It happens to the best of us. Sometimes Lawrentians lose track of their belongings in the bustle of student life, and you never know what will turn up in the lost-and-found bins on campus. We visited some of these lost-and-found locations and picked out 10 curious misplaced items.
#10 | Desk organizer
pencils, paperclips and highlights all without a home. It’s pretty hard to stay
organized when you lose your entire desk organizer. Someone out there could use
some tips on keeping track of things.
#9 | Art
Lawrence’s lost and found bins are artistic. Who would leave this behind? The
artist’s identity is a mystery. . .
#8 | Bow rosin
A string player’s best friend. As a former cellist it’s no surprise to see this in the lost and found. Really, has anyone in history ever gone through all their rosin before losing or breaking it? Users of ChapStick might be familiar with the phenomenon.
#7 | Personalized letter “A” mug
Is there an
Archie or Alyssa out there looking for their favorite mug? A personal mug like
this one can make that daily cup (or many cups) of hot tea or coffee even more
special and integral to your day.
#6 | Handwritten lyrics
Poetic talents abound on campus. Maybe this person didn’t like their work and chose to abandon it. Who knows, this could have been the beginning of the next greatest hit.
#5 | Hanging shamrock wall decoration
This is probably the remnant of someone’s St. Patrick’s Day party that was discarded after the festivities. But the party hasn’t stopped; this decoration has been coating everything else in the lost-and-found bin in glitter.
#4 | Pumpkin carving kit
There is surely a faceless jack-o-lantern looking for this. This pumpkin-carving kit was misplaced before it could be opened and used. Maybe it will be reclaimed in time for next Halloween.
#3 | Red sleeping bag
It’s unclear if this was ever used; maybe for a spontaneous camping trip? Or a camping trip that never happened? Regardless, it’s a strange thing to lose!
#2 | A whole shower caddy
How does one
lose a shower caddy? A more vexing question, how does one lose it in the
Conservatory where this was found? I’d like to hear the explanation behind this
#1 | A bag of acrylic paints and paintbrushes
What’s an artist without their supplies? Whether these belonged to an art student here at Lawrence or just someone with a artsy hobby, I hope they come looking for their supplies soon so they can get back to creating masterpieces.
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
It’s spring. The sun is shining. It’s time to get outdoors and get active.
For Lawrence University students, the opportunities to do so as part of organized clubs are plentiful.
Longboarding or other skateboarding? Rock climbing? Biking? Rowing? Take your pick of those and many more.
Lawrence makes it incredibly easy for students to come together and pursue their passions. To start a club on campus, all you need is an idea and two friends, and your idea can become a Lawrence official club.
As an official club on campus, you can easily pursue your interests with help from campus coordinators, and potentially funding assistance from the university. A lot of students take advantage of how efficient it is to start something on campus, making it pretty easy for students to find something fun to do. Everything from the Baking and Cooking Club to Sailing Lawrence will give students the opportunity to try something new.
For a directory of student organizations at Lawrence, click here.
As the weather warms up, students can take advantage of the long list of activities to partake in while enjoying the great outdoors.
The Women’s Longboarding Club is an example of just one such opportunity.
“I love riding with other people,” said Angela Caraballo ’21. “It’s fun to see others enjoying something that I also enjoy.”
With meetings every Sunday afternoon, the Women’s Longboarding Club gives newcomers the chance to learn longboarding and gives experienced riders a chance to connect with other Lawrentians who share their interests.
“The thrill of riding around so freely, feeling the wind rush around me, is exhilarating,” said Jailene Rodriguez ’21.
There are plenty of other opportunities to enjoy being outside both on and off campus. With clubs such as the Rock Climbers Club and Rowing Club, students are able to explore parts of Wisconsin they may have never seen. And there’s a Badminton Club, a Slacklining Club, a Flag Football Club, a Bike Club, among others.
Rowing Club gives students the opportunity to row in various parts of Wisconsin and compete against other schools.
In a similar fashion, the Rock Climbers Club gives students the opportunity to go to different hiking sites or rock climbing walls throughout the Midwest.
“My favorite thing about Rock Climbers Club is that everyone starts out on the same level and folks are welcoming to newcomers,” said Spencer Washington ’21. “You don’t need much experience but rather openness and a willingness to trust your own movement.”
That goes for almost all of the student clubs. You don’t have to have any experience to join. You can be anywhere from novice to intermediate and still be able to participate in any of the clubs offered on Lawrence’s campus.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get active.
(Photos above are Rebecca Minkus ’20 and Earl Simons ’22)
Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
We’re just a couple of short weeks away from Lawrence University’s 2019 Commencement, the 170th in the school’s storied history.
are 19 things to know as you prepare for the big day.
1. Sunday morning celebration: The ceremony on the Main Hall green will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. All comers are welcome. The big tent that usually covers the seating area is not available this year, so it’ll be an open-air event. An alternate indoor site on campus — with limited seating — will be prepped for use should the weather be such that an outdoor ceremony is not possible. Watch for details on the Commencement page of the Lawrence website.
2. A class of brilliance: More than 330 students are expected to take that magical walk across the stage. Of those, 288 are bachelor of arts grads, 28 are bachelor of music grads and 15 are combo B.A./B.Mus. grads. Another 11 are participating in the ceremony but not receiving degrees until December.
