If you missed the performance of “Ten Thousand Birds” on Sunday — or would love a second look in a new setting — you are in luck.
The piece from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams was performed Sunday by Lawrence Conservatory of Music students in Warch Campus Center (originally planned for Main Hall Green, it was moved indoors due to inclement weather). It will get a second performance at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, located 30 miles north of Appleton.
Here’s a photo gallery of scenes from Sunday’s performance in Warch.
“Ten Thousand Birds” is a soundscape experience of bird songs and other natural sounds, played by 40 musicians on percussion and wind instruments, strings and piano, a celebration of music and nature. It’s designed to feature natural sounds from the region where it’s being performed. In this case, it’ll be the sounds of animals native to the Midwest or which migrate through the region.
Audience members are free to move about, walking amongst the musicians and choosing their own pathways through the concert in order to create an individual experience of the music.
Directors of the Lawrence University New Music Ensemble, Michael Clayville and Erin Lesser, brought “Ten Thousand Birds” to campus after premiering it with their award-winning group, Alarm Will Sound. The group commissioned Adams to write a piece for them in 2014, intrigued by the “sound worlds” he so masterfully creates in his compositions. What they received was a “folio” of bird songs, an open-ended score that was intended to be performed outdoors, and arranged in any way the ensemble wished.
This week marks one of the busiest
of the fall term when it comes to significant events on the Lawrence campus,
beginning with a Sunday music performance on the Main Hall Green and ending
with a four-day film festival.
We couldn’t hit them all (check the calendar at lawrence.edu for a full listing of events), but here are seven Lawrence University events — all with free admission — packed into one glorious seven-day stretch.
1. Birds celebrated with music on Main Hall Green
Visitors will experience “Ten Thousand Birds” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams on Lawrence’s main lawn at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. The Lawrence University New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Clayville and Erin Lesser, will transform the outdoor space with music based on the songs of birds that are native to, or migrate through, the Midwest.
During the 90-minute performance, musicians and audience can
move freely around the space. In that way, “Ten Thousand Birds” is analogous to
a walk in which you discover bird and other natural sounds — bird songs become
music and the open setting becomes an artistic space, blurring the lines
between human creativity and natural phenomena.
performance will be repeated at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Green Bay Botanical
2. “Family and friends” a theme for Sunday night performance
A recital to be held Sunday, Oct. 13 in Lawrence University’s Harper Hall will carry a theme focused on the bonds of family and friends.
Matthew Michelic, an associate professor of music in the Lawrence Conservatory, will lead the performance, titled “Music for Family and Friends.” It will feature music written for close friends or family either of the composers or the performers. It begins at 7 p.m.
Each piece in the
program has a story that will be related during the recital.
represented include three current or former Lawrence faculty:Stephen McCardell is a teacher of music theory, Keith Dom Powellis a teacher of horn for the Academy of Music and has
instructed in Lawrence’s Freshman Studies program, and Thom Ritter George served as interim conductor of the Lawrence Symphony
The program begins
with a work that W.A. Mozart wrote to help a friend in need, and ends with the
famous Sonatina by Antonin Dvorak, written for and dedicated to his children.
The performers include
faculty pianistsAnthony Padilla and Michael Mizrahi, trombone faculty Tim Albright, and adjunct faculty members Emily Dupere on violin and Leslie Outland Michelic on English horn.
3. Indigenous People’s Day features Oneida dancers
Lawrence University Native Americans (LUNA) will host a celebration of Indigenous People’s Day at 5 p.m. Monday in the Warch Campus Center.
The event celebrates and honors
the lives and cultures of Indigenous People across the Americas.
Oneida pow wow dancers will provide a demonstration, and an emcee will talk about the importance of regalia, dance, and song. LUNA will serve indigenous foods that are central to a couple of Native American tribes, and provide information about the importance of each food and the tribe from which it comes.
4. Music for All concert series is back
The first installment of Lawrence’s Music for All concert series will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Riverview Gardens Community Center, marking the beginning of the fourth season of the series.
Tuesday’s concert will include
performances by professors Erin Lesser (flute), Michael Mizrahi (piano), Dane
Richeson (percussion) and Mark Urness (bass), as well as performances by other
students and faculty. Each piece will be introduced before it is performed,
providing context and suggestions for what the audience should listen for, thus
creating a more immersive and interactive experience.
This series was founded by Mizrahi
and Lesser as part of Lawrence’s partnership with Riverview Gardens, a
nonprofit focused on addressing homelessness and poverty in the Fox Cities.
Mizrahi and Lesser modeled the program off of their work in Decoda, a dynamic
musical group that tries to achieve a social impact through performances.
The Stone Arch Brewpub will
provide light refreshments during the reception.
Future concerts in the series are
set for Nov. 18, Jan. 20, Feb. 23, April 21, and May 18.
5. Latin American and Spanish Film Festival returns
The eighth annual Lawrence University Latin American and Spanish Film Festival is set for Oct. 16–19, featuring seven of the top Spanish-language films of 2018, in the Warch Campus Center Cinema. The festival will begin at 5 p.m. each night and will include films from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Spain and Colombia.
