Tag: Colleges That Change Lives

Harry Jansen Kraemer Jr. ’77 On Leadership – Listen Now

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. — author, professor, and executive partner of the Chicago-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners — delivered a lesson on leadership at Lawrence University’s opening convocation of the 2011-12 academic year.  Sharing the insights revealed in his book “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership”, Kraemer encouraged students to take the leadership reins “ASAP”.

Watch the speech.

A 1977 Lawrence University graduate, Kraemer is also the former chief executive officer of the multibillion-dollar global health care company Baxter International. He generously donated 500 copies of his book for distribution to Lawrence students.

Lawrence University Freshmen Head “Into the Streets”

Members of Lawrence University’s class of 2015 will become better acquainted with their new hometown Saturday, September 10, when they head into the streets of Appleton for an afternoon of volunteering.

The 363 first-year students arrived in Appleton this week from 26 different states and 21 different countries. The Into the Streets program is designed to help them understand the needs of the community they will call home for the next four years.

“The program is a great introduction to the community,” said Kristi Hill, director of volunteer and community service programs. “Participating in a group service project allows students a comfortable approach to becoming involved in the community and may motivate future interests in career and volunteer options, expand social connections, and to learn more about community needs.”

The Lawrence students will volunteer at the following organizations:

Lawrence students will help with cleaning, unloading, taking inventory, planting, harvesting, landscaping, bowling with senior citizens and constructing a greenhouse alongside homeless shelter residents.

Lawrence University’s mission emphasizes preparing students for “responsible and meaningful citizenship” and the Into the Streets Program is one of dozens of community service events that Lawrence University students participate in annually.

Here’s Looking at LU Photo Contest Enters Week 7; Michael Beaupre Chosen Week 6 Winner

Photo contest image no. 7. Good luck! (click to enlarge.)

We’re in the home stretch of our summer “Here’s Looking at LU Photo Contest” and things don’t get any easier with week no. 7’s photo. If it looks familiar and you think you know what/where it is, send us your guess. A correct answer qualifies you for a random drawing for a weekly prize as well as gets your name in the drawing for the $50 grand prize prize package from KK’s Apparel and Gifts at the end of the contest.

Congratulations to campus security officer Michael Beaupre, who correctly identified last week’s mystery photo as the decorative fins that adorn the northeast and northwest corner skylights of the Wriston Art Center. Michael  was one of only 14 entrants with the correct answer last week, earning a Lawrence University spirit tumbler for his winning entry.

How the contest works:

Each Monday from now through the end of August, we’ll post a photo on the Lawrence website news page, and the headline “Here’s Looking at LU! Contest” on the website home page.

Study the photo carefully and, if you can identify the item or location pictured, send an email to communications@lawrence.edu (see link below), telling us what is in the photograph! Be sure to include your name and mailing address. (Limit one entry per week per email address.)

Win this LU Spirit Tumbler!

A prize each week:

Each week, all entrants with correct answers will be entered in a random drawing for a cool blue, 16 oz. Lawrence University “spirit tumbler.” The correct answer and the weekly prize winner will be announced the following Monday. (If no one correctly identifies the photo, two winners will be chosen the following week.)

On August 29, 2011, at the conclusion of the contest, one entry from among all correct contest entries will be chosen as the “Here’s Looking at LU!” grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive a $50 prize package from KK’s in the Warch Campus Center. The more weeks you enter, the better your chance of winning!

Official Contest Rules:

One photo will be posted on Lawrence’s website each Monday for the eight-week duration of the contest. Following the posting of each photo, entries may be submitted to communications@lawrence.edu until 12 midnight CDT (Central Daylight Time) the following Sunday. A weekly winner will be randomly selected by Lawrence University from among each week’s correct entries and all correct entries will be eligible for the grand prize drawing on August 29. By entering, you agree to have your name published on Lawrence University’s website and in other university communications. Lawrence University is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

Send Us Your Guess for this Week’s Lawrence Photo Contest Entry; Peter Boyle ’12 Wins Week 5

Photo contest image no. 6. Good luck! (click to enlarge.)

We’ve passed the midpoint of our summer “Here’s Looking at LU Photo Contest.” If you think you know what and where this week’s photo is, send us your guess. A correct answer qualifies you for a random drawing for a weekly prize as well as gets your name in the drawing for the $50 grand prize package from KK’s Apparel and Gifts at the end of the contest.

Congratulations to Peter Boyle ’12 of Belle Mead, N.J., who correctly identified last week’s mystery photo as one of the streetlights out in front of the Seeley G. Mudd library…shot from directly underneath the light fixture. Peter was one of only 17 entrants who correctly identified that photo and he will receive a genuine Lawrence University spirit tumbler for his keen eye.