3. A speaker from stage and screen: Commencement speaker Lee Shallat Chemel ’65 will return to campus with stories to tell and wisdom to mine from an impressive career directing theater and television productions. Her deep love of theater was first sparked during her time at Milwaukee-Downer College and then Lawrence. After more than 15 years directing theater, most notably during a 10-year stint as conservatory director at South Coast Repertory in Orange County, California, she transitioned to the small screen, directing for such notable TV shows as “Family Ties,” “Murphy Brown,” “Arrested Development,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Gilmore Girls” and, most recently, “The Middle.”
4. From the senior class: Commencement also features words of insight and wisdom from a member of the senior class. This year’s speaker, selected by her peers, will be Jordyn Pleiseis ’19, an anthropology major from Milwaukee.
5. Saying goodbye: Honoring retiring faculty is always a significant — and often emotional — part of Commencement. The Lawrence community will be celebrating two long-serving tenured faculty as they bid adieu to the classroom, Bruce Hetzler, professor of psychology, and Kenneth Bozeman, the Shattuck Professor of Music in the Conservatory of Music’s voice department. Both have taught hundreds (maybe thousands) of Lawrentians during their celebrated four decades-plus at Lawrence.
6. Livestream available: A livestream of the ceremony will be available for viewing in real time. It’s an opportunity to watch the ceremony online if you can’t be in attendance. The livestream can be accessed at the time of the event from the Commencement page.
7. Smile, you’re on camera: Yes, there will be plenty of opportunities for family and friends to take photos of their graduates. There are lots of picturesque locations across campus.
8. Talent on display: Commencement
weekend is a chance for seniors to show some skills, with a Senior Art
Exhibition in the Wriston Art Center Galleries set for Friday (10 a.m. to 6
p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 4 p.m.) and a
Commencement Concert featuring members of the Class of 2019 planned for 7:30
p.m. Friday in Memorial Chapel. Look for a reception following the concert in
Shattuck Hall, Room 163.
9. Spiritual journey: On
Saturday, the 11 a.m. Baccalaureate Service, a multi-faith celebration of the
spiritual journey of the Class of 2019, will be held in Memorial Chapel.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Constance Kassor will deliver the
address. It’s presented for seniors and their families.
10. Picnic moves indoors: The annual Commencement weekend picnic at noon on Saturday, held on the Main Hall green in past years, has been moved inside the Warch Campus Center. Seniors and their families, as well as faculty and staff, are invited. Following the picnic, President Mark Burstein will host a reception for seniors and their families at the president’s home from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
12. There will be awards: As per tradition, several of Lawrence’s most cherished awards will be handed out to faculty during the Commencement ceremony — the University Award for Excellence in Teaching, Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Activity, and Excellence in Teaching by an Early Career Faculty Member. The winners are not announced until Commencement.
13. Dressed for success: The
regalia of Commencement is among the great traditions of higher education — the
gowns, the caps, the hoods, the cords all signaling a particular accomplishment
along the journey of academia.
14. Music to come and go: Speaking of grand traditions, the music of the processional and the recessional will embrace this group of graduates, courtesy of the Lawrence University Graduation Band. Andrew Mast will again conduct as the band performs Crown Imperial by William Walton for the processional and Procession of the Nobles by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for the recessional.
15. Familiar and new faces: Led by President Mark Burstein, there will be familiarity in the ceremony. Kathy Privatt, the James G. and Ethel M. Barber Professor of Theatre and Drama, will again serve as faculty marshal. David C. Blowers, chair of the Board of Trustees, will offer the convocation for the second year in a row. Provost and Dean of Faculty Catherine Kodat will present the faculty awards. One notable change will come in the opening and closing words, a duty handled for many years by Howard E. Niblock. He retired last year, and that honor now falls to Linda Morgan-Clement, the Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life.
16. Class colors: Look for plenty of green to be on display during Commencement. The tradition of assigning a color — red, green, yellow, or purple — to each class at Lawrence has its roots in Milwaukee-Downer history. It was reinstated at Lawrence in 1988 and has continued since. The color of the Class of 2019 is green.
17. Conferring of degrees: That magical moment when the graduates’ names are called and they make the walk across the stage and the degrees are conferred is the heart and soul of any Commencement ceremony. Handling those duties for bachelor of music recipients will be Burstein and Dean of Conservatory Brian Pertl ’86. Handling for bachelor of arts recipients will be Burstein and Kodat.
18. A parade of another sort: A
parade of graduates isn’t the only parade during the June 8-9 weekend that
might get your attention. The 68th annual Flag Day Parade will march
through downtown Appleton beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. It will affect traffic
in the downtown area as thousands of onlookers line the streets to watch the
state’s oldest Flag Day parade. It’ll start on Oneida Street at Wisconsin
Avenue, make its way to College Avenue, then proceed through the downtown,
turning north at Drew Street and ending at City Park. See details here.
19. A Juneteenth celebration: Speaking of city events near campus, you may also want to note this one on your calendar. Appleton’s ninth annual Juneteenth Celebration will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in City Park, providing a possible post-Commencement destination. It also will affect parking near the campus in the afternoon hours.
Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email:
Israel Del Toro’s advocacy for bees — fun fact: there are upwards of 100 different species of bees in Appleton alone — is no secret.
The Lawrence University assistant professor of biology has been championing bees and the untold benefits they bring to our ecosystem since he arrived on campus three years ago. He launched the Appleton Pollinator Project to turn homeowners and gardeners into citizen scientists, helped install and study pollination sites across the Fox Cities, and pushed students in his biology lab and campus environmental clubs to work to improve the on-campus habitat for bees.
Now Del Toro is stepping up that advocacy to another level,
working to get Lawrence designated as a bee-friendly campus via Bee City USA,
an initiative of Xerces Society. There are currently 70 campuses across the
country that hold the bee-friendly designation.
All expectations are that Lawrence will be No. 71, and only
the second in Wisconsin.
Del Toro submitted Lawrence’s proposal in early May,
spotlighting the school’s sustainability push, the efforts to eliminate invasive
species that work to the detriment of bees, the planting of bee-friendly
wildflowers, the ongoing research activities and the educational outreach on
and off campus.
“The goal is to use the campus as this big lab to try to
figure out what the best practices are for managing bee diversity in urban
landscapes,” Del Toro said.
To help connect Lawrence faculty, students and staff with the wonders of honeybees, Del Toro donned a protective suit last week and released bees into an observational hive set up on the roof of the Warch Campus Center, visible from behind the safety of glass on the building’s fourth floor.
“It’ll be an active colony that we hope will last for three
years,” Del Toro said.
“People can’t actually touch the bees but the hives
themselves have a plexiglass window so you can look inside and see the bees
doing their bee thing and building honeycomb and foraging and dancing.”
A formal unveiling of the observational hive will be held in June, complete with a bee-inspired picnic featuring foods that require bee pollination — think apple pie, blueberry treats and avocado smoothies. Stay tuned for time, date and details.
The observational hive at Warch offers an up-close look at the honeybee, the best known of the bee species that are here, but that’s just the start of the bee-focused educational opportunities on campus.
There are 10 different bee species known to be on Main Hall
green, mostly housed in the hexagon-shaped pollination box just southeast of
Main Hall. But another 32 species are known to inhabit S.L.U.G. (Sustainable
Lawrence University Gardens), where students actively maintain a bee-friendly
space with blooming flowers, native wildflowers and the ongoing removal of
Del Toro is also working with City of Appleton officials to
get the city designated a Bee City. It’s all part of the efforts to educate
people on the ecosystem importance of bees and the dangers that exist when
we’re not being good stewards of the land.
“It reflects some of the important values of Lawrence,” Del
Toro said of the bee-friendly campus and city efforts. “Lawrence has always
been very progressive thinking. Sustainability is a big issue now. We want to
make sure that in the time of climate change and biodiversity loss, we are a
leader in setting the proper example. If all we can impact is our little 88
acres on campus, well, that’s a great starting point. We can lead by example. I
think that’s a really great example of the ethos of Lawrence.”
As long as we can get past the misconceptions about bees —
no, they are not looking to sting you — it’s also good for student recruitment,
Del Toro said.
“I would hope something like this is drawing students who are more sustainably focused and are thinking about issues like conservation and ecology and conservation biology,” he said.
For more on Lawrence’s biology and related offerings, click here.
For more on Lawrence’s geosciences and related offerings, click here.
That sort of thinking drew in Maggie Anderson ’19 , a farm girl from northern Minnesota who came to Lawrence with an interest in biology and found the field work that was part of the Del Toro-led bee studies to her liking. She’ll graduate in June, then head to the University of Minnesota to pursue a doctorate while researching bees in prairie ecosystems.
“I didn’t necessarily come in with an intent to study bees,
but it kind of became apparent soon after I got here that that was something I
was really interested in,” Anderson said.
“It’s given me a lot of really great research experience.”
Maggie Anderson ’19
What she got at Lawrence in terms of hands-on research
opportunities was “really more than I expected,” she said.
That kind of scientific research doesn’t start and stop with bees, though. Ecological-focused work is happening across departments at Lawrence, from biology to natural sciences to environmental sciences, where faculty and students are working on studies in such wide-ranging but critical areas as aquatic ecosystems, endangered plants, bat conservation, soil ecology, and hydrology, to name a few.
“This is one tiny thing we do,” Del Toro said of the bees.
“We’re doing a lot of cool science. What that means for our students is they
get to go on this ride with us as we’re doing really cutting-edge science.”
Del Toro and his wife, Relena Ribbons, a visiting assistant
professor of biology who will become a tenure-track faculty member in the fall,
have been leaders in the citizen science project, an effort launched last year to
build nearly 60 garden beds in back yards across the Fox Cities. The garden
beds, designed to grow vegetables, are split in two, one half pollinated by
insects, the other half cordoned off by mesh to keep bees and other insects
The homeowners keep the veggies in exchange for providing
data from their gardens. Del Toro, Ribbons and their students then analyze the
results as they come in.
“What we found from last year’s research is that bees are
probably contributing to a market here in the Fox Cities that’s worth roughly
$80,000 to $100,000 a year in pollination ecosystem services,” Del Toro said. “That’s
based on the amount of produce that gets pollinated by bees in our back yards.”
