Being quarantined isn’t stopping Lawrentians from stepping up for the health and safety of the campus community. Six students employed in the costume shop have constructed more than 350 cloth face masks so far for students and staff who are on campus.
Director of Wellness and Recreation Erin Buenzli helped orchestrate the mask-making operation. With the threat of COVID-19 spread an ongoing concern and the need for masks to be worn in shared spaces on campus, she worked with Lawrence’s COVID-19 Management Team on the idea of supplying masks to Lawrence community members who need to be on campus. This idea reached the costume shop, where six students took on the challenge during Spring Term to make as many masks as they could.
“I love the collaboration and the ingenuity of students,” Buenzli said. “The fact that we can reach across departments to look at an issue and be creative and solve it. It’s been fun to be a part of.”
The masks have been distributed to students, faculty, and staff as needed. Signage has been placed throughout campus reminding anyone on campus grounds to wear a mask.
Five of the six students made the masks remotely from home and sent them to campus. The work continues this summer.
Andrea Lara ‘21 shipped her work from her Milwaukee home-turned-workspace. Combating a global pandemic by making more than 50 face masks probably wasn’t on her mind when she learned to sew in the costume shop in Fall 2017. But Lara embraced the work wholeheartedly.
For one, she’s always been driven by a simple desire to help others. Secondly, she’s seen the pandemic taking its toll around her in Milwaukee. That experience motivated her to be an agent of change.
“Sometimes it can feel overwhelming that I don’t have any power,” Lara said. “Sometimes the only way I feel like I can take control is to do something to help others stay safe.”
Lara is a psychology and theater double major. Like the other students involved in this project, she found a marriage between her education and reaching out to help others that goes beyond employing sewing skills.
“As a psych major, I really focus on the betterment of people,” Lara said. “In particular, disenfranchised people who don’t have access to resources. That’s really important to me. And as a costume designer and theater major, it’s important to show how well you can work and adapt under pressure.”
Never underestimate the influence of the good you put into the world. Lara’s 7-year-old brother has taken notice of her efforts.
“When he sees me making masks, he gets so excited and says, ‘We should make more so we can help more people.’ And that increases my excitement to try to help out.”
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
We’re all missing campus during Spring Term. With spring now fully in bloom, the yearning to walk the paths of campus, to kick back on Main Hall Green, or to enjoy food and conversation on the Warch Campus Center patio grows that much stronger.
We’ll be back together soon. We cannot wait. In the meantime, we asked the three student writers who work in the Communications office—Awa Badiane ’21, Alex Freeman ’23, and Isabella Mariani ’21—to share their favorite spaces on campus, inside or out. They’re all off campus this term as well, so this exercise provided a chance for the three of them to take their minds to some happy places.
Here are nine favorite student spaces, three from each writer, in no particular order.
1. Main Hall Green
This is a great place for studying with friends or taking naps on warm spring days. Or, just throw down a blanket, bring some snacks, and watch people walk by. There’s always a bustle of activity on Main Hall Green, from a Frisbee being tossed to music being played to games and festivals being held. (Isabella)
2. The path along the river
Whenever the warm weather arrives, I head down the staircase behind Sage Hall to the path that runs behind campus. The trees shading you from the sun and the sounds of the Fox River acting as a natural playlist make it the perfect spot to appreciate the hidden beauty of campus—either exploring with your friends or taking your own personal tour. (Alex)
3. SLUG hill
The hill overlooks the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG), and it’s a great space all year round. During the warmer months in the fall and spring terms, you can lay out a blanket on the top of the hill to do some homework. You’ll have the best view of the Fox River. And during the winter months, the hill is perfect for snow tubing. (Awa)
4. The Café at Warch
I like going to The Café in the Warch Campus Center really early in the morning with the intention of doing assignments, then getting distracted and people-watching instead. Also good for late-night snack sessions with friends. Great seating inside. Even better seating outside when the weather warms up. (Isabella)
5. Top floor of Briggs
The top floor of Briggs Hall might just be the most underrated study spot on campus. It features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Fox River. If you can snag a study table or armchair at sunset, you’re guaranteed an incredible view … which hopefully won’t distract you too much from that midterm essay. (Alex)
6. The Quad
In between all of the group houses on campus, you’ll find The Quad, a grassy hangout spot that beckons on a sunny day. Have a picnic or study amid the sunshine. The Quad also doubles as a concert venue. It is home to Lawrence’s annual LUaroo music festival, which, of course, we’re all missing this year. (Awa)
7. Fourth floor of Mudd Library
This is the best place to settle in to get some work done because it’s usually dead silent, which is something I lack here at home. The Mudd Library is filled with a variety of great spaces to study, read, or collaborate. But the fourth floor is my favorite. All that beautiful quiet. I can’t believe how much I miss it. (Isabella)
8. Memorial Chapel
There’s a reason that every major concert is held in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel—the impressive acoustics and elegant design cement its place as the best on-campus site to experience music in all of its glory. From student ensembles to Jazz Weekend performances (pictured) to the amazing talents showcased during the Artist Series, Memorial Chapel reminds us regularly that having a music conservatory here adds so much to the Lawrence experience. (Alex)
9. Diversity and Intercultural Center
Ever since my freshman year, the DIC has been a great hangout spot with friends. In between class or at the end of the day, we would come together in the DIC to do homework, watch a movie, or just bond. It is always lots of fun. Plus, the DIC is a prime event space for diversity-focused organizations on campus. (Awa)
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Whether you’re the type to wear shorts until
it drops below zero or the one who bars the windows and gets cozy under a
blanket with some hot tea, one thing is certain: Lawrence makes it easy to make
the most of winter.