How the contest works:

Each Monday from now through the end of August, we’ll post a photo on the Lawrence website news page, and the headline “Here’s Looking at LU! Contest” on the website home page.

Study the photo carefully and, if you can identify the item or location pictured, send an email to communications@lawrence.edu (see link below), telling us what is in the photograph! Be sure to include your name and mailing address. (Limit one entry per week per email address.)

Win this LU Spirit Tumbler!

 

 

 

 

A prize each week:

Each week, all entrants with correct answers will be entered in a random drawing for a cool blue, 16 oz. Lawrence University “spirit tumbler.” The correct answer and the weekly prize winner will be announced the following Monday. (If no one correctly identifies the photo, two winners will be chosen the following week.)

On August 29, 2011, at the conclusion of the contest, one entry from among all correct contest entries will be chosen as the “Here’s Looking at LU!” grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive a $50 prize package from KK’s in the Warch Campus Center. The more weeks you enter, the better your chance of winning!

Official Contest Rules:

One photo will be posted on Lawrence’s website each Monday for the eight-week duration of the contest. Following the posting of each photo, entries may be submitted to communications@lawrence.edu until 12 midnight CDT (Central Daylight Time) the following Sunday. A weekly winner will be randomly selected by Lawrence University from among each week’s correct entries and all correct entries will be eligible for the grand prize drawing on August 29. By entering, you agree to have your name published on Lawrence University’s website and in other university communications. Lawrence University is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

Princeton Review says Lawrence University is One of the Nation’s Best Colleges

Lawrence University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company features Lawrence in its new 2012 edition of  “The Best 376 Colleges.”

Approximately 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book.  Colleges chosen for the list are rated in eight categories including academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, campus quality of life and environmental awareness and responsibility.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s publisher and author of “The Best 376 Colleges,” “We commend Lawrence University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book.”

Lawrence received a rating of 92 (the highest possible score for all colleges was 99) for academics.

“We are especially pleased to be recognized for the high quality of Lawrence’s academic programs,” said David Burrows, provost and dean of the faculty. “We are proud of our emphasis on individualized learning and preparation for a life of effective, ethical action in the contemporary world, and it is wonderful that Princeton Review shares our enthusiasm for this form of education.”

The Princeton Review’s ratings are based on institutional data, visits to schools over the years, feedback from students attending the schools, and the opinions of its staff and a 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.  The Princeton Review does not rank colleges in the book from 1 to 376 in any category.

In a “Survey Says ” sidebar in the book’s profile on Lawrence, The Princeton Review lists topics that students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about.  The Lawrence list includes:

  • No one cheats
  • Lab facilities are great
  • Students are friendly
  • Campus feels safe
  • Low cost of living
  • Students are happy
  • Musical organizations are popular
  • Theater is popular

Lawrence joins just four other Wisconsin colleges for the “best colleges” distinction: Beloit College, Marquette University, Ripon College and UW-Madison.  “The Best 376 Colleges” is the 20th edition of The Princeton Review’s annual best colleges book.  For details visit www.PrincetonReview.com.

Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a world-class conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. Ranked among America’s best colleges, it was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience.  Lawrence draws its 1,520 students from 44 states and 56 countries.

Here’s Looking at LU! Week 5 (and congrats to week 4 winner Andrea Powers Robertson ’94)

Photo contest image no. 5. Good luck! (click to enlarge.)

As our summer “Here’s Looking at LU Photo Contest” moves into week no. 5, it’s time for a slightly tougher picture.

If you think you know what this is, be sure and send us your guess.  A correct answer makes you eligible for a weekly prize as well as the grand prize $50 prize package from KK’s Apparel and Gifts.

Congratulations to Andrea Powers Robertson ’94 of Chicago, for correctly identifying last week’s mystery photo as the fulcrum adjustment wheel on the diving board at the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center!  Andrea was among 59 entrants guessing correctly and she’ll receive a genuine Lawrence University spirit tumbler for her superior knowledge of the LU Campus.

Everyone who submitted a correct answer will be eligible for the grand prize drawing at the end of the contest.

How the contest works:

Each Monday from now through the end of August, we’ll post a photo on the Lawrence website news page, and the headline “Here’s Looking at LU! Contest” on the website home page.

Study the photo carefully and, if you can identify the item or location pictured, send an email to communications@lawrence.edu (see link below), telling us what is in the photograph! Be sure to include your name and mailing address. (Limit one entry per week per email address.)

Win this LU Spirit Tumbler!

A prize each week:

Each week, all entrants with correct answers will be entered in a random drawing for a cool blue, 16 oz. Lawrence University “spirit tumbler.” The correct answer and the weekly prize winner will be announced the following Monday. (If no one correctly identifies the photo, two winners will be chosen the following week.)

