Author: Jenny Ziegler

Anyone for dominoes??? Downer Renovation and Subsequent Department Moves

The first order of business is finishing the Downer renovation. We are on schedule and expect to have the building finished in May. The Downer construction schedule for April will be the creation of an ADA ramp and entrance to the Hurvis Media Center located on Alton Street. The new elevator will be installed in April and the landscape around the building will be cleaned up. Our IT crew will begin their installation of equipment in May. The film studio, screening room and editing areas are located on the lower level of the building, which will be most easily accessed by the new Alton Street entrance. The first floor will house Admissions and the office for the Pieper chair while the second floor will house ACE (Alumni and Constituency Engagement) on the north side and Career Services on the south.

The move into the building will be a labyrinth of packing, timing and effort. Admissions (Ken Anselment) will be the first move into Downer vacating Wilson House. Admissions must move into the first floor of Downer in June before Alumni Development can move into Wilson House. A brief one-week interim will give Facility Services time to give Wilson House an interior face-lift. The final part of the Landis-Peabody renovation is due to begin July 1, therefore ACE (Mark Breseman) and Alumni Development (Cal Husmann) and their staff must be out of the building by July 1. We will gain 26 beds with the Landis renovation. Career Services (Mary Meany) will be vacating the library’s coveted southeast “wing.” The remaining move will be the film studio area in the lower level. Existing film equipment at 228 North Park and new equipment will be moved into Downer as the equipment becomes available. The lower level will be ready for classes in September.

Summary of new locations:
ACE, Career Services, Admissions, Pieper Chair and Film Studies
Wilson House: Development*
Landis Peabody: Completion of residence hall wing with 26 additional beds.
Mudd library: Additional library space.
*The Development staff currently in Brokaw will remain there. Those include Annual Giving, Research & Operations, and Corporate, Foundation and Sponsored Research Support.

2013 New Hires and Milestone Anniversaries

Welcome to Lawrence!

January & February New Staff Hires

Chelsey Brown
Athletics – Assistant Track and Field Coach
Chris Harris
Athletics – Assistant Football Coach
Rudi Pakendorf
Development – Assoicate Director of Major and Planned Giving 
Kevin Summers
Instructional Technology – Video Technology Coordinator

January – March Staff Milestone Anniversaries


20 years

Anna Rowe  
Custodial – January 4

15 years 

John Barnabo  
Custodial – March 30
Daniel Keddell  
Custodial – February 26   
Jonathan Meyer  
Security – February 6  

10 years

Ann Hada   
Academy of Music – January 7  

5 years

Brian Riste  
Financial Services – March 17  

2012 Climate Survey Report

I would like to thank those of you who came to one of the All Staff Meetings earlier this week. I hope you found the presentations informative and that you had a little fun with the “Right Family” wellness exercise!

As promised, I said I would post the complete report of the 2012 Climate Survey. Please visit the Human Resources website for the survey report and a copy of the presentation. Again, I encourage you to discuss the results with your department at an upcoming team meeting and discuss how you might affect positive change in your respective area or across campus.

All the best,

Sandy Isselmann
Director of Human Resources

Understanding “iDisorder” Technology Addiction and Overcoming Its Hold On Us!

All Faculty and Staff are invited to attend a workshop about ‘iDisorder,’ the psychology of technology addiction.

 Monday February 18th at4pm Esch Studio or 8pm in Esch/Hurvis Room

The 4pm workshop will be geared specifically to college faculty and staff with an opportunity to ask questions and the evening program is open to the Lawrence Community and the public.

Our speaker is Dr. Larry Rosen of California State University. He is a research psychologist, computer educator, keynote speaker and is recognized as an international expert in the psychology of technology. We will be addressing topics like:

  1. Getting high on Technology: Hooked on smartphones
  2. The ups and downs of leading a cyber life
  3. Communication 101: Safety and training behind the screen
  4. You only think you’re dying: When pain is just pain
  5. Does my profile picture make me look fat?
  6. Delusions, hallucinations and social avoidance-is technology making us appear schizo?