As we move deeper into February, here are a few activities to help you take advantage of all that Lawrence has to offer in terms of winter fun.
1: Skate on Ormsby Lake
Ormsby Lake is officially frozen and open to Lawrence students. This is a classic student favorite that always comes with the changing of the seasons, so it’s time to practice some broomball, bust out the figure skates or just take a spin around the pond with a few friends.
With easy access right across from the
entrance to Ormsby Hall, skating on the rink is the perfect way to brighten up
a lazy Sunday or blow off some steam right after class. And don’t worry if you
left your skates at home (or never had any to begin with) — you can pick up
some skates on the cheap at Play It Again Sports in Appleton.
2: Shop at the Community Public Market
For the people who miss seeing booths lined up
down sunny College Avenue for the Downtown Appleton Farm Market at the
beginning of Fall Term, the Community Public Market might be the perfect
Until the Downtown Appleton Farm Market
returns in June, Appleton residents have the opportunity to experience the
Community Public Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 8, March 12 and April 18.
Shoppers will be able to have the bustling Farm Market experience while cozily
tucked away from the cold in the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, just an 8-minute
walk from Lawrence’s campus.
Whether you’re looking for fresh snacks to
take back to your dorm room, a ready-to-go meal to fulfill your non-Commons
food craving or an environment where you can appreciate live music and art, the
Community Public Market is a winter destination.
3: Play in the snow on Main Hall Green
When the snow starts coming down, the grassy area in front of Main Hall turns into a winter wonderland, full of opportunities for classic (and snowy) fun. From making tranquil snow sculptures and snow angels on the lawn to competing in snowball fights with teams and forts, Main Hall Green becomes Main Hall White as students bundle up and brave the chill.
Requiring no preparation or planning (other than
dressing warm), playing in the snow outside of Main Hall is the perfect way to
pass the time when you find yourself just sitting in your residence hall,
trying to find something to do. The only requirement: remember to wear your
4: Order some hot chocolate at Lou’s Brew
As much as we all love Kaplan’s Café, it can
be nice to venture just off campus to break from routine, and Lou’s Brew is the
perfect place to do that.
With a prime location only one block away from
Brokaw Hall, Lou’s Brew is close enough to campus that even students born near
the equator can manage the brisk walk — plus, it’s easy to warm up with a
toasty hot chocolate or latte as soon as you get inside (for tea-drinkers like
me, their London Fog is an all-time fave). Lou’s Brew offers 10 percent off
cash orders for Lawrence students if they present their student ID before
For students willing to walk a bit further
from campus. College Avenue is lined with plenty of other coffee shops that
will satisfy that hot-drink craving, including Brewed Awakenings, Copper Rock
and ACOCA Coffee.
5: Visit the Bubolz Nature Preserve
If you want to revel in the beauty of winter,
there’s nowhere better than Wisconsin. Within the Fox Cities, the must-see
destination for experiencing a stunning winter is the Bubolz Nature Preserve.