On August 29, 2011, at the conclusion of the contest, one entry from among all correct contest entries will be chosen as the “Here’s Looking at LU!” grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive a $50 prize package from KK’s in the Warch Campus Center. The more weeks you enter, the better your chance of winning!

Official Contest Rules:

One photo will be posted on Lawrence’s website each Monday for the eight-week duration of the contest. Following the posting of each photo, entries may be submitted to communications@lawrence.edu until 12 midnight CDT (Central Daylight Time) the following Sunday. A weekly winner will be randomly selected by Lawrence University from among each week’s correct entries and all correct entries will be eligible for the grand prize drawing on August 29. By entering, you agree to have your name published on Lawrence University’s website and in other university communications. Lawrence University is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

Lawrence University Alumnus Eric Simonson Earns Emmy Award Nomination

Lawrence University may be able to claim TWO Emmy Award winners this fall.

Eric Simonson, a 1982 Lawrence graduate, directed the 2010 HBO documentary “Studs Terkel: Listening to America,” which was nominated in the Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form category of the news and documentary Emmy Awards.

The documentary examines the life and career of legendary author and radio and television pioneer, who died at age 96 in 2008, just six months after his final interview for the film. Award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee served as one of the production’s executive producers.

Eric Simonson '82

“The Emmy nomination is really more of an honor to Studs Terkel,” said Simonson, a Wisconsin native who grew up in Eagle. “Studs was a good friend and a hero of mine and I miss him, so I’m glad the film received a nomination in that regard.”

An accomplished theatre, film and opera director as well as playwright, Simonson is a two-time Academy Award nominee and a 2006 Oscar winner for his documentary short “A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin.” He earned his first Academy Award nomination in 2001 as director of the HBO documentary short “On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom,” which profiled the South African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. That film also earned Simonson an Emmy nomination.

He also directed Steppenwolf Theatre’s “The Song of Jacob Zulu” on Broadway, which received six Tony Award nominations in 1993, including one for best director.

More recently, Simonson wrote the script for the play “Lombardi,” a biographical drama based on the life of the legendary Green Bay Packers head coach, which debuted at New York City’s Circle in the Square theater in Oct. 2010.

Winners in 42 categories of the news and documentary Emmy Awards will be announced Monday, Sept. 26 in New York City by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Garth Neustadter, a 2010 Lawrence graduate, earned a 2011 Primetime Emmy nomination for original dramatic score in the Outstanding Music Composition category for his work while still a student on the American Masters documentary “John Muir in The New World,” which aired on PBS in April. Those awards will be announced on Sept. 18 from Los Angeles.

Lawrence University Awarded $50,000 Grant for New “Sustainable China” Initiative

A $50,000 grant from the New York City-based Henry Luce Foundation will support the development of new Lawrence University courses, study-abroad opportunities and collaborative research projects in China, all with an environmental focus, college officials have announced.

Utilizing the resources of Lawrence’s current East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies programs, the new “Sustainable China: Integrating Culture, Conservation and Commerce” program will provide opportunities for students to examine, through a multi-disciplinary approach, the critical issues of economic growth, environmental sustainability and a shifting cultural landscape facing China.

Awarded through the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies & the Environment (LIASE), the grant also will enable Lawrence to expand partnership collaborations with two Chinese institutions, Guizhou Normal University and the Linden Centre in Yunnan province.

Emphasizing integrated sustainability, Sustainable China will focus on three primary areas of study:
• culture, including language, history and the roles of ethnic minorities

• conservation, highlighting the importance of governance systems that encourage both public and private sectors to be good stewards of available natural resources.

• commerce or economic vitality, from the perspective that environmental sustainability should be pursued in ways that also drive economic sustainability.

Professor of Economics Marty Finkler

“The three Cs of sustainability provide a framework for meaningful, multi-disciplinary examination of contemporary China on its own and in a global context,” said Marty Finkler, professor of economics and John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor in the American Economic System. “That framework will force students to grapple with the reality that environmental science and policy decisions have consequences for economic development, poverty reduction and cultural preservation.”

Designed to attract students from a wide range of majors and interests, the Sustainable China program has three major goals: broaden Lawrence student engagement with China in the curriculum; create new opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience in China and promote mutually beneficial bilateral partnerships with organizations in China.

Details of the program will be developed over the next 13 months with a goal of securing further Henry Luce Foundation grant support to launch the Sustainable China program in the 2012-13 academic year.

Associate Professor of Chinese Jane Parish Yang

“The Sustainable China program is a natural next step for Lawrence, joining the formidable talents of the Environmental Studies and East Asian Studies interdisciplinary faculties,” said Jane Parish Yang, associate professor of Chinese. “The resulting program will greatly increase the number, variety and depth of opportunities for Lawrence students to engage with China and perhaps become interested in learning Chinese.”

Finkler said the Karst Institute within Guizhou Normal University and the Linden Centre are “ideal partners” for the Sustainable China program.

