 376 Best Colleges.”
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Lawrence University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Lawrence in its new 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.”
Approximately 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book. Colleges chosen for the list are rated in eight categories including academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, campus quality of life and environmental awareness and responsibility.
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s publisher and author of “The Best 376 Colleges,” “We commend Lawrence University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book.”
Lawrence received a rating of 92 (the highest possible score for all colleges was 99) for academics.
“We are especially pleased to be recognized for the high quality of Lawrence’s academic programs,” said David Burrows, provost and dean of the faculty. “We are proud of our emphasis on individualized learning and preparation for a life of effective, ethical action in the contemporary world, and it is wonderful that Princeton Review shares our enthusiasm for this form of education.”
The Princeton Review’s ratings are based on institutional data, visits to schools over the years, feedback from students attending the schools, and the opinions of its staff and a 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. The Princeton Review does not rank colleges in the book from 1 to 376 in any category.
In a “Survey Says ” sidebar in the book’s profile on Lawrence, The Princeton Review lists topics that students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about. The Lawrence list includes:
- No one cheats
- Lab facilities are great
- Students are friendly
- Campus feels safe
- Low cost of living
- Students are happy
- Musical organizations are popular
- Theater is popular
Lawrence joins just four other Wisconsin colleges for the “best colleges” distinction: Beloit College, Marquette University, Ripon College and UW-Madison. “The Best 376 Colleges” is the 20th edition of The Princeton Review’s annual best colleges book. For details visit www.PrincetonReview.com.
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a world-class conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. Ranked among America’s best colleges, it was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,520 students from 44 states and 56 countries.
The answer to the question “what’s happening at Lawrence University?” is easily answered via smartphone with the recent launch of a new mobile website:
The debut of the Lawrence University mobile website provides users with easy smartphone access to information that is likely to be used by people who are on or near the campus:
- Menu selections at Warch Campus Center dining locations
- Reference tools and resources from the Mudd Library
- Up-to-date news and a calendar of campus events
- Weather information from Youngchild Hall’s weather instruments
- The status of washers and dryers at residence hall laundry facilities
“We wanted to make Lawrence’s website more accessible on a wider variety of computer devices,” said Rachel Crowl, new media and web content coordinator. “As computer screens shrink from the desktop to tablets and smartphones, website content must adjust to fit the tools people are using. Anyone who has tried to access an older website from a smartphone knows how frustrating that experience can be.”
The mobile website is designed for anyone who wants to know more about Lawrence University. Students and prospective students are always the highest priority, but the university hopes greater access to campus information will provide more reasons for Fox Cities residents to visit the Lawrence campus.
The Lawrence University mobile site is now in a beta testing phase and smartphone users are asked to provide feedback via an email link at the bottom of each web page. “We plan to expand the mobile website offerings,” Crowl said. “User feedback will help us make improvements to the site in the future.
A little rain isn’t dampening the spirits of those attending Lawrence University’s Reunion Weekend, June 10-12. Check out these photos!
Sarah Ehlinger, the Class of 2011’s senior speaker, praised the “Lawrence bubble” during her remarks at Lawrence University’s 162nd Commencement Ceremony Sunday, June 5, 2011.
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Former U.S. Senator Russell Feingold encouraged Lawrence University’s Class of 2011 to become “citizen diplomats” as they begin the next phase of their lives. Feingold was the university’s commencement speaker June 5, 2011. He told graduates, families and university dignitaries that they are the keys to creating a positive image of Americans when they are traveling the world as students, on business or on vacation. (click on the arrow to hear the remarks.)
Video of the commencement ceremony will be available later this month.
Photos from Lawrence University’s 162nd Commencement. Enjoy!