Roughly a 15-minute drive from campus, the
preserve features hiking, walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails that
are open from dawn to dusk throughout the winter. If you want to make a day of
it, the Bubolz Nature Preserve also hosts special events, like their
candlelight ski/snowshoe and their beginners’ ski clinics (which are an
absolute necessity for those of us from the flatlands of the southern Midwest).
Regardless of skill level, the Bubolz Nature
Preserve will have some kind of winter activity for you.
6: Roast s’mores in the dorm fireplaces
Although not every residence hall has its own fireplace, most of them do, and
you can stop by the CA desk to schedule a time when you can get some friends
together and hone your marshmallow-roasting skills. (Golden brown all around is
100% the perfect roast, no matter what anyone else says.)
It’s easy to ignore the wind outside when
you’re basking in the heat of the flames.
In order to set up a s’more-making session in
a dorm fireplace, you just need to reach out to your Community Advisor or
Residence Hall Director so a CA can get trained to build a safe fire. Once
that’s done, all you need to do is gather some blankets, find a few sticks and
stock up on supplies from the Corner Store.
7: Sled down Memorial Hill
Tucked right behind the Viking Room in
Memorial Hall, the hill leading down to the SLUG is a go-to destination for
sledding. As the perfect way to de-stress after a long week, sledding down
Memorial Hill is another staple of Winter Term, much like skating on Ormsby
Just request a sled from a CA or RHD, put on
some snow boots and get ready to go fast. Winter is here, and Lawrence students
are ready to enjoy the winter wonderland.
8: Go to some of the many Lawrence events happening every day
With a student body as involved and
accomplished as Lawrence’s, there are a multitude of diverse events happening
every day on campus. From musical performances to lectures from faculty and
staff, from Wellness Center Yoga classes to exhibitions at the Wriston Center,
there is never a shortage of events to attend.
The Lawrence events page is constantly being
updated with more upcoming events, so Lawrence students can be sure that they
will find something that resonates with them. No matter the weather, there is
always something to do within a short walking distance of the residence halls.
It might just take the chill out of winter.
Alex Freeman ’23 is a student writer in the Communications office.
If you’ve ever talked to Lawrentians about their relationship with the Appleton community, you’ve probably heard a reference to the “Lawrence bubble.” In the Lawrence University lexicon, the term refers to campus as its own world in which some students may feel a disconnect from the surrounding community.
Emily Austin ’20 challenged this sentiment by starting Pop the Bubble.
month, this student-run program puts together an evening of various artistic
performances by Lawrence students at The Draw, a multipurpose venue located
along Lawe Street just a short walk south of campus. Each event centers around
a theme chosen to spur conversation and build relationships between students
and community members.
that open space and communication is the main goal of this project,” Austin
said. “I think we often get stuck in the bubble, yet we have so much to learn
from the community and they have so much to learn from us.”
It was the
students’ final performance at The Draw that inspired Pop the Bubble.
Organizers at the venue invited the Lawrentians back to perform any time they
wanted for free. A new door into the Appleton community was opened, and Austin
jumped at the opportunity.
“I thought, ‘This is so cool, we have to do this,’” Austin said. “It would be an opportunity to bridge the gap between Appleton community artists and Lawrence University artists. It would also give musicians on campus a space to perform and feel comfortable outside of the Con and campus spaces.”
Pop the Bubble show resembled an open mic night where Lawrence students
performed for a local audience. The shows have since developed to focus on a
theme that unites performers and audience, Lawrentians and community members
alike. The most recent show, Stories of
Home, asked all to share their personal experiences and memories from home.
Performances included spoken word, music and film. Audience members wrote and
drew their stories from home on Post-it notes that were collected at the end of
the night; just one of the ways Pop the Bubble works to collaborate and connect
with the people of Appleton.
The Pop the
Bubble team has grown to include student artists of many disciplines, including
a dancer, a visual artist, and creative writers. And it’s not just students who
are interested. Community members, especially local artists, have reached out
to the Pop the Bubble team expressing a desire to work with Lawrence students.
community we’ve found here has been so welcoming and excited about the project,”
Austin said. “There’s a desire to get our students out and working and making
“I think if the Appleton community knew about what we were doing on this campus, especially in the Con and in the arts, there would be a little bit more acceptance of each other. It would become a way to share those ideas and collaborate on a human level.”
and theatre major Caro Granner ’20 has been on the Pop the Bubble team since
“When I came in, I felt this really warm, inviting energy,” Granner said of the Stories of Home event during fall term. “People were able to come together and enjoy each other’s company and create some really cool stuff together. To feel that welcoming, joyful energy at the end of a long week was really rewarding for me.”