“The Karst Institute’s cultural, conservation and economic context mesh very well with the goals of our program,” said Finkler. “Guizhou province is home to more than 20 ethnic minorities, including many Miao villages. The Hmong and the Miao peoples share the same historic and cultural roots. Guizhou province ranks near the bottom in terms of provincial per capita income in China but features a rich array of natural resources, so those three ‘Cs’ of sustainability are all present.

“The Linden Centre serves as a retreat for those who wish to study how traditional culture meshes with modern economic development, in an ecologically responsible way,” Finkler added.

The Linden Centre is the creation of Brian and Jeanee Linden, who also operate the Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay, not far from Lawrence’s Bjorklunden estate.

Since the formation of the East Asian Languages & Cultures department in 1989 (renamed East Asian Studies in 2003), Lawrence has steadily increased its China-focused curricular and co-curricular programming. Efforts include:

• the addition of a major in Chinese

• a series of study tours of China, Japan and southeast Asia involving 82 faculty members and 166 students from 2001-2005 supported by a grant from the Freeman Foundation

• establishment of a new professorship in 2002 devoted to comparative politics and political economy of Asia through the support of Luce Foundation grant

• co-hosting the “China-U.S. Water Symposium” in 2008, which attracted Chinese engineers and policy advisors as well as Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials, members of the NEW North economic development consortium, community leaders, legislators, policy experts and academic experts.

• an investigation of water resource management issues in China by 12 students and three faculty members during a three-week trip to China in 2009 funded by a grant from the Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. It seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.

Enhanced Safety Features Coming to Campus Crosswalks on College Ave.

The Appleton Common Council Wednesday evening approved by a 12-3 vote a Lawrence University proposal to enhance pedestrian and driver safety at two crosswalks on College Ave.

The agreed-to improvements include upgrading eight existing lighting fixtures from 250 watts to 400 watts plus, adding two 1-arm lights near the crosswalks, installing in-roadway warning lights (IRWL) and four amber flashers for each crosswalk utilizing Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) technology. In addition, Lawrence and the city have agreed to conduct joint efforts to educate users of the street and crosswalks to become smarter and safer drivers and pedestrians.

The safety enhancements will be accompanied by a two-year study designed by Dr. William Skinner, director of research administration and Dr. Rob Beck, professor of education, to measure their effectiveness in improving safety. Using a trained crew of staged pedestrians and technicians, the study will collect data on motorist-pedestrian interactions under a variety of conditions, including time of day, weather and visibility at the crosswalks located at Park and Union streets.

The IRWL and RRFB enhances are scheduled for installation in 2012.

Submit Your Guess for this Week’s Photo Contest; Pam Pierre ’96 is Week No. 2 Winner

Here's photo contest image no. 3. Good luck! (click to enlarge.)

Welcome to week no. 3 of this summer’s “Here’s Looking at LU Photo Contest.” Correctly identify this week’s photo (right) and you could win a cool prize and be eligible for a $50 gift card.

Congratulations to Pam Pierre ’96 of Naples, Fla., who correctly identified last week mystery photo as a window in the vestibule of the Wriston Art Center. Pamela was chosen by random drawing from among 22 correct responses as the winner of the LU sports tumbler.

Everyone who submitted a correct answer this week will be eligible for the grand prize drawing at the end of the contest.

Be sure to try send us your guess for this week’s photo of something found on campus.

How the contest works:

Weekly from now through the end of August, we’ll post a photo on the Lawrence website news page, and the headline “Here’s Looking at LU! Contest” on the website home page.

Study the photo carefully and, if you can identify the item or location pictured, send an email to communications@lawrence.edu (see link below), telling us what is in the photograph! Be sure to include your name and mailing address. (Limit one entry per week per email address.)

Win this LU Spirit Tumbler!

A prize each week:

Each week, all entrants with correct answers will be entered in a random drawing for a cool blue, 16 oz. Lawrence University “spirit tumbler.” The correct answer and the weekly prize winner will be announced the following Monday. (If no one correctly identifies the photo, two winners will be chosen the following week.)

On August 29, 2011, at the conclusion of the contest, one entry from among all correct contest entries will be chosen as the “Here’s Looking at LU!” grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive a $50 prize package from KK’s in the Warch Campus Center. The more weeks you enter, the better your chance of winning!

Official Contest Rules:

One photo will be posted on Lawrence’s website each Monday for the eight-week duration of the contest. Following the posting of each photo, entries may be submitted to communications@lawrence.edu until 12 midnight CDT (Central Daylight Time) the following Sunday. A weekly winner will be randomly selected by Lawrence University from among each week’s correct entries and all correct entries will be eligible for the grand prize drawing on August 29. By entering, you agree to have your name published on Lawrence University’s website and in other university communications. Lawrence University is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.