For Anderson, the interaction with the community has been as
enlightening as the work with the bees.
“It’s given me a lot of really great research experience,
but also communication experience,” the senior biology and music double major said.
“Working with people is a really undervalued part of science, especially in the
conservation field that I want to go into. You have to work with people a lot,
and you have to know how to communicate.”
Her fellow students, Anderson said, have embraced her bee
research and the idea of this being a bee-friendly campus.
“In this campus environment, people really do get that,” she
said. “People really do understand that we are up against a lot of
environmental issues when we talk about bees in terms of habitat loss and bees
just not having enough resources in an urban setting. We need to make a nice,
available on-campus habitat for bees, and students and staff to my knowledge
have been really, really supportive of that.”
Today (May 20) is World Bee Day. And National Pollinator
Week arrives on June 17, just in time for Del Toro’s pollination-themed picnic.
No better time to salute these researchers as they create the biggest buzz on
Whenever I go home for break, I get asked one of two questions, “What school do you go to again?” and “What did you bring me?” That’s why I have compiled this list of Lawrence swag every Lawrentian should own, so we can all be prepared when it’s time to head home for the summer. Take a piece of Lawrence home for yourself and have something to give to someone else.
1) Lawrence hoodie
Who doesn’t love a good hoodie? Especially a lined hoodie, with a reliable drawstring, that you can wear with everything! Every Lawrentian should own their very own classic Lawrence hoodie, and you can get one in Kate’s Corner Store located in the Warch Campus Center. A classic Lawrence hoodie and a pair of black leggings is the perfect outfit for any day.
2) Class T-shirts
Go Class of 2021! During Welcome Week, Lawrence starts off every Lawrentian’s collection of Lawrence gear by giving students their very own class shirts. Each class shirt has the class year and is the color that class is associated with. Learn more about the tradition of Class Colors here.
3) Lawrence phone accessories
Never lose your ID again! With the Diversity and Intercultural Center-sponsored card holder, you can have all you most important cards on the back of your phone. Just peel of the paper lining and stick the holder to any case or directly on your phone. Or you can stop by Kate’s Corner Store and get yourself a Lawrence pop-socket! Now all you’ll need is your phone to show off some Lawrence pride.
4) Vintage Lawrence
BINGO! There are so many opportunities to win free Lawrence gear on campus. At a lot of these events you’ll have the opportunity to win some Lawrence classics that are no longer available for sale but are still very cute. I won my favorite Lawrence top from a BINGO game!
5) Glow-in-the-dark Lawrence water bottle
The name honestly says it all. This addition to the Lawrence swag list was made available starting just this year. Glowing makes anything cool and having a water bottle that glows in the dark and represents Lawrence is the coolest thing ever. These water bottles are available for sale in Kate’s Corner Store.
These are my five essentials. Itching for more? Stop by Kate’s Corner Store in Warch or check out this site full of Lawrence gear. Do you have other Lawrence swag you can’t live without? Tell us all about it in our social media comments!
Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
This will come as a shock to no one, but middle school is hard.
Throw in the first year of high school and you have a three- or four-year stretch that for many is an often emotionally difficult, awkward, angst-filled journey through adolescent hell, a transition from the relative safety of elementary school to the more confident (sometimes) world of young adulthood.
Getting across that bridge with your emotional bearings
intact is no small thing. And that’s where the studies of Lawrence University
Associate Professor of Psychology Lori Hilt and her psychology students come
For the past two years, Hilt has been leading a study on
adolescent rumination, focused on ages 12 to 15, and the study is about to be
supersized thanks to a $368,196 three-year grant from the National Institutes
Adolescent rumination refers to a mindset in which someone can’t
get beyond the negative things that are happening around them. Where most kids
will process something bad that has happened, react to it and then move on, an
adolescent struggling with rumination will dwell on the negative information,
stew on it until it consumes them, unable to let go.
It’s often a precursor to depression or anxiety or other mental health battles that can track into adulthood.
Launching a study
Hilt and the students in her Child and Adolescent Research
in Emotion (CARE) Lab set out to create a mobile app that would utilize
mindfulness techniques designed to aid those 12- to 15-year-olds struggling
with rumination, and then sought funding to study the use of the app.
“We see technology just skyrocketing with kids, so why not
harness that for good?” Hilt said.
The American Psychological Foundation agreed, awarding Hilt an
$18,000 John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant two years ago to launch a
study that would involve 80 Fox Valley adolescents and their families.
Data from that study has been collected and follow-up visits
with the families have been completed. Hilt and her team are in the process of analyzing
what they have.
But now comes the much more robust grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, allowing the study of the app to continue over the next three years, entailing more sophisticated research methods. It’s expected to involve an additional 150 kids and their families. A full-time project assistant will be hired, and 12 to 20 LU students could be working on the study at any given time.
“If the results come out as we hypothesize, if we find that
the kids who use the app actually decrease their rumination and their levels of
depression and anxiety remain lower, then I think we’d move forward with
further developing of the app and maybe get it out publicly, make it available
for more kids to use,” Hilt said.
