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Week #2 of “Here’s Looking at LU” Photo Contest Underway; Week No. 1 Winner Announced

Here's photo contest image no. 2. Good luck! (click to enlarge.)

Week no. 1 of this summer’s “Here’s Looking at LU Photo Contest” generated 15 correct answers. Congratulations to Lynn Hagee ’58, director of conferences and summer programs at Lawrence, chosen by a purely random drawing as the winner of the LU sports tumbler. She knew the photo was one of four concrete casts located in the Music-Drama Center “court yard” outside Stansbury and Cloak theatres. They are based on larger works created for Chicago’s McCormick Center.

Congratulations to all who submitted a correct answer. Your names will be entered in the drawing for the grand prize at the end of the contest.

If you didn’t correctly identify that photo, try you luck with the photo for week no. 2. The “Here’s Looking at LU! Photo Contest” is a fun way to see if people can identify photos taken of various locations and objects around 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.

Enter the “Here’s Looking at LU!” Photo Contest

Here’s photo contest image #1. Good luck! (click to see full size image)

How observant were you during your student days or on your visits to campus? Do you think you know the nooks and crannies of Lawrence University? The “Here’s Looking at LU!” is a fun summer contest to see if you can identify photos taken of various locations and objects around campus.

How the contest works:

For each of the next eight weeks, 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.

Long-Serving Admissions Dean Looks Forward to Life without Student Applications

Having overseen the enrollment of more than 10,300 Lawrence University students — nearly 40 percent of all Lawrence alumni alive today — Steve Syverson is looking forward to reading something other than high school transcripts and lists of extracurricular activities.

After 28 years of shaping Lawrence’s student body as head of the college’s admission office, Syverson will retire at the end of June. He is the longest serving dean of admissions in the college’s history.

“When my wife Diana and I arrived at Lawrence in 1983, I envisioned a career in which I would move to a new college every five or six years,” said Syverson, vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid. “Obviously, 28 years later, it’s clear that our love for Lawrence and the Fox Cities changed those plans dramatically.”

Steve Syverson, vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid, is retiring June 30 after 28 years at Lawrence.

Not only did Syverson’s career plans change, but the college underwent its own transformation, physically and demographically. Seven new buildings have been built since he joined the college. Applications during his tenure soared from 879 his first year to 2,800 this year. Lawrence’s enrollment in the fall of 1983 was 1,028 and 50 percent of the students were from Wisconsin. By 2010, enrollment had increased 48 percent to 1,520 degree-seeking students, with more than 70 percent of the freshmen coming from out-of-state.

“Steve has done exceptional work for our college and conservatory over the years, strengthening the student applicant pool and building a first-rate team of admissions staff,” said Lawrence President Jill Beck. “His financial management has been crucial to the well-functioning of the university. We have all depended upon him to help sustain a vibrant academic and artistic core at Lawrence. Steve’s sense of how to achieve balance in our entering classes, including athletes, scientists, humanists, musicians and artists, students of diverse backgrounds, social scientists and geographic diversity, has been masterful.”

The goal of attracting bright, diverse and engaged students has remained constant the past two-plus decades, but the means of attracting them has undergone radical change since Syverson started.

“When I first arrived, my correspondence was typed by a secretary on a typewriter and re-typed from scratch if I made any edits,” said Syverson, a native of California. “In the late 1980’s, I recall getting talked into purchasing a contraption called a fax machine. Today we read our applications electronically on laptops and I haven’t sent a paper version of a memo in years.”

An outspoken critic of college rankings, Syverson has established himself as a nationally respected voice on the ethical treatment of students in the admissions process and has been interviewed numerous times for stories by The New York Times, Washington Post, PBS and others on the subject. He served as vice president of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling’s (NACAC) for admissions practices from 1988-91 and is a former president of the Wisconsin ACAC.

In 2005, Lawrence joined a growing movement of selective colleges to adopt a “test optional” admissions policy and Syverson subsequently served on the national Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admissions.

“We need to challenge the perceived importance of the SAT and ACT,” Syverson said of the decision to go test-optional. “A student’s high school record is the best predictor of success in college, so if that student has done well in high school but has weaker test scores, they can ask that we not consider their scores.”

A past president of the Fox Cities chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Syverson plans to remain involved with the organization in retirement, as well as committing serious energy toward promoting the Certified Educational Planner, a national credential for college counselors.

“I believe strongly that every student should have access to good advice as they explore their post-secondary school options and the CEP will help families identify strong college counselors,” he said.

Ken Anselment, director of admissions at Lawrence since 2004, succeeds Syverson as dean of admissions and financial aid on July 1.

Lawrence University Hosts 10th Annual Zeltsman Marimba Festival

Some of the world’s most acclaimed percussionists, including Lawrence University’s own Dane Richeson, will perform June 26-July 9 during the two-week-long Zeltsman Marimba Festival held on the Lawrence campus.

The brainchild of Nancy Zeltsman, chair of the percussion department at the Boston Conservatory and associate professor at Berklee College of Music, the festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world.  This year’s, the 10th in the festival’s history, includes nine public concerts, featuring performances by world-class musicians on marimba and vibraphone.

Tickets for the public concerts are available at the door prior to the performance.

“The number of guest artists and participants from around the world makes this event a cornucopia of musical delight,” said Richeson, professor of music at Lawrence and one of this year’s festival faculty members. “The concerts are theme based and will feature several guest artists on a single program, a rare opportunity to see the marimba played by different virtuosos in a single concert.”

Richeson will be among 10 performers from 10 countries showcased in the festival’s opening concert, Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

Also scheduled to perform during the festival is Mike Truesdell, a 2007 Lawrence graduate, a second-prize recipient from among 95 initial candidates at the 2010 TROMP International Percussion Competition conducted last November in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.