The festival will open on
Wednesday night with two comedies from Mexico and Chile, Perfect Strangers and Broken
Panties, respectively. The films on Thursday and Friday night will take on
a more dramatic tone with three dramas and one thriller: Birds of Passage (Colombia), The
Angel (Argentina), The Chambermaid
(Mexico) and Journey to a Mother’s Room
(Spain). Saturday night will begin with a showing of Chilean drama, Damn Kids, and will be followed with a
special audience Q&A with the film’s director, Gonzalo Justiniano. After
the Q&A, guests are welcome to attend the 7:45 p.m. reception in the
Esch-Hurvis Room, located within the Warch Campus Center.
Professors Cecilia Herrera and
Rosa Tapia of the Spanish Department organized this year’s event.
“The Latin American and Spanish
Film Festival has become a cherished and unique event in our state,” Tapia
stated. “It brings our diverse community together and it reminds us of our
shared humanity and common love for the arts.”
More information on the festival
can be found at go.lawrence.edu/lasf.
6. Indian classical dancer to open dance series
Renowned Indian classical dancer Anindita Neogy Anaam will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Warch Campus Center, marking the beginning of this year’s ongoing dance series.
Anaam, who is based in Wisconsin,
is one of the leading figures in Kathak, a form of Indian classical dance. As a
dancer, instructor and choreographer, Anaam has garnered praise and worldwide
recognition, such as being awarded the Indian Raga Fellowship, an award that
few North American dancers have received. She has performed as a soloist in
India, Germany and the U.S.
Future performances of the dance
series include Set Go on Jan. 17, Michelle Ellsworth on April 8, and Rythea Lee
on April 27.
7. Pianist McDonald to be in concert in Chapel
Soloist and chamber musician Robert McDonald, a music instructor at the Juilliard School and a 1973 Lawrence University graduate, will perform a guest piano recital in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
Along with receiving his
bachelor’s degree from Lawrence, McDonald has earned degrees from the Curtis
Institute of Music, the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. He
has been recognized internationally with various prestigious awards, including
the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award and the gold medal at the Busoni
International Piano Competition, among others.
Although McDonald is a faculty
member at both Juilliard (since 1999) and the Curtis Institute of Music (since
2007), he continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and
McDonald also will be teaching a master class at 4 p.m. Saturday in Harper Hall. (It was moved back one hour from the planned 3 p.m. start because of a scheduling conflict.)
Compiled by Alex Freeman ’23, a student assistant in the Communications office.
Lawrence University has again signed on to an amicus brief that expresses support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, this time in a case headed to the United States Supreme Court.
Lawrence has joined with 164 other colleges and universities
from across the country in signing the amicus brief supporting the roughly
700,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children and qualify
for DACA status.
This “friend of the court” brief was coordinated by the
Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.
Lawrence is working in unison with the Presidents’ Alliance
in its declaration of support for the young immigrants who have built their
lives here and contribute to our campuses, communities and our country’s
economy every day. Lawrence is proud to support DACA recipients and echoes the
Alliance’s statement that it is vital that universities protect this vulnerable
population, President Mark Burstein said.
Two years ago, Lawrence joined dozens of other colleges and
universities nationwide to sign two amicus briefs supporting legal challenges
to the proposed end of DACA, then part of civil actions at the U.S. District
Several cases have now been consolidated and will be heard
by the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12.
Amicus briefs are legal documents filed by non-litigants
with deep interest in a case, advising the court of additional information,
perspectives or arguments to consider.
In signing the updated amicus brief, and joining the
Presidents’ Alliance, Lawrence is reaffirming its statement of DACA support, Burstein
“Ensuring Lawrence remains open to students from all
backgrounds who display academic excellence is a core value of this university,”
he said in 2017. “DACA has provided a valuable avenue for talented students to
pursue a college education and meaningful work.”
The new amicus brief makes the argument that once these
young immigrants have an opportunity to access higher education, they tend to
flourish, and that’s exactly what DACA was intended to do.
“Amici have seen firsthand the positive effects of Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on their campuses,” the brief reads. “DACA
has facilitated the pursuit of higher education by undocumented youth in
unprecedented numbers, ensuring that once enrolled, these students are
positioned to succeed. As a result of DACA, thousands of talented and
hard-working young people have made significant and wide-ranging contributions
to amici’s campuses.”
The opportunities that then come with a degree not only benefit
the student, but also the economics of the community as these young people go
on to pursue professional careers and give back in multiple ways.
“DACA is enlightened and humane; it represents the very best
of America,” the brief states. “It provides legal certainty for a generation of
hard-working, high-achieving, and determined young people who love this country
and were raised here.
“Once at college or university, DACA recipients are among
the most engaged students both academically and otherwise. They work hard in
the classroom and become deeply engaged in co-curricular activities, supporting
communities on and off campus.