The app is designed to talk young students through brief
mindfulness exercises at various points during the day, most notably when they
wake up in the morning, after school lets out and before they go to sleep. The
exercises could last from three to 10 minutes, focusing on breathing techniques
and other things to help clear or refocus the mind.
“It came out of some research I was doing right when I
started at Lawrence in 2011,” Hilt said. “One of the first studies I looked at,
in the lab, how can we change rumination?”
So, a lab study using 160 kids was conducted, focused on various avenues to combat rumination, from briefly distracting the student to using mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness came out the clear winner.
“If we know that doing this in the lab for just a few minutes was really helpful, what if we had a way for people to access this as an intervention?” Hilt said. “Obviously, we think it needs more repeated exposure to actually be helpful in the long run. So, we developed an app that would allow kids to access it repeatedly.”
For information on participating in the rumination study, click here.
For more on the Psychology Department at Lawrence, click here.
A tech assist
Hilt and her psychology students knew where they wanted to
go. But they lacked the technical know-how to create and develop an app.
Thus, they tapped a student in Lawrence’s
mathematics-computer science department. Eduardo Elizondo ’16 set to work
creating the app.
“He was a freshman at the time,” Hilt said. “Now he’s at
Facebook. He really helped develop the first version of the app, and it was
kind of clunky. He was learning, we were learning. So then as he became more
sophisticated and we got more pilot data, we refined the app. So, before he
graduated, it kind of developed into the version we have now.”
Another computer science student, Simon Abbot ’20, has since picked up the ball, continuing the work started by Elizondo.
For the LU psychology students, the work on the rumination
study is part of a wider education.
“Since all CARE lab members are undergraduates, we have
opportunities at every step in the research process that are normally only
available to graduate students,” said Caroline Swords ’19, a neuroscience and psychology
major who has been heavily invested in the study and will continue working with
it as a research associate after graduation.
The study is focused on practical tools that young people
can use to navigate their mental and emotional journeys, she said. And, while
the results aren’t in yet, seeing the study unfold over the past couple of
years has been fascinating.
“I was drawn to the study because of the positive impact
teaching mindfulness can have,” Swords said. “Since adolescence is a time when
mental illnesses can first develop, it’s great to teach adolescents about mindfulness,
which can act as a buffer and remain a lifelong skill.”
For Hilt, providing any tools that can help a child adjust,
cope and thrive is always worthwhile.
“I’ve really focused my career on studying that early
adolescent window,” she said. “We know so many things develop then, including
depression. We see pretty low levels, luckily, in childhood, but then in
adolescence you see this huge spike that really stays throughout adulthood. So,
I’ve really focused all my research on trying to understand what’s going on,
how kids process emotions in that window shortly before we see this increase,
and what can we do to try to prevent that from happening?”
Existing apps such as Headspace are already available to teach ways to redirect our thoughts or calm our anxieties. But those, and any studies that accompanied them, are primarily geared toward adults, Hilt said.
“We’re one of the first to really look at it in kids.”
Ed Berthiaume is
director of public information at Lawrence University. Email:
Note: Research tied to the new grant is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health. The content reported here is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
We asked student writer Isabella Mariani to share a list of her favorite restaurants in Appleton. If you have other favorites you’d recommend, share them in our social media comments.
Story by Isabella Mariani ’21
Appleton’s restaurants have provided some of my fondest memories from my time at Lawrence, from the evenings going out with friends to indulge in a huge dinner after a rough week, to the blissful satisfying of burger cravings after a couple of hours at the gym. Of course, I haven’t been to every restaurant in Appleton. But I’ve come to appreciate the fare we have right around the corner. These local restaurants are here for you; they’re the moments when you say to yourself, “I deserve this.” So, may this list serve as a guide for your future best memories in Appleton.
Muncheez Pizzeria – 600
W. College Ave.
Muncheez makes the cut for being the closest place to get decent pizza at a decent price. They’ve also been there for me through my late-night hankerings for pizza; they’re open until 3 a.m. all week. What’s not to love about a place that encourages you to eat pizza after midnight? Their menu offers whole pizzas or just by the slice.
Walkable from campus? Yes. It’s about a seven-block hike.
Home Burger Bar – 205
W. College Ave.
You can be sure of getting a big, well-cooked burger served on a cute red tray at Home Burger Bar. Here’s two more important words for you: truffle fries. As good as the burgers are, I would stop in just for this trendy appetizer. The service isn’t always great but the food will be quality. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to try the PB&J Bacon burger. One day …
Walkable from campus? Yes. Just a few blocks down College Avenue.
dish: Steakhouse burger
Culver’s – 3631 E.
Culver’s isn’t unique to Appleton, of course, but I would be remiss if I didn’t bring this Wisconsin-born chain to your attention. This is the place for quality fast food. I go through phases of intense cravings for one of their signature Butterburgers, followed by an amazing chocolate malt. Try the rotating custard Flavor of the Day. Try a Concrete Mixer (custard with candy mix-ins). Try it all. Here’s the menu. No, it’s not health food, but it’s made fresh and it’s good for your soul.