Granner hope to increase student involvement with Pop the Bubble and expand
their efforts, including doing fundraising for local nonprofits and arts
Pop the Bubble will schedule its next event in winter term.
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
Even in the midst of fall midterms, Lawrentians are never too busy to get into the Halloween spirit.
As the holiday draws near, students can be seen spreading Halloween cheer all around campus with a variety of fetes and frights. So warm up that mug of apple cider, put the finishing touches on that costume, and check out some of the favorite ways Lawrence students celebrate Halloween. You might just be inspired to join us.
1. CORE group trick-or-treating
On the Monday before Halloween, CORE leaders and their groups of first-years don costumes and head out for CORE trick-or-treating, a beloved Lawrence Halloween tradition. Starting at 9 p.m., the students go door-to-door for treats at the homes of Lawrence faculty near campus. President Mark Burstein’s home is a popular stop along the way.
The route ends with an afterparty in Memorial Hall, where students can hang out and eat their candy after all the fun.
2. Halloween parties
In the weeks preceding Halloween, students across campus organize their own Halloween-themed parties. These gatherings range from scary movie watch parties to full-blown costume bashes. It’s all about taking a break from midterm stress and spending time with friends.
3. Haunted house trip
Are you feeling brave? Each year, students in search of scares are invited on a road trip to a haunted house in Green Bay. This popular event has limited spots that fill up fast, so it’s important to sign up and pay the $5 fee as early as you can. Bringing along some friends makes for an extra memorable experience. This year’s trip already happened, but there are plenty of haunted houses in the area if you and your friends want to venture out on your own. They continue through Halloween weekend.
4. October Festival
The Diversity and Intercultural Center hosted an evening of festive fun in celebration of October. Students enjoyed caramel apples and root beer floats while designing skeletons and paper lanterns. What better way to wind down halfway through the term?
5. Pumpkin carving
Maybe parties and haunted houses aren’t your thing. Some Lawrentians spend a relaxing afternoon carving or painting pumpkins with friends. A variety of Jack-o-lanterns can now be seen near the entryways of residence halls and on the doorsteps of campus houses.
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
After finals are done, dorm rooms are packed and the academic year has come to an end, most Lawrence University students go home for the summer. However, there are always some students who decide to stay and take advantage of amazing opportunities — whether it be conducting research with a professor, interning at one of the campus offices, or finding an off-campus job in Appleton.
For those who stay, it’s a chance to experience campus at a slower pace and to see Appleton in a way that just doesn’t happen during the academic year.
I’ve been one of the 146 students who stayed on campus all summer, calling Colman Hall home. I’m a government major from New York who is working as a student writer in the Communications office. I talked with other students who have been here this summer about the Appleton experience.
Spoiler alert: We love it.
Fun in Appleton
students are here during the school year, they get so caught up in the
abundance of things going on on-campus they rarely get to enjoy the many things
Appleton has to offer. With gorgeous weather (usually) and not having classes
to worry about, summers at Lawrence give students a chance to do just that.
year was my first time at the Mile of Music festival, and it was so much fun,”
said Shonell Benjamin
’20. “It was really nice getting to see Appleton come alive the way it did, and
the performances I got to see were great.”
Mile of Music is an Appleton tradition — seven years and running — that many students do not get a chance to experience because it happens during the summer. Over the course of four days in early August, the downtown is filled with live music, all original, with more than 900 performances taking place in 70 venues along a mile stretch of College Avenue. In addition, nearly 50 music education workshops take place, allowing festival-goers to get interactive instruction in diverse forms of music and dance, many of the sessions hosted by Lawrence Conservatory faculty or alumni.
got to go to all the Music Education events,” said Thuy Tien Tran ’20, who is
majoring in film studies and economics and stayed this summer to work on video
projects in the Communications office. “I got to see a lot of great artists
from Lawrence. They shared their experience from during their time at Lawrence
and how they use that to help other people.”
of Music, of course, is not the only thing Appleton’s downtown has to offer
during the summer months. There’s a myriad of small shops, art studios, restaurants,
coffee shops and bars, a weekly Thursday night concert in Houdini Plaza, and every
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the downtown strip gets blocked off and is
used for the Downtown Appleton Farm Market.