“Moreover, our DACA students are deeply committed to giving back to their communities and, more broadly, the country they love. We should not be pushing them out of the country or returning them to a life in the shadows. As institutions of higher education, we see every day the achievement and potential of these young people, and we think it imperative for both us and them that they be allowed to remain here and live out their dreams.”
Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: email@example.com
The sixth annual Lawrence Giving Day kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 10, and it promises to be the biggest one yet, highlighted by a one-hour live evening webcast on lawrence.edu, hosted by ABC News journalist Terry Moran ’82.
The schedule for this one-day fundraising event is packed with exciting events designed to highlight all that’s good about Lawrence University.
celebrating Lawrence in general,” said Amber Nelson, associate director of Annual
Giving. “I’m so happy with how it’s grown. Last year was a record-breaking year
for us with dollars and donors due to the great outreach we were able to do.”
The goal is
to make each year more successful than the last; Lawrence is always adapting to
meet the needs of students, therefore always in need of funding. This means
ramping up engagement with potential givers, and, of course, with the students who
are doing great things on campus, showcasing just how important those gifts
rundown of Giving Day highlights so you won’t miss a moment. Use the hashtag
#LUGives on social media to spread the word.
from a beloved alum
As the host
of Giving Day, Moran will take the lead on the 7 p.m. live show and will meet
with students throughout the day to talk about experiences they’ve had at
Lawrence that are made possible by Giving Day contributions.
Moran, who has remained engaged with Lawrence through
the years and frequently teaches summer seminars at Bjorklunden, has covered the world as a
journalist with ABC News for the past 22 years. He is
a senior national correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He was previously
based in London and served as the network’s chief foreign correspondent.
Earlier in his career he was an anchor on Nightline,
World News, and other ABC News broadcasts.
An editor at The Lawrentian during his time at
Lawrence, Moran also has written for a number of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and The
New campus engagement
participation in Giving Day is of high importance for the overall success of
the fundraiser. After all, it’s students who see the impact of gifts each day
at Lawrence. This year, students will have multiple opportunities to get
involved with engagement events, with a chance to win sweet prizes.
For one, the Student Ambassador Program will host a game of the Price is Right, where students can guess the prices of various items on campus and win some Lawrence gear. It’s happening from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Warch Campus Center.
Other events on Thursday include Spin the Wheel Trivia (11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Warch); Make Some Noise for Giving Day, a chance to play musical instruments and offer a personalized thank you to donors (2 to 3 p.m. outside of the Conservatory of Music); and What’s on the Menu for Giving Day, a food spread catered by The Jerk Joint (5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Diversity and Intercultural Center).
Challenges are the key to connecting with the community on Giving Day. Keep an
eye out for five challenges you can participate in on Facebook, where you can help
reach a goal by sharing posts and tagging friends to spread the word about
Supporting the Lawrence Fund
You can give
to numerous areas on Giving Day, but the Lawrence Fund is the primary
repository for gifts. The fund distributes gifts to four key areas of need — affordability,
academic excellence, student experience and caring for campus.
everything going on campus” Nelson said of the Lawrence Fund.
matched by Game Changers
The name Game Changers is no joke. This Giving Day, these generous supporters boost every gift. Every gift. Gifts from the Classes of 2003 through 2023 will be matched with $500, while all others are matched dollar for dollar. These alumni, family and friends are a huge inspiration.
wonderful to see the community coming together and supporting this,” Nelson
said. “Alumni understand they’re paying it forward. It’s cool to see their
willingness to give back and that they’re proud to be a Lawrentian. It’s a
really uplifting day altogether.”
Don’t miss any of the live shows on Facebook that will be happening throughout the day. Student hosts will take our virtual audiences along for the ride to campus events and behind the scenes of the live evening webcast.
impact of (the gifts) and what they can do is one of the great things,” Nelson said
of the significance of Giving Day. “Being able to hear students share about a
research project they’re able to do because of the money raised or the
scholarship they got. … Seeing how the support for Giving Day factors into
that really plays a role.”
It’ll all be topped off by the live show on the Lawrence website from 7 to 8 p.m., hosted by Moran.
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
When they began gathering in preparation for their Spring
Term abroad in Dakar, Senegal, they were acquaintances at best — fellow Lawrence
students, yes, but close friends, no.
Ten weeks in Senegal changed that in ways that Bronwyn Earthman ’21, Tamima Tabishat ’20, Miriam Thew Forrester ’20, and Greta Wilkening ’21 never saw coming. The study abroad experience, a full immersion in Senegalese life and culture and French and Wolof languages, created deep bonds that continue now that they’re back on campus in Appleton, dramatically altering post-Lawrence plans for at least one of them, maybe more.
“We bonded,” Tabishat said. “We moved as a unit; we checked in on each other. … When one of us wasn’t there, it was like incomplete. It’s crazy because even at Lawrence now, we all do our own thing but when we see each other there’s just this connection.”