Walkable from campus? No. You’ll need to find some wheels for this one.
dish: Original Butterburger
Antojitos Mexicanos – 204
E. College Ave.
Yes, you get free warm chips and three kinds of salsa while you wait for your food. If you don’t fill up on that, you have a wide range of dishes to choose from. The menu is huge! I like to inspect it for about 15 minutes and always end up with the fish tacos (go on Tuesdays and get them for $5!) This place gets pretty busy, so going for an early dinner is optimal.
Walkable from campus? Definitely. Just two blocks west of Drew Street.
dish: Fish tacos
Katsu-Ya – 338
W. College Ave.
As a sushi lover, I am so grateful to have a place like Katsu-Ya right down the street. You can go alone for a light dinner and get a couple rolls of great sushi for pretty cheap. This restaurant also wonderfully caters to social dinners with your friends. I love the group effort of agreeing on which rolls everyone wants, enjoying them together, discussing which ones you liked best and ordering some more. It’s a very rewarding dining experience.
Walkable from campus? Certainly. A six-block hike west on College Avenue.
dish: Dragon Roll
Harmony Pizza Café –
432 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Harmony Pizza has the best pizza in Appleton, and your patronage supports a local business started by Lawrence alumni. Choose a pizza from their vegan-friendly menu or build your own; it’s all made with locally sourced organic ingredients. The atmosphere doesn’t suffer when it gets busy. Everyone seems to know everyone, and you might run into some professors during your meal.
Walkable from campus? Maybe. It would be a serious walk, north to Wisconsin Avenue and then another eight blocks or so to the west.
dish: The Beetza
Basil Café –
1513 N. Richmond St.
Basil Café is my favorite among Appleton’s Thai and Vietnamese fare. Your experience starts as soon as you sit down when you get a pitcher of cool, fragrant coconut water at your table while you peruse the menu. Anything you get will hit the spot, from noodle-based soups and salads to curry and stir fry. I cannot wait to try more of what this place has to offer.
Walkable from campus? Probably not. It’s north of Wisconsin on Richmond. May need to find a ride.
dish: Kow Boon
India Darbar – 2333
W. Wisconsin Ave.
Wow. How do I transcribe the sound of my stomach growling? This is the best Indian food in the area. Just thinking about the menu is making me so hungry. You have to start with nan — garlic and stuffed are my favorites — and from there, just go crazy. There is so much to choose from and you can’t go wrong. Come with a group of friends, decide on a few dishes that look good and share them!
Walkable from campus? No. You’ll want to catch a ride for this one. But well worth the effort.
dish: All of it
These are just my picks. Have you also had great meals at Appleton’s restaurants? Tell us where in our social media comments.
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
Willa Dworschack ’20, a Lawrence University physics major from Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, has been named a Goldwater Scholar.
Dworschack, who is doing research in atomic and molecular optics, is one of 496 undergraduates across the country being honored for their studies in math and science fields.
The program honoring the late Sen. Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of math, natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in these fields, is administered by the Goldwater Foundation, a federally endowed agency established in 1986.
“I am thrilled to be honored by the Goldwater Foundation,” Dworschack said. “Lawrence has provided the opportunities to help me perform nationally recognized research, which is instrumental to my successes as an undergraduate.”
Goldwater Scholars have impressive academic and research
credentials that garner the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship
Dworschack, a junior, is among the 496 college sophomores or juniors selected from across the country. The selections came from a pool of 1,223 natural science, engineering and mathematics students who were nominated by 443 academic institutions to compete for the 2019 Goldwater scholarships.
“I am grateful for this scholarship that will help support my future and look forward to discovering what opportunities result from becoming a Goldwater Scholar while I continue my study of atomic and molecular optics,” Dworschack said.
The Goldwater announcement comes on the heels of Lawrence students earning prestigious Fulbright and Watson fellowships.
Details here on fellowship and scholarship opportunities at Lawrence.
Meghan Murphy ’19, from Wauwatosa, is one of 41 national recipients of a Watson Fellowship that will provide for a year of independent travel and exploration, studying the violin and violin-like instruments in multiple cultures. See details here.
Milou (Emmylou) de Meij ’19, from Bozeman, Montana, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award. She will teach English in an assistantship position in Latvia during the 2019-20 academic year. A student of both Russian studies and music performance, she is one of more than 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the coming academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. See details here.
For the four Lawrence University students who are studying abroad during spring term in Dakar, Senegal — part of the school’s Francophone Seminar program— the immersion in daily life in the west African country is invaluable.
“All of our courses are either in French or Wolof, and the people around the Baobab Center are always chatting with us and pushing us to learn new phrases in Wolof or French, so we are truly immersed in the language and culture,” said Greta Wilkening ’21.
Accompanied by Dominica Chang, the Margaret Banta Humleker Professor of French Cultural Studies and an associate professor of French, the students are staying with host families, studying at the Baobab Center, being immersed in local customs and languages and working on independent study projects.
We asked Chang to tell us a little about the program and we asked the four students to share their experiences halfway through the 10-week term. Their responses are below.
Dominica Chang, a brief introduction:
“Hello! Bonjour! Asalaam Alaikum! Na nga Def? I teach French at Lawrence and am leading this spring’s Francophone seminar in Dakar, Senegal.