long as I’ve been here on the weekends, I’ve gone to the farmers market and got
stuff for dinner,” said Isabella Mariani ’21, who is studying French, with an
English minor, and is working as a student writer in the Communications office.
more than 150 vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, meats, baked
goods, and other specialty items, the farm market is a beautiful thing, and it’s
just steps off of the Lawrence campus.
love the farmers market,” said Briana Wilson ’21, a biology major. “I remember
when I went a few weeks ago there was a tornado warning, but the vendors were
still set up and people were still shopping. Everyone was just having too much
fun to stop.”
the storm did eventually bring the market to an abrupt stop that morning, but
point well taken. The farm market is a must visit if you’re staying on campus
for the summer.
Trying something new
students stay on campus because they’ve found an opportunity that allows them
to stretch their educational wings.
professor asked me if I was interested in being part of his lab group,” said
Benjamin, a biology major. “I thought it would be a cool opportunity, and a
chance to take a risk and explore something new.”
Benjamin previously spent her summers at home in New York City, but she accepted the invite from biology professor Israel Del Toro. She has spent her summer doing work in the biology department, conducting research that is going toward Del Toro’s ongoing study of urban bee habitats.
really happy I stayed to do research,” said Benjamin. “I enjoy being part of
Professor Del Toro’s lab and working with him. I’m also happy to be part of
this research. The work we are doing is important because climate change is
real and we have to protect the bees.”
Samantha Torres, a psychology and theatre arts double major, also from New York, opted to spend her summer in Appleton as well.
Jesus Smith in the Ethnic Studies Department “told me he was very impressed
with my work in the classroom and thought I would be a great assistant for him
this summer,” said Torres. “I’d never considered living in Appleton
for the summer, but I thought taking the risk would be worth it.”
out of her comfort zone turned out to be a decision Torres does not regret.
Staying on campus allowed her the opportunity to build transferable skills
through research and the chance to experience Appleton in a way she is not able
to during the school year.
was especially driven to the research position because of my graduate school
plans after Lawrence,” said Torres. “I knew research would make
me a standout candidate. But staying also allowed me to meet so many new
people and create fond memories that I wouldn’t have during regular term.”
Than, meanwhile, said she’s learning a ton while spending her
summer working with the Lawrence Office of Communications in video production.
make videos that help promote Lawrence and the different aspects of Lawrence,”
She started working at her
position in the Communications office during the academic year. When she
transitioned to a summer position, she wasn’t sure what to expect.
didn’t expect to really get a chance to work on projects,” said Than. “But the
whole (video) process, I get to do everything. It’s not just helping and
assisting (the director of video production) with his work, I actually can work
on my own projects.”
Keeping it casual
staying on campus or exploring the areas of Appleton near campus, there are
plenty of things to do during down time in the summer. The pace is much slower.
day me and my friends just decided for dinner we were going to barbeque,” said
Wilson. “We barbecued some burgers and then went inside to watch a movie; it
was lots of fun.”
There are tons of opportunities on campus to enjoy being outdoors. There’s a summer exclusive cookout every Wednesday in front of Kaplan’s Café called Griff’s Grill, plus outdoor volleyball games, and tons of spots around campus to enjoy a picnic.
walk across the College Avenue bridge and a hard left onto S. Walter Street
will take you into Telulah Park, home to a skateboard park, a disc golf course,
a baseball diamond and a picnic area. It’ll also connect you to the Newberry
Trail if you’re looking to hike or bike.
Besides the shopping and dining opportunities along College Avenue, you’re also close to coffee shops and restaurants overlooking the Fox River, some along the Newberry Trail near the Banta Bowl and some a short hike past the tennis courts on Drew Street (think E. Walter Street and S. Olde Oneida Street). Many of them have outdoor decks, allowing you take in the Wisconsin summer in all its glory.
Enjoy it while you can.
Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
than traveling the world; students who have enhanced their college experience
with off-campus study often return with new perspectives and skills that stay
with them for the rest of their lives.
abroad last year made a lasting impression on Jackeline Flores ’19, who studied
at the Lawrence University London Centre for her global studies major and
“Personally, I feel that my experience abroad really solidified the idea that the world truly is my oyster,” she said. “All the knowledge and culture I was exposed to while abroad reminded me that there is so much out there left for me to learn about, which I find super exciting.”
alone. We sampled more than a dozen Lawrence students who studied abroad during
the past academic year, asking them to share key takeaways from their
So many opportunities
Centre satellite campus is just one of 52 life-changing opportunities available
to Lawrence students through the off-campus study program.
blends classroom and experiential learning to facilitate students’ personal and
academic growth through engagement with different cultures in an immersive
learning environment. This leads to a range of profound benefits, says Director
of Off-Campus Programs Laura Zuege.