Learn more about Lawrence’s biennial study abroad program in Senegal here
That connection has led to something that Dominica Chang, the Margaret Banta Humleker Professor of French Cultural Studies and an associate professor of French, has never seen in her time leading the Lawrence immersion program in the West African country. Friendships blossom all the time during study abroad experiences. But this was different. Consider that all four of these students are now taking an independent study course with Chang during Fall Term to continue their studies in the Wolof language. That has never happened before.
“I reached out to Dominica about doing a Wolof tutorial just
to continue learning Wolof,” Earthman said. “I mentioned it in a group chat,
and then within a day everyone was like, ‘Yes, let’s do it.’”
Wolof is one of a dozen indigenous languages in Senegal, a
francophone country with deep ties to France. While French is the dominant
language, Wolof is spoken by many of the locals in Dakar, where the students
were living and learning during their time abroad.
For the four students, the draw to continue with Wolof lessons
this term comes from a place of shared passion, deeper than any of them would
have anticipated when they set out on their study abroad excursion in late
March. The time in Senegal created intellectual and emotional connections with
the place and the people of Dakar, and all four said they wanted to embrace and
build on that. And to do it together in Appleton, as a group, or unit.
“When Bronwyn proposed the Wolof thing, I was like, well, I already have 18 credits,” Tabishat said. “And they’re all saying, ‘I’m doing it,’ ‘I’m doing it,’ ‘I’m doing it.’ So, I adjusted my schedule because we don’t do anything with just three of us. I can’t just not. I had to justify that to my advisors. I said, ‘The other girls are doing it, and I don’t want to miss out because it’s just as important to me.’”
They now meet with Chang weekly for Wolof lessons in an independent study program designed to pick up where they left off when they departed Dakar in early June. Chang had accompanied the foursome to Senegal, teaching in the Baobab Center while there.
Celebrating the Wolof language was one of the students’ big
takeaways from their time in Dakar. For 10 weeks, they met every day with
instructors at the Baobab Center, learning terms and phrases and proper usage.
They did their best to speak Wolof when greeting people at the market or in
their neighborhoods, where they were living with host families.
“It’s something we all value a lot and something we want to continue,” Wilkening said of the new studies with Chang. “For us, we learned it there and lived it there. It’s not just a language but more about how we communicated with our friends who we became so close to while we were there.”
The students gained the respect of Dakar residents because
they made the effort to learn and use Wolof. Friendships grew from there.
“There’s that point of preserving something you started,”
Tabishat said of her motivation to sign up for the independent study this term.
“I think it’s partially academic but also emotional because we communicated
with people who couldn’t speak French, which is the colonial language, so you
had to use Wolof, and that’s such a deeper connection. In the market and other
places, the reaction people have when you are able to speak Wolof is crazy.
They are shocked, which is insane to me because French people have been there
forever and yet they’re still shocked when you speak Wolof. It’s something we
value because we value those people so much.”
The four students — they dub themselves the SeneGals on
Instagram — come from different disciplines. Earthman is studying biology, Tabishat
is in global studies, Thew Forrester has a double major in government and
English, and Wilkening is in environmental studies. Each dived deep into an
academic service project that related to their majors while in Senegal.
For Thew Forrester, that service project involved studying
artistic identity and how government, politics, and language in Senegal interact
with the pursuit of art and personal expression. That will now become a key
focus of her graduate school studies, and she plans to return to Senegal to
pick up on what she started.
The idea of going back wasn’t on Thew Forrester’s radar when
she first arrived in Dakar. Not even close. She was more than a little anxious
about the 10-week commitment, she said, having signed up only because she
thought the immersion in the French language would help her in pursuit of a
“I almost didn’t go,” she said. “I think now about what I
would be doing, where I’d be if I hadn’t gone there and had that experience.”
Her SeneGals nod in agreement.
“I think all of us have a dream of going back at some
point,” Tabishat said. “If possible, maybe together.”
Want to hear more from Earthman, Tabishat, Thew Forrester, and
Wilkening? Tune in to the live Lawrence
University Giving Day webcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. The four students
will be talking with host Terry Moran ’82 about their Senegal experience.
Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get your gear
ready, Lawrentians, because Blue & White Weekend is fast approaching.
What was formerly known as Fall Festival has been transformed into a weekend that celebrates all things Lawrence, with tons of fun things to do on campus — from a Friday night comedy show to a campus-wide tailgate party before Saturday’s football game to a Silent Disco Party.
celebration starts on Friday (Oct. 4).
When there is a lot going on it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, so I have compiled a list highlighting five key things to look forward to this Blue & White Weekend.
1) Intercollegiate Athletics Viking Hall of Fame Dinner, reception at 6 p.m., ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at Warch Campus Center:
A tradition that was once part of the Fall Festival is continuing into Blue & White Weekend. The dinner is a way to celebrate those being inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
into the Lawrence University Hall of Fame is the highest athletics honor that
Lawrence can bestow upon an individual,” Athletic Director Christyn Abaray said. “It is a marker signifying that the inductee was
and will always be the cream of the crop in how they represented Lawrence on
the field of play with distinct recognition at the conference and national
look at those in the Hall of Fame as the beacons for Lawrence University
athletics and inspirations for our current and future Lawrentian Vikings.”
information on ticket availability, call the Office of Alumni and Constituency
Engagement at 920-832-7019.