“Lawrence University’s Department of French and Francophone Studies is proud to lead a long-term study abroad experience for students to Dakar, Senegal. This program, which first began in 1996, is unique for many reasons: not only does a member of the department’s faculty accompany students for the entirety of their stay (both teaching French language and taking courses from local instructors with them), but participants experience complete cultural and linguistic immersion in Senegal, a francophone country with deep ties to France but with its own distinctly rich and proud history and culture.
“While in Dakar, The Baobab Center (African Consultants International) is a home base resource center that arranges family home stays and service learning opportunities, provides cultural orientation workshops and language instruction in Wolof, and organizes cultural excursions in Dakar and other cities and villages in Senegal.”
More on the Francophone Seminar program can be found here.
Meet the students:
Bronwyn Earthman ’21 is a biology and French major from Minneapolis:
“My host family here in Senegal has been a little bit
different than I initially expected because my host mom is in France with her
husband getting a medical treatment, and so I have been living with my three
host brothers, Lucas, 23, Noel, 15, and Marco, 9. They are the best, and I’ve
had a great time hanging out with them!
“The Baobab Center is our home base, where we have all of our classes. It’s about a three-minute walk away from my house, which is so convenient! Africa Consultants International (ACI) was founded in 1983 by Gary Engleberg and Lillian Baer, and its mission is to promote intercultural understanding, social justice, health, and the well-being of the people. The center has two main floors with many classrooms, where we have classes with guest professors from the university, as well as with professors from the center and Dominica. The faculty and staff of ACI are so wonderful and helpful, and are definitely my favorite thing about the center. Every morning when I walk in the building, everyone greets me enthusiastically in Wolof and French, giving me the opportunity to practice both.”
Miriam Thew Forrester
’20 is double-majoring in English and government (international relations)
with a French minor:
“My host family lives in the neighborhood of Mermoz. I live
with my host mom (Gnagna) on her floor, but her son and his family live on the
floor above us so I also have a little brother (Mouhammed) and a baby sister.
My house is right on the VDN (one of the main roads in Dakar), so my walk to
and from the Baobab Center is always interesting.
“One of my favorite things about Dakar is that there is so
much to love; it’s made it almost impossible for me to choose my independent
project. I’m primarily interested in identity (and its creation, expression,
transformation, transmission, etc.), and Dakar has a seemingly infinite array
of possibilities for this. There’s the graffiti, which is not illegal here and
incorporates various aspects of Senegalese identity, culture, and traditional
art forms while simultaneously pushing cultural norms.
“The mix of the French and Wolof languages (as well as Pulaar and others) in daily life is incredible, and I’m currently beginning to conduct interviews focusing on the impact of language on identity here. Each interaction has offered something new, and I am so excited to continue exploring the culture here.”
Tamima Tabishat ’20
is majoring in global studies with a focus on cities and is pursuing a triple
minor in French, German, and Arabic language studies.
“I chose to study in Dakar to improve my French-speaking skills and to work on my senior project. During these 10 weeks, I am staying with a host family that lives very close to the center. My host parents, Chantal and Babacar, are very kind and I felt like a part of their home from the very first day. Chantal takes me with her to markets, family gatherings and church services, which have all been very enriching experiences.
“For my service learning project, I have been researching
the role of the second-hand clothing market in Senegal and its impacts on local
tailors and the textile industry. Over the past few decades, used clothing from
the U.S., many European countries, and China have flooded into Senegal by the
ton and created an enormous second-hand clothing market where used clothing is
sold for a fraction of its original price. Not only is this industry harmful to
the environment, but it has destroyed local industries and jobs such as fabric
production and tailoring as it has become more affordable for consumers to
purchase second-hand items from overseas than locally made garments.
“Over the course of my time in Dakar, I hope to learn more about this global phenomenon through interviews with local tailors, second-hand vendors, fashion designers, and fabric shopkeepers.”
Greta Wilkening ’21
is an environmental studies major with a French minor.
“I live with a host family near the Baobab Center, where I
attend class. My family is quite large: about 18 people in total, though
neighbors and friends will always drop by at any given time. My host family
speaks mainly Wolof, the local language, and they are always helping me learn
new phrases in Wolof. Three younger host-siblings are always ready to play with
me, even after I return home from a long day of classes.
“At the Baobab Center, we take many different classes throughout the week. We take classes like Senegalese literature and history, political history, contemporary art, Islam in Senegal, Wolof, and music and dance. In music and dance, we are learning to play the kora, a stringed instrument, and are also learning a dance routine that we will perform at the end of the program.”
Follow the Lawrence students’ educational journey in Senegal, including more photos and video, on Facebook @lawrenceinsenegal.
Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t do them all, of course, but the options look glorious. We’ve highlighted 20 shows to circle on the calendar. This doesn’t include all the great live music available on a regular basis in the downtown area, the weekly farmer’s market, other arts offerings, or all the great theater and music performances at Lawrence.
But these 20 have us pretty fired up.