Here’s a sneak peek from his book “iDisorder-understanding our obsession with technology and overcoming  its hold on us:”

  “Many of us are on the verge of an iDisorder as our daily interactions with media technologies may be imbuing us with signs and symptoms of one of many psychological disorders, including narcissism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction, attention-deficit disorder, social phobia, antisocial personality disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, schizo-disorders, and voyeurism… Luckily for us, our brains are constantly changing. Neuroscientists call this ‘neuroplasticity,’ which is basically a constant process of strengthening and weakening neural (nerve cell) connections in the brain as a function of our experiences…. Given that our brains are inundated with stimuli all day long and that the digital content currently available in our world is the equivalent to everyone in the world tweeting or blogging constantly for a century, neuroplasticity is a brain-saver.”

We hope you will join us on the 18th for a great discussion.


WELLU, Student Wellness Committee, LU Gaming Club, and the Psychology Student Organization

WelLU Lunch & Learn: Effective Training for 5K Races

Lunch and Learn Tuesdays

Effective Training for 5K Races
Tuesday, February 12
11:30 a.m. – noon
Warch Campus Center 308 – Kraemer Conference Room

Lawrence’s own Coach Jason Fast will talk about effective ways to train for 5K races from just starting out to trying to improve your racetime.

All attendees receive coupons:

  • $1 off lunch @ Andrew Commons
  • 10% off @ KK’s Gifts & Apparel
  • Plus a Lawrence Academy of Music Cookbook

Register for “Tune into Stress” 6-Week Program by Feb. 4!

6-week personal program…
Register before Monday, Feb. 4
Runs through March 8

Identify your stressors in life and learn how to manage them!

Click here for details and registration.

All participants will be eligible for a prize drawing in March.  Prizes include: 

  • An overnight stay at the Copper Leaf Hotel
  • $25 towards dinner at the Bella Vita Ristorante (inside the Copper Leaf Hotel)
  • Two $25 gift cards to the Spa BenMarNico’s Salon (inside the Copper Leaf Hotel)

Wellness Fair Prize Winners

WELLU would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who braved the weather yesterday and attended the Wellness Fair.  Even with all of the snow, we had a great turnout and we hope everyone had the opportunity to learn more about the “Many Dimensions of Wellness”.

The following staff have won prizes and can pick them up from Erin Buenzli in the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center:

–          Aromatherapy Gift Basket:           Nicole Schultz, Facility Services

–          ING golf putter, bag, cap:            Lisa Van Zeeland, Financial Services

–          Bon Appetit Gift Basket:              Nicole Buenzli, Admissions

–          Kwik Trip Gift Card:                    Linda Peeters, Conference and Summer Programs

–          Fidelity Bag:                               Erin Punzenberger, Human Resources

Invitation to Participate in QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Who:  Any LU Faculty and Staff
What: QPR Gatekeeper Training
Where & When: Warch Campus Center, Kraemer Room: Tuesday, Feb. 5th  from 11:00am-12:30pm

 QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. The purpose of the 1.5 hour “gatekeeper” session is to provide suicide prevention training and education to Lawrence University faculty, staff, and students. After taking this training participants will:

     * know what behaviors and warning signs indicate that someone might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * know the risk factors involved in those who attempt or complete suicide
    * be able to effectively communicate with someone who might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * know when it is advisable to and the procedures for referring a student to Counseling Services
    * know how to refer an LU employee to the Employee Resource Center, Inc.
    * know how to reach a mental health professional at Counseling Services in order to consult about someone who might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * learn about local and national resources for suicide prevention, such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline

To register, please click on this link by 5:00pm on Sunday, February 3rd and follow the instructions to let us know you plan to participate.

We hope you’ll take time out  to take part in this free, potentially life-saving training.  As of today, nearly 500 people (faculty, staff, and students) on our campus (and around 2400 people in the Fox Valley community at large) have participated in a QPR “gatekeeper” session.  If you have questions about QPR or this training session, please contact Julie Haurykiewicz.  We look forward to seeing many of you at one of these sessions and sharing this important information with you.

If you’ve already participated in QPR Gatekeeper Training and would like a “refresher,” you are welcome to attend a session again.