2) Comedian Mandal, 8 p.m. Friday in Warch Campus Center:
S.O.U.P. is known for bringing great acts to campus throughout the year. They are continuing that mission this Blue & White Weekend by bringing in Atlanta-based stand-up comedian Mandal, known for energetic performances and wacky humor.
3) All-Campus Tailgate Party, 11 a.m. Saturday at Banta Bowl:
Let’s go, Vikes! This is the second annual Blue &
White Weekend tailgate party! It leads into the 1 p.m. football game. Food and
camaraderie will be available. Grab something to eat, jump around in the bouncy
house and enjoy the music provided by DJ King SZN.
The Lawrence University Vikings will be competing against Illinois College.
This will be their second home game of the season. Lawrence has not played
against Illinois College since 2016, so be sure to go out and support our
5) Silent Disco Party, 8 p.m. Saturday in Warch Campus Center:
This party is new to Blue & White Weekend, hosted by S.O.U.P., and promises to be loads of fun. Silent Discos are headphone parties, giving party-goers the opportunity to choose from three music options to rock out to. The music is controlled by DJs who will be in the room, and one of the DJs will be our very own DJ King SZN!
Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
How do you
get Lawrence students out in the community while also promoting the health of
children in the Appleton area? Little Vikes has it figured out.
The club, founded by two Lawrence University men’s hockey players, provides opportunities for athletics and general wellness education to children in the Fox Cities through mentoring and support from Lawrence students. The Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) approved Little Vikes as an official club last spring, making it a new addition to the school’s repertoire of more than 100 student organizations.
’21 and Jordan Boehlke ’20 founded Little Vikes in the summer of 2018. The club
isn’t Toycen’s first experience with volunteer work. When he was a junior
hockey player in La Crosse, he connected with his community as a peer mentor for
little kids and youth hockey players into the locker room,” Toycen recalls,
“and they’d give us a pep talk or we’d give them fist bumps and stuff like
that. They loved it.”
assisted Coulee Region Sled Hockey in La Crosse, where individuals with
disabilities that prevent them from skating can navigate the ice on sleds. He
was moved by seeing people overcome obstacles to be active and have fun playing
the sport they love.
these experiences with him to Appleton, where he saw a need for mentors for
children needing wellness education.
“Getting to do stuff like that is what I really loved,” Toycen says. “I just wanted to do something like that here at Lawrence.”
Thus, Little Vikes was born. It’s still in its infancy, but Toycen and Boehlke say they hope it’ll grow well beyond its dozen members and will establish itself as an active student program that will live on at Lawrence long after they’ve graduated.
The mission is simple, yet has the potential for high impact in the lives it touches.
“We’re trying to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, while still putting an emphasis on education and things like that,” Toycen says. “We want the kids being active, learning sportsmanship and being on a team. Things that come from being an athlete I’ll definitely take into any job or career I choose to follow.”
becoming an official club, Little Vikes has been able to plot a clearer course
for community outreach. The most recent development is a budding partnership
with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley. The club plans to host weekly
activities and events at the nonprofit youth organization’s local facilities.
Toycen also is
setting his sights on working with SOAR Fox Cities, a local nonprofit and
Special Olympics agency that provides a range of programs for disabled
In the meantime, the club’s activities are geared toward connecting with kids in the Fox Cities and spreading the word about its mission. In November, Little Vikes will hold its second annual Toy Drive for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. The group also will visit classrooms at Horizon Elementary School in Appleton in February to make valentines.
These activities have something to offer the kids involved. And Toycen says Lawrentians need the community exposure that Little Vikes provides.
good to help and serve your community in whatever way you can,” he says.
“Especially people coming from out of state and out of the country, for them to
get a real feel for the Midwest and the Wisconsin lifestyle.”
Despite the focus on athletics, the Little Vikes club is open to anyone on campus dedicated to supporting wellness in Fox Cities youth. The organizers are setting their sights on growth.
“I want to
see the club grow,” Toycen says simply. “Part of the reason we went through
LUCC is to make sure it stays here. I feel like there’s a need for it. I want
to see that need be served each year well after both of us move on.”
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
Lawrence University President Mark Burstein, speaking
Thursday at the Matriculation Convocation to launch the school’s 2019-20
academic year, encouraged members of the Lawrence community to provide constructive
leadership on the growing global climate crisis, and to bridge political
differences along the way.
Burstein called the climate crisis “the central challenge facing society today,” and said it is the university’s responsibility to teach climate science to its students, to raise awareness of the issues and challenges and to converse respectfully with people who dismiss the science.