1: John Holiday, faculty recital, 8 p.m. May 1, Lawrence Memorial Chapel: We’re starting with something that should definitely not slide under the radar. Holiday is one of the Conservatory of Music’s brightest lights. He’s a rising national star in the opera world and has significant chops as a jazz vocalist as well. After giving this recital – and it’s free – his upcoming schedule includes performances at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, shows in England, Shanghai and Switzerland and dates with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Los Angeles Opera. Joining him May 1 will be Mark Urness (double bass), Dane Richeson (drums), Andrew Crooks (piano) and Neeki Bey (piano).
2: Derek Hough: Live! The Tour, 7:30 p.m. May 19, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center: This one is for the ballroom dancers out there. It’s a solo tour from the dancer who helped put “Dancing with the Stars” on the map.
3: Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m. May 22, Lawrence Memorial Chapel: Fresh off its back-to-back DownBeat Awards, the LUJE highlights the incredible quality of musicianship up and down the roster in the Conservatory of Music. And May is a month where the Conservatory is on full display. Take your pick from a full calendar of Conservatory concerts.
4: John Prine, 8 p.m.
May 24, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center: One of the greatest
singer-songwriters to ever pick up a guitar, Prine returns to the PAC on the
heels of his Grammy-nominated album, “The Tree of Forgiveness.”
5: Mile of Music, Aug. 1-4, downtown Appleton: The festival features more than 900 performances in 70 venues in and around College Avenue. It’s the seventh year of the all-original music festival that has grown into one of Wisconsin’s premier music events. Lawrence plays a big role, with the Conservatory faculty leading the music education portion of the festival. Best of all, most of the performances — mostly up-and-coming artists from around the country — are free.
6: Nick Offerman, All Rise tour, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center: In the spirit of this standup show coming to Appleton, we quote (but don’t necessarily endorse) Ron Swanson, Offerman’s “Parks & Recreation” character: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish, and you feed yourself. He’s a grown man. Fishing isn’t that hard.”
7: Octoberfest, College Avenue, downtown Appleton, Sept. 28: The annual downtown bash ends the summer festival season with a bevy of live music, food and drink that takes over College Avenue with a mass of humanity. Look for the annual License to Cruise on Friday night, then the Octoberfest party all day Saturday. See info here.
8: “Hamilton,” Oct. 1-20, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center: Yes, it’s that “Hamilton.” We’ve been waiting two years since the announcement that the Broadway juggernaut is coming to Appleton. Season tickets are on sale now but individual tickets won’t go on sale until much closer to fall. An on-sale date has yet to be announced. Also, watch for information on possible Student Rush tickets for this and other shows at the PAC.
9: Brooklyn Rider, 8 p.m. Oct. 4, Lawrence Memorial Chapel: This is the kickoff of the Artist Series portion of the Performing Arts Series. A string quartet that melds classical, world and rock sounds. (Season tickets for the series are on sale now; single show tickets go on sale Sept. 17, 920-832-6749, email@example.com.)
University Studio Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Lawrence Memorial Chapel:
The Friday night kickoff to the Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend will put
the talents of Lawrence music faculty and students on full display. The Jazz
Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will be doing a combo, filled with jazz
classics and plenty of improvisation.
11: Miguel Zenon
Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Lawrence Memorial Chapel: The Saturday night of
Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend features this multiple Grammy nominee from
San Juan who is considered a groundbreaking saxophonist.
12: “The Phantom of the Opera,” Dec. 4-15, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center: The musical, a classic loved by some, loathed by others, returns to Appleton as part of the PAC’s Broadway series.
13: Blue Man Group, Jan.
24-26, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center: Performance art in the shade of
blue. It’s a spectacle.
14: Bill Frisell: Harmony featuring Petra Haden, Hank Roberts, and Luke Bergman, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Lawrence Memorial Chapel: Frisell, a prolific guitarist, will lead this group through a range of blues and popular American traditions. It’s part of LU’s Jazz Series.
15: Tine Thing Helseth, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Lawrence Memorial Chapel: A Norwegian trumpet soloist with a rock star following. Also part of the Artist Series.
16: Anderson &
Roe Piano Duo, 8 p.m. April 3, Lawrence Memorial Chapel: A high-energy
piano duo that is part of the Artist Series. The Miami Herald referred to them
as “rock stars of the classical music world.”
17: Melody Moore, 8 p.m. April 18, Memorial Chapel: A soprano who has been drawing raves on some of the top opera stages in the world. Our own John Holiday hails her as “thoughtful, engaging and fiercely talented.” Part of the Artist Series.
18: Tigran Hamasyan
Trio, 8 p.m. May 1, 2020, Lawrence Memorial Chapel: A pianist and composer
with a jazz-meets-rock sound that has drawn wide praise. Lawrence’s Jose
Encarnacion calls him “one of the most remarkable and distinctive jazz piano
virtuosos of his generation.” His performance is part of the Jazz Series.
19: “The Band’s Visit,” May 5-10, 2020, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center: The sixth of seven shows on the PAC’s Broadway lineup, this is a touring version of the musical that won 10 Tonys in 2018. It’s based on a 2007 Israeli film.
20: “Dear Evan Hansen,” June 23-28, 2020, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center: The finale of the PAC’s Broadway season, this musical tells the emotionally rich tale of a lonely teen who becomes a social media sensation, all quite by accident. For a full listing of shows at the PAC, visit here.
Ed Berthiaume is
director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org