“We know it
affords the opportunities for intercultural learning, growth and development
that employers time and time again are looking for,” she says. “Study abroad is
a laboratory for that kind of development.”
her colleagues work tirelessly to make these programs accessible and suitable
for students of diverse academic, socioeconomic, social and ethnic backgrounds,
by offering programs for every major and addressing students’ varied needs.
For more information on off-campus
study, click here.
students have different concerns in different locations,” Zuege says. “We want
to be tuned in with some of our portfolio (program) choices but also with how
we approach, prepare and recruit students to be sure we’re reaching a range of
the student body that’s representative of our student body.”
This fall, a
breakthrough financial aid policy change is making that possible. All of a
student’s institutional financial aid — grants, federal loans, scholarships —
can now be contributed to off-campus study, in addition to existing study
abroad scholarships. In the past, 100 to 120 students went abroad each year;
this fall there will be 145.
What they’re saying
Here are a dozen more Lawrence students whose lives changed thanks to off-campus study last year:
Tamima Tabishat ’20, AMIDEAST, area and Arabic language studies in Rabat, Morocco; global studies/German language studies and French language studies: “The most important (impact) was the way it helped me learn how to adapt quickly and smoothly to a new environment. Morocco’s geographic, linguistic, religious, political and cultural elements are very different from my typical academic environment. By studying in a new context, I felt that I was able to adopt new habits, adapt to new customs, and abide by new social rules, all of which are incredibly important skills to have in life. Practicing these things every day taught me how to see everything from a totally new perspective, which has made me not only a more critical thinker, but also a more considerate and tolerant citizen of the world.”
University London Centre, government/Spanish: “The London Centre allowed me to
prepare myself for life after Lawrence. Thanks to the London Centre and
Off-Campus programs staff, I had an internship, so I learned how to work in
traditional offices, along with learning how to commute to work. I will never
be able to put into words how impactful this was.”
Abigail Keefe ’20, IES Paris, language and area studies; violin performance, and mathematics/French and music theory: “Living in France with my host family helped me to improve my skills in the French language way beyond what I ever thought I would be capable of. Living in a country where my native language was not the primary language also helped me to try to understand how it would feel for people living and working in America for whom English is not their native language.”
Ryan Leonard ’19, IES Auckland, New Zealand, geology: “This experience is going to be one of the biggest selling points in my life after college. From the challenge of moving to a new country alone and having to meet new people, to maintaining good grades and budgeting and making time for travel, I have gained many marketable skills that I may not even realize I have acquired.”
Julia Johnson ’20, IES Vienna, music, cello performance; psychology/pedagogy: “It pushed my boundaries in so many ways such as speaking another language, making friends, being comfortable with public transportation, making travel plans, and not being afraid to explore Vienna and go to performances on my own. I feel like I grew more as a person studying in a new city where they speak another language more than I ever would have on my own campus.”
Ethren Lindsay ’20, Japan; linguistics and Japanese: “I was able to take many classes that would not have been available at my home university, one of which was a translation job. Since I am planning on possibly going into translation as a part of my future work, this was quite literally the most valuable thing that I could have gotten out of college.”
Alice Luo (Manxin) ’19, IES Berlin, language and area studies; history: “Berlin is such a dynamic city with people coming from all over the world. In America, I felt an urge to be more American and I tried to deny my Chinese identity to some extent in order to better merge into the American culture. In Berlin, with the diverse population and cultures and a seemingly freer atmosphere, which I personally felt, I learned to accept my identity and even celebrate it and appreciate it.”
Juan Marin ’20, IES Freiburg, language and area studies; film studies and German: “I feel like the program taught me how to understand people better. I met a lot of people abroad, and I don’t just mean my classmates and more Americans. I met people from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Russia, Bolivia, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Australia, Germany (of course), Morocco, the UK, and more. The program gave me an even higher appreciation for diversity and inclusion.”