“It is crucial that we engage with those who dismiss the findings of 97% of climate scientists who now confirm that a climate crisis has begun, and that human activity is a root cause,” Burstein said as he addressed faculty, students and staff in Memorial Chapel on the fourth day of the fall term. “We need to continue to broaden the learning opportunities we offer and to avoid partisan framing of the climate crisis if we aim to reach all of our students, faculty, and staff. Thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of the Environmental Studies program, we offer a wide array of learning opportunities for students to consider how human activity impacts the natural world.”
The convocation, the first of three to be held during the academic year, included the traditional march of faculty, adorned in their academic dress, and music from students of the entering class. But it was Burstein’s call for climate crisis leadership that took center stage.
He encouraged those in attendance to draw on their own
experiences with nature, to consider deeply how human activity is affecting
resources we interact with close to home and on our travels.
“Experiences can sensitize us to the deep and far-reaching
effect that the climate crisis will have,” Burstein said. “My year as a farmer
during a break between high school and college changed my views and established
conservation as central to my personal values. Living directly in the cycle of
a dairy farm significantly influenced the way I thought about the natural
“I’m sure you have your own connections to nature. Could we
find ways to encourage all of us to explore the rich natural resources of
northeastern Wisconsin and Door County? Could this be a way to reach students
who might otherwise avoid enrolling in an Environmental Studies course or
joining an environmental organization? Are there ways we can more closely tie
the prodigious natural world that surrounds us into our curriculum?”
Burstein highlighted the fires that are threatening the
Amazon, the extreme conditions affecting areas from Alaska and the Arctic to
the Canary Islands and California, and the increasingly extreme weather
patterns being experienced here in the Midwest.
He noted statistics from the World Bank that show an average
of 24 million people per year since 2008 being displaced by weather events, and
projections that those numbers will rise dramatically.
Lawrence has initiatives in place and established programs available to teach about environmental issues, be it from economic, policy, cultural, biological, chemical, or geoscience perspectives. Impressive gains in recent years have been guided by faculty members such as Jeff Clark, Marcia Bjornerud, and David Gerard, and sustainability coordinator Kelsey McCormick. But, Burstein said, there’s more work to be done all across campus to better inform and engage on the challenges we face now and those we’ll be handing off to future generations.
He pointed to the polarizing effect politics is having on
the climate crisis debate, and implored those in the Lawrence community to stay
attentive no matter how frustrating it might get.
“Even those who agree that a climate crisis is real approach
the issue now with an incapacitating fatigue,” Burstein said.
“No amount of improved communication seems to weaken the feeling that this crisis is inevitable, that nothing we do can change the course of this unfolding natural disaster,” he added. “This attitude prevents important interventions.”
Protecting the environment and prepping the Earth for future
generations hasn’t always been embedded in a political chasm. When the leaders
of 12 national environmental organizations were asked to rank the “greenest”
U.S. presidents, they chose Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and
Barack Obama, in that order, Burstein said.
“Two Republicans and two Democrats,” he said. “Conservation
was central to Teddy Roosevelt’s vision for America’s future. He preserved land
and natural beauty at the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and hundreds of other
locations across the country. Richard Nixon founded the Environmental
Protection Agency, banned DDT, and created the regulatory infrastructure that
continues to this day. But this public consensus is disappearing.”
It’s time to reclaim the conversation, Burstein said, challenging college campuses to lead the way, to infuse climate science across the curriculum and to foster intelligent and productive conversation, all the while prepping tomorrow’s leaders to be environmentally astute and informed no matter their political affiliations.
“For us, now, to engage our entire community, we must
provide a learning environment in which we can all participate without
criticism or rejection,” Burstein said.
“I hope you will commit yourselves, with me, to making sure
that this generation of Lawrentians will graduate with the knowledge, the
tools, and the energy to provide leadership on the most important challenge
that faces all of us in this century.”
Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: email@example.com
involved in the Appleton community can sometimes be imposing for
students new to Lawrence. Volunteering just might be the path you’re
The school’s Center for Community Engagement and Social Change (CCE) notes in its recently released annual report that 782 students contributed 6,659 hours of volunteer service during the 2018-19 academic year, and 75 percent of the graduating seniors said they had volunteered during their time at Lawrence.
The CCE, now working within the Center for Career Life and Community Engagement (CLC), is looking to keep that momentum going in the new academic year, making it as easy as possible for students to get involved and to follow their passions.
center, located in the Seeley G. Mudd Library, was previously known as
Volunteer and Community Service Center. It rebranded itself to better reflect
the wide array of service opportunities available on and off campus.
wanted to be more true to
our mission, which is not just volunteering,” said Kristi
Hill, director of the CCE. “We’re really trying to educate
Lawrentians on their civic responsibility as citizens of this world. And to not
just serve, but to inform them on social justice issues that could be of
importance to them. So, the name better reflects what we do.”
part of the retooled and reenergized CLC also provides new paths, as well as
better efficiency in connecting service work with resume building.
benefits have been, we’re now with a department that is really focused on the
experiential education or journey of Lawrence students,” said Hill. “Focused on
volunteerism and internships and networking and creating your own community,
those are kind of like-minded
things our office shares with the CLC.”
with the rebranding, the CCE still serves as a resource on
campus for students who would like to volunteer. CCE staffers help students
with everything from getting connected with nonprofits they can volunteer with
to hosting volunteer opportunities on campus.
year, the CCE implemented a new program called Viking
Ambassadors in Service and Engagement (VASE), a program focused on first-year
students to help them make connections and learn about issues in the community. It
drew 33 first-year students, spread across five VASE programs — greater
access to the arts, supporting fair housing and hunger, advocating and care for
elders, protecting and sustaining the environment and allied health care.
programs are tailored to each service area,” said Papo Morales ’21 ,
equal access to education coordinator at the CCE. “Students, preferably
first-years, are really involved and engage in this one specific
service area. Last year, they did service trips, they did events, it
was an amazing thing.”
CCE will continue the VASE program this year, with increased funding that
will allow more opportunities.
Alongside the VASE program, the CCE provides Lawrence students with lots of opportunities to serve.
One program is Service Corps, run by students on the CCE staff. Each Service Corps enclave is geared toward addressing social justice issues in the Fox Cities. The student in charge of the group partners with community agencies. There are seven Service Corps groups: Access to Education, Child Advocacy, Elder Advocacy, Environment and Sustainability, Arts Advocacy, Fair Housing and Hunger, and, starting this year, Animal Welfare.
Tutoring in area schools has been a big draw for Lawrence students through the CCE’s Volunteers in Tutoring at Lawrence (VITAL) program. During the 2018-19 school year, the CCE was able to connect 41 Lawrence students with 83 Appleton school district students who requested tutoring.
programs were offered by the CCE to support environment and sustainability
needs. Overall, 62 volunteers served 1,134 hours toward those causes.
There were 19 programs geared toward
the support of elders at Brewster Village, the Retired and Senior Volunteer
Program (RSVP), and the Thompson Community Center on Lourdes. This allowed 57
Lawrence volunteers to serve 333 hours to support elder rights and care.
to individual service opportunities available to
students, the CCE offers assistance to Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) student organizations
that do volunteer work. Many of these organizations had CCE staff as advisors,
and all of them had access to the resources the CCE provides, including
the GivePulse software used by the CCE, financial support, and service
“The CCE really, really, really tries
to connect with our service organizations,” said Morales. “We support
them in any way that we can. If students are interested in starting a service
organization, we are more than happy to help them. Last year, some
athletes had come in and said, ‘Hey, we want to start a service
organization.’ They came in with just an idea and by the end of last
year, they were fund-raising for stuff. So, if you’re passionate about
starting a service organization, all you have to do is come in and we will
Morales even started a service
organization of his own through his connection with the CCE. It’s called Brother to Brother, a men-of-color
empowerment organization aimed at cultivating leadership and brotherhood and
providing service and advocacy in the community.
“I really wanted to have service be a
part of our messaging,” said Morales. “So, our pillars are brotherhood,
leadership, and service.”
Last year, Brother to Brother was able to serve a multitude of organizations, including Edison Elementary School. This gave the students in the organization the chance to explore parts of the Appleton community they were not familiar with.
“Things they wouldn’t do before, like
they wouldn’t know they loved working with kids,” said Morales. “And
when we took them to this recess, they fell in love.”
When students volunteer, it not only positively impacts the students they’re serving, but it also greatly benefits the organizations.
“The teachers there have shared,
there’s too much for them to do in the time they have provided,” said Hill.
“So, when Lawrence students can spend time with individual students who need
extra support, the teachers are relieved and able to focus on instruction and
looking for funding and other things to grow the school. They openly talk about
it, that Lawrence students allow them to do more. So that’s been a really cool
thing to see at Edison Elementary School.”
The CCE will continue to provide Lawrence students with resources as the school year ramps up.
“We really do encourage people to just walk in and say, ‘Hey, I want to volunteer,’” said Morales. “We have a revamped space, so we really encourage students to come in … someone is always on staff here to answer questions and to help you volunteer. But if you don’t have the time and your schedule is really busy, we encourage all student just to go to GivePulse. You can go on the Lawrence web site and type in GivePulse on the search bar. That is where we house all of our volunteer opportunities.”
Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
Welcome to the 2019-20 academic year. As classes begin today, students are kicking off a journey filled with performances, events and activities, and amid all the fun, they must stay in control of exams and deadlines. We couldn’t include everything, but we chose some important dates you should remember — the indispensable Lawrence traditions and crucial academic deadlines — so you can make the most of this year at Lawrence.
Thursday, Sept. 19,
11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
At the start of each academic year, the president welcomes the Lawrence community back to campus with the Matriculation Convocation. The speech lays the foundation for a collaborative, engaging year. This Thursday, President Mark Burstein will address students, faculty and members of the Appleton community with “Is Our Future Too Hot to Handle?” He’ll examine how human activities are impacting our natural environment and speak to how higher education institutions can better educate and inform on the topic. The convocation is open to the public. Admission is free.
Last day to make class changes
OK, this one has several dates to mark on the calendar. Fall Term: Friday, Sept. 20 | D-Term: Monday, Dec. 2 | Winter Term: Friday, Jan. 10 | Spring Term: Friday, April 3.
Some students miss their registration time or are waitlisted for a class. That’s what late class change deadlines are there for. When you get into that class you were waitlisted for, or you decide on the second day of the term that a course isn’t for you, your schedule is still in your hands. Remember, failing to finalize your schedule by these dates will earn you a late registration fee.
Friday, Sept. 20,
7-8 p.m., Somerset Room
Do you want to get involved on campus? This is the place to
go. The Involvement Fair gives students the chance to explore more than 100
clubs and organizations at Lawrence, from the Baking and Cooking Club to the
Society of Physics Students. Tour the booths and chat with club representatives
to explore all of your extracurricular options. Who knows, you might find the
group you stick with for the rest of your Lawrence journey.
“The Involvement Fair is a great way for student
organizations to recruit new members and spread the word about their purpose,”
says Assistant Director of Student Organizations Charity Rasmussen. “Or just
have a great time welcoming new or returning students to campus.”
Mid-term reading period and D-Term registration deadline
Thursday, Oct. 24
to Saturday, Oct. 27
This long weekend is designated for students to prepare for
midterm exams. Some students use this free time to take a trip home; the winter
and spring reading periods only last two days. In the meantime, maybe you’ve
been considering a supplemental academic experience during your winter break.
If so, in the midst of studying, don’t forget to register for D-Term.
Lawrence’s optional two-week term runs Dec. 2-13. Registration can be completed
on Voyager. Find information on D-Term and the course list here.
Convocation Series: “The Parallel Polis”
Thursday, Jan. 16, 11:10 a.m., Memorial Chapel
Russian-American journalist, author, translator and activist Masha Gessen will give a speech, “The Parallel Polis,” as part of the 2019-20 Convocation Series. These convocations are free and open to the community.
Saturday, Feb. 29, Warch
Cultural Expressions is an evening of performances in music,
dance and poetry that showcase the talents of students of color on campus. This
free event serves to celebrate and educate about cultures at the close of Black
History Month. Cultural Expressions also punctuates the end of POC Empowerment
Week (Feb. 23-29), highlighting the amazing contributions of people of color on
Saturday, April 11
and Sunday, April 12, Stansbury
Lawrence International presents Cabaret, an evening of
impressive student talent and a whirlwind of cultures. Members of Lawrence’s
diverse student body – approximately 13 percent of which are international
students – take the stage and treat the audience to cultural performances with
the goal of cultural education. This annual spring showcase has taken the stage
for 43 years and counting.
Saturday, May 16,
Main Hall Green
By mid-May, the weather is warming up and the school year is
winding down. In true Ormsby Hall spirit of tradition, members of the Ormsby
community host this event to showcase activities from student organizations,
Greek Life and other residence halls at booths and tables. Zoo Days is
distinguished from other campus affairs by the classic carnival booths that are
brought to Main Hall Green. Try your hand at the dunk tank and enjoy live
music, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn.
Saturday, May 23 and
Sunday, May 24, Quad Green
Every Memorial Day weekend, students gather on the quad in
the final days of Spring Term for Lawrence’s own student-run music festival.
The lineup consists of student musicians and exciting headliners, with past
performances from The Tallest Man on Earth and Empress Of. This always much-anticipated
Lawrence tradition is one last hurrah before finals arrive.
Georgia Greenberg ’20, co-chair
of the Band Booking Committee and co-director of LUaroo, says the festival
strikes a special chord with students.
“(Students) should feel like they can take time to
relax and celebrate how far they’ve come in the school year,” she says. “It’s
usually about two weeks from finals, and while that can be a stressful time,
Lawrentians like to set time aside to party with their friends and have an
awesome and fun-filled weekend.”
Thursday, May 28,
Memorial Chapel, 11:10 a.m.
The 2019-20 Convocation Series closes with the Honors
Convocation, which highlights academic and extracurricular achievements of
students. Amy Ongiri, the Jill Beck Director of Film Studies and Associate
Professor of Film Studies, was selected for this year’s honor. Her speech is
“The Importance of Failure.”
Again, several dates to be aware of here. Fall: Sunday, Nov. 24 to Tuesday, Nov. 26 | D-Term: Friday, Dec. 13 | Winter: Monday, March 16 to Wednesday, March 18 | Spring: Monday, June 8 to Wednesday, June 10.
Final exams are perhaps the most important dates for a
student to mark on the calendar. Know the dates well ahead of time so you can
give yourself enough time to prepare and ace those tests. Professors give
reminders as the exams approach, but they can still sneak up on you.
Sunday, June 14,
Main Hall Green
Residence halls close for underclassman three days prior,
but the year’s festivities aren’t over yet. Graduating seniors stay on campus
for Commencement, which signifies their move into life after Lawrence. It’s a
time for family, friends and the future. There will be a number of events during
the weekend for the graduates, culminating with Sunday’s Commencement.
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.