Kate Martensis ’20, Budapest, semesters in mathematics education; math and history: “As part of our practicum course, my fellow students and I each had to teach two classes at a local high school. Though the process was not without its difficulties, it was an incredibly valuable experience, and I was so glad to put all the things we’d learned from school visits and our classes into practice. This made me all the more excited to be a teacher.”
Tia Colbert ’20, Lawrence University London Centre, English and Greek/creative writing: “There was a significant focus on using London itself as a textbook, and I feel like that enhanced all the classes. I believe that experiential learning is one of the best ways to engage students, and the London Centre Program definitely delivered in that respect.”
Harry Rivas ’19, ACM Shanghai, economics: “The program had a drastic impact on my life. It changed the way I saw the rest of the world, specifically how I saw China, the impact China has already had on the world, and what is to come. I got to explore a culture and mindset so different from my own.”
IES Auckland, New Zealand, government/international relations: “It was incredibly interesting to
interact and work with others my age from a different social and academic
culture than mine. Collaborating with them and learning their stances on
business and ethical behavior was fascinating, and it was immensely rewarding
to observe other points of view outside of the U.S.”
Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.
APPLETON – Goats are busy working the garden. We’ve got the “Goat Cam” footage to prove it.
Ten goats — two Nigerian dwarf goats and eight fainting goats — have settled into the SLUG garden on the Lawrence University campus, and for the next week will continue to devour unwanted thistle and burdock weeds.
The goats — supplied by Steve Anderson of Mount Morris, owner of the newly launched Goat Busters farm — arrived last Tuesday after Lawrence biology major and SLUG garden manager Floreal Crubaugh ’20 put out a call for rented goats.
“I was looking for more sustainable ways to control the weeds than applying herbicides, and more efficient ways than pulling them up manually,” Crubaugh said.
We attached a GoPro camera — our “Goat Cam” — to the back of one of the goats. We let Blu show us the work in progress on a Monday morning in the garden. Be warned: the footage is adorable and may steal a large chunk of your day.
The SLUG (Sustainable Lawrence University Garden), a student-run nonprofit enterprise that uses sustainable agricultural methods to nurture a honeybee apiary, a fruit tree orchard, a vegetable garden and a hoop house, has been a fixture on the Lawrence campus for nearly two decades.
But the use of goats is a first.
Crubaugh went in search of goat rentals after successfully
seeking monies through a Lawrence sustainability grant. The thistle and burdock
weeds on the east end of the garden had gotten unmanageable, and the student
volunteers couldn’t keep up, she said.
“I thought, what if we got some goats in here and they
basically do the work for us, all while providing a lot of benefits for the
garden, like fertilizer and digesting the seeds?” she said. “It was a really
impossible project to take care of as humans, so we turned to goats.”
See more photos of the goats in the SLUG garden here.
Crubaugh, Anderson and LU officials first sought permission from the City of Appleton to allow for the goats. They were granted a special exemption for three weeks.
Anderson installed a temporary fence last Monday, then delivered the goats the following day.
“With the university always being progressive and thinking ahead, I think this is going to encourage the city and the county to take goats more seriously,” Anderson said. “Invasive plants are a widespread problem, whether it’s these weeds or buckthorn or whatever the issue is.”
It’s the first time he’s rented out the goats, something he
wants to do more of in the future.
Anderson, who initially got the 10 goats this spring to help
tackle a growing buckthorn problem on his family’s 30-plus acres in Waushara
County, said he hopes to expand his goat herd and eventually connect with
cities and counties to help control weed and invasive plant issues in parks and
along hiking trails.
“They eat the seeds,” Anderson said of the goats. “That’s
one of the biggest advantages of the goats is that they digest the seeds. The
birds just spread it. But goats will actually digest it, so there’s no new
Visitors are welcome to check out the goats and the work
going on in the SLUG garden, located at the base of the hill just off of Lawe
Street. Most of the goats are fairly shy. But a couple are outwardly social and
are happy to greet visitors to the garden.
Crubaugh, who can be found tending the garden most days
during the summer, hopes her work in SLUG will set the table for career
opportunities in the sustainability field after she graduates.
“This is a good way to get a taste of that,” she said.
The senior from Bloomington, Illinois, had worked with goats while helping relatives who operate a cattle ranch in Montana. She saw the sustainability benefits first hand.
“I’d go out there during my summers as a kid and help bottle feed the orphan goats, and I’d watch the goats just move across the fields like a sundial, just mowing everything down,” she said. “That’s where this idea sort of originated for me.”
Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